I watched my sister meet her daughter

I have 100s of pictures from Monday…most of them I want to share, but it isn’t my story to share. So, here’s few because I just can’t help it. I tried writing captions, but it just kept getting too personal. I am beyond thrilled to finally meet my niece, but I am even more excited that Lesley & Eric have their daughter in their arms. Motherhood…Fatherhood…words can never describe or prepare someone for the intensity of what it means to be a parent. They have their daughter in their arms. A very brief look into my Monday…

Isn’t it amazing how pictures can tell a story….so that is part of my story of meeting my sister’s firstborn. I love her.

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  • Robyn Farmer - Wow! Pictures are amazing and the gift you have in capturing those moments made me feel like I was peaking in on that precious day. Thank you so much for sharing. I can’t wait to see more pics. I also look forward to Firecracker with her sister-cousin Paisley.

  • Michelle Z. - How wrong is it that I have a crush on your dad?

  • Kellye P. - Your talent has left me speechless.

  • crystal - Thanks for sharing such a sweet, touching, wonderful story!

  • Jasie - No captions and I still cried. Also, I love the one of the donut coming at you. I thought for a moment your family might wonder what you’re doing, then I remembered it’s you. You take pictures of everything. They probably didn’t even notice because they’re so used to it. lol Thanks for sharing that with us!

  • Flier Judit - She’s so beautiful! Congratulations!

  • Tricia - Amazing how a story with no words can bring you to tears. Congratulations to your sister and brother in law. She is just sweet perfection!

  • patti - she’s perfect. and so was that photo story. just enough. thank you for always showing how beautiful the little things in between are and how important they are to the story. congrats to all!

  • Mallory - These images were just wonderful, brought tears to my eyes. I absolutely love love love your blog. I’ve never commented before, but I just have to let you know that you’re kinda sorta like my idol…I’d love to be as cool of a momma & awesome photographer as you, but first I would need kids…and a husband…but I’ve got the camera! :)

  • Lauren Roberts - Congratulations Lesley and Eric, and Ashley, and the whole family! I know this baby is another truely amazing blessing to your wonderful family.

  • bopha - the pictures are great and to have it all captured will be so special to them. congrats to the new parents and the new aunt!

  • georgia - Tell your sister I said welcome to motherhood. She is going to be great at it.

  • Whitney - Beautiful! What a blessing for your sister to have these moments documented! It makes ME emotional….I’m sure your family is over the moon.

  • Shaun L. - It was so fun to see you up there Ashley! Love seeing familiar faces when I work :) I knew you would put pics up. She is precious!!

  • Kendall - Congrats, Auntie! What sweet pictures. God is so good, isn’t he?

  • Jenn G. - CONGRATULATIONS!!! She is soooo incredibly beautiful! I can’t wait to meet her.

  • Rachel - Wow! Our God is an awesome GOD!
    Congratulations to you and your family.

  • Kristine - there is something so beautiful about a new baby. can’t believe ours is already 6 months.

  • Janica - I’m totally crying! What is it about babies that have that power?! My favorite pic (besides the BEAUTIFUL little girl) is when proud dad gets to share the news w/family:) Great job Ashley!

  • Dick - How precious!!
    Great post

  • Brooke - Congrats to her, that is so special!!!She is just adorable! and the name couldn’t be cuter. Congrats to you too, auntie! What an amazing time. We can’t wait for our birth, despite it being a little bittersweet for us, it is such an amazing miracle all the same! You do such a wonderful job capturing moments. That is always my goal. Sorry for random assortment of sentences. Rambling.

  • Shea - Congrats Auntie! She’s beautiful and I know your sister will cherish her story captured in photos from now until forever.

  • Kelly - Ashley, I just found your blog a few days ago. What an inspiration you are! This post made me tear up. Love the pictures- just amazing!

  • Cindy - loved seeing it happen through your pics… amazing! Lesley and Eric are so blessed to have all this captured! You niece is beautiful.. .My favorite pic is Lesley holding her and smiling!!! Motherhood is awesome!

  • Danielle - Beautiful! I was thinking wow I wish I had a couple of those from my son’s births!

  • emily anderson - oh. i can’t wait for the day when my only sister has a baby. she is only 19, so it might be a while…but hey, i had my first baby at 22, so one can hope that her sister would follow in the same path? right? ha.
    beautiful pictures, and congrats to your sister.

  • Jess - Oh man, Ashley. I have tears rolling down my face. Even without words, those pictures tell such a sweet story. You can just feel the love in your family. And that little girl is precious. Thanks for sharing with us.

  • Kristin S - I don’t even know her and am bawling at your photo story. Thanks for sharing.

  • Lesley - Wow. Thank you all for the amazing comments about our big day. I am so blessed and there aren’t enough words to express how thankful I am to have so a wonderful sister and family. Ashley, the pictures are so amazing and I will cherish them forever. Thank you for sharing your gift of photography with us on this special day and thank you for being such a great example of a what it means to be a mother with me. I have always looked up to you as your little sister and I’m so proud my daughter has you in her life.

  • cathy - I am living in Austalia and just want to say a thank you for opening up the world to your beautiful personal photos of such an incredible moment. Your photos are truely perfect and capture every split second, they are gorgous, just like your daughter. Congrats.

  • Sandy - It is truly amazing how pictures can tell a story. I love this story. My favorite is the photo where he is telling the people in the waiting room. The joyful looks on their faces brought tears to my eyes.

  • Christy - Even before I read your last sentence, I thought, “What a beautiful story!” Great job!

  • Kathy Eller - I LOOOVE how you started this by saying that it wasnt your story to tell but then went on telling it:) I love it because my husband and I have welcomed 5 children into our lives on our won with just us there. I love it because as we add children in children get older and THEY are the ones excited. I hope someday for my boys to be excited for their sister and their nieces and nephews and have the extended family that we have not.

  • emily - this is the sweetest post!
    dare i even ask how you take such lovely pictures inside the horrid lights of a hospital…

  • Amnah - Jeez, why am I crying??
    Gorgeous pictures. I wish I had someone to document my daughters’ births like this. Thank you for sharing. Congratulations on Auntiehood!

  • Jess - sigh

  • karen - wow, that was perfect! I love the shot through the rails of the bed…perfection!

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