celebrating life

I had just finished shooting this session when I was hit with the terrible news that my grandfather’s heath was failing.  He’s lived 93 fabulous years, so the call was to be expected at some point, but I was still so very sad to lose him.

Going back to New York state on the very next flight for a week was wonderful.  I was happy to have the chance to say good bye.  Happy to be there for my grandma and reconnect with my aunts, uncles and cousins.  It was an amazing week (an amazing gift that my husband gave me by taking off of work & watching the kids), but it was also really hard.  While I have grieved the loss of family members in the past, this was the first time that I was a part of the dying process.  I think I expected something beautiful or miraculous.  Perhaps something that rivals birth?  Instead, I was left feeling conflicted and uncomfortable with the aging process.  And sad because I missed my Grandpa.

Upon my return, I felt that I was walking around in a haze–not really seeing my world in full color.  But as it is for most of us, taking a week off of life had put me very behind.  I had to jump back into being a mom, wife, taxi driver, cook, maid and photographer.  As I sat down to take a look at the photos I had taken over a week prior, I was filled with so much warmth.  These two amazing parents were overflowing with excitement, joy, love and tenderness as they were getting to know their new baby boy.  Those first few weeks as a new family are precious and unlike any other time in your life.

Empathizing with these beautiful parents has completely pulled me out of the fog.  It’s helped me to see life as the very precious gift that it is and reminded me to be grateful for each and every day.  I am so incredibly fortunate to be invited into homes during the most intimate of times, and I hope that I can offer these parents even a portion of the gift that they have given me.

Thank you for sharing your beautiful baby boy with me!  I have so much love for you three.

Sarah - February 3, 2011 - 10:17 am

Stunning photos. I am having serious baby envy.

terrie - February 3, 2011 - 10:44 am

beautiful as usual, shawn! the family photo is just gorgeous! glad you’re back home.

Karen - February 3, 2011 - 2:53 pm

Another awesome collection!

Jessica - February 6, 2011 - 10:08 pm

Very cute.

Shara - February 6, 2011 - 10:13 pm

Absolutely gorgeous! I love the one of Lil Man smiling. The family shot brought tears to my eyes immediately; it’s beautiful. You guys look too perfect to be real, like you should come in a picture frame from the store.

Muggie - February 6, 2011 - 10:20 pm

These photos are truly awesome! Capturing these earliest moments of babyhood (and parenthood!) are priceless, and you have done it with a loving eye. You have shared so beautifully with us the miracle of love. I am beyond thankful for these images….you have given us a treasure.

Sandy - February 6, 2011 - 10:25 pm

WOW!! I never knew newborn pictures could be so expressive! The one with the little smile is a prize winner for sure! Thank you for your obvious patience and attention to detail.

Jay Navarrete - February 6, 2011 - 11:06 pm

Great pics, Rasa. Beautiful family!

Kimberly - February 6, 2011 - 11:41 pm

These are BEAUTIFUL I love them

Lauren - February 7, 2011 - 12:26 am

Your pictures are beautiful. Great family pic. I love the second picture. He is so sweet!

Jon & Becky - February 7, 2011 - 12:43 am

The Annie Leibovitz of baby photography! John and Yoko + one. Stunning and miraculous…What a kid!

Ashley Rader - February 7, 2011 - 4:35 am

These are beautiful. They literally brought a tear to my eye and the one of him smiling is amazing.

Gail - February 7, 2011 - 10:17 am

Rasa… Matt …ETHAN Im in love! cant wait for Friday! Fabulous Photography! Omg precious Baby Boy

Julie Long - February 7, 2011 - 11:16 am

Oh those are so beautiful! Those pictures of sweet Ethan were Amazing. You captured perfectly the Dusa family. They are so loving and unique and it justs flows out of that family photo. Thank you for sharing:) The Longs

Aunt Kathy - February 7, 2011 - 12:11 pm

The photo of the Dusa family is sooo beautiful, not only does it bring a smile to my face but a tear to my eye. Little Ethan is so precious, love the chin. The photos make me long to hold and cuddle your little bundle of JOY. Thanks for sharing your photos!!

Lynn - February 7, 2011 - 6:39 pm

Oh!! These are amazingly beautiful. You all look like models. So much love in the family photo – perfection. I love the second photo of Ethan – precious.

Garry Pennington aka Pugga - February 7, 2011 - 7:42 pm

these are just beautiful and Granna added precious

Bev Ritchey (Auntie Bevie) - February 9, 2011 - 2:48 pm

Oh man is he ever the most beautiful baby – what a beautiful family. Thank you for sharing the pretty pictures!!!!

Lisa - February 9, 2011 - 4:31 pm

What stunning photos! Matt, Rasa and baby Ethan you are a beautiful family! Very precious!

Sarah - February 9, 2011 - 8:11 pm

What a little doll he is! You are going to love having these around for years to come! Great job by all- and congratulations again!

Carissa Dusa - February 9, 2011 - 11:00 pm

So sweet! I love the picture of the 3 of you, so sweet! Hes a handsome little guy

Ted W - February 11, 2011 - 8:37 am

Marvelous photos, precious subjects! And I love the so-natural, tender family pose. – And you certainly see here the difference between professional photographic art and home snapshots!

SHanelle - March 22, 2012 - 1:58 am


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