Saturday, April 30, 2011

Princess Bride

With all the fever around the royal wedding, I was hoping to put something relevant up. I took these last April of Indigo - she is in my wedding dress and veil. Today we went to a royal birthday tea party and she looked absolutely darling so took a couple pics but it is late and no time to process so thought I would post these for now since I have never shared them before and will post the others soon. We slightly missed out on all the fervor. We don't actually have a tv so yesterday morning, while the rest of Bermuda, and indeed much of the world, woke up insanely early to watch the royal wedding, Ben and I had a fairytale of our own going and slept in well past 8am!

 I didn't actually wear any shoes to my wedding since we were on the beach so loaned her what was on hand that day - they are fun and work with the dress I think, though possibly not her size...

Hope everyone has been celebrating in style. Happy Saturday xxx

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Welcome Baby Seren

This little beauty is Seren. Claudia and Martin cannot really remember life without her and she has only been with them a few short weeks. She has added a whole new light in their lives. Seren's personality is already shining through. She loves her food just like her parents and takes after her mama in that she loves being pampered. A warm bath followed by a nice massage is all she needs. Martin says he already has extra grey hair just thinking of all the spa visits Seren and Claudia will be going on in a few years time.

I have a special affection for this baby as Claudia is the daughter of my son, Oslo's teacher, who is just the most wonderful teacher in the world. And Seren is her first grandchild so there has been a lot of anticipation about her arrival.

I generally try to shoot newborns in the first two weeks to ensure they will be asleep for the shoot as they tend to look more relaxed than when awake. But Seren's umbilical cord had not fallen off so we rescheduled for when she was two and a half weeks old. When I arrived at the house, sweet Seren had just woken up. And she was not going back to sleep. Poor Claudia had finished all her expressed milk which was the sure fire way to get the baby to go back to sleep so we tried all sorts of tricks trying to sooth her.

After teaching Claudia the old pretend-your-finger-is-a-breast trick, and it didn't work, I had a chance to snuggle the sweet little sausage while her mama expressed some more milk. And such a snuggler she was.  I came home from this shoot begging Ben that we have more babies but sadly it was a no-go.

Look at that delicious rosette - is that what those swirls of hair are called?

Since Seren was still awake, it was a little tricky getting a shot of her feet as they were wriggling about, but I managed this one.

I think the spa isn't the only luxury Martin will have to worry about - look at all these gorgeous clothes - yet another reason to get more grey hair!

Martin came home from work just in time for a nappy change - he was great and it made me think of back in the day when dads weren't so involved and perhaps missed out on so many moments. Modern day dads are the best! Both mummies and daddies change nappies these days and it is every bit as rewarding as all the cuddles.

Since Seren was not sleeping, I couldn't get the traditional newborn shots. But what I did capture was her parents witnessing their new baby's first smile. It was a heart breaking scene and I felt so honoured to be there while they enjoyed these first moments of Seren smiling in reaction to their faces. I was so excited and it just reminded me yet again of how incredibly lucky I am to have such a cool job.

The couple met over 12 years ago when Martin was putting a security system in the office where Claudia was working for the summer holiday from university. Martin was under Claudia's desk and she thought he was utterly gorgeous. She tried talking to him and he didn't say anything so she assumed he did not speak English. But it was the strangest thing, for in that moment, she knew that they would get married - it was just a feeling she had. They look back today on where they are now after all these years and they are just so happy.

The family go for long walks with their beloved dog, Belle. The four of them doing things together is something the couple had always dreamed of and now it is finally happening.

I had already packed up my things and was leaving when Martin called out to tell me that Seren had finally fallen asleep. We quickly placed her in a beautiful wooden bowl they have and at last I was able to capture those classic newborn shots I so adore! Look at that sweet little sleeping baby.

Martin and Claudia can't stop watching her - those early weeks as a parent are just incomparable and the bliss these two feel is so apparent.

Martin is from Wales and he was keen on giving their baby a Welsh name. They struggled with this until one day, they came across the name Seren, which means "star" in Welsh. It was perfect for Martin as he loves to say "my little star" and now their baby really is his little star. Her middle name is Eve, after Martin's mother.

Seren woke up again after a minute so I thought a few confetti stars added for good measure was just what the she needed.

And then sweet Seren really had had enough of her first modeling session and let us know how she felt! So her mummy rescued her from all the star bindis and I left them to be their happy threesome (foursome with Belle!) once more.

Claudia, Martin and Seren - thank you for inviting me into your home and sharing these special moments with your family. I was so happy to have captured you seeing your baby's first smile, and all her delicious babyliciousness! Congratulations on your beautiful baby girl xxx

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Happy Easter

Hope the Easter Bunny was kind and that you are showered with blessings on this beautiful day. xxx

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Kronenberg / Lynch family

You may remember Sharon and Alex from their beautiful wedding at Tucker's Point, but they wanted to take the opportunity to get some photos with sweet baby Ryan's Nan and Pops while they were in Bermuda visiting for the holidays. Ryan is very close to his grandparents and they spend a lot of time with him, always teaching him new tricks!

Ryan was given this delicious red sports car for his first birthday from his daddy, and he would drive to Ireland in it if he could. I love it when people bring personal props and fun items that make the shoot special to them and also help make the imagery more fun. Sharon is not sure who gets a bigger kick out of the car - Ryan or Alex, but either way, it is well loved and was the best gift ever.

This fedora hat is just perfect on Ryan. Alex has a similar one and little Ryan always sees his daddy in it and wants to wear it so how he has his very own and it just adds to his funny personality.

These aviator shades were from Ryan's Uncle Brian and when he wears them, he looks almost as cool as his uncle. I am quite smitten with what the wind did to Ryan's hair in the photo below - looks like he styled it like that - hilarious.

Ryan has a particularly close relationship with his Pops. Ryan is always looking for him and dragging his grandfather to his knees to play with a new truck or game.

The family chose the beach as a it is in stark contrast to the Lynch's home in Ireland where it is miles and files of green fields.

Thank you Sharon and Alex for another wonderful shoot - you have a loving and beautiful family and I am so happy that I could capture your times all together. xxx