You might remember the baby shower I posted a few months back for one of my best friends, Dina. Dina and Mike waited a long time to meet their son Dominic. That’s why it was especially hard when he needed to spend time in the NICU after he was born. There were some scary moments, and Dominic or “Big Dom” as he’s also known, had to be in the NICU for 6 weeks before he was cleared to go home. This was an incredibly hard time for Dina and Mike. They couldn’t even hold their baby for weeks and weeks, so it was an incredible feeling when they were able to go home with their sweet boy! No more long nights in the family waiting room, no more driving back and forth to the hospital at all hours, no more seeing their little boy hooked up to machines.
Dina was worried that because he was past the age of a typical newborn session, that we wouldn’t be able to get good shots of him once he was home. Well, she worried in vain. Even though Dom was a little bit older, we were still able to get him sleepy enough for some typical newborn shots, and we even got him awake and smiling for some! He did an amazing job. Those smiles show you just how happy he is to be home being loved to pieces by his mom and dad.
When I see Dominic now, healthy and happy and thriving, it’s hard to believe he’s the same baby I saw in the NICU. At our third or fourth visit there, I was so happy to be able to hold him. It was so great to see him out of his little pod and awake and finally able to look around and stretch his legs. Needless to say, this was a very special newborn session that I was so overjoyed to photograph. Here are some of my favorite photos from Dominic’s session!
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