Those who know me well know that I LOVE babies! I want more babies. I’m not having more babies, but I want more. I love them so much and am sad that mine aren’t itty bitty anymore. I think because of this longing to have more, I have turned into the biggest cheerleader for making babies, haha. I’m worse than the mother who has no grandkids. Why am I worse? Because I’m not even related to people and I’m encouraging them to have babies lol. Being a mom is my greatest joy and struggle in life. It’s my favorite thing in the world and hearing your baby cry for the first time and laying your eyes on them is the most magical and emotional thing anyone could experience. I want my friends to experience this and everyone for that matter. Although I do understand that having babies is just not for everyone and that is okay. No judgement.
So when my photographer friend, Danielle, got hitched of course I couldn’t help myself. I was so happy for her and Bill and hoped they would start a family. I know every couple has their own time and I respect that. When she told me they were starting to try to have a family I am not going to lie, I shed a tear or two. I was over the moon! Since she is a wedding photographer, they were trying to plan it time wise which is smart. After awhile I hadn’t heard much, but I have known so many struggle with fertility and I was hesitant to ask in case they were struggling. I didn’t want to upset her. We were chatting one day and I decided to ask how things were going. I didn’t get a response which made me nervous then it made me sad. I was worried. We continued chatting (online) off topic and then I got a ding notification for a new email. I checked it and it was a newborn session inquiry…. for DANIELLE!!!! OMG I immediately called her crying and full of joy. It was the coolest way for her to tell me. I didn’t even believe she wanted a session, just thought that was how she was informing me. But then she said she wanted me to capture her baby’s newborn photos. I can’t even tell you in words how honored I felt. Whenever another photographer chooses me, I fill with equal feelings of honor and terror, haha. Add in the fact that she is my friend, the pressure was on! However, she never made me feel that way and was always confident in me.
Well, Miss Isla made her debut in the world on March 19, 2016. She is absolutely beautiful. Mom and dad brought her to my newborn photography studio in Moscow, PA when she was 10 days old. I remember during the session Danielle kept saying, “I just can’t believe it. I can’t believe how beautiful she is.” Well, I can believe it! She was stunning and such a sweetheart. I loved snuggling her and had so much fun during the session with mama bear right there looking over, helping and so excited. I loved seeing her be a mom. Isla is in great hands and will have such a fun childhood. She is so loved.
You can also go check out Danielle’s blog. She posted some thoughts and some Fresh 48 photos that Mindy Lipcavage took.