Waiting for #2: A Documentary Maternity Session with the Pagels family


Do you ever want to know more about how your parents were before kids? Or what did a typical weekend look like? 

What kind of clothes, brands, gear, furniture, books were part of their lives? 

How did they act together 20+ years ago? 

I can only imagine how beautiful my mom must have looked with a toddler on one hip, a spoon of spaghetti sauce in the other, and a baby bump in between, though I bet she wouldn't have thought so at the time. 

That's why shooting this session with my friend Elizabeth fired me up so much.

With a 1 year old boy and a girl on the way, along with preparing to move and start a new job, the season of right now is so unique for them. They cherish their quiet Saturdays, going on walks in their neighborhood, playing in the backyard, making smoothies, and especially reading books together in the nursery.

So that’s what we captured.

How cool will it be for their little girl to see her mom, right down in the sandpit with her older brother -- to get to peek into the home her parents first made their own and how life looked before she arrived?!

Here's what Elizabeth had to say when I delivered her session: 

"These are amazing! I'm definitely crying as I look at them because you're right! This season of life is so short, and I'm so glad I have these photos now to remember it by. It's so rare for us to have photos of me and Charlie both because usually one of us is taking them! I love all the detailed pictures you got of our home too... things that I treasure but would never think to photograph. I didn't even realize you were getting so many of these pictures. Seriously everyone needs to have a session like this done."

Enjoy this little sampling of our time together and a peek into their uniquely beautiful story. 

Who would have thought that an old wasp's nest could be the coolest nursery decor!? Apparently, Charlie (dad) brought this home from the woods one day way before their son was even born, declaring with excitement that it was going in their future child's room. And now look! It's so quirky, yet such a perfect fit!

Harold, Chase's favorite lovey giraffe, practically never leaves his hands so obviously he had to be included in this shoot! 

These family dogs became pals when their human counterparts decided to tie the knot - blending a family means accepting each other and each other's animals, too - and now they're one big happy crew (but they still love their first humans the best) .