2016 Photo Contest, Contemporary Issues, Stories, 3rd prize

Emily and Kate and Eddie and Reid

Photographer

Sara Naomi Lewkowicz

06 December, 2015

Kate touches Emily’s belly and talks to Reid. “Come on out little guy, we can’t wait to meet you!" Emily was a week overdue, and every day had become dedicated to the waiting game. “Isn’t her belly perfect looking?” Kate asked. “Seriously, it looks like a prop belly in the movies. It’s just smooth and perfect.”

Emily and Kate are married to each other, and live in Maplewood, New Jersey. Both became pregnant at the same time, though that had not initially been their plan. Kate had been undergoing in vitro fertilization, but it appeared not to be working when she asked Emily to try, using the donor they had chosen together. Emily became pregnant almost immediately and while Kate was winding down her treatment, so did she. Emily gave birth to Reid, and Kate to Eddie, just four days apart. Kate and Emily embraced pregnancy, childbirth, and motherhood in tandem, as two women experiencing the challenges, intimacy, and transformations together.

About

Sara Naomi Lewkowicz

She received her master's degree in visual communication from Ohio University in Athens and received her bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of North Carolina at ...

Technical information

Shutter Speed
1/60
Focal length
35.0 mm
F-Stop
3.2
ISO
1600
Camera
Canon EOS 5D Mark III

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