May 23, 2018

Michelle + Jared Bidwell Park | Maternity

One evening, after our children had been tucked into their beds, Farmer J and I were sitting on the couch together (probably watching Chicago PD).  It was probably just after 9 p.m., and Farmer J’s cell phone rang.  I said, “who is calling at this hour?”  It was Farmer J’s brother, Jared (also a Farmer J!), and his wife, Michelle.  Their phone was on speakerphone, and we heard them both share the wonderful news that we were going to have another niece or nephew join our family!  I could not fall asleep after their phone call, because I was so excited for their family!

Michelle is a very detail-oriented person, so I knew their pregnancy announcement was going to be amazing!!  She had shared some ideas with me through text messaging, but her sweet family made the session all that much more special.  Michelle had prepared a tie-breaker board, and the big brother and big sister loved getting the chance to hold the sign and have their pictures taken together.  Jared kindly blew up the B-A-B-Y balloons to spare Michelle from getting light-headed.  As you can see below, their family pictures for their pregnancy announcement turned out amazing!

Michelle always makes me look like the amazing Auntie Amber, because she always secretly slides treats into my bag.  This time around, she had Jelly Belly jellybeans for me, and I was able to award these treats out to my niece and nephew throughout their session.  You can view their fall family portraits, where Skittles were my reward tactic and their two-year-old pictures where she gave me Gummy Bunnies,  Annie’s fruit snacks.

Michelle and Jared, I cannot express into words how much I loved getting to photograph this momentous occasion for your family.  More than I love your gallery, I love your sweet family and that I get to continue to capture your growing family.  I love that your babies do not mind having me take their pictures, and they give me all the hugs I ask for!  Michelle, I am sure Jared tells you this every day, but you are absolutely stunning!  You are glowing throughout this pregnancy.  Parenthood suits you two so well!  I cannot wait to witness your babies interacting with their new baby and becoming a big brother and big sister!  They are going to be such big helpers and teach their baby all sorts of amazing things about the world in which we live.

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