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Baby Daniel

We are so beyond delighted to be sharing these images of baby Daniel with you! We have had the privilege to do a married couple session as well as a maternity session with Kyle and Laura.  So getting to take pictures of them with their first baby as they begin this awesome, challenging, beautiful adventure of parenthood is basically a dream come true for us! 

Daniel is such a sweet soul! What an incredible little guy! At two weeks new he was so very alert for our session. We only got a few images of him snuggly and sleepy and the rest of the time he was alert and attentive. It was amazing to me watching his deep beautiful eyes following my movements while the shutter clicked, turning his face as I moved, so interested in what was going on! 

Kyle and Laura, you two were made to be the parents of this sweet little boy! It will be hard and I'm sure there have already been many days where you feel so at the end of yourself, with not enough sleep and not enough patience and not enough time to just be the two of you. Your whole world is about your sweet baby at the moment. So much work goes into caring for his well being, especially so in these early days. Be gracious with yourselves as you learn how to step into this new, disarming, weighty and highly honored position of parents to your sweet boy.  Laura, you are a warrior Mama and brought this little boy earthside and I pray that when things feel overwhelming you will remember the strength you did not know that was in you that was summoned on the day of his birth. 

I love the way you two speak to Daniel with so much tenderness and with your genuine voices. I love the way you both were looking at him with awe and endearment and the way you looked at each other. It is truly amazing to see how the birth of a child changes the love of a couple in remarkable ways, deepening and enriching the love that was already there as you have become a family of three!  

Laura & Kyle - waiting for baby

We are so excited to be sharing these beautiful maternity images of Laura and Kyle! You may remember their handsome and beautiful faces from a married couple session we did with them in the winter. They are such kind, adventurous souls and we are so excited for them to soon be parents and for their little one, who will be here any day now!

I remember when we drove home with our son from the birth center- several  hours after he was born and it all felt so unearthly. How can we have this baby? We left home just the two of us, we went home a family of three. When we got to our house we could not take our eyes off of him! I was so exhausted but exhilarated too. I so wanted to and probably needed sleep but didn't for a long time after we brought him home. We did not want to miss anything. Just watching him breathe, just watching him be. In love with every movement and every breath and especially those beautiful blinking eyes, opening for just a few minutes at a time. Seeing the form of this tiny human who had been hidden in my womb all those months, what began was impossibly small and now, this; a wriggling, crying warm body on my chest! Hands and eyelashes and fingernails- so immaculate, so so small, so fresh and new and beautifully made.  His cry, the sound of life and the warmth of his body on mine. Looking upon his face for the first time- it's really you, you are really here! It unraveled my heart all at once. His first day alive earthside is something I will never forget! 

The waiting...the nine months of slow growing and in one moment all will be changed, and your hearts will be fiercely ablaze with love for this little person. This small little human who will change you, teach you and make you want to be a better you. We cannot wait to celebrate with you, Kyle and Laura and meet your sweet baby! 

 

 

 

 

 

Limeade

Since today is throw back Thursday, and things have been slow and quiet over here, I wanted to share something briefly. A little over 2 years ago, when we first decided that we were definitely going to make we are the Richards a real thing, and our sweet son was only a few months old, and we were still living in our first apartment, we made some limeade. 

Julia and I really love working together in the kitchen. It's a place where our marriage really shines. Today, we have been married for 1356 days. That's 3 years, 8 months, and 17 days. Thank you Google. 

Every day there are moments that are worth remembering. Worth cherishing. Worth telling stories about. Perhaps this story of "we made limeade and sat in our living room watching our 4 month old son be adorable" isn't the most thrilling story. But the point is that it's the true story of our life. So here are some #tbt photos of us from that day 2 years ago. 

Mary Eloise

Welcome Mary Eloise Grace-Abounding! This sweet little girl was born into a home so very full of joy and love. Beatrice, the most gentle child that we have ever met, is so delighted to be a big sister. I loved spending my morning getting to soak in the way that this family delights in each other. 

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One of my favorite moments from the session was this moment where Beatrice wanted to bring this stuffed animal to Mary Eloise. What a beautiful way for Beatrice to show her love and care for her new sister by choosing this lamb especially for her! Beatrice loves to be helpful, and tell her baby sister about all of the things that are happening around them. This sweet moment is one of many moments to come where Beatrice leads her little sister with loving-kindness. 

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Jessica and Matthew are such caring and devoted parents. It is so beautiful to see how intentional they are about the details of being a mom and a dad. From the great care they have christened both their babies with such thoughtful and meaningful names, to the way they model patient and gentle love for each other and for their daughters, Matthew and Jessica are bringing such beautiful love to the world and their legacy of faith apparent and deep in these two beautiful souls they are shaping.

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It is no surprise that Beatrice truly is the most gentle and kind toddler on the planet. We are so very excited to see how Mary Eloise grows and learns from her big sister and her amazing parents! 

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Megan & Drew

We had such a great time together taking pictures of Megan and Drew! Typically only one of us is out doing sessions at a time, but we super love getting to be out photographing together. Megan and Drew are artsy, amazing individuals and we love that together they are a powerhouse of creativity and lighthearted fun! They are currently working on a documentary about Native American Adoption. They have been working on it for several years and it is so inspiring to see how their relationship has grown through the work that they are doing together. This project has them traveling all over the country! Please visit their website for more information on this amazing endeavor. 

We love getting to work together and that by helping each other, challenging each other and pushing each other creatively we grow closer as a couple. We also really love getting to see the way other couples work together and grow in love because of the shared sacrifices they have made to bring something marvelous into being. It could be something big, like this documentary, or something small like the work of gardening in your backyard. It doesn't matter what it is, when couples work together, that work shapes their love in deep and obvious ways. 

What is the work that you are sharing? Maybe with your spouse, or your children or your friend. What work could you begin to share with the ones you love? No work is too small to be remembered; the simple preparing of a meal together, getting your kids ready for bed, or the baking of cookies, the helping with homework or the painting of a room, these are all small moments but can you imagine the joy of having photographs to recall that moment exactly? We want to photograph these fleeting, everyday moments that are the making of the lives you share. 

Enjoy this trailer for the documentary that Megan and Drew are working on together!