I've always been amazed at pregnancy & what a miracle it is that a baby is growing inside his mother. It's incredible, mind-boggling, just amazing! After just having gone through my own pregnancy last year, the whole process means even more to me now than it did before & I truly love every chance I get to photograph an expectant mother (and father).
Shannon & Lee are close, personal friends of Tim & me, and being able to photograph this maternity session for them meant more to me than you can possibly imagine! They have endured one of the most heart-wrenching journeys to becoming parents, suffering FOUR miscarriages over the course of seven years. Each loss was harder than the one before & after Shannon's last miscarriage in 2010, she & Lee had resolved that it must not be God's plan for them to have a biological child...or at least not at this phase of their life together. Amazingly, their relationship with each other & their faith in God only grew stronger despite the unbelievably hard circumstances they'd been through on four separate occasions.
They began researching adoption and then, unexpectedly, Shannon became pregnant again...for the fifth time. As excited as they were, it was bittersweet knowing that each time they had gotten this happy news in the past, it ended in heartbreak. When they announced the pregnancy to us as well as the rest of their friends and family, LOTS and LOTS of prayers immediately started going up for them and their sweet baby!
Well...as you can see...God answered those prayers in the way we were all hoping for...and Baby Samuel is due in just TWO weeks!!
I'll stop talking now so you can look at how adorable these *three* are. This is going to be one loved, adored, cherished little babe! :) I CAN'T WAIT TO MEET HIM!