Harrison, a 15 day old life, gave me hope. He was strong willed, healthy, and all was peaceful in his world.
When I decided to claim photographer to my status, I decided I wanted my photographs to be meaningful, purposeful and I wanted to document life. Harrison's family told me he was having a bit of a struggle with feeding in his first days of life. He had his tongue clipped and since his weight gain has been resilient. He felt like hope to me. What a blessing, I thought. I saw his mother with worry on her face over how scary something had been powerful enough to keep her newborn son from gaining weight. Thankfully, he and milk are best friends now!
To see how small 6 pounds, 8 ounces was once more and imagine Nora had once been less than half that . I had to pause and reflect on how far she has come in less than 3 years. Life is beautiful. Life is relentless. I can feel my heart ache for her worries over her new son's life. I can foresee all the late nights this mom has in her future. I can see all the bellyaches, all the diapers, the messes and I grew so excited for the beauty she was witnessing as his mother.
"I'm gonna love you forever and ever, forever and ever, forever and ever, amen." -Randy Travis
This forever love is true for all mothers, it was also true for Brittany. I talked to my grandma Tikalsky recently about how I know I worry over Nora and I know she has been through so much but I also know there are so many more who have to overcome mountains more. Not all make it. She reminded me of the most important detail, "This is your child, and your story". Grandma you are so right. This is Harrison and Brittany's new adventure. Brittany will worry over her son, she will praise all his feats and praise his accomplishments, just like I do Nora, just like all proud mother's do for their babies. My hopes for Brittany and Harrison are that they are filled with more happiness, more dirty diapers, more empty bottles and more pictures, so many pictures! Harrison will grow and it already is an amazing journey to watch and photograph. Cheers to capturing a new story, Harrison. Thank you for hope.