I’m supposed to be sharing these amazing photos of our precious baby girl…so get ready for Cosette baby newborn photo overload….I promise they’re ALL worth scrolling through…because they’re absolutely beautiful!!!! But along with sharing these photos I have to write about the girl who took them.
She and I were originally connected by a mutual friend I went to high school with. Soon after Matt and I moved here the mutual friend asked us how far away from one another we were. We mapped it out and realized we weren’t far at all.
But I have to be honest. I kinda didn’t want to meet her.
Sometimes meeting people on recommendation of others can be weird. I mean, right? Have you ever been introduced to someone that another friend adores but you just can’t connect with??? I guess through the years I have grown a bit more hesitant in these kinds of situations, so I didn’t reach out right away.
My friend insisted though and I finally gave in and emailed her. Just before the delivery day I booked an appt, threw some outfits together and then didn’t think about it again….
Until we were driving to her studio…
We have a lot of kids…would she be overwhelmed? Would she just hurry us along? What is this place? This “studio” is so far out in the middle of nowhere? I’m going to have to feed the baby when we get there….oh great…what if she isn’t patient? Oh no!!! The baby just pooped!! Now I have to feed her AND change her as soon as we get there! What if my kids mess something up? What if they don’t cooperate? Maybe I should have just booked someone else…someone I didn’t have a connection to…or not booked anything at all. Then I wouldn’t have to feel so bad for our crazy!
We pulled into the loose driveway and saw that the studio was actually an old farm house. We walked up to the front porch where a small chalkboard read “Welcome Baby Cosette”. As we walked in I saw that no one lives in the studio…the entire thing, every room, has been decorated for photos.
And around the corner comes the photographer.
“Hi, my name is Sallie!”
“Hi! I’m Meg! I’m SO sorry but the baby is upset and needs milk and she also pooped…and I’m so sorry my boys are already running in here! Hang on let me go get them!”
Sallie didn’t miss a beat. She immediately jumped in, told me not to worry about the boys at all, and took Cosette for me offering to change her diaper while I put my dress on. I came back to see that not only did Sallie change her diaper, but had also wrapped Cosette up so she would’t be cold and was rocking and singing to her.
From that point on I knew this girl was something special.
She was patient, kind, gracious and so forgiving of our crazy. She was warm and loving and knew exactly how to put us all at ease. She had us all laughing, the boys included, and made every effort to make us feel right at home. Before long we were sharing pieces of our stories, the hard parts and some great parts…but one thing was absolutely certain.
Sallie loves Jesus.
And right away I felt at home with her. Before we left we made sure to exchange phone numbers and have been in contact ever since.
We have since gone to lunch and antique shopping and while I am super excited to share her amazing photos of our baby with you I am even more excited to encourage you that friends can literally be found anywhere, and often when you least expect it.
If you’ve recently moved or are in a new season praying for new friendships I want to remind you that through Jesus friends can be made instantaneously. It really only takes one good conversation, and often times being open to share (or jump into someone else’s mess) to become friends. All of the rest is just building memories.
If you live in the southern TX area, anywhere near San Antonio and/or Austin you must look her up. Please share her name and business with anyone you know that is pregnant or has little kiddos. She truly is amazing and you won’t regret booking her! Her business is called Country Grace Photography. You can book a session HERE and follow her instagram HERE.
Love you Sallie!!! xoxo