This day.

Sunday, June 16, 2019

These photos were taken just moments before I realized I was going into labor. Little did any of us know how our lives were about to change in a matter of a few hours. I will cherish these photos - and this day - forever.


Meeting Beckham.

Sunday, June 9, 2019

Forgive the photo dump. These are just too precious not to share. I'll let the photos tell the story of this much anticipated meeting of our littlest guy.


Breastfeeding at night: the essentials.

Saturday, June 8, 2019


I'm four times in to this breastfeeding-through-the-night gig, and I'm still learning new things. What works? What doesn't? What makes being up every 2-3 hours at night for weeks on end somewhat bearable? I thought I'd share a few of my favorite items that are new to me this fourth time around. As simple as they are, they are making these early days of newborn life more manageable. Click on the links to purchase from Amazon, if you're interested.

Introducing Beckham Wells.

Friday, April 26, 2019

Welcome to the world, 
Beckham Wells Newby
Born April 19, 2019 at 2:57am
7 lbs. 9 oz., 20.5" long
Beckham means "homestead by the stream" and Wells means "spring" or "plentiful supply." Wells is also the street in Chicago where Shawn and I first met 12 years ago.

Shawn came to me one morning when I was 33 weeks pregnant and said, "I think I have the name." We'd gone back and forth a thousand times for weeks and never felt completely settled on one, so my heart was in my throat just before he said it: "Beckham." I loved it immediately, and even more when he shared the meaning. And with two L names and now two B's, our family feels complete.

My pregnancy with Beckham was quite an adventure. It started unexpectedly on the heels of a miscarriage. Then somewhere in the middle, I got the flu and all three of our kids were hospitalized with flu complications. At 34 weeks, I was hit in the belly by a violent patient. Thankfully we were both ok, but it hasn't been a smooth ride. 

So the imagery of a homestead by a stream - one that connotes peace, rest - was so welcome. Big brother Brooks' name means "peaceful stream" and to picture that Beckham was made to be home next to our Brooks - that he was always meant to be part of our family - was so meaningful to us. In addition, our prayer is that he would make his home near the springs of Living Water, Jesus. That he would find true peace, comfort, and plentiful supply there and only there. We have big dreams and bold prayers for our littlest man's life. We are so grateful he's here. 

Downtown Raleigh wedding.

Friday, March 29, 2019

I had the sweet privilege of photographing a friend's wedding last week, and I wanted to share a few pics. Faith was the most relaxed, radiant bride and the day went seamlessly. Both the wedding and reception were held in a local cafe (Caffé Luna) in downtown Raleigh, which couldn't have been more quaint or romantic. It was such a joy to capture these!
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