Surrogacy is an amazing thing. Being able to give a gift like that, there are almost no words for it. As a mom myself, I couldn’t imagine a life without my babies. That’s why I was so thrilled when my sister-in-law, Angelina, asked me to document her little belly buddy Kei’s first moments in the world at Harris Methodist Hospital Southwest in Fort Worth, Texas.
You could tell that the brand new parent, K&P, were already head over heels in love for this tiny baby boy.
I asked them to share a little bit of their experience and here’s what Angelina had to say…
It’s hard to put into words what this experience has been like and just how much it means to me. We were matched perfectly to this amazing couple living a world away. We instantly knew they were the ones God had put in our path. We got to hear their struggle and are now part of the same story. We had all wanted to get this journey started right away, after all they’ve been waiting so long already. Our first try was a success! 39 weeks and 3 days later and he’s here! This miracle has come true. This prayer that’s been said and asked for countless times has finally been answered. This dream has come true. These amazing people are now parents! It’s an unbelievable feeling to realize the role I played. We became family. I am emotional and cry thinking about everything and where we are now. I hugged my husband lastnight and just cried then he said “it’s crazy huh? You did it!” Just because the pregnancy is over, doesn’t mean our journey is. It’s just beginning. We get to be included for the rest of his life!
***Words from K&P to come later after they’ve adjusted to new parenthood.
Also, you can read Angelina’s blog documenting their entire surrogacy journey here.
Here are some of my favorite moments from Baby Kei’s fresh 48.
Welcome to the world little guy!
Hello Hello! I am back in the blogging game you guys. This time for real. I am going to be so on top of this.
Let me introduce you to something. His name is Maverick and he is the first baby boy I’ve gotten to shoot in a loooong stream of adorable girls. Weighing in at 10 pounds, I believe his mama said, and those little eyes that match his big sister’s. He stole my heart y’all!
This little family has been a part of my client family since 2016. Believe it or not, I met them when that curly haired little beauty was still in her mommy’s tummy. It was one of my favorite maternity sessions.
Then I found out they were expecting baby number TWO and guess who got to photograph that maternity session?
It was perfect and beautiful! I was so excited to finally meet baby Maverick when we finally had his newborn session in their gorgeous new home. Especially because his gender was a surprise just like his big sister’s was.
Here are some of my favorite moments of his newborn lifestyle session!
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This session was the last one I shot before I had my own baby girl. Actually it was a whole 8 days before I had her! I waddled into that postpartum room and met the sweetest newborn girl. Miss Riley! She was the teeniest, sweetest baby all dressed in purple floral and she knocked her session out of the park.
Congratulations to mama, daddy, and the new big sister!
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It’s always fun to see your client’s lives change and grow in ways that make you so happy and even proud. Then by some magic, you get to capture it all for them. Like…how cool is that?
Almost exactly one year ago, I was hiding in a bush secretly shooting the proposal of Samantha and Stephen. Yes that really happened and it was so much fun! You can read all about it and see the photos from their adorable engagement session here. I’ve been lucky enough to capture their relationship from the very beginning. Now I get to see them expand their little family with another sweet baby girl.
I was so thrilled to see them pull up and dressed to the nines for this session! The gorgeous long flowy maxi dress was perfect shade of pink and coordinated with Miss Kaylee’s floral dress beautifully. Not to mention those amazing braids and Stephen’s suspenders. LOVE. The whole session was magical and looks like something out of a fairy tale.
Here are some of favorite shots from the session…
Dress by Blooming Maternity (altered by Samantha)
So excited to meet this baby girl! Congrats to the Walker family!
Okay I want to confess something. This never happens, I swear, but I was running late to this session. Forgetting every memory card I own, I had to haul butt to the closest CVS to pick one up. Luckily the had some! Overpriced but my saving grace! Let me tell you, my checklist is on point just because of this day. Haha!
This was my first time meeting Madeline and her adorable baby bump. She was a sweet heart of course. Just like her mama, Patti, who I also had the pleasure of meeting at this session. Maddy was a beauty like no other. A mix between Kylie Jenner and Rachel Weisz, she was a dream to shoot. Every little pose and movement, perfection. Her round belly, carrying baby boy Mateo, was like an accessory she was always meant to have. Of course, we had to take some photos of her in overalls. She said they were basically her entire wardrobe during her pregnancy. When she talked about being a mother and her son, you could see the overwhelming love and maternal instinct that was so natural to her. This maternity session is probably my absolute favorite to date. There’s something about a beautiful pregnant woman in a lace dress and the perfect creek setting.
Here are some of my favorites from that day…
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Mateo was born on August 1st and is loved unconditionally by his amazing mommy and family. Congratulations Madeline!
Saturday morning, I woke up before my alarm as usual. I had a busy day ahead of me and I guess my brain just wanted a head start on it all. I took a peak outside…cloudy…darn! I was hoping it would clear up before the indoor session I had this morning which was not entirely crazy considering I live in one of most finicky states when it comes to weather. Not much longer later, I grabbed my equipment, my boots, and my keys and I was on my way to Aubrey, Tx.
As I drove through what I can only describe as a perfect replica of The Truman Show neighborhood, I couldn’t help but think “this is SO Sammie”.
I have known Mrs. Samantha Kupiec since I was 12 years old. I moved to Irving, Tx the second semester of 7th grade. Practically a teenager, I couldn’t tell you the many emotions I felt about moving the 340 miles South East of the town I grew up in. I remember being in home room and a sweet curly blonde haired girl starting talking to me. It wasn’t long after that, that she became one of my closest friends. So many sleep overs, laughs, manicures, and secrets I have shared with this girl. I’ve watched her walk down the isle. I’ve cried when she shared the story of her trying to conceive her first son Graham. And here I was now, about to take her maternity photos for her second child, another boy, Harrison Tate.
Sammie, you have grown into an amazing, beautiful, loving wife and mother and I couldn’t be happier for you and your family. I love you girl!
Here are some of my favorites from the Kupiec Family’s maternity lifestyle session…
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Congratulations Sammie, Sean, and Graham!