14 October, 2019 CASSIE + KAYLA UPDATE // LGBTQ+ MATERNITY
When did your engagement lifestyle session go down?
We did our engagement shoot with Steph in 2015, before we got married! Can’t even believe it was that long ago. Steph made us feel so comfortable, it was like there wasn’t even a camera in the room. We literally laughed the whole time, attempted to make pancakes, played stupid bad songs on the guitar, and just hung out and talked. It was the first time we had ever really been photographed, and Steph caught all of our mushy gushy engagement love on camera.
Tell me why today’s shoot felt important to you.
Honestly today’s shoot kind of brings everything full circle. We had just moved into our home when we first shot our engagement session with Steph, and now 4 years later we’re moving out and having our first child. It’s bittersweet, but we’re excited nonetheless. We’ve had some of the best memories in this house. It was our home during our engagement, wedding, and 8.5 months of pregnancy. It also held some of the hardest memories, like the loss of my father, Kayla’s grandma and uncle, and our first baby that resulted in miscarriage. But ultimately, coming full circle on our shoot today signifies the closing of a chapter in our lives as we excitedly open up a new one with our baby boy in November. We’re so grateful that Steph was able to be a part of this with us. Oh and her pup Rusty wouldn’t leave Kayla’s belly alone. It was hilarious!
Moving on to the next chapter in your life has got to be bittersweet….what are you most excited about and what scares the hell out of you?
Lol I’M TERRIFIED OF EVERYTHING. It’s like, we’re going to leave the hospital with a human and then we like… have to keep him alive? How the heck do we do that? Haha, but we’re majorly excited to meet him and to create our own traditions as a family, together. I think this is supposed to be a scary and exciting time. It’s a lot of unknowns but if there is anything I DO know, it’s that change is a constant. We’ll handle whatever comes our way and we’ll do it with positive outlook, no matter what. Plus, we get to start our lives in a new home that truly is ours as a family. I couldn’t be more stoked. Oh also secretly (don’t tell Kayla), I’m probably most excited to throw my kid on some skis at 18 months old. This kid’s gonna shred, for sure.
Any advice for LGBTQ+ folks who are planning on doing maternity photos? When it comes to photos, whether it be maternity or anything else, choose a photographer you feel comfortable with. We’ve been blessed with some great friends who happen to be extremely talented behind the lens. To get the best photos, you have to be able to be yourself. A photographer that can do that will be able to capture you in your best element, which is just you being you. Steph has always made us feel so at ease, even on the first day we met. Like I said before, it didn’t even feel like there was a camera in the room. But there she was, documenting a pretty dang significant time in our lives!