Today is the perfect day to start my blog! Today (has been amazing because it has been snowing!) is the 10th December and is my little family's Thanksgiving Day for my daughter and what was, four years ago, the trigger to start my newborn photography. The 10th December is three days after my youngest daughters birthday, so this may seem an odd day to draw a line in the sand and start a business, but four years ago today was the hardest, darkest day of my life.
So, let me explain the background as to WHY I specialise in newborn photography. Four years ago today, I carried my 3 day old daughter down the corridors of John Radcliffe Hospital, with tears streaming down my face into the anaesthetics room. She was so tiny and we kissed her and walked away. We left her in that room, having to trust the doctors with our precious baby, which was incredibly hard. As we walked away the crushing in my chest was almost unbearable and I could hardly take a breath. I was weak from birth and tired to the core of not sleeping for three nights, but my focus was on my little one undergoing surgery on her twisted duodenum and intestines (called malrotation). The days that followed were hard. She had cannula's in both hands and feet, an epidural in her spine and tubes everywhere. My husband and I took turns to sleep at the hospital, always at her side. The third day after surgery I was able to hold her, which felt amazing but also petrifying at the same time, so worried I might hurt her. In the days that followed we were in a bubble in hospital, but she healed amazingly and after two weeks were able to come home, just in time for Christmas!
So in all of this I wasn't able to have any 'normal' photographs of my newborn without some tubes or something unnatural coming out of her. This triggered something deep inside of me, where I felt I had missed out on something that I so wanted to have, something that was deemed normal, to take photos of my little bundle in her first couple of weeks. So it was from there that I decided to give others parents something that I don't have and to have something tangible that they can cherish forever.
I want to capture these memories of your little one for you, that will last a lifetime and will be of a time in your life that is so incredibly precious.