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I decided that if I was going to meet baby Charlotte in the flesh, ya know, outside her mother’s womb, it was about time I get Chris and Liand’s maternity session up on my blog.

Life is so crazy and glorious and beautiful, and praise God, from Whom all life and blessings flow, for designing it this way.

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Chris and Liand’s maternity sessions is one of my favorites because they literally just wanted to walk around their delightful little Denton neighborhood — the neighborhood that they love, live in and have now brought precious Charlotte home to.

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This. This photo above gets me each and every time. You two are going to be such great parents and I’m just so happy for y’all.

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Newby’s, I love y’all. I can’t believe y’all are real, live PARENTS. A MOTHER AND FATHER TO A HUMAN BEING NAMED CHARLOTTE. I’m so excited for y’all. What a sweet, sweet adventure y’all are living.

There is something so invigorating about a new year, a fresh start. January and February are generally the times I purposefully set aside to work on things I can never seem to get to during wedding season (basically March-November this past year) — things like:

– being 100 % caught up on editing (I’m GETTING there)

– sprucing up our apartment (maybe start by just getting it CLEAN)

– cooking some decent meals (any warm, home-made meals at all would be a step up, let’s be real)

– BLOGGING catch up

– keeping the one plant in my office alive

– updating my website portfolios, among various other business updates/reassessments

So in an attempt to bring myself closer to at least one of the above-mentioned goals, I’ve condensed several photo sessions from November into a single post to show some of the highlights from that month. Enjoy!

bridals: lauren

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familiar love: monica + bret

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blissfully engaged: libby + camrann

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familiar love: palomino

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newlyweds: meredith + brandon

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blissfully engaged: amanda + mark

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in expectation: whitney + caleb

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Happy Friday, all!

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I realize that this post might be a bit of time-travel for some blog readers, as I’ve already posted my little nephew’s birth story photos and now I’m going back and posting photos of my sister all pregnant again.

What I didn’t mention in the birth story photos is that Sam, my brother-in-law, was deployed with the Air Force for the majority of Jalesa’s pregnancy with Jasper. So what we ended up doing was doing one solo maternity session with Jalesa in November JUST IN CASE Sam wasn’t able to make it home before Jasper was born. Thankfully, Sam arrived back home just in time and we ended up taking maternity photos again (but this time with the whole family present) not knowing that lil Jasper would be born just three days later.

The first half of this post are from the first session. Because Sam wasn’t able to be there, we wanted to represent him in some way — what better way than paper airplanes for Jasper’s Air Force daddy?

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Although Jalesa and Sam are stationed in California, they’re Texans at heart. I’m so glad that Jalesa chose to come stay with my parents in Texas while Sam was deployed AND give birth to sweet Jasper in Fort Worth.

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The necklace Jalesa’s wearing is one that Sam sent home to her from Afghanistan.

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This next segment are the ones we took with momma AND daddy just three days before Jasper arrived.

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 Presh.

Just presh.

So happy for you and Sam, oh sister of mine! xoxo

If any blog readers missed Jasper’s birth story post, you can view it here.

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On Monday morning at 5:51 a.m. I woke up to the eighth phone call (a combined effort between my sister and my mother) with the most wonderful news — my sister had gone into labor and she and her husband, Sam, were en route to the hospital. I was one of the first to be notified because I had volunteered to document this blessed occasion! Fifteen minutes after getting off the phone with my mother (and after contemplating what one wears to photograph their first labor and delivery) I was in my car headed to Fort Worth, camera in hand, nervous-excited jitters in full swing. On the way there, I came to the conclusion that the next time someone was tailgating me that I would just give them the benefit of the doubt that their sister was probably in labor.

By the time I had arrived at the hospital I thought I was the one in labor because it felt like my tear ducts were having contractions — I kept getting hit with waves of emotion at what was about to take place.

And so it began . . .

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(The Full House PREGNANCY EPISODE was on in the waiting room!! “HOW TOPICAL,” my brother shouted!)

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The second I saw Jasper I just LOST it. I didn’t know I would, but I did. Tears. (quietly). Everywhere. Obviously I kept taking photos through the waterworks but I cried to such a ridiculous extent that the nurses and doctors made fun of me.

The only way I can describe it is that it was such an overwhelming sense of joy, newness, and excitement in thinking about the journey my sister had just been though in the past nine months and the journey that had just begun for her and Sam for the rest of their lives. And then praise to my Creator for bringing all of this together.

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I think it was at about this point that the tears slowed to a normal level. This was also the moment I deemed him my “little potato nephew” because I thought he looked like a potato all wrapped up like that. It was the first thing that came to my mind.

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Favorite moment — the new family gathered closely together just quietly soaking it all in before heading out to tell the rest of the family in the waiting room.

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To clarify the above photo, the second baby is Colby. Jalesa’s best friend starting from childhood was pregnant with a baby girl at the same time as Jalesa and she gave birth to Colby just a few weeks before Jalesa. This is their first photo together and we plan on setting them up in the future.

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My second favorite moment of the day was when my dad got to see Jasper for the first time after he closed down his store. He took him in his arms and couldn’t look away from the babe for a solid half hour.

Precious.

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 Welcome to the world, Jasper Dean. You are loved more than you more than you could possibly know.

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