There is something about being pregnant while having children that just tugs at your heartstrings. When I was pregnant with Sylvie, I was flooded with different emotions and wondered how I could possibly bring forth a new life into what seemed an already perfect little family. I struggled with guilt. How could I possibly love Sylvie as much as I loved Ramona and would Ramona still know I love her when Sylvie came? Of course now I know that these things just happen organically. I love Sylvie just as much as Ramona and Ramona does know that I love her as I always have. But things do change. And guilt is still there–all the time. I think that’s part of being a mama. I loved this shoot because I loved the connection that unfolded in front of my camera between Stacie and her daughter. It made my heart throb a little.
I am so grateful that Aubrey and Kirk called me about 4 years ago asking me to photograph their pregnancy with baby, Jones. I fell in love with them instantly and have since then added this family to my list of very close friends. Aubrey and Kirk are my hero parents. The way they parent Jones, and still manage to get in a dozen concerts a year (sometimes with Jones) and throw back beers regularly… they make parenting look so fun. And there is never a dull moment with this family, so I’m not surprised that Jones has come up with the name “Kiki Money” for his new baby sister who will be arriving in March. Georgia will be her proper name, but I have a feeling Kiki Money may stick.
It isn’t work shooting families like these. I’m just so lucky to have clients like the Quinns who make my work feel like a mere extension of my breath.