Samantha reached out to me with one of the most touching stories I have heard in all my years of being a maternity photographer in Juneau. Her and her husband had struggled with fertility issues. This is not uncommon, but can certainly be heart wrenching, painful and difficult to navigate. They endured IVF treatments. They became pregnant, and then they lost that pregnancy. But despite all the heartache they've endured, they were blessed with another pregnancy. Those who have lost an unborn child can feel many mixed emotions when becoming pregnant with a rainbow baby: fear, worry, renewed grief, guilt, joy and relief. All of those emotions are totally normal and valid, but it doesn't make them any easier. Because of this, I wanted to honor Samantha and her family the best I could by incorporating rainbows into their photos.
A rainbow baby is the term used for a baby born after a miscarriage, stillbirth or infant loss. Rainbows have long been a symbol of light and beauty after a storm. In the Bible, God presents Noah with a rainbow after the flood as a promise of rebirth. A rainbow baby embodies hope and healing after grief and loss.
Samantha recently gave birth to a beautiful, healthy, and happy baby girl named Adelaide Hope.
The weather was so cold and windy that day, but their daughter Gabi was such a cutie and did so well despite the cold.
"The pain you have been feeling can't compare to the joy that is coming." - Romans 8:18
I hope Samantha's story can help someone who may be struggling with infertility or loss. There is hope, and you are not alone.