Not only do I love meeting new clients but I love connecting with clients. The Manifold's were referred to me by my hairdresser Melissa King (thanks Melissa!!). Aaron and Erin were expecting their second boy and wanted some maternity photos done. We met on a sunny Sunday morning in November - Erin was due in about 4 weeks. I instantly loved their laid back nature and the session just seemed to flow wonderfully - something that doesn't always happen when you have a session with a 2 year old. Their son Wesley was a doll - so sweet and smiles all around. (:
I was so excited when they called to tell me baby Sawyer had arrived and they were hoping to have a newborn session. I met them at their home when Sawyer was 5 days old. A December baby can be chaos (I have one of my own) - like having a baby isn't hard enough, add in holiday stress, decorating, presents, and family gatherings and it can make you crazy. I know the Manifold's were taking it all in stride. (:
Once I arrived at their house, I noticed photos of a baby girl all over the living room. And both Aaron and Erin mentioned something in passing about another child. Then I saw the stocking with "Avery" on it. I had to ask - not to pry - but I couldn't not ask - I knew these photos were of a special baby. Aaron graciously answered my question, telling me they lost their first baby - baby girl Avery - at 4 months in a daycare accident. My heart sunk. As a mother, I could not imagine losing a child. Erin shared with me later that they found out 5 weeks after losing Avery that they were pregnant with Wesley - a complete surprise. God is mysterious but God is good. I was inspired by their choice to honor Avery every day of their lives and hold her close in their hearts.
Baby Sawyer was another gift from God and boy, are these parents proud and feel so blessed. Words can't describe this love and emotion so I'll let the photos speak for themselves:
I was able to get some fun shots of Mr. Wesley while baby Sawyer was having some lunch (:
We finished up the session inside (notice all of the outside shots - yeah it was 60 degrees in the middle of December in Indiana - CRAZY!).
Kelly Martin Photography offers custom on-location lifestyle and portrait professional photography services in Indianapolis and surrounding areas. Session types include family, newborn, maternity, children, couples, engagement, seniors, lifestyle and more! Real. Creative. Personalized.
If you are looking for a maternity or newborn photographer, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or 765-749-4388.