Shelby and David had planned on our session together serving as a baby announcement. I was privileged to know about their pregnancy early on because of this. Sadly their baby stopped growing and was lost. On a place that is often a highlight reel, Shelby shared their experience on Instagram with strength and grace that brought me to tears. She wrote, “Every pregnancy deserves to be celebrated and the baby is so loved . . . I wanted to share this not only because I believe every pregnancy deserves the celebration & love, even if we end up hearing the life turning news. But because I want the ones who are dealing with this too, who have stayed silent, to know that you are not alone.”
She is so right that life, no matter how fleeting, should be celebrated and loved. She really meant it. She and David, instead of hiding in their grief, chose to go ahead with our session anyway and to celebrate their own love.
And that is exactly what their time in front of my camera was, quality time to reflect on the importance of their commitment to love one another in happiness and hardship, and to just be playful, laugh together and shower one another with kisses.
David and Shelby, thank you for letting me document your love, hear your story and sharing a hard but beautiful season of life. I am encouraged and inspired by you both!