It has been quite awhile since I’ve posted a new blog, honestly it’s been quite a while since I’ve written anything at all. I’m not sure why I got out of the habit, I’ve always been a storyteller and love that my job allows me to do just that through the work that I do with my clients. After sending off this gallery I decided this session was just too special not to write about. So here we are.
Meet little miss Avery Jane. Not only is she a pouty lipped precious doll baby, but she also happens to be the daughter of a dear friend of mine, Katie. You see, this session wasn’t just special because I had the privilege of meeting and photographing the newest addition to their family (in a pandemic I might add). This session was special because Katie’s journey into motherhood was a difficult one. A journey that led with heartbreak but ended with those same broken hearts bursting with joy and love. Mended by a little gal named Avery, though she doesn’t know it yet.
Like so many women out there, Katie experienced pregnancy loss before she birthed this bundle of joy. I know from experience, one miscarriage is devastating… I can’t imagine going through two. But that’s the hand that Katie was dealt, though many might not know this. It’s not uncommon to suffer these losses in silence, we’re almost programmed to think we need to keep this sort of thing to ourselves though I’m hoping this starts to change with time. It’s when we are at our lowest of lows and darkest of times that we need our friends and family to support us. And when I went through my miscarriage, Katie was there. There to listen, there to share information, just there. Which is all I needed, and I will forever be thankful to her for providing me support in a situation that most likely caused her to think back on a time that she’d likely doesn’t want to remember. So when the time came, I was sure to return the favor. I tried my best to be the kind of friend that she was to me, though my heart broke for her as she went through her second loss. Life isn’t always easy, but friends are there to be your pillar of strength when feeling weak, to be hopeful for the future when you feel like giving up, to be there with you in the thick of it, when your troubles make you feel alone. I feel so lucky to have this strong and caring woman as my friend and was elated to have the privilege of photographing Katie’s happy ending.
Watching both Katie and Carl snuggle their girl close was such a joy to witness. I know this little baby girl is so loved and cherished by her parents as all little babies should be. There’s no doubt in my mind that this amazing duo will give Avery everything she needs to grow up happy and healthy. Through the good times and bad, I know she will have the best support system out there to get through whatever comes her way. I know this because I’ve experienced it firsthand.
To all the women out there who have experienced similar troubles, I can’t say for certain that your story will end as Katie’s did with a baby in her arms and adoration in her heart. I will say that if you have a friend like Katie no matter what your story leads to you’ll have the help you need to find the strength to move forward and get through it. If becoming a mother has taught me anything, it’s that women are STRONG and capable of so much more than we give ourselves credit for. So let’s stick together friends, because with a little support, we can do anything. The proof is in the pictures. 😉
Friends until the end.