I love being a Milwaukee newborn photographer, especially when it involves getting to photograph some of my best friends and their new addition!
Natalie and Ryan were one of the first couples that we met when Sam and I moved to Milwaukee 6 years ago. They attend our church and have been a source of friendship and encouragement since we met them. It’s been a joy to know them, walking through similar stages of life such as marriage and parenting and adding a third baby at nearly the same time as one another. Natalie is a friend that I know I can always count on to encourage me, pray for me and celebrate me (most recently taking me out for my first pedicure for my birthday!)
Baby Judah is their third baby, and he is SO stinking cute. Check out his cheeks!! I hardly know him, but I just love this little boy! It was quite a rollercoaster waiting on his arrival, with Natalie getting her induction cancelled last minute and rescheduled several times before eventually going into labor on her own. I remember texting with her, thinking of how frustrating that must be, and then reading what she wrote on Instagram:
“It has been heart changing to deeply consider the picture God has given us about labor and labor pains. Christian, there is a picture of what it looks like to wait in pain for a redemption that you can’t see yet. God loves us, and he wants us to know beyond a shadow of a doubt that hope will give way to sight. God’s labor over creation and his children (that’s me and my baby) will not stall out- he will finish what he started. My hope is that we all would be among those who love the day of Christ’s coming and wait for him with patient, faith-full hearts even while we groan in this world! Such a good reminder to me as I wait for my baby’s arrival. But most importantly I wait for the coming of my Savior!”
I love that. Natalie (and Ryan), I’m so thankful to have friends like you that point me toward hope instead of sorrow, and who encourage me and lift me up. Love you both, and I’m so happy that Judah gets to be part of your family. And I’m happy he’s finally here 😉 Enjoy some of my favorites from our time together!