Jessica Shae | Maternity Portraits

the next time we meet,
a new kind of "hello!"
both our hearts have a secret,
only both of us know.
josh ritter - kathleen
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She was born in 1989.  So was I.  She was the firstborn daughter.  So was I.  She became the oldest of seven children.  So did I.  She was homeschooled.  So was I.  After graduating highschool, she went to Chicago for an internship.  So did I.  She was interested in starting a photography business.  So was I.  She liked to travel.  So did I.  She likes Chipotle, tanning in sunshine, getting nails done, wearing maxi dresses (or dresses, period) and the colors coral and Tiffany Blue.  So do I.  I started dating a guy, and three months later she started dating a guy.  I got engaged to a guy, and three months later she got engaged to a guy.  I married my guy, and three months later, she married her guy.  My guy and I became a family of three, and a few months after her guy and she, also, became a family of three.
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For better or for worse, Jessica and I have managed to connect over, well, pretty much everything.  She's far neater, and I'm a bit messier and wilder.   She is a bit more thought-through and I'm a bit more impulsive.  She rarely (until) finishes her Chipotle, and I always do.
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And she's a friend who understands, feels and knows things about me that very, very few do.  Some things you can never explain or describe.  You just know.  Our life pace-car has been step-by-step for nearly our entire lives.  When we met, we were little blonde whirlwinds, just dreaming about eerily similar things. And four years and a whole lot of story later, we are a little and bigger blonde, living out those eerily similar things.  We had no idea how sweet they'd be.  Or how much fun they would be to enjoy together.
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Little Ras has an extraordinary mommy.  Full of insight, thoughtful consideration, life lessons, fight, quirky charm, happy grace, and love.  She loves your daddy, Ras.  And they have quite a story.  She loves you, Ras.  And has for a very, very long time.  In so many ways (which sounds so vague.  Sorry. It's going to have to), Tiny Jessica Shae is a very different person than I met years ago.  But, truly more than that, she is one of the most consistent, sure and stable people I've ever known.  Her course has been tried and proven true, so she's stayed the way.  Her heart has wanted and hunted down good, real desires.  She's been like that for as long as I've been her friend.  You're going to have a life-of-lives being raised by this woman.
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Thank you for, well, you know.  Thank you :)  Yesterday was wonderful, and your burrito bump is even better and I can't wait to see you again - hopefully with a little munch in your arms.


  1. Oh, so beautiful! Your words and images are just so sweet.
    Jessica, you are the most adorable mommy I think I've ever seen.

  2. Aw! what a sweet friendship! :) These pictures are stunning. and Jessica is soo beautiful.


  3. i just cried. that i did. i love this soo much and you captured beautiful jess and her sweet baby bump perfectly.
    this is one sweet post friend! amazin job as always

  4. Blessed friendship and beautiful friends. I am so thankful for my friends and I cannot wait for the days that we will get to live out our dreams together. :) You're going to make such a wonderful mama, Jessica!

  5. your guys friendship sounds amazing. <3 Jessica is gorgeoussss and that baby bump is about...the cutest ever. :)

  6. AH. These are amazing. I'm loving getting inspiration from all your shoots. :)

  7. wow, okay. your best work. and seeing all of your similarities was lovely! such a wonderful thing to find friends like these, so few they are and far between. and when they come, they are special, you treasure then relentlessly, excited for all the memories you make together. this is just fantastic, really.

  8. I love your heartfelt writing. All the feelings that spill out along with your words... beautiful. <3

  9. kristeeennn. these are gorgeous.

  10. Anonymous22.3.13

    Jessica is sooo gorgeous. She's going to be such a sweet momma.


  12. kristen. eeeekers. these are so gorgeous. she is a beauty. I love 'em.

  13. amazing! i've loved following both your stories!

  14. THIS. is so precious, you two seem like two peas in a pod. :)

  15. geez luoise! these are the BESTTTT

  16. Oh I love this. Goodness, I wish I knew you two in "real life".

  17. so glad that *this* happened. :) and beeyoutiful photos. :D

  18. MARVELOUS. made me smile -- jess is a sure beauty, and that baby bump of hers is my fave. :)

  19. Jessica Shae is so cute and these pictures are lovely. :) BTW, did you ever announce the "interns" for your inspiration workshop thing happening in April?

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  22. these are beeeeeeautiful :) she's so pretty and these photos are stunning!

  23. *sigh* this was soooooooooo bbeautiful.

  24. She is so ridiculously cute!


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