If you hold him up to the right light at just the right angle (and squint) you’ll see a tiny glimmer of hope that one day he might have hair 😂
I think I’ll add this photo to the “Reasons To Like Living in the Desert” file that I need to pull out every year around this time when the leaves are changing everywhere else and we’re still in triple digits! Everyone else is breaking out their cozy fall scarves and cute booties and we’re just over here celebrating that we haven’t gotten a third degree burn from our steering wheels for a few days 😂
Our poor cat is mostly wondering if anyone even remembers his name anymore 😂 He’s been surprisingly sweet to the tiny human who’s completely disrupted his once peaceful life. Maybe when Becks moves into the big brother role one day, he can give him some pointers 👌🏻
The second brown-eyed boy to steal my heart 💛
Wondering if they make trophies for girls who endure triple digits in their third trimester... BECAUSE THEY SHOULD (!!) Ellie you're officially my hero 🙌🏼 And every pregnant woman's inspiration. Thank you for being willing to casually WADE THROUGH A RIVER in a gown for us. Let's just pretend I was half that adventurous while pregnant with Beckett 😂 A new maternity session is on the blog tonight and you’d never know it was totally miserable outside. I mean, seriously. Somebody get the girl a TROPHY!
Every work task seems to take twice as long these days... can’t imagine why :) . Becks is growing so fast and every day is something new. He’s SO much fun and I’m trying to cherish all the little things that I know will end soon (his big gummy smile, the way he rolls around the bed like a little ninja) We’re starting to see signs that crawling might be in our near future, so I’m really enjoying our last days of being able to put him down in one place and him staying put! We’re in that weird in-between stage where he’s losing interest in activities/games/toys fast but can’t move independently yet. Any mamas out there have any good recommendations on fun things to keep an almost seven month old interested? Even for ten minutes? He can only bounce in that jumperoo for so long 😂 Specific toys? Activities? Household hacks? Help a newbie out!!
I bet you can’t guess my favorite thing about this photo... Okay, maybe you can :) It’s that *I* didn’t take it! (Although, truth be told, I WISH I did!!) This was taken by one of our course students, Alex from Alabama, and I could stare at it all night 😍 Looking at this photo it’s a little hard to believe she said that before the course the three things she struggled with most were consistency, editing and finding good light, but it’s true (swipe for a before photo). She told us, “I always wondered why everyone else’s photos looked so bright and crisp and pretty, and I wanted to achieve the same result.” WELL MISSION ACCOMPLISHED ALEX!! She said since the course her business has done a complete 180 and she’s booked 26 weddings (including a dream destination in Jamaica!!) We’re just so stinking proud of all @alexanddylanphoto and the rest of our students have accomplished! Hey, maybe we can convince her to bring us ALL to Jamaica 😉
This weekend we photographed one of the most meaningful sessions of our entire career. This is Amanda. She and her husband, Kyle, wanted to start a family, but for years faced the heartbreak too many do: infertility. Amanda is a student in our Shooting and Editing Course and, last year, she reached out to tell us that our course, and her newfound photography skills, had given her a way to earn the money they needed to afford infertility treatment. She thanked us for giving her a chance at becoming a mother. I cried. When we first picked up the camera, we could’ve never predicted that God would take our love for photography (and teaching) and do more with it than we could’ve ever imagined in ways that are SO much bigger than we could ever take credit for. I wasn’t prepared for the email we got from her THIS year. The treatment she paid for with the money she earned from our course? It worked. They’re pregnant. They’re going to be parents and meet their beautiful baby boy before Christmas this year. The thing they hoped and prayed for the most in the world is really happening. When they asked if they could fly to us from their home state of Georgia to photograph their maternity session, I cried again. There was nothing more special than meeting these two sweet, southern, warm, joyful people in real life and getting to capture this season that they weren’t ever sure would be theirs. It was a career (and life) moment we’ll never forget. Getting to play a small part in helping other people take the next step toward their dreams, photography and beyond, is the fuel that keeps us going. It’s stories like this that leave us in awe of God’s goodness and humbled to play a small part in His very big plans.
Remember when I said I’m not a morning person? Mind. changed :)