I got to visit little Myla and her family recently. Such a beautiful little girl. She decided, like many bubs on photo day that she didn’t really want to sleep. The wonderful thing about newborn lifestyle photography is that wakeful babies mean lots of opportunities to capture those everyday moments like bath time and snuggles which is my favourite part.
Thank you so much for letting me come and capture some special moments for you.
A few weeks ago – has it been that long already? I got to meet this delightful little boy. Only 11 days earthside he was the most alert and aware little man. Completely besotted with his mum and dad as they are with him. It was an absolute honour to be invited into their home and capture some images of these precious early days of parenthood and squishy newborn-ness.
There comes a point in every persons life when they realise how precious every single second is. That moment when you become aware that you need to soak in every minute of every day whether its doing something amazing or doing something mundane. For many that point in life comes late in life, when old age or illness has set in and made you aware of how quickly time has passed and how much you have missed just through not living every moment to the full. For me – I was lucky. I reached that point in my life just a few years ago and it changed the way I view and experience everything.
Now every breath I take I appreciate, whether that be while I am hanging out the washing – a chore I abhor, or playing on the beach with my precious children, I love that moment. I find something good in it and I love the life right out of it. The warm sun, the crisp wind, green grass, the bright contrasting colours of the graffiti, the decaying mortar on an old building. The wrinkles on that womans face, his shoes, the way my daughters hair curls up into ringlets, the way my son’s eyes shine when he talks endlessly about Yu-gi-ho or Pokemon, the way my husband smells when he leaves for work, the fresh smell of the washing I hate hanging out, the way the sunlight catches on that cobweb above the line.
Don’t get me wrong I have bad days too, when I loose my patience with my kids because they are driving me insane or when I forget something and have to go into the house 3 times or when I just need to lock myself in the bathroom to finish that Candy Crush level in peace, but even in these moments I remind myself to be present and appreciate it .
This Sunday we washed the car and I loved every minute of it. As we finished off I ran to get the camera because it was just such a gorgeous carefree moment. My husband gave me a quizzical look – honestly you would think he would be used to this by now; “really he said – washing the car?” And I smiled at him because sometimes its hard to explain in words how beautiful these simple joyful moments are.
I read a beautifully written article recently about this period of being in-between, zwischen. That time in late pregnancy where you are in-between your old life and the new life waiting on the other side of birth.
This beautiful family are in their time of zwischen, awaiting the birth of their fifth baby.
And I am also in my time of waiting. Waiting with my camera charged, clothes ready to jump into at a moments notice, waiting for my first opportunity to photograph a birth. I feel so blessed my this family for allowing me to be with them as they prepare to welcome their new baby into this world at home I popped around last week to meet them and capture a couple of lifestyle maternity shots where they are preparing to welcome this brand new life.
What better way to document your pregnancy than in the environment where you feel most comfortable. At home. So as I settle down tonight with my camera bag packed beside me and my phone close at hand I thought I would share some pictures of this families zwischen time.