Her first holiday
In September last year Mike and I took Lia on her first holiday to to visit our families in South Africa. A two and a half month old on a long haul flight – some folks would ask what the heck we were thinking!?
It was quite a different trip to put it mildly, and had absolutely no idea how much preparation it takes to travel with a little one. We also did not take into account that there are literally no breaks from the broken newborn nights, even when you are visiting another country! In the same breath it was a wonderful, joyful thing for our families to meet Lia while she was still so little. Mike and I also got the chance to meet our brand new nephew Luke during this trip, who happens to be just one week older than Lia (yes, no one can really believe that they are so close in age).
One very lovely lazy afternoon, in between poring over old family photos, board games & baby cuddles, I grabbed my camera and captured a few quiet, ordinary moments of my folks with their new grandchildren. My Dad especially does not like to have his photo taken, and I was really surprised that for once he did not kick up a fuss at all, and simply let me take his picture.
I have to say, these are the types of scenes that I ache to shoot for families every time. Portraits that are going to become more precious as the year pass. Pictures showing a new family dynamic. Images of old and new love all rolled into a single scene.
The photos from this afternoon are by far some of my most precious moments that I have captured, and I will always hold them close to my heart. They are reason why I am a photographer.