Andrea, Derek and little Declan are getting ready to welcome the newest member of their family in a few short weeks, and it truly was a privilege to shoot their maternity session. We shared laughs as we roamed around Orange County shooting their most precious memories. Little did I know that there was something going on.... Apparently, as they drove to the shoot Derek got a call that his mom had been rushed to the hospital and was in critical condition. As soon as I found out (about 20 minutes into the session) I told Andrea that we should reschedule. Well, turns out Derek's mom lives out of state so there wasn't really much Derek could do, he would just need to be able to take phone calls and texts as they came in with updates on his mom. I worried we wouldn't get the pictures we wanted because let's be real - they were beyond worried. But we pressed on and oh my gosh - you would never know anything was going on! Their love for each other, for Declan and for baby Bennett shone through, and I absolutely love what we got! Towards the end of the session as the sun was setting I couldn't help but think of Andrea as a gorgeous angel in her white dress. Yeah - she was THAT stunning.
I only met this sweet family about 6 months ago, yet it has been so easy to become friends with them. I love it when my clients and I become friends, because at the end of the day that's what it's all about. After the session we shared many emails, getting updates on Derek's mom and praying for her constantly. Derek's mom is now home and doing much better, and I can't wait for her (as well as the rest of the family) to see these images.
Andrea and Derek - thank you so much for being you. Thank you for being beautiful people, both inside and out. Thank you for being a part of this session - I couldn't have thought of a better family! You guys are all SO adorable, and I can't wait to meet baby Bennett!
And also - thank you Jamie for all your help! It was so good to see you again, and thank you for helping with Declan - and for helping with the hair! I should bring you to all my sessions :)
Enjoy the sneak peek,
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