It was a pleasure to photograph my friend Polly and her baby Blue in Wellington last week. His full name is Indigo Blue Besley Le Dorre and he's nine months old today. The idea of this shoot was inspired by a project called 4thtrimesterbodies which is "dedicated to embracing the beauty inherent in the changes brought to our bodies by motherhood, childbirth and breastfeeding."
My goal was to make sure Polly was comfortable the whole time and to capture some beautiful natural moments between her and her baby that she can cherish forever. It was my first time photographing a child and also working with a semi-nude model so this was a good learning experience for me. Polly said to me afterwards that this was a scary thing for her to do but I made it easy. That meant so much to me because that's what I'd hoped for, and that she can see how beautiful she is from these photos.