Elizabeth is a dear friend from my missionary days in Sacramento, California. We were essentially mission roomies – me and my companion were serving as English missionaries, and she and her deaf companion served the deaf community. We quickly grew to be close friends – she made me feel valued, important, and helpful – and taught me basically everything the signs I know! That friendship just kept giving when we got back from our missions – she drove the 8 hours from SLC to Denver to welcome me home and attend my homecoming (with her then boyfriend, now husband, Jared), my then boyfriend (now husband) and I drove up from Provo to SLC to attend her reception when they finally got married… it was the best. I always knew she would support me in my crazy endeavors, and she knows that I’m 100%, all in to support her in hers.
So, I practically jumped up and down for JOY when Elizabeth texted me saying that she needed my photography skills to help her make a very important announcement (ok, ok, I only jumped up and down inside and made very quiet excited squeals cause I was at my cubicle. Surrounded by a bunch of engineers. At work.). I was about halfway through my pregnancy with Eleanor, and the thought of being pregnant at the same time as this dear friend just made my heart BURST. Let alone getting to help her announce it to the world!!
We met up at Oquirrh Lake in Daybreak for our announcement session, after some last-minute scheduling (cue an important meeting coming up for Jared last minute) and traffic adventures. But despite all that previous chaos, everything. turned. out. PERFECT. We got what we wanted in the short timeframe we had, their excitement and love for each other and this precious babe coming their way was contagious… just everything. Heart. Eyes.
After we finished up and sent Jared running off to his meeting, Elizabeth and I got to catch up on life and how pregnancy was going for her, her birth plans, their new house. It was then that she asked me if I would ever consider being there for our birth and capturing their birth story. Haha – I about jumped up and down with excitement (for real this time)! I had been thinking for a good long while about starting to offer birth photography (a feeling that grew as my baby girl grew inside of me), and coincidence? I think not. 😉 So, over the next few months, Elizabeth kindly waited for me to figure out how to handle being on-call with a 4-month-old, and we got her booked as my first birth client! That story, you can find here.