While I was working on editing these photos, I was playing some sappy Beach Boys love songs and just thinking so hard about this family and their story and how beautiful these portraits are that I actually got choked up, teary eyed and turned into a huge sap of a photographer. “God only knows what I’d be without you…” The song, the photos, oh it was bad. Or good. Well, it’s hard to edit with teary eyes!
This is a story to share! Imagine this… you have been waiting to adopt a baby for years. You and your long-time best friend that you ended up marrying 6 years ago. You had some close calls that fell through. You get a job opportunity and move to a new state when in the middle of your move… BAM…. you get the call that there is a potential adoption. You drop everything and travel back to the state where you were originally from and are chosen to be this baby’s new family. No time to prepare a nursery, no time to shop for baby clothes, car seats, diapers, no time for a baby shower in your honor. Your home is still in boxes and moving trucks are waiting to drop off furniture. Just like that… this whole family’s world changed in the matter of a week. Wow! The 9 months that most families get to prepare for a baby is something that we take for granted. Not every family gets this luxury.
This sweet mama called me and told me her story and I was just completely blown away. As much craziness that she had going on, she took the time to speak to me and was so funny and upbeat and I could tell how much joy that she had in her. She is also a photographer and wanted a lifestyle shoot. Um…. heck yeah! That is the stuff that makes my heart sing.
I really took in her story and before their photo shoot, I thought really hard about them. I knew that they had been going through a LOT. I mean a whole ton of a LOT. Even though it is all good stuff, it is still so much to process, and sometimes the stress from even really great stuff like a move and instant baby in your household can feel just as stressful as bad stuff. (I am speaking from experience and may be projecting as I am also in the middle of a move, combining families, no new baby but a new 8 and 41 year old, but that is a whole other story for another day). So I really wanted their shoot to be a time when they could just BE together and take a moment to soak up being new parents. I wanted them to forget everything else and just take a moment to enjoy this time in their lives.
While photographing them, the love that they have for each other and this beautiful baby was palpable. And the love that the baby has for them is obvious as well. The way she looked at her parents took my breath away. She was transfixed on her mother and father. And she SMILED!!! A two week old baby SMILED! Sure, some were passy-gassy smiles, but there were other smiles that I know said “I love you Mom and Dad” and “Thank you”. This is such an incredible family. She was worth the wait, Q family. You deserve the best that life has to give. I cannot wait to be your photographer for life and watch K grow!