Sunday, January 11, 2009

THE Most Incredible Experience

To say that I have THE coolest job is the understatement of a lifetime. I get to do so many amazing things, travel to incredible places, work with people whose lives touch mine, and form relationships with people that become extensions of my own family. But, today... I witnessed a true miracle. One of my maternity clients gave birth to the most perfect little baby boy today and I was there to document the absolute most amazing event I've experienced besides seeing my own babies for the first time.

When I left the hospital and looked in the mirror in my car, I had to laugh at the mascara running all over my face, but then went back to weeping over the overwhelming reality that I just watched a life being brought into the world. And although my husband would tell you to stay as far away from a birthing room as possible if you don't have to be there, as a woman, wife, and a mother, it was the best place to have been today.

I am honored to have been part of this family's day -- to call it their "special day" just seems a little trite. I saw this little guy's face AS he saw the world for the first time... and it was one of the most beautiful and precious moments of my life, as well. And then to capture Dad's face when he saw his son for the first time... and then mom's face when they gave that little bundle of sweetness to her... you moms out there know that nothing can ever get you prepared for that first time you see that baby's face... and to capture the love on the faces of this husband and wife who see the product of this tiny human that is part of each of them... it was emotional and breathtaking and exhilarating. I feel so privileged that I was able to help this family in preserving those very life-changing moments.

As you can imagine, these events are so very special and intimate, so I'll keep most of these images private. You'll be meeting this little man in about a week and I'll introduce him to you properly. For now, here's a shot of his little sweet foot a few minutes after being born... isn't it the sweetest foot you've ever seen? :)

Now.... go hug your babies... I'm going to hug mine. :)


Alex and Jill said...

WOW! What an honor to be a part of such a special day. I would have been bawling as well!

Precious photo.

Jessicar said...

Amazing photo.. This should be on a Hallmark card!