Our Maternity Album

Today is the last day of official maternity leave, a great time to reflect over the last three months of first-time newborn parenting. It’s been a great ride and we’ve been blessed with an amazing son. No complaints. The diapers are getting stinkier and the cries a bit louder, still no complaints.

Each year we choose a photographer to take our portraits. We value photography as an earmark for a year’s life. It’s never easy being on the other side of the camera. The photos created ARE NOT ALL ABOUT US. They are for the future. They document milestones, wrinkles, and the happy times alike. One day our little one will look back and see what his mid-30 parents looked like.

Before we save family photos, we must create them. Which means carving out time, hiring a photographer, making them happen. Not easy when holiday deadlines slam in the middle of winter doldrums.

The next step: doing something with them. Each year we choose to create an album. It isn’t cheap, nor quick. But the results are worth it! He drove from Chicago to photograph us in our back yard of Lake Harriet, joined us in our home, and we stayed up late enjoying company and drink. Hashing out art critiques, sharing visions for future creativity, and solving the worlds’ creative problems as we know it. Or at least trying to.

I couldn’t image a better place to showcase our amazing maternity images shot by the one and only, Kevin Von Qualen. Kevin is an amazing friend and talented Super 8 artist I interviewed on my blog. We still look back at our wedding story told through his medium of vintage Super 8 film and cherish the investment. Thanks, Kev!

4 Responses to “Our Maternity Album”

  1. Marnie Kern — March 16, 2015 @ 10:15 pm (#)

    Ohhh sorry beautiful! Thank you Kevin!! What a lovely momento of a beautiful anticipation and arrival of littleok.

  2. Travis Johansen - Minneapolis, MN — March 17, 2015 @ 12:11 pm (#)

    That’s so cool to have your memories of that stage in your life all captured and compiled in a beautiful heirloom album like that. You’ll cherish that album forever looking back 🙂

    We have (not nearly as high end) photo books of each of our daughter’s first years and they love flipping through the books and seeing themselves as a baby and growing over the year. How much cooler would it be to have a maternity album like that? “You’re in mommy’s tummy!”


    Thanks for sharing RJ!

  3. Jordan M. — March 17, 2015 @ 3:35 pm (#)

    Love it! Can’t wait to see the baby Kern album soon 🙂

  4. Robert / Lummi - WA — March 19, 2015 @ 12:27 pm (#)

    Congrats! Sons are like arrows in your quiver. Daddy and Mommy get to help direct where those arrows fly. Whole lotta fun coming your way!

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