Photographing A New Life

The work of Jack Radcliffe was introduced to me by a friend and fellow photographer, Kathleen Hill. I recently had an opportunity to meet Jack at the Light Street Gallery in Baltimore, where we both have work on display. I also got to meet his daughter, Alison who he has photographed from the moment she was born right through adulthood. Meeting them and talking with them inspired me to photograph our new baby when it was a born.

Well, that happened a little sooner than expected. Our new baby was not expected until late November, but decided to make an appearance quite a bit sooner – Patrick was born on October 27. Although we weren’t prepared in general, I was absolutely far from being prepared to start photographing this little guy’s life. In our rush to get to the hospital picking up my camera was the last thing on my mind. Once he was born I started to kick myself that I hadn’t brought my camera with me. And then I remembered that I actually had – my iPhone… And so the story begins.

This photograph was taken of Patrick when he was just a few minutes old.



  1. Congratulations!
    My best wishes to you and wife and children.

    That is a very loving image!

  2. Yeah man! As you may or may not know, my daughter is expecting what will be our first grandchild in Feb. This is a timely piece reminding me how important it will be do document Abigail’s life, starting with those precious first moments! Congrats my friend.

  3. Super congrats!! Hope to see more..of the little one!

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