When the Lord first put photography on my heart just over a year ago, I knew the calling was not just to build a profitable business but a purposful one. A business that shared the goodness and faithfulness of God, even in the midst of longing, debilitating diagnoses, and loss. When Cassie asked if I would take lifestyle newborn photos of her and her husband Chadd with their miracle baby, I was in tears at the tiny glimpse she gave me into her birth story.
Lifestyle Newborn Photos
They named their sweet girl Berkley which is old English for birch wood meadow, a tree known for its durability & strength. Early on in Cassie’s pregnancy she and Chadd found out that baby Berkley had a rare genetic syndrome giving her a 1% chance to live through the first trimester. They prayed fervently for the life growing inside her. With the support and prayers of their friends and family Berkley not only made it through the first trimester but was born this side of heaven on January 9th 2021 at only 2 lbs 9oz. While she did have to spend two long months in the NICU, God allowed Berkley to live up to her name. She defied her diagnosis of not making it outside the womb and her life is a beautiful testament to the power of prayer.
Cassie shared that little miss has QUITE the personality and is either super sweet and chill or super sassy. The nurses in the NICU always told them that while Berkley may have been the tiniest she was 100% the loudest one in there when she was demanding something!
Cassie and Chadd, your session was a dream.
Berkley is PERFECT and I could tell how cherished she is by the two of you. I am so honored to be a footnote in your story. A story that is proof God is still alive and working miracles. Thank you for allowing me into your home to freeze a moment in time of this new whirlwind of a season you are in. I know it’s not easy to plan pictures when you are busy balancing becoming new parents, specialist appointments and therapies along with all the normal hustle and bustle of daily life. I sincerely hope you love your pictures as much as I do
I will praise you, LORD, with all my heart; I will tell of all the marvelous things you have done. I will be filled with joy because of you. I will sing praises to your name, O Most High. Psalm 9:1-2
P.S. I am still drooling over the gorgeous nursery your amazing friends put together for you! I’m feeling a subtle cactus theme might be happening for our next baby 😉
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Cassie’s hair and makeup by the incredible Jennifer Serra Beauty Team