Oh wow, I’m crying like a baby…. these pictures are so priceless – and you did a wonderful job capturing the love. So so so sad, but what an amazing way to be able to share your talents with this family.
I am sitting here with tears rolling down my face. My heart breaks for this family, but these photographs show so much emotion with even knowing the story behind it. Great job capturing this moment for this family. I can see the love and strength in their eyes, I prat that God brings them the comfort they need right now.
Comment by Keri D'Agostino — November 17, 2010 @ 1:54 pm
I’m officially bawling my eyes out. My heart goes out to this sweet family. I think you captured some of the most beautiful memories and tender moments between this family.
Oh this is heartbreaking!!! I can’t even imagine as a parent myself – how you would handle this. My prayers are for this sweet family and bless his little heart, he is now home and in no more pain. What a wonderful memory you have made for them Katie!!!
Comment by Amy Smith — November 17, 2010 @ 2:41 pm
I will be praying for this amazing, beautiful family. What an awesome thing to be able to capture priceless memories for them.
Good Job Katie… I’m so glad that this family had the chance to capture this moment to freeze in time. And to have just the perfect photographer to do it for them. God Bless this family and count our blessings for every moment we have to be with our loved ones. The best thing about being a photographer is that we get to use our camera as a journal and keep our memories alive.
Oh Kate. I’ve done so many sessions like this you’d think I’d be stronger but tears are just streaming out of my eyes! I’m SO glad you were able to give them their family of four portraits before Rex passed away… what a blessing and how great that they thought to make time for it… they will always treasure them. Prayers to this family today!
been crying for hours now. I have never met this family but know what it is like to loose someone so close. I can’t even imagine loosing a child. The least I can do is pray for them and make a donation. My thoughts will be with this family.
Comment by brooke Vanausdal — November 17, 2010 @ 4:01 pm
My prayers go out to this family. God bless them. What an amazing thing to have such beautiful memories presented in these photos.
Well I didnt expect to have a cry fest this morning. What a BEAUTIFUL boy. It is times like this that we are able to see the importance of our jobs as photographers. I am sure that these photos will be cherished forever. My heart goes out to this cute family.
Amazing pictures and amazing little boy to hang in there to meet his sister. I cannot imagine having this happen, but they will have your precious images to hang in their home to keep these memories and to show sis how much her brother loved her. I am a firm believer in making time to take pics….So proud that this family did. Great job capturing these precious memories.
Oh Katie, what a wonderful treasure you created for this family. I have been watching Rex’s website for quite some time. Our hearts ache for Rex’s parents, grandparents and extended family, but he is now surrounded by glory and perfect beings. The picture where Rex and Anna are laying together, his eyes are closed and her’s are open, looks like she is communicating with the man upstairs and preparing Rex at the same time! Priceless
I am crying! You are so sweet to capture these beautiful pics for this family. Your job is so rewarding. I don’t know how you can edit these without crying your eyes out. I love the ones of both of them in white.
The family will treasure these photos forever. This should be a moment of great happiness for them with their newborn daughter and yet they´ll have to deal with the loss of their precious son at the same time.
Oh, I am crying my eyes out right now! So amazing to have those photos of him holding his sister and the ones where they were all dressed in white…GOSH! What an amazing gift you were able to give them!
Comment by McKenzie Wheeler — November 17, 2010 @ 9:12 pm
There simply are not words to describe our gratitude for preserving these tender memories for our family! Our hearts are broken, but we have these precious pictures to preserve his memory. You are the most gifted photographer…and have provided our family the most treasured gift! Our deepest thanks for this truly remarkable gift! We love you!
Comment by Shauna Russell — November 17, 2010 @ 10:22 pm
I am in complete awe of these photos Kate. Thank you for sharing these! My eyes are filled with tears for this sweet family…What a little angel he obviously was and I’m sure he blessed their lives incredibly!! The pictures of the two kids together dressed in white are just perfect….What perfect memories to have forever! Again, thank you for sharing. And to the family, even though I don’t know you, your family will be in our prayers!!
Comment by Cortnie Bigelow — November 18, 2010 @ 12:49 am
What a wonderful gift you have given this amazing family. Their strength through this horrible trial has been amazing. These pictures will be cherished by them forever. Rex was a fighter and I’m so happy he got to meet his sister. My heart is broken for this beautiful family.
I never cry, but I am crying now. This is so sad:-( My heart breaks for this family and I will keep them in my prayers. The photos are beautiful and it is so wonderful that you were able to capture the love he has for his little sister.
I never cry, but I am crying now. This is so sad:-( My heart is breaking for this family and I will keep them in my thoughts and prayers. The photos are so beautiful too, and it is so wonderful that you were able to capture the love he has for his sister.
I never cry, but I am crying now. This is so sad:-( My heart breaks for this family, and I will keep them in my thoughts and prayers. The photos are so beautiful too, and it is so wonderful that you had the chance to capture the love that he has for his sister.
Oh my. I could look at these photos all night. They are such an enormous reminder of how extremely precious life is. To lose a loved one is heart-breaking, but to lose a loved one so soon and so young, is unfathomable.
My heart goes out to them completely. You did an amazing job.
What a touching story. Thank you for sharing. This is why we are photographers; capturing moments in life that can’t be expressed through words. What a blessing you were able to give them. My thoughts and prayers will be with this sweet family.
[...] so sad | peekaboophotos.com Our hearts are broken, but we have these precious pictures to preserve his memory. You are the most gifted photographer…and have provided our family the most treasured gift! Our deepest thanks for this truly remarkable gift [...]
What a story of great sadness but also tremendous inspiration. Most any of our issues seem pitifully tiny in comparison to what has gone on with this child and family.
How can a little boy fight such a fight so young, or understand that pain and suffering? And for the parents to watch their child go through it and not be able to take it away.
You are all heros, plain and simple. To have one child leave you as another miracle of life enters your life….two extremes at the same time. The best and worst for any parent.
Anna will know her brother forever because of these photos, done so beautifully. They will always mean so much…the brother she barely met and never knew…but you can almost feel them touching just in the photos. She will have those moments with him all her life now.
Truly, our prayers and love do go out to all of you. And especially brave little Rex, whose pain and weariness are over. We pray his parents can remember his strong soul and brightness, and it will help ease their sorrow in the months and yeas to come. Even though you may know us, hundreds if not thousands–stand still when we heard and saw your story. Thanks to all of you for sharing such a sacred moment.
Heart is broken for this family. Can’t get them off my mind. I just can’t imagine how difficult this journey will be for them with their new life without their sweet Rex. Prayed so much for them this week and hope they are blessed with wonderful friends who overfill their lives with love right now.
When I look at your site, I always scroll to the bottom and work my way up from the last post I read…so this post really caught me off guard this morning. My heart is breaking for this family. What a very special and brave little boy. With three children of my own, I just can’t even imagine what this family is going through. I pray they are brought much strength through their journey of finding peace again. What a priceless gift of photos and memories you were able to give them Kate.
My heart breaks for this family – but for them to have these images of their son and daughter together is the most amazing gift you could have given them – what tender moments you captured. I am sure, when this little girl grows up….she will cherish these more than words can even express. I know I would. What an honor you have been given. Beautiful images and beautiful family. Off to dry my face!
This post left me in tears. What a sweet little boy. My heart goes out to his family. I’m so happy they had the opportunity to do these pictures with you. Those two black and whites of big bro and little sis laying together are just absolutely STUNNING. I’m certain they will truly cherish these photos.
My heart goes out to this young family. Love and prayers for them all
Comment by Phyllis Godwin — November 18, 2010 @ 7:39 pm
Wow, I can not even begin to imagine this family’s heartbreak. My prayer for them is that they will find peace and his memory will live on. Beautiful job capturing these moments they will cherish forever. I would have been in tears the whole time!
Comment by Angela Healy — November 18, 2010 @ 8:07 pm
I’m just going to say “Ditto” to all the wonderful comments already posted. My heart goes out to this family, they are in my prayers.
I’m in absolute tears right now. This poor sweet family. My prayers are with them at this time. What a testament to your profession. This family will treasure these images for a lifetime. The love Rex expresses for his sister is so apparent through these images.
Katie, Thanks for using your God-given talents to help us see how precious life is.
Comment by Wayne DeVincent — November 18, 2010 @ 9:52 pm
Wow…I could not even imagine!! This has brought tears to my eyes. What a hansome little man and a beautiful little girl. My prayers go out to the family!! Just remember you will always have your little angel watching over your family.
Comment by Kerri Batze — November 18, 2010 @ 10:14 pm
I look at your blog regularly, but don’t usually comment, but I had to on this one! I have to say what an amazing family. I don’t know them but they will be in my thoughts and prayers! What an honor for them to ask you to do these for them! They are amazing and I know they will cherish these forever. I went to their blog and read what has been going on and I am bawling. So sad. Amazing work you did for an amazing family.
These are my neighbors. I offered to do their photos as well and was so happy to know that they had this need met. Thank you for this beautiful gift, not only to them, but to all of us who can view them. Thank you.
What a heart wrenching post. I too am filled with such sadness and at the thoughts of what this family has gone through. What an amazing instrument of God you are to have been there to create these keepsakes for this beautiful family. I pray for God’s peace and comfort for them.
tears are pouring….i pray that this family feels the sweet all sustaining comfort that only God can provide in times such as these. My two boy are almost the exact same ages as their little ones. my heart aches for them.
Comment by Casey Cashell — November 19, 2010 @ 2:55 am
My heart is breaking for this family. You did a beautiful job capturing the love they have for each other. He is so darling.
HUGE tears running down my face right now, ugh, can’t take it…. I know the pain all to well of losing someone, my heart goes out to them, and I pray that God will give them the strength to to get through this. Kate you captured some beautiful pics of them, the one’s of him with his baby sister are PRICELESS, AMAZING!
Oh Kate, I am sitting here wondering what to say. I am so sad for them. I can’t imagine watching a healthy child just wither away. And I am so sorry for you. I know you love them and are probably beside yourself. As for the pictures, they are priceless. I can’t get over the one that Anna is looking at Rex. I am not sure if his eyes are closed or if he is looking at her, but either way it is amazingly perfect. Both so close to the other side. You gave them little pieces of their heart in perfect pictures for the last time and you did such a beautiful job.
Just last month a baby girl I photograph passed away from open heart surgery. Totally unexpected. She just wasn’t strong enough. 8 months old. My heart breaks for this family. You did an amazing job capturing what little time he had with his baby sister. Beautiful!
My heart goes out to this beautiful family. I am so happy that they were able to capture these memories. How a picture will tell a story of a million words, these pictures will always be there for great memories. My thoughts and prayers to the family.
Comment by Sabrina Jackson — November 19, 2010 @ 4:50 pm
What a beautiful family. I have two little ones the same genders and ages as theirs and so this breaks my heart-I can’t even imagine! The picture of Rex holding his moms hand is so sweet, just exactly how she’ll want to remember his little hand in hers. I also love the ones of rex and baby sister in white..Both so very close to heaven. Very emotional and beautiful pictures, thanks for sharing. My heart goes out to this sweet family.
I’m so very sorry for your loss. I love your beautiful touching pictures. What a blessing you have to be able to spend time and get to know your sweet blessing. Your family will be in my thougths and prayers. Know your sweet boy is in God’s loving arms and he not in any more pain. (((Much hugs)). What a blessing to have so many beautiful memories. My heart is broken for you family. What a beautiful family.
I cried so much. This family is so courageous and I pray for them. You captured wonderful moments that little Anna will also be able to look at when she is older. I love all the photos but especially the one where they are all together and they are watching little Anna sleeping. To me, this photo is saying that little Anna can now take her nap because she was just in her big brother’s arms who made it all okay and for her not to worry.
I am so sorry for your loss which is way to farmiliar to me. Our first grandson was a premie with many health issues. He died at the age of 6 when his baby brother was only 3 weeks old. Keith also died of a brain tumor. My prayers for you and your family.. please contact me if you’d like. I’m sure my daughter-in-law would be happy to talk with you also.
Speechless at how beautifully you captured this sweet family. I know they will treasure these images forever. My heart aches for them. No parent should have to endure the loss of a child. Praying comfort over them during this most difficult of times.
We sit here holding our son in tears over your story and cannot imagine your loss. What a gift for you new little one to meet her brave big brother and be able to capture those timeless memories on camera. We offer you the deepest sympathy and our prayers are with your family.
Comment by Hannah Taylor — November 22, 2010 @ 3:51 pm
Wow, these are just amazing images, so full of love! They will cherish these pictures forever, I am so glad you got to capture these!
I can’t stop crying- as a fellow photographer I could only imagine the joy and pain for you all at the same time…beautiful family and may God be with them. Little Rex will forever be his sister’s angel watching over her.
This family was blessed to have had you capture these precious moments in their beautiful children’s lives…. These will be the memories this little girl grows up having of her big brother and angel in heaven!!! God Bless this beautiful family and I pray for the handsome soul of little Rex!!
Comment by Sandra Deckelman — November 23, 2010 @ 6:51 pm
My heart goes out to this family. I am still in tears from reading the story of Rex’s family and taking a looking at these amazing photos. My thoughts and prayers are with the family. What amazing photo’s for the family to have, you have given mom, dad and baby a gift that will last a life time.
Comment by Maria Lucas — November 23, 2010 @ 6:52 pm
What awesome memories you have given to this family. I can’t even imagine. I really like your work…this story made me cry.
I am bauling my eyes out too. I have to remember that the things I am dealing with in life is nothing in comparison to losing a dear child. I pray that this family will feel peace and love at this very difficult time. What a great job you did capturing such special moments for them.
I am too bawling my eyes out!!! Beautiful family! i love them in white. that got me the most.
Comment by katrina witt — November 24, 2010 @ 6:49 pm
As a mother to my own 3 year old (who is only 2 months younger than Rex), I cannot even imagine the heartache. I literally was bawling and sobbing through these pictures as well as following their story. My heart goes out to his family. This makes me want to squeeze my own son a little tighter tonight. I’m so glad they were able to get some beautiful pictures with their family before his sweet spirit was welcomed back to heaven.
Steph is one of my dear friends. These pictures will be a big part of their family forever! Thanks for taking them!
Comment by Elisa Sandgren — November 29, 2010 @ 5:01 am
Lovely pictures. I am glad you were able to help them remember Rex through these awesome pictures. I’m sure his baby sister will forever cherish these when she gets older. My heart goes out to the beautiful family.
I had to comment!! I can’t even imagine what that family is going through….I’m sure they will hold on to these pictures for the rest of their lives!! Your work is amazing…I found you through Snazzie Drawers.
Somehow I overlooked the posts around this time. I am utterly teary and heartbroken! I looked at the photos more intimately and saw the little angel in Rex as he looked at his sister with love, especially in his white suit! I truly believe that little Anna has been appointed a special guardian angel for the rest of her days. And to mom and dad, I pray for you from the bottom of my heart. I hope you find the strength and peace to keep Rex alive…through stories, videos and photos (thanks to peekaboo). May God bless you now and forever.
I stumbled across your work on youtube, actually. (On how to pose a baby with their chin in their hands….which was fantastic, btw)
And just read this story….oh my!! I’m no crier, but this had me in tears. What a beautiful, priceless moment to capture photos of this sweet family together for just a little longer.
The picture of the brother and sisters hands together puts a lump in my throat, it’s just beautiful!
A price tag couldn’t be put on a session like this. Simply beautiful. <3
I will be praying for this precious family!!