Newborns have a special place in my heart and the heart of my business. The first people I photographed were newborns, specifically the children of my cousin who lived an hour away from me at the time. But before them, there was Ellie. Ellie was the sweetest and most easy going baby. I was starting law school when she was born and trips to LA from San Diego were infrequent. Still, with my cousin and I being transplants to southern California, I felt a special duty to visit her young children. Maybe “duty” is the wrong word- I never felt obligated, more honored. But the combination of school, and the narcism of youth made our visits rare and pretty low key. A year after Ellie was born, we lost her to a rare form of cancer. There was no warning, no indications that she was sick, just one excruciatingly hopeful month. I wish I had more photos of her, but I always thought that I’d have more time the next time I visited. That was six years ago, and no matter how much time passes, I don’t think I’ll ever get over Ellie, not that I’d ever want to. Ellie was my wake up call. Life is short and it doesn’t always work the way you think it would. About a year after Ellie passed, I got my first DSLR and the news that my cousin was expecting Allison.
With every newborn I photograph, I remember Ellie and I think of all the wonderful things about her that I wish I had photographs to look back on now.
Needless to say, every visit to LA warrants a photo session with her charismatic sisters, Allison and Aria, and a little sense of wishing Ellie was here too.
Stay tuned for more newborn sessions to follow shortly.