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Worth the Wait’ – from my portraiture series ‘Waiting for You” taken at Mary’s Mantle

I just keep asking myself how I can make it possible to take great images of these beautiful babies and their mothers with my eyes brimming with tears of wonderment.   Every time I set up my equipment at Mary’s Mantle – a safe haven for expectant mothers – and peer through the lens my eyes steam over.  Here I am again, this time taking lovely photos of Trenton, Barrett and Jaxon.  Again I think of the quote I once heard:

“The innocence of children is what makes them stand out as a shining example to the rest of mankind”

Looking down at Trenton, Barrett or Jaxon I see how they lie there so full of innocence, so much potential, so loved the moment they are born. This is a miracle of the highest order. How these little human beings spring from another human being each untouched and filled with innocence and dependencies. I can’t help but think that at this very moment they start so innocent and uncluttered. Because they have not developed cognitive thought and are running purely on instinct and reaction they lie there simply smiling and looking at me through those wonderful eyes. I think in that moment that is how they came to the world. Changes in that behavior are all created by circumstances. It suddenly occurs to me what a great responsibility we all have to honor and protect their innocence and joy in life. What takes place the moment the new born comes to life sets the stage for a lifetime of joyful connection or terrible struggle. The saying that is attributed to the Jesuits goes:

“Give me the child for seven years and I will give you the man”

In those fleeting seconds before I push the button I realize how lucky I am in what I do. I love being a photographer. I might not be able to affect the journey of life that lies before each of these beautiful babies but I can freeze and preserve the passage of time in that one decisive moment known as:


Please support Mary’s Mantle in giving expectant mothers and newborns that new start in life. Every penny counts.


Karla Waterhouse

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