Maternity Photoshoot in Medina, Ohio

Cady and Josh have been a very important couple in my career. I remember meeting them for the very first time at a bridal show, and intuitively knew we were predestined to work together. Their engagement session and wedding day have special places in my heart, and we became great friends.

I was devastated to find out after a miscarriage and surgical procedure, Cady learned she would need additional surgery, which would take away her natural means to have children. Soon after, at the start of the pandemic, after experiencing severe pain in his neck, Josh needed surgery to remove a tumor on his spinal cord. Glory to God that the tumor was non-cancerous. While it was certainly easy for Cady and Josh to wonder why bad things happen to good people, their spirits actually strengthened, and they started the process of IVF (in vitro fertilization).

In February of 2021, Cady and Josh’s prayers were answered…she was pregnant with a baby boy. As Cady said herself, “Josh and I grew closer as we faced many challenges. God carried us through the entire time. God had plans for us beyond what we could ever have for ourselves, all in His perfect timing.” They were reminded of Jeremiah 29:11 NIV, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

Today, their son Wesley is six months old and a bundle of love, joy, laughter and health. Below are highlights from their 7-month maternity session. After our first location did not pan out, God provided a second location in Buckeye Woods Park, that was not planned, but worked out even better. The night closed with a glorious, dangling blue sunset, almost as if nightfall was waiting on us.

No matter what challenge you face, remain in faith. It’s human nature to want zero pain and conflict, and solutions to our obstacles in seconds. However, it is often in periods of struggle, longer than we like, where we learn the most, and experience profound growth and gratitude. God’s love and promises are real, if we never lose hope.