These pictures have taken me over a year to blog. This happens when I can’t find the words to express the emotions that come with the pictures. I still can’t find them, but I’m going to do my best.
In September 2013, I photographed the birth of baby Benjamin. His birth was beautiful and perfect, peaceful and joyous. Benjamin was here in his little body for five weeks. In that short time and in the two years since, his effect on the world has been big. The love and community, strength and light I saw after his death shaped the way I look at the world. Time is so precious. Every moment with a child is valuable. Bad things happen. People continue living. Good things happen. Benjamin’s mom, Kelly, is like no one I’ve ever met. She’s like a ray of light, with a smile so pure and genuine that you can’t help but feel love when you see it.
When she told me they were expecting another baby, my heart felt full. I was so happy for her and her family. And in October 2014, I was at their home for another beautiful and perfect, peaceful and joyous birth. Nicholas was born. He turned one a couple weeks ago. 🙂 Here, in pictures, is the story of his birth…
Kelly wants parents who have lost an infant to know that they are not alone. She recommends the SIDS Foundation as a resource.
Also, as a doula, yoga instructor and educator, Kelly supports expectant and new moms, including those who are going through what she has gone through.