This hospital birth story was a sacred experience for me. Some of my favorite moments in my life are the birth stories I have attended and photographed.
Brett and Katie like my family, and our kids are like cousins to each other. When I found out they were having another baby I was ecstatic for them! I felt privileged to be asked to capture this special moment.
Named after Garth Brooks
They went to a Garth Brooks concert when he was the size of a grape. But they just knew. That was going to be his name. Baby number 5, and baby boy number 4. Exactly the same as my family. They had 3 boys, a girl, and another boy.
This was also a huge moment of growth for me individually. We had been trying for 4 years to add to our family only to be disappointed over and over again. Miscarriage, pain, disease, and surgery. At this point I had started to come to terms with the fact that I might never have another baby.
For years I struggled seeing pregnant women, or even holding someone else’s newborn. Going through Katie’s pregnancy with her as a neighbor and friend helped soften my heart. Attending the birth was such a humbling moment for me. It was so beautiful, and my bitterness melted away. I was just in awe. I realized that maybe I wasn’t meant to have another baby. Maybe, just maybe I was meant to be able to capture these moments for others.
I as pregnant too!
The biggest surprise at all is that I was actually pregnant at that moment, I just didn’t know it yet. One week after baby Brooks made his appearance I found out, and his mom was the first person I told. I still had a hard time believing it myself until 9 months later when I was holding that baby boy in my arms. But she was there to believe it for me. That baby boy of mine is 3 years old now, and I have another 10 month old at home too.
What I love about photography is being able to tell someone else’s story through my lens. It is so much more than just a pretty picture.
May 20, 2022