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The sun was just rising over the desert horizon, everything was still around us, soft music played in the background and Ben and Stephanie were enjoying being together as they anticipated the arrival of their little girl in a few weeks. Fast forward to a month later and I had the privilege of meeting baby Elara in her exquisite pink bedroom in the Dubai Marina. Like a continuation of our first shoot the light was soft, everything was quiet and now they could enjoy one another as a family of three.

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Claudia and Ingo are avid travellers and make a point of doing a couple’s shoot at just about every place they visit. Happiest of days for me, they chose me to do their shoot while vacationing in Dubai. They certainly earned their hotel dinner with all the running I had them doing! Claudia is a highly successful international wedding photographer and I really appreciate the trust she put in me to capture their and  love in the dunes of Dubai.

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It can be jolly intimidating doing a portrait shoot for another photographer – espcially one as awesome as Andrea of Andrea Jecker Photography. Lucky for me, Andrea is not the type to question my creative decisions and I’m so glad she put her full trust in me to “do my thing” on this shoot. She and Phillip are a beautiful and fun loving couple who are clearly totally in love with their little boy, Tom.

Tom exemplified the term “Murphy’s Law” by becoming extremely tired and ready for his nap approximately five minutes into our shoot. But you know what? The point of a lifestyle family shoot is to capture a little slice of real life and this tired little guy was happy to help us meet that objective by passing out and snuggling up with Mama and Papa for most of our hour-long session. I love the result: family snuggle time on the bed.

This sweet family is packing their bags and making a big move back home to Germany. I think this shoot was a wonderful way to celebrate the space they’ve called home for the past few years.

Wishing safe travels and wonderful adventures for Phillip, Andrea and sleepy Tom! xxx

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I was enthusiastically greeted at the family’s door by Joanna and Eric’s confident two year old, Henry. Wasting no time on pleasantries and feeling perfectly comfortable in his birthday suit, the little master of the house introduced me to his kingdom while mom and dad finished getting ready (because when there’s a newborn in the house, no-one’s going to be ready on time). Henry proudly showed me his new brother, Caspar, sleeping peacefully in his cot and then on to his bedroom to meet some dinosours. Dad arrived on the scene to ensure that the rest of the family photos would include Henry with his clothes on.

The next two hours were this photographer’s dream – a loving family, beautiful sunny rooms and a little of the real chaos of life with a new baby (note Henry holding Caspar in a choke hold). This is my favorite kind of shoot to do – creating a record of what life is really like in the space we live.

Thank you, Joanna and Eric, for welcoming me into your home to capture your beautiful family.

Click on the link to view more family lifestyle photography by Nicky Lejeune Photography: Family portfolio

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