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I recently had the amazing opportunity of being present while my own daughter gave birth to her son.  I’m proud to have been able to experience this and to be able to share work that is so personal and meaningful to me and to my daughter. The images in this video are emotional and raw (but I think, tasteful) but if you are nervous around the idea of birth then you may want to skip this video.

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  • sarah jane - Amazing slideshow Elizabeth. Capturing such a phenomenal experience perfectly.

    Every time, your photos blow me away. I always look forward to seeing your work. Congratulations on your beautiful grandson.ReplyCancel

  • Jessica Dyck - BEAUTIFUL! So much emotion!ReplyCancel

  • fran chelico - the slide show brought tears to my eyes!! what a beautiful moment … what a beautiful baby … what a beautiful experience! Elizabeth … congrats on your grandson and for being such a talented artist!ReplyCancel

  • Jen - This is so beautiful – what an amazing way to capture those moments!!!ReplyCancel

  • morgaine - elizabeth, this is truly amazing… it’s moving beyond any description. your images are just stunning… so much so, that these moments will shine brightly into the future of this relationship and bring it back to it’s tender beginnings in a heartbeat. what a gift and a blessing. love.ReplyCancel

  • Donna Condon - Im sitting with tears of joy rolling down my face so many things go through my mind the girls close friendship and the joy they have brought to one anothers lives the gift of sharing the birthing experience a gift that will touch sarah forever your ability to capture these precious moments will live in all of us forever you are truely blessed with an amazing gift much love DonnaReplyCancel

  • admin - thanks so much for your comments! it was a privilege to be able to be there and experience this amazing time in my daughter’s life. donna, sarah was a huge support and a great friend to audrey. you should feel proud!ReplyCancel

  • Sammi Tully - Absolutly wonderful. This brought tears of joy to my eyes! Congratulations!ReplyCancel

  • Mira Sandor - so beautiful!!!
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His name is Shai, meaning “gift” in Hebrew. Shai, we’re so grateful to have met you!

Click PLAY on the photo above to see the photos from his session at 3 weeks old.

These photos of Shai after his birth were shared with us by his parents.

065 066This is the first time mom and dad got to hold him.

Fraser Valley newborn and family photographers.  Session on location.

  • Laura - My sweet little boy 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Laura Lee Shalevich - I just came across this Elizabeth Kowal, it brought tears and happiness to me :-)))).ReplyCancel

  • Laura Lee Shalevich - I LOVE the Video too @[846150611:2048:Elizabeth Kowal], I forgot about that video 🙂 Had so much fun taking those photos 🙂 Let’s meet up soon. Hoping to head out to CWHACK in the next few weeks to see my brother….we will stop by 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Elizabeth Kowal - let me know when you’re coming. it will be good to see you!ReplyCancel

An unexpected thing happened to me just recently. It happened during a bridal show Mark and I had signed up for.  We love meeting couples and talking to brides about their wedding plans whether they include us photographing them or not.  We both just love hearing each couple’s excitement as they tell us about their wedding plans, the look they exchange when they see a photo that touches them. Does it bring back memories for us? Absolutely!  But what happened had nothing to do with a wedding, it had to do with a birth, the birth of an angel born sleeping. Or to put it differently this is a story of two separate families and their loss and how they impacted our lives.

I got the call to come to the hospital; a terrible call to come and photograph a baby who had been stillborn. I have never liked getting these calls which can come at any time, day or night, and always with heartrending news.   I  remind myself that I have been blessed over and over in my life and pick up my camera and go.  Which brings me back to a few months ago at the last NILMDTS session I photographed.   I walked into the delivery room to be faced by the grief filled faces of a couple whose wedding Mark and I had photographed only months before. That moment is indescribable, and terrible…to see their precious stillborn daughter and the agonizing sorrow in their faces.  I photographed their beautiful child and barely held my own tears while they cried theirs.  I went home and decided I couldn’t do this…not this again.  Soon after I called the hospital and cancelled my membership with NILMDTS.

I have been back to the delivery room since for the birth of my daughter’s first baby. Such a gift.

At the bridal show another couple walked up to our table and Mark and I instantly remembered their faces.  They are getting married and wanted to find out if we could photograph their engagement session, then went on to thank us for photographing their baby the day their sweet child was also taken from them.  They told us how they each still carry a photo we took that day in their wallet and talked about what we had given them by photographing their family that one day. But the best news yet was when they told us, their eyes shining with joy and hope, about the baby they are now expecting. Can you blame me if I had tears in my eyes?

We had the privilege of photographing Jackie and Josh’s engagement session.  Here are a few photos from their session that we loved.

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Your can find out more about our past involvement with NILMDTS HERE or visit their website at www.nilmdts.org to learn more.  My challenge is to other photographers who may find it in their hearts to help families going through such a difficult time to consider volunteering if this is something that you are able to do.

Thank you to Jackie and Josh for allowing me to share their story and for inviting us to document their beautiful love for each other.

  • Jennifer Rodriguez-Cruz - Beautiful story…ReplyCancel

  • Rose Dykstra - Wow, Elizabeth. Tears in my eyes, too. I have often thought about NILMDTS and decided not to get involved before I had my son and now that he is here, it makes me feel even more emotional. I couldn’t do it without falling apart. What an amazing connection that you have made with this couple and a very big thank-you to them for allowing you to share their story. I truly love how photography can bring people together on such deeper levels.ReplyCancel

  • Alexandra Drabyk - K, I’m still crying. That was so touching Elizabeth! I cannot begin to fathom what a emotional process this must be for you! There was a Extreme Home Makeover that revolved around a lady who did the same thing…and my whole family sat and cried through the whole show! No wonder why Mark fell in love with you! You are one amazing lady!! ((hugs))!!ReplyCancel

  • jackie - Elizabeth, you and mark have been a true blessing to josh and i. your photos have touched us in ways that we never thought possible. you both are wonderful people with suck good harts. i will never understand how you are able to be so strong when you walk in to the room to tack such preshuse photos for suchs sadined familys, you work is amassing and you spirit is calming thank you for posting such a hard and life changing story. you are forever in out harts.ReplyCancel

  • whitealbum - Thanks for your comments ladies. Jackie, thank you so much. You and Josh are such an inspiration to Mark and I.ReplyCancel

  • Angela Hubbard - Elizabeth, you are such a gift! xReplyCancel

  • shannon - you are amazing liz, I cant imagine what those people have gone thru. You have touched so many peoples lives with your beautiful pictures including mine. We truly are blessed for all the beautuful healthy babies in our family! Never feel sorry for stopping your volunteer work…you helped so many people at the hardest time in their lives. You are in a different place now in your life and it is strong of you to realize that.
    love you,
    ps, my dad is lucky to have found a special person like youReplyCancel

  • whitealbum - shannon. thanks for this. i am the lucky one. ps. i love you.ReplyCancel