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"The love, kindness and generosity for my husband, baby, and I put a smile on my face the entire day (and week!). Our friends and family truly went above and beyond with all the time and energy invested into a day that meant so much to us. The decorations my mom and sisters set up were all reminiscent of my childhood - photos at the beach as a child, my baby clothes, photos of Chester and I growing up, handmade signs and quilts... it never ended, the joy..." -Becky

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The gentle touch of Becky's Mother and Mom-Mom's hands cradling her precious baby. Three generations of history, of love, and of living...

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Originally I was going to have them laugh without a prompt, but they ended up laughing about laughing at nothing, and then reminiscing about memories they shared together...

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Becky and her sister were so gentle and kind to one another...

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The fingerprints Becky's Mother left while pregnant, will now be covered by the fingerprints of that baby - grown into a Mother herself beginning her journey...

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"My mother gifted me my baby clothes and blankets that she received at her baby shower for me in 1981. My best friend and neighbor from childhood, Amy, gifted me her baby guardian angel plaque. The plaque will now hang above our baby's crib". How wild is that?

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Becky's baby book contrasted with her baby's ultra sound photograph. Talk about surreal...

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Becky's 'Firsts' as a baby logged by her Mother.

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Chester's Aunt put finishing touches on the quilt she was gifting the baby...

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Laughs were had when Becky opened this onesie package...

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"Another special addition to the day was having Elizabeth there photographing it. She captured many moments I didn't see until I received the images. One of my favorites is of my cousin who had her daughter sitting in her lap, their arms wrapped around each other displaying so much love…". -Becky

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"We received old books and new books each signed with a note of why the book meant something to each person. These notes have been so wonderful to read and we cannot wait to share them with our baby". -Becky

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Baby photographs hung from the respective families.

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"The photograph of my friend Kate’s daughter’s little sandy foot playing in the sand is so precious..." -Becky

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As I was walking to my car about to head home, 'something' told me to turn around. That is when I saw Becky's pop-pop opening the door for her 94-year-old mom-mom. I felt the hair on my arm stand up, and instantly felt a tiny tear form in my right eye. Moments like this are why I cherish being a photographer. Her grandparents legacy of class, honor, commitment and loving each other can be summarized in a fraction of a moment like this...

Becky Colburn | Baby Shower | Bucks County, Pennsylvania

Having the opportunity to photograph a maternity Client's baby shower doesn't happen often, so when Becky formally invited me to her July 30, 2017 baby shower, you better believe I was there. Attending gave me the chance to see her in her element - surrounded by the women closest to her, dare I say, showering her and her little one with love, adoration, and joy.

When I walked into the Hampton Green Clubhouse the first thing I noticed was the huge window bringing in an abundance of light. (I let a sigh of relief escape because when I don't get the opportunity to check a location prior to shooting, I am left in limbo regarding light). I met Becky's Sister, Mother, and Aunt as I navigated my way inside, and automatically realized where Becky's charm and zest for life came from. These women were glowing with smiles and ready to be there if someone needed something...anything.

As Becky opened her gifts ("The Giving Tree", a handmade quilt made by her Aunt-in-law, a bundle of her baby books gifted back to her by her Mother, a handmade sheepskin rug, and a childhood friend's guardian angel plaque just to name a few) her appreciation for the graciousness was written all over her face and through the tiny tears that escaped her eyes, here and there...

A sweet message I received from Becky: "Elizabeth, you captured all the love, laughter, and joy from the day. These moments will remain in my memory and heart for all my life, and I cannot wait to share them with the baby. Many thanks to you...".

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