Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Baby Joshua

I've been sitting here for quite some time, trying to find the right words.

I don't want to make light of this, and I don't want to make it about me. So I sit here, just thinking, remembering the day six months ago I received an email from a good friend. She told me that her baby may be born very prematurely. Then reading her request: That I would photograph her baby in the event that things did not't go as they hoped they would.

Then I remember feeling more honored that I had ever before in my life; and telling her: of course.

I praise God that it never came to that.

Then I remember the day she updated her blog, saying that her sweet baby boy was diagnosed with Hyperplastic Left Heart Syndrome. The left side of his heart was not developing and if he were born early, they could not operate.

I remember crying while reading her words so full of hope, faith, and fear.

I remember praying, as so many people were, that Joshua would stay in the womb until he reached full term.

And he did.

Praise God.

Not only did he reach full term, but he was a healthy 8lbs 1oz and is breathing on his own. He is doing very well. Jill was even told tonight that she would soon be able to hold him! Another answer to prayer!

It was my honor to photograph him today. Photographically, the photos are not perfect. The lighting wasn't ideal and because we couldn't move/position him, it wasn't possible to get a shot of his entire face. Right now, looking at these photos, I just can't figure out how that matters anymore.

I love photography because I can stop time for myself and those I love. And I was thankful to save part of today for Jill and her family.

They have a long journey ahead; but while I was with them today, I felt so much joy and peace.

This is all I will share, but Jill keeps a beautiful blog. If you would like to read more about their family, please check it out: The Real Life of a Red Head