When I made the announcement that I would start offering birth photography coverage as a part of my Motherhood Collectives, I was graciously and overwhelmingly surprised by the positive response. From old friends to clients of whom which I’ve documented many milestones, in just a couple of short months since that announcement, I’ve been hired to document so many beautiful and vastly different journeys into motherhood.
From neighbors to roommates to countless laughs, trips, and memories made together, Jamie is a treasured long-time friend. I’ve watched her and her daughter Bailey journey through life since Bailey was three years old, seeing the ups and downs of heartache, life lessons, and losses we all experience in one way or another. I truly believe the intricate personalities, experiences, and details of some humans are made to fit so perfectly, like the pieces of a puzzle, to certain other humans. Whether it’s chalked up to “true love,” destiny, soulmates, or whatever other coined term, I wholeheartedly believe there are people that exist in the world who so perfectly complement the existence of other humans. Through various sincere gestures made by Bubba in their relationship, the way he dotes on her, and what I know about the intricacies of Jamie’s heart, I know without a shadow of a doubt that these two were meant to share this life experience with one another.
Bubba with two little girls of his own and Jamie with Bailey, they joined forces last year as they got married and embarked on the journey of expanding their beautifully blended family. While Bubba is quite outnumbered to the ladies in his life, he’s pretty great at loving, providing for, and exemplifying an admirable male example to all of the little ladies who are so lucky to call him “daddy.”
I’ve seen Jamie experience many different things in life, but watching her strength and strong support system as she brought a child into the world takes the cake as my favorite. Here are a few snapshots of that journey…
As we spent hours anxiously awaiting Piper, I couldn’t help but feel such a full heart watching my friend flourish in so much love, support, and happiness during this season of life. My mind was also amusingly blown by the fact that the sweet 3-year-old I’ve watched grow over the years is now old enough to send T-E-X-T M-E-S-S-A-G-E-S checking on her mama.
For anyone who knows Jamie personally, they know of her playful, jovial nature in almost any situation. When Bubba began cracking jokes in between Jamie’s exhaustion and pushes, I thought with even further affirmation than before, “Good gracious, this boy was made to love her.”
And just like that, Piper graced us with seven pounds and four ounces of chubby-cheeked perfection.
And never have I seen my sweet friend more content with all things in life.
While I thought Jamie deserved a 5-course dinner after that experience, this hungry new mama settled for the remainder of my Jimmy John’s and, in her true nature, was providing the entire room with laughs.
A few days later, we learned that Piper is a fan of being on camera in between naps. Oh, the life…
This past July, Jamie’s brother Jacob’s life was tragically and unexpectedly cut short in a motorcycling collision in San Francisco. Jacob is survived by his newly married wife and adventure buddy, Ali, who was with Jacob in the accident and is still recovering from many severe injuries.
Jacob was so full of enthusiasm for seeking out wonderful people and experiences, and also, a huge part of Jamie and Bailey’s life. Jamie was gifted two bears from close friends for Piper in remembrance of Jacob. One, a build-a-bear with a voice recording of Jacob exclaiming he had successfully completed the lunge challenge Jamie put him up to–the type of typical playful fun the two of them often shared. The other, a blue gingham stuffed bear made from one of Jacob’s dress shirts. While Piper never got to meet her vivacious uncle, she undoubtedly will learn of his beautiful spirit from the memories he left behind and the many lives he affected. And for Jamie, a photograph containing two of her most treasured loves.
Jamie and Bubba, I cannot wait to see where this beautiful life brings you and your girls next.