Celebrating a brand N E W week + reaching another milestone with our son today by sharing some of our favorite shots from our in-home maternity session almost two weeks ago (SO crazy!) 

Elsie and I went to high school together. She was a year ahead of me. A couple months ago, I began to see her photography work appear on the Explore page of my Instagram feed. I clicked them, immediately fell in love, and added her! While I am a natural lover of and quick to "ooh" and "ahh" over the light + airy, bright whites and lots of negative space in photos, something caught a hold of me over Elsie's work. I quickly admired the story, mood and tone that her photos make her viewers feel. I felt intention, "present-ness", and intimacy as I clicked on her work. I knew right away that I wanted her to capture our maternity photos if we ever reached this stage in our pregnancy. By the grace of God we did + more!

If you know me, you know I dislike being in front of the camera - especially if I'm in front of it by myself. I get awkward and I don't know what to do with my hands or facial expressions, haha. But as soon as I opened my front door that morning, I was easily calmed by Elsie's lovely presence and gentle spirit. She was truly a delight to work with! She made sure Paul and I were always comfortable and made us feel like ourselves instead of "staged". At different times during our session, she asked us to share what we love most about each other, our love story, things Paul and I will do our best to instill in and teach our son, and even asked us to talk about our sweet, Haven and what her short yet beautiful life taught us. We praise Elsie for this -- her openness to want to talk about our daughter, made us feel like Haven was right there in our photos with us. And our girl really was. 

If you are reading this and are needing and/or wanting couple or family photos to be taken, Paul and I can't recommend Elsie enough! She's the BEST. Elsie, if you're reading this -- THANK YOU forever for blessing us and our family with such a special session during a very beautifully hard season. <3


S O U R C E S // 

Comfiest maternity/ nursing friendly dress, ever: Dwell + Slumber | Hair + Makeup: Linda Yoon | Photography: Elsie Christine