The birth of Charlie

After I met Charlie’s parents at their maternity session, I knew that the birth of their baby boy was going to be an event no one would ever forget. Much like their maternity session, the labor and birth were filled with moments of laughter and moments of extreme sadness. All of us in the room got to hear Callie and Stan’s love story — from how they met to their first real date and when they got married (and everything in between). They have a love that most people dream to have — unconditional. And then they worked so hard together to have this baby boy, birth him and snuggle him for his entire life.   These images are a celebration of his labor, his birth, his baptism and up until his last breath.  Sweet Charlie lived 37 minutes.


1 Samuel 1:27–28 “I prayed for this child, and the LORD has granted me what I asked of him. So now I give him to the LORD. For his whole life he will be given over to the LORD.”

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  • Katie Schmid EatonAugust 13, 2014 - 5:12 pm

    Dear Callie and Stan — thank you so much for including me in the birth of your son. Watching the two of you together and your love for one another and your son was beyond inspiring. I pray for your strength daily. Wishing I could be with you on Friday. ReplyCancel

  • Bea Canas SmithAugust 13, 2014 - 7:08 pm

    Thank you. Thank you for capturing their beautiful family, their strength, grace and most of all love. ReplyCancel

  • Julie Johnson OrchidAugust 13, 2014 - 8:35 pm

    Stan and Callie…….What courage. Your love and love you have for Charlie. Pure beauty…….You captured his life and shared. It will always be remembered and the most loving tribute I will ever know……God bless…….ReplyCancel

  • Amanda EcholsAugust 14, 2014 - 2:00 am

    Katie, this is a great service that you provide. I applaud you and all the NILMDS photographers. I know it is not an easy event to witness, but these beautiful pictures mean everything to the parents. These pictures are breathtaking

  • Eddie ColeAugust 14, 2014 - 2:15 am

    What an amazing journey! Charlie, and his remarkable parents have touched all of our lives and we will all be better for it! Thanks for including and inspiring us along the way, Callie and Stan! We love you and are praying for you!

  • Karen CooperAugust 14, 2014 - 2:37 am

    What a beautiful story, Callie, my niece, & Stan are a beautiful couple gave birth to a beautiful son. I will continue to pray for your strength from Our Lord to carry you through this time. see you on Friday.ReplyCancel

  • Melisa DollardAugust 14, 2014 - 5:37 am

    My prayers go out to you and your husband. ♡ ReplyCancel

  • Julia Christine BockAugust 14, 2014 - 5:25 pm

    Yay! Congrats to you both! So fun to see where you are in your life and pray the best for you and your family!ReplyCancel

  • Ashley 'Garrison' HurtAugust 16, 2014 - 3:09 am

    Callie and Stan. What strength and courage to share Charlie’s story, your story, with us. I’ve been forever touched by Charlie’s life and by your love for each other and for him. I grieve with you and pray for comfort as you carry on without your sweet boy. May the God of all peace, hope and joy comfort you tonight and always. My love and prayers. ReplyCancel

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