Miracle Baby #2 | Newborn Storytelling Session | Metro Detroit Documentary Photographer

God gives you the desires of your heart so that He can fulfill them.

That's exactly what He did for Adam and Lauren...but He didn't do it just once. He did it twice.

When Eleanor was 11 months old, Adam and Lauren received what is arguably the most shocking news of their lives…

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Becoming Four : Fresh 48 Session | Metro Detroit Documentary Photographer

When you see the look of awe in your husband's eyes as he gazes at your new son, when you tug the striped cap from the hospital off to admire the soft hair underneath, when your daughter sees her baby brother for the first time, when you are all four together as a family for the first time, you'll want to record every single detail in your memory. 

Because each of those moments, and all of the other little ones in between, are invaluable.

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Easter Zurek: A Century-and-a-Half Old Family Tradition | Metro Detroit Documentary Photographer

There is a level of captivation with tradition, a connection to generations past that would otherwise be overlooked. On Good Friday, when I started the broth, I could hear my grandmother reminding me to not forget to leave the kielbasa in the pot of water in the fridge overnight, so flavor is maximized. When my husband cut the roasted meat, I heard my grandmother's voice echoing after mine as I reminded him how it is supposed to be cut. As we cut the farmer's cheese into small cubes, I closed my eyes and envisioned my great-grandmother helping her mother make the cheese with cheesecloth, boards, and bricks. When I skimmed the fat off the top of the broth after it had chilled overnight, I was taken back to my grandmother's kitchen table bench, where I sat as she first taught me how to do that. And the scent of freshly grated horseradish atop my bowl of piping hot soup took me back to that same grandmother's kitchen, where I stood watching my dad and uncle grating it beside her sink.

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A Daddy-Daughter Date | Metro Detroit Documentary Photographer

Documenting this first experience for her meant so much to me, and not just because it touches my heart to witness the relationship between my husband and my daughters. I am a firm believer that our husbands set the example for our children on what a man should be, what a husband should be, and how they deserve to be treated.

So photographing the very moments that show my daughter, now and in the future, what a treasure she is...it was truly an honor.

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Influenza: 0, Us: 1 - Fresh 48 Session | Metro Detroit Documentary Photographer

I don't think I've ever met anyone who is fond of influenza or any of its baggage. Sometimes, like this year, it brings extra tricks in its bag, like hospital restrictions. 

Although such restrictions are put in place to protect us, they can put a damper on things...such as a Fresh 48 session. 

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Don't Discount Your "Normal"| Metro Detroit Documentary Family Photographer

Everything we do speaks to and shapes our kids. When we let them crack eggs into the pancake batter, we are telling them that we have confidence in them and that they are wanted. When we help them with a Science project, we are telling them that we care about their success and that we are there to support them. When we take time to wash, style, and cut their hair, we are telling them that they are important, they are loved, they are beautiful (or handsome), and they are cherished.

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God's Plan for my Daughter: A Congenital Heart Defect | Metro Detroit Family Documentary Photographer

I wanted to document this experience and share this story because I know the feelings of worry, anxiety, and fear all too well. Whether you have a child with a medical issue, a medical issue yourself, or are experiencing something else that is causing you to feel those emotions, my hope is that by reading this you may be encouraged. I pray that you find peace in whatever you're facing, and that you know there is a plan for you, too...a beautiful plan.

 

-Amanda

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Don't Forget | Metro Detroit Documentary Photographer

In taking all of these photographs, I realized that these ordinary moments are what make our family tick. They're who we are. They're a part of our story. 

The ordinary moments in your life are no different. Like these photos, those moments each tell their own story individually, but collectively they tell a masterpiece of a story...your story.

Whatever stage of life you're in, whatever your story consists of, it's worth remembering.  

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