Archive | June, 2012

Life is Not Fair

June has been a bit of a rough month. I knew things weren’t looking good for my friend Keith. If I thought about it too much, I’d randomly start crying in the middle of the day. A sweet wife having to make it on her own, three darling kids having to grow up without their dad, and Keith powerless against the cancer. I tell my kids all the time that Life is not Fair, but that’s when they are whining about something trivial. This just sucks.

Keith passed peacefully Sunday night. As one friend on the family facebook page put it, “Earth’s loss is Heaven’s gain.” I can’t think of anyone more well-prepared to meet his Maker than Keith. Keith is an upstanding, honest, humble, faithful individual who has an uplifting influence on those around him.  I, like many many others, am trying harder to be a better person because of his Christ-like example.

Three weeks ago, I woke up around 1:00am just heartsick for the family. I couldn’t sleep for about an hour, but when I did I dreamed of Keith healthy and happy. It would’ve been nice to have thought that meant Keith was going to recover, but I was pretty sure it meant that he’s going to be just fine on the Other Side.  When we broke the news to our kids, my 9 year old said, “Keith was always smiling.  Even when he had cancer, he was always smiling.”  This sweet family is full of strong spirits and I know they will be reunited one day.

Dear Readers, if you don’t have any beliefs of where you will go when you die, I challenge you to find something to believe in. Yes, death is not fun, losing a big part of your life is awful, missing someone can be unbearable, but knowing where they are going and knowing there is more to Life than just all this helps make things a little bit more manageable.  I know, and I know that Keith’s family knows, that family bonds can extend beyond the grave and in that we all find joy and comfort.

Till we meet again.


NEW: First48 Sessions | Las Vegas Birth Photographer

Sometimes when I’m talking about what I do (birth photography), I get the “Oh, I have c-sections” kind of disappointed comments from moms. It gnaws at me, feeling like these moms are missing out when they shouldn’t have to. Most of the hospitals in Las Vegas are rather strict on the one-person-in-the-OR rule, and so many moms who want a birth photographer can’t because of this limitation. And so, the First48 Session was born. This session is perfect for moms who have cesareans, and also moms who don’t want labor photos but do want fresh newborn photos in a documentary style. Birth stories can still be told!

The First48 session takes place within the first 48 hours of life, as the name states, and at the birth location, whether that be hospital or home. The session will be in a photojournalistic, documentary style and the First48 is not a Newborn Portrait Session. The purpose here is to tell the birth and first day story, not to pose the baby with props and backdrops. As the photographer, I will still be “on-call” yet I have more freedom as to when I can arrive. If the baby is born in the middle of the night, the First48 session will take place sometime the next day (or two). The First48 session lasts 1-2 hours and can be scheduled at the convenience of both the new parents and the photographer.  With cesareans, since it is major surgery, moms need recovery time. The babies photographed below were 26 hours old at the time of their First48 session.

Due to the babies’ positions, a cesarean was recommended for the birth of Meagan’s twins.  The boys are big and fantastically healthy and everyone is doing great!

This are Grandma’s first grandbabies and she’s got TWO! Lucky!

Isn’t this darling? Happy Father’s Day! Dad & his boys. Justin joked afterwards that they should take all their family portraits like that – sleeping – because it was so easy and painless LOL!