I could not believe how far this shoot pushed me out of my comfort zone - in a great way!
This was such a deviation from what I normally do as I do not specialise in maternity or newborn shoots at all, but I've known Lian since high school and I simply knew that she would not let this shoot follow conventions.
Our talented stylist/make-up artist Yolandi and I met at Chris and Lian's home at the beautiful Boschenmeer Wine Estate just outside Paarl and it was there where the magic took place over a quite a few cups of tea!
I just love that little Leelah (it's a girl!) will be raised with the beauty of literature to the likes of A.A.Milne, Beatrix Potter and Tolkien and that she will be exposed to the beautiful arts of ballet and classical music from a very early age.
Lian and I were both the book-and-music geeks in school and I am glad that she will be experiencing the magic of books and art in the same way we did when we were young!
Chris and Lian, I wish you all the best with Leelah - I am sure she will bring endless sunshine and happiness in your lives. It was only a pleasure and honour to photograph you two while you await her arrival!
Shot at: Boschenmeer Golf Estate
Makeup, hair and styling: Yolandi du Toit