Relationships are key to the success of any business, but the personal relationships are the only reason that I am completely hooked on what I do and actually love doing it day in and day out. One of the greatest gifts my job gives me is the chance to watch a relationship grow from boyfriend-girlfriend to husband-wife and then into mom and dad when baby comes along. Then to watch that baby grow over the years is my motivation to continue the creativity. I mean, it makes me feel old when I'm saying, " I used to photograph you as a newborn, and you peed all over me!"
Such is the case with little Addie. She will be coming to me through the years, and I have already enjoyed photographing the process of welcoming her. I was with her mommy and daddy, Angie and Curtis James to help them celebrate their engagement, their pregnancy, and then Addie's first photo session.
One of my favorite compliments was Angie telling me after their wedding that Curtis wished I had photographed it!
(Sorry guys, I don't venture into the wedding world :) )
I wanted to give everyone a little peek into this couple's life through each of my photo sessions (and truly how perfect they are for each other).
How did you each know the other was the one?
ANGIE: I can't say the exact moment that I knew Curtis was "the one", but I do know that I thought he was too good to be true. He is such a loving, giving, caring person who has always made me feel like I am number one. He has always been so generous with my family and friends and will go out of his way to give to others. As soon as I was sure that all these feelings he portrayed were genuine, that was it. I knew I wanted to spend the rest of my life with him.
CURTIS: I threw Angie a surprise birthday party at Arlington Race track with my family and friends. A few months later my grandfather was very sick and did not have much longer to live. Angie went to Ohio and spent hours with me in the nursing home with my grandfather. That confirmed it for me.
Describe the best day you spent together as a married couple BEFORE baby.
ANGIE: We got pregnant two months after getting married, so our best time spent together was on our honeymoon in Bora Bora! We had a private bungalow on the water and spent a lot of time together just the two of us.
CURTIS: What Angie said...
What have you learned about each other since becoming parents?
CURTIS: We always got along really well and rarely argued. Addie was a tough baby the first three months and had colic. We were exhausted, as most new parents are, and those first few months definitely tested our patience with one another.
ANGIE: We were quick to apologize to one another if we let our lack of patience get in the way. I learned that I loved him more than I ever thought possible. I love to just watch him with Addie. He never hesitated from day one to jump right in and change diapers, stay up late nights, and take time off to spend with his daughter. I am a teacher and took the year off to stay home with Addie, and Curtis makes sure that we are well taken care of. He loves to cook and has helped to relieve that stress by taking over in the kitchen (as he always has). I'm a lucky girl! He really does his part, as well as keeping me calm when I get overwhelmed. We are a great team. So far everything is going wonderful, and parenthood has been fun and challenging, especially the first three months!
Well, little Addie, we can't wait to see you at your 6-9 month appointment!