Meet sweet baby Owen. And his adoring family. Sometimes in life we just win the friend lottery, and such it is with the Maiers. I love these five and am thankful for them keeping it real as parents and friends. Three kids, one crazy vizsla, and big hearts for everyone. These photos are a perfect example of why I love doing lifestyle newborn photos in people's homes. The real moments here are precious. They are the details they will remember. Big brother and sister poking and prodding at brother. Mom getting clobbered by kids while trying to have a quiet moment. Everyone piled into bed together. Big laughs. Snacks. Sweet babies who grow too fast.
Motherhood, parenting, family life - it's all complex and beautiful and nuanced. And it takes a village, this I know for true. But not just to raise our children, but to keep each other happy and sane and no alone. Enter my dear friends, the Maiers. I am beyond thankful for the mother heart of my friend Stephanie and the determined and generous spirit of Mike. Steph is honest and vulnerable, which allows the rest of us to let our hair down and get real about the take out, compression socks, booger noses, and so on. As Mike and Stephanie welcome baby number three, their circle of family and friends is holding them up in love and support. As you can tell, Paige and Carter are SO EXCITED about baby brother. It's crazy to think that we all get to dote on this new little being within the coming days. Thank you, friends, for making the trek to Spokane to bless me with the opportunity to photograph you!