Today has been a strange day. One of those days where you do not immediately see how events are aligning at first. One of those days where you swear it is all coincidence. But, eventually there is a pattern you just cannot get past. It has been a day of smiling and tears.
It started with meeting almost 7 week old Beckham. Yes, this is normally way past my ideal age for photographing newborns. His story was so extra ordinary though. I just could not say no. You see, he had open heart surgery right after birth. Mom found out he would need this surgery just two weeks prior to his arrival. I spent two amazing hours with Beckham and his mom today talking about his story and just how miraculous this baby was. All the stars aligned and he was given the gift of a healthy life. We celebrated his scars. In fact, we chose to honor them in photos.
Fast forward a few hours and facebook (of all things) reminded me that 7 years ago today we brought our preemie baby home from the hospital after his 20 day stay in the NICU. Today he is a healthy, happy boy who I treasure daily. It made me go look at photos...actual printed photos. You know, in albums! All the little moments and details that are so easy to forget. The stork bite he had on his forehead, how he had such dark hair at birth that has since changed to dirty blonde. How lucky I am that I have gotten to photograph him and his ever changing personality over the past 7 years.
And then it happened. I stumbled upon the most gut wrenching, well written post on instagram about an angel baby. I read and re-read the post. Probably 4 or 5 times. Tears streaming down my face. I had my husband read it too. It detailed just how importrant the photos mom and dad had. It was the only thing they have of their baby. It was a baby I had photographed that inspired me to join NILMDTS (Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep).
My job is amazing. Daily, I meet people who's stories inspire me. Some are having the best day of their life. Others, the worst. Every story is just as important as the last. Every day I am reminded just how important one photograph can be.