So here's what I've been up to since June 21. Meet Tory, my newest little buddy. He has been the heartbeat of our house for the past three months, and now our life is starting to finally find a rhythm as we get back to reality and find our new normal. This summer has been a blur of exhaustion and bottles and diapers, for sure, as life always is with a newborn. But this little guy has already brought so much joy to our family, and I finally feel complete. Reagan and Carson are just in love with their little brother. And now he is big enough to give them smiles, so you can imagine their elation! It's funny that this year, the year that Tory came into my life, has been the year that has been full of maternity sessions for me. I have a special place in my heart for maternity sessions, for capturing that special bond that a mom has with the little bundle that she's carrying. And the pride that a dad-to-be seems to radiate just amazes me. Pregnancy is such an incredible time. Any woman will tell you that it's not always glamorous. It's hard to feel beautiful when your body is running wild. I could be the spokesperson for all the things gone wrong with pregnancy hormones, and I generally do not like to have my picture taken when I'm feeling that way. But I think maybe that's why it's so important to capture those maternity portraits. Because later on, after the hormone surge has worn off and you are holding your precious little bundle, you'll look at those images and see what everyone else saw in you. A gorgeous mama to be. And to my pregnant ladies out there - if it makes you feel any better, the little bundle of joy that has made you feel not so great for the past few months (and who will keep you up for a number of sleepless nights in the near future) is going to come out looking like a hot mess. I think it is that way on purpose, so you will have your own little don't-mess-with-me club right at the get-go. Exhibit A: And let's not forget the importance of capturing those first few days, and all of the teeny tiny details... Three small months later, I'm looking at these images and wondering where the time went. This little newborn has already grown and changed so much. You hear it all the time, but it's truth - it goes by so fast. Don't forget to stop and breathe and actively remember the little moments. I know it's not always easy when you're in the thick of it. So I'd love to be there to capture some of it for you. If you want more information about maternity or newborn portraits, please don't hesitate to get in touch with me! I'd love to hear from you!