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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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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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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Military Homecomings: Returning to the "Normal" We Take For Granted | Metro Detroit Documentary Family Photographer

Military homecomings are symbolic of so much. Husbands and wives reunite. Moms and dads reunite with their children. People are brought back home, to where their heart, their familiarities, and their comforts are.

They return to their "normal," the normal that so many of us think is boring, unworthy of being shared, and far from special.

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Keeping Grandma Alive | Metro Detroit Documentary Family Photographer

As I stood to the side documenting this, I remembered all of the things my husband has shared with me that he loves and remembers from baking these with his mom. My heart swelled as I witnessed him do those same things with our girls...

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Chocolate Bittersweets | Metro Detroit Documentary Photographer

But for my husband, baking the Chocolate Bittersweets was, and is, more than just something done annually at Christmastime; it's an emotional experience for him. While mixing ingredients, rolling the cookies into little balls, pressing his thumb, adding the filling, melting chocolate...he is remembering his mom. He remembers her encouraging words as his 8-year-old self clumsily mixed the powdered sugar and cream cheese, her smile when he licked the beaters, and how happy she was to share in such a tradition with him. 

And he feels. He feels joy, nostalgia, heartache. He longs to have her beside him as he bakes at the same time as he is grateful she created this wonderful memory for him.

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Gaining Perspective: Newborn Session | Metro Detroit Documentary Family Photographer

That photograph, and others like it, are what change your perspective. There is no filter, no facade. There is authenticity, truth, and sincerity. There is proof that you aren't normal, or bland, or just-the-average-American-family-doing-boring-things-on-Saturdays. There is a story--your story--and there are a million reasons you should tell it. Gaining perspective on how amazing that story is is just one of them.

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