I am a photographer. I might not be the best, I might not make a lot of money, but sometimes it's not about money. Sometimes it's about sharing your gift. I do that with OpLove and Soldiers often. It costs me time and gas money...but it does more for my heart than money can ever buy.
I am now honored to be a part of The Tiny Footprints Project . Again, donating my time to these little gems that find their way into the NICU. Babies born too soon, babies struggling for a little extra help, usually with moms and dads that are caught in a dream.
As I waited for my first request, I thought back on the births of both my sons and as difficult as 1 was, I was blessed with a healthy baby boy. The first request came as a question. Is there anyone close to Birmingham Children's hospital. No response. After a few hours, I posted that I was about 2 hours away and if there was no one, I would do it. Confirmation came later that day that I was it. Getting things set up happened pretty quick. Time can be of importance for this families, so I would go 2 days later on a Saturday. And it turns out I'm a little over 2 1/2 hours away. Did it matter? Nope, I'd do it again in a heartbeat.
Jack was born missing his left ventricle. Somehow not caught until his birth, he was flown to Birmingham Children's 1 day later. Terrifying for any parent, I'm sure. But on the day I was there, I witnessed his Baptism. Priceless peace for his family as he would have heart surgery 2 days later.
Such a sweet boy
He might be sleeping, but he's full of spunk!
Probably my favorite picture. They just look like they're watching over him. The Chaplain blessed them both, so I think they were doing their jobs!
Another favorite. This boy's got some strong prayers coming his way!
The love in this room was everywhere.
Not your normal Baptism, but it did the job just fine.
His loving parents
These footprints are why I'm here.
This face is why I will always answer the call.
Jack had his surgery a few days later and as of right now, he's doing great. He's slowly recovering and raring to go. Pretty soon this will just be a memory in his baby book. I am honored to document the first few pages of it for mom and dad.
I was excited to have another newborn to photograph. Both momma and I had tried for 2 months to do maternity pictures, but the winter weather just would not cooperate. She lived too far north and kept getting socked in with snow. So, we knew Riley's arrival date and scheduled it the first weekend in March. She was 7 days old. 2 days before I was to head up there, the weather forecast changed and they started calling for another ice/snow storm. I'll be darned if we were going to cancel again! So, we set a time and my window was about 5 hours to get out of there before the ice started forming. She arrived late, which I get as you are dealing with baby's schedule, but I had my window. And you cannot hurry a newborn shoot. Let me just say this...I have not seen such a tiny, curious, wiggly, WIDE AWAKE newborn! For 3 hours we tried to get her to sleep. She wasn't having any of it! She was watching what was going on and that was that. Well, we got some cute ones, and that's all that mattered!
I just wanted to kiss on her. She was so sweet!
If you took the binky out, her fingers went right to her mouth!
So attentive...just watching.
I just love this! You would never think she was 7 days old!
Finally getting sleepy, but very wiggly!
One of my favorites. Of course we were done and she finally fell asleep. My luck. But it was time to go. About an hour after I left the roads were freezing. That's cutting it close!
Seriously, how sweet is she?! We didn't have too much time as she decided she wasn't into pictures, but we still got some good ones. Part of taking newborn pictures is knowing when to say when...either finish with what you have or reschedule. You're on their timeline!
I LOVE this one!
Just about at the end...she wanted nothing to do with me or a camera once she was awake!
We had nothing formal planned, just some baby pictures of sweet 3 week old Bella. While walking around the yard, I snapped some fun pictures of her big sisters. I love capturing more candid shots...fun, playful and natural...life.
A complete save...I loved this picture, but there were distractions, so I removed them so the focus was on the girls. I just wish I could decide which black and white I preferred. (I might do a before/after at some point) :)
Heading over to the raspberry bushes
I just love this...probably one of my favorites of all the pictures I've ever taken! "Sneaking" a raspberry while I hid behind a tree taking her picture.
We didn't want "cheezy" smiles, so we just told her to stand by the tree...