Kirsten and Stephen asked me into their home in December to capture baby Sadie. I’ll be honest with you, as I was with them. I wasn’t sure whether I was the right photographer for them. You know how much I put my heart and soul into every family and every couple, and we had recently lost Bear, and I wasn’t sure if I was ready. And these first photos are too precious, I know how much they mean, I didn’t want to let anyone down. But after a deep heart to heart with Stephen whilst Kirsten was in labour, he explained that they had also lost their son, William, 18 months earlier, at a similar stage of pregnancy and in the very same delivery room. I was devastated for them, and yet overjoyed for them to be welcoming Sadie. I was persuaded, and honestly I felt like if there were ever going to be a family to be my first newborn shoot again, it was meant to be these guys. It felt like they trusted me to be sensitive, to appreciate just how much it means to bring your child home and to take the time to capture all the tiny details naturally. We also found ways to include William in these precious family photos, and whilst these will remain private, Kirsten and Stephen have very kindly allowed me to share a little selection with you all.
Thank you Kirsten, Stephen, William and Sadie, for persuading me, and in a strange way allowing me to heal a little. I hope I have been able to give you as much as you’ve given me. Here’s a little selection for you to enjoy.
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