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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.

 

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 cookie decorating is now 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

Kids With Character – Charity Event Scheduled!

Boise Photography Event – Kids With Character

Kids With Character – Do you have one? If so… We wanna meet ’em!!

This Limited Edition Difference Maker Event is NEW this year!! And we’re EXCITED for the change!!

Kids With Character is replacing Celebration of Smiles – but will still benefit the same charity we’ve supported for years – Operation Smile!
And good news… instead of just a one day photography event, this one will run for the entire month of April!!
Call the studio at 208-331-2288 for more details and scheduling availability!
We can’t wait to see the CHARACTER you bring!! 
Kids With Character Difference Maker Charity Event for Kids Pictures Hosted by Boise Child Photographer Cherished Images at The 8th Street Studiowww.cherishedimages.net

Cherished Images Celebrates 20 years!!

Happy 20th Anniversary Cherished Images Photography in Boise

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! Getting to photograph newborns, children, pets and family portraits for this many years has meant that we have literally watched kids grow up! Creating a storyline of professional photographs for families is, by far, the most enjoyable part of what we do! We’ve been in The 8th Street Studio now for almost 5 of those 20 years!! So crazy! Thanks SO much to everyone of our clients (our friends!) who have made this possible! Being named the Photographer of The Year for the state of Idaho was icing on the cake for 2019! It is an honor to be called the best photographer in Boise… well actually, in Idaho! WooHoo!! Keep your eye open for ways to celebrate with us throughout 2019. We couldn’t do it without our loyal following! You guys are AMAZING!! Love you all! – Kelly :)