There is nothing sweeter than a new baby, and it’s so fitting that this little one photographed by Carly Mitchell was born on summer solstice – a perfect celebration of new life.
My favorite unofficial holiday is the summer solstice. I like to spend as much time awake and living on the longest day of the year as possible. I’m not really sure when that became an unwritten rule for myself, but it’s there and i have been quietly disappointed in the past when i’ve unwittingly realized at 9 p.m. that the day is over and I wasted it. Last summer, however, not only was I awake with the sun for the solstice, I was up to help welcome new life into this crazy beautiful world of ours. My sister/best friend checked into the hospital very early that morning and baby Grey Mason, her 4th, was born a little more than 6 hours later. He was truly one of the cutest new babies I’ve ever seen. I couldn’t think of a better way to spend the most amount of daylight of the year. To me, the most special part of the day was watching his two older sisters and older brother meet and immediately fall in love with him.
These photos are part of a year+ long project of documenting Grey, from finding out he’d be a boy to my sister’s last pregnancy to his birth and photos documenting his growth each month since.