Can’t believe you’re already one year, little man! Love you to the moon and back!
Still making memories and finding joy in the middle of a pandemic. Trading handshakes and hugs for masks and hand sanitizer, and close up pictures for long photo lenses.
I may not have my own children right now, but many of the babies and children I have photographed in the past happen to be like family since I am so close to their parents. I’m their honorary “Aunt” or “Titi” or “Zizi.” I also have an amazing niece and nephew on my husband’s side. I love them all like my own.
But this past March 12, the day before the first big coronavirus shut downs, my brother and sister-in-law welcomed a beautiful baby boy. I look at Baby L and he is literally (genetically) a part of me. My heart is full and I am SO proud to share his photos!
***A huge shout out to my brother and especially my sister-in-law for doing such an amazing job with welcoming their first baby during such different, scary times!
Finally able to see each other!
The weird place I find myself where so much has changed and yet so much stays the same and continues on. The sun sets; the sun rises. Truly taking it day by day.
The following photos are just some of the many that I have taken so far to document our current pandemic…
To show future generations of my family what COVID-19 looked like for me. Yet I am fully aware and sensitive to the fact that I have mostly what I need and the luxury of being okay when others aren’t. I pause to reflect and pray for those people here and around the world, and I help and give where I can. I do not take anything for granted. Let’s stay united and help those who need it through tangible means.
On the day that my school announced its closure, my nephew was born into this world, in the middle of a pandemic: (Photo Cred: J&K)
Time to stock up. But everyone took the toilet paper and bread:
Meeting my nephew for the first time… via the virtual world:
The numbers rise and everyone suddenly finds themselves affected in some way, including small businesses:
More Zoom time with my nephew. Cannot wait to hold him someday:
Pets across the country are very confused why some of their humans are suddenly home all day:
New way of celebrating birthdays: (Photo Cred: Sara F.)
And more ways to make life “contactless:”
Finally saw my nephew in person (while wearing a mask, over 6 feet away). Thankful for my telephoto camera lens:
Move on over Superman and Spiderman. We have some new super heroes! They include not only first responders, but also health care workers and other essential jobs such as grocery store workers: (*Photo Cred: Liz V.)
Easter was very different this year, but I found small blessings and hints of hope. My nephew was one month old, we were all healthy, and a bald eagle made its appearance:
(Sorry for the lack of quality – I didn’t have the best camera with me)
The new normal continues and intensifies:
Yes, mental health is a real “thing:”
The birds of the air and the fish in the sea continue on in their lives, completely unaffected by COVID-19:
We have lost so much. But we have also gained so much:
This holiday season, the O family demonstrates the Expectation vs Reality of family holiday cards.
1 week vs. 7 months-