Emery Drew | Birth Story

A Homegrown Love Story

Hey again! As you can clearly tell, I did NOT do very well blogging in 2017. I shot so many beautiful weddings, engagements, families, seniors, and births this past year but gosh darn it I am terrible at setting aside time to blog about all of these beautiful Homegrown Love Stories that I get to witness. So, as I've been prepping for 2018 I've decided that I'm going to have to plan to schedule days for blogging! Wish me luck! And I'm not blogging at least 1-2x a month, someone holler at me and kick my booty in gear because I just have too many great love stories to share!

Where to begin? Oh, right, back to the birth story of sweet Emery Drew! It was a rainy May morning when I got the call that it would be the day! I gathered all my things and talked with my mom, making plans to drop Ellie off at her house a little later. Once things finally picked up pace I headed out to BRMC. 

Mary Kate + Jared, thanks for inviting me to be part of such a special day. I hope these images and your video are so treasured and that one day Emery loves seeing the story of her birth day! It was such a joy to be there and celebrate with you and your family!

-Emily

Beau Steven | Birth Story

A Homegrown Love Story

So I'm back. And this time you better grab your tissues because I have the sweetest birth story.

 I love all births but this one is extra special. You see, Caitlin and Tyler are my first bride and groom to book me for their birth story. I can't really put into words how much it means to me that a couple would continue to trust me again and again with some of the most special memories in their life. It makes them just feel like the sweetest friends. And honestly, these two are so special to Mike and me! They just love Ellie (she even attended their wedding). At their maternity sessions it was just the sweetest thing seeing Tyler play and chase her around with a piece of hay! And after seeing that and the pride on his face right after his baby boy was born, I have no doubt he will be a fantastic dad. And Caitlin, I cried editing this video and the photos because she is so tenderhearted, so full of joy, and motherhood suits her so well! 

I want to give a little back story for you. You may wonder, why did you take a bunch of clips of the rain? Well, on Caitlin and Tyler's wedding day it decided to pour the rain...just like it did the night that Beau was born. I loved it because God orchestrates even the smallest details of our stories! 

Caitlin and Tyler, you guys are awesome and I am so thankful for your friendship! I hope you absolutely treasure these images and video for years to come. I pray that when you watch the video, it takes you right back to that very late night that little (or not so little ;] hehe ) Beau made his grand entrance and you can remember that flood of emotions, the tears rolling down your cheeks, the sweet smell of baby, and how it felt to hold your boy for the very first time as a mama. I love you all!

-Em

So grab a tissue and enjoy the birth story of sweet Beau Steven!

The Baileys | An Abingdon, VA Beloved Maternity Session

So y'all, I'm just gonna let you know that the next few posts are all going to be about Baileys. You see, I just can't get enough of the Baileys. ;]

This is Caitlin + Tyler.

I photographed their wedding about 2 years ago. (And yes, the previous post is about Tyler's brother and his family) I love these two a whole bunch! When I found out Caitlin was pregnant I was over the moon excited for them and when she asked me to photograph their Birth Story I think I about died of excitement!

This past Saturday, very early in the morning, before the sun was even awake, their baby boy made his grand arrival! Before I share their Birth Story, I wanted to share some of my favorites from their mini maternity session. These are always some of my favorite sessions. I love working with married couples who are expecting their first baby. It's so fun to see them snuggle, talk, and dream about this new little one who is about to join their family! Anyway, I will save the talking for their Birth Story and let these photos do the talking! 

Em

The Baileys | A Tennessee Family + Newborn Session

A Homegrown Love Story

I've known this sweet little family for a few years now, ever since Zac's brother got married! They are the kind of people you just enjoy being around because they are so kind and sweet. I actually had the privilege of doing maternity photos for them when they were expecting their first baby boy so it was so exciting when Bri contacted me to tell their Birth Story for baby boy #2! 

On a very cold, windy February day we met up with maternity photos and talk details for the birth that was a few weeks away. (side note: I promise to go back and share some of their maternity session soon!) Little did we know that we would have fewer weeks that expected! Their little guy decided to make his grand arrival 3 weeks early. Unfortunately it also happened to be while I was in Texas photographing a wedding. I got Bri's text saying her water broke as I was walking to the car moments after hugging the bride + groom. I could have about cried! Thankfully Sara Parker (Sara Parker Photography) was able to fill in for me and did a wonderful job!

So that brings us to the newborn session. We had a perfectly springy day, with just the right amount of sunshine streaming into the windows of Zac and Bri's house. I loved getting to meet Grey and to get in a few baby snuggles. Also, Ellie (and Mike) tagged along so she had a blast playing with Rhett! Zac and Bri, thanks again for inviting me into your home and trusting me with your special memories! You guys are wonderful and I hope you treasure these images for years to come. 

Emily