Yesterday on social media, we shared some pretty big news — WE’RE GOING TO BE PARENTS! Those of you that have followed our infertility story know how long and hard we have struggled for this day… sometimes we still can’t believe that it’s finally here. We are excited, overjoyed, and (to be honest) a little freaked out… I mean, we’re about to be responsible for a little bitty HUMAN. Whoa!

To the hundreds of you who reached out yesterday to offer congratulations… thank you SO MUCH. So many of you shared that you’d been praying for us throughout this journey… WOW. We were SO grateful and humbled by your love and support. Sharing our news yesterday was such a dream come true (I’ve imagined that post a million times in my head during this journey!) We are currently 11 weeks along and would love it if you’d continue to pray throughout this pregnancy.

We found out that I was pregnant in late August. Since then, so many things have happened that we’ve wanted to share with you guys! We were going to wait until I finished the first trimester to share the news, but truth be told, we’re still a week away… I just couldn’t keep it in anymore! Keep scrolling to read the full scoop on what the last 3 months have really been like!
“Morning” sickness. Riiiiight. Turns out, “morning sickness” actually means “all-day-and-all-night sickness!” The nausea started around week six and has been off and on (mostly on) since then.

— On the bright side, I’ve lost about 10 pounds in the past month… not to shabby!

— I was feeling pretty poopy on the day we took the “announcement” photos in this post… I kept telling myself “just look happy, you can be sick later!” 😂 Nailed it.

— I’ve learned that the nausea can be controlled by eating small meals every 2-3 hours. Jeff still can’t understand how eating helps ease nausea (“Eating’s the last thing I’d want to do if I felt sick!“) but he’s been a real trooper. He makes sure that the fridge stays fully stocked with whatever my latest craving is.

— Life hack: It’s best not to question your wife when she is feeling nauseous and asks for a random food to help make her feel better. You will likely be met with cranky pregnancy hormones and lots of eye rolling. 🙄

Cravings. Ooooh yes! They change from week to week. Weeks 3-7, potato and egg tacos (I couldn’t get enough!) Weeks 8-9, blueberry muffins and apple juice. Weeks 10-11, gimme ALL the carbs!! (and I do mean ALL of them.)

The day we found out (above). When the doctor called with the positive blood results, I was way too excited to put makeup on or to spend time setting up a perfectly-lit professional photo. Cell phone selfies to the rescue! I was FINALLY able to give Jeff the baby onesie that I bought a long, long time ago. He cried (hence the reason for the non-smiling photo on the left).

When we told Jeff’s parents, they said they “had a feeling” that the news was coming! (Grandparents intuition?) Since then, Jeff’s mom has been busy stocking up on baby supplies! She already has a baby swing and high chair (to name a couple).

When we told my parents, my dad cried. My mom was super excited (and to be honest, I think just super relieved for us that our infertility journey was finally over).

I am currently 11 weeks along (due on May 4th!) I’ve had weekly ultrasounds to check on the baby and confirm that the pregnancy is progressing as it should. So far, so good! I’ll never get tired of hearing our little bean’s heartbeat. Like, ever ever.  (Side note: If you’re wedding is close to my due date, have no fear! Jenn is the one that does all of the photography and I’m the one that runs the office, so business will carry on as usual!)

Baby bump? Not yet. Truthfully, it just looks like I’ve had one too many tacos. I can’t wait to take “baby bump” photos and share them with you guys!

We plan to find out the gender. Jeff says he’ll be happy with either sex… just as long as the baby is healthy. Full disclosure: I’m hoping for a girl. Gimme all the frilly dresses and obnoxiously large hair bows. 👧🏻🎀

— Another reason I’m hoping for a girl: Jeff and I can NOT agree on a name for a boy! We’ve tried. He likes to veto all of my (awesome) ideas. I like to veto all of his (terrible) ideas. And it goes on and on like that until I’m convinced that we HAVE to have a girl because our little boy would likely grow up nameless. 😂 Thank you guys for following and supporting our journey to have a family! We are over-the-moon excited! Follow along with our pregnancy journey by following us on Facebook and Instagram! (Oh, and read my previous posts about our journey to have a family here.)
-Kaylinn & Jeff

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Joy!!! This day was pure joy. I don’t know that I have ever laughed this much at a wedding. Catherine is a beam of sunshine. Just being around her and Nick made me happy. Currently, they live in London, so the first time I met them was when I knocked on the door of Catherine’s suite on her wedding day. As soon as she answered the door, I felt like I was hanging out with old friends.

Catherine did an wonderful job of planning from so far away. There were challenges along the way, but the day of was perfection. She even had to make a last minute dress change and found her stunning gown just one month before their big day.

Hotel Emma has quickly become one of my favorite venues for weddings. It’s gorgeous and intimate (and the staff is AMAZING!!) Oh, and the food – DEEEEEEE-LICOUS!!! When the bride sends me a bite of her own dessert on her fork because “you just HAVE to try it” (thanks, Catherine!) you know that it’s a special day.

Catherine and Nick, thank you for inviting us to witness your love. It was pure delight!

-Jenn

The Hotel Emma Courtyard = our favorite for a wedding ceremony!
The Elephant Cellar at Hotel Emma = wedding reception magic!
Catherine + Nick, you two are a blast! Your wedding was a blast! And I have a feeling there are gonna be lots of laughs in the VanDuyn household throughout the next 50 years! We wish you two all the best!

View our other weddings at Hotel Emma in San Antonio, Texas here: http://tinyurl.com/BTLhotelemma

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Wedding Ceremony: Hotel Emma, San Antonio TX
Wedding Reception: Hotel Emma, San Antonio TX
Bride’s Hair/Makeup: Mandi Marquez
Wedding DJ: Cutting Edge Entertainment, San Antonio TX
Wedding Cake: Hotel Emma, San Antonio TX
Floral: The Elegant Bee, San Antonio TX
Wedding Reception Lighting: AVTS, San Antonio TX

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Bend the Light Photography specializes in wedding photography and engagement portrait photography in San Antonio, Texas and surrounding areas. San Antonio Wedding Photographer.

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Family photos are fun… but they can also be stressful! Each year, we have our family photos taken and even though I am a photographer, planning for our session can be overwhelming (Where will we go? What will we wear? There are so many things to think about!) Here are some family photo session tips that I have picked up in my 10 years of photographing and being photographed. These ideas will help you make the most of your next family photo session.

PS – Browse more of our tips for clients HERE!
-Jenn
tips for family photos_0001.jpgRelax, relax, RELAX.
The first and most important tip for a family photo session is to have fun. For little ones, the most we can make the photo session feel like a regular day, the longer they will last and the more of their personalities we will capture.

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We schedule plenty of time to get lots of great photos. If we need to take a snack break, walk to another location, or just stop to chat to give everyone a moment, that is perfectly ok! It takes time for everyone, grown ups included, to feel comfortable.


Let go of perfection.
Try not to worry that you baby is not laughing like he usually does. While our goal is always to get a few perfectly happy photos of your family, we also want to capture this exact time in your family. That snooty face your daughter makes when she is mad, the way your son holds your hand, the silly, the funny, and the real. I find that the sessions where we worry less about the perfect smiling photo, there end up being more happy, smiling images.
Go for comfort.
Choose clothing that is comfortable and fits well. If you are tugging on your dress when you try it on, you will feel uncomfortable during the session. Our goal is to capture your real smiles and personalities and it is difficult to relax when your clothing is uncomfortable. Children should also be comfortable. Make sure there are no itchy tags or shoes that are too big or too small.
getting the most out of family photo sessions_0005.jpg Follow their lead.
The little ones are the boss. Your family photo session is a time for no rules. More than likely, I will follow your children’s lead, to gain their trust and to keep the smiles coming. 
Photographer advice for family photos_0009.jpgGet some rest.
Let us know if we recommend a session time that is during your toddler’s nap time… we will be happy to make adjustments! Try to get plenty of rest the night before and get naps the day of for those who need them.
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Leading up to the session, think about the fun things your children and family like to do together. Is your baby loving a certain song? Does your toddler giggle when he jumps? Does Dad have a joke that they kids always laugh at? Maybe bring a favorite toy that is cute enough to be photographed or has sentimental value.
getting the most out of family photo sessions_0004.jpgTake a step back.
When the I am capturing images of your children alone, sometimes walking away is the best plan. Kids will do things for other grown ups that they won’t do for their parents. When it is just me and them, they know exactly where to look. ;)
Don’t forget to eat.
Full tummies makes for happy families. No one wants to be hungry during a photo session.
 Bring snacks if anyone is likely to be hungry during the session.

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I love the excitement of a big wedding, but there is something so special about a small, intimate wedding. Kaila and Kirston had a beautiful ceremony with their family and closest friends there to support them.

Kirston and Kaila spent the morning sipping mimosas and being pampered at the historic Riverhill Mansion. The mansion’s garden was a gorgeous backdrop for their wedding ceremony. As the draping fluttered in the wind and the tears of joy flowed, Kaila and Kirston (literally!) tied the knot in a hand fasting ceremony.

Thank you Kaila and Kirston for trusting me even when I brought you up to the un-airconditioned 3rd floor of the mansion in pursuit of the perfect light! I’m so happy to have been a part of this special day and wish you a forever filled with much love and happiness.

-Jenn
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Married!!
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Bend the Light Photography specializes in wedding photography and engagement portrait photography in San Antonio, Texas and surrounding areas. San Antonio Wedding Photographer.

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We laughed when we saw some of our recent photos because we noticed a few more wrinkles, age spots, and gray hairs have appeared since our engagement photos 2 years ago. That’s ok, though… growing older together is a privilege. Every age spot and wrinkle is a sign of another chapter we were lucky enough to go through together.

And so… I vow not to airbrush the smile lines, the wrinkles, or the age-spotted arms that the women in my family are famous for. I’m happily growing older with this guy and I vow to to still squeeze him tightly… even when we are old and really, really wrinkly. -Kaylinn

PS – Grow older right along with us by following us on Facebook and Instagram! (Oh, and stay up-to-date on our journey to have a family here.)

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