"Any day now. Any day now..." It runs through my head every morning as I slowly wake up, usually to the feeling of his little feet and hands stretching inside my belly. Most of you know that a sweet little man child has been slowly growing in my belly over the past 8+ months and I'm amazed that we've already made it to those final weeks where every day holds the possibility of my firstborn son in my arms.
I'm 37+ weeks now, and as of today I'm officially on maternity leave! This summer has been so busy and full for me, something that has been both hard and good, hard because my body can't quite keep up with the pace that I used to set for myself, and good because it's made the days just flyyyy by and left very little time for me to sit around anxiously waiting for this little one to get here. I shot my last wedding two Saturdays ago and was determined to somehow accomplish the impossible and have it plus all my other weddings and portrait sessions from the summer finished by this past Friday. It's amazing what a nesting, eager to get ready for and have her baby mommy can accomplish, because I did it! So I'm sending off the last round of disks, and links to online galleries today and then I plan on eating 2 (ok, 3) popsicles to celebrate the beginning of this big transition.
Over the next few weeks and months I will be spending the majority of my time getting to know the squishy little man about to enter our world and change our lives forever. Kissing his cheeks and smelling his soft little head will be very time consuming activities ;) Because of that blogging, emailing, and everything else business related will be put to the side for a time because these days are precious and few and not something I want to miss out on at all. I will probably still be posting a few posts here and there, I have so much to share from the past few months, and will try to reply to emails eventually, but I can't be apologetic about the fact that my husband and little man are my number one priorities and will be taking up most of my time over the fall months. I hope you all will understand.
I am still accepting a limited number of bookings for the last two months of the year, and I am now accepting 2014 wedding inquiries as well. In the meantime, while things are a little slower over here, I will be probably be posting more frequently on our family blog, with lots of updates and peeks into our life as a newly formed family of 3. I'm also obsessed with instagram so you can be sure there will be plenty of baby love there when the time comes ;)
Thanks to all who have made this one of my best years of business yet, I'm so very grateful to do something that I love so much and call it work, and while the months ahead will bring changes to both my personal and business life I'm more excited than ever about the years of business still ahead!
Jessica Shae + baby ras
Monday, August 5, 2013
I shot my last wedding of the summer last weekend just outside Chicago. It was a gorgeous day and if you're interested in seeing a few more from the wedding there are some on my facebook page. Full post coming soon!
Tuesday, July 30, 2013
"it's delightful when your imaginations come true, isn't it?"
Those moments during the final prayer right before you're announced as husband and wife for the first time... almost too much happiness to contain.
Monday, July 29, 2013
I'm officially 1 wedding and 11 days away from maternity leave, which means that the past few weeks and days have been a whirlwind of trying to wrap up all of my weddings and portrait sessions from the summer, (aka: all sessions/weddings edited, galleries uploaded, disks mailed, emails answered, and blogs posted or prepped) aaaand getting ready for the little raspberry to arrive (apparently that's important. I guess ;) So blogging has been a bit slower here recently and I'm excited(?) to say that won't be changing much anytime soon. Excited because it means that big changes are in the works (a son! is coming! soon!) and I can't deny that I'm thrilled to be exchanging work for kissing my baby's cheeks a million times every day. I love my work. I really do. But. Um, hello, we're talking about squishy baby cheeks here..
I do have a few more things to share with you guys before I vanish into the mommy wonderland for a few weeks, and this is one of them. Allix is a dear and darling photographer friend who modeled for me + my interns a few weeks ago at the Summer Adventure. All of the girls were having so much fun taking her pictures that I could only steal her away for a few minutes, but these are a couple of my favs from our time together. Thanks for being so lovely for our cameras Allix!