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It’s such a surreal time right now.

I feel like it was just yesterday my sister was yelling at me to get out of her room..because obviously having a younger sister hang out with your high school friends is super uncool. But now I’m sitting in my niece-to-be’s nursery helping my sister fold tiny baby clothes in preparation to her arrival.

I said this before and I’ll say it again…life is so weird/awesome.

Yesterday I had the pleasure of photographing my beautiful sister. With only days before bringing her little girl into this world, we haaaad to be to sure to document this special time in her life. I was nervous, I really wanted her to love them. Truly. I get way more nervous photographing for my family than I do for strangers. Funny how that works. But nonetheless, we knocked it out and had so much fun. I look at these images and I want to cry. I’m not even sure if I did the best job I possibly could, but it isn’t about that. It’s about the experience I had. It’s about watching my sister look down at her belly and get teary-eyed. It’s about making my sister feel beautiful. With the experience I had and meaning behind these photos, I can easily say these are some of my favorites.

My family is about to change forever and I couldn’t be happier. I get teary-eyed even picturing my parents as grandparents. They are going to be good ones. I get teary-eyed thinking of how much my sister and her husbands hearts will melt once they see their little girl for the very first time. I get teary-eyed thinking about the first time I’ll get to photograph her sweet face. Let’s be honest here, I’m an emotional wreck and I love it. People always say try to avoid having a kid around Christmas…but I’ll have to disagree, having a baby right around Christmas is the best idea (in my opinion). I’m surrounded by my family, cozy’d up by the fireplace while I sipping hot cocoa…doesn’t get much better than this.

My heart is full. That is all I can really say.


  • December 19, 2012 - 1:55 pm

    julie harmsen - adorable. she’s beautiful!

  • December 19, 2012 - 1:58 pm

    Carol Strong - Love you guys!! Amazing photos and we can’t WAIT to meet your beautiful daughter!!!!! Blessing to all!
    Auntie Carol

  • December 19, 2012 - 1:59 pm

    Jonna - and I bawl…how can it just be so good. I can’t wait for you to meet your niece. She’s so lucky. Photos do something crazy to you when they somehow reflect the feelings you can’t put into words – which is exactly what this time in my life is like. Thank you for making sure I have it forever. I feel beautiful and loved.

  • December 19, 2012 - 2:00 pm

    Andria Lindquist - she looks so beautiful its retarded. i LOVE the one of her giggling on the bed. side shot, omg

  • December 19, 2012 - 2:07 pm

    Tiarra Sorte - are you kidding me?! I am getting teary eyed and I don’t even know her! You did amazing. Love them all, just beautiful.

  • December 19, 2012 - 2:15 pm

    Whitney - I feel like I’m right there with you guys looking at these photos. What a phenomenal family you’re creating. The talents and values ALL of you have completely blow me away every day. I consider myself very blessed to be a part of it. And, dayyyumn, Jonna’s a hot baby momma :) – Merry Christmas to all, especially little Tutu!

  • December 19, 2012 - 2:59 pm

    Whitney - These are incredible, Tonhya! I feel like I’m right there with you guys soaking up all the love you have for each other and the new addition. I’m blown away by your talents, values and care for each other every day, and feel so blessed to be connected to you all. A very Merry Christmas to the fam and especially baby Tutu! I’ll be thinking about you!

  • December 19, 2012 - 3:00 pm

    Monic' Dion - So precious! What an exciting Christmas this will be. This baby girl is so lucky to have such an awesome family!

  • December 19, 2012 - 4:06 pm

    Kim - These are amazing!!! Beautiful Jonna! So excited for you!!

  • December 19, 2012 - 4:42 pm

    Meredith Adams - so. beautiful. love these shots!

  • December 19, 2012 - 5:38 pm

    Karen - I am just in love with every frame. Seriously. Wow.

  • December 19, 2012 - 7:46 pm

    jocee - brb getting emotional.
    seriously, though, babies are such a blessing. they bring families together and create such joy. one of the post beautiful shoots i’ve ever seen. she is radiant. she glows. :)

  • December 19, 2012 - 9:57 pm

    Keisha Simmons - A-M-A-ZING!!! She is such a gorgeous glowing preggie poo! Love it!!!!! Awwwwhhh great job!

  • December 19, 2012 - 10:32 pm

    Debbie Dion - Just Beautiful!!! YOUR LIVES WILL BE CHANGED FOREVER!!!

  • December 30, 2012 - 9:14 pm

    Mom - Tonhya, You did a wonderful job capturing your sister’s beauty….inside and out.
    She looks AMAZING~~~~GORGEOUS~~~~SO HAPPY! Jonna will be a wonderful Momma!!! I Love both of you (more)! Mom

  • January 4, 2013 - 6:58 am

    Lindsey - Beautiful work! My favorite is the b&w, 9th photo down.

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