A few months ago, I was on Facebook and I saw someone post a link to a blog and I meant to take a peek, but it was a busy day and I never got around to it. Well, in the next week, I saw multiple people link to this blog on Facebook and I decided that I better take a look. I sat back and read this Mommy’s story and I started to cry. This Mommy and Daddy had a beautiful four year old daughter named Makiah. She had blond hair, blue eyes, a sweet smile, and she was full of life. She loved ballet, fairies, and mermaids and last October her life ended very unexpectedly in a tragic car accident.
For some reason, their story hit me hard even though we had never met – probably because the description of that little girl could have described my own daughter. I prayed for their family and thought about them the next few days, but somehow that didn’t seem enough. So, I took a chance and contacted her as I thought maybe I could help bring a smile to their faces by capturing a new joy in their lives when their twin girls were born a few months down the road. I was very happy when Rachel said yes and then of course I got a little nervous as I have done a lot of twin sessions, but never twin newborns.
I met this family last week when their baby girls, Alena and Abby, were just a week old. The girls were born 4 weeks premature so they are just tiny…4 and 5 lbs and so very sweet! I not only met Rachel and Cameron, but they brought along both the Grandmas who were a huge help in getting the babies in place and soothed throughout the session. They were the cutest grandmothers and so happy to be there for their first photo session. I couldn’t help notice not only how excited everyone was, but the amount of love in that room was overwhelming. We talked a lot about big sister Makiah and I got to see some beautiful pictures of her and we incorporated some of Makiah’s favorite things into her sisters’ first pictures.
To commemorate Makiah’s life, there is an amazing fundraiser going on where you can purchase a beautiful silver well charm and the proceeds will go toward building clean water wells through Operation Blessing which was a cause that Makiah felt strongly about. I got to see this well charm in person and not only is it beautiful, but it is very well made. You can find out how to purchase a well and read more about how these well charms came to be on her blog.
I feel so lucky to have met these tiny little miracles – true blessings in every since of the word and just seeing their sweet little faces makes me smile. I also want to give a special thanks to Joy for helping me out with this session. Another pair of hands is always a great thing! Now, on to their pictures as I know that is what everyone wants to see!
Mommy and Daddy giving these girls some love…
I have gotten a smile from a newborn before but can you believe I got smiles from both babies at only one week old? I think they are really happy to finally be in their Mommy & Daddy’s arms.
This was one of Makiah’s favorite toys.
This picture is the most special to me out of all of them. Why? This little lamb was Makiah’s special little lamb that she loved dearly and they wanted to use it in the newborn photos. I love what this picture signifies – Makiah up above watching over her two new little sisters from above and that heart that encompasses them is the love they have brought to so many people. OK, someone hand me a tissue…quick!
Thank you so much Rachel and Cameron for allowing me to photograph your precious girls!