I have a very special place in my heart for babies, especially those who must overcome struggle in the very beginning of their life. I had the opportunity to meet James two weeks ago for his NICU Graduation Newborn session. This is the first time I have been able to do a session of this kind, but I don't think it could've gone better.
I have known James' dad, George, for a few years now. We had worked together in my previous corporate life, and now he actually works with my husband. Small world! I was very happy to hear that George and his wife, Megan, were expecting. A few months ago though, I received an email from George stating that his wife had unfortunately gone into early labor, and that little James was going to be arriving early, at just 28 weeks. My heart sank for them.
I have watched a few families experience the challenges of having a little one arrive early. I am sure those days, weeks, or months, are filled with a lot of emotions and struggle. So when George and Megan contacted me about a newborn session, I was more than excited to be able to provide a little joy, and of course memorable photos.
I am obviously a very visual person, and I love to tell stories with photos. George and Megan very graciously shared some photos of James' journey with me, and it is amazing to see how far he has come.
Meeting Mom and Dad.
James was 2lbs at birth.
Growing so much and breathing on his own.
After 10 long weeks, heading home!
So now, here is a little sneak peek of James' session with me after he graduated from the NICU!
James with big sister, Kali. She was probably the most well-behaved dog I have ever met!
If you, or someone you know, has a baby in the NICU for an extended time period, please contact me about reduced rate NICU Graduation photos. Often NICU parents don't get to have professional photos taken, and I would love to give more families the opportunity to capture these moments.
Thank you to the Kotzman family for allowing me to share your story. It was a pleasure to work with you to create these photos.