Samantha and I met and became friends at a work training several years ago. We’ve kept in contact and a few months ago she reached out to me about doing family photos this fall.

We arranged the details, and a few weeks before their session, she lets me in on their secret: A baby is on it’s way!! She told me that their daughter, who is 3, had no idea about the baby, and they wanted to catch her reaction when she discovered the news.

Below is Payge’s reaction to finding out she’s going to be a big sister. (And a few of their family photos to follow.)

(Update: Samantha and Derek have welcomed another sweet baby girl! To see some of their amazing birth photos, click here)