It's blowing my mind that another year has begun. I've now been running Vanessa Grace Photography full time and what an adventure it has been so far! Hundreds of babies and families captured and many friendships made.
To be honest, I 'ummed' and 'ahhhed' for days whether or not I should write this post, as I tend to keep 90% of my personal life separate from my business, but as I just mentioned, so many of you are now my friends and you open your hearts to me at some of the most special times of your life, so I thought I would do the same.
My husband and I are thrilled to share with you the news of our very own little one, due to arrive in July 2017. Words can't describe the love and gratitude we have for our baby, that we have waited for for so long. Everyone has their own journey to parenthood and ours took a few more turns and more heartache than we'd hoped for.
It's been a two year journey of waiting, Drs appointments, fertility medication, acupuncture, miscarriage, more medication, and finally our miracle. Our little rainbow baby.
At one stage a close friend asked me if I found it hard to be around newborn babies every day with all we were going through and up until that moment it had never occurred to me that photographing newborns would bring me anything but joy. Because honestly, every single baby I photograph brings me happiness. I am so grateful to the families that hand me their most precious bundles, and trust me to hold them, to soothe them and to photograph them so their families will be able to remember forever how small and perfect they were. How could such an important job ever make me feel sad?
I knew our time would come eventually and finally here we are. Six months away from meeting our Rainbow Baby. I will never forget the pain of losing our first little one, even if I wanted to. My heart broke into a thousand pieces the day we lost them, and one of those pieces will always belong to them. For those who haven't heard the term 'Rainbow Baby' before this sums it up perfectly.
"The phrase 'Rainbow Baby' is the understanding that the beauty of a rainbow does not negate the ravages of the storm. When a rainbow appears, it doesn't mean the storm never happened or that we are not still dealing with it's aftermath. It means something beautiful and full of light has appeared in the midst of the darkness and clouds. Storm clouds may still hover but the rainbow provides a counterbalance of colour, energy and hope"
And to all of my beautiful clients/friends who shared their own journeys with me, thank you. You don't know how much it means to me knowing we were never alone. I know our road has been easy compared to some and others are still waiting on their miracle. We will always be grateful for this gift we have been given.
I look forward to sharing the progress of our pregnancy and of course many baby photos once he/she makes their arrival.
Happy New Year to you all, may 2017 bring your all the love and happiness you need XxX