PROST! PORTLAND OKTOBERFEST 2013

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In 1988 Ronald Reagan declared October National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month (http://www.reagan.utexas.edu/archives/speeches/1988/102588b.htm)

The incredibly sad fact is that one out of every four women will experience some type of pregnancy or infant loss. For many years this has been a taboo subject that is not talked about. It gets pushed under the rug because people don’t want to talk about sad things. It makes people feel awkward and no one knows what to say.

A year ago I would not have known what to say. Not knowing what to say is OK. What isn’t OK is not talking about it because it is sad. Sad things happen. Life is full of wonderful moments, moments people celebrate because they are defining moments in ones life. Life is also full of really really sad, horrific, awful moments which become defining moments in ones life as well. Maybe even more so then the happy ones.

I lost my daughter Harper on July 17th 2013. She was born with tons of dark silky hair, her daddy’s lips and my nose. She was beautiful and perfect. Knowing her has been the single greatest privilege of my life.  She passed away a few hours after I delivered.

I have been incredibly lucky to be surrounded by a partner who loves me and is here for me constantly and friends and family who have reminded us, continually, we are not alone in this journey. Throughout my quest to deal with my grief I have come to realize not everyone is as lucky as we have been.

I love talking about my daughter. Her name is Harper and although her time on earth was extremely short, she is and always will be my sweet baby girl. My child.

Throughout this month I plan to use this blog as a platform to help raise awareness. 1 in 4. 1 in 4 women will experience this type of heartache in their life. This is not an issue that affects someone else, this is your friend, your sister, your mother. Or maybe you. Someone you know is walking this journey and it is a journey no one should ever have to walk alone.

There are no words that will ever take away our grief. Nothing will ever make it ok, but talking about it helps. Knowing you are not alone, that is it ok to talk about it, it helps us heal.

I will be participating in a photo challenge throughout this month. It is called “Capture Your Grief” which originated here http://carlymarieprojectheal.com/ I will be sharing some of my photos here on the blog, and documenting my journey as well. I encourage anyone who has experienced this type of loss to go and check it out. If you feel you would like to share your photos please feel free to post a link back to where you are posting. Or, if it feels too personal just keep them for yourself. Whether or not you share the photos publicly I feel this photo challenge will be incredibly therapeutic to anyone who chooses to participate.

The Bailey Family

I love this family so much. I have had the pleasure of getting to know Robyn over the past year and am continually amazed by her beautiful spirit. She is truly lovely inside and out and I am just so happy to have had the chance to photograph her gorgeous family again! The first time we did family photos their sweet twin girls were only a few months old. Now they are 20 months old and on the go! Here are some of my favorite photos from our day.IMG_0495IMG_0536-2 Untitled-13Untitled-25Untitled-1IMG_0533Untitled-14
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Autumn has arrived…

Rebekah Sapp Photography

And it is one of my absolute favorite times of the year.

The leaves are just starting to change ’round these parts and it’s like a little sneak peak of all of the beautiful vibrant colors that we are about to be surrounded by.

Oh I love fall!

Now I am off to enjoy the other reason I love this season so much…

FOOTBALL!

Wishing you all a beautiful Saturday.

Well hello there…

Thanks for stopping by! I am currently working on getting all of the ins and outs of my new site in order… For those of you who know me, you know how so not tech savvy I am. I thank you all in advance for your patience! If you are new here, then welcome! And now in the meantime a few questions I can answer for you…

You’ve always been Rebekah Sapp Photography. Why the sudden change of name?

I have been contemplating a name change for quite some time now. While it might feel sudden to all of you I have given this a lot of thought and feel it is the best direction to move my business forward with. The new name of my business holds a very special place in my heart as it is in remembrance of my beautiful, sweet daughter, Harper Breeze who passed away in July of this year.  

I love your style of photography, will that be changing?

No. My style has always been one that is largely based on a photo-journalistic approach and that will not be changing. I love witnessing moments and bringing them to life through photography. You can still expect to see the clean lines, the soft black and whites and the bright contrasting colors you have become accustom to! 

Whew, glad to hear it. So what exactly is changing?

Well the name of my business is changing, but more so then that I am changing as a photographer, as a person. I have always loved what I do but I recently have a renewed sense of self within my photography and how I want to use it. 

Wait what? What do you mean by that?

I am still figuring out exactly what I mean, but I can promise I will take you along for the ride as I figure it out, by documenting it all here. So stay tuned! Lots of amazing things in the works!!