Dad-to-be Jason Parry is definitely dad goals! Join us in Palm Springs for a behind-the-scenes peek of an intimate shoot between the incredible photographer and his stunning pregnant wife, as they embark on this journey of parenthood. @onthe_wayout @jasonleeparry
On how you met?
From Jenny’s perspective:
We met on a shoot on Valentine’s Day right after Jason moved to California from Oregon. I had a boyfriend at the time and I just thought Jason was really sweet and cute but it was strictly professional. We shot again and Jason invited my boyfriend and I out to a bar for his friend’s birthday. That night we just had the most insane chemistry and leaving the bar I knew I was in trouble because I had a crush. (On a side note: the relationship I was in was not very good and my boyfriend at the time had done some pretty messed up stuff). Jason had set up another shoot using me about a week later and at the end of the day we kissed. The rest is history.
From Jason’s perspective:
I had recently moved to LA and was setting up some shoots. I thought Jenny had beautiful eyes and remember she showed up to the shoot in a motorcycle jacket and Ray-Bans. It wasn’t until that night at the bar that I probably felt anything…I picked her up that night and carried her out of the bar.
On how he asked you to marry him?
From Jenny’s perspective: Jason and I will have been married for 7 years this coming August. He had surprised me with a trip to New York City right around Valentine’s Day (the day we met). I kinda had a feeling he might propose but obviously had no idea how. On Valentine’s Day we were walking through Central Park taking self-timer photos. He set up the camera and I thought he was going to push me in the snow because he had gotten down below me but when I looked down he was on his knee holding out a ring. The self-timer took three photos in a row…the proposal, us kissing, and then the two of us falling down in the snow. We spent the rest of the day wandering through museums and then grabbing a drink with friends.
From Jason’s perspective: Around Christmas, Jenny and I had dinner with her parents. Near the end of the dinner Jenny got up to use the restroom and that’s when I told her parents about the surprise trip and to ask her hand in marriage. She didn’t know about the trip until a few days before, I even requested her off work without her knowing it. I knew I wanted to propose in Central Park and it was a perfect day. We always take a ton of photos together so using the self-timer and capturing the moment just came naturally.
On how you found out that you’re pregnant?
From Jenny’s perspective: Back in November Jason had a job in Oahu and I decided to tag along (because…Hawaii). Jason and I are usually night owls but we were staying with some surfers who go to bed early and Jason had some early morning call times. We were going to bed at 9pm which was completely fine with me, and way out of character. But the main indication was that my period was late. The second to last night I couldn’t wait any longer and ran to a pharmacy and I was most definitely pregnant.
From Jason’s perspective: The night before we found out she mentioned that she still hadn’t had her period yet. We were going to grab a pregnancy test then but were on the North Shore and the store was pretty far. The next night we were in Honolulu and I think she couldn’t wait any longer. I think we both pretty much knew she was pregnant.
The secret that makes it work?
From Jenny’s perspective: Jason’s my best friend and I love being around him. We just have fun. And I think when work gets too crazy and the two of us are stressed out about life it helps to be spontaneous have a night out together reconnecting and enjoying ourselves. I know it’s going to be much more difficult to do that once the baby arrives but I do believe date nights are super important and something I know both of us want to keep up.
From Jason’s perspective: The understanding that we are truly meant for one another.
If pregnancy were a song, it would be?
From Jenny’s perspective: Buddy Holly- ‘Everyday’ because it’s sweet and exciting to prepare for the love of your child, but also because I’ve felt like I’m on an emotional rollercoaster.
From Jason’s perspective: Sturgill Simpson – ‘The Promise”
On how you imagine parenthood to be?
From Jenny’s perspective: Jason and I are so used to being very independent so I know this is going to be such a huge change for us. But at the same time I believe it’s going to be such an amazing, eye-opening new chapter in our life together. I imagine it to be beautiful, complicated, fulfilling and frustrating. And I’m looking forward to introducing the world to our son and viewing it in a new way through his eyes. I believe parenthood is going to make me a better person, and elevate Jason and my relationship to a whole other level.
From Jason’s perspective: There’s so many different ways that I imagine it to be. Constant learning and trying to adapt to be the best father I can be. I know there will be a lot of challenges but I’m looking forward to reliving my childhood through my child.