She was the girl with the cute profile picture. He was the boy with the adorable smile. A few dates later, they were the inseparable. Katie’s excitement was contagious, as is her radiant and positive personality. The whole day, Andrew and Katie laughed, loved, and made some amazing memories.
While I generally try to keep this blog to my professional work, every once in a while I break away from it and post something personal. Last week, a good friend asked me to come to the Detroit Zoo and photograph her kids being kids…and it turned out that my inner child came out too as I lived vicariously through their enthusiasm and wonderment. Going to the zoo was such a nice and needed break from all of the wedding and engagement photography and editing I have been doing lately. It reminded me that it is important to stop and smell the roses, or in this case, the very distinct smell in the penguin house (if you have ever been there, then you know what I am talking about.)
When Bryan and Jessica asked if I did maternity photography, I hesitated for a moment. I am so comfortable photographing weddings, posing brides and grooms, and capturing moments as they naturally unfold that I wasn’t sure how to approach a maternity shoot. So when I said yes to the shoot, I approached it with two things in mind – love and anticipation. It was love that brought them together; love that keeps them together; and love that is bringing baby Beckham into the world. Spending the afternoon with Bryan and Jessica, the anticipation and excitement between them to become parents was palpable. In the end, what I realized as I was editing the photos and reflecting on the day was that what I am photographing doesn’t matter nearly as much as what we are suppose to feel when viewing them. It isn’t the subject or the purpose of the shoot, but the universal emotions that we connect with. Love, security, tenderness…all things we have experienced and things that will welcome baby Beckham into the world.