The last time I saw your parents, you weren't quite here yet. It was a really special day in their lives, as both of them made a lifelong commitment to one another, in front of both of your sisters and a small group family members. If you weren't resting comfortably, you might have heard them saying their vows. Who knows? Perhaps you did. I could tell by how excited your sisters were, that they were really anticipating your arrival. It was probably a good thing that you waited a few more weeks before gracing the world with your presence, or else that could have made for an even more dynamic wedding day!
Aria, it was really nice to meet you today. I understand being nervous in front of the camera. Don't worry, you weren't the first and you definitely won't be the last. Heck, your older sister Alexa was quite shy the first time she got in front of my camera too, but tonight, she was as a happy camper. Sometimes it takes a second time to get used to me. I get it. I'm really tall and I've got a lot of colorful markings all over me. But in all honesty, you really were great. And as I look through some of these photos, I'm pretty sure that your Mom and Dad are going to have a few tears show up in the corners of their eyes as they look back and remember just how beautiful you were, since the day you were born. You're pretty lucky. I'll tell you a quick story. I met your Mom when she was attending a music festival with a few friends. I was with my son and we were eating lunch, when her friends came over and photo bombed us while we were taking selfies. Somehow, your mom and her friends started following me on Instagram and a few months later, she sent me a really kind message that I won't ever forget. It gave me a lot of hope and made me realize that there really are wonderful people in the world, sometimes in the form of complete strangers. You're a blessing, little one, and I can't wait to see what God has in store for you as you grow into a wonderfully smart little girl, just like your 2 big sisters.
#UntilWeMeetAgainProject. Day 10.
Shot with a Nikon D800. Sigma Art Series 35mm f/1.4 @ f/2.8 with 1/90th of a second shutter speed. I'd been using an off camera flash for photos shot prior to this, with the whole family, but for these, I wanted a softer, more natural light look. I slowed the shutter speed down and kept my ISO at 1000, because I didn't want to create too much noise by boosting it higher. The lens is sharper at f/2 and above, but because she was moving, I wanted the aperture to stay around 2.8 without getting any wider than that. The photos were all perfectly in focus, without sacrificing depth of field.