My siblings and I rarely had a babysitter growing up. I remember going to Grandpa & Grandma's house quite a bit, but it was a very rare occasion that someone would actually come to our house. The couple of times I do recall having an actual "babysitter", it was my cousin, Gretchen. This was back before she was officially in a relationship with the love of her life (a boy she met at Yellowstone when they were both 13 years old) and my siblings and I loved to tease her about "de-Merritt" as we (affectionately?) called him. Almost twenty years later, she and Merritt have three beautiful children, and another one on the way! (I guess all our teasing didn't have that much of an affect on them.)
I don't normally do maternity sessions (in fact the one and only that I have done was around two years ago), but when Gretchen asked me to take some photos of her while she and her family were down visiting, I just couldn't say no.
The weather was perfect, the model was incredibly beautiful and oh-so-gracious as I tried to figure out what on earth I was doing, and the baby made sure his or her presence was recognized by a few well-aimed kicks.
Gretchen, thank you for trusting me to document this beautiful time in your life. I am so thankful for you and can not wait to meet your little one! Love, Rebekah