With one month before their due date, Jessica and Jordan knew that their original plan for a Fresh 48 hospital session after baby was born would not be possible with the current hospital restrictions due to the COVID pandemic. With some quick planning and a gorgeous dress from Target for inspiration, we scheduled a beautiful Ball State University maternity session with these two just four days before baby girl Charlie’s surprise early arrival!
Jessica had first reached out back in October when she was just five weeks pregnant. It was so exciting that they were finally expecting their first baby, and they loved the idea of a Fresh 48 session at the hospital right after the baby was born. Then we would do an in-home newborn session a few days later. However, in March, with COVID-19, it became very clear that visitors would not be allowed in hospitals for quite some time. Jessica found an amazing dress, and within a few days, we had their session planned right on the campus that is so integrated into their relationship and story. In fact, Ball State is where I first met Jessica, and the two of them currently live in the community with Jordan teaching at a school close to campus and Jessica working for the university.
These two have been rockstars through this entire process, and I’ve appreciated Jessica’s candor when sharing about her pregnancy. It’s easy to see pregnancy as all rainbows and butterflies, but it’s tough work growing a human and even tougher when you are separated from your support system during a global pandemic. Her friends and family were able to host a virtual baby shower for them, in hopes of them still feeling all the love from those closest to them.
I loved documenting this season of life for these two, especially when we had no idea that Jessica would go into labor just four days after their session on Memorial Day. It was wonderful to be able to capture their last photos of just the two of them before Charlie joined their family, and I look forward to photographing their newborn session very soon!
Autumn Howell Photography is a Muncie maternity photographer, serving clients across Indiana, including Indianapolis, Kokomo, and Fort Wayne. Learn more about booking me as your maternity photographer!