Back in the summer of 2009 when we first moved back to Houston, Kamee and Jarod were the first people in Houston to hire me. I remember well the moment Kamee walked up to me in church and asked me to take photos of her and Jarod. They believed in me at a time where Bill and I were in a whirlwind of change, disappointment and newness. All I knew at that time was that I wanted to keep shooting and they gave me the encouragement to keep going and to reestablish my business here in Houston. They also became amazing couple friends, we celebrated life together.
But sometimes paths deviate from each other, for years at a time. And in another whirlwind of life change Jarod and Kamee left to work over seas for several years and we lightly kept in touch on Facebook. They were living a life thousands of miles away and we were living our lives here, with a growing business and a growing family.
Then surprisingly, sometimes, life paths come back together in the form of a maternity photo session.
During their own whirlwind of change Kamee sent me a Facebook message and asked me to shoot their maternity session. I was honored. Not only because I was going to get to photograph them, especially at this joyous time, but because they thought of me, even after our paths had been so far apart for so long. During the session, which we shot in their new home, it was like they had never left. We picked up where we left off, except for with a bit more knowledge about photography, birth, babies and parenthood.
I am thrilled to have them back in our lives, and to share with them in this amazing thing that is being a parent. It took everything in me not to cry while sitting in Starbucks, editing this session. They are such beautiful people and they are going to make the most amazing and loving parents. I am over the moon for them, and here are their photos…
These photos are black and white heavy. I’ve been thinking a lot about my days shooting black and white film, and hours in the darkroom and while editing the light and emotion of these images reminded me of film, very raw, very honest and natural.