Babies William & Reagan ~ 4 days new | Northwest Ohio Newborn Lifestyle Photographer

Life is just not fair sometimes.  A lot of the time.  I’ll never understand God’s plan and why he takes the ones he does, and when he takes them.

I received a phone call out of the blue, the Sunday before Christmas, asking if I was at all available to squeeze in a last minute newborn session, for twins.  She realized it was right before Christmas, and that it was very last minute.  And me on the other line, I’m thinking how I just had to turn away three other newborn sessions who hadn’t previously booked with me, but had contacted me last minute.  But this was different.  I listened as the friend of Mom explained to me that one of the twins, William, was a miracle.  Mom and Dad were told around her 20 week ultrasound, that William’s heart hadn’t fully developed, and that he would most likely be stillborn; his prognosis was bleak.  Their little girl, Reagan, was perfect.  As heart wrenching as that news was, and I could never imagine the ache in my heart that Mom and Dad must still feel, I can’t imagine carrying out the rest of my pregnancy knowing only one of my children, that I tried for two years for, after IVF treatments, would not come out crying as his little sister would.  I would have been a wreck.

God does work in mysterious ways, and although we may not understand him, we have to try to.  William was not stillborn, but instead, got to go home with hospice care, and get to know his Mommy and Daddy.  Got to meet his fur siblings.  And got to know his sister outside of the womb.  William was beautiful (they both are).  He looked absolutely perfect.  Perhaps that’s why it’s that much harder, because he looked like perfection.  Beautiful, big eyes, perfect little features, ten adorable piggies, and soft, strawberry blondish hair.  As I photographed them, I felt like I was in a daze on and off, just staring at him, not comprehending what was to come.  Life is not fair, kept replaying over and over in my head, as I snapped away.  As he stared with wide eyes for most of the session, and as Reagan snoozed away.  As if he was just taking it all in <3

My heart breaks for this family.  Some of the kindest people I’ve met, by the way.  And by far, some of the strongest.  Tears didn’t flow until the very end as I packed up.  I really just wanted to stay and hold little William.  A lot of my clients I get to see again for a one year session, or a family session, and knowing I would never see this beautiful boy again, broke my heart.  William passed away 11 days after he was born, in his parents arms.  So again, as unfair as this all seems, I’m so warmed by the fact that Mom and Dad were able to spend those 11 days with their precious babies together.  And I know little Reagan has a beautiful angel to always watch over her.  Rest in heaven, sweet boy <3

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January 3, 2017 - 4:54 pm

Wendy - Simply beautiful! They will treasure those forever. I m glad you were ” called ” to shoot these Angels. Thank you for sharing !

January 6, 2017 - 6:15 am

Mylahsmom - Simply beautiful! God does work in mysterious ways and HE places individuals on the paths that he designed, though we may never understand the “why”. William was here but for a moment, now thanks to you a glimpse of his moment is captured forever. Wonderful work and thank you for not denying this family those precious memories.

January 8, 2017 - 6:49 pm

Anneke - These are beautiful photos and gorgeous babies. I shed tears for these parents as I can only imagine the heartbreak they’ve been through. Best wishes and love to all of you. Keep taking fantastic pictures, Lindsey.

January 11, 2017 - 7:22 pm

Beautiful photos capture final moments of newborn who lived for 11 days - […] Lindsey Brown, a professional photographer, heard about the family’s limited time together and squeezed in a last-minute newborn session. […]

January 11, 2017 - 10:00 pm

Suzanne Bailey - As I read the story my eyes started to fill with tears, and then I realized that this beautiful boy was with our Lord. All-though unfair, unbearable, and heartbreaking, he has a plan for us all. The lord needed William, and against all odds or the miracle of God, William got to breath in this world and spend sometime with his parents, sister, and fur-babies. And you got to take some forever memories for the family to forever cherish of their stunning son William. I am so sorry to this beautiful family. Prayers are with you. I am a photographer myself, and I would have done the same, so that they could have the beautiful memories you gave them.

God saw you getting tired, a cure not meant to be. So he put his arms around you and whispered, “Come with me.” With tearful eyes we watched you and saw you fade away, although we loved you dearly, we could not make you stay. A golden heart stopped beating, your tender hands at rest. God took you home to prove to us he only takes the best.

January 12, 2017 - 6:27 am

Andrea - You are an amazing photographer! You have master captured a very precious few moments of this family’s lives that they will cherish and remember for always! Very beautifully done. That sweet little Williams eyes though! I just fall into them and can feel his soul! Thank you AND this family for sharing such a treasured moment, and God bless you all. Thank You Lord for the special treasured gift of life, here and after. Rest in peace little angel. <3

January 12, 2017 - 2:10 pm

Liza Herbst - All I want to share is that I do believe in ‘ANGELS’ ….and your little one are amongst all others!! One day….you’ll have your wings too!! ♥

January 13, 2017 - 6:56 am

Linda - Wow! Those are just amazing photos. You are so talented. I am so happy you were able to do this shoot – the photos truly are going to be treasured forever. I found them incredibly moving. William looks like a wise little man! They are beautiful babies and the pictures are just wonderful. I think the story and pictures touched a lot of people’s hearts. I hope they bring some comfort to the parents.

January 13, 2017 - 8:49 am

Sweet Newborn Photos Capture the Devastating Final Moments of 1 Twin's Life | Nifymag.com - […] life, the Brentlingers turned to photographer friend Lindsey Brown, who squeezed them in for a beautiful photo shoot that would give the family memories of William to cherish for years to […]

January 13, 2017 - 10:13 am

Aimee - This story touched me greatly. It is a painful yet joyous reminder that though we may never truly understand why some things happen, it was an absolute gift to experience that beautiful baby for 11 days. Even in the brevity of his time with us, I know William’s life has impacted many. He is certainly in good and loving hands. God bless this family.

January 13, 2017 - 12:07 pm

Chané Steyn - Cannot stop crying, such beautiful pictures and memories that will last a lifetime. Reagan will definatly have a guarding angel for life!!!! ❤❤

January 13, 2017 - 12:14 pm

Karolina - It’s not fear that such a small creature-a little angel was taken away. The pictures show their perfectness. The story made me cry. Life is unfair.
Amazing photos!

January 13, 2017 - 2:34 pm

Faye Garant - What Beautiful Photos of these two beautiful babies. They moved me to tears. What a wonderful way to capture these moments of William before his passing.

January 13, 2017 - 3:56 pm

KAREN CASTEVENS - How beautiful!! What a story and “their story” told in photograph. I am in awe of you and those parents. God bless them. William is beautiful as is Reagan. One day Reagan will understand just how special they both are!! Again, amazing!! Much love and blessings to you and to this family!

January 13, 2017 - 4:04 pm

Nate - Wow! Never have seen such fleeing beauty cause me to cry. How amazing that these souls found each other and left such an indelible mark on one another. May your souls cross paths again.

Thank you for sharing your beautiful family.

January 13, 2017 - 6:50 pm

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January 14, 2017 - 1:54 am

Cyndy - Incredible photographs that brought tears to my eyes! Beautiful images of two children with their parents will live on! God Bless!

January 14, 2017 - 12:34 pm

Megan Hunt - Good Lord..so so precious…No words needed! God Bless!

January 14, 2017 - 2:05 pm

Kathleen - That you for your”calling” and giving this family beautiful memory keepsakes.

January 14, 2017 - 4:03 pm

Elanie Beam - Thank you Lindsey for sharing this beautiful story and you amazing photographs! You were so kind to fit these lovely people into your busy schedule. I’m sending love and prayers to all of you. Like other people have commented, I believe God had special plans for beautiful William. I’m so glad that his parents, sister and family had 11 wonderful days to hold and love him. My brother and his wife experienced a similar situation 21 years ago. A couple months into the pregnancy they were told they were having twins. The whole family was elated. A short time later the doctor told them there was a problem with one of the babies and it would not survive to even be born. So we grieved, but when the 9th month came we had a beautiful new baby boy to love. He’s had several medical issues in his lifetime but believe his sister, now his angel, has been watching over him. He’s now a junior in college and continues to amaze us. Peace and love to all of you!❤

January 14, 2017 - 8:26 pm

V - Beautiful!
Thank You for sharing.
To the parents, I’m praying for your comfort and even more strength. For it took strength to get you through it and come to this point. Thank You for sharing. I hope you will consider becoming an ear and a voice for future parents facing the same. Many need the wisdom you’ve obtained through your journey.
They will be blessed by it.

God Bless You.

January 14, 2017 - 9:16 pm

Gonzaga, Nancy - Hello.
I’m from Brazil and I knew about Reagen & Willian story.
I loved that you went to do this work.
It’s a sad story but it was important for that parents.
Congrats for your big heart and excellent work!
I loved to see all the pics.
Nancy

January 15, 2017 - 4:36 am

Donna - Beautiful, can’t stop crying. Thank you for sharing such a wonderful story. William is their guardian angel now. I’ve experienced a situation 26 yrs ago, however we didn’t get a chance to photograph our daughter when she was born pre-maturely. All we have is a Polaroid that is fading and she passed away 3 days later. She is our guardian angel, God Bless.

January 15, 2017 - 4:57 pm

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January 15, 2017 - 10:01 pm

Roselyn - These pictures are so beautiful. They are so lucky to have you photograph their children. I wish them well and William, RIP.
So much love.
Job well done.

January 15, 2017 - 10:19 pm

joani - What a handsome little man, and a pretty little girl… Sometimes we do wonder why things happen the way they do but in saying that I have no doubt that the little man had issues in his little body that the Lord felt he did not need to suffer with. I also have no doubt that the lives of this precious family have been saved because of this little man. And although the Lord has take him home he is now whole and healed from all and any sickness that would have been painful for him and his family to endure. So he can now rest and sad as it is Mommy and Daddy will take care of his sissy and be at peace knowing now that Sweet baby William is now in the care of his creator and the BEST doctor for him… Thank u Lord for blessing all of us with the photos and for sharing this little guy and his sister with all of us.. I have no doubt his life is being used in to many ways to count.. I will get to meet him one day and hopefully many others that came to know Jesus because of his life.

January 17, 2017 - 1:52 am

Stephanie - Even through eyes that were continuously filled with tears, these are the most beautiful photos, and babies, I have seen. As a mother, and a twin mother, I can’t even begin to imagine how special these moments are for your family. Looking into William’s gentle and soft eyes have so deeply touched my heart – perfection doesn’t begin to describe him. I know he will be the perfect angel to watch over and guide his sister – their bond is even deeper and stronger. Sending love and peace to you all, and know that so many people are keeping you in their prayers xoxo

January 18, 2017 - 2:17 am

Joycelyn - Pretty as doves😇 Blessings to the family with such beautiful memories❤️

January 20, 2017 - 8:18 pm

Christie Oliver - These are some of the most beautiful pictures I have seen, and very thoughtful and loving and sensitive. Beautiful Babies.

January 21, 2017 - 2:51 am

Terri Moore - i was so inspired by this story I wrote a poem called Borrowed Angel… Please share it with William’s parents Thanks

BORROWED ANGEL.
She borrowed an angel from God’s heaven
Quietly he came into this world,
followed by his best friend, his sister; twins
they shared the secret language of babies
across soft pillows and downy blankets.

For eleven days she whispered soft sonnets”
into his tiny ears, his little fingers
ten miracles that formed his hands too weak
to grasp long that what we call “life.”

For eleven days her heart sang to his
tiny heart, beating out of rhythm
lullabies wrapping tight around him
fragile as flowers on a windy day,

His eyes wide and blue. deep and knowing
it seemed; with gentle acceptance of fate
defying all odd sharing his short life
\with his mother, his father, his sister.

An angel only borrowed, still loved by all
leaving behind bouquets of shared moments
frozen;forever captured and arranged in
photographs framed with ribbons of remembrance

This poem was inspired by William who was on loan from God for only 11 days..,

January 23, 2017 - 7:53 pm

Pam - Precious are we, we are precious to laugh, learn, live, and love. Now if we all can keep that in mind: Laugh, learn, live, and Love one and all! Blessed to view such Blessing Photos!

Love by Pam DeMuynck

January 24, 2017 - 11:34 pm

Marilyn - Dear Parents: Being a female fraternal twin of a girl/boy set, I am touched by your story. I send prayers, strength & comfort. God blessed William with life, although brief, as He wanted you to meet, to look into each other eyes, to hear each other’s voices, to learn a bit about each other & to embrace each other, so close, so loving. William felt safeguarded & loved. God tasked William with accompanying Reagan into the world, leaving her in your loving & capable hands. You now have your own angel in heaven. I do as well, a few in fact. Reagan is your angel on earth. William will guard over your family. Be open to the reminders, the emotions, the awareness of William’s presence. William is with the Lord. Stay close to each other and to God, enjoy all that Reagan has to offer. May God abundantly bless you and your family. May He grant you His peace.

January 25, 2017 - 10:11 pm

Geraldine Ragland - To The Photographer And Parents:
These photos are heartfelt, capturing the essence of the hour spent together before physical departure. One of the pictures overwhelmed me to the point where I was inspired to write. I hope you don’t mind.

“Snuggled and surrounded by white
Such a lovely and beautiful Sight
William’s Cap, masculine and Grey
Reagan’s Flower, united to say
I am so happy to know
My Twin is here to show
His everlasting love, bonded with me
His Right Hand Supporting – See
We will always be TOGETHER
In spirit and in heart FOREVER
MOMMY and DADDY as well
Such a BEAUTIFUL story to tell.”

January 25, 2017 - 10:37 pm

Alicia Parish - thanks for sharing

January 27, 2017 - 4:37 am

Caroline - Oh what sweet angels – thanks for sharing. R.I.P. William. So sorry for your loss!

January 27, 2017 - 5:04 am

Brenda Dudley - This is so sad I can’t stop crying even though we know this precious baby is in the arms of Jesus. Yes sometimes we don’t understand why things happen as they do BUT I’m glad that they got sometime with him. Even though a life may last just for a moment but memories can make that moment last forever. Praying for the family.

February 1, 2017 - 6:12 am

Sheila Burchfield - I am praying for you all as you celebrate and grieve for the brief life of your son. I know we don’t understand why things happen the way they do, I am so happy that you were able to be with him and love him.

February 3, 2017 - 7:37 pm

Pamela Lawson DNP, RN - Your twins are so beautiful! What a wonderful gift from heaven.
Love the pictures. Promise to always take care of them and raise them to be respectable children and adults.

February 7, 2017 - 3:15 pm

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February 20, 2017 - 10:26 pm

linda - beautiful story of the twins.

March 7, 2017 - 9:07 pm

Bridget - Baby Will is gonna be his twin’s protector and she should be told about him!

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