The Value of Newborn Photography

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I know what you’re thinking. You’re a newborn photographer, of course you are going to say newborn photography is “important”. While that’s true, I want to tell you, as a mom, why newborn photography is so very important to me.

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My last baby, Apollo, was born by emergency c-section. He had a bit a rough start and needed to be observed in the nursery for while he as worked on his breathing skills. Within hours he was resting peacefully in my arms, having been declared “perfect” by the doctors. A photographer friend came to visit when Apollo was six days old and helped me capture these beautiful newborn images. I will be forever grateful to Emily for that.

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At age 18 months Apollo was diagnosed with a double aortic arch, a type of congenital heart defect. His heart defect required two heart surgeries and the placement of a g-tube. While I valued these photos before, I  absolutely treasure them now.

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March 7, 2012

Never again  will I see my son’s precious scar-free back.

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Summer 2012

Never again will we see his unmarred little tummy.

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November 2012
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January 2013

I’m not ashamed of my son’s scars. They are symbols of his struggles, his suffering, his  resilient spirit.

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Each scar tells a story about Apollo’s life.

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A story I hope he will someday be proud to tell.

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My son is a fighter. I love his body, scars and all.

When Apollo was born we had no idea what struggles he had ahead of him. That’s why newborn photography is so important to me. I am so grateful to have captured sweet newborn body. Just as I proudly capture his now scarred, but repaired,  body at two years old.

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Josanna {Bellingham Newborn Photographer}

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I’ve had the pleasure of  photographing all three of Josanna’s big brothers as newborns! In fact, five year old Brady was the first newborn I ever photographed. What a joy to be able to capture little Josanna with her big brothers.

Congratulations Micah and Allie. You have a beautiful family.

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Abigail {Bellingham Newborn Photographer}

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