I met Courtney at a gym class for little babes, when our children were only 2 years old. Now, they’re four and wild and crazy and amazing and I’m lucky to call Courtney one of my closest friends. I’m also wildly lucky to have watched Courtney and Jason welcome their second little one, Ainsley, in to the world. One of the most special moments in my life has been when I got to be at the hospital and see Aubrey, big sister, meet Ainsley for the first time. Cut forward a few months and I was happy to photograph this beyond beautiful family just hanging around their bedroom.
You may know that when we sing, our bodies release endorphins that make us feel good. When I was a little girl I would sing all the time. I was such a happy child. I sang at the store, walking with my mom, and in the car out the window. Everywhere I went I had music living inside of me, and that hasn’t changed. When we met, I found out right away that you’re a singer, too. Doing laundry, driving in the car, even in public when people are everywhere, and especially at karaoke night. When we are apart you sit at our piano and record songs for me and it makes me feel so loved. Even when you are in the kitchen humming to yourself, it makes me happy inside. You are my treasure. You are my everything. Each day you bring me peace. Each day you make my heart sing. I will always love you. I will always protect you. I will always be your wife. I will always sing you songs.
Kathie and her family have been being photographed by me for years. I’ve loved watching their family grow so when Kathie invited me up to the hospital a day after Jonas was born, I was beside myself. Seeing Kathie and Stephen holding baby Jonas and looking at each other with such admiration and love was an insanely beautiful thing to witness and photograph. I visited their home about a month later to capture some pictures of Jonas with the whole family, including his awesome big sisters. I’m so excited for this family and the years to come of documenting them.