It’s hard to put words together to describe Rebekah and Chris. A couple of years ago Rebekah was in a season of her life where she following the Lord’s guidance and being obedient to what he called her to be- well, in this case, WHERE he called her to be. Her obedience took the form of physically moving to Northern Oregon to live with some close family friends and nannying for them. Little did she know that God truly did have a bigger plan for her life as her searching lead her straight into the arms of her future husband who was living in the same little town where she had just relocated to. When we met Chris we immediately knew they were perfect for each other. Knowing Rebekah for as long as I had I knew that the smile on her face was completely genuine, that the way she looked at Chris was different than the way she had ever looked at anyone else. See, it’s hard to put words together to describe Chris and Rebekah because I don’t really think that this kind of love can adequately be explained. But I know that I see it every time they are around each other. I see it when Chris cracks a witty joke and Rebekah giggles, I see it when Rebekah supports Chris in everything (even purchasing a beautiful motorcycle even though she was hesitant at first to ride one). Little did Rebekah know that when she was obedient in the little things with God that he would so generously and abundantly bless her and lead her life straight into the arms of the one she would spend forever with. Rebekah and Chris- I could not be more thrilled for you two and am so excited to see where God leads you two as you enter this holy commitment in marriage together.
Last sunday afternoon my husband and I joined some friends (and a certain adorable nephew of mine) at the pumpkin patch for a day of fall festivities. It was such a wonderful afternoon with the most picturesque fall breeze blowing through the ranch. We got to walk through a sunflower field, pick out pumpkins, sift through really unique and colorful squash, and of course watch baby Owen who felt hay for the very first time. It’s been a while since I’ve picked up my camera to shoot just for fun and honestly I fell in love with photography all over again. From here on out I am going to make it a point to carry my camera with me more often so I can document the fun adventures my husband and I go one. Photos are such irreplaceable things- they freeze moments in time that you can’t ever really get back again. Years from now I’ll be so thankful that I decided to carry my camera around more often- when Jake and I eventually have kids and they’re teenagers they’ll be able to look back and see photos of Mom and Dad when we were so much younger. When Jake and I are old and grey we will be able to look back on these photos and remember all the adventures we went on as newly weds. You can’t ever really get those moments back. So look forward to seeing some more personal work up here in the future. (PS. Special thanks to my sister for capturing that wonderful photo of Jake and I midway through this post. She’s such a great photographer and is learning a ton )
If I could sum up Matthew and Courtney’s engagement session I would simply say joyful. The two of them couldn’t stop smiling and being giddy- making each other laugh either by tickle fights, inside jokes whispered in each other’s ears, or completely candid and totally hilarious phrases shouted out loud (ahem, Matthew). Needless to say this couple was a dream to photograph. The chemistry they have is so apparent and the connection they share runs so deep. This kind of love is one that exists beautifully out of a commitment to be with one another through thick and thin. They were so natural on this warm summer’s evening photo shoot- Courtney in her lovely white lace dress and Matthew chasing after his bride through the wheat fields. Thank you so much Matt and Courtney for allowing me the honor of photographing your love for one another and I am SO looking forward to January!
I was getting stuff done around the house on a beautiful wednesday night in May when I received the phone call- my sister was going into labor and was heading to the hospital. Excitement rushed through me as Jake and I headed out the door, straight to the hospital to await the birth of my baby nephew. He is Chelsea and Daniel’s very first baby so there was so much uncertainty and expectancy as we paced the waiting room eager for news. After quite a few hours we were told to just head home and try to get some sleep, that baby Owen was sitting tight in Mama’s tummy and definitely wouldn’t be coming until the morning. So at nearly 1 AM Jake and I headed home hoping to get a bit of shut eye, but leaving our phones inches away from our ears just in case he came sooner than expected. Well sure enough just 45 minutes after we laid down to sleep we got the call and headed right back to the hospital- slightly dazed but so excited to meet our new nephew. I will always remember the second I entered that room and saw him. I’ve never before felt that immediately surging love for another human being the second I saw them. He was laying there snuggled up so tight in my sister’s arms as Daniel held his wife’s hand. Chelsea did such an amazing job and looked fantastic for having just went through labor. Daniel stood proudly by her side as he watched his first son being born. It’s hard to describe but being there felt so magical- we were witnessing the start of a brand new life. I’m so honored that I was able to be there to capture some photos to share. Below you will also see photos of when they brought him home from the hospital, as well as some newborn photos and some family photos at the very end. (special thanks to Daniel for capturing a quick photo of me holding my nephew below).
Owen, you have so many people so wonderfully in love with you already (this proud Aunt included). I am so excited to see the person you are going to grow up to be. I am sure of one thing: The good Lord has placed you in two very special people’s care. Chelsea and Daniel are going to love on you so much (as they already have) and lean on the Lord’s strength always.
Without further ado, here is little Baby Owen James Northrop.