I love to photograph babies being loved on by their parents. As i asked myself why, it goes into my story. my husband and i were blessed with 2 healthy pregnancies, and then a miscarriage, and then diagnosed with infertility. It was a long journey for me as a mommy to come to grips with. But God used the pain of that journey to lead us to a new one, the world of foster care. it started as way of filling my aching empty arms but by god's grace it grew into so much more! We not only get to love on the babies that come into our home but also their parents. We love that we get to build relationship with them too. These are stories of hope despite the sorrow.
but being foster parents has opened our eyes to so many sad situations. Babies are being born into the world without homes, right here in Lancaster pa. their moms are homeless, addicted to the demon of heroine, which is so easy to get access to, but next to impossible to quit. Babies grow up and don't know who their dads are, can you imagine growing up and not knowing that? babies are being left in their cribs or car seats screaming until they learn it does no good to cry because no one will come. their mom and dad are addicted to drugs and drugs takes priority. not because the parents WANT it to, but because addiction wreaks you. Sadly there are so many babies whose parents are not present to snuggle them, to come when they cry, to sing to them, feed them and calm them.
My story of infertility has deepened my regret of not having professional photos of me loving on the 2 babies God gave us. knowing and hearing first hand about babies being neglected and subconsciously being taught that humans are not safe, it breaks my heart. this is why i have a passion for the lifestyle baby sessions. to capture those organic smiles, unposed snuggles, and the look of love on mom and dad's faces.
Inviting a stranger into your home to photograph you feels not only intimidating and intrusive, but somewhat of a risk. As a homeschooling mom of 5 kids, I know what it feels like to live in the midst of chaos and mess! No judgement here. As a foster mom I am required to have all my FBI and child abuse clearances up to date. As a nurse I have been trained to communicate with and care for people. As a Christian I have experienced God's grace and it changed me. All these things affect the way I approach my photography business. I don't want to just be a stranger with a camera coming into your home. I desire to enter into the chaos of postpartum hormones, sleepless nights, and messy homes. I desire to connect with you, to come into your world and speak words of life over you. To (literally) push away the clutter and spend some time guiding you as you love on that sweet new baby of yours. I won't be a stranger, but rather a source of care.
(Family photos taken while vacationing in Florida.)