I was given some truly amazing newborn photography clients to serve in Raleigh in 2019, and I’m so grateful for each and every Mom, Dad, newborn baby and big brother or sister who I was able to have in front of my lens.
Being a newborn photographer brand new to the area in 2019 was scary. I didn’t know what to expect. I didn’t know if I’d even be fortunate enough to photograph one session.
Coming from a place where I had an established business and the security of always having inquiries flowing in, this was a huge shift. But I knew if there was a will, there was a way. And apparently serving these clients and friends was what I was meant to do, because I found myself in their homes, documenting their stories.
Motherhood, in its entirety, can feel like a hot mess sometimes. Sure, some days you feel like you’re killing it. And other days, you feel that you don’t measure up. That you’re not fit to parent.
I would know. I’ve felt these things.
I think there’s great beauty in knowing that each of us were given our specific children, because we are the perfect person to raise them. Now, don’t get it twisted. I didn’t say we’re perfect. We’re far from it. But we have the perfect qualities, life experiences, stories, values, life views, etc. for the precious babies that were entrusted to us.
Even knowing that, though, there are days where I still feel like I flat out suck at being a mom. And I certainly felt that I wasn’t fit to parent in those early days of postpartum recovery more often than I’d like to admit.
But you know what can bring me back to that truth in a split second? A photograph; a video. A moment frozen in time where I was living in that truth. An instant in time that I can look at and remember how deep my love is for my children, how perfectly they fit in my arms. A moment where I can see they were made to be my children.
To be able to freeze these moments in time for these parents last year and give them these photos to serve as that same reminder for them is an honor.
To have the opportunity to hear their stories and learn of their struggles, joy, heartbreak and redemption, and to play a part in documenting a small sliver of that is humbling. Who am I, after all, to be the newborn photographer entrusted with something so momentous?
Thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for making a new-to-Raleigh newborn photographer feel welcome. Thank you for trusting me to tell your stories. Thank you for inviting me into your homes. Thank you for the opportunity to document a part of your lives.
I’ll be forever grateful for you, and I hope that these photographs serve as a reminder of how your child was created to be loved in the special and unique ways that only you can give them.
And I hope you always remember how wonderful of a parent you are for your child. Because you are, and I have the documentation to prove it.