friends, followers, family . . . i am more excited than ever to share this story with you.
my friends, sam and jarrett have finally met eyes with their beautiful baby boy, oliver. they asked me to photograph during their birth and i couldn’t have been happier. this was my first experience and i can say that i have photographed over 300 newborn babies, but nothing could ever top this.
going in with no expectations, i was overwhelmed with the joy, patience and uncertainty that took place. the true miracle.
i arrived at noon on sunday, february 16th and was joined with all of sam and jarrett’s family. the room was filled with laughter, quotes like, “just put ‘bless her heart’ on the end of everything negative. It’ll make you feel better.” and one red popsicle.
we were all toe tapping patiently for baby m to arrive. around 6:30 things started to take shape. jarrett was being his usual clever witty self and giving samantha a hard time. saying things like, “you have nice teeth.” “we’ve got a quitter on our hands.” this was all in good fun and it kept a smile on samantha’s face.
i stood on a bench i borrowed from the hospital and witnessed the most incredible minutes of my friends’ lives. it was 7 o’clock and the pushing continued until finally at 7:29, oliver samuel matthews joined the world. as soon as he was out, tears started streaming from my face. to be honest, i could hardly hold my camera. the emotion that erupted was unreal. from everyone. i couldn’t put into words how i felt and the fact that i was invited by my two dear friends to witness this magical night with them and their family was unbelievable. so grateful.
samantha and jarrett, here are your son’s first moments put into stills with the sounds of ben howard.
the second part of this post are oliver’s newborn photographs taken at sam and jarrett’s home in prairie village. that mouth of his. . .