There was so much about this photoshoot that was meaningful to me. I love seeing blessings come out of hardship and that has happened in particular with motherhood for Erica and I. I met this awesome gal when I moved to California for college after living in Texas for 10 years. She was a good friend to me as I grew in my faith, slowly lost my Texas accent, tried to decide what the heck I wanted to do with my life, as I met the man that would later become my husband, and when I joined the Peace Corps and left America and all that was familiar to me.
Still, one of the most notable times I recall in the growth of our friendship is the loss of our first pregnancies. Being able to talk about how heartbreaking and confusing it is to lose a child with someone who understands it is a gift. It takes away the tinge of loneliness you can feel and allows a space to grieve together. Nothing has bonded us better than the tear-filled talk we had that night over cookies. Yet now, a year later she is holding her second son, Derek, and I was honored to be there to capture some sweet moments of this family of three. Congrats Venanzies! Derek is awesome.