Caitlin and John are in front of my camera and lot more than John would probably prefer. Although I hate to admit this in a place he could find out about it; it's actually kind of his fault. John is a wonderful husband and father to his two ladies. He has been a kind and selfless gentlemen on every encounter I've been around him, including a time when he and Caitlin modeled bridal for an entire group of photographers. He went out of his way to make sure every model and photographer safely crossed rocky outcroppings and always guides his wives hand as they walk on unstable ground.
It's that type of man who finds a girl like Caitlin. Caitlin is strong, fierce and independent. She's worked a job most of us couldn't imagine or stomach and she still walks with the corners of her mouth constantly curled into a smile. They are honest, caring and thoughtful towards each other and now to their daughter. And for all their amazing traits of human decency the greatest is their patience and love of that little girl. A little girl who's love of her parents wells up inside her like she might burst every single time she sees one of them. Who's innocent heart betrays what amazing parents they really are in her incredible love for them.
So when Caitlin decided they'd like another I felt a great spring of happiness for them. In what I know of these people: they are who we want to be raising the children who will one day foster our world for us. It is with absolute joy that I was able to photograph Caitlin and John's family as it is blossoming. It is with absolute humility that I feel God put Caitlin into my life as a friend and source of strength as a parent. And, hopefully, it will be by absolute Grace if I get to photograph the arrival of little Cooper into the world outside of his mother. I cannot imagine a family who is more deserving of happiness than these two.
To Caitlin and John, your love is so inspiring: the love of one another and of your child. I hope that it grows every day and that it swells to make room for Cooper when he arrives. I cannot wait to meet your little man and to parent alongside you for as long as I'm blessed to do so.
It is with great pleasure that I share some of the images of the family Roe, aptly named for their a gorgeous river session in a peaceful bend on the Stanislaus river on a warm summer evening in Northern California.