The Birth of Sky

And there we were, in a kind of harmony;

and the evening was so beautiful, that it

made a pain in my heart, as when you

cannot tell whether you are happy or sad;

and I thought that if I could have a wish, it

would be that nothing would ever change, 

and we could stay that way forever.

- Magaret Atwood, Alias Grace

Skyler came into this world, fiercely and sure. His birth, a still point of the turning world. "You are held, you are held, you are held." Those were the words spoken into Danica's ears as she delivered her boy in the calm, on her knees, under the water.

Danica, your love is full strength, tender, moving, true. Your oldest boy was magically in-tune and attentive to your needs, have I ever seen such gentleness? Your husband was steady, present, full of wonder and awe. Skyler, Skyler. He is everything good. 

Thank you for the gift of being able to document your smallest son's birth story on a grey morning in April. I could never forget it, it is a part of me now. 

mother, daughters

in these days her mother is only her mother, 

a constant presence and force, a tethered tension.

the world never existed without her.

one day, later, she'll see her mother as whole.

girl, woman, human. 

someone who has lost and loved herself into the person she is today. 

someone who made the daily choice to show up for her daughters and mother deeply and well.

Kari of Living Life's Moments so graciously invited me to step in to her home and capture an evening with her daughters when she is simply and extraordinarily just "mom". It was an honor to document a piece of their sweet, uninhibited love and I'm so thankful for the chance to be with them.