Newborn | Luca Böhmer | Pretoria Newborn Photographer
“A new baby is like the beginning of all things—wonder, hope, a dream of possibilities.” – Eda LeShan
Not long after Luca’s Fresh 48 session (you can view the gallery here [link]), I had the joy of visiting the Böhmer family at their home in Pretoria for his newborn session. I love telling a family’s story through photography, so being able to serialise these sessions and track Luca’s progress from pregnancy to newborn is a huge honour.
Newborn sessions have their own unique challenges, as you’re working with a tiny person with immediate needs that will always take priority, and you can hardly give your model direction. They have their unique joys too. Taking that perfect shot which captures the feelings of tenderness and love as the family gently holds their newest tiniest member is very special.
This was definitely true for the Böhmer family. Mom, Dad, Gran and big brother each had their turn posing with a quiet and peaceful Luca, and each shot tells its own story. Okay I lied, little Luca was not quite and peaceful at all, he was very upset and unsettled. That is why you need to hire someone with experience in handling newborn little ones. It’s our job making these sessions look peaceful and quite. I job we love, a job we are good at 😉
It’s amazing to see how much he has grown in the short time between his birth and this shoot. I’m sure these first special moments will never be forgotten and I am so happy to be part of recording them.
To enjoy Luca’s full journey, you can view Linda’s maternity shoot 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.