We met Kim and Lucas over six years ago and had the privilege of photographing their engagement session and their wedding in 2006. Over the years, they have become friends and we have created many images for them including documenting their daughter Lauren’s first year in 2008.
When we found out Kim was expecting again in 2010, we were delighted and very much looking forward to creating a first year book for their newest addition, but we had no idea what an incredible story it would become. When Kim was just over half way through with her pregnancy, she was admitted to the hospital with early signs of labor and there she stayed doing anything and everything to postpone labor as long as possible. We waited on pins and needles every day for weeks hoping for an update from Kim reassuring friends and family that all was well.
Baby Gage simply couldn’t wait to make his grand entrance and two and a half months early, Kim and Lucas welcomed their sweet baby boy into their lives. He was only 3 lbs. when he was born, and had a multitude of health complications, but more importantly he had an incredible spirit and continued to surprise his family and caretakers with his unbelievable progress. We were able to visit him in the hospital and photograph him as a precious and tiny preemie, and then again a month later when he was able to go home. It has been an incredible journey watching Gage grow from a tiny and fragile preemie into a sweet and happy baby with a contagious smile.
It was difficult to illustrate all that Gage and the Byers family has been through in the past year, but we have done our best to tell Gage’s story. Click here to view Gage’s First Year Book. Enjoy!