fall family pictures.

This fall our sweet friend took our family pictures again.  I love them, and I am so happy this has become a tradition for us.  Erin Rodgers is not only a talented photographer but a very thoughtful friend, too.  She wanted to honor Gabriel and help us remember him by gifting us with family photos.  I am so thankful she did this. 

I had actually thought about booking fall pictures with her this year, but then I thought that I didn’t want to take family pictures this year – that it would be too hard.  I wouldn’t have done it without some gentle nudging from her, and I’m so thankful for that.  Now we have pictures for this year, and in the future I will be able to look back and remember how those pictures were taken during our hardest season.  It’s a really special thing to have. 


We were also able to bring along our Gabriel bear.  Obviously, I missed having our sweet G in our family pictures, but it was neat to have a symbol for the member of our family who is missing in the pictures.  Plus, Jack thought it was so special to bring his Gabriel bear and get to take pictures with him. 


Erin, thank you for these sweet pictures.  We love them, and I’m glad you encouraged me to do this even though it was hard this year.  We are so thankful for you!! 


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My sweet friend who is a photographer here in Knoxville offered to take pictures of our family to help us always remember these days with Baby Gabriel before he arrives.  And not only did she take our pictures, but she did it on her due date!  Still blows my mind that she did that for us.  She had her baby a week later, and he is precious.


I’ve never been much of a maternity picture person.  I don’t want pictures of me in my larger-than-life form and would much rather have the baby pictures a few months later.  However, as I’ve said dozens of times already, everything is so different now.  I am so different now.  So I really wanted to have pictures of us as a family while Gabriel is definitely with us.  I’m excited to get to share these with you all.











































Erin, thank you for these beautiful pictures.  I am so thankful to have them, and I know that we will always treasure them.


[for more of Erin’s work, check out her website here.]