I have written and re-written this blogpost over and over again. Rearranging and deleting and reading my words time and again. I am not sure how to do my best job telling this special story. I could start the blogpost telling you how I met Dom and Micah over a year ago during their first pregnancy. I could tell you how much I enjoyed the first meeting (except the parking ticket I found after our meeting. I could tell you after I didn’t hear from them again I hoped that they had chosen to go in another direction, but I worried about the alternative, miscarriage is a sad truth in my industry.
Months later I would find out this special fun couple that were so excited about their first pregnancy had sadly suffered a heartbreaking loss, Lennon was the name they chose for their unborn first child.
Dom had reached out to ask me to capture the birth of Judah their son & rainbow baby.
A rainbow baby is a baby born after a loss. Inspired by the idea that after a storm a rainbow comes. We do, still remember the storm and the aftermath that the family endures after a loss, but a rainbow gives us hope for the future.
When Dom asked to do a rainbow milkbath with added body paint I loved and was immediately inspired by the idea.
Our collaboration came to life in a most beautiful way. Micah was hilarious, mugging for the camera, joining Dom in her outdoor tub and when we insisted he follow ROY G BIV in order for the rainbow colors he happily complied.
(We thought he was going to draw top to bottom he instead did bottom to top! Making the most perfect rainbow.)
Dom shared that her wrist tattoo was created in memory of her unborn babe and I love that the little bird seems to be flying with her belly rainbow in the some of the images. I was so glad to be able to honor Lennon’s memory with this special session as we together celebrated Judah and his upcoming birth.
I am anxiously awaiting meeting their boy and to be present capturing the moment of their sons birth and the surrounding power and feel the room filled with joy and remembrance.
I know when I see a rainbow after a storm I take time to remember and hold space for Lennon and all of the other pregnancies that have ended in loss.
Shoutout to The_Makeup_Parlor for beautiful hair and makeup