Thursday, August 7, 2014

Why we've been so quiet . . . .

Sometimes life can be hard; we don't doubt that, but we also don't feel there's a huge need to dwell on this fact. We would rather focus on the good that can come out of hard situations. Believe me when I say, That. Is. Not. Easy. And often times when you're swimming in these hard seasons of life, you rarely have the mental capacity to reflect and analyze. This past year though we have tried our hardest to do just this. Love the bitter parts of life. Embrace the uncomfortably. Be thankful for the test.

Photography-wise, this has been the best year ever! We have gotten to meet so many great couples and be a part of so many beautiful, heartfelt days. However, life-wise, these past twelve months have been a roller-coaster. A roller-coaster that didn't begin twelve months ago but, started the day that we sat down, had a great breakfast, (that we made together in my tiny college apartment kitchen), and decided we wanted to get married. I'm not exaggerating, I promise.

The past nine years have been filled with amazing moments, and extremely hard ones. One of the things though that we never thought we'd have to struggle with as a couple is infertility. Especially secondary infertility, (infertility after having other children). In no way can we fully understand what couples go through who deal with regular infertility, but this type almost seemed like an extra twisting of the knife for us. We could see, hold, play, converse, and watch grow our already existing children, but for some reason could not create any more. We had this gut feeling that our family wasn't complete, but what did that mean for us? We tried and talked about our options for nearly four years before finally deciding to seek medical help.

And then, just like that... it happened.

The baby was set to come summer of 2014 and we were on cloud nine! But, about four months into the pregnancy we received the crushing news that my mom's cancer had returned and it wasn't looking great. We have dealt with cancer for majority of our marriage, and it never gets easy. The final four months of the pregnancy were filled with mixed emotions as we watched another parent go through chemo again. During this time we tried our hardest to focus on the positives. Love the hard. Welcome the uncertainty. It was extremely difficult and there were days where we failed big time.

Then, on July 3rd we got the best news since we found out we were pregnant. My mom's treatment was working! Miraculously she was escaping cancer's evil clutches for the second time. After she told us the good news she cried out, "Okay, now it's time to have that baby!"

Three days later, labor had started.

This is the story of how Ezra came into our life. And how he helped us remember there is an ultimate plan that's been woven together.

My mom and little sister were able to be there for the birth. We were so glad for their company.

Ezra James Hildebrand
Born 7-7-14
9:01 a.m.
7 lbs 2 oz 

3 weeks early, but right on time in our book :).  

Monday, November 4, 2013

That time Alesha and Anthony eloped to Savannah . . .

There are times when you just connect with people, you know?

This was one of those times.

Earlier this year Alesha and Anthony told us of their plans to elope. They were jokesters, and this was to be their biggest prank yet. And so, we secretly went down to Florida and took their engagement photos, and then extra secretly met up with them in Savannah about a month later to be a part of their awesome day.

The big surprise was going to be revealed this past weekend, under the rouse of just a mere engagement party. And, they had put us in charge of divulging the secret! We put together a video (our very first ever) spanning their entire relationship . . . with a surprise ending of course.

They wrote to us the day after the party and said;
"People lost their minds last night! They were laughing, crying, clapping . . . They were coming up to us afterward telling us thank you, because the video reminded them of what marriage was all about."

We're so excited to be a part of this amazing time in their lives and even more excited that we get to stay friends with them until they get sick of us :).

THIS is the stuff we live for.

Here's the video:

The song choices are as follows:
Sunny (Mercury Edit II) - Marvin Gaye
Not My Own - Dustin O'Halloran
My Girls - Animal Collective
Stokkseyri - J√≥nsi & Alex
Daylight - Matt & Kim

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Jeremiah and Becki - Cincinnati engagement photography

Normally we don't do slideshows for engagement photos, but this couple is so special to us, and this song just seemed to fit them so well, that we broke our own rules.

Jeremiah won our Best Valentine's Day Ever! contest last February. We were so excited that a guy had a won because, well, we just were wanting a guy to win! We could see it all unfolding on Valentine's Day evening; him telling her he put their names in this contest, and that they had won this free engagement session. It would be so magical and fun!

And magical and fun are two great words that describe our time with them. We spent the whole night getting to know each other, sharing our stories, and finding out how they found each other in this crazy world. But one thing we noticed during the evening was how Jeremiah looked at Becki. It was such a full look. A look not just of love, but of immense thanks; thanks for what she had brought to his life. And so, when we heard this amazing cover of I'm Gonna Be, by Sleeping At Last, we immediately though of these guys. 

Here are some of our faves from the shoot, but make sure to check out the slideshow below to see everything we're talking about :).