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Rainbow Babies | Denver Family Photographer

Learn what a rainbow baby is and hear an inspiring, heartbreaking and joyful story from one of our amazing clients.

By: Megan Elvrum | Studio Manager & Rachael Klos | Dear Client and Friend

Working at Bloom Portraits, I’ve been blessed to be apart of many families’ stories. I’ve been able to photograph them, write about them and share them with you! I’ve witnessed so much excitement and love that it fills up my heart and I feel apart of so many families.

But not everything can be perfect and because of that, I think it is important to share the struggles we all go through as well. Sharing helps us heal, remember and encourage others. I do it on my personal blog and our client Rachael does it on hers.

What is a rainbow baby?

A rainbow baby is a baby born shortly after the loss of a previous baby due to miscarriage, stillbirth or death in infancy. The name Rainbow Baby is given to these special babies because a rainbow always follows a storm, giving us hope.

Here is Rachael’s story:

Our daughter, Phoebe, was born in June of 2011 and everyone was happy and healthy. We took EVERYTHING for granted, because people like us just don’t have anything but healthy babies, right?!  We all lived the first 2.5 years of Phoebe’s life in blissful ignorance.

Our first son, Henry, was conceived in the summer of 2013 and we found out that December (at our 20 week ultrasound) that he had Gastroschisis. Henry’s abdomen didn’t fully close in utero and some of his intestines would be outside his body at birth. We were prepared for a short NICU stay while Henry recovered from surgery to repair his intestines and learn how to eat and digest. But when Henry was born on April 3, 2014, 90% of his intestines had already died. Most of his gut was immediately removed in an emergency surgery moments after his birth. Henry’s reality was suddenly vastly different than that for which doctors had prepared us.

Our lives were completely and irrevocably changed in an instant.

In our 3.5 months in the NICU, it was slowly determined that Henry’s body couldn’t handle anything but his IV nutrition – my milk and a variety of special formulas were all harmful to Henry’s compromised system.  It was determined that there would never be any “fix” to Henry’s body; he would always live his life with the help of machines. So ultimately, with much support from his medical team, we chose quality of life over quantity of days for Henry.  Instead of putting him through scary surgeries and painful procedures in order to get just a little bit more time with him, our goal was to get Henry home and show him the world. We were positive that Henry would have wanted the same.

We transitioned home with support from an incredible palliative care company and we became Henry’s full time nurses. We lived the next 6 months with a passion to experience all that we could for Henry – we didn’t know how long we’d have with him, so we lived as if each day could be his last.

In September of 2014, we had an epic Superman party at our home. Friends, family and neighbors joined us and we had an incredible celebration of Henry. That night, our magical little soul gifted us with the miracle of our rainbow.  

Soon after, we discovered that we were pregnant again.  Our blessings continued, right along with our incredible sorrows and the worst possible fears.  As the health of Henry’s body continued to decline, we were faced with the impossible truth:  we must prepare to welcome another beautiful child of ours while simultaneously saying our final goodbye to our precious baby boy.

In the early hours of January 18th, 2015, while cradled in his daddy and mama’s arms at home, Henry’s magical soul slipped away from his broken body.  And the single thing that kept my heart beating when Henry’s stopped, was the fact that I was carrying his gift to us.  I knew in my heart that Henry was watching over our rainbow baby and that I must carry on for our family.  

Four and a half months after his big brother left our arms forever, our perfect little rainbow, Truman, was born into them.  While we miss Henry with all that we are, we give thanks every day for the joy that was reborn into our family with our rainbow baby’s healthy arrival.  We will live the rest of our lives with our painful grief, but the love and light that Truman has brought with him has literally saved us.

Sharing Henry’s magic with the world helps me to feel closer to him. It’s one of the only ways that I can parent my son and therefore it is incredibly important to my life. I welcome you to spend some time on my blog, and learn more about the beautifully heartbreaking story of my little family: http://thelittlestklos.blogspot.com/

Summer is here! | Denver Family Photographer

Summer is here and we are so excited to be getting outside with our clients!

One of our favorite and most classic places to go is Cheeseman Park! Dress it up and let’s create some memories that will last a lifetime!

Denver | 303-825-1974

Cheesman Park Maternity Session | Denver Maternity Photographer

You’re about to embark on a new chapter in your life so why not capture these peaceful moments at home before your life gets turned upside down. This amazing couple chose to have their photoshoot at their house and up the street at Cheeseman Park and it was beautiful! We can wait to meet the little one in a few weeks!

Are you ready to bring a little life into the world…or two…or three?! Give us a call today to start creating memories for your growing family!

Denver | 303-825-1974 |

 

Denver Botanic Gardens Photo Booth | Denver Family Photgrapher

SCHOOL’S OUT FOR SUMMER!!!!

Looking for something fun to do with the kiddos during the week? Why not join us at the Denver Botanic Gardens for one of their FREE summer days!

We will be at the Denver Botanic Gardens on Wednesday June 14th from 9am to 12pm with our photo booth! Come join us for some fun, flowers and photos!

We hope to see you there!

Father’s Day Limited Edition Event Inspiration

Ever wonder how we come up with ideas for our Limited Edition Events? Well here is a sneak peak into what we have cooking up for our Father’s Day Limited Edition Event!

For Mother’s Day we went ULTRA floral! For our Dad’s we are going the exact opposite! Think rustic living room. Large deep brown leather couch. On the floor a cows hide rug and the backdrop a dark grey wood pattern.

How to dress: For this set, we’d love if you dads went all out. Give us some fun button down shirts, cool socks and maybe a hat or a bow tie! For the kiddos? Same thing! Dress those boys to the nines and give your little girl a fancy dress and hair-do.

Ready to sign up?! Just fill out the form below and we will get you into the last view spots.

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Why you should capture your proposal | Denver Engagment Photographer

So you are about to surprise your special someone with a proposal of marriage. You are nervous, you are excited and you want it to be a big surprise. We got you. Here are four reasons why you should capture this all on camera!

Engagement Photography

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1. It’s a surprise. When else do you ever get to surprise someone? Truly surprise them? Capturing that in a photo for them to remember for a lifetime will earn you even more brownie points. Plus it will be something you can look back on because proposals are always a haze of happiness!

2. Great save the dates. Now that you have photos of the magic happening and a more formal portrait after, your save the dates are done! Mark one thing off the mile long wedding to-do list!

Denver Engagement Photography

Denver Engagement Photography

3. The wedding slide show. What more perfect way to ensue awwww’s and tears than sharing these priceless pictures?

4. A family heirloom. One year or your 50th anniversary, you will always look back and smile at the happiness you had on the day you decided to share your lives together!

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Would you want someone one to capture this moment for you? Let us know in the comments below. Now what are you waiting for? You have the ring, you have the plan…now get it captured!

Denver | 303-825-1974 |

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Red Rocks Kiddos | Denver Children Photographer

You can’t get any more Colorado than Red Rocks! There is always a different place to photograph a session so you can go there many times and it look different. You can get your Colorado without the cookie cutter!

Let’s go hang out and have fun. Red Rocks is only a short drive outside of Denver. The distance is nothing compared to the memories that can be captured in the epic landscape!

Denver | 303-825-1974 |

Creating An Heirloom | Denver Children Photographer

My favorite part of being a photographer is creating memories that families can cherish and pass down for years to come. So when M asked if I could help her recreate a third generation photo shoot I was so excited! It was made even better when the little guy was soooooo happy, smiling and giggled out loud! I couldn’t help but LOL myself!

You can see one of M’s framed pieces below and the new photos above! Isn’t this a beautiful treasure?!

Let us help you create life long memories today!

Denver | 303-825-1974 |

Welcome to the club! | Denver Newborn Photographer

Welcome to the world little one! We are so excited to have one of our favorite families back again for a second of our Tiny Sprouts Plan!

Want to have your family join our family?! We’d love to have you! Give us a call today and let’s make some memories together!

Denver | 303-825-1974|