There is something so very special when witnessing a couple start their family. So much growth happens, not just physically but emotionally, mentally and spiritually too. Watching on as love grows and blossoms into new life is magical.
I first met Danielle when she was a student Midwife as I photographed the birth of a woman she was caring for. She had such a beautiful presence about her. A lovely, gentle and kind disposition with the couple for whom she cared. Several years later I was so thrilled when she contacted me not long after her positive pregnancy test. She was absolutely beaming with joy. She wanted to have her whole pregnancy and birth journey documented and had entrusted me with this beautiful job. As her pregnancy progressed we captured her growing belly with the backdrop of a gorgeous driveway that changed with the seasons, just as her body was growing and changing. We made many a trip to the beach and captured blossoms on trees, hearts made of seashells and chased lovely sunrises and sunsets. The excitement and anticipation waiting for this little one was palpable.
The day the world met precious Luke Mitchell was a day filled with incredible support. A day of letting go, of trusting and having faith. A day of choices and decision making. It was a day to be in awe of a woman’s inner strength and power. Danielle’s determination to birth her little man was incredibly inspiring and had all of us shedding a tear when finally she held him in her arms. To use Danielle’s words, it was the best moment of her life.
I’ll let the images tell the rest of the story.