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Mike & Nicole - Oh Baby!

A few years ago my husband and I moved to Jacksonville and I started volunteering with a local pit bull rescue. This was how I met Nicole, a fellow dog loving, veggie eating, beach worshiper. And I instantly knew she would marry my friend Mike and they would live happily ever after, making lots of babies along the way.

Despite my insistence that they were soul mates, the two didn’t immediately start dating like I thought they should. They actually didn’t even meet each other for a couple of years (Nicole had a boyfriend, Mike was living in a different city for work, details like that) but once they finally did there was no looking back.

So you can imagine my excitement when they asked me to take some pictures for them to use as their birth announcement! As matchmaker, I assume I get a hefty portion of the credit for this, right?

Victoria | Maternity | Jacksonville, FL | Cobalt & Co.

Victoria gave birth to their sweet little baby boy just a couple of weeks ago and I've been going back through and swooning over her maternity pictures ever since.  

We had so much fun during this maternity session.  Despite being super close to her maternity date, Vic was still up for adventure...and some dancing!

Isn't she absolutely stunning?

I was actually supposed to be there for baby Joe's birth but I came down with a terrible flu.  It was so devastating to miss because in addition to wanting to be able to give Joe & Vic pictures from such a special day, I selfishly have been dying to do a birth session!  Note to self: ALWAYS get the flu shot!

I can't wait to get over to their house and meet baby Joe.  I know with Joe & Vic for parents he is sure to already be one hilarious, happy little dude!

Joe & Vic | Lifestyle Session | Jacksonville, FL | Cobalt & Co.

Joe & Victoria are dear friends of mine.  They are expecting their first little one & asked me to capture some of their time as it is now, before Baby Joe graces us with his presence.

I love to capture emotions & memories.  Joe & Vic knew their time together now was precious, filled with love & about to dramatically change!  Little morning traditions like theirs may seem insignificant right now but they shared my belief that one day these will be cherished photos for them to look back on & smile over.  All while their hoard of children run through the house, creating new traditions & memories.      

Above I had just asked Vic how she knew Joe was going to be a great dad.  I'm not going to share what she said (somethings just deserve to stay private) but it was sweet & honest.  No one can make Vic laugh the way Joe does & it's a sound that as her friend I cherish!

Baby Joe is going to grow up with two of the happiest parents I know.  I myself am married & we like to pride ourselves on our rock solid, happy marriage but I think Joe & Vic give us a solid run for our money.  They are devoted to Christ, devoted to each other & I know their devotion to Baby Joe will be every bit as strong!  

After Joe had to leave for work Vic spent some time putting the finishing touches on the nursery, which of course I had to document. 

Baby Joe is going to be so loved once he gets here.  Joe & Vic: thank you, a million times for trusting me to the important work of capturing your memories!