"One Year Later"
I had my first pregnancy symptoms in the metro on the way home from the Women's March, last year in Washington, DC. The hot train was equally packed with energy, and exhaustion. I became faint and nauseous. Having a difficulty standing and nowhere to sit, I hung onto Kit. A blur of pink hats dance across the backs on my eyelids as I struggled to stay lucid.
The first thing I thought when the test read positive was, "You marched with me." I knew it was a day every generation would learn about. This child would be able to show these photographs I took at the Women's March and say, "I was there, too! My mom was pregnant with me." He would know his parents stood on the right side of history, with an estimated 5,000,000 who marched worldwide.
Forest, is now almost 4 months old. His personality is shining through. He is opinionated with an intense desire to communicate, and from one week old he has smiled easily, and with his whole body. He often chooses one person and will almost stubbornly talk and grin at them until they communicate or smile, back. He already is who he is, but as his parents, it is our responsibility to guide his natural tendencies to help him become a force for good. As a white male, who I hope will never want for food and shelter, he will live a life of privilege. It is our job to educate him on what that privilege means.
I continue to march everyday by raising him to recognize the privilege he has, and what it means to be an #intersectional feminist, and an active part of the community, understanding that all are children of God. Through the years my greatest hope is that his intensity, stubbornness and love of people will never fade, but will grow into a force for good, that the world will be better with him a part of it.
Here are some of the photos I took that unforgettable day. Someday we'll share them with him.
Today has been so so good! It snowed which made us all excited to get out and play. Then after 2 hours outside we froze our tooshies off, and headed out to get hot chocolate for the boys. Not me! Can anyone else not drink hot chocolate? It smells so good, but It makes me ill! 🤢
So... word is that if you want people in internet land to know that you are still, in fact, the kind of photographer that shoots actual clients, that maybe now and then you should post something (anything 😂) other than your really adorable, squishy 6 month old. 🤷🏼♀️ So no. I’m not taking the worlds longest ever maternity leave! Currently booking weddings, families, lifestyle, interior and commercial shoots for 2018. And since I’m definitely on the baby train these days, I’m happily taking maternity, lifestyle newborn and fresh 48 clients too! And also, can you handle all this love right here?! 😍👆🏻 Counting down the MINUTES to Alli and Michael’s wedding this March!!!!!
My oldest brother & I both spent semesters studying in Yosemite during college, so deciding where to have his engagements photos taken was not a difficult decision. Gotta say - there’s something special about exploring the valley, getting fully drenched in waterfall mist + the fact your brother is marrying a girl we all really, really like.