You couldn’t expect me to go on a beach vacation and not do some family beach photos, right? I absolutely adore this photo of my parents in law. savvy wasn’t exactly in the best mood to cooperate during this session which stressed me out a tinge (or a lot). it was hot and everyone was sweating and I just wanted a couple photos of my own little family too. luckily, once we kind of let her do her own thing, we were able to get some.
from the minute Christie told me she was pregnant, we started talking about her birth photography and newborn photography. I cried when I found out she was expecting, I cried when I found out baby was a girl (I got to go to that ultrasound, how freaking special was that?!) and of course I was crying buckets of tears behind my camera when baby Lyla made her grand entrance.
Christie was under strict instructions to not have this baby while I was in Florida. With her due date being the 19th, it was a major possibility. But they held on and she made her debut 5 days after I got home. Christie was updating me all week at her appointments so I was on edge and super excited. I got the news that they were going to induce her on Wednesday evening, I went into a frenzy trying to make plans for Savannah and getting my equipment ready to go. At 7 the next morning, she’d only progressed .5cm from the night before. Things were slow going in the morning while I was hanging out with my sister and nephew. Until I got the text from Mama Mary, she’s at 9cm but Lyla’s not quite all the way down yet. I kissed savvy goodbye and ran out the door. About 45 minutes after I arrived, she started pushing and about an hour 45 after that, baby Lyla was finally here at a whopping 9lb 5oz and 21.5in! Christie was so strong and did a great job with Mama and Junior by her side. Being there was such an honor and a privilege, its unlike anything else. Birth photography is not something I will ever take lightly.
The text I got the next morning included: “everyone should have a Jenny in their delivery room”. I’ll never be able to express how much that means to me.
I got to go visit Lyla yesterday and she’s beautiful and perfect and doing well. Mom and Dad are doing a great job with her and I’m so excited to watch this peanut grow! christie, I’m super proud of you, thank you for trusting me, again, with such an important time in your life! xxJBZ
I need to give a super special shout out to my friend and master birth photographer, Mel, who put up with all my questions about timing and whatnot. Without her help, I probably would’ve been sleeping at the hospital and annoying the Ross/Johnson families way longer than I already did. 😉
meet Linz and chris. its hard to believe its their first official time on my blog but I’ve been dying to photograph them for years. and what better than a destination maternity photography session in Destin, Florida! we got up with the sun and headed to the beach before it got crowded. it was super hot and humid but you wouldn’t know it by looking at these two love birds. And can we talk about how amazingly gorgeous Lindsay is?? she’s still toughing it out at Orange Theory Fitness at 5 am to keep fit thru her pregnancy (and to balance out those m&m breakfasts ;-P). I’ve been so excited for this session since I found out they were expecting and did the math and figured out that she’d have the perfect belly while we were in Destin. I wish I could shoot in Destin allll the time. I’ve shot a wedding and an engagement session down there and was super excited to add this maternity session to the list. And these two made it so easy. Oh, and have I mentioned that Lindsay is my sister’s best friend, so I’ve know her since, well, forever. And I remember the day she came home to beavercreek and told us all about this new guy. who knew, 8 and a half years later, here they are, expecting their first baby.
Enjoy my favorites from our morning together! I love love this one. this is exactly how I always picture them, laughing and loving with each other. these two seriously love each other. linz, you are so beautiful. Ending things with my favorite. it would be weird to have this as a canvas up on my wall, right? so, you guys, put this huge on your wall!!
linz and chris, I am so so excited for you guys and cannot wait to meet this baby! so close now! I just wish we were closer. I adore you both, duh. xxJBZ
Even after all this time, its still a huge honor whenever someone asks me to capture their family photography. I’m always excited when Tanya tells me they wanna get on my books. And its not an easy task with three super busy boys, one of which just finished up his first year at Miami (I did Ryan’s senior photos about a year and a half ago). And let me tell ya, having three brothers of my own, its not always easy to get three teenage boys to cooperate or do what I want them to do.. but these three (4 if you count dad) humored me and did everything I asked of them with a smile on their faces. I adore this one!!
you guys, you know I adore you! thank you so much for trusting me to capture your family again and again. I had so much fun with you all!! xxJBZ
this beautiful mama is no stranger to the blog and I’m so excited to share her and her beautiful baby bump with you guys! Christie and Junior are having a sweet baby girl in July who they’ve named Lyla. This baby girl is already so loved, by so many. The minute I found out christie was expecting, I started talking about how her baby and savvy would be friends and started planning all her photo sessions already. I’m so excited to meet their sweet girl!
I’m so excited for you guys, this is gonna be one stylish and adored baby girl. Christie, you are beautiful, and I love you. thank you for always trusting me with the special moments in your life. its an honor, truly. love love. xxJBZ