{Jer + Britt} In Home Family | Surrey, BC

Britt + Jer bought a golden retriever because they were told that children weren't an option for them. Six months later, they found out they were pregnant. It's one of those funny moments in life where you just feel like laughing at the absurdity of it all. But in due time they welcomed their little man into the world - burbling and smiling and ready to change their reality in a twinkling. Now they had the exciting task of balancing fur babies and and their own baby in a bundle of fur and fun.

I was welcomed into their home in the wee hours (I"m not British, but I am allowed to say wee hours right?) of a Saturday morning - just in time to catch the first bottle of the day. Sam warmed up to me straight away. I try my best not to pull my camera out too fast - let everyone get used to me, pets included.  Murphy, the gorgeous and decidedly excitable golden retriever, took longer than anyone to suss me out. To be fair it was his day for exercise so he was definitely a bit neurotic in a fur ball kind of way. Britt and Jer, despite their assurances of "I'm so awkward I don't know how to do candid" slipped into their roles as naturally as if I hadn't been there. Which is basically the point. You don't have to try to be candid, you simply have to be. 

The obvious love the Jer oozes over his family is the best. His patience for Sam means they bond over tearing up books, music, and lots of laughter. In typical childhood delight, Sam cries when he leaves and lights up when dad returns. The complete adoration of a child really does make you feel like a million bucks.

Britt is gentle. With quiet consistency and organization she makes sure everything gets done, all the while bringing smiles and patience to everyone around her. It was such a treat to watch her curl up with Sam in the corner by the window - ditching the typical mind-numbing children's book for the more robust science book. Jer informed me that after feeling like his brain was turning to mush with the children's lit out there, he  began reading Sam physics text books at the young age of one month. These people are the best.

I send out a client questionairre before every shoot - and every time the responses make me tear up. It's an excellent way to feel at home with this family  before I even met them.  I learnt that Bert the cat is a jackass and hides all the time. I learnt that Britt's favourite room is Sam's room - because of the amount of thought that went into it. I'll leave you with a little piece from my questionnaire for this couple A piece that really makes me realize how important this time is for them, how treasured these moments are:


What are you guys like when you're together?

"We have a wonderful relationship that is punctuated by our insanely busy lives. Besides spending time with Sam together, after he is in bed, we tend to have meaningful chats from our days to world issues while lounging on the sofas. We have these big family hugs almost every night that makes me forget everything else around me. I love Britt’s smile, her passion and drive at everything she approaches in life, and her ability to always make time for us even when there really isn’t any. We are a wacky combo that is quite often all over the place, but when we relax, we just sort of let all that madness float around us without interrupting our bubble" - Jer
"well , Jer’s response made me cry. It is accurate. I won’t add much more than saying that we truly are best friends. We have been together for almost 9 years and our son is our miracle baby. We have been through more than many couples and we truly are each others “person""

 

 

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