Candace and Octavia | "Mommy & Me" Session

This sweet "Mommy & Me" session means more to me than you can imagine. Candace is my closest friend, and her and her husband, Sean, and their new adorable little baby live just minutes away from us. While I have two children, a daughter who is 4, and a son who is 2, Candace and I weren't sure we would ever be able to share in the joys and trials of motherhood together. You see, Candace and Sean suffered from infertility for years before they were able to finally welcome beautiful little Octavia into the world, this January. They went through the grueling journey of IVF to be here, now, holding this little angel. Octavia will never once wonder if her parents wanted her. They longed for her for half a decade. They waited on doctors, they prayed for timing, they saw negative pregnancy test, after negative pregnancy test. Candace underwent the pain of endometriosis, the awful hormone injections that come with the IVF process, the dietary restrictions, the false alarms, and more waiting. But, she would do it all again to hold this precious baby in her arms. And, I was there every step of the way, watching, cheering, longing to share in the process of motherhood with my best friend. What a joy it was to capture these photos, yesterday. Little Octavia, you are such blessing, and we can't wait to see what this life has in store for you. And, I can't wait to photograph it!