My gorgeous niece, Crystal, is expecting her second baby soon + she honored me by asking me to do her maternity session as I did for her first child, little Ramey (named after my granddad + Crystal’s great-granddad, Ramie Lee Conner). After a couple of cancellations because of cold, rainy or snowy weather, we were treated to a brilliantly mild, sunny afternoon. Crystal & Anthony (dad), Ramey, + my mom, Peggy, + step-dad, Gene, all set out at Clemson’s South Carolina Botanical Gardens to take advantage of the light + surroundings. Mom + Gene watched Ramey for us while I got some mommy/daddy photos, but the biggest reason Crystal wanted them along was to surprise Mom with the news that they were going to give their little girl, Kerrigan, Mom’s middle name – Irene. There’s a special bond between Crystal, her twin sis, Jessica, + Mom + Gene because the girls lived with their grandparents for several years when growing up. After Crystal told mom about the name sake, she expressed the love + gratitude she feels for both her grandparents, acknowledging that her life + Jess’s would have turned out much differently had Mom + Gene not taken them into their home. It was a tender, sweet moment + I am so happy that I was there for it.