Our First Family Photoshoot


There’s something so magical about seeing your first family photos. When my photographer (@jordijerae) sent me these photos, Alonso and I looked at them together with our baby girl sleeping in her bassinet right beside us. I cried several times looking at these shots of me and my new, little family. I couldn’t believe these beautiful people were actually mine!

When I was in high school, I was in a dark place and in a really rough relationship that left me feeling pretty worthless. After I graduated, I wasn’t sure what my life would look like and what I deserved. I knew I wanted to be happy. I wanted to get my degree, marry a nice guy, and have beautiful children. But I was still in my dark place and I was really comfortable there. I thought “this is what I deserve. I dug my hole and now I have to live in it.” Then, I met Alonso. He was (and is) TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE. I’m still pinching myself that he picked me. Me. He turned my whole world upside down and showed me how I deserved to be treated and that I deserved to be the happiest I could possibly be.

Someone commented on a post of mine on Facebook and said my life looked like a “fairy tale” and that it looked “perfect.” My natural go-to response is “Oh it’s not perfect, but it’s mine and I love it.” Because nothing is perfect, right? So I should respond humbly. That’s how we do it. (That was a very sweet comment by the way, and thank you to the woman who said that). But as I was thinking about it, I became extremely proud of my life and I realized I didn’t have to shy away from that beautiful, scary word. My life IS perfect to me. It DOES feel like a fairy tale. I don’t have to mask that for fear of sounding braggy. I love this life that I built, that Alonso and I built, and I’m proud of it. Is my life easy? Heck no. Is anyone’s? But that’s what I love so much about it. We’ve WORKED for this. This didn’t happen overnight. It didn’t get handed to us. We worked for it with the best, most positive attitude we could muster and with continuous hard work and bad days, we get to reap this beautiful reward of happiness. I’m so happy with where we are and also excited for our future together as a family.

Thank you to Jordi for these beautiful photos that capture our new life so well. I hope you enjoy!