“The phrase ‘Rainbow Baby’ is the understanding that the beauty of a rainbow does not negate the ravages of the storm. When a rainbow appears, it doesn’t mean the storm never happened or that we are not still dealing with its aftermath. It means something beautiful and full of light has appeared in the midst of the darkness and clouds. Storm clouds may still hover but the rainbow provides a counterbalance of color, energy and hope.”
I always send each and every newborn client a questionnaire to fill out before their session. This form helps me get a better idea of their style and the decor in their home and nursery. I also want to get to know them deep down, which allows me to put an entirely different custom spin on the session. I want to know things like the way they feel about welcoming a baby into their family, how their pregnancy has been, and even how welcoming a baby into their family has changed their outlook on life and the world around them. I remember reading this specific session questionnaire and looking through everything and putting together the session the day before they came into the studio just like I always do. The minute Will & Melissa walked in the door it hit me, I remember that they had mentioned this was their rainbow baby and they had experienced loss before they were blessed with this sweet little girl. I had no intention of doing a rainbow image, but literally when they walked into my studio it hit me like a ton of bricks. Something told me I had to create this image for the them. The moment I set down this previous girl and started to photograph her she gave me the biggest most precious yawn, and in that moment I knew that was the picture. To be completely honest with you, I really genuinely told that little voice that said I needed to do this image that I didn’t even have all of the colors of the rainbow for this image..and to my surprise when I walked over to look through all of my wraps, there they were.
The picture that shows so much hope and beauty, after the struggle and the storm. So many days the journey to become parents can be a roller coaster and it can be both emotionally and physically draining. Each and every day so many parents experience loss and struggle with the entire process. We can rest and be assured that God has a greater plan and that there will always be that rainbow at the end…and when that rainbow finally appears, it is a beautiful sight and we can finally lay our heads down at the end of the night knowing that there really is someone watching over us.