“How is she?” Maura asked as her husband met their baby girl for the first time.
“She’s wonderful,” Heinz said as tears filled his eyes. He’d always wanted a girl.
He nestled his face into 4 pounds of perfection and whispered his first words to her in Swiss German. Heinz speaks only his first language to their son too, Maura explained. A job brought him to the U.S. from Switzerland in 2008. Soon after, he met and fell in love with Maura. In 2013, I photographed their wedding in downtown Milwaukee amidst family and friends from around the globe. They then had their first child, a boy, and now it was time to meet their daughter.
“The last time I was this nervous, I was standing in the stairway waiting to see Maura,” Heinz said as he and I waited in the hospital hallway just minutes before Maura’s c-section. Heinz wiped his eyes when he saw his bride for the first time on their wedding day. As he paced back and forth ready to meet his second child, the tears came once again.
Thank you! Never have more understated words been spoken. We can’t express enough our most sincere gratitude for having you with us today. Your company this morning helped ease my anxious and nervous mind. Your talent in photography will be a lifelong gift to our children and family forever. The photo of Heinz looking at his baby sister reduced my husband to tears when he saw it. That moment, forever captured our most important blessings — the two children. These are more than pictures. These are moments of the most wonderful experiences forever preserved.
A special thank you to the doctors, nurses and staff at St. Joseph Hospital, Milwaukee, for allowing and welcoming my presence. Most of all, thank you Maura and Heinz for trusting me once again. <3 These photos truly are moments of love I will never forget.
After the baby was born, Maura and Heinz FaceTimed with family in Switzerland ~ it was amazing to see people halfway around the world meet this sweet little girl.