November 4th/Week 44

About a week and a half ago, I was contacted by a friend who asked if I’d be willing to take some maternity shots for her and her husband.  But this wasn’t your typical maternity shot request.  See, my friend is pregnant with a beautiful baby boy who happens to have been diagnosed with Trisomy 18.

Trisomy 18 happens when, at conception, the chromosomes of the mother and father combine in a way that makes three copies of the 18th chromosome.  It’s nothing that can be prevented and nothing that the parents did wrong or could have done differently.  Sometimes this just happens – in fact, it happens in roughly 1 out of 3000 live births.  It’s a very serious condition and the prognosis is generally very poor.  For more information on this syndrome, go to the Trisomy 18 Foundation.

So when my friend asked me for this – there was simply no way I could refuse.  Am I a professional?  No.  Do I have experience in maternity photography?  No. 

BUT – if this is all I CAN do, I’d damn well give it my best shot.  As in the case of a Trisomy 18 diagnosis, time was of the essence.  So on this past Saturday, I took some time to go over to their house.  My friend looked beautiful and her husband was a very proud papa, but there was also some grief and sadness evident.  It was a touching experience and I will be forever changed from knowing these folks. 

Enough rambling – here are a few of my favorites.

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17 thoughts on “November 4th/Week 44

  1. Oh Nic, these are absolutely gorgeous. I love them! I know you always say you’re not used to doing portraits, but I think you have an eye for it. My heart breaks for the parents. I can’t imagine what they’re going through.

  2. Wow, amazing pictures! I can’t even begin to imagine what they are going through, but seeing these shows how strong they are and the love they have to help eachother get through it. Many thoughts to them through this hard time.

  3. These are great portraits for them to have. I can’t imagine what they’re going through though. If they could use some support re someone who has been there here is a link to
    A local family in GA whose son was born with trisomy 18 as well.
    hogandominy.blogspot.com/

  4. I love these. You can feel their love for each other in the images.
    This must be a tough road they are on, but you can see that they have each other. They will be in my thoughts.

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