This year, like all years, I struggled to make a decision on what I would do for Lent. Normally, I give up chocolate, candy or somethings of that nature but I decided that is not really serving any purpose other than helping me to vainly avoiding holiday weight gain. This year I wanted to do something special for someone who deserved it. I wanted to give the gift of photography to someone that would truly appreciate it.
I know all to well how difficult it can be to struggle with infertility, miscarriage or any number of other things that can prevent deserving couples from becoming parents. People who have gone through this struggle understand better than anyone just what a miracle the birth of a healthy baby truly is. I decided that this year I would give away a free (no strings attached and totally free) newborn session to one deserving family. I had many fabulous couples that entered the contest. Each one deserving of winning. If only I had more time I would have loved to photograph all the new babies but my own family needs made me have to limit it to just one winner. When I read Ashley and Mike’s story, their struggles touched my heart and I knew that they would cherish these pictures forever after so many years of waiting.
They welcomed Miss Lilly into the world on April 22, 2015 and what a doll! She made me feel like a newborn photography rock star. She was just as perfect as could be and an easy model! I wish this happy family all of the very best. I only got to spend about 2 hours with them but it would have only taken a few minutes to see how great they are as parents. It was truly a rewarding experience to photograph their great gift from God!