A Year Gone by, in the Blink of an Eye.
It's been an entire 12 months since Maddox, the littlest Sargent Boy, joined the family (And by little, I am only speaking of his age. This dude is 99% for height & weight. At nearly 34 pounds he is less than 10 pounds away from his 5 year old brother, Matthew!)
Somehow, even with little-to-no sleep in the past year time has still managed to fly by. This boy loves hard and is loved hard in return. I thank God for how seamlessly he seemed to fit into all 4 of our lives. There was no adjustment period for his big brothers. They loved him before he was even a thought in my mind. Mason, our oldest, had asked to write to the stork for a new baby with mad ninja skills. A few months later, the stork delivered and I was pregnant. It's funny how life works sometimes.
From the very beginning and still to this very day, his big brother's have an obsession with him. I was fearful of the day that they would resent him, be annoyed with his crying or the amount of my attention he required. I made it my mission that our Summertime activities would still be as full throttle as they always are, no matter how difficult it was for me. With him being a March baby, I had a month or so to recoup but then it was game on. Our Summer bucket list of things to do and places to go was long. I didn't want them to remember this year we spent at home, being bored because of new brother.
It was hard. It was exhausting. And it was absolutely 1000% worth it.
We swam like fish, traveled to new parks, went on vacation, had play dates with friends, sold lemonade and spent nearly the entire Summer outdoors. Thankfully, he became good at napping in random places. It was wonderful. It also, came with it's fair share of headaches for me. Maddox hated car rides, couldn't be in the sun (not old enough to wear sunscreen), lost his breathe with the slightest breeze, and not to mention breastfeeding. I had bottle fed the older two so this was a whole new world for me. Public breastfeeding filled me with so much anxiety. I pushed through it, did it anyway, and focused on the joy our adventures were bringing all of us.
This wild, big-smiled, loving child has completed our family. We are blessed. We are thankful. And we are SO excited for Summer 2019 and all of the adventures yet to come.
Join us for a fun event! Michelle Rose Photography and The Refinery Boutique are teaming up again to bring you Easter Mini Sessions & More!
Sunday, April 7th from 11am-2pm at the Saint Peter Refinery location.
We will be offering Easter Mini Photo Sessions! All individuals who sign up for a session will also receive ice cream from the sweet shop along with the opportunity to create a fun craft in store.
** Your pre-registered 5-10 minute session will include 5 images with print release included **
Space is limited. Register here to book your spot:
Stay tuned for sneak peaks as we gear up for this exciting event!
International Women's Day
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In honor of International Women's Day I reached out to the amazing women who have allowed me to photograph their boudoir sessions each year. I know how much courage it can take to be so vulnerable in front of the camera, especially in a world that can make you feel not good enough for even the slightest flaws. I also know how empowering it is once you've done it and realized just how truly beautiful you are.
Each of these women were brave enough to give me their "Why" for doing their boudoir session and then chose their favorite images from their session (with complete permission to share).
Here are their stories...
“I first booked my boudoir session for my husband but when I walked out of my session I knew instantly that I had actually done it for myself. I have forgotten about me and who I am lately. It gave me great confidence back and with that confidence it gave me strength. You walk in (with no kids-extra bonus) a are pampered then empowered, it was definitely not what I had expected, it was amazing. I would highly recommend booking a boudoir session with Michelle for any woman- mom, wife, or grandma that doesn’t look at herself as “sexy” anymore. You definitely won’t regret it”
If you ever forget what you look like in your husband's eyes, these pictures will show you exactly what he sees! You are beautiful this is a great reminder of that!
“After I had my son it was hard for me to find my confidence but during this session I have never felt more beautiful! By far the most empowering thing I’ve done for myself”
"You look how you look. Be comfortable. What are you going to do? Be hungry every single day to make other people happy? That's just dumb." -- Jennifer Lawrence
"Nothing can dim the light that shines from within."
- Maya Angelou
"You are powerful, beautiful, brilliant and brave. Don’t let anyone tell you differently."
"I have struggled with self confidence and hating my body forever, but after this experience I've learned that I am beautiful and I can love myself. Just the way I am."
"After talking with all of these amazing women, I felt compelled to share a bit of my most recent session with Elanem Studio. Capturing my third (and final) pregnancy was something I truly needed to do for myself. I absolutely love being pregnant and this session was exactly what I needed to remember how strong, beautiful and wonderful it is to be a woman."