Fresh 48 | Luca Böhmer | Pretoria Fresh 48 Photorapher
“There’s no other love like the love for a brother. There’s no other love like the love from a brother.” – Astrid Alauda
I am blessed to be a regular witness to the Böhmer family’s priceless memories, as I capture birthdays, pregnancies, and the first precious moments (Fresh 48) as they welcome their children to the world. Working with Linda and Dietmar is always wonderful – I love helping to bring Linda’s vision to life in a way that the whole family will love.
Most recently, I was invited to capture the first moments after the birth of Linda and Dietmar’s second child, their beautiful son Luca. These types of sessions are more commonly know as Fresh 48 Sessions.
The family arrived, bearing gifts and an excited big brother, David, as Luca and Linda were whisked away to their own recovery areas – Luca to an incubator to be warmed, and Linda to her room for recovery. Dietmar watched over his new son until it was time to take him to his mom, who could not have been happier to hold Luca in her arms.
The delighted family – Mom, Dad, grandparents and big brother – shared precious time together on Luca’s first day. David was introduced to his little brother and stepped straight into his big brother role, trying to share his brand new tool set with Luca.
Watching and snapping away as the family talked, played, laughed and bonded, I could feel the love in the room, which translated perfectly into pictures. Each shot, to me, radiates joy – just like the Böhmer family.
Take a look at my maternity session with Lina here [link]
I also had the joy of a newborn session with Luca. View the gallery here [link].
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Why was I so desperate to have a natural birth?
Yes, it would have been a most empowering experience for me and yes my next one will be a VBAC, but was it really that important in the bigger scheme of things? At the end of it all we got what we set out to achieve – a human being that we could guide and mould and set free into the world for her to make her own impact. Maybe that trauma she and I both endured in getting her Earthside happened exactly how it was supposed to. That’s birth and even more so parenting – you set off on a course with big plans and that’s great, but there has to be flexibility and acceptance in changing course depending on whatever life (or your kid) throws at you.
After a minute or so we heard your first loud cry. It was glorious and we could finally breathe. Sr Lotter brought you to us and our hearts melted, my boy. You were beautiful. We checked for 10 fingers and 10 toes and we couldn’t stop looking at you. The happiest moment of our lives. You were born at 11:33 weighing 3.49kg and measuring 53cm.