Newborn Ari

I met Areta and Steve this July when we shot their beautiful pregnancy photos. The weather gods blessed us with an amazing summer evening and the sweet couple made my job too easy so the result was pretty spectacular. 

A few weeks have passed very quickly and soon their son was born and they immediately knew they wanted to have precious memories of this wonderful and special moment in their lives.

I spent many hours researching and documenting as it was my first newborn shoot and had no idea what to expect. Luckily Ari was so good and slept all the way through with a few exceptions when he would let us know with a frown that we're disturbing his peaceful sleep. Fair enough little guy, hopefully you won't remember any of it.

Gustav (pictured in one of the shots below) and Poppy, the parents' cats were of course very curious to know what we're up to, but not curious enough to offer us some good shots. Even food bribery was offered but if you know cats, you know they can't be bought so easily.

I imagined this shoot as a relaxed, casual portrayal of their new family life, in their own home in London, on a sunny day at the end of summer. 

Welcome to this wonderful world Ari, I hope you will some day look over these photos and think "I can't believe just how small I was!" :-)