Writing this post is a dream come true for me. As I sit here in a coffee shop I have tears of JOY as I remember the day of photographing the birth of my cousin’s sweet baby boy, Everett James Burke, as he made his way into this world. It was the most amazing experience I have ever had. When my cousin contacted me about shooting her birth, a ton of emotions hit me as I wondered if I was experienced enough to even take on such a task. I mean shooting a birth is like a wedding, you get ONE chance to capture those moments that a family will cherish forever. And I had the incredible honor to be a part of it.
On March 1, 2016 I got the call that my cousin was headed up to the hospital to be induced for her birth and it hit me. I couldn’t wait! I headed up to the hospital a few hours later and we waited all day for him to arrive. I loved capturing the moments of the waiting process. As hard as it was at times for my cousin, there was so much beauty in the process. When a mom is in labor and the pain is unbearable she can’t quite imagine the beauty on the other side of the pain quite yet. I couldn’t help but think that in our own daily lives the “process” we go through is preparation for the breakthrough we are praying for. The pain, hardship, and circumstances beyond our control is so small compared to where God is taking us and the gift He is going to give us. Just like the pain in childbirth is worth every moment when you get to hold your baby for the first time so will the journey be as we walk hand in hand with our Creator. It will be life-changing. It will be life-giving. It will be worth it.
There is absolutely nothing more powerful and beautiful as celebrating the birth of a new life. It’s a TRUE miracle. I cried tears so many tears as I captured Everett taking his first breath. And then the looks on the faces of a new mommy an daddy will surely change your life forever. God is such a good, good Father and I loved feeling His love like never before on this day. I’m so happy for this sweet family. I hope you enjoy the photos that tell the story of their beautiful day.