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.