As I drove my Element back home feeling like I’d just captured one of life’s little miracles, Rob Thomas bellowed “Little Wonders” most appropriately from my speakers. I could not help feeling that the Cosmos had aligned and the stars were shining down on me with all of the graces of the universe. The song, the moment, the experience…everything could not be just coincidence.

I was blessed two years earlier with a wedding that changed my life and gave Plum Tree the boost it had so desperately needed. As I struggled to understand my purpose in this world and the contributions that I yearned to lend to others, I came across Carolina. Sure, I’d photographed several weddings already for friends and family. I had 14 years behind a camera for various purposes, but I could not count any of it as part of my job. In truth, two-and-a-half years later I still cannot call it merely a job, for a love it so. But I digress.

Carolina walked into my friend’s cake shop looking for a cake for her wedding. At the time, I was searching to find myself and spending time assisting my friend in her shop. There I found a lot of cake, a few pounds and a little perspective. :) On this occasion, when Carolina left the shop she had her cake…and a wedding photographer. It was all so serendipitous, so meant to be. With great excitement, I photographed the wedding and kept a very soft spot in my heart for Carolina and Alejandro.

This year, as Plum Tree celebrated with wondrous growth, I remembered my friends and thought to send them a thank you message. After all, I felt so blessed to have been given this gift, this push into the light of what life had (has) in store for me. To my surprise, two years later, her work email address still worked and even better, Carolina and Alejandro were expecting their first child.

The emotion, love, elation…no word I can think of can describe what I’ve felt in being given this once-in-a-lifetime moment (again) in their lives. And so, I am incredibly humbled by this miracle, this “little wonder,” if you will…that is Valentina.

Their newborn daughter:

VA 42 Little Wonders: Baby & Family Portrait Photography I marvel at the love a child holds in their parents’ hearts. Alejandro is so completely in love with his little princess.
VA 43 Little Wonders: Baby & Family Portrait Photography …they both are. It warms my heart.
VA 46 Little Wonders: Baby & Family Portrait Photography Favorite dress…a fashionista already!

VA 5 Little Wonders: Baby & Family Portrait Photography My favorite moment with mom…
VA 14 Little Wonders: Baby & Family Portrait Photography Basking in the Houston heat…yeah…
VA 28 Little Wonders: Baby & Family Portrait Photography
VA 29 Little Wonders: Baby & Family Portrait Photography And my favorite shot of the day…all of the peace in the world can be found here:
VA 31 Little Wonders: Baby & Family Portrait Photography Thank you three, so very VERY much for giving me this piece of your life to share in. I hold it with much love in my heart, for all eternity.

No Comments Yet

  1. Brandi says:

    such a beautiful story. and a beautiful new baby. I am so happy that you have that life long relationship with your clients. I love that. I strive for that. Congrats. to you and the new parents.