What does motherhood mean to you?
Motherhood means given the special opportunity to raise, shape, and mold a precious soul. The largest and most valued responsibility I will have ever been granted!
In your own words, tell us about being pregnant, the mother you have become while carrying new life, and how it’s changed you.
Pregnancy has been a challenging yet such a special experience that I would not give up. Feeling your child grow and move from within you is truly amazing! It has changed how I have viewed the purpose of my body. I have much more love and appreciation for it, it’s accomplishing a crazy task!
Did you find out the gender of your baby? Is there a name picked out yet?
Baby’s Name (First & Middle)
What are your must-have pregnancy items?
Baobei Belly support band, Aerie high waisted play leggings, stretchy maternity dresses, lemonade, waffles
How did you find out you were expecting?
I had a patient ask if I was expecting and that got the wheels turning 😉 Stopped at the grocery store after work and picked up a test!
How did you tell the father?
Embarrassingly I texted him a picture of the positive pregnancy test, I get teased all the time how that was an awful way to tell him! But I told him advance I was planning to take a test so he was expecting a result of some sort.
How has pregnancy changed you as a woman?
It has changed how I have viewed the purpose of my body. I have much more love and appreciation for it, it’s accomplishing a crazy task!
What are some of your most cherished memories of your child and do you plan on passing down any southern traditions?
Time spent outdoors with friends and family
What most surprised you about pregnancy?
How strongly I would develop food adversions. One minute I love coffee, the next I thing I’ll never be able to drink it again. Now I’m back to drinking coffee!
What has been your greatest challenge in being pregnant?
A compromised immune system, I found that I was always getting sick while pregnant which is way more miserable when you can’t use traditional medication
What is your greatest joyful memory of being pregnant?
Feeling the baby move and the excitement I see in my husband about becoming a father.
What advice do you wish you had known before getting pregnant (even if it’s something gross)?
The combination of AHA and Benzoyl peroxide have been the best pregnancy safe skincare products to keep my skin clear! Was suffering a lot with breakouts in the beginning and those products were my saving grace!
What would you tell someone who just found out they were pregnant?
How truly excited I am for them! It’s such an amazing experience!
Can you share with our mommies where you purchased the items you wore for your maternity session?
Dress forever21, Summer Hat target
Did you have any pregnancy cravings or aversions?
The first trimester I couldn’t look at anything “healthy”, any lean proteins or veggies looked totally disgusting! I craved salty snacks, sour drinks, and carbs
Do you have any favorite maternity items you couldn’t live without?
Baobei Belly support band, when I don’t wear it my back aches horribly! It also helps keep pressure off my bladder! An absolute must-have especially if your an active person! I wish I had gotten it sooner!
If you could give your child(ren) one piece of advice what would it be?
What makes you different/unique is what makes you special. Own it and don’t be afraid or ashamed to be yourself. Chase after what YOU are passionate about and don’t worry it it’s not what everyone else is doing or interested in. Value and be intentional about creating deeper relationships with others. You get out of life what you put in!
I began my photography journey in the Air Force where I focused on journalistic photography to complement the stories I wrote. After finishing college with a public relations degree, working in the corporate world and for nonprofit jobs, my love for storytelling through photography continued to grow.
In 2016 I decided it was finally time to take the leap into wedding photography. It is my passion and joy to go on adventures with my clients and to tell their stories. I am so grateful that my past has lead me to where I am today.
My style of photography leans heavily toward how a journalistic photographer would capture stories. I don’t pose as much as traditional photographers, however, I do help gently direct as I know it’s unlikely you’ve had many instances of being in front of a professional photographer. I don’t like contrived moments, but I LOVE to be artsy sometimes! However, my number one goal is to make you comfortable in order to allow your true personality to shine through.
When I’m not doing my photo thang, I’m making faces/doing impressions, drinking mucho amounts of coffee, reading, listening to folksy goodness, going on road trips with my hubs and pup, and watching favorite shows like The Office, Parks and Rec and Doctor Who. I think of my clients in the wise words of Leslie Knope, each of “you are a beautiful tropical fish. Smart as a whip and cool under pressure.” Want to learn more of how I became a photographer in the first place? It’s a fairly unique story. You can read more HERE