I was always the kid that was going to move away. There was no way in the world I was going to stay in Newburgh, IN and becoming a Newburgh IN newborn photographer was not even on my radar. I was going to move away to a big city and work in publishing. I had big dreams, you see. Beyond my family, Newburgh didn’t have any appeal to me.
So I went off to Purdue University, majored in communications, interned my summers at a local city and regional magazine and was preparing myself for my future. Then, while at a wedding in Minnesota, I met my husband. Several months later we started dating long-distance and were engaged about a year later. He was from Minnesota and would be moving back there after he finished his Pharmacy degree. So I was getting my big city. I was going to live in the Twin Cities and everything would be like I had planned.
Well, life, and my heart, had a different plan. We got married and moved to St. Paul and I, to my surprise, missed being home. I missed the small town feel and everything I had ever known. While St. Paul had a whole lot to offer and there was so much to do, I was homesick and the big city didn’t appeal to me anymore. We lived in the Twin Cities for just under two years before we packed up a U-Haul and headed to Newburgh.
We bought our first home, started a family and have built a life and I can’t imagine raising my children anywhere else. I also couldn’t imagine creating this business I’ve built anywhere else. I think it is the small town aspect of this beautiful town that has helped me to build Exhale.
The funny thing about small towns is the way everyone is interconnected. Having been born and raised here and having had both sides of my family reside and own businesses here for generations, I’ve gotten to know so many wonderful people from the area.
Lucky for me, so many of those people have given me the opportunity to capture the special moments in their lives. The family below is one of them. I’ve known Chase and his family since I was a little kid. There exists somewhere an embarrassing photo of a bunch of small kids dressed in University of Evansville gear standing in line at the Nut Club parade. I was rocking a UE cheerleading uniform and Chase, if I remember correctly is donning a UE jersey and holding a potbellied pig on a leash. If you’re local to Evansville and know Chase and his dad, you won’t be at all surprised by this description. Needless to say, we go way back.
I’ve also known stunning mama, Rose, since grade school. Her older sister was a friend of mine and while Rose was a bit younger, I remember thinking how special it was that they had such a large, tight-knit family and how kind they all were.
So when I got a message from Rose asking me to photograph their sweet baby girl, I was thrilled. I was so excited to catch up with them both and hear how life was treating them and how the past decade had been for them. I was overjoyed at the idea of capturing these special memories for people that I had known for so long.
Their sweet Lily Louise was amazing and so beautiful and their session was one of my favorites of the year! Take a peek inside their session!
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