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Eloise's One Year Photos

It's hard to believe that one of our very first sessions was big sister Beatrice's one year photos, nearly three years ago! One of our very most favorite things is getting repeat clients, where we get to capture all the beautiful changes that happen as a family grows! 

Not that long ago, was Eloise's newborn session and here we are one year later and so in love with how she has grown and this beautiful family! 

We just love the way Eloise is so clearly adored by her Mom and Dad and big sister! And how Beatrice has grown into such a little lady. This family is so full of love and laughter and we had such a good time out and about on a beautiful Pittsburgh summer's day at Schenley Plaza! 

We hope your summer is as full of the light-hearted delight and simple joy that we had on this day with the Whipple family! 

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Mick & Katie's Proposal!

It was such a privilege to capture this unscripted, intimate and decisive moment in Katie and Mick’s story!  And such a joy for us as photographers to know they will forever have pictures of the moment she said “yes!” and so began their plans and dreams of their life together in marriage! 

Thinking about when Glen proposed to me, I can still recall the moment and the feelings so well. I knew he was going to ask a moment or two before he did, but it still was an unearthly, transcendent moment, my feet in the cold creek water and the golden-green light falling softly through the leaves of the forest trees, just us in the woods and him asking me to be his wife in this perfectly ordinary, yet undeniably remarkable moment. My heart was racing and a thousand thoughts flooded through my head making it impossible to get any speech out for probably a full minute (and Glen will tell you that it felt like an hour as he waited for my reply!) It is such an incredibly vulnerable thing- that place where this person you care for so deeply, shows their hand, lays their heart wide open for you to decide upon. A place of vulnerability for both the one asking and the one being asked, to see clear into the soul of your love, to be so exposed, to be so wanted and to declare it so and to promise to forsake all others for the one you love.

Glen and I’s story has many twists and turns, a breakup, a long distance courtship and a short engagement before we were married 4 years ago. We’ve known each other for nearly 10 years and our understanding of marriage is that you choose in and choose each other everyday. That there will be messy days and good days, indescribably blissful days and hard days. And days when you don’t want to talk to each other. But you choose in, especially on the days when you don’t “feel” in love. Feelings come and go, ebb and flow, according to so many things, the weather, our hunger or hormones, and changing circumstance. Not saying that feeling in love is not important but there is something more important; which is actually loving your spouse. Acting in a loving way creates more feelings of love. 

C.S. Lewis writes, “To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything, and your heart will certainly be wrung and possibly be broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact, you must give your heart to no one, not even to an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements; lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness.

But in that casket — safe, dark, motionless, airless — it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable. The alternative to tragedy, or at least to the risk of tragedy, is damnation. The only place outside Heaven where you can be perfectly safe from all the dangers and perturbations of love is Hell.”

This “risk of tragedy” or for some perhaps the “risk of failure” can keep you hidden and shut up, safe, but it’s suffocating. I have been there and I have lived in that way. I am so grateful for the ways that dating and being married to Glen has changed me for the better, helping me to become more okay with being vulnerable, and being okay with failing, messing up and asking for forgiveness. You can’t love someone else perfectly. But there is Perfect Love in Christ and two imperfect people clinging to His love can become something gloriously beautiful.

Katie and Mick, may you always choose love and fight for each other fiercely! We are so excited for this amazing adventure you are on together! 

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.