“My husband and I found out we were pregnant on St. Patrick’s Day 2017. Just three days later, my father was admitted to the ICU and we started what we’d later learn was the heart-wrenching three-week journey of saying goodbye. My father was so close to meeting his first grandchild – to becoming a grandad – and I struggled with the fact that now my baby would grow up without the lessons he would have taught her, the stories he would have told her, and the unique wisdom he would have shared. I mourned that loss in addition to mourning my loss of him. Then, I changed my perspective. One of the things that I treasure most from growing up are the stories my father used to tell me about his childhood, his time with his grandmother and his grandad. His days growing up on their farm, the hard times and the happy times, and the lessons he learned from them. Even though I never met them, I know I’m carrying my great-grandparents’ teachings in my heart because my father shared them with me and because they were so much a part of his. In that same way, my father is and always will be a (very large) part of my daughter’s life. Children are our legacy. We aim to nurture them with the love of generations and share with them the best of everything we’ve learned from our life, our parents’, grandparents’ and so forth so that they may grow up to become the best version of themselves and leave the world better than they found it.
That is motherhood to me and what I’ve poured my heart into since the day I learned I was pregnant. It’s the utmost responsibility of raising the next generation. It’s starting each day with a greater sense of purpose and finishing each day reminded of what matters most. It’s living in the present – because the days with your baby go by so quickly – but always thinking of the future because you’re their key to getting there. It’s the ultimate gift and one I feel blessed to experience every minute of every day. It is the greatest joy of my life.
My vision for our newborn shoot was inspired by a desire to not only capture our baby girl so tiny and new, but also those first few days as a family of three – me as a new Mommy and my husband as a new Daddy. Those days were filled with the deepest, purest love and most delirious happiness. Days blended with nights and little got done, but we were so enamoured with the life that our love created that nothing else mattered. I never felt more at home. That’s the feeling that I wanted to remember, the memory that I wanted to preserve, and I believe Nikki Santerre’s work did just that.” Katie, Mother
“Sweet Katie and her husband welcomed their darling daughter just weeks before Christmas. This gift couldn’t have been more perfectly timed, as the year had been full of tough losses for Katie’s family. You can tell by the way Katie looks at her daughter that Emily has brought them the kind of joy that helps promote whole hearted healing…a perfect light after a season of darkness. Since becoming a mother, photographing new mothers with their babies resonates with me in such a different way. I emphasize with their joys and their struggles on such a personal level. Photographing mothers on film has become my muse, what keeps me inspired in my work.” Nikki, Photographer
NIKKI SANTERRE PHOTOGRAPHY
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