Son’s health scare inspires dad’s beautiful pictures

Teddy and Emerson taken during a walk in park

Sometimes it takes a serious jolt to make us really sit up and take stock of our lives. For Adrian Murray, it was his 10-month-old son’s brush with death.

Adrian and wife Michelle woke one morning to find baby Emerson unresponsive in his cot. He was rushed to hospital, where three days of tests came back inconclusive. A few days later he had another episode, and was put on to anti-seizure medication.

Lucky the Dog with Emerson

The terrifying experience was enough to remind Adrian of the fragility of life, and to inspire him to train his lens on his family. He started taking beautiful candid photos to capture the childhood memories of Emerson, now two, and his new little brother, seven-month-old Greyson.

Emerson playing with boat

They show the joy and innocence of childhood – his boys playing with toys and animals, frolicking in autumn leaves or marvelling at things they find in the great outdoors. Part of the beauty of the shots, which feature on Adrian’s website, is that they are unstaged and minimally enhanced.

brothers picture

And as the photos make their way around the world, the family has received some wonderful news – Emerson is healthy and has just come off his medication. “We are very fortunate that everything worked out for Emerson!” writes Adrian on his Facebook page.

Emerson and Sophie in park

Emerson on a bench at a park with a lake

Emerson Playing in a barn

Emerson reaching for leaves while in park

Teddy and Emerson in park

emerson with fawn

emerson rescues bear from tree

Teddy and Greyson

emerson and greyson


(via BoredPanda; images via Moments by Adrian Murray)

Michelle Rose

Michelle Rose

Michelle is a journalist and mum to two girls who are obsessed with dinosaurs, fairies, pirates and princesses in equal measure. She lives in Melbourne's east with her husband, daughters and a giant, untameable labradoodle. Michelle loves all things vegetarian, wine (it's a fruit) and online shopping.

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