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As a new parent, life can often feel like a really fast rollercoaster ride. But nothing goes by faster and catches you by surprise more than the speedy growth and development of your baby. Blink, and you might just miss it!

Emma’s parents decided that they would like to capture the preciously fleeting moments of their little girl’s first year.  Here she is at just two months new in her gorgeous nursery, kitted out with some really unique decor items from Fable Lifestyle & Baby. When you compare these photos to her newborn session, it’s extraordinary to see how much she has changed in such a short period of time (especially noticeable when she’s lying next to her letter board!). Not only her physical features and size but it’s so clear to see how her personality has blossomed.

Watch this space – I will be visiting Emma every two months for a photo shoot just like this one. Although I do offer a One Year Later Session, as well as coverage for special events like bris, baptisms, birthdays and family sessions exclusively to my birth clients, I must admit that this is the first time that I will have the privilege of so regularly checking in and capturing the growth of a baby. Not only will Emma’s parents be able to relive her early childhood – the childhood that so unexpectedly rushes past without warning – Emma herself will be able to witness the pure love and joy that her parents experienced, even though they were on a wild rollercoaster ride!

Enjoy the beautiful Emma and her parents 2 months NEW.

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On a moody, overcast, starting to drizzle sunset beach, I joined up with Roxanne for her complimentary mini-maternity shoot. There is something incredible about the dark clouds and the feeling of rain in the air, especially for Cape Town. We shot this in like 22 minutes because we started feeling the light rain drops.

This beautiful rite of passage is hers. While her tummy and her baby are tiny, she’s celebrating the miracle inside. Sometimes the best gifts in life come in small packages.

Enjoy their session just before becoming three. I can’t wait to capture their baby’s arrival!

 

Birth packages all include a complimentary mini-maternity session like this one. Its 30 minutes and so wonderfully quick that you will love it. If you are expecting and I’m fully booked for births or birth photography isn’t quite your thing, you can always book maternity/newborn sessions with me like this one. All of those packages include most gorgeous luxury heirloom album for you to enjoy all your photos of your screen and in your hands. Inquire here.

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See that picnic basket? Its not a prop. Its their actual one from awesome travel they have done together. They stocked it with real goodies and mementos from home and we headed to Signal Hill as the sunset. Isn’t this gorgeous?!

Picnics like these are part of what makes Cape Town so special. As they marked one of the last times they would be able to do this without organizing a babysitter or bringing along baby essentials, their friendship shines.

Birth packages all include a complimentary mini-maternity session like this one. Its 30 minutes and so wonderfully quick that you will love it. If you are expecting and I’m fully booked for births or birth photography isn’t quite your thing, you can always book maternity/newborn sessions with me like this one. All of those packages include most gorgeous luxury heirloom album for you to enjoy all your photos of your screen and in your hands. Inquire here.

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When I walked into their home in the dark hours of the early morning, I saw this was really happening. With the candles flickering and hushed whispers and low groans, these parents were deeply connected and working through each surge, lost in labour land. There is something really sacred about someone’s home. You tiptoe even lighter. I was aware of not interrupting this incredible oneness they had going.

So I did the only thing I could think of: hide behind the couch!

Staying out of the line of sight, I quietly would lift my head every few moments and take a shot. The strength and power I saw in front of me were breathtaking. She completely trusted the process and her body.

This birth was attended by Glynnis Garrod of Birth Options Midwifery Team (here’s a great interview with her) and their doula, Harriet Came. What I especially want to point out is watch how Glynnis and Harriet come close for the care they each provide, and pull back at so many points to give this couple time to bond with their baby. This birth really showcases the beauty of those first couple of uninterrupted “golden hours” right after a baby is born.

Their birth had me on a high for days. The birth playlist they had going was the most incredible soundtrack to these beautiful moments, at times filling all of us with emotion. They created a sacred space to welcome their son, and it was my pleasure to document not only the events but the atmosphere. My thanks to them for hiring me.

Be sure to work through the photos as well as the video. I’ve asked this mom to answer some of our burning questions on why she chose a home birth, what it was like, and what was on her birth playlist. Those will be intermingled in the photos, so don’t miss it!

All shared with family permission. *This birth took place before Cape Town’s severe water restrictions.

If you are planning a home birth in Cape Town or South Africa, here’s a great article I put together with another home birth mom to help in your research.

If you would like your birth story documented, here’s where to contact me.

 

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Just days old, he’s so tiny. His grandparents have arrived to cuddle and help. For a lot of my expat clients who have family abroad, we coordinate a Meet the Family session depending on when they are coming. Ones like these at home are awesome. I don’t pose, just sort of follow the magic and maybe make a suggestion here or there. I loved this outdoor seating area this family had that made for the incredible light and relaxed lounging.

You can never truly grasp how new a baby is until time has passed. You can’t understand the bittersweet of the newness of it all until its long gone. This was the early days of learning how to change him and getting to know his facial expressions. Its such an explorative time for a couple.

We get to see the beauty that is being known. No one has ever gotten to know this little person like them.

Bowen’s birth happened right at home, so all the more these photos have special significance in their location.

This family was so great, I could have stayed and shot all day. My thank you to them for choosing me to document their journey.

Meet The Family Sessions are in-home or in-hospital and are available as an add-on to any Birth Packages or Maternity/Newborn Packages. You can inquire here with me.

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