I had so much fun with these two! They're so easy to be around + work with. I think it's because they have such a close bond. I can tell they have one of those relationships that is built on a genuine friendship - I love that!
Caleb kept us laughing the entire time and Marley is just GOREGOUS already, but the way she lights up around him is really mesmerizing.
And I must mention their outfits! You can NEVER go wrong with neutrals and soft colors when planning your outfit for a portrait session. I thought that Caleb's blue button up matched his relaxed demeanor and really brought out his eyes. Then Marley's ethereal ivory dress from Urban Revival with lace appliques was radiating all the bridal vibes!
I can't wait for their wedding day! I'm sensing it will be an energetic and joyful celebration <3
A special thank you to Highgrove Farm in Valdosta for allowing us on their venue for this session!
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Here I am 10-months later, I realized I haven't shared a whole lot of Emmy except a few pictures here and there. So, this post (and future posts) are mainly just for our friends + fam who don't get to see her everyday and for us to look back on when she's all grown up!
As of last week, she's been out of my womb for 10 whole months. Dang. I've only written a few sentences and tears are starting to well up in my eyes. Sigh... here we go.
This past month has been really fun. We're always busy and there was a bit of stress, but despite all that, there's been a lot of moments that filled my joy cup to it fullest.
At month 9, she learned how to crawl and stand up literally all in the same week. We had to baby proof the house quick. But we had just moved into our new home, so there were still piles of random stuff everywhere and lots of things without places, so it was hard to really do that right away. So, we were constantly (still are) getting up and chasing her, then asking her "Emmy, what do you have in your mouth?" or saying, "Emmy, no-no. Don't touch that."
But this month, she's learning how to walk.
I LITERALLY CANNOT BELIEVE IM SAYING THAT.
This is where true joy comes in. Watching her take each step lights up my world. Every accomplishment she makes is such a victory in my eyes. Then just seeing all the things she learned is so much fun.
She can dada and mama. Though, I'm pretty sure "mama" means "pick me up" in her world. Because she really only says it when she's tired of crawling around and wants me to hold her. It's kind of cute, I guess.
She knows when her daddy is home by the sound of the door opening and his keys jingling. He'll usually start humming as soon as he walks in the door too, which is a dead giveaway. But as soon as she hears those sounds, she throws down whatever she's holding and bolts for the door. I love seeing how excited she gets. They just sit and talk and play, I'm blessed to see her life full of laughter thanks to him.
We're pretty sure she's going to be a singer. Not saying that to be all like "Oh my child is so awesome." But I think it'll be interesting to see if it actually happens, so I'm gonna go ahead and state it now so I can be like, "See, I always knew it." Lol
But yeah, she's enjoyed music from the beginning. Again, thanks to her daddy. He always has music playing and both him and my mom sing to her. She loves it and definitely sings along. She's really good at mimicking noises and matching your pitch too, which is pretty cool. Mariah Carey, The Sound of Music, and Kevin Gates are a few of her fave artists/soundtracks.
It's funny to hear her repeat things in her own way. I swear she's already arguing with me. I'll tell her "No" and she'll respond with a "Heh" noise that I guarantee means "Yes."
She loves to eat. But I think that's pretty normal for any baby at this age. It's just really exciting to watch her try a new food and her tear it up in a matter of minutes. Her "Honey" (my mom) is always giving really healthy stuff like fruit and veggies and I'm over her shoving a buttered waffle in her face. But she'll take anything right now besides avocado and broccoli.
Her favorite "activities" are taking baths, playing with random house objects, and pulling things out of the fridge. Y'all should see her face when I turn on the bath water or open the fridge door, she'll leap out of my arms if I let her. She makes the best squeal too, I'm smiling just thinking about it.
She could stay in the bath for hours (or until she gets sleepy and cranky), if I let her. Which is fine, because I'll sit by the tub and answer emails, post sneak peeks online, or fold laundry, while she's splashing around + occupied.
Jerrell works weekends, so thankfully he's with us during the week. But he's been working overtime lately, so it's just been me & Emmy most days.
I'll be honest. It's hard. I'm blessed to be able to stay home, I know that. But I also work from home, which is hard. And some would even call that a blessing too. I'm not saying it isn't.
The days are long, but the years are short. My cousin, Kat, reminded me of this quote earlier this month. It's one of those things that I've heard before but it takes on new meaning and weight when I can finally relate to it and apply it to my life.
I swear my days run together where a whole week can feel like a non-stop train to crazy-town (wherever that is, I just made that up).
But when I look back to the day Emersyn was born and try to realize that it's almost been an entire year since that day, I can't comprehend it. How? I always ask myself.
I guess its more of a hindsight thing. Looking backwards you think where did the time go? But looking forward you feel like you have all the time in the world. I'm glad to realize that's not true, so that I can cherish more things now rather "later."
Anyways (I'm rambling)...
.I'd like to share more about my unique journey of being a WAHM, how I manage (and struggle with) my computer time, our schedules, what works, what didn't work, what I'm still figuring out, etc. Because in the beginning months (and when I was pregnant), I did a lot of research to try & find other moms with a situation like mine and the resources were scarce. So, if anything I'd just like to share in hopes it'd start a trend of more moms sharing. We all have something we can learn from one another - I'll take all the advice I can get. But we'll see.
Here's a funny story, kind of:
(My husband thinks I'm horrible at telling stories. He's probably right lol).
Jerrell had already left for work that morning, so it was just me & Em at the house. When she wakes up in the morning, I'll grab her and lay her in the bed with me, she'll drink her first bottle there while I finish waking up. #LeStruggle
This particular morning, we both ended up falling back asleep in my bed for some extra Zzz's, I suppose.
Usually, we'll both wake back up at the same time. We've gotten pretty in sync.
But clearly this time, she woke up before I did.
In my half-sleep-state, all I hear is a *thump* noise and I knew exactly what that was. She had fallen off the bed.
I lunged forward, looking for her, and found her sitting upright on the floor and looking up at me. *Deep breath* She was okay.
Our bed is pretty high up, but we have carpet floors, so thankfully it wasn't too hard of a fall. She wasn't even upset by it, she just made a little "Ehh" noise like "Uhhhh, Idk what happened, mom."
But thats not that the funny part.
Ever since that morning, I guess I had some post-traumatic-stress from it haha. During the night, (Emmy doesn't sleep with us, she has her own bed) anytime Jerrell would move or make a small noise, my body would go into like a fight or flight mode and think it's Emersyn falling off the bed again.
So, I'd lunge forward again trying to "catch her" but instead all I'm doing is smacking the heck out of Jerrell in his sleep. Or when he'd leave for work and get out of bed, I'd flail my arms towards him trying to grab him lol.
It it took me a few nights to chill out and realize she's safe and not falling off the bed again. But obviously it really freaked me out! I'm also glad to know that my mom-reflexes work in my sleep! Just need to work on activating them at the right time.
Well, that's it for the highlight reel. I'll end the post with a few more pics that I haven't shared yet <3
This was probably one of my favorite portrait sessions to date. The light, the love, the cake! It was all so perfect...and dare I say, yummy! It's not everyday that I begin a session with freshly brewed coffee and then a huge slice of wedding cake to take home - but this needs to become a thing, FRFR.
The Stephens just celebrated their 1st wedding anniversary and they wanted to document it by sharing a normal morning together and letting me be the third wheel. As they sat on their (SUPER comfy) couch, I learned about how they first met and observed the soft smiles they shared as they reflected on their early memories. *CUE THE FEELS* I even got to hear a song they wrote together on the piano - I thought it was cool they trusted me enough to let me in their little world in that way.
We ended their session with a stroll around the Kinderlou Forest Golf Club. With it being midday, the sun was-a-blazin' but it created the most beautiful light I've ever seen during that time - I already said it was perfect, but I'll say it again #PERF but I do believe it was their connection that really made the day what it was.
Thank you, Daniel + Erica, for opening up your home and allowing me the honor of capturing new memories for you. It is my hope that you both will be able to look back at these images with fondness and will be able to further cherish this specific season of life together for years to come.
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Glori Beaufort is a professionally trained photographer from Valdosta, Georgia specializing in weddings and couples across the East Coast.