Camden White Peden was born on March 24th 2019, 8 lbs and 14 oz and with a head of red hair! Camden was the newest baby I had ever seen. Being good friends with his parents, Laura and Hudson, allowed us to visit him just hours after he made his arrival and honestly, I was so impressed.
Laura was looking radiant, even after a busy morning of bringing a child into the world and Hudson was a beaming, albeit very tired, Dad staying up for anything Laura or Camden could need. I had always been told that seeing families during the first week, let alone at the hospital, was something only available to close family of the new parents so when Hudson texted us “come over and visit!” my husband and I were more than happy to see this brand new baby that would mark the “year of new babies” for our friend group. Camden reminded us of the new blessing that was just months away for us and other friends. The moment I saw my husband Josiah hold this little baby boy I knew…fatherhood looked good on him.
When Laura asked if I was available for a newborn session I was immediately excited. I had recently just upgraded some of my equipment and I was eager to try it all out!
Photographing babies is a unique type of photography. It requires a lot of patience and a lot of joy. Being a soon-to-be-mom myself, I felt something special while photographing the Pedens. There really is no denying a perfect creator when you look at a new life like a baby. God created all the biological processes so specifically that thousands of little pieces would come together to create his favorite creation: mankind. Muscles, organs, tissue, skin, eyes, and a personality to boot! How can there bee anyone other than an intelligent designer behind it all? It’s glorious to behold and honestly humbling to know that you were chosen as the vessel to bring something so special into the world.
I was so thankful to photograph these moments of a family adjusting to a new normal. A new pace in life that expands your heart and your joy. God enables mothers and fathers to step into a brand new life when a child comes, and it comes with hard changes but also with the assurance that you get to raise a human up to the best of your abilities. Thankfully, if you’ve accepted christ as your lord and savior we have the blessing of relying on God for this new found strength…we don’t have to do it alone!
In every season, and with every session I always praise God for the honor of photographing a piece of his glorious creation and this session was no different. Thank you Laura and Hudson for letting me see such a beautiful example of God’s grace.