The last weekend in January I witnessed a miracle.
This darling, perfect baby boy was born into the world, and I was honored to be one of the few witnesses to that story. Birth has always held a strong fascination for me, and I knew early on that I wanted to document these incredibly unique and sacred experiences, in all of their raw beauty.
When Jay and Rachel asked me to be there for the birth of their first son I was floored. And back then, they were really hardly more than acquaintances. But, in that birthing room, awaiting and praying Charlie into the world, we all connected, and made fast friends.
Emotions still swell in my heart strong and deep when I look at these images. This birth story is a story of bravery and love, of determination and hope. This mama is full of courage and strength and love, and I can’t think of many things better to give a new baby boy coming into this big, sometimes dark, world.
I had a really hard time narrowing these images down. So, if birth stories give you chill bumps, and make your heart race a little faster, why don’t you pull up a chair, grab a cup of your favorite hot goodness, and cry with me as the miracle we now know as Charlie is born?
| “Weeping may endure for the night, but joy comes in the morning!”