I have started to write this post several times, but always struggle through my tears. How can I possibly articulate how much this family means to me? How special they are? Words fail me. If you are unfamiliar with Kelly and Jason’s story, please click here to read about their journey.
I remember the day that I met Kelly and Jason: it was September of 2009 and I was photographing their maternity session. I was amazed at how celebratory these two remained in spite of their circumstances. It was a Friday and Bennett was scheduled to be delivered on Tuesday. The doctors had painted a very grim picture: Bennett would most likely not survive birth. Yet these parents celebrated the time they were given with him, even if it was in the womb. I marveled at their faith. When I asked Kelly what she most hoped for, she said that she would love to bring Bennett home and have a newborn photography session. Like a normal family. Kelly, these photos are for you.
I would love to officially introduce Marena Aubrey. In this photo, she is just six days old.
She was such a sweetheart for her photo session, and she LOVES her Daddy. I should add, it would melt your heart if you could see the way Bennett gazes at Jason.
Every baby is a gift, but this angel holds a special place in my heart.
I’m not sure who is more gorgeous!
Look at that smile, she is so sweet!Kelly is one of the most amazing women I have ever met. What you see on TV? Only a fraction of her beauty and personality, she absolutely lights up a room.
A family of four. Together. Happy. This photos gets me every time. I have an incredible amount of respect for these two, they are the perfect parents for Bennett. He is so lucky to have them.
This series really makes me laugh… in the first photo, Bennett throws his sister an arm. She then returns the favor. In the bottom left photo it is an all out fight and Mom has to step in. And the last photo? Priceless! Bennett has so much personality, I wish you could hear him! There is so much love and laughter in their home, it’s always a pleasure to spend time with them.
While I was visiting, I had the opportunity to play and talk with Bennett. The progress that this amazing little boy has made is awe-inspiring. I would literally stare at him while he played and talked to me and it took my breath away. He is a living, breathing miracle. And he has changed my life.