It's been a very busy February, and Natalie's due date was approaching.
After a few back-n-forth emails, I knew we had to have a pre-baby chat, and so this is how it happened that Nat
and I spent 2 hours on the phone the day before her birth, talking everything from birth plans, a recent trip to New York
( theirs, not mine! ) and their beloved poodle-cross.
Natalie was insistent on a March birth. She'd had stern words with the baby.
Everyone in their tight group of friends and family was born in Feb, so March was good to go.
Due for another 3 weeks and a first baby, I did not expect the wake-up call early the next morning!
I guess they didn't either...
But it was definitely no false alarm...
We were here to attend a birth-day.
Things were progressing quickly..
Natalie toiled brilliantly with only one early shot of pethidine for relief.
... preferring to transfer her pain to the bedsheet.
Daniel checked the clock.
He's going to be a Dad today.
1.19pm, Saturday 15th February, 2014
A child is born.
Congratulations Natalie & Daniel.
and thank you for allowing me to share your story here - i'll have your video available soon!
Thank you also to the midwives of the Mercy Hospital, Heidelberg, for your continued support and acceptance
of birth photography. And of course, the wonderful job you do bringing babies into the world.
I photographed this little cutie's big brother at the same age a couple of years ago and so when #2 arrived on the scene, Mum contacted me to come pay another visit.
It was lovely to visit their new home and see images i'd taken up on the wall :)
We started our session with a little sidewalk catwalk...
^ And these cheeky four pics above show what happens when we get to cuddle old friends :)
Some cuddles and playtime with Mummy..
And finally home for a little rest.
Thanks for seeing me again little family! If you want to see this little girls' big brother, here he is in 2011: Baby R
( You'll have to excuse if the images look completely washed out on your screen from that session as they do on mine! .. it was my monitor at the time, however, all images always print perfectly :) )
If you're looking to book for 2013, you're almost too late! I have a few session spots open this year, but not many - so quick, quick, chop, chop - call me now! I won't bite, but I might snap ( and tell terrible jokes :/ )