As soon as I pulled up the driveway at Juan and Nadine’s house, their rambunctious dogs made sure to remind me that they were as much a part of this family as anyone else (let’s not tell my husband that they jumped up on my car). So naturally, they had to be part of the shoot and made themselves very comfortable next to baby Hannah on the family bed for some family downtime (although you may want to look out for one particular shot of a very unimpressed Jack Russel. I’m not entirely sure what was going on there!).

Though Hannah was feeling a bit under the weather, she was a little trooper – smiling for mom and dad and eating whatever she could get her hands on (including plants).

The routines that make up your family’s everyday are precious moments to record. Hannah can look back one day and remember the way she used to chill on dad’s lap while drinking her bottle, the rocking chair that she and mommy used to snuggle together in, the sweet dogs that fussed over her. Photographing these moments brings me joy.

What special routines of the day would you like to remember?

Book a lifestyle family photography session anywhere in Johannesburg with Nicky Lejeune Photography: 076 907 5159.

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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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