Usually I start off my posts saying how excited I was to meet a new client or to be able to connect with them on a personal level. Today, not so much. This post is about an amazing woman that has endured more pain than should be humanly possible and yet she still smiles when she greets you like she hasn’t a care in the world.
Immediately after receiving the very first email from Megan, I knew I HAD to do something for her. She had explained to me that she was pregnant and was looking for a Rainbow Baby Girl Newborn Photography Session, but wasn’t sure that her husband would still be around for the birth due to some health issues. She was most interested in making sure she had a family portrait with her children and their father as she wasn’t sure if his time with them would be limited. I invited her to my studio to show her around and get more of her story so I could really connect with her. She brought me to tears as she relayed all of the details of her life the past few years and still makes me catch my breath every time I think of how lucky this family is to have “daddy” around to make new memories with. These are memories that deserve to be preserved, but she had contacted me a few days later to let me know that it just wasn’t feasible for them to be able to afford having their photos done professionally. Upon reading her email, I knew I needed to step up and MAKE IT HAPPEN for them. I donated all of the images that you see here as my prayerful blessing to their family and an opportunity to share with you their story. A story of love and hope. Every day is a blessing. Hug those that you love with all of your might and if you’re holding out on telling someone how you feel, there’s no better time than the present. We never know when our time is up.
Megan’s Story in her own words:
“Ben and Megan have been married for six and a half years, and in that time, they’ve experienced wonderful joys and heartbreaking trials. Together they have ushered in the remission of Ben’s cancer, pushed through two lung collapses, welcomed their son Beckett into the world and said goodbye to two babies too early. Their first pregnancy ending in a miscarriage and their third pregnancy the loss of their son Connelly Harding, who was born sleeping on February 15th, 2016.
In October of 2016 Megan, Ben and Beckett would welcome another child into their lives, due September 5th, 2017. The road to that date would not be an easy one, wrought with complications of it’s own and the unthinkable — Ben would suffer complete cardiac arrest on March 20th. While at work on the 20th, Ben would collapse, his heart stopped. A nearby co-worker would find him and call for assistance, another would begin CPR, the AED utilized. As the ambulance rushed Ben to the hospital, they would call his time of death once. But, further work by staff would start his heart again. He was placed in a medical coma, and a hypothermic bed. Tuesday morning the doctors would inform Megan — now in her second trimester, that she needed to prepare herself to be a widow on Wednesday morning when they began removing the sedation. The best-case scenario from the doctor was to prepare that Ben would live, but with so much brain damage, she would never bring him home again. Megan called for friends and family to write messages to Ben, and she hung them on his window.
She sat and watched the sunrise over those prayers, well wishes, and funny memories while pouring through her Bible study. Wednesday came, and by the grace of God, Ben woke up. Ben woke up telling jokes, confused about what had happened, but alive and with perfect brain function. Nurses and doctors alike would stop in the room for the next few days, oftentimes in tears, amazed that he was alive. But the journey wouldn’t end there — ultrasounds of their new baby showed that she wasn’t growing properly, and then that her placenta wasn’t working. Frequent appointments and scans became routine, and up until 36 weeks, there always seemed to be another scare. At 38 weeks, the doctor would share with them that the baby’s placenta would stop supporting her life, most likely, before Megan would go into labor. Therefore an induction that ultimately would fail was scheduled for August 30, and Adelaide Rose would be born via C-section on August 31, 2017. A miracle baby born to the miracle of a man.”
Adelaide Rose Stofer
We went for the rainbow theme for some of her styling, but it was really important to the family to get alot of images together. They also brought in Adelaide’s heavenly siblings lovie that he had with him at the hospital. Sentimental items such as this are so special to incoporate into a session and I always encourage clients to let me know if they have these types of items to make sure we use them in their session. Nothing makes a session more personally styled and unique as adding in an heirloom such as that.
I want to thank Megan for being strong and being a warrior for her family. I really value this family and their willingness to share their story.
If you’re looking for a Rainbow Baby Photographer in the Louisville Metro area or are interested in booking a newborn session, you can book online HERE or email Hello@jlritt.com. I look forward to working with you!
More about the photographer:
Jennifer Rittenberry Photography is an award winning photographer based out of Mount Washington Kentucky. She has been photographing clients throughout the greater Louisville area since 2010 and acquired a brick and mortar studio space in the heart of downtown Mount Washington in May 2017. Jennifer is passionate about her work and strives to achieve the highest level of excellence in her photography, which has earned her a Click PRO status with Clickin Moms Magazine and elite membership with NAPCP. She is also a published artist with NAPCP (National Association of Professional Child Photographers) for her 2017 Rainbow Baby Maternity Series, TAoPAN Magazine in the 2017 Multiples Issue for her newborn twins artistry, Beauty & Lifestyle Mommy Magazine and Newborn Photographer Magazine, as well as named 2016 Parent’s Choice Award winner for her fine art portraiture. Located in Central Kentucky, her new studio is only 6 minutes from the Gene Snyder Freeway off the Bardstown exit, and only 6 minutes outside of Louisville. Jennifer Rittenberry Photography session fees can be found on the website but detailed pricing and availability may be requested by email using the contact form.
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