and his wonderful family:
They hold a very very special place in my heart. I met Oden a year ago, just after midnight the day after he was born. Oden is a triplet, his brothers are Lucas and Jacob (who were also twins), and I met them that night too. You see, the boys were born at 30.5 weeks, and while that is very good for triplets, Lucas and Jacob had a very rare lung complication and passed away in their parents arms at about 14 hours old. So I had the huge honor of getting to photograph the triplets with Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep. It was a very special session in so many ways. First, the boys share a birthday with my Thomas Jacob. They were also my very first lead on-my-own session (I’d shadowed several sessions prior). And it was really a type of session you always carry with you. These boys were indescribably beautiful! I cannot imagine going through such mixed emotions, losing 2 sons and grieving that, but also trying to still be there for your surviving son and all that entails an extended NICU stay. This family would often pop in my mind, and I’d wondered how little Oden was doing, so you can imagine my joy when Mom Rachel emailed me! I hadn’t got to meet them that night. She had delivered early in the day and been up the entire time just soaking up every minute she could with the boys, and just couldn’t stay up any longer. So again, they gave Jodie & I the upmost honor of coming into their home and capturing more images of Oden as he turned a year old. And we got to meet his biggest brother, Soren, and their parents Rachel & Michael. I cannot tell you how fabulous it was to see Oden, so big and strong now! But the very best was finally getting to hug Rachel, and remember Lucas & Jacob, and hug some more, and share tears.
So we walked around their fabulous neighborhood some. And got to watch the amazing Soren, at THREE YEARS OLD, hitting just about every pitch thrown his way.. HARD!
and a lot of just being in awe of this little guy:
So thank you from the bottom of our hearts, Rachel & Michael & Soren & Oden! It was great to connect with you again and remember Lucas & Jacob!
I cried when I saw the last pic of Oden. He looks so handsome! We have been on the sidelines cheering this family on since the day they told us they were pregnant with trips. The adventure keeps unfolding.
Thanks so much for all you have done for Rachel and Michael! The photos you took of the triplets were so precious and the photos you took of their family now are wonderful. Thank you, also, for sharing your memories of the triplets and that difficult night with Rachel and Michael. We appreciated having the opportunity to meet you both, and to watch you do your wonderful work so effortlessly. You have given us all a tremendous gift!
beautiful family, your strength is amazing.
What amazing pictures!! What a great familY. Oden is getting so big..Love you guys!
B-E-A-U-tiful pics! And the story…how touching. My prayers and love are with this family. May God bless you all with many, many, many more triumphs! Hey Rachel girl! It’s me Cherie McCoy (Marquis’ wife). You guys look FABULOUS!
What great, wonderful pictures of your beautiful family. Great reflections of your precious boys. Viv Nelson
These are wonderful pictures – all of them, but my favorite is the one of the family. It just couldn’t be a better picture. And look at those eyelashes Oden has!!
God Bless. Perfect little Angels.
4 – Jack and Finn
I love your picture Maggie (#6) you are so relaxed and happy .
Love and lots of luck ~ Joan K
Photo # 6 Maggie
I vote for photo #6 … great picture!
I vote for Maggie #6
I would like to vote for photo 6.
My vote is for #6
I love #6
#2 The Kreidler Family I love when precious moments like this are caught!
Voting for Photo #6
Photo #6 Is absolutely beautiful
I vote for #6
#6 is the the best!
Number 2 is my favorite!
I vote for #2 the Kreidler Family
I vote for #12.
I would like #2 to win!!!!
The photos are all great, but #2 is the best.
I vote for #4 Jack & Finn…adorable!!
#7 The John’s Family:)
Vote for #12–Phoebe
photo no. 6 maggie is best