I struggled with writing this entry because it is one that is close to my heart. Even though it has a happy ending, it is one that begins with loss. I worked with Chelsea at my last place of employment in Virginia. She and her husband Brian invited me to photograph the two of them toward the very beginning of my photography journey. They were so much fun to work with and were patient with me while I was still learning. I was so excited for them when I heard that they were expecting their first child! However, shortly after they shared the news, they lost their child. My heart broke for Chelsea as her first pregnancy ended in a loss. I couldn’t imagine their pain.
Over the next year, I prayed for healing for them after such a devastating loss. When Chelsea told us that she was pregnant again, I rejoiced with her in nervous excitement. I knew that this pregnancy would be difficult for her emotionally, and all I knew to do was pray. The grace of God is truly overwhelming. On December 4, 2015, Chelsea gave birth to Everhett Joseph and the swooning began. Baby Ev turns a year old this weekend, so today I’m sharing some of my favorite images from his newborn session last year.
I am always careful to make sure new parents step in front of the lens with their newborns. As parents, we must be intentional about being photographed with our children. As a new mother myself, I understand how it may be uncomfortable to be photographed in this new body I don’t recognize, but I have to remember to step outside of myself and do it for my child. These are the images our children will cherish. It also helps to put into perspective just how tiny they were!
Now that the DiGias have moved up North and I moved further South, I won’t be able to photograph their little family as he grows. This makes me sad and I miss them. But whenever Chelsea sends me an update on his milestones or a picture of him in his dapper little outfits, I can’t help but smile. Happiest of Birthdays, sweet boy! Brian and Chelsea, I’m still rejoicing with you — even from a distance!
Mylina Russell is a Raleigh, NC area portrait photographer who loves to photograph couples and families making memories for years to come. If you are interested in a session, feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org or use the Connect link at the top of the page!