This is one of those moments that I have a hard time believing is real. Gabe, one of my best friends since the age of 5, is going to be a dad and the love of his life, Karen, is going to be a mom to a little baby boy! What?! I swear, 5 minutes ago we were in kindergarten learning how to write our phone numbers and fighting over who was taller. (I think it’s safe to say we know who finally won that battle.) I love this family more than I can express and I am going to love their son so much. It really is amazing to see your friends lives develop so beautifully!
When Karen asked me to do their engagement photos about 3 years ago, I hadn’t even imagined the moment when I would capture images of their growing family! This little boy is so loved already by these two and by the abundance of people who are so excited for him to enter the world! Baby Fitzgerald doesn’t even know how amazing his parents are yet, but he will.
How beautiful does Karen look?! She was such a trooper during our shoot. at nearly 9 months pregnant I asked her to sit down and stand up and climb on this rock or down that hill (don’t worry – it was all safe), and she was the best about it! She’s typically much more cooperative than Gabe anyway. 😉
Karen, I know it’s been your dream to be a mom, and I am so happy for you. You’re gonna be great at it and you, Gabe and your little one have constantly been in my prayers. You are compassionate, caring and fun which are some pretty great descriptors for a mom, but the greatest thing about you as a mom will be the love for Christ that you have and that you’ll pass on to your son – I have no doubt about it.
Garbriel – goodness, you’re going to be the best dad. You make me laugh literally every day, and your dad jokes are already on point. You’re going to be a fun dad, a strong dad, and a Godly dad that will point your son to his Father. I can’t wait to watch that unfold. (and to give you a hard time the entire way…but you can point back to this and remember that I truly think you’re the best!)
I love you guys so much! Thank you for letting me capture this first in your lives. Thanks for the Mexican food/Finding Dory hang out afterward. Love, love, love you. ❤