Late in December, just a week before Christmas, I met with Mike and Rachel and their beautiful girls for a studio maternity session. Mike is one of my many many first cousins, and I always love having an excuse to spend time with family, but his wife Rachel and I get along so well I sometimes feel more like she is the one I grew up with! Rachel and I had planned a beautiful outdoor maternity session, but mother nature had other plans and dumped about 2 feet of snow on us and some sub zero temps the day before our scheduled session date. So we reluctantly abandoned our visions of flowing maternity gowns amid a sea of snow covered spruce trees and opted for a warmer and drier studio session. And I am so glad that we did! Their three beautiful daughters chattered away their excitement and anticipation for their new baby sister and Rachel got to rock a gorgeous fitted maternity gown! While photographing Mike and Rachel, it was evident in the way he gently put his hand on her growing baby belly, the way he attended to Rachel, and then kept the girls occupied while I worked alone with Rachel, that their new baby already has the love of a phenomenal father!
Kambree arrived on December 31st, and two weeks later I made the drive out to their farm yard - the same farm where Mike grew up and where his children will now grow, to photograph her newborn session! We got those sleepy newborn shots and a great visit too! It was one of those sessions where you enjoy the conversation just as much as the cuddles!
One of my most favourite parts of their session though - were these relaxed shots of the family in the master bedroom. I feel that so often (especially when our children are little) the heart of the home ends up being the master bedroom.
Kambree's big sisters are already so in love with her - she will have 3 little mama's taking care of her! I cannot wait to watch her grow!
Thanks for reading, and Mike and Rachel - thank-you so much for inviting me into your home and for just being such a great example of a loving family! I am so proud to call you family!