I have to admit when my friend Page first sent her email with her request my initial reaction was you want me to do what? See, I love when people ask me to do photographs for them – engagement photos, headshots, babies, just for fun… there’s nothing I love more than being behind my camera lens. So I was excited that Page was asking Jamie and I if we’d be willing to come photograph her new baby…but a little nervous that she was asking us to photograph her brand new baby. Like, arriving into the world brand-new. Jamie and I both readily agreed, but even on the way to the hospital the night that Page was being induced we were a bundle of excitement and nerves. Where would we stand? Would we be in the way? Would we capture the perfect moments of this incredibly amazing moment in this family’s life? Would we ever decide to have children of our own after witnessing childbirth for the first time?
I don’t want to share too many details, because this is Page’s story, not mine. But it was truly an incredible experience in my life, and I just can’t get over how thankful I feel that Page invited us to share this moment in her family’s life. I was in tears myself when the delivering physician, Page’s hubby himself, told his wife the news that their bundle of joy was going to wrapped in a pink blanket. Of all the moments I’ve ever captured with my finger on the shutter release, Page’s reaction at learning she was the momma of a little girl is my all time favorite.
I’ve obviously never seen a baby who is merely seconds old, and my breath was captured by her perfection. Matt has told me many times that being in medicine, contrary to what you might think about it being all scientific, has only further cemented his belief that we are creatures of God’s design. Witnessing this intersection of science and miracle, I suddenly perfectly understood what he means by that.
And amazingly, all the fears that I have had about going through childbirth (which have been many) have actually diminished by witnessing it. I will forever be indebted to this family for inviting Jamie and I into this moment of their life. Happy Birthday, sweet Faye and welcome to the world. Just to give you a heads up, you’re in really good hands for the life journey ahead of you.