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“My Sleeping Angel,” (Lompoc, Santa Barbara Co., California). Digital Image. Photographed by Elizabeth O’Neal, June 14, 2006.

If my house was on fire, and I could only save one photograph, this would be the one for which I would risk life and limb to resuce.

My beautiful daughter was exactly 2 weeks old, and she was tuckered out from taking her very first bath. I needed a photo for her birth announcements and thought this the perfect time to try to snap some shots. After a little image editing, the above photo was the end result.

This photo has become so special and personal to me that I was, at first, reluctant to share it in this forum. I haven’t yet talked about my struggle with infertility here on my blog, but I suppose that I will someday since I know there are many women out there who suffer with the same condition that I do.

But for now, suffice it to say that it was very difficult for me to get – and stay – pregnant, and seeing our daughter born perfect and healthy was nothing short of a miracle to us.

She’s two years old now… but she’ll always be the sweet angel in this picture to me.

Copyright © 2008 by Elizabeth O’Neal

Elizabeth is a genealogy and family history researcher, writer, and consultant. She is easily bribed with coffee and chocolate chip cookies.

6 Comments

  1. Beautiful! Absolutely. Beautiful. She took my breath away. Thank you for sharing her with us.

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  2. Gorgeous! I would say that Anne Geddes has some competition here! You take great photos – and having a precious subject like that – well, how could you not take a great photo!

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  3. E~

    This photo – and your post – literally has made me weep from the flood of emotions.

    It is no wonder I count you among my blessings.

    Cindy

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  4. So precious!

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  5. Thank you ALL for your kind words. You make me glad I decided to share this precious memory. It was just one of those moments where all the photographic “planets” line up perfectly, and the result is omething truly special.

    Anne Geddes? I wish! I have a book of her photos on my coffee table, and my daughter loves to look at all the babies. Hard to believe she was once that small.

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  6. Elizabeth,
    A beautiful princess. The photo is a masterpiece.

    Sheri Fenley

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