Your Family Story

Blog about lifestyle photography and getting the most of family moments. Your family life is the most important thing you will ever do, photograph it. Portrait photographer and mother, Kandice Marie in Lexington SC.

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A Gift of Love... a Gift of Surrogacy in South Carolina

Bravery, courage, selflessness, sacrifice and beauty. All these things I can say one would posses when they choose to give the gift of a child to someone else. It takes an exceptional person to do this for another couple. She allowed someone else to borrow her body as a vessel to carry their child and deliver it after nine months... 

A Surrogate mother...

This is what she had to say about this gift...

"I have always felt drawn to pregnancy and birth from a young age.  I researched egg donation and surrogacy in college but read the importance of being done having my own kids so I put it on the back burner.  After the birth of my daughter in 2009 and then son in 2011 we knew our family was complete.  I began further researching surrogacy requirements.  My OB told me that my body seemed uniquely designed for pregnancy and childbirth and gave me the all clear.  I felt deeply like this was my calling;  to help another family fulfill their dream of parenthood.  It took about 3 years of screening, matching and testing before I was pregnant with another couple's baby.  I gave birth Jan 2016 to a healthy baby boy and it was a magical experience, seeing a mother hold her baby that she had long been praying for.  After two years I matched again with a wonderful couple and am currently 25 weeks with a little girl.  It is humbling and amazing to have this opportunity to carry life for someone else, surreal and magical all at once.  I am so extremely grateful for these experiences and thank God every day that I have been given this opportunity."-Jennifer

I met this wonderful lady this past week for a milk bath maternity session in Lexington, SC. I cannot imagine the courage and selflessness that is needed to do this. My personal pregnancies were so crazy hard that I could barely endure them. So many kudos to you, you are beautiful inside and out! 

Jennifer also serves as a doula, she believes children are a precious gift and truly I agree that they are. We had so much fun doing makeup and shooting the bath scene but I can't lie, it was FREEZING cold on this April evening. She was a serious champ through this gorgeous session though. I want to share with you a couple of these artistic dream pieces we created together. I had a vision and she was willing, that's really all I can dream of!

 

 

 

 

 

 Stunning milk bath in Lexington SC, maternity at 26 weeks

Stunning milk bath in Lexington SC, maternity at 26 weeks

 Milk bath maternity photo session 26 weeks. Surrogate pregnancy Lexington SC

Milk bath maternity photo session 26 weeks. Surrogate pregnancy Lexington SC

 Milk bath maternity session for a surrogate mother in Lexington SC. Columbia SC Photographers artistic wall portrait.

Milk bath maternity session for a surrogate mother in Lexington SC. Columbia SC Photographers artistic wall portrait.