Baby Leo and his family visited my East Bunbury studio for his newborn photo shoot on day 11 in early January.
Leo’s Mum and Dad were part of the Yarloop community who were now dealing with the loss of their town and loosing a place to live. Luckily their home was one of the lucky ones that survived the fire, but it was now uninhabitable due to no electricity or facilities.
So while Mum was laying in hospital, Leo only days old, Dad had returned to Yarloop to help his family fight the fires as they advanced towards their dairy farm and inevitably their town.
The town’s church where Leo’s parents were married, and two generations before them were also married, is now no more. As we were all shown via the news, the town was devastated. But Leo’s family still had this little man to celebrate.
Leo’s parents had already planned to capture him surrounded by their working boots and Dad’s well loved, and well worn, hat. Leo’s parents even purchased a pair of RM Williams for him (RMWilliams.com.au) that we incorporated into the shot.
While I am thankful to all my parents who visit me in the early days of welcoming a newborn (because I would never be out of my pjs until 11am at the earliest in my day) I was so thankful that through this terrible experience, where life was still a little crazy, Leo’s parents made it in.
One advantage for us in the studio, if they thought of a new idea or special piece to use in a photo it was all in easy reaching distance of their car, where all their possessions had been stored through the fire.
Congratulations to Mum and Dad and welcome to the world Leo.
The start of 2016 will be well remembered for your family by your arrival and those fires.