6th grade is where it all began.  Because sometimes love finds you before your ready…before you could know that you’ve met the person that you want to hold hands with through ALL the things.

But that spark still remained.  As did their friendship.

And so years later, when they saw each other at a party in college – that friendship and love quickly led them back together.  Because home was each other.

 

Alexa and Ryan, I CANNOT EVEN.  First and foremost, thank you for waking up at the CRAZY EARLY hours of the morning so we could have perfect light for a Chicago sunrise engagement session.  Thank you for sharing your story and your hearts for each other with me.  For standing in the middle of the road and taking over Starbucks and WALKING IN HEELS through it all!!!!  (That last part was just for you, Alexa…)  I cannot wait for your wedding day.  To watch as you two get to celebrate this beautiful love in front of family and friends and FINALLY BE DONE WITH LONG DISTANCE!

I love you both to the moon and back!

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Alexa, I’m just gonna go ahead and say what we’re all thinking: HOLY BUCKETS OF STUNNING.

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I CANNOT EVEN.

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Could they be any more adorable?  Nope.  Not possible.

 

 

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To see more from their engagement session, CLICK HERE to view their slide-show.

I still remember seeing them together in high school.  You could see it in her smile; in the way he held her hand.  They were made to walk this beautiful road together.

High school sweethearts became best friends who pledged their lives to one another.  In sickness and in health.

And that is just what they did.  He sat beside her as she fought the courageous bedrest/NICU path that brought their twin boys into this world.  They opened their arms even wider and welcomed two precious boys who entered this world a little earlier than their bodies were ready.  And so they made trips to the hospital and made the NICU their home.  And they loved these boys all the way through it.  They gave up sleep and the comforts of home to walk their little ones, and each other, through the trenches.

Stephanie and Andy, I watched this road you traveled to these boys from afar originally.  I ached as I saw the winding road that you walked with these two.  And yet, your love and your commitment has been obvious with EVERY step.  Getting to spend time with you two and watch you with your sweet, hilarious boys is one of the greatest honors.  To know the long road that led you all together and to listen to Andy sing to the boys and to see the way you held them and brought them in close, Stephanie…well…it left me speechless.  What a beautiful family you are making.  And to my precious little friends, oh boys…you are JOY.  I can still hear your giggles and I’m still swooning over the way you would talk to each other.  I am thrilled to keep cheering you on as you world changers grow and THRIVE.  And you get to do it with amazing parents.  Just do me a favor: keep working on sleeping through the night for your mom and dad.  Okay?

 

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To see more from their session, CLICK HERE to watch their adorable slide-show!

Every session is different.  Though I have certain activities and prompts I use – they are merely just opportunities to help a family be THEMSELVES.  To capture who they are…

This session?

I don’t think we ever stopped laughing.  And between the smiles and sweet words and hills explored…I knew that this family’s story reads LOVE.

Meg and Jay – you are making magic.  And it’s beautiful.  You are raising two hilarious, wonderful kids who shine like stars.  Thank you for giving me the backstage pass into this beautiful work you are doing and love you share.  Because I am BEYOND grateful for our time together.

 

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Before every session, I send my amazing clients a little questionnaire.  Because YOUR story matters.  You are not just a client.  You are an exquisite person with a story and it’s a gift that you’d entrust that to me.  So when I read Stephanie’s response…I cried.  And though I have a million reasons I love them, I felt like her words were just what someone might need to see today:

Luke is an angel. And it’s not because his behavior is perfect (because, well, he is three) but it’s because of his spirit, his curiosity and, for me, what he has done for me since he’s arrived in my life.
I don’t know if I told you I got pregnant the first time we tried. My pregnancy was perfect (except for my own neuroses) and Luke came into this world as the healthiest little 10 pound chunk. And I felt those ten pounds in my arms and realized that was how much my heart weighed. That my heart would no longer be in my body, it would forever be in my arms, wrapped in the body and spirit of this little boy. And it felt like an awesome responsibility. And it felt like ten tons of worry came down on me. And it’s taken me three years to shed that and start moving again.2017-08-16_011

But it’s because of Luke that I can move. I would have kept living my life as it was, being somewhat ok with a lot of things, and kind of meandering through. With Luke’s arrival, I felt the fire in my belly, in my heart and in my soul. I wasn’t going to let him see his mother live a meandering life. A life where somethings are ok, but nothing is good, serving or beautiful. I wanted him to see his mother live an intentional life, a life of purpose, and a life that was set up to shelter him and give him space to grow and be who he is – with no judgement.

 

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I remember when we locked eyes before her session 7 years ago.

“Amy, I’m pregnant.”

I knew that look.  It was similar to the one I had when I first I learned I was pregnant all those years ago when I had never planned on being a mom.  I looked deep in her eyes and just listened.  And I cherished what I knew.

Motherhood is hard and it is beautiful.  And she would be an AMAZING mom.  It was clear.  This little one was one of the luckiest.

Her mom just didn’t know it yet…

So when I got that precious email to invite me to document her sweet family, I squealed and danced and was beyond thrilled to freeze this sacred moment with all of them.

Sweet Brewer family, thank you for inviting me into your home and your hearts.  Thank you for sneaking up on each other with ALL THE GUSTO and for enduring my ridiculous jokes and for allowing me to capture the joy and love that is YOU.  I am forever grateful…

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To see more from our time together (and I think you’ll fall even more in love) CLICK HERE to view their slideshow.

 

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