I have been lucky enough to call Adam and Rachel friends for the past five years. I found myself photographing their wedding at the very beginning of our friendship and have been able to watch them move within their marriage into parenthood. As with many things in life, parenting is not for the faint of heart and rarely looks the way you imagined it would.

Rachel has been very open about the miscarriages she has suffered in the past few years. Having experienced three miscarriages myself, her willingness to be outspoken about her experiences with loss is admirable and brave. The intricate tattoo visible on her forearm is to, in her words, “represent the beauty that comes out of my pain and anguish, because my foundation is on God.”

So much beauty can come on the other side of pain. This family is a shining example of that truth. Adam and Rachel, I am so thankful for you and your friendship, the example you give of loyalty, perseverance and love within a marriage and the joy you and your children have added to my family. Thank you for allowing me to continue to document your lives as you bring more light and love into this oftentimes bleak world. I love all five (!) of you so very much! Here’s to continuing your adventure!