I met Christelle, Tron and their two lively boys at Elandsbaai for their maternity shoot. We (my three kids, hubby and I) were at a family wedding at Muisbosskerm the day before and made a small detour to the sleepy seaside village on our way back where we met the Van Wyks.
Although the the weather was not playing along, I had so much fun with this vibrant and energetic family of four (soon to be five) on the quiet beach. No one took themselves too seriously and the boys were so excited about their new baby sister’s eminent arrival. They were delighted that they could share her name (a secret at that stage) with me by writing it with chalk on the road! And so capturing their journey to meeting Lucie, the first princess to the family, began!
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I know that with second and third babies labour can sometimes be quicker, but it is not often that you see a mom give birth so quickly and with so little fuss! I barely made it to the hospital in time! Christelle tackled her painful surges with a no-nonsense attitude and cheerful disposition. Her mom and dad (also a OBG at this particular hospital) popped in for some support and it was beautiful to watch her dad go from being a doctor and taking in and explaining all the tell-tale labouring signs (careful not to interfere though); to a father and grand-father to be, hugging her gently (he was there for parental support and not as her OBG).
Lucie’s birth was beautiful and extremely emotional for both parents. She had the biggest, widest eyes ever and immediately started to take her mommy’s face in!
A couple of hours later, Lucie got to meet her new family and her two excited borthers. I love the two brothers’ facial expressions upon seeing her for the first time!
Lucie’s welcome home was as warm and cozy as her family – from her beautiful room overlooked by the big back garden tree, to the family dog making an appearance and the quilt made from one of the kid’s old favourite t-shirts by grandmother (the family sits on it in the very last image).
Thank you to this amazing family for allowing me to capture and share their journey. It was a privilege and I wish you so much joy and happiness.
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