2011-06-09 21:03:01

I had the incredible opportunity to photograph the birth of sweet baby Avary! She is a very special little girl who was born with Trisomy 9, a rare chromosomal disorder and she was only able to grace us with her presence here on earth for a short but sweet time. She is now perfect and resting in the arms of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. She was born into one of the most incredible, wonderful families…I can’t say enough about them.  Reidy Family….watching you welcome precious Avary into the world and then gracefully and beautifully hand her over to Jesus in such a short amount of time is one of the most powerful testimonies that I have ever seen. I have no doubt that others have been and will continue to be equally effected. The Lord must be smiling down upon you as He now holds your sweet Avary and sees how you are truly making a difference for Him through your faith, steadfast hope and grace in this heartbreaking time. That is truly a mark of what it means to be a Christian, the kind we all aspire to be… and I hope that you will reflect on the kingdom work that is being done through Avary’s short by sweet life when the journey gets difficult and your hearts are heavy. I send you all of my love and prayers…. Avary will be in my heart for the rest of my life. What a special, powerful day this was….an such an honor for me to capture…

*please be prepared with tissues before proceeding with playing the slideshow below* 🙂

30 responses to “BABY AVARY”

  1. I have tears rolling down my face…what a emotional time that you beautifully captured for this sweet family.

  2. Oh, Jess…these are beautiful. They will treasure these from now until they hold her in their arms again in heaven. Such a precious gift. xo!

  3. My heart goes out to u and you family that was so beautiful.i started crying my god bless u and your family.

  4. Wow, Jessica, you are an amazing person. What a gift you have given this family. God bless you and the family in this time.

  5. oh my goodness…i did not expect to be taken to tears quite like this! (i know you warned us, but…) whew! what a beautiful testament to the power of life, jess. you captured it beautifully.

  6. I have goosebumps and tears welling up and my heart is overflowing with love for a family I have never met. Jessica, You shared this story with love, compassion, empathy, dignity and beauty. God bless you.

  7. How sad. I count my blessings everyday to have 3 beautiful healthy children. May God be with you and your family.

  8. Jessica…I have seen quite a bit of your work, but this is the most beautiful thing I have ever seen. The family celebrated Avary’s life as it should be. God bless them and God bless you for giving them this gift. I’m sure it was heartrending for you, as well.

  9. What a beautiful song by Selah! Angie & Todd Smith’s story is very similar and they shared it at a recent Women of Faith Conference. They had a photographer come in and document just as you were invited to do. What a life changer. Well done.

  10. Oh my goodness, the tears are streaming down my face. What a precious, beautiful gift to this family. You are amazing. My thoughts and prayers go out to Avary’s family.

  11. Amazing story….what a wonderful way to capture the essence and love that this family has for a lovely little babe. Terribly sad, but so happy at the same time. My thoughts and prayers go out to the entire family.

  12. I’ve been a long time follower, and I seem to remember another baby that you’ve photographed that passed away. What a gentle and caring person you are to have seen what you have. My thoughts and prayers go out to this family and to yours.

  13. This was amazing. I know this family and their pastor, and it was so good to see the support they had! The moments they had with their precious daughter were captured perfectly! They will treasure those photos! My prayers go out to the family!

  14. Oh Jessica! What an emotional shoot that must have been but you have captured the essence of life and love in such a marvelous way! I am always speechless after seeing your work but this particular one left me crying and smiling!! What an amazing family!!!

  15. I just found this link “randomly”. Jesus knew I needed to hear the song and see these images. My best friend just lost her baby two days ago- full term, after a perfect pregnancy. I’ve been so heartbroken…someone just recommended Todd & Angie’s book & now I hear their song. Thank you for sharing. I am in awe of your strength & courage, Jess. Praying for baby Avary’s family.

  16. My heart hurts for this family. I am in awe of their courage and grace in the most trying of circumstances. My sincerest thanks to them for allowing us to share this achingly sad chapter of their lives through your beautiful images. Thank you. And condolences to one of your commenters, Vanessa and her friend. How truly sorry I am for her friend’s loss.

  17. hey jess!
    i actually wanted to send you a message after the funeral, but couldn’t find the right place to send it. i just wanted to thank you so much for doing this and being there for the reidy’s. i’ve seen you capture so much joy and life and love at dj and kara’s wedding. to see you do the same thing, while conveying so much depth and meaning here for the reidys, is a huge testimony of the gift the lord has given you, as well as to the dedication you have in developing and using it to the best of your ability and for his glory. thank you so much!

  18. Melba and Shawn – what a beautiful tribute the the baby girl that knew you would love her enough to celebrate her and hold God in esteem for His plan!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! God bless you and your beautiful family!

  19. This is beautiful. Thank you for sharing this, and for capturing it for this family – you did so beautifully.God Bless you, and my prayers are with Avary’s family.

  20. thank you for sharing! The images are so powerful ! Gods power is so amazing! To think he has used this family and your images to bring others to him is amazing!

  21. God is so good…. what a beautiful thing to see a family cherish this precious little life, even for just a short time. this was heartbreaking but so beautiful. What a gift you gave them!

  22. Wow. I know i am a little behind but I will be praying for this family today, I can’t even imagine. Life can be so bitter sweet.

  23. I came by your lovely tribute to your precious baby Avary when I was looking for yet another Avary, and, just couldn’t leave without leaving you a piece of my heart and a warm embrace from Canada.xo

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