In a heartrending incident, a baby was born on a public sidewalk as his Haitian immigrant mother, Judith Fleurissaint Baguidy, desperately tried to reach the hospital. Despite walking for 40 minutes, she couldn’t make it in time, leading to the baby’s birth by the side of the road.
Moved by the story, photographer Nilza Rejane, 53, arranged a special photoshoot for the baby, named Waldo, in her studio in Graçataí, Porto Alegre’s Metropolitan Region. Nilza had read about the baby’s birth on the sidewalk and felt compelled to capture his moments in a new and hopeful light.
Nilza contacted the journalist who reported on the incident, obtained the parents’ contact information, and offered to photograph the baby free of charge. She believed that in the coming years, Waldo deserved a different image to cherish.
Judith, on leave from her domestic work, accompanied Waldo to the studio. The session began in the morning and lasted until early afternoon. Throughout the photoshoot, Judith anxiously stood by Nilza’s side, deeply concerned for her baby’s well-being.
The “Newborn” photo shoot typically takes place within the first 10 days of a baby’s life when they experience deep sleep and have maximum flexibility. Nilza allowed breaks for breastfeeding and diaper changes, capturing the rhythmic essence of the infant.
Expressing her affection, Nilza fondly described Waldo as an angel and confessed her love for him. Judith gladly agreed to be photographed with her son, creating lasting memories. The best moments of the photoshoot will be compiled into a 20-page photo album gifted to the family.
Despite speaking little Portuguese, Judith’s gratitude was evident as she simply said “thank you” with a beaming smile. The powerful connection formed through the shared experience transcended language barriers, leaving a lasting impact on both photographer and mother.