Births of 2016

As the New Year started, many of my birth photographer friends made slideshows or collages of all their 2016 births. The International Association of Professional Birth Photographers, of which I am a member, announced their annual photo contest. Everyone was buzzing with excitement, sharing their photos. As I do every year, I anticipated sharing my 2016 “birth stats.”

births of 2016

My 2016 was a bit out of the norm as far as my birth photography goes. Due to a number of factors, I only photographed one birth last year. Henry. I would’ve loved to have made a slideshow, or collage, or have entered the photo contest. But Henry was different.

His birth was amazing, as I’ve blogged about here. His parents are incredible, as I’ve blogged about here. And then Henry passed away. We should have been doing his six month portrait session, but instead I was photographing his funeral.

My heart still aches for Henry’s family. While all these other things are good and all, I just wasn’t feeling it this year.

Hug your loved ones tight. Let them know how much they mean to you. Make every moment count.

And if you want to see the winners of the 2017 birth photo contest, click here.

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Carousel of Life | Documentary Family Photographer

This family is wonderful friends of mine. I <3 them. With the little kids, I knew we had to do something FUN! I mean, really, rare is the family that LOVES to get their pictures taken. I mean the ENTIRE family LOVES getting their picture taken. That never happens. (If you know someone like this, send them my way lol!) So having kids (or dads, just saying) who have a short attention span or get cranky is normal, so I have to plan ahead for that 😉 For this fun family, we met at an amazing park with a carousel. I love carousels. There's something timeless and innocent and happy about carousels. Thinking about what to write for this session, the carousel is unintentionally becoming the focus. It didn't start out that way when I was photographing, I promise. But think about it - Life is like a carousel. We have our ups and downs...and ups and downs. Parenting sure has it's ups and downs. Just this morning, I had a child quite upset at me and tears were shed. It would be nice if we could just have the ups. But I know the downs are necessary...if you are in a down, keep your chin up, things will get better. Enjoy the ride.

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