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“You’re the strangest person I ever met, she said & I said you too & we decided we’d know each other a long time.” – Kindred Spirits, Brian Andreas of Storypeople

Nicole is one of those rare, once-in-a-lifetime, beautiful, amazing, radiant, she’ll-do-anything-for-you- and you-can’t-imagine-your-life-without-her-friends. Many women (especially those from military families) understand how hard it can be to truly connect deeply with other women. When we find these rare opportunities, we savor them and hold them close to our heart.

The day we met nearly seven years ago — we were both newly married and kiddo-free. After spending our first afternoon together, I remember driving home giddy as a school girl and telling my husband I’d just met a woman who I was certain was going to be my new best friend. We shared the same military lifestyle, faith and love of all things crunchy. We had similar curly hair and could swap wardrobes too–some things that seem silly, just glue you together a little more. We were fast and dear friends.

Despite our many moves over the years (Nicole and her family just returned from a three-year stint in Croatia) our families (with four kids and two on the way) are incredibly close and our friendship is one of my greatest blessings. We secretly dream of the day when our husbands retire and our families can be neighbors. We’ll garden together, send our kids off to prom and grow old enjoying sweet tea in the evenings on our front porches.

This is a celebration of sorts, not only for the new baby-to-be arriving in May, but for her familiy’s homecoming from overseas. For the first time in more than four years we’re only going to be living a few hours apart. We are so excited to have our babies together — and to enjoy being just a short car drive away.

We snapped these photos during their visit with us last week. It was a beautiful, wonderful, chaotic time. We almost didn’t make time for a mini-shoot, but when I saw the magic we captured, I was so grateful we did.

Congratulations Nicole – you are glowing more than ever! I can’t wait for this sweet baby to make his or her debut. See you soon my dear friend.




  • Rashmi - Fave. So so beautiful Steph. The third one especially. Your friend is gorgeous.ReplyCancel

  • Yvonne - Stunning images! What a lucky friend you have!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Amanda L - This is absolutely beautiful! She looks great too…ALL tummy!ReplyCancel

  • deb schwedhelm - wow steph! so, so beautiful. the third shot takes my breath away. and how wonderful for you…to have each other close. so happy for you…both!

    miss you.
    love you.

    debReplyCancel

  • heather starr - gorgeous!~ditto love that 3rd one!ReplyCancel

  • stephanie - wow, just beautiful! i’m lovin’ #2 and #3. stunning 😉ReplyCancel

  • Ainsley - LOVE these shots, and love Nicole too! You did amazing work and she looks amazing.=)ReplyCancel

  • JodyM - Wow. Simply stunning. I love the pop of purple against the the green trees, the reflection in the water, and she her beautiful dark hair and porcelain skin. All of it=gorgeousness!ReplyCancel

  • Lindsay - As always, beautiful!! Nicole was a great subject too!ReplyCancel

  • Shawnea - Amazing as always Steph! Love the lady of the lake:) Nicole – you are gorgeous. I miss you already. I love how the purplish color in the trees comes out and compliments her dress. Perfect!ReplyCancel

  • shawn - what a lovely location, beautiful mama and i adore the purple tones in the background that compliment her dress (is it a dress?).ReplyCancel

  • amy - wow these are stunning!!! love everything about them!ReplyCancel

  • Tiffany - Amazing beauty and talent. Thank you for sharing!ReplyCancel

  • Rosalie - well of course the pics are amazing, a gifted photographer and beautiful photographee. i also love what you wrote, that is just really awesome. one of my favorite quotes is “you only meet those once in a lifetime friends….once in a lifetime”.ReplyCancel

  • kathleen@connertonphotography.com - These are stunning maternity portraits. Well done!ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer Rikkers - Absolutely breath-taking. The reflection in the water is absolutely amazing.ReplyCancel

  • martha - these are just beautiful steph. i envy the wonderful friendship.ReplyCancel

  • Sarah Wheeler - these are stunning!ReplyCancel

  • Heidi - These are frickin AMAZING. I love all of these…new fan here! nice work.ReplyCancel

  • alpana - loving these, Steph. The second one is fabulous too!ReplyCancel

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