In my previous blog post, I discussed how the theme of twins carried through my personal work and how I have turned my focus toward creating more of that type of work as I evolve in my photography career. About a year ago, I was contacted by a set of intended parents who were flying in to the United States to witness the birth of their set of twins through a process known as surrogacy. An anonymous donor’s eggs are fertilized and implanted into a surrogate mother who then carries and births the newborn child(ren). It is a remarkable experience that creates an incredible bond between the surrogate and the intended parents.
I have been honored to work with a number of surrogates and intended parents to witness the miracle first hand. Maternity sessions, birthing sessions, fresh 48 sessions (where the newborn baby/babies are photographed at the hospital within 48 hours of birth), newborn sessions, and family portrait sessions have been very popular with surrogates and the intended parents. Surrogates and intended parents from Europe, South America, and throughout the United States are brought together to make the miracle of child birth possible for couples who are not able to birth children themselves. It is truly an incredible experience to witness.
We are forever grateful to the Northwest Surrogacy Center, not only for the incredible work that they do, but for affording us the opportunity to work with their clients. Surrogate photography is by far some of the most invigorating photographic work I get to create for couples. Here are some of our favorites from a recent fresh 48 session at the hospital with a follow up newborn session at our photography studio. Within days of these sessions, we designed, created, and printed 100 custom birth announcement cards for the intended parents to share with their friends and family overseas. The parents and their newborn twins are back in Europe getting settled into life as a family.