The Reeder Family

The Reeder Family

July 13, 2018. It was a Friday. I planned on going to the Clovis Farmer’s Market to pass out my business cards that contained a 10% off discount code. I got to the market and began chickening out, while my husband and I had a small argument over a stupid tattoo shop he wanted to visit. I really let it affect my mood because I couldn’t fully be myself towards potential clients if I was upset with him. We were there for about 30 minutes when we decided to grab a bite to eat. Mind you, I still hadn’t passed out a single business card. While we were standing in line waiting for my husband’s brother to get his food, I saw the cutest set of twins, and couldn’t help but chuckle at what they were wearing. They both had on a cute diaper cover with a big ol’ bow on their head. Nothing else. Just two cute naked babies. I kept making eye contact with the man pushing the double stroller with the two twins in it while I had my daughter with me in hers. I told my husband, “I feel like I need to go talk to that man and give him a card.” He kept telling me to do it, then I would chicken out. Finally, I just started walking towards him after what felt like 5 minutes of contemplating it. When I approached him, I said something along the lines of, “I’m not sure if your wife has Instagram or Facebook, but she is welcome to check out my pages! And If she likes my style, here is a discount card!” WOW, I butchered that pitch. I always pride myself in getting to know my clients and when I said that, I really was shocked at how terribly rehearsed I was. But I saw something change about this man that hit me like a train.

He began to tear up and tried to speak through his pain-stricken lips. His words were as piercing to my heart as they could have ever been. He said, “unfortunately my wife passed away three months giving birth to our twins.” My heart sank. I was not expecting my first conversation to go like this. Then I remembered watching the news one day hearing of a Fresno Cal Fire Member whose wife had passed away shortly after child birth. Could I be face to face with that man? Was this real life? I instantly felt terrible and I looked at my husband, who was also teary eyed… We both just felt our hearts break for him. Nick Reeder, the man who stepped up as a father to all his children, gained so many new hats on April 9, 2018, when his beautiful wife, Amanda, grew her angel wings. I think I gave Nick a hug, and we kind of introduced ourselves to each other’s families. I then said, “keep my card, I will do your photos for free.” And that is when I knew my heart had led me to the perfect family that night.

Shortly after, Nick and I connected on Facebook where he told me that he and his family really liked me and would like to let me do photos for them. I was so taken back that I could not express my feelings. And that led to Tuesday, August 7, 2018. We sat and hung out and took photos of him and the three girls he shared with Amanda, his wife. He told me some awesome memories, when she surprised him at the station that they were going to have another “hero” soon. I could see in his eyes when he spoke of her, how much he loves her. He spoke about how excited they were to have another baby, and how shocked they were when they saw two babies in the ultrasound. Nick mentioned about how happy he was to find out he was going to be a father of TWO more girls.

I will forever remember this experience, as it is a huge reason why I have chosen family photography and seizing special moments. I was able to capture images of Nick being a dad to three beautiful little girls: Layla, Kelce, and Kaia. Although these photos will not heal his aching heart, I hope they allow him to see how amazing he is doing as a father. Thank you so much for bringing me into your home and allowing me to experience firsthand the love you have for your girls, all four of them. And in the end, it didn’t matter that I was upset with my husband wanting to go to a tattoo shop. This experience encourages me every day to enjoy each moment I have with my loved ones, and to stop sweating the small things. I am so blessed.

Hugs,

Breanna Miller

Welcome, Baby Kaiden James!

Welcome, Baby Kaiden James!

 

Welcome to the world, Kaiden James! Your mama endured days of labor. It was blood, sweat, and tears. It is crazy to think, that the nine months mothers grow children in their wombs, they create a certain bond with their unborn child. Morgan has been a calm and gentle soul since I have connected with her, and I have to say, her son is exactly like her. Sure she said the first few nights were rough, and quite an adjustment, but that is how we grow as mothers. 

I was blessed to cross paths with the Reynolds family throughout my journey as a photographer. I quickly grew to love her mother, Cindy, who is a great role model to her daughter. She is smart, wise, and “don’t take crap from no one!” I LIKE IT. She stayed with Morgan for days as she labored in the hospital, after an induction was not as quick as your typical experience! It was admirable, through all the hours of lost sleep, how amazing she was to Morgan and myself. Her father, Kevin,  a Fresno firefighter, who was on the Ferguson Fire out in Yosemite was able to come home and be in the O.R. with Morgan and Cindy while she delivered Kaiden via C-Section. I bet both of them were so thrilled and blessed to see their grandson be brought into this world. Kevin was so sweet, and loving when I met him. They are my kind of people. I ended up hanging out with them for HOURS in postpartum, and I am so glad they didn’t kick me out! 

I got to be in the room when the lactation consultant came in for the first time to help Morgan nurse her new son. And what an experience it is to watch another mommy do what God created her to do. I was so thankful to hear Morgan recommend that I get a few breastfeeding photos for her, because it is such a HUGE part of motherhood. We grow our child in our womb for nine months, and we strive to provide for them outside the womb. Whether it be breast milk, or formula, our children are the fruits of our labor. The bonding I was able to witness was something I can’t explain to others, and if you are a mother, you KNOW. 

In this experience, I feel like I truly gained an amazing friend and family out of the Reynolds clan. I can’t thank you enough for welcoming me in to your lives, family, and Home. My prayers are for continued growth, and strength. Being a mom is one of the best things in the world. Congratulations mama! 

 

 

XOXO,

Breanna Miller

Andrea + Joseph + Baby Haidyn

 

 

What do I even say? I have kind of been on an emotional high ever since this experience. It was a Tuesday. Tuesday, July 17, 2018 at 9:37 PM. Baby Haidyn Ella Pena was brought into this beautiful world. I met Andrea a few months ago when I did a maternity shoot for her. My heart was drawn to her, and I felt God telling me to do a birth session for her…. for free. So guess what I did? I contacted her, and asked her if she would like to do that. And she said YES.

When I got the text message saying she was heading to the hospital, my heart was beating so hard, you could probably see it through my chest. I had a grin from ear to ear, and in that moment, I felt my true purpose. My purpose was to capture life moments that are cherished forever. Intimate moments that make a woman… a MOTHER, and a man… a FATHER. It felt RIGHT.

I arrived at the hospital, and got a few labor photos of Andrea and Joseph, and she was at 6CM. A few hours went by, and she had the nurse check her again, since she was feeling some pressure. BAM… 8CM. Sometimes labor & births are a blur to many, including the photographer. For me, I can’t remember how much time passed between 6CM and 8CM. But once she was at 8CM, her water broke. Then, within (what felt like) 15 minutes, Kate, the RN was in and having Andrea begin pushing.

Being on the other side of things is so surreal. I was thrilled to experience this as a spectator for the first time ever. I was so emotionally invested in this moment while photographing Andrea’s birth, that I couldn’t actually believe this was real life.

Andrea pushed for about an hour and a half, and at 9:37PM baby Haidyn entered this world at 6 lbs. 13 oz. Andrea and Joseph became parents to a beautiful baby girl. The love between them was so evident, and Joseph was so calm and loving, that it was truly admirable to witness.

I could go on and on, but the truth is, this is Andrea + Joseph’s story to tell. They are so amazing. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart for bringing me along for this journey. Let the fun begin!

 

XOXO,

Breanna Miller

Jenna + Caleb

 

These two… I literally didn’t even have to coach them at all for their pictures. They were NATURALS. Jenna is the type of woman who is “cool, calm, and collected.” She admires her husband as he becomes the father that God created him to be, and she fully trusts his leadership. Caleb is a sweet, funny, and caring man to his wife and son. He leads his family with faith, and energy which is admirable for other men to follow. Their son, Clayton, is just an amazing mix of the two. 

I loved asking these two love birds how they met. It all started at Bill’s Auto in Kingsburg, California. And the rest is their story to tell! They have been married now for over a year, and they just welcomed their baby son a few months ago. Their combined love for the Lord and each other is something you can hope for in your own marriage. Their patience is incredible. Their trust is never-ending. 

I admire many aspects of their marriage, and I want them to know that. I was able to really capture their love + their personality during their family session, and it was something to cherish. Thank you so much for allowing me to be your photographer! 

 

 

XOXO,

Breanna Miller