Courtney and Chase Welcome Cecile | Rockport Family Photographer

I often feel like I'm quickly disconnecting from the newborn world

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The blurred days and weeks (and months) of sleep deprivation, an aching body, an overflowing fountain of emotions, all tangled up with an identity shift. 

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Courtney and Chase have been nothing but joyous to get to know as new parents. Their excitement for their daughter is contagious, and just as I thought I couldn't relate to that "new mom" feeling anymore, I turned to complete mush and was sucked right back into the days of smelling like sour milk, but completely engulfed in the smell of my baby's head when Courtney sent me this email

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FROM COURTNEY:

 

"Oh man, motherhood... So many emotions. Nothing could have ever prepared me for the instantaneous love I felt for my child. It's truly indescribable, but I will try. It's like my heart just exploded at 12:02am April 3, 2018. I remember being in the hospital, looking at Chase, and saying, "I feel complete." I'm not usually an at-ease person because I'm too busy worrying about something, but after Cecile arrived I felt so calm. Like I was meant for this and she was meant for me."

"I'm sure every mother has had these emotions. None are specific to me, but with that said... I feel like I'm now part of this special club. I get what it's all about. It's THE deal in life. Nothing else matters as much as it did before. I look at all the wonderful mothers I know, particularly my own mother, with a new kind of profound respect. One that is only felt when you too have been through something so life changing."

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"I feel like I need to mentioned my husband. Chase has been truly amazing throughout the entire time little Ceil has been with us. He was wonderful during my pregnancy, but absolutely awesome (the word is terribly overused these days, but I actually mean it) with our baby. I look at him and I'm mesmerized by his interactions with her. Not that I didn't expect him to be an incredible father, it's just so fun to be in the presence of a little girl and her daddy. He melts daily. His love for her and his involvement has been incredible to watch. "

"I feel like the pictures Mae Burke took reflect our happiness in the simplest form. We are both so in love with our child and she captured that perfectly! I'm so so glad we chose to do newborn photos. You know the moment you're faced with a cat 4 hurricane heading straight towards you and you have to decide what to grab? These pictures will be at the top of the list."

Getting to take part in such a huge transition in someone else's life isn't something I take lightly. And to see that my clients are going to be wonderful parents?! Even better. Thank you Courtney and Chase for opening up your little pocket of love for me to peak into.

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I find so much joy in photographing expecting couples, babies, and families in Rockport, Texas - For more information on these sessions, visit my shop or email me at hello@maeburke.com for more info on booking a session with me.

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Charissa & Baby at Home with Rockport Family Photographer Mae Burke

Last summer I had one of my very favorite sessions ever here in Rockport.

A beautiful mom, her husband, three boys and one baby girl.
It was a magical, sweaty evening that made me fall in LOVE with this family

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In fact, at the time I had been planning to quit my business, (but then Harvey, and blah blah blah...) and when I got home to edit them, I turned to my husband, leaned into his chest and started crying saying "It sucks this is over, I love it so much and I'm really good at it."

Plans changed (PRAISE THE LORDT!) and the second I got another inquiry from Charissa, I was thrilled. I'll be photographing her again this summer, but first, we needed to celebrate her itty bitty baby girl's first birthday!

Charissa booked a Loyalty Session and we met at her home here in Rockport just to capture a few frames of who this little lady is.

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Charissa says she's not "good with words" but I would argue that she uses up all of her energy pouring into her kiddos. And she wrapped up our experience rather susinctly, in my opinion!

"We hired Mae.
She was fabulous.
Motherhood is hard."

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I am so lucky to get to photograph amazing mothers and their families like this.
Thank you for sharing your love for them with me, Charissa.


I find so much joy in photographing expecting couples, babies, and families in Rockport, Texas - For more information on these sessions, visit my shop or email me at hello@maeburke.com for more info on booking a session with me.

family on an easter weekend

Melissa is one of the many women all over the country who have parents who have decided to settle down and retire in Rockport, Texas. Over the years, more and more of my clients have been sweet families who are vacationing in the Coastal Bend, and becoming their photographer has been so fun.

Over Easter weekend, my client's family and one of her sister's family came together to visit their mama and I was loving capturing their little reunion.

From Melissa
"The session was wonderful - I love that Mae was flexible enough for us to split it into two locations and times so we got different feels. She was also open enough to include other family members, which made some of the images even more special. Rockport is the best of small town Americana.  My favorite time to visit is the 4th of July...people literally walk from their homes to gather as a community and watch the fireworks as a community.  It struck me a few years ago that not much has probably changed in decades.  Rockport is a welcome change from the hustle of day to day in the city.  I also love that my parents have retired there.  They are making it home and I know my kids will make memories that last a lifetime."
"Mae captured my moment in motherhood. When I look at my photos I see Laughter...peace...and a tiny bit of stress when we weren't all cooperating at the same time. Everything is hard about being a parent, but I am not sure it has much to do with age.  I try not to take the joy out of being a parent by second guessing every decision or measuring every milestone.  I have more than my fair share of blessings.  I do not take that for granted. I am so much more patient that I ever was before.  I do not let the little things at home stress me out...spilled milk - no big deal, broken glass - just a thing, etc.  I was also able to spend my 20s and early 30s collecting passport stamps and building my career.  I don't think there is right or ready time to be a mom, but being "advanced maternal age" worked for me.
"Thank you, Mae, for allowing me to consider my motherhood journey. It sounds cliché, but right now we are...busy. I have a very full time corporate job and try my best to harmonize being a mother and wife.  I don't get it right every day, but I love those babies.  My goal is to make like less "busy." These images will be framed in our house for sure.  I love that Austen was laughing and Heston was both serious and laughing while running.  That is him. I know I will cherish these when my babies are grown.

Thank you, Humble family, for sharing the love of your family with me.


To book your session while you are down in the Coastal Bend,
be sure to visit the shop for all the details

or email me at hello@maeburke.com