most people these days know us best as allison and anna, wedding photographers, but our relationship goes far beyond the continual nikon vs. canon banter we share. i’ve marveled at times at how she knew which lens i wanted before i even asked for it or how she could look at me from across the reception ballroom last summer and tell that my shooting-eight-months-pregnant-self was having contractions every five minutes (this job demands that you smile through a lot). 😉 i stood beside her on her wedding day, and i was honored to have her do the same for me two months later. we’ve encouraged each other through job uncertainties, miscarriages, the weight of parenting many little people, and countless other issues of life. but one of the sweetest times in our friendship came last july when she stayed diligently by my side with camera in hand while my tiniest tot made her appearance shortly after that contraction-heavy wedding day. so it probably goes without saying that when she told me about the true miracle growing in her belly, i was ecstatic to hopefully be able to return the favor for her.

we made plans – as best as plans can be made when pregnancy, labor, and delivery are involved – and i buzzed down to montgomery last monday to document baby andrew’s arrival into a family full of precious little girls.

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it was a joy to stand with anna’s family as they saw their new baby for the first time through the glass of the nursery window…

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and my heart ached with them as anna took the nurse’s call telling her that something was a little off and that andrew would be staying in the hospital longer than expected.

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sadly, since andrew was confined to the nursery throughout his hospital stay we weren’t able to get any photos of the whole family, but praise god, he’s already HOME and doing beautifully now. congratulations, our precious friends, on the birth of a perfect blessing from the lord!!!

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