It’s no secret that walking into a hospital room to document new life is my favorite thing on Earth. The first days, or in this case, hours, are truly remarkable. You’re in what feels like somewhat an alternate universe; so tired from the birth, yet so energized by the experience of bringing a new life into the world. You tell yourself that you’re going to soak in every moment, yet it almost seems impossible to remember the details when looking back.
I share these thoughts with you as a mother first and foremost. I have a camera in hand when I walk into these rooms, but what I do with it comes straight from the heart of a mother who wishes more than anything that she could go back in time to document the moments that are so fleeting.
The only thing better than capturing a fresh baby is capturing a fresh baby meeting their siblings for the first time. Every now and then I will be lucky enough to document that introduction, and it truly brings me so. much. joy.
The connection, the love, the beauty of it all. It shouldn’t be underestimated just how much power it holds. That’s not to say that I don’t encounter hesitation from these sweet siblings… it happens… and it is just as important to capture and remember.
My favorite part about it all is the pride I see from the parents as they introduce their first to their second. They know. They know the importance. They know what this love feels like. They now know that their heart didn’t have to split in two, it just made room. I’ve documented siblings as young as two years old, up to fourteen years old. The age doesn’t seem to matter. The emotions do change with age, but there is so much love in this experience that it can’t be reproduced.
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