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.