Briony & Ben are a down to earth couple and a lot of fun to work with! And their gorgeous little daughter Penelope was just adorable. It was such a pleasure to document this special time in their lives with 2 simple sessions. The maternity shoot was conducted in home as a lifestyle session however there was a degree of posing involved. For the newborn session, Penelope and her parents graced my studio for an intimate experience filled with warmth and white noise…
Dear Chandra and Ben,
Thank you for inviting me into your home to capture this unique and special time for the two of you. Expecting your first child is a momentous occasion as you prepare for the next chapter in life. Witnessing your closeness, love and anticipation was a blessing and joy for me and I hope you are pleased with the images I’ve captured. This is how I see you – beautiful, glowing, trusting. I wish you both a beautiful birth experience and as many joyful moments with your new baby as there are stars in the night sky.
Thank you to my beautiful model Kellie and her fun family.
Maternity shoot at Grange Beach, South Australia on the 15th April 2013.
There’s something wonderful about the spontaneity of working as a birth photographer. I think because I’ve always been a planner, someone who likes to know what’s going to happen, when, how, etc. I’ve learnt to enjoy confronting that aspect of my nature. The payoff is that I’m learning, developing and creating so much more that I could before.
Cool but what does that have to do with this shoot? Well, this shoot is the result of spontaneity – a gorgeously pregnant and spontaneous birth client and a last minute casting call for a very specific maternity shoot!
All I was after was one shot – something that represented the beauty of pregnancy, how the body and spirit glow from within, withstanding the elements around to nurture new life.
The cool part about this shoot was how the lack of client expectation and complete trust in me made this shoot a greater success than I could have hoped. There was no pressure, it flowed, there were many great moments because there was no stress, no projecting, just working with the light to get the image I had in my mind.
This calmness flowed on too, evident at the birth of this beautiful baby who is here nurtured inside his gorgeous mother’s womb.
This shoot was a blessing. I hope you enjoy the images also.
I am following the story of a very special mother-to-be as she prepares to bring her first child into the world. Kirsty is a warm-hearted young women with a fun-loving spirit, supportive partner and close family. She also happens to be the cousin of a special friend of mine, Shelley – who’s home birth I photographed late last year. When Shelley told me about her cousin’s pregnancy, I hoped I’d have the opportunity to follow her story.
Her pregnancy has been far from uneventful, which is part of what makes her journey particularly special. At her 20 week scan, Kirsty was shocked with the news that things were not “normal”. All her questions and anxieties were left up in the air. She was referred to the WCH and it was then that Kirsty discovered the full extent of her cherished baby’s development. Baby Williams had Heterataxy Syndrome. The result of this being that baby’s organs only include those from the right hand side of the body. Additionally, little baby Williams has Right Atrial Isomerism and will require heart surgery within days of being born. This procedure will need to occur in Melbourne and we are all hoping that there will be a room available for Kirsty and Brent at Ronald McDonald House over there!
Baby Williams will require a further 2 lots of heart surgery before the age of 5. This news would be daunting to any expectant mother, and Kirsty’s strength and resilience is a true inspiration.
As I attended Kirsty’s baby shower it was clear to me just how much love and support she has around her. I hope you enjoy sharing this journey too as I follow her story and the journey of Baby Williams.