After we just recently announced partnering up with Stinsman Photography for maternity and newborn shoots, here we are posting a lifestyle family shoot with twins that are only a few months old. Well, as you can see, we’ll still be doing lifestyle shoots like this one which are in fact very different than studio newborn photos. This also isn’t your typical lifestyle family photo shoot. This is easily one of the most special photoshoots that we’ve done in a long time and I really hope that you continue reading to find out why. The photoshoot was for our friends, Marc and Jamie Iuliucci, and knowing what they went through to get to the point at which we were at their home taking these is enough to make these special. Being able to show them the photos, well, it was a good reminder of what makes this job of ours so important.
Almost 20 years ago, possibly more now, Marc and I became good friends. We had both experienced some rough times in our lives growing up and had always been there for each other. Marc, now the father of three beautiful young girls, was not only a groomsman in my wedding but one of those friends who are honestly more like a brother than a friend. Just as brothers do, we would go extended periods of time where we wouldn’t see or talk to each other for extended periods of time, sometimes years, but whenever we did it was as if no time had passed and things just picked up where they had left off.
A couple of months ago, I received a call from Marc telling me that he and Jamie had just had twin baby girls. He already had one girl so the first thing that came to mind was how badly out-numbered he was now, especially with both family dogs being girls as well. As the phone call continued, his voice began to change and he started to describe the very scary and emotional experience that both he and Jamie had gone through during the delivery and the two months that followed. It was a tough story to sit there and listen to him tell me, but as he continued on, I was extremely happy to hear him explain how everything worked out after almost two months and both girls are healthy and doing excellent. I offered to come and take some photos of the twins. I could immediately tell he was hesitant and didn’t really seem interested. A few weeks went by and I received a text letting me know that he spoke to Jamie and that they were interested. Since I explained that the shoot was for the twins, he definitely wasn’t expecting Sandi and me to walk in and ask him to go upstairs to get changed out of the sweat pants he was wearing. I could tell he wasn’t overly thrilled with the idea of being in the photos, but now that he’s seen the pics I have no doubts that he’s happy I talked him into it. Rather than just sharing these photos on social media or in a blog post, I wanted to share their story. A story best told by the mother of these three beautiful young girls, so I asked Jamie to write the rest.
“Our first daughter Lia was our princess but we wanted to give her a forever friend and decided to try again. We got pregnant quickly and received the surprise of our lives at the first ultrasound. Two heartbeats flickered on the screen, it was twins! With no twins in the family, we were both shocked and excited, while also feeling incredibly lucky. However, the pregnancy was difficult, to say the least, and much different from the first.
Nine weeks early, after a flurry of complications, I went into spontaneous labor.
Myla was born first and taken to the NICU and I was rushed to an emergency C-section. Everyone was rushing so much that we knew something was wrong. Adeline was next and born completely lifeless. We don’t know how, but she came back to us after only a short time. So many ups and downs, tears that seemed to never stop, and tons of tests. 49 extraordinarily long days later, Myla and Adeline came home with us to be with their big sister and two dog sisters. We declined NICU newborn photos when they were offered because it was a time we did not want to commemorate.
When Jay offered to take photos while hanging out with Marc at this season’s Fantasy Football draft, we decided to take him up on it. On the day that Jay and Sandy took these photos, all three girls were having a day. You know the one, all three were sleepy and grumpy. Seeing the results of their art brought me to tears because the beauty of my girls being together and our family being whole means more to me than anything. These photos are beautiful reminders of this magical time that I am in awe of. A time I’ll cherish forever, just as I will these incredible photos.”
~ Jamie Iuliucci