"Sometimes you will not know the true value of a moment until it becomes a memory"
Capturing moments and collecting memories, this is my job and this is what I do. But every so often, I am given the chance to witness and be a part of something that is so truly beautiful it brings tear to my eyes. Yes, I can be a bit of an emotional wreck, often shooting a wedding through watery eyes of crazy happiness, but this particular shoot just turned me into a complete blubbering mess (though I think I did manage to compose myself and still remain a little professional on the job). I guess you're probably wondering what happened. Well let me fill you in...
The shoot started just like many others. I arrived at the house of a couple who were recently blessed with a beautiful baby boy, Thomas Logan, just 9 days new. He was as cute as pumpkin pie, with cheeks that I could have just squished for days! (again, I managed remained professional and did not squish the poor kids cheeks). I could instantly see the joy and excitement in the faces of these new parents as they showed off their brand new little creation. The shoot was going smoothly and was looking like a total breeze. Thomas was one content little bub, dealing very well with all this disruption to his otherwise carefree life. Mum, Alecia, was relaxed and Dad, Ayrton, was happy watching on as his son dominated his first ever photo shoot. We were nearing the end of the shoot, Thomas still being a little champion, when Dad mentioned that he had one last outfit that he really wanted to see him in before we finished up. As Mum and I sat chatting, Dad took Thomas and got him dressed into his last change of clothes. I was curious to see what the final outfit would be for the little man, but never could I have imagined what Dad had install for us... He came back into the room, looking very cool, calm and collected and popped Thomas back into Mums arms, insisting that she was much better at calming Thomas before each of his shots. Alecia took Thomas, who was still wrapped in his blanket at this stage, and popped him down. As she unwrapped him, she revealed what had been Dads master plan all along. "Will you marry my Daddy?" read a tiny little onesie that baby Thomas was now wearing. Mum instantly turned and embraced her new fiancé, now celebrating not just the birth of their first baby, but a beautiful engagement too!
So, together, Daddy and son gave Mum one amazing surprise that I am sure will become one of her most cherished memories for the rest of her life.
I am so thrilled and completely honoured that I was there to capture and witness this moment and now memory, in this wonderful couples' life. I'd like to wish Alecia, Ayrton and Thomas all the happiness in the world.
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