Mondays aren't so bad, even in Norfolk, Virginia on a hot, humid, and overcast day. Sometimes miracles happen on Mondays. And this image- this is the culmination of 9 long months of waiting for 3 little boys, 2 special friends, a pair of grandparents, and a mom and dad. Can you see her little head there resting peacefully on Nana's shoulders while the little ones eagerly climb up to greet her? And proud Poppa standing by getting even more pictures. Pure. Bliss. Everyone's birth story is different. Each little miracle makes its way into the world in a unique way. And she is no exception. For me, this single image brought the story full circle.
Can't believe you're here now
Tiny dream come true
The answer to a prayer now
I'm so in love with you
Couldn't wait to meet you
Hope you like your name
I get the funny feeling
Life will never be the same -- Matthew West
I began telling their story from the moment they walked out of their home. They shouted, "Today is the day! We get to see our sister!" I even got a high five. From walking into the hospital and going into the waiting room, to listening to a prayer said by the biggest brother for the safety of their brave and courageous Mommy, Daddy, baby sister, and even the doctors... the Lord hears and honors your prayers big guy. To watching them press their ears up against the door, breathlessly waiting to hear the sweet sound of a screaming baby. I was so caught up in the moment, I thought my heart would explode. When that faint cry was heard, the feeling was indescribable. Joy, tears, relief, excitement, wonder, anticipation, happiness... Biggest brother was like a new Daddy, walking around the room hugging, smiling ear to ear, and shaking hands. And then returning to his post at the door to hear her again. It was a moment I'll never forget.
This is why birth photography matters. Moments like this will not go unseen or be forgotten. The story will be forever recorded. The big brother's stories are eternally and intrinsically intertwined with hers.
Now, the new chapter has begun. Where will her story go? Who will she grow up to be?
Here's just a little peek into her story. Which one speaks to you?
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Jess is a photographer serving families located in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia. She specializes in documentary and storytelling photography.