I met Jenn almost 20 years ago. Truthfully, I had to keep thinking back to how long it has actually been. We worked together at my parents restaurant and I was trying to remember when she started there. She had asked me to be her wedding photographer in 2007 and we were really good friends by that point so father than that. She was at my baby shower for my youngest in 2004, farther than that…She was the one I had asked to go check out a hot guy that was sitting at my table to get her opinion of, who is now my husband that I met in 2002. Without asking her, I would say we met roughly around 2001.
The reason why I explain all of this is because for as long as I have known Jenn, she has been such a genuine person and friend and we have seen many milestones in each others lives. I cherish our times that we get to spend together because we can just be ourselves and laugh and catch up on life!
She fell madly in love with her husband, Aaron, and were married in 2007 in Hawaii! Did I mention that I was the photographer? What a dream wedding! I was in the very early stages of wanting to be a photographer and she put her trust in me to capture one of the most special days of her life and I was truly honored! And scared out of my mind!!! She loved her wedding photos and obviously you can see the progression of skill!
From then, they started to try for kids. There were many years of sadness, depression, aggravation, and anger of trying to get pregnant. Test after test, doctor after doctor, and through it all Jennie and Aaron’s love stayed strong and became stronger. Sure there were tough times but they knew they could get through it together.
After they tried every fertility treatment available, they went to In Vitro. They were finally pregnant! I remember Jenn calling me, just small talk, and her saying, “well I was just wondering if you wanted to take some pregnancy announcement photos for us?” Literally, that question was within random conversation. If I wasn’t listening, I wouldn’t have heard it! I was ecstatic! I truly can not put into words how over the moon I was for them and for that matter, everyone else they knew! If there were two more deserving people to receive such a wonderful gift, it was them!
There were a few minor concerns during the pregnancy and Jenn was monitored very closely. For the most part she did fantastic! She did deliver her boys about a month premature and they were in NICU for 10 days. They were 3 weeks old when I met them and photographed their newborn session. They were absolutely beautiful newborns! From that moment on, I was in love!
The boys are almost 11 months old now and so healthy and so adorable and truly happy babies! It took Jennie and Aaron so long to have these miracles and the first year is already approaching! As a mom, I know how hard that is for time to go by so fast. Even though there may be days where it doesn’t feel that way, you wake up one day and wonder where all that time went! (insert tears here) But these two parents are not taking one day for granted. They are counting their blessings every day. I don’t think these boys will ever know the joy they have brought to their mom and dad.
The next milestone I get to capture is their first birthday!!
To Jennie and Aaron, I love you both so much and are so overjoyed for your beautiful family! Thank you for allowing me to be your family photographer! I am honored to have captured all of your milestones as a family and many more to come!!