I 1st met James' mom a few years back at a moms group another friend invited me to. She was such a sweet, down to earth person, and with girls similar in age and fashion sense, we immediately hit it off. When her son was born a year later, I was honored to do his newborn photos, getting some great images I knew they'd cherish. We did another session a few months after that with brother and sister before they moved away - Paul's image from that session is still on my Facebook banner :)
Fast forward a year and a half, mom told me they were not only expecting #3, but that they'd be moving back to Melbourne around the time he was due! She also told me they had been given the news that their little baby, still in utero, would be facing things no family ever wants to hear. Little James would be born with a congenital heart defect, and would need to undergo open heart surgery within the first few weeks of his life. I can't even begin to imagine the emotional rollercoaster Sarah and her family went through and continue to go through, but they are some of the strongest people I know, and are the absolute best parents little James and his siblings could ask for.
6 weeks after James' birth and a few weeks after his first surgery, I was able to get him and his siblings in for a quick photo shoot. He wasn't a tiny newborn anymore, but we were able to get some sweet images of his first few months, and I know the sibling shot of momma's 3 precious babies all snuggling on the floor is one they will look back on for years to come.
I say it every session, but I can't say it enough - I'm always so honored when parents choose me to capture these moments in their children's lives. These days, weeks, months and years as new parents fly by. We're overwhelmed with all of the newness, then monotony and survival of raising young children. It's overwhelming and all consuming and amazing. And if we don't stop every now and then to capture it, it's gone before we know it.
I hope the images we captured of baby James and his siblings will be the first of many throughout his childhood.
Welcome to this world James, I can't wait to see the great things you do here. <3