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Brunch in Berlin with Emilia

Welcome Emilia, to the world!

The arrival of a newborn baby brings people together in a very special way.  Matthias’ parents came from Vienna and Clare’s flew all the way from Melbourne.  They had just three days together.  Clare and Matthias decided that capturing the moment was important to have for the future.   In our planning meeting it was clear that formal photographs were not the order of the day.  They wanted to get together for brunch and capture the spirit of the moment – all the connections, conversations, laughs and special moments with Emilia.

Naturally I recognised the importance of the occasion and felt honoured to be chosen for the task.  The collection is simply beautiful and very touching.  Every aspect, every detail, every nuance, all captured.  This special day will never happen again, everyone will go their separate ways, Emilia will begin to grow and change, life will move on.  Memories can serve us only so well.  Photography is an extraordinary medium because it enables us to relive an experience over and over again in fine detail.  So the question is, which moments of today do you want to take with you?

Emilia sleeps in the quiet hallway.

baby in a crib in a hallway photograph

Clare carefully prepares the room for brunch.

mother in the hallway photograph berlin

A lovely ‘mother hen’ moment shared between mother and son.
This is the kitchen in Matthias and Clare’s Berlin apartment.

Clare’s mum Sue, looking very happy and about to toast the event.

mother and daughter photographs black and white

Everyone was busy chatting and toasting with champagne.
Clare and Matthias had been up a lot the night before with Emilia.
They took a quiet moment together. 

family photography berlin in black and white

proud and protective grandparents with their newborn granddaughter

I can feel the history of Peter and Erna in this image.

elderly people in photographs Berlin

I asked Peter, how does it feel to become a grandparent?
He said, ‘overwhelming happiness’. 

grandparents and their newborn grandchild

A beautiful, textural detail – the flowers that are sent to congratulate.

closeup on flowers photograph

Aww sweet muffin, I love that little hand.
She’s a Berliner baby! 

newborn baby precious newborn photograph

Matthias was visibly moved by this collection.
It’s a very different role in life, to be a father. 

proud father with his newborn baby photograph
Clare said she would always think of Erna with this beautifully captured detail.
precious newborn baby detail closeup photograph
mother and father in the hallway with their newborn baby

So much to learn, even how the pram works!

german hallway with pram

A glorious day and perfect for a stroll in Volkspark Friedrichshain, Berlin’s oldest ‘people’s park’.

park in Berlin dappled sunlight photograph

Little Emilia opened her eyes briefly.
Malcolm and Sue requested a more formal photograph with their new granddaughter.
Emilia obliged and gave us a little smile!

kissing the baby

You can feel Clare’s tiredness, but also her quiet and total happiness.

mother and her newborn child in a park in berlin germany photograph

A simply stunning and gentle moment captured of this newly formed family.
They may leave Berlin and spend some time in Australia.
The perfect Berlin reference with the bier garten benches in the background!

beautiful image of a man and a woman with their newborn baby

Lots of personality and poignancy.

mothers-in-law in a park in Berlin germany photograph

A classic Berlin scene – the DDR buildings, the wide footpath, the bikes, the tram and the Fernseturm TV tower at Alexanderplatz.

berlin streetscape photograph

Meanwhile back at the ranch, it’s about time to wrap up.
The parents chat quietly while Matthias and Clare attend to Emilia.
I love the light and Peter’s hand resting gently on the table. 

sitting and waiting in the living room
beautiful mother with her newborn baby and family photograph berlin

Something you don’t see everyday – a father kissing his son.
It’s just a beautiful moment to treasure.
father kissing his son photograph
Everyone left for the afternoon.
Clare and Matthias flopped down on the couch for some quiet time with Emilia.
Today’s events will form the next artworks for their wall of memories. 
young couple with their newborn baby photograph in their living room
Check out Clare’s awesome blog here on all things Berlin!
Clare and Matthias, I wish you both all the very best in life with Emilia. I hope that the images we created on this special day bring back valuable memories for many years to come.
B
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Clare J - August 13, 2011 - 4:52 am

Wow, these photos are just gorgeous, I am a good friend of Clare’s – the images really capture the love between the families. I love the soft light too, and the pale colours. She is a bundle of sugar (the baby that is), can’t wait to meet her.

Anika - August 14, 2011 - 4:34 am

Really beautiful images…the moments you captured are so perfect to keep for a lifetime-a wonderful story. I love the honest moments you captured what seems very quietly, just lovely.

ELK - August 14, 2011 - 1:01 pm

i love clare’s blog ..and this stunning simple . yet intense series of photographs touched my heart ..you really captured the essence of the day and the feeling of family .

Beth Jennings - August 19, 2011 - 9:26 pm

Thank you so much Elk for having a look here at Clare’s images, she keeps a beautiful blog herself too. I”m so pleased that you can feel the essence of the day in the images – hard to do but very rewarding when it happens!

Beth Jennings - August 19, 2011 - 9:27 pm

Very quietly indeed…yes it was softly softly. A delicate line to walk between being there and not being there. Thank you Anika for taking the time to share your thoughts :)

Beth Jennings - August 19, 2011 - 9:28 pm

A bundle of sugar indeed!! She is a lovely little girl and very lucky with such a great family around her. Thank you Clare for taking the time to write your thoughts I really loved to read what you had to say!!

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