North Kansas City Newborn and Lifestyle Session | Troy & Brittany Link

I finally got to meet the long awaited River! He is beautiful and perfect and everything Troy and Brittany could have hoped for. If you've seen my other posts about this sweet couple, you'll know that it was a long journey for them getting to this point. THIS was the first time I met these two... when we took some stunning photos at the KC Liberty Memorial.  THESE were Brittany's maternity photos where she let me share some of her infertility story in the hopes of encouraging someone else going through similar struggles (thanks to Loose Park for the gorgeous backdrop).

So you can see why this session was so special for me! Journeying with people through the different seasons of their lives is one of the greatest joys of photography for me. Not to mention getting to tell their stories through it all! CONGRATULATIONS again Troy and Brittany, I couldn't be happier for you and I can't wait to see the amazing young man that River will become.

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Brittany and Troy's Miracle Baby | Kansas City

This is personal. This is real.

We post online about all the ways life goes right, I've heard it described best as a "highlight reel." But let's talk about true life... the kind that is messy and tough and sometimes feels like a roller coaster, because we connect better with each other when we share our struggles alongside our blessings and successes. This is not my own struggle, but a client-turned-friend who has been open about her infertility journey in the hopes that her and her husband can inspire or encourage those who are going through something similar. This story isn't over so it doesn't have an ending, but the good news is that it sure has a happy middle! 

Brittany reached out to me almost a year and a half ago to plan a maternity session. After the tragedy of losing a first... and then a second baby and still not being pregnant, her and her husband, Troy, decided to just do some photos of the two of them last August (check those out here!). 

They went through plethora of negative diagnoses, two losses, many months of medical treatment (uterus surgery, injections and IUIs) and switching Fertility Clinics. After all of this, doctors told the couple that it would be impossible for them to conceive on their own without the use of IVF (Invitro Fertilization).  Their desire for a child was strong and they decided to move forward with doing IVF, but wanted to wait another month to give her body more time to prepare. 

In that month, Brittany said that God did the impossible and created their miracle baby! She told me that the pregnancy hasn't been smooth sailing, with four weeks of bed rest in the first trimester for the risk of potential miscarriage, but they are now at 30 weeks and happy to report no issues and a healthy little guy!! 

It has been such a blessing to get to know Troy and Brittany a little through this process and I can't wait to see the rich future their family has in store :)

Troy and Brittany Link

Troy and Brittany were an absolute joy to photograph in downtown Kansas City last week. Sometimes I feel like I overuse locations and, while others might not notice, I get a bit bored with them. Liberty Memorial was a new location for me and I absolutely loved it! I think I could get several more shoots here without getting bored because you have the city view in the background, the stairs/simple stone, as well as greenery that you can incorporate in or use by itself. The sun also sets right behind the trees on the East side (obviously) and makes the PERFECT spot for my favorite, backlit sunlight bokeh that I hope is becoming one of my signature looks! This couples shoot was super fun and they were so sweet. I love when my clients are actually interested in my life beyond my photos because it makes it easier to be interested in their lives, which I love! Photography is about more than just making money...it's about creating relationships and being a part of something bigger than ourselves. Enjoy :)