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Remembering

Our firstborn son arrived into the world at 29 weeks and was about the size of a Frito bag.  He weighed 2 pounds, 2 ounces and was about 13 inches long.

It was the year of the World Trade Center bombings on 9/11.  I'm sure you remember what an unspeakably tragic time it was for our country, how quiet the skies were for days after that, how sad and solemn and devastated everyone was.  Being pregnant, I was filled with more worry than many expectant moms, I suppose. And I got very ill about two months later. I'll never forget when my doctor came into my room and told me they were going to deliver my son the Wednesday before Thanksgiving because he was not growing and because my life was at risk, too, from the pre-eclampsia. Our son spent 10 weeks in the NICU and then we were able to take our tiny little 3-lb. baby home. Truly, there were many times at first that we did not think he would survive. He was our miracle baby. I videotaped his first bath at home and cherished every moment.

That son is now almost 13 and, though he has had his struggles from being born too early, he is a funny, creative, kind person.

As Moms, we mourn for all types of things related to our kids. When they are tiny, the days seem to last forever, but in retrospect, they seem to have passed like the blink of an eye. And that cherished videotaped bath when my son was 3 pounds? We somehow lost it or taped over it and my heart hurts thinking about not having it.  We mourn for what used to be, how times were simpler when we could protect them. We mourn, too, for them when they are hurting and we can't fix it.

But, as Moms, we celebrate, too. We wonder at the sense of humor that middle-schooler developed, seemingly overnight. We marvel at the talents they have that are so different from ours. We celebrate their self discoveries. We celebrate getting past the hard times successfully.

When someone hires me for senior portraits, I consider it a privilege.  Because I am a Mom, and a stepmom of three grown girls, I know what the letting go feels like. The senior year is a fun time but it is also a hard time, too. It is full of mourning and full of celebration.  And I'm very sensitive to all that.

Some girls aren't yet comfortable in their own skin, maybe a little shy. Truly, those are some of my favorite girls to photograph. I love being able to work with them on outfits that flatter them and that they feel good in. I love it when they get their makeup professionally done because it gives them that extra boost of confidence that they might not have felt in a while.  And when they see their portraits for the first time, I get to be there with them and watch the excitement on their faces because they are seeing themselves in a different light.

If you'd like to hire a Plano senior photographer who gets what it is like to be a Mom and who is sensitive to your daughter's wishes, give me a call today.  Tell me about your daughter and we'll figure out if I'm the right photographer to do your daughter's senior portraits. I'd love to hear from you!  Call 214.783.9691 or e-mail me at Dawn@StudioYouPortraits.com today.