I don't even know where to start with these two, but I guess at the very beginning would be best. Katie was in the bridal party for the first big wedding I shot on my own! We didn't talk much as most of my attention was on her bestie that was getting married, but one thing I remember is how cute she and her husband were getting down on the dance floor. You know when you see people and you're just like 'dang! they got it!'? They definitely have it.
The months go by and I get a text asking if I'd be interested in shooting her maternity session! Uh, duh! We met over taco's and I got to learn a little bit more about she and Reggie. It was then that she shared that baby Nolan is a rainbow baby. If you're not familiar with the term, it refers to the baby that is born after a miscarriage, stillbirth, neonatal death or infant loss. As if I wasn't already becoming obsessed with their family, this made me fall more in love with them. It's not easy picking up the pieces after loss by any means, but seeing her strength to celebrate this baby boy made my heart swoon.
The days leading up to our session, we were in a constant state of downpour. I've been in Georgia most of my life, but I can't recall a time it's rained this consistently. It literally lasted two weeks straight and we thought we had no choice to push back our session until things cleared up. The Saturday we'd planned on had come and low and behold the sun was shining and although it was humid as all get out, it was gorgeous! We were both still available so she went ahead and got her makeup done and I got my game face on, haha!
So we're moving along in our session and I am loving getting the chance to see their love all up close and personal. I've never met another couple that reminds me of me and Mike more. We get to a patch of tall grass and I'm working Katie into different poses. Then, Reggie notices two rainbow hot air baloons floating by. Guys, Katie looks at him and says something along the lines of, "it's like our baby is with us,too" and I almost burst into tears behind my camera. Beyond so many gratifying things that God has allowed me to do, knowing I was a part of that sweet moment with the couple takes the cake. Those moments can't be prepared for but those are the God wink's I live for. Baby N has come earth side now and he's perfect!