Happy Mothers day to all the mommies out there!
A few weeks ago I had the extreme honour of photographing the beautiful home birth of this family’s third child.
Brenda’s water broke early Monday morning and I received the call shortly after letting me know that Jackson would be coming sometime soon (about 3 weeks earlier than expected). I made childcare arrangements and back-up childcare arrangements and waited for a call that labour was progressing. But no call came.
The following morning I checked in and she wasn’t having any contractions at this point. Later that afternoon her wonderful midwives from Westside Midwives came to check on her. Mama and baby were both doing fine and Brenda was having a few irregular contractions. They mixed up a concoction of castor oil and other yummy stuff and that did the trick. So, 36 hours after her water broke and about 30 minutes after taking the concoction, Brenda’s contractions started getting more regular and intense. At 6:30pm that evening, two hours after taking the castor oil, I received the call to make my way over to their home.
The scene when I walked into the house took my breath away. The evening light was starting to fade, the birth pool was ready, and the midwives were setting up. The two older boys were reading books and getting ready for bed with their aunt. The peaceful energy of the house was both calming and exhilarating. Ryan was so supportive and present for Brenda throughout labour. Everyone was happy and excitedly awaiting the arrival of little Jackson…
Thank you to this beautiful family for inviting me into their home to witness such a personal and incredible event and then for allowing me to share it with you here.
[If you are pregnant in the Vancouver area and are interested in having your baby's birth day photographed, contact me for more details.]
Remember this maternity session from earlier this year? Well this is my good friend Jenny and now she is the proud mama to one adorable little boy. This little bundle of cuteness arrived the day after his daddy’s birthday and just before his mommy’s birthday. April is going to be party time in this household!
Ten day old Jack had the most perfect features and the most stunning lashes. Isn’t he the cutest?!
Thanks and congrats again!!! It was so great to have had the chance to come visit and meet your little man in those first few days. Jack is totally adorable and I am so happy for you!
Sometimes when your Mom is a photographer, you have your picture taken! Sometimes if you have your picture taken you just have to run inside to grab your own camera to take Mom’s picture too!
Wooden camera from Little Sapling Toys. Sweet little girl…well she’s all mine!
I would like to introduce you to Lauren. I met Lauren and her loving parents through the Tiny Light Foundation, a non profit organization that provides professional photography for children and families that have been faced with a life altering diagnoses. Their story is unique and although you wouldn’t know it from these photos, Lauren had a very rough start in life.
She was born at 41 weeks after an easy pregnancy, however, her parents knew right away something wasn’t right. On her third day of life she was rushed to BC Children’s Hospital where it was determined that she had been having seizures since birth (and most likely in utero). The family spent the next two months in the NICU and PICU. Lauren was intubated and sedated the whole time as hospital staff tried to find out what was causing her seizures. Every time she was taken off the sedation she would start to seize again.
Finally, a week before her two month birthday it was determined that Lauren had a very rare metabolic disorder called Pyrodoxine Dependent Epilepsy. What does this mean? Well it means that Lauren has to take vitamin B6 everyday and be on a special low lysine diet. It means she can’t have dairy, meat, soy or anything that has protein. It means that she will always be on the smaller side and have low muscle tone. It means she is developmentally and physically delayed.
On the day that I had the pleasure of meeting Lauren she was full of smiles. At almost two years of age she is more or less walking and communicating with a few words and many signs. She is sweet, loving and full of life.
I want to thank the Miller family for allowing me to capture this time in their lives. I also want to thank them for pretending it wasn’t raining when it most certainly was!