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Jina | Maternity

We didn’t do maternity photos back when Jina was pregnant with Lyla, mainly because I wasn’t into photography at the time. It just wasn’t something we thought about doing.

This time around is different though. Not only because I’m a photographer now and she’s having a baby, so of course 1 +1 = 2. But it’s the fact that we’re having a baby at all that’s the miracle in all of this. I wont go into the long story of infertility and all that, but our impending baby boy is a huge blessing and a monumental surprise. And Jina wanted to capture this moment in our lives because of what it all means to our not-so-little family.

So we ventured out a few weeks ago and took some photos. Also his name is going to be Asher and we can’t wait to meet him.

 

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One | Jina

This is my wife Jina…pregnant with our surprise baby boy who will be named Asher Henry. He’s due September 15th! We took some photos last Friday evening and while it was overcast most of the afternoon, we scored 15 minutes of sunshine right before it disappeared below the horizon.

I’m a lucky man. She’s never looked more beautiful.

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Little Miss Sunshine

(click to see larger, crisper, with a nice dark border)

If you were to boil my life down to the basic things that are essential to my existence…the photo above represents all of it.

Before I go on about my two girls, today is Movie Title Wednesday so of course I gotta talk about the film for a bit. Little Miss Sunshine is one of my favorite movies from the last decade or so. A fun, hilarious movie with an awesome cast, great story and a VW bus that couldn’t stop honking. If you somehow missed this one, I’d give it a look-see. Can’t go wrong.

In reality, our little girl Lyla is indeed our sunshine. I don’t remember what I used to laugh about compared to what I do today. There isn’t a day, or an afternoon, or an hour that goes by where she doesn’t make me smile.

When you first have a baby, it’s amazing how badly you want to get to the stage when they sleep through the night and you can finally rest. And then when she’s almost 2 1/2, you are wishing that time would slow down because you already can’t bear the thought of her leaving the house someday.

The shot above was from Easter Sunday morning in our church parking lot. She had just seen my wife Jina twist her foot for a second, and so of course Lyla copied her and gave me a perfect little model pose.

Here’s a second shot below of both of them. These are probably two of my favorite pictures ever of them together.

Both shots were taken on my 5D Mark II with the Canon 50mm 1.4, at f/1.4, ISO 100 and a shutter speed of 1/8000.