One of the things I love about photographing families immediately after the birth of their child is that I get to witness those people becoming parents. They say that a mother and father are born right alongside their first child. I think it's absolutely true. You're thrown in the deep end, trying to navigate this incredible new being who comes with no instruction manual. At the same time you're writing new rules, new rituals, new family history without even knowing it.
Take this little guy for instance. His name is William Alexander and he burst into the world in a rushed and unexpected manner, creating a new family in one heck of a hurry. In the process he also created a piece of family history. It's the story of his mother, unaware of quite how close she was to delivery, calmly driving herself to the hospital. And his father hearing the news at work and opting to run through the pouring rain to the hospital (quicker than negotiating the streets by car), arriving just in time to hear that his wife was in surgery.
William spent his first days in the NICU but that's not slowing him down any. This wee lad and his intrepid parents already had plans for family getaways. In fact I got the impression that family means everything to this bunch. There are cousins and aunts and uncles and grandparents and even great grandparents to meet. There are places to visit and people to create memories with.
But first there will be some lovely slow days together. Marvelling at William's tiny features (although not his feet - which have already earned him the moniker "paddles"). Laura and Carl, thank you so much for inviting me in to your cocoon of newness. It was truly a pleasure getting to know you (and mum Pam). I have no doubt that yours is going to be a very special family indeed.