Jordan and I used to send out yearly holiday cards. The photos weren't professional -- just something fun from the previous year. When we started trying to expand our family and subsequently ran into issues, my desire to send out cards vanished. I envisioned that our yearly photos would serve to document our expanding family.
"It has to be this year, right?" Or "At least by my next birthday."
With each passing year, I found it increasingly more depressing to send a photo that still included two people. Even though we've been making a lot of great changes (moving across the country, starting a new business, traveling etc.) On the outside it looks like everything has stayed the same. Why document it?
Writing this out sounds pretty pathetic, but it's the truth.
Towards the end of last year, amongst doctors appointments and adjusting to our new home, I came to the realization I would regret not having professional photos taken of us. Whether or not a baby would be born in 2015, we needed to make this happen! We haven't had any since our wedding and while I love our wedding photos they aren't in the most natural of settings, you know? Plus, Jordan is also still sporting a bit of a mullet from his band days.
In addition, this October marks our 10 year dating anniversary. I'm learning to celebrate the phase of life we're in. I would love for these photos to announce something exciting, but our marriage is worth celebrating. I don't need any other reason!
Once I decided to have photos taken, I needed to choose the photographer. Jordan and I know a lot of camera people, but truly there was only one person I wanted: Kate De La Rosa. I secretly decided several years ago Kate would take maternity photos of me (and I hope one day that dream will happen!). I love her ability to capture the personality of her clients in a natural setting. Not only is she a kick-ass photographer, she's a wonderful momma, a true sweetheart, and a very dear friend.
In April, Jordan and I had brunch with Kate, her husband, Erick, and their family. During our time together, I asked if she would be willing to take photos of us. She said yes! We already knew we were coming home in July, so we decided to put it in the books. The stars (and weather) aligned so we ventured out to a special beach in Chicago! I am so glad I didn't put this off any longer! We couldn't be happier with the results.
I had to stop myself from posting even more photos from our day. I can't recommend Kate any higher. If you are looking for a photographer for family, personal or wedding needs, hire Kate! You can contact her directly here.
Photography © Kate De La Rosa