I have shared in the past why being a photographer is such a responsibility and should not be taken lightly, especially when it comes to documenting families. This beautiful, little family is no exception. On March 28th, ten days before her due date, my husband and I got the text we’d been waiting for. “It’s go time.” The baby was arriving early! I couldn’t have been happier for our best friends, Kristen and Scott. And just after noon that day, Isabella Claire entered the world. This tiny, little six pound peanut filled this family with so much joy at a much needed time in their life. For many months, Kristen’s dad had been battling cancer. It was no secret that he’s had health problems for many many years, but when the diagnosis of leukemia was given, it almost wasn’t believable. It was something that no one was expecting. And leading up to the baby’s birth, it wasn’t if he was going to pass away, but when. Just over two weeks after Isabella was born, my husband and I went down to Boston to meet the beautiful, new baby and spend time with the new parents who were visibly sleep deprived but overjoyed at the same time (I remember those days well).We brought them food, a requirement when visiting the home of new parents, helped with diapers, and took turns snuggling the baby so that mom could get in a nap. It was a happy weekend.

Five days after our visit, after the insanity that was the Boston Marathon explosion and a city in lockdown, we got the news that Kristen’s dad had passed away peacefully at home. My best friend, who was learning how to be mother to this tiny baby, had to now endure the pain of her losing her father. Now, I believe whole heartedly that babies know exactly when they are ready to be born. And everyone in this family, and their friends, all said that baby Isabella knew that she was supposed to arrive ten days early so that her grandpa could spend the last few days of his life on earth holding the most precious gift his daughter could have given him. Without a doubt, we all believe that. The blessing in disguise was that he got to see his first grand baby before he died.

So as I was saying…this beautiful, little family is no exception. It was an honor to be able to take these photos for them. And I know that whenever Kristen looks at her daughter, she will be reminded of how much her father loved her. And now that I look at these even more…I think that Isabella might just have her Grampy’s eyes.

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Anne is based in Houston, Texas and spends summers in her home state of Maine.

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