Summertime, how I miss you. These images were taken at Delta Park in February, hard to believe it was so green when the whole of Joburg looks brown and very sad at the moment. Anyway, enough about the weather (I’m a typical Brit) and more about the images. I was commissioned by this couple to shoot maternity, birth and newborn portraits along with the baby shower in between. I adore capturing people’s life stories. Life often passes by in such a hurry that we miss the important moments if we don’t make a concerted effort to record them with photographs.
Maternity shoots are ideal between 332 and 36 weeks, unless there are multiple babies in which case slightly earlier is better. There was one baby on board for this couple, so we took photos 4 weeks before baby arrived and it was a great opportunity to work together before we met up again in theatre on the day of baby’s birth.
I LOVE photographing births. It’s utterly terrifying and exhilarating at the same time. Much like a wedding shoot, there’s no going back and each moment has to be captured exactly as it happens. Theatre lighting is very tricky (I have the overhead light exposure technique nailed) and I have to work unobtrusively and quickly to get the first moments of a baby’s arrival. Here’s the little lady looking slightly irritated and completely perfect.
I think what makes a set of birth shoot photographs really beautiful is the emotion that they contain. Mommy meeting her new baby for the first time, the bewilderment on a baby’s face as they get to grips with the world (it must be a huge shock for them) and the look on parent’s faces as they start a brand new journey.
Once the excitement was over, I joined Mom and Dad for a few minutes in the recovery section before heading off.
Two weeks later and in a far more calm and relaxed manner we got together for the newborn shoot. You can probably see a change in this tiny tot between the birth shoot and the newborn portraits. Babies change so quickly, it’s astounding really.
Here she is, looking very chilled in her beautiful nursery at home. I like to shoot newborn portraits at client’s homes. Everyone is generally far more relaxed, all the kit is on hand and the more chilled an environment, the easier it is to get gorgeous shots.
The star of the show was pretty disinterested in what was going on, she preferred to sleep her way through her newborn session which suited the rest of us just fine.
We were gifted with a few moments of open eyes for this shot and then the relaxation resumed.
Baby’s grandparents were visiting so we included them in a few portraits at the end of the shoot, along with my favourite photograph with proud Mom and Dad.
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