I first met Emma’s Mom and Dad during an OpLove homecoming session back in 2012.
One of my favorite images from that homecoming I call “The Last Step” because it’s a moment that families wait 6, 9, 12 even more months for and is often the one that does happen in slow motion when you’re in the moment because you just can’t get them in your arms fast enough. That was this moment for me and I’m sure them. Emma wasn’t even a blip on the radar yet.
I watched on Facebook as Ashley (who happens to be one of the nicest people you’ll ever meet) announced her pregnancy and then welcomed her darling little girl into the world. I watched as Emma grew from that wrinkly little newborn into a beautiful (but mischievous) little toddler, all the while wishing I could get my camera on her. As luck would have it, I relocated back to Columbia, SC and was just delighted when Ashley contacted me to photograph Emma’s 1st birthday portraits with a cake smash! This little beauty was born on Valentine’s Day and you’ll see that my studio setup took that theme on in it’s entirety. Emma’s now an expert at being 1 and still keeping Mommy and Daddy on their toes!