Sometimes life's direction places you on a different path from those you care deeply about. Not by intention. But as collateral damage of a life change. I've had it happen many times, be it a childhood move, change in direction or a necessary shift. And on occasion, portrait sessions end up being a sort of gift to me, outside of what you'd anticipate the more predictable blessings of photography to be.
These two truths were about to collide.
So when facebook connected me to a person I dearly love, but hadn't had a real conversation with in nearly 20 years, I jumped at the chance. What started out as a special honor to capture Maria and Andy's maternity session turned into an opportunity for closure that I thought time had taken away. The last time I had spent any quality time with Maria, she was just a girl, maybe 11 or 12 years old. She was like a little sister to me, so to sit in her living room, meet her husband and talk about her upcoming birth was both surreal and amazing. She turned out to be the kind of person I'd hoped for. The kind I'd love to spend time with. She's honest, funny and hospitable. And best of all, she found a match with Andy that was just as real. He matched these qualities in her in every way. I could see instantly that Maria is fully herself with her husband and clearly has the right foundation to build a family on.
I hope their true friendship and love speak to you in these photos. The smiles in their eyes are genuine and the joy of parenthood was palatable. Their little girl, Ania, is truly going to have two incredible parents on her journey ahead.
Thank you Andy and Maria for reaching out and sharing this part of your story with me. I am so grateful. All the best in the days and years ahead.