It started way back when I photographed their engagement session, then their wedding and now the story of the first born’s arrival – wow, wow, WOW! I’m amazed and completely honored to share in such incredible and intimate moments in people’s lives. I am beyond blessed to have this profession and be able to watch and document remarkable moments for them to cherish for generations to come!
I am invested deeply in the births that I photograph, but when I know that the parents have lost sweet babies in the past, my heart becomes completely invested in their story and the birth of this amazing little miracle. Shelly and I have had long chats about the devastating heartache of losing a couple of babies along our journey to “mommy”. It hurts my heart when someone so beautiful and loving reaches out to me after a loss. Until someone has experienced this kind of loss in their own lives, its hard to find the words to explain to family and friends just how deeply it effects us and continues to effect us for years after. For me, I was able to find some comfort when I spoke with others who “got it”. I was humbled that Shelly reached out to me and thankful that we were able to cry, mourn and heal together. These sweet babies… we never forget them. They will ALWAYS be loved and cherished.
Then one day… we get pregnant… again… but this time it feels different in our hearts, and somehow we just know that this is the baby that we are to raise up. For Mark and Shelly, this was Archer. Sweet, beautiful, miracle baby, Archer. When I got the call that Mark and Shelly were heading to the hospital, I paced at home… I was making dinner and thought, “We’ll eat together as a family, bathe the kids, put them to bed, and then I’ll head to the hospital.” I got about half way through bath time and asked Tony to take over, I couldn’t wait any longer. I had to go document this incredible story from the beginning! I arrived around 8pm and documented their story throughout the night… Archer was taking his time 🙂 By morning, things had progressed, family arrived and anxiously paced between the labor room and the waiting room (everyone was SO excited for this day to be here!), and the room was prepped for arrival. Shelly labored like a champ while the emotions and excitement built for Mark and the rest of the family. Finally, the time came and Mark was able to announce to Shelly and then their families that they had a healthy baby boy! I love the emotions from this day – it was impossible to not be emotional – they waited so long for this moment!
Oh my heart… <3