5 Reasons Why You Should Consider A Newborn Baby Milestone Portrait Session...


Newborn Photography Freezes Time.


Because Babies Grow FAST!


Anyone with grown children has both watched, and experienced, just how fast "Belly" turns into "Baby", and then you blink... High School Senior!

But what if this is your first baby?

You "hear" how fast the time goes, but you won't really "get it" until you experience first hand, just how fast time really flies!


Bun still in the oven? Even better!

You're ahead of the game, as you have the opportunity to not miss out on one single moment with a maternity portrait! Read on to find out how your maternity session could be complimentary...


Why you need to consider a professional newborn photographer for your baby's first year...


1) Time Flies!

Even the most well meaning of new parents will see, right before their very (sometimes sleep deprived and weary) eyes, that even though the days can be long, the months will FLY by!


2) As parents, we promise ourselves we won't forget every little amazing detail, but sadly, we forget.

As you put your hands on your growing baby bump, as you hold your precious newborn in your hand, marvel at their chubby baby rolls, or laugh at their ever-changing antics, you just KNOW these moments will be engrained in your memory forever... but then life happens.

Just like the pain of childbirth, you will remember that "it hurt", but you won't be able to actually "place" the pain. (And thank the good Lord for that!)

But watching your baby grow, during the most dynamic year of their life, the same thing will happen. You will forget much of what you promised yourself you wouldn't, UNLESS you create visual memories of the process.

This is where professional photography comes into play.

Professional Photographers who create framed and finished artwork for your walls WILL help with some of the "mommy guilt" that can be associated with FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out). We are only human, and even the best of intentions can be pushed to the wayside with everyday life.


3) Speaking of FOMO...

Sometimes we get so busy snapping away on our iPhones to make sure we've posted baby's latest accomplishment (or our own personal achievement- getting dressed in the morning- Yay!) that we forget that social media has a lifespan of about 24 hours.

Sure, you can always go back to your timeline or your story to revisit favorite moments... but will you?

It's proven that online, what is here today, is virtually "gone" within a week or less. So yes, you CAN "technically" go back to reminisce, but the chance of that happening is slim.  Plus, with every post you are potentially taking away special moments that you could be spending with baby. Now, we're not saying don't post, just don't feel guilty if you'd rather be snuggling on that little bundle, and then snuggle away!

Talk about Fear Of Missing Out... quality time is one thing we can help you get back by taking away the worry of snapping and posting every little moment.


4) Memories that you can visit again and again just by looking around the room!

When a professional photographer provides you with photos and products that you can touch, hold, and FEEL, it is like "keeping time in a bottle".

Looking up at your beautifully crafted wall portrait, or holding your professionally designed album in your hand is one less thing YOU have to worry about. It's DONE for YOU!

A professional photographer can take care of the printing, finishing, and even framing, so that you can relax and spend more time with your baby!

Fill your home with what you love most!  By using printed photos that include some of your very favorite memories, you will not only enhance your decor, you will be reminded of exactly why you've invested all the hard work and effort into your family... the love of your life.


5) You NEVER get a second chance.

I can't even tell you how many times I've talked to parents over the 20 years I've been photographing newborns and family portraits that have expressed regret over NOT making professionally printed artwork a priority.

Either they tried the DIY thing, or they were handed a disk, which subsequently got misplaced, never to be opened again, or even worse, they just got "caught up" in life and got so busy they actually forgot to take many photos period... they all had one thing in common. Regret.

Even the ones that had professional photos taken, sometimes didn't get in the photo WITH their baby!

Next to not taking and printing pictures, this is the most common regret we hear.

It's super important to not only have the portraits taken, and then printed, but you should also be willing to get in front of the camera lens WITH them.

Yes, even if you still have the baby weight to lose! (That's what professional retouching is all about! LOL!)

Just kidding, kinda... but it is one of the reasons to work with an experienced maternity and newborn photographer. They can help you look like you, but like you on your very best day (not the day with the bags under your eyes, spit up on your shirt, or muffin top hanging over your pants) This is "real" life, but it does not have to be what you remember most.

Professional well done, (not over-done) retouch is part of the service you pay for when you hire a professional photographer, so don't be camera shy! And whatever you do.... don't miss out!


These are just 5 reasons why professional newborn and/or maternity photography might be right for you, RIGHT NOW.


Experience has taught us these lessons, sometimes through the "school of hard knocks".

We want to save you from the pain of regret and mommy guilt, so we created a program designed for new parents, to help navigate through the steps towards creating a photo journey you'll be proud of.



At Cherished Images, our Year To Cherish- First Year Baby Program is designed so that you don't miss any of baby's major milestones.


Baby in basket from God


Even if you've fallen prey to the wrath of missing some time, The Year to Cherish Program at Cherished Images at The 8th Street Studio is adaptable! Miss the newborn session... don't worry... we'll start it at 4 months. Did you adopt a baby that you didn't get into your hands until 6 months? We can start the program then. We are flexible, as we know very well how life happens, so we adapt the program to YOU.


Give us a call and let's chat about the ideas and possibilities available for your custom newborn pictures. And if you are still expecting? We want to offer you a complimentary maternity session included with your Year to Cherish Program. We'd love to tell you about all of the special offers and perks that a nationally award winning, local Boise Photographer can offer to you, as a way to turn back the hands of time (at least visually) by giving you something you will love right now, and will only grow more valuable to you as your baby gets bigger and bigger!


Cherished Images Boise Family Photographer Times FlyingTick, tick, tick... times moving quicker and quicker by the day!

Let's keep those memories at hand. We'll walk you through every step of the process :)

Call 208-331-2288 and we can chat about how to make Baby's 1st year EXTRA special.

 

 

Turning Into A Couch Potato Yet?!

I'm pretty sure that I am!

Not because I've "wanted to"... but this Stay At Home, Coronavirus/Covid-19 thing is driving us all a tad stir crazy. (Can anyone relate? LOL!)

Here's a fun little family project that I did with my kids.

It was a great way to exercise their creative minds, kill some time, and keep them from driving each other (and me!) completely batty.

As a fun little side bonus, it's also helped us to stay connected with friends and family!

Follow me on Instagram, as I've posted my little Idaho Potato Family to my Instagram account @cherishedchildren

You can keep your family from turning into couch potatoes too!

** Here's How- Set your kitchen timer for 30 minutes and see what you and the kiddos can come up with from the kitchen to represent each member of your family.  

Helpful Hint: I also raided my junk drawer, and my daughter's Barbie box for a little inspiration.  Elijah's "Mickey Mouse" hat is an old sock from The Sock Monster's leftover pile ;)

Potato Family Created by Kelly Zimmerman as a way to keep kids from complete boredom

If you decide to play- please hashtag #MyCherishedFamily so I can see what y'all have come up with!

 

Who ever thought a "long weekend" could get old?!

This long "extended weekend" that I've always dreamt about has become a little more like Groundhog Day (the movie!).

Or maybe even more like the mini-feature from Disney's Once Upon a Christmas- "Donald Duck's Stuck On Christmas".  We've become like Huey, Dewey and Louie, who once found the holiday a blast, but quickly become bored with it as the day happens over, and over, and OVER again!

Even Disney knows that there is such thing as too much fun with Donald Ducks nephews experiencing Christmas over and over again

Anyone else out there with bored children who are stuck at home actually BEGGING to go to school?! WTW?

It's super confusing, as each day seems to draaaaaggg by, and yet the weeks seem to be flying?!

Could it be that it's because bills are due again soon?! Ugh.

Each day as I write in my bullet journal (bujo), I write the date, along with the DAY of the week.  

If it weren't for that and my iWatch, I'm pretty sure I might not even know what day of the week it was. Sigh.

On a positive note, I also make a list of the things I'm grateful for, making sure to write a highlight of each day.

Daily gratitude, counting my blessings, and making sure that I have a clue what I did for the day has helped keep me slightly more productive.

A surprising byproduct of owning a small local business that is closed right now, is that I've found myself with something I'm not sure that I ever thought I'd reclaim- spare time!!

Cherished Images Boise Family Photographer Times Flying

Having spare time is a luxury that I have indulged in. Yes, sometimes on the sofa, but I've also been able to use it to further my creative efforts.

As a full time professional photographer, photography is now my career, not really a hobby.

After 20 years of owning my own photography studio, it was pretty rare to pick up my camera just for the fun of it.  

With the exception of travel photography, fashion and design, and digitally painting and compositing pictures for competition, my art business did not allow for as much fun stuff as I would have hoped.

As a born artist and entrepreneur, I knew from a VERY young age, that I was supposed to create art.

Even as a child, I was peddling my wares!

Picture of earrings created by child artist

My mom found these earrings that I made somewhere in her stuff when she was moving up here to Idaho a few years ago and gave them to me. It was my first attempt at "branding" some of my creations!

She said I was probably not much older than 10 or so when I made them. LOL! Can't believe she kept them for all these years!!

Stained glass, pottery, writing, painting, cooking, jewelry... there's not much I didn't try. Creative projecting was my middle name!  

And then came LIFE...

My first child was born just before I turned 20. I opened my first downtown studio location when I was 21, and well... the rest is history.

Life just got busier and busier. Spare time?!

I quite literally was NEVER BORED. I didn't even know what the word boredom meant!

Each day was so jam packed full of "stuff" that I had little downtime to relish in.

I'm pretty sure that's where my extreme WANDERLUST came from.  

Exploring the world through vacations was the one time I was able to truly unplug, unwind, and spend quality time with my kiddos.

Work hard to PLAY hard, that was my life's motto.

Making more, so that I could go further- like LITERALLY further!  I haven't been EVERYWHERE (yet!) but it's on my list.

Map of the world to explore

Counting my wins-

Traveling for fun, at least once per quarter, has been a goal (that I've actually accomplished) for over 5 years now.

Growing up in Southern California, I've ALWAYS been a HUGE Disney Fan... like I mean H-U-G-E!!

I've held annual passes to both Disneyland and Disney World (I had both in 2015!) and have been fortunate enough to even go on 7 Disney cruises.

When I say that I'm a Disney fan... it might be closer to "fanatical"! LOL

When I bought into Disney Vacation Club (DVC) a couple of years ago, it just fueled my passion even that much more. I've officially stayed at every DVC property, with the exception of Aulani, Hilton Head, and now, the new Riviera (although I actually got to ride the sky tram there and walk through the property!) If any of you have any questions about Disney vacations, or just like to talk Disney, I'm your gal!

Missing Disney because I'm "grounded", makes me appreciate the vacation photos that we've taken through the years even more!

If you've been pursuing old travel photos and reminiscing the past like I have, what a better time to create a vacation story book?

White Glove Guided Photo Finishing Service can help with that!

We help you sort through your favorite pics and create a custom designed, printed memory album.  This book creates something tangible that you can touch, hold and feel again! Eliminating the pain of digging through files on your phone or computer!

Printed photos and professionally created memory books are one of the best ways to keepsake your favorite moments!

So... No business, no travel, and no fun??

Actually that's not true at all! Well, maybe the no travel part, but The 8th Street Studio is accepting appointments!

Cherished Images and CsiPhotoDesign are actively accepting appointments, fulfilling orders, and going through archives for clients. We are doing whatever we can to keep the ship a float!  Granted, it's not near to the volume that it needs to be at, but we do still have a business, and God willing... it will stay that way!

And the  "no fun" part... well... that's just not true either!

Actually we've had loads of fun!  Probably just like many of you, I've spent more quality time with my family ("forced" or otherwise) than I have in a long time.

We've sang karaoke, rode bikes, taken drives, had TONS of spa time in the hot tub, cooked meals, baked cookies... so along with all the bickering that comes along with bored kiddos, there have been many of highlights as well.

I have literally watched springtime in Boise unveil itself like never before! Right before my eyes! Because I'm actually watching (uh... paying attention is probably closer to the truth.)

And that long "extended weekend" thing, that has indeed lost a bit of it's charm, has made me grow as both an artist, and a person!

I completed a colored pencil drawing on wood, that I would have NEVER even attempted before, due to lack of time.

From 2 different worlds, bird flirts with koi fish pencil drawing by Kelly Zimmerman local Boise Artist

I've watched YouTube tutorials (even though I mostly hate watching videos) on drawing, painting, sketching, and the like... that I would never have done before.  I even purchased a set of TomBow pens to further my hand lettering and art skills that I have mostly neglected in the past.

Not to mention that I FINALLY "mostly" set up my home office to allow me to do as much as possible from my "happy place" (my 23 year old daughters reclaimed bedroom) where I do yoga, mediate, write in my journal, draw in my sketchbook, read.... what ever floats my boat on any given day. As an introverted artist, it's SO NICE to actually have a place to unwind in!

So, as much "wha-whaing" (ok, whining) as I've done about Staying At Home to "slow the spread"... there's been many blessings that have come out of it, that I would have never seen, or had (made?) time for before.

Life has changed... indeed.

But maybe it was a nice "reset" button that many of us needed.

Here's to family time, creative thinking, and brighter tomorrows-

With Love and Virtual Hugs-

Kelly

Kelly Zimmerman, artist, photographer, small business owner- Cherished Images Fine Art Portrait Photography at The 8th Street Studio - Boise, Idaho

 

Boise Photographer Kelly Zimmerman Awarded 2020 "Idaho Photographer Of The Year"

We are so excited to announce that our very own photographic artist, Kelly Zimmerman, has been awarded "Idaho Photographer of the Year" by Professional Photographers of Idaho!

With a print scoring a perfect 100, and an average case score of 94, her showings helped to gain this prestigious title for the 2nd year in a row. 3 judges choice ribbons and multiple trophies now adorn The 8th Street Studio along with other high honors from her 20 year career.

Associate Master Photographer, Phil White, swept the Master Senior Photographer category, along with pulling in various other awards given to some of the best photographers in Idaho.

Boise represented as a key player in the professional photography industry, and we are lucky enough to have some of the top artists in the Northwest right here at Cherished Images and CsiPhotoDesign!

Boise Photographer Kelly Zimmerman And Phil White from The 8th Street Studio

Boise Photographer Kelly Zimmerman (with husband Steven Zimmerman) & Master Photographer Phil White (with wife Michelle White) Cherished Images Fine Art Portrait Photography and CsiPhotoDesign in The 8th Street Studio

Please contact The 8th Street Studio to see how award winning wall art can be custom created for your family or business 208-996-6922

Looking for Rainbows and Sunshine at the end of this storm... A Note from Kelly & Phil-

Imagine us singing the song, "The sun will come out... tomorrow... so ya gotta hang on 'til tomorrow..." (Can you hear it now? Sorry if we got the song stuck in your head! Hope it wasn't in our voices! Eek!)

You are our sunshine and rainbows during COVID-19

 

We just wanted to reach out and tell each and every one of you, just how much we appreciate your love and support during this time of unprecedented, ever changing, craziness!

We are doing the very best that we can to make sure that we are meeting your needs and looking towards the future of brighter tomorrows.

The 8th Street Studio had to temporarily shut the front doors to make sure we are in compliance with all local and recommended CDC guidelines, however please know... As your resident memory making, time-keeping, artists at CsiPhotoDesign and professional family photographers at Cherished Images , we are still HERE for you!  And we insist on making lemonade outta lemons by not getting swept up into the dreary days, as we keep our chins held high and continue to pray for health and peace of mind for all our clients, families, and friends.

We are still taking appointments, and rest assured, if you were on our list of local businesses to be photographed, we will honor those commitments, just as soon as the precautionary safety measures have been lifted.

Luckily the internet has allowed us to do a fair amount of work, and we are still answering The 8th Street Studio phone (208-996-6922) to address any of your questions or concerns, book future photography sessions and appointments, set online Reveal and Orders, and print whatever photos we can for YOU!

If you haven't already read Kelly's long winded blog post from the other day, take a minute to skim through it to see some of the ways we are working to make sure your needs are taken care of.

With the exception of the "doors being open" part... we will still give you a listening ear, hope, encouragement, and beautiful artwork during this down time.

Virtual Hugs and blessings to all!

Kelly Zimmerman & Phil White

The Only Thing Certain in Life...

Well, besides “death and taxes”, of course… is CHANGE!

And we are experiencing that on a daily basis in this crazy world we’re living in!

There’s no “doom and gloom” to be found in this post, nor is it all rainbows, sparkles, and unicorns… however we are always on the lookout for unicorns, or at least a good ‘out of the box’ perspective and some whimsical fun! (Especially when reality hits the fan!)

And even more than that, we’re ALWAYS happy to see the rainbow after a rainstorm! As we do truly believe that life is all about perception and what you choose to set your mind on.

 

Towards the bottom of this very longwinded post is where you can find what we’re doing to help in the meantime!

 

Sure, we could choose to get caught up in the frenzy, the negative social media, or the panic that has stricken a better part of our modern world… but when you choose to surround yourself with positive messages, encouragement and hope, your overall outlook PAST the current events, can give you a reason to keep on- keeping on!

- Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you can’t help but be inundated with news about Coronavirus (COVID-19) that is turning people into varying degrees of house-bound, germophobic, toilet paper hoarders… and even those of us who aren’t specifically prone to worry and anxiety, have limits that are being tested!

- Children home from school begging to go play with their friends, hands so cracked and dry from extra sanitizing and scrubbing, almost completely bare shelves at many local grocery stores, and “out of stock” labels where the price should be on necessities from online retailers.

It seems like the entire world has lost their minds in some fashion or another, and boy oh boy, do we get it!!

 

While much of what I say is, “tongue in cheek”, it is not to undermine the serious nature of those being affected by this, as we realize there are MANY of us that are experiencing MAJOR challenges with health, isolation, economic worries, amongst other trickle effects that none of us are immune from. We feel it too!

 

Change- it’s hard!

 

The number of emails that we’ve been receiving on the COVID-19 virus has caused me only to postpone writing this note, as I was almost hesitant to reach out about a subject that most of us are sick of hearing about, yet we have no choice but to listen up and pay attention, as social distancing to help slow the spread only works when everyone participates, there are important matters at hand.

 

It's undeniable, the world as we know it, has changed.

 

I avoid social media, almost like the plague, as it tends to be a breeding ground for rumors and negativity, and I’m not sure about you, but I only have so much time and energy and prefer to spend it on the most important things.

Facts, Family, Fun, and of course, meeting the needs of our loyal clients, many of whom fit into my “FAMILY” category, as my 20 year career in the memory-making business has indeed created a whole lineage of extended “brothers and sisters” whom I love so dearly!

 

Here at The 8th Street Studio we’ve been spending the last several weeks brainstorming how we can best serve some of our favorite friends and family members, helping to assist them through one of the most turbulent times of change that most of us have experienced.

 

We want to let you know, first and foremost… we’re HERE for you!! And we’re listening to YOU!

At our clean, low-volume portrait studio, our phone lines, inboxes, and (at least currently) our doors, are OPEN to receive your thoughts, concerns, and even just a listening ear if you need it.  As of now, we are very thankfully, healthy and ready to help!

You will find our empathy pouring out to you as we navigate these changing and uncertain times, as we too, are dealing with the same change.

One thing that can either divide or strengthen and build a community is how we handle any given situation, especially one that no one has control over.  We would like to spread a message of CONNECTION, LOVE, and HOPE out to all of those that this pandemic is affecting.

I have been encouraged to see many people band together, words of kindness spread abundantly, and thoughts of a brighter tomorrow, to help compensate for some of the negative news and fear of the future.

We may not know what tomorrow holds, but we do know WHO holds the future, and when you have this assurance, a peace that passes all understanding can be yours as well. If you don’t know what I’m referring to, please feel free to ask me.

In the meantime, I would like to personally assure you of the extra precautionary measures we are taking here at The 8th Street Studio to make sure you’re taken care of, not only for the present moment, but well into the future.

 

 

We, like many small “mom and pop” shops feel the direct impact of crazy times like these, even a little more than most, as we don’t have a giant storehouse built up to pull from when we look to pay our mortgages and feed our families. As bills and overhead continue to arrive daily, your support is both appreciated and a true gift that I have mounds of gratitude for.

Supporting local businesses during these trying times is vital. What this looks like will mean different things to different people, but I for one will be trying to patronize local restaurants with to-go orders, shopping online local shops and stores whenever possible, and certainly praying for anyone who asks, as that’s the very best I have to offer right now.

When we band together, we can move mountains. Let’s take time to celebrate little victories along the way, cheer each other on and raise awareness for not only cleanliness and hygiene practices, but common courtesy and ‘pay it forward’ practices as well.

 

Here’s what we at The 8th Street Studio are doing to help you during these trying times.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We're here for you! We “get it”.

 

Don’t let time steal anymore precious moments- Let us help you find the fun, and create memories, even to spite the current global situation.

 

Virtual Hugs to all- with love

Kelly Zimmerman

Cherished Images at The 8th Street Studio

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Santa Experience - Professional Pictures with Santa in Boise!!

We are SO excited to announce that we finally got around to gathering some of the very favorite moments and memories from last year's Santa Experience into one really sweet 2 minute video. You can find the video below and then make sure to check out the website TheSantaExperience to get more information as to how to book your appointment for our 2019 event. November 9th, 2019 is the date and this event is exclusively by appointment. This Difference Maker Event sells out every year and we have only 3 time slots still available as of today, however we are starting a waiting list for a potential evening event happening the week after the 9th. If we get enough interest we will add one more day! Fingers crossed! Ronald McDonald House of Boise is once again going to benefit from your support, so check out the new video and see exactly why so many moms chose to create lifetime storybook memories for their children from one of Boise's best photographers at Cherished Images Fine Art Portrait Photography located in The 8th Street Studio.

Cherished Images ** 20th CELEBRATION Party ** Date Announced!

FOOD - DRINKS - PRIZES

Cherished Images Fine Art Portrait Photography at The 8th Street Studio in Boise, Idaho is turning 20!!

You're INVITED!!

A little party never killed nobody- so let's kick our heels up and party like it's 1922- Cherished Images style!!

What: Our Roaring 20 Year Celebration Party!

When: October 3, 2019 - First Thursday in October -

Time: 5pm-9pm

Where: The 8th Street Studio 521 S. 8th Street, Boise, ID 83702 - Downtown Boise

Details: This Roaring 20's themed party is family friendly. Dress up is encouraged, but not required. Call the studio at 208-331-2288 for more info!

Whimsy - FUN - Memories Galore

Happy Birthday to one of the best photography studios in Boise!

We're not old... just experienced! ;) And we're gonna show off a bit - so we need an audience! Come join us!

1999 - 2019... and still going strong!

Time flies when you're having fun! Don't miss this one!!

 

Destination Sessions Available - McCall - Labor Day 2019

Cherished Images Photography will be in McCall, Idaho over the Labor Day Holiday photographing family portraits!

LOCATION: McCall, Idaho

DATES: August 31st - September 4th, 2019

Children and professional pet portraits, as well as High School Senior Portraits are also available.

 

High School Senior Girl by lake in McCall Idaho

Family Portrait with beautiful flowers in McCall, Idaho by Boise Photographer, Cherished Images

 

We LOVE traveling, and Destination Photography is one of our favorite ways to do it!

Call Cherished Images at The 8th Street Studio for scheduling and availability 208-331-2288

Make summer last forever at one of Boise's favorite vacation spots!

Cherished Images Celebrates 20 years!!

Cherished Images Fine Art Portrait Photography is celebrating our 20th Anniversary! Happy Birthday Cherished Images! 1999-2019… Where has the time gone? What a journey!

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Family Photography isn't always about good times, but about real life relationships...

The news nobody WANTS to get...

Beautiful Maternity Portrait by Boise Baby Photographer Cherished Images

 

I just got the news today that a client of mine lost a baby.

 

Her Reveal And Order Appointment to view the images from her maternity session was scheduled for a few days ago, but when Phil greeted her at the door of the studio she was frantic and on the verge of tears. She quickly and politely explained that she had to go “right now” to the hospital. We didn’t exactly know what was wrong, and most certainly didn’t want to pry, but even from the back office, I knew… something wasn’t right.

 

I reached out yesterday with a text, explaining that I didn’t even need a reply, but I wanted to just let her know that I was thinking of her. I’m not sure how I knew, but my gut knew something was wrong.  And then this morning, I got a text confirming the worst.

 

They had lost the baby. She had to have a C-section, so they are still in the hospital. They never even got to view their maternity portraits.

 

Maybe it was for the best, as the pictures are simply stunning.  The love that I felt from that couple, the moment they arrived, I just knew they were going to be great parents. The images captured so much emotion, so much feeling, so much joy… all to have it ripped away from them. One can’t help to feel as if they have been cheated out of a tomorrow, never to be.

 

My heart just aches for them.

 

Over the 20 years I’ve been a professional newborn photographer, I have certainly seen my fair share of untimely deaths. Yet each one hits me just about the same. It never gets any easier. Even as an outsider, sometimes meeting people only a handful of times before getting the fateful news… It’s still painfully hard.

 

I want so badly to do something. So badly to help. In ANY way that I possibly can.Modern couple holding a pair of baby shoes

 

At times- as photographers -we can... providing images for the funeral as lasting memories of a living soul that they can never get back. And then sometimes- we feel helpless.

 

If it hurts this bad, as an outsider, oh how I hurt that much more knowing what they must be feeling. The grief, the confusion, the anger, the heartbreak… the untold story…

 

Years ago, I had a client who lost a baby at 38 weeks. His name was Max. I didn’t meet her until she was pregnant with her “second” child- A Rainbow Baby. She didn’t do maternity pictures the first time around, and she had regretted it, so it was really important to photograph her second pregnancy, then the newborn photos, and then the Year to Cherish program… and then her “third” child and all through those early years. Those kiddos are 10 and 7 now. Max would have been about 12- the same age as my son.

 

Today, this client is one of my very best friends who I cherish dearly. Her story touched my heart, and then “her story” became “our story”.

Our children are close, we’ve done playdates and swim parties, even Disneyland. But my personal favorite that I’ve come to look forward to most… a holiday tradition of getting the kids together every Christmas to bake and decorate sugar cookies. That family has changed my life in a wonderful way.

Sugar cookies have now become a Christmas tradition

 

Out of tragedy something good was born. A beautiful friendship.

 

So, after hearing the news this morning, with my heart very heavy, I offer to them the only thing that I have to offer... HOPE, prayers for peace, blessings for new beginnings, and then… well, who knows what exactly the future holds. But I am here. I am listening. I am praying. And when, and if, they chose to have their own Rainbow Baby, I will give them the very best I have to offer... the gift of capturing precious moments in time, each unique, some bittersweet, but all treasured and cherished.

 

A visual storyline of whatever part of their journey they chose to allow me the privilege to be part of.

 

As a family photographer, our business is all about relationships, and in any relationship, it means taking the good with the bad. Today, the news is bad… but I have faith that each passing day will bring new light for a better future.

 

Blessings for tomorrow. HOPE for today. One day at a time.

 

I’m here…

 

-Kelly