meet my dear friend steph beaty, who i respect and admire beyond words. steph was actually one of my very first clients in may 2006 (referred to me by carrie sandoval) -- which is still hard to believe. the photo below was from that first session together. little did we know at that time, that we'd one day be the best of friends.
steph's husband is currently deployed and will (hopefully) return when the baby is two months old -- making steph's shirt peace on my mind very literal. they also have a four-year-old and two-year-old. steph's strength, along with her kindness, passion, faith and goodness, inspires me each and every day.
lucky for me, steph grew up in the tampa area and her family still lives here. so while we live plenty apart, i'm excited that steph and i will see each other (at least once a year) over the next few years, while we're stationed here in tampa.
on steph's trip last week, i was able to do maternity photos for her. to say the evening was magical would be an understatement. we had already rescheduled once because of weather and this was it -- no more days to work with if this one evening didn't work out. i think the only thing that could have possibly made the evening the tiniest bit better would have been a can of bug spray. at one point, i looked down at my leg and had at least 10 mosquitoes chomping on my calf.
i am blessed to have steph in my life and so grateful to call her my friend. i could go on and on but i'll stop there. i think y'all get my genuine admiration for this woman. :-) © deb schwedhelm | tampa maternity photographer