Jodi + Jayden • Anniversary

Colorado is seriously one of my favorite places. It's where my mom's family is from and it seems to be a mutual place of meeting. I knew Jacob and I would be traveling there for Thanksgiving, so I started mentioning it to my sister in hopes that she and Jayden would join. And thank goodness they did because it gave us the chance to have one epic anniversary session on the Monument. After shooting Kaden + Keely's Proposal I knew Jodi and Jayden's Anniversary session had to be up there too. Surprisingly it was a chilly night when we shot so I was wrapped up in my dad's coat most the session. 

Jodi purchased her dress from a boutique in Utah called Sew Trendy. Jodi said her customer service was AMAZING! She ended up adding some fabric to get the look Jodi wanted and she did it free of charge! And can we talk about how amazing this dress looks on Jodi?! Seriously, she is a model in anything she wears, but this has to be one of my favorite things next to her lace wedding dress. 

Anniversary sessions get to me. I love cerebrating love, especially when it has blossomed over the years. And when we're celebrating new life coming, it makes it all that much better. Jodi and Jayden will be giving my side of the family a niece and I cannot express how excited I am! In less than 2 months I will be meeting my new niece. For now, enjoy the best of the best maternity shots of Jodi and Jayden. :) 

Dear Jacob

Dear Jacob,

I still remember running down my apartment stairs and there you were, standing in a blue plaid shirt, jeans, and your skate shoes with the biggest grin on your face. You opened every door, laughed at my dumb jokes and made me feel important, like I was already at the top of your priority list. And then you pulled out your guitar and I melted. You sang your original songs and Hear You Me and I felt like the luckiest girl in the world. 

Four years later you still make me feel important, like going to Deepwater Horizon late last night even though you had an early morning today. And I still get the butterflies that come along with it. You never cease to amazing me with the selflessness you show when friends call at 1am to ask for help fixing a car and you do it without hesitation, the talents you pick up within just one day, and the patience and support you have with me and my big dreams. 

Thanks for always cooking the meat in our house, driving blizzard conditions to get me to sessions, getting me Wendy's Chili whenever I have a cold, forcing me to be quiet about my gifts so we actually have surprises for Christmas morning, but most of all, supporting me in my business. JayCee Photography would be nothing without you behind the scenes. 
Happy Four Year Anniversary. 
I love you most,
Jay

Jodi + Jayden • New Mexico Anniversary Session

Jodi and Jayden run Firework stands down in New Mexico and for the past two years Jacob and I have gone down to join them! Jacob is obsessed with fireworks, so he has the time of his life selling them. This summer my parents were able to come down too which made it an amazing family gathering.

While we were visiting, Jodi and Jayden announced to the family they were expecting! I was so excited and I knew we had to take some time to get photos of Jodi and Jayden for their awesome news. Jodi had such a gorgeous vision for this session. She had bought huge gold balloons that spelled out "Baby". We ended up having a busy day so my mom and I decided to get some things done while Jodi got ready for the session. We headed to Dollar Tree to get these huge balloons filled up and the entire time all I was thinking was, "I really hope I don't pop these, I really hope I don't pop these." While they filled them up, I could see the B's having issues being filled. They ended up putting more air in each B and they finally looked normal. 

I had my mom bring up the car to the front so the balloons wouldn't blow away, and the moment I brought one out to the sun, it popped!! I of course freaked out and didn't want to bring anymore out. I felt horrible as well. So my mom brought the others into the car and the other B popped! Needless to say, I cried feeling like the worst person in the world. (If you've read my 23 facts, you know I'm pretty emotional and sensitive.)

Jodi seemed completely unbothered when I came home and told her which made me feel so much better! We ended up improvising with a frame off the wall and it turned out so cute! Congrats Jodi and Jayden! I can't wait to be Auntie Jay. :)