Being someone who had children at a VERY young age, I envy these two. I loved being a mom to my babes, but I was just a baby myself, so I didn’t have much of a perspective to base parenting on. They can’t wait to welcome their baby girl into their lives and you can just tell they are going to be such great parents! Michelle and Erick, we feel blessed to have gotten to shoot such precious life moments with the two of you already. We hope there are many more to come! <3 Big hugs from both of us, and we are anxiously awaiting the chance to say the words: “Welcome Baby!”.
Flash forward a few years later and Scott and I had an opening for a portrait session in San Diego and we posted about it. The same mom contacted me right away and said they’d be vacationing in Venice Beach, could we shoot there? I answered with an emphatic YES! So we did. This time a family session, and here’s a taste of what we got. Those girls are older and smarter but they STILL love the camera and the camera still loves them.
If you follow our weddings blog, you may remember Rhea and Austin’s RAD engagement session or their GORGEOUS ’20s themed wedding from Fall of 2012. You may have even seen their maternity session at Point Reyes State Beach from just a few weeks ago. We’ve fallen in love with the two of them, and it’s SO fun to get to see them in the roles of mom and dad. We are so excited for them, and being that they were our first big Napa wedding, and now they are the first bride and groom from Northern CA that we got to shoot a newborn session with, they will always hold a special place in our hearts.
Here are some of our favorites of they PERFECT little guy Destry, (about two weeks old in these photos) and the three of them, all in love and in complete adoration with one another.
Heather is just as sweet as she is cute, too. She is headed out to start college in San Luis Obispo in the Fall. Her older sister will be transferring to join her in the adventure. She had a sparkle in her eye as she told me about it. Such an exciting time in a young woman’s life. I believe she will have quite a fun transition from her small town Lodi life to a college campus!
Best of luck to you, Heather! Thank you for being so sweet and fun at our shoot. I loved shooting with you and your sweet Skippy.
p.s. During this shoot I got to see the proof that the phrase “pee like a racehorse” means pee for a REALLY long time! (excuse the less than prudent visual!)
Rhea and Austin love to hike at Point Reyes. It is a place that is sacred to them, and they have spent a lot of precious time there. Rhea spoke of returning to this spot many times when she needed to be refreshed and/or grounded. Even Bloom, their adorable Labra-doodle beamed with happiness from the moment we parked and throughout the entire time we were there. If you follow our wedding work, you may have seen these two on our blog for their super fun engagement session or their amazing wedding. We have grown to love these two as a couple and are grateful for any time we get to spend with them. We are lucky to also get to see them when we go for chiropractic treatment with them at Blossom Precision Chiropractic Napa Chiropractor.
Maternity is such an anticipatory time. Even more so, I think, with the first born child. Rhea and Austin have this beautiful aura about them. I’m not sure exactly how to explain it… but I think the best I can do is to say that they seem “open-hearted”. They are both open and vulnerable and fully embracing what’s about to happen to them. There is a welcoming peace and you can see it in their eyes- and feel it when you talk with them about their baby boy, Destry, coming.
Here’s a look into our time with Rhea, Austin, Destry and Bloom at Point Reyes Beach.