I’ve known Charlotte since her intern days as a marketing executive. Back then she and Matthew were still dating, but we all knew that one day this special couple would get married. They did – and my husband and I were there to witness this special occasion.
Fast forward a couple of years: Today Charlotte is a mom. We don’t see each other that often anymore, but it was so special to follow Charlotte’s journey from a tiny little growing bump to finally meeting their beautiful little girl and falling in love with her on a daily basis via facebook.
I finally got to meet her little princess when I did their family shoot for them a couple of months ago. The couple that met me at the park were the same young couple from years back, and yet they were different. They had a beautiful maternal glow.
You see people change when they become parents – I see it on a daily basis. It’s not radical – you might miss it if you blink. But it’s there and it’s oh so beautiful.
In my work I get to watch couples as they wait in anticipation for their little bundle of joy to arrive and I often pay witness to the moment they become parents or meet them again shortly after for a newborn or family session. And it’s always there. Soft, subtle but there. It’s as if they become better versions of themselves.
Don’t get me wrong – being a sleep-deprived parent can bring out the worst in you – it happens to the best of us. But it also humbles you. It makes you vulnerable because someone else carries your heart now. It brings you to you knees. There is a raw beauty in that.
I should add that I’ve seen this glow not only in new parents, but also in many other selfless relationships. I guess children just makes being selfless easier. Them thriving is our reward to what can be a tough, but incredibly blessed and fulfilled life of giving unconditionally.
May we all – couples, parents and singles – experience the glow of selfless love today.
I wish you all the happiness in the world Charlotte, Matthew and Eva.