There's something so magical about newborn sessions that have always made them a favorite of mine. Spending time with a family that has just brought home it's newest member, when everyone is getting to know each other, figuring out the new normal, where most days are only spent sleeping and eating and establishing a routine... this is such a special time and I love having the opportunity to document it. Thank you sweet Hoey family for having me, y'all are the best, and I hope to see you again soon!
I had been looking forward to this day for quite some time. My dear friend Angie was having a home birth with her second baby and wanted me to document it. Just the thought of it seemed so peaceful and perfect to me. We lived 5 minutes from each other, making it even more convenient and easy. Wellllll, I should have known that the first lesson in birth photography is that babies come when they are ready. Not when you are ready. So, without anyone to watch my babies at home, I missed sweet Graham's birth by a few hours.
But what I did get to witness and document for them was just as perfect. When I arrived around dinner time, it was almost surreal. You'd never have known that a baby had just been born. Angie and Graham were sweetly snuggling in the bed together, soaking up the moment, and I could instantly feel the love that filled the room. It was beautiful. Absolutely beautiful.
Graham, you chose the perfect family to be born into. Your big sister is so great with you and will no doubt be your favorite friend and playmate. And your parents are already the best at navigating these murky waters of life with a newborn. You are lucky in love, sweet boy, that's for sure. :)
Being present for the birth of a baby is something that will stay with me always. It is the most emotionally raw experience, one that is spiritual and moving and awe-inspiring. It is sacred. I woke up on the morning of January 5th to a text from Jenny saying they had gone to the hospital in the middle of the night. Today was THE day. I arrived at about 9:30 that morning, not knowing how quick things were or weren't progressing. I was greeted by my sweet friend who was serene, smiling, and as calm as I've ever seen her. That never changed throughout the day. She was the picture of grace through all of it. Through the pain, the uncomfortableness, the pushing. All of it. I truly was in awe of her quiet strength and ability to focus without the help of any medicine or intervention. Superhero is the word that came to my mind over and over that day.
With her loving husband and mother by her side, Canaan David Hoffman was born just after 7pm. And he was just perfect. I watched (and cried) as their hearts grew so very big in that moment. It was a day I will never forget and am so thankful I got to witness and document it for them.
Jenny and Zach, y'all are already the most amazing parents. I'm so, so happy for you and hope that God continues to bless you in your journeys.
**Images posted with permission.
Last week I had the pleasure and honor of photographing my dear friends and their sweet baby boy. It has been such a joy to watch them grow into a family of three and enter this incredible world of parenthood. They are some of the sweetest souls you will ever come across and I am so grateful for their enduring friendship over the last few years. I'm still trying to pretend it's not real that they're preparing to move to Europe. Even after just visiting them and seeing their house full of boxes… it can't be happening that some of my most cherished friends (in photography and life) won't be meeting me for coffee or pizza or conversation that fills my soul. That day is coming sooner than I hope and I will miss them dearly. Oh, so dearly.
Sweet Canaan, you are so loved, little man. And about to embark on your greatest adventure with the greatest parents God could have given you.