Oftentimes, that which is most beautiful comes after a time of hardship and pain. There are many challenges in life that we must traverse, that’s simply part of being human. These times can leave us questioning ourselves, the world around us, and life as a whole. It feels as though hope is a far-off thing, unreachable at the end of a dark tunnel.
Sometimes the light at the end of the tunnel begins to shine gradually as we edge closer towards the end of the tunnel. Other times, we find that the light comes on in an instant and just as the sun comes out after every rainy day, so too, are we freed of our worries.
Accompanying the sun cracking through the dispersing clouds is often a rainbow. The rainbow seems to stand in defiance of the rain that has come before it and shines in all its colorful glory. A rainbow brings joy to us, we point it out to others in the hope of bringing joy to them too.
It is for this exact reason that babies born after a time of sadness are known as rainbow newborn babies. They shine a new light on our lives and though they do not take away the pain that has been felt, they sweeten it and let hope grow where hope was once lost.
I love being told by parents that they’d like to have a rainbow theme for their newborn baby photoshoot. Of course, I immediately consult my prop collection to fish out the most radiant and vivid rainbow colors that I have. I’m simply thrilled by the array of delightful and eye-capturing colors that express the vibrancy and hope of new life, not to mention how well these colors come out in photos. Every now and then I stop myself and realize that I am taking photos of this precious little bundle that will possibly bring smiles of joy and pride to parents that have traversed such painful times.
Not only does this thought remind me of why I love what I do, but also makes me focus harder on capturing the true essence of the little bundle of hope in front of me. Just recently, I had the pleasure of photographing a beautiful newborn baby called Nia. The many bright colors could not outshine the sweetness and loveliness of Nia, in fact, the vibrancy only enhanced her naturally peaceful aura.
Nia was a joy to capture images of as she spent most of the shoot peacefully dreaming while looking incredibly adorable! Her proud parents were clearly of the same opinion judging by their love of the final images. There’s nothing quite like seeing the faces of parents beaming with pride and adoration while looking at the images of their precious little newborn. It is then that I know that I’ve done my job right and have provided them with a little slice of time to look back on with fondness forever. It’s always a reminder that there’s light at the end of the tunnel even if you can’t see it yet.