Sometimes you get opportunities to do something and its nerve-racking and you aren’t sure if you “have what it takes” but you say YES and push yourself to try something new. …. and maybe, just maybe that very same thing changes you for the better. I know you’ve all been there. I know you know what Im talking about.
My YES came when my lovely friend asked me to photograph the birth of her third baby. I knew it was going to be different than anything I had ever done and for such a HUGE moment you can’t mess it up. There are no re-do’s for this kind of shoot.
The anticipation for this baby was pretty much monumental. First of all Mike and Mariellen had two boys already and this babys gender was a surprise. Secondly, contrary to her previous two births which both came a couple of weeks before her due date, this baby was being a little more stubborn. When she called me it was a Wednesday….. on her actual due date. She said ” I think this is it”. I jumped in the car and met them at the hospital.
Things progressed rather quickly.
Other than watching my own two children being born which were the most beautiful moments of my life- I have never watched a baby take its first breath. I have not ever witnessed a brand new father push the hair back on his wife as she struggles during the labor and gives her a kiss on the forehead when she stops to rest. I have never seen the face of a smiling and beaming nurse as she watches this brand new life enter the world. I have never watched the face of a mama meet her brand new baby for the first time as the nurse puts him on her chest. Never had I heard the sounds of a baby that is 3 minutes old squeak for the first time
Matthew Shepard was born at 11:15pm and weighed 8 lb 6 oz. This mama is going to be the QUEEN of the house and I cannot think of another mom that will be better at that than her. 🙂
Can I encourage you to say YES? Say yes to the things you aren’t sure about sometimes. Say YES to challenging yourself and pushing yourself. I will forever be changed by watching this baby being born into the world from that persepective. I am so honored to be able to share these pictures with you. And can I just say, thank you Mike and Mariellen. Not only for asking me to share this day with you but for allowing me this chance to morph and stretch as an artist… and as a person. xoxo