This is beautiful Marta. I had the pleasure of meeting Marta in the spring of 2015 when we worked on a wedding together, she was so kind and thoughtful and we instantly felt comfortable working together. Throughout the day somehow, we both confided in each other that we had each given birth to a child, and we had each lost a child. We must have gravitated towards each other with a silent knowing that the other was living with loss. This is no small passing comment, the story of your baby passing is a precious gift you hold in your heart, and to hand those words over to someone else shows trust, compassion and a rawness that most people can't understand.  In that moment I knew Marta was part of something that most people around us could not comprehend; she was part of a version of parenthood where your child is not with you, where your love has no place to go. But as a result of this terrible loss and life long heartbreak comes a softness and compassion that cannot be compared.  Those who suffer are usually the most giving, those who grieve have the most love to give.

I was filled with so much happiness when Marta reached out and asked if I would take her maternity photos, a new baby on the way! I am beyond humbled that I could be the one to capture this time in her life, and the morning we met couldn't have been more perfect. It was after three days of rain, and I even asked Marta if she wanted to re-schedule and wait for a perfect sunny day. She said no, the weather wasn't important to her, only the photos were.  And when we got to the beach, the grey sky opened up and let us see cracks of blue and a few rays of sunlight. It was a perfect backdrop to capture this new chapter in Marta's life...

The storm was passing, and the calm was coming.