I met Christina nearly fifteen years ago.
It pains me to say that because it brings to mind my fleeting mortality and how scary fast fifteen years can fly by.
I was a shy freshman in college and Christina was a year or two older than me. She was crazy fun and always up for a laugh with any and every one. One of my most vibrant memories of her is seeing her dress up full tilt as Michael Jackson for a church Halloween party, spot on singing and moves included. She was daring, beautiful, hilarious, and brilliant, the kind of gal I desperately wanted to be. And pretty much still do, for the most part.
Fast forward a few years and we both found ourselves marrying off and moving away and starting our own families. We've always lived somewhat close to each other and maybe made a comment or two on each other's social media here and again, but didn't live quite close enough to see each other much or get together.
I recently put a post out looking for a maternity model or two and Christina jumped to the occasion for me. Turns out getting two busy mommas with four kids each together on the same night was proving difficult, not to mention the Spring weather kept thwarting our plans. I REALLY wanted photos with the sun in it, but it just wasn't happening. We were also getting down to the wire as she was due any day. The night we went out ALMOST didn't happen because it was pouring rain about half hour before we were scheduled to meet. We decided to go ahead and meet and see if we could wait it out and if it would pass.
Sitting in the car while we waited, we reminisced, talked about life, motherhood, marriage, everything and caught up as much as we could in our short time together. If you can believe it, this is their FIFTH baby, and she is still JUST as vibrant and gorgeous as ever. Not only was my soul being filled catching up with this old friend, but as soon as the rain stopped, we hopped out of the car, the heavens opened, and suddenly I was finding my soul being filled by the lush green grass dripping with fresh rain, the sun bursting through the clouds, and miraculously this rainbow appearing in exactly the right spot at the right time. Honestly with as magical as this woman is, it doesn't surprise me one bit that the magic followed us along on our shoot.
I do offer packages for expecting mommas that are a STEAL and include a customized set of shoots that could include announcement photos, maternity photos, newborn shots, or family photos once the little one comes. If you are expecting a baby this year in Windsor, Loveland, Ft. Collins, or Greeley, let me know!