A Lily for Benjamin

‘A Lily for Benjamin’ by Tonya Cooper of Time Made Beautiful

I held off on posting this one until after Mother’s Day here in the US. This one was a hard one to talk about. It still brings up a lot of emotions.

‘A Lily for Benjamin’ looks great as a fine art giclĂ©e print on velvet rag. The colors are very vibrant.

The vibrant colors are in contrast to what I was feeling when I made this. I specifically took the photo too dark. I was in a dark mood that day as I had put off dealing with the miscarriage of the only child I had knowingly conceived. I didn’t even know I was pregnant until I lost the baby. It was a very difficult time in my life. I didn’t want to deal with the feelings of my body betraying me and not letting me know I was 2 1/2 months with child. So I took the photograph very dark. That happened to be the last time that this flower would bloom. The following harsh winter killed it.

The photo sat on my computer for a long time. Then suddenly I thought of my son, Benjamin, that I had miscarried. The tears started to roll down my cheeks as I worked on bringing this flower back to life. I made it more vivid than the original flower had been. I thought of all the life and memories I missed out on because of the miscarriage. I poured all the life I had in me into making this flower live again.

I am good now. No worries. God has smiled on me. I may not have my son but I do enjoy the laughter of children. So this is a photograph of my heart. I hope you cherish it as much as I do. This is ‘A Lily for Benjamin’ with much love from his mother.

Until next time,



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Tonya Brill

Hello, allow me to introduce myself. I am Tonya Brill a Photographic and Visual Artist. In fact my whole family is creative in one format or another. Residing in Guernsey County, Ohio allows me to be close to my family and still be able to enjoy the surrounding nature. I enjoy my dogs, crocheting, cooking, family, and good friends. I saved the best for last, I enjoy the LORD. In my opinion, He's awesome!