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Happy Friday Lovely People,

So you may have noticed over the last few weeks that I’m back from maternity leave after an amazing 3 months off with my baby. For those of you that don’t know, I had a baby girl!!! India-Rose Emilia Dunstone was born on the 2nd June 2014 weighing just 6lbs 6oz – she was so tiny! Now almost 17 weeks, she is just shy of 12lbs and is the most precious little thing in the world. From her beautiful big blue eyes to her tiny toes – every inch of her is perfect and I can’t even begin to describe to you the feeling I get when she gives me that cute smile that she reserves especially for her Mummy. It’s magical.

As you can probably tell I am loving every single second of being a Mum. They say having a baby is the biggest gift you could ever wish for and it truly is because it opens your heart to a love that is just incomparable to anything you have ever felt before. It’s a flawless love. An unconditional love that is so pure and special that it really is, like they say, a gift. I feel like a different person! Having a baby has changed the way I look at the world, my family and my friendships and for the better. It makes you want to suddenly live your life the right way because its not about you anymore, it’s about your baby. You want to protect them from anything negative and only surround them by people that you know will bring the best out of them and you. It gives you a completely new perspective on what life should be about, almost like a wake up call in a way – a wake up call that I think I have needed.

I’m so blessed that India came into my life because my heart is now filled to the brim with a happiness that I didn’t think was possible. Being a parent really does reach into the deepest corners of your heart – it’s amazing.

I’ll be sharing some pictures of my little Indie in a few weeks so you all get to meet her but for now, I wanted to share with you my maternity shoot with the incredible Heline Bekker Photography.

A Lady, her husband and The Bump…..

Ever since I saw Kelly’s gorgeous maternity shoot with Heline back in October (you can view it by clicking here) I was sold to the idea of doing a pregnancy shoot. Being pregnant was such a special time in our lives and we wanted to capture this memory in someway and a maternity shoot seemed to be the perfect way. Heline was my first and only choice of photographer. Her style is so natural, unobtrusive and relaxed and I knew from working with her on shoots and seeing Kelly’s maternity pictures that she would bring out the best in me. She is also the loveliest person you could hope to meet and we had such a good time with her that day.

You can see from the pictures below, she didn’t disappoint. I love them.

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A Field of Yellow…….

When Bob and I got married in 2013, our gorgeous venue was meant to be surrounded by fields of rapeseed which was going to provide the perfect back drop for our outdoor ceremony and wedding photos. Little did we know that mother nature had a different idea that year and decided to push spring back by at least 6 weeks which meant that by the time it got to the 4th May, there was still not a rapeseed plant in sight. I was gutted……….I had planned in my head picture perfect images of Bob and I standing pretty in a field of yellow in our wedding attire but it wasn’t meant to be. As soon as we decided to have a pregnancy shoot in the spring of 2014, there was only one option for the location – a rapeseed field. It didn’t matter where as long as Bob, the bump and I could stand in it!

The field we chose was opposite Kings Hill Business Park in West Malling and it couldn’t have been more perfect. As far as the eye could see there was yellow and there were plenty of places for Heline to work her magic. What made it even more perfect was we found an abandoned storage shelter hidden away at the back of the field which provided a nice contrast to the sea of yellow.

I absolutely adore these shots of me standing and sitting amongst the flowers. Being 38 weeks pregnant, I felt absolutely huge that day but Heline did an incredible job of making me feel relaxed and really managed to capture the contended feeling I carried with me throughout my pregnancy.

Two pictures from the shoot are already framed in India’s room and after looking at them again I think I might even get some more printed!!! That’s the whole reason we did this shoot, we wanted to capture this moment so we could not only remember it for ourselves but also, so we can share it with India.

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Big shout out to the amazing Heline Bekker Photography for capturing this very special moment in our lives. We had such a blast with you that day and adore these pictures. Thank you so so much.

The Line Up

Shoot Location: Rapeseed Field – Kings Hill Business Park, West Malling
Photography: Heline Bekker Photography
Brown Long Kimono: Forever 21
Blue Floral Dress: Anthropologie
Sandals: Dune
Bracelet: Astley Clarke
 

Have a lovely weekend peeps – we shall see you bright eyed and bushy tailed on Monday.

Big Love

Laura xxx

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