• It’s been awhile…

    It’s been awhile since I’ve shared on the space. I’ve missed you, but sometimes we just need some time to breathe. It was that time here.

    But, now it’s a new month and September 1st feels like the right time to begin blogging again and share where I’ve been.

    You see, September brings a wide range of emotions in the world of Beryl and Be Young Photography. On this day, two years ago, we received a devastating blow in our world.  Today was the day we were delivered the news at our 20 week sonogram that our first baby, Bella, was sick. Really really sick. It makes me sick just thinking about it.

    11 days later she was gone.

    And even though the passage of time has lessened the hurt and the pain, September will just never ever be the same.

    I love more strongly because of her.

    I hurt more deeply because of her.

    I embrace each moment tighter because of her.

    I found the true meaning of passion because of her.

    And the only reason Be Young Photography even exists is all because of her.

    For a long time I tried to pretend like I could run a business focused on photographing families and teaching moms about their camera while also honoring my unborn daughter that died. I wanted to house it all here. Sharing the excitement that comes with capturing photos of a happy family in the same place that I was sharing my heartache, empathy, and hope for those dealing with a loss that is impossible to imagine if you’ve never walked in our shoes.

    This month I realized that it just isn’t possible.

    Things needed to change.

    Enter the Illuminate website.

    A labor of love all in honor of our Bella and a place for my heart to continue to grieve along with the women who know this journey as I do. A place for them to come find support and learn a new way to heal their heart. I created this website in a weekend. I locked myself in a bedroom for 3 hours, tears spilling on the keyboard, writing Bella’s story from start to end.

    It’s raw.

    It’s emotional.

    It’s the honest account of Bella and her legacy.

    And it’s been taking up so much more of my time than I envisioned. So I’d love it if you’d stop by and try to understand the journey that started this all and brought Be Young Photography to the place it is today.

    CLICK HERE to go to Illuminate.

    And if you are so moved, come follow along with this new venture on FACEBOOK.

    But, the story doesn’t end here. And this space is now dedicated solely to the photos, tips, tricks, and teachings I know were meant to be housed here.

    Family Friday will return tomorrow.

    Like I said September brings a range of emotions and one of those is pure and utter joy.

    Because our Brielle also celebrates her birthday this month. And it’s hard to believe in just a few short weeks she’ll be turning ONE!

    Time sure is flying by.

    And it’s time to make the most of the range of emotions September will bring.


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    MelissaSeptember 2, 2011 - 7:00 am

    Hey B –

    I just read Bella’s story and I was so moved, and also a bit angry at your doctors. I want to shout at them. Maybe they are worn down by the number of “cases” they see, but they should remember that they are in the business of healing PEOPLE, actual PEOPLE. And words can cut just as deep as wounds. News this difficult should never be delivered so coldly. I’m sorry you had to go through that.

    You are such a strong person Beryl and I admire your willingness to share and inspire. I’m happy to know you.


    KerriSeptember 2, 2011 - 2:36 pm

    Thanks SO much for sharing your story and for sharing all of your photography knowledge. I feel so honored to have met you, learned from you, and become friends with you. Looking forward to watching all the I know Illuminate will grow to become! Wonderful job, my friend!!

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