I work with so many different families and different situations. I have captured pregnancies, births and newborn sessions. I have also worked with newborns that are in the NICU and through the amazing program of Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep I have captured babies that had their lives taken before it even began. I also have had the pleasure of working with a few amazing and special newborns that society likes to call “Rainbow Babies”.
The Urban Dictionary defines them like this, a “rainbow baby” is a baby that is born following a miscarriage or still birth.In the real world, a beautiful and bright rainbow follows a storm and gives hope of things getting better. The rainbow is more appreciated having just experienced the storm in comparison. The storm (pregnancy loss) has already happened and nothing can change that experience. Storm-clouds might still be overhead as the family continue to cope with the loss, but something colorful and bright has emerged from the darkness and misery.
It is during these precious moments with families that I remember why I love photography. To hear them sigh, or see the tear fall during their session when I show them, through photography, that their baby, even though he/she is no longer with them physically, is still a part of their family. And I think that us photogs need to remember that every once and awhile. It’s so easy to get caught up in everything that goes along with owning your own business and to still manage a household. Life happens so fast, and for someone that has lost a baby life comes to a screeching halt. I have even had the opportunity to watch families loose a baby and come back from that devastation to heal and go on to carry their rainbow babies to term. Being able to watch them hold that very special baby in their arms, there are no words to go along with that.
I myself have experienced loss. My daughter was a twin, and due to the vanishing twin syndrome, we only ended up with one. Something happened between 6 weeks and 12 weeks. I’ve carried that around for such a long time, and if you know me, you know that I can joke alot of things off. But at the end of the day I still lost my baby, and I feel that deeply. I wonder if that baby was a daughter or a son? My daughter brings me much joy, and I’m thankful for her but I will always wonder. One day I’ll be able to meet my child, but until then I’ll go on capturing these amazing miracles here on Earth.
And for those that, like me, get the honor of capturing something so amazing and something so wonderful … enjoy the moment. You just do not know the impact you might be making on families!!
Here are a few of my favorite “Rainbow Babies”.
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