Recently I visited my friend, Jessica, for a few days to celebrate her pending motherhood. I’ve never seen Jess look more beautiful, so I of course wanted to snap some pictures to document this rare and special time in her life. In the early morning hours, as the sun crept above the California cyprus trees, she and I took the Cleveland Cascade stairs down to Lake Merritt in the heart of Oakland. As the dew still clung to the grass and goslings followed their mothers across the still water, Jess meditated on her baby’s arrival. She graciously allowed me to capture the moment. We shared smiles and a few tears.
Jess has such a beautiful, sweet connection to the child already. I’m counting down the days til the little one (they’ve chosen to let the gender be a surprise) arrives.