Newborn photoshoots are one of the most joy-filled and exciting parts of my job.  There is something utterly irresistible about that tiny, brand new person, with all the promise, expectation and hope fulfilled that they represent.  Last week, I was thrilled to photograph James and Alexa's third baby, Axel.  He was just one week old and the perfect age for a close-up: downy skin, big eyes and impossibly miniature hands and feet (and ears!  What is it about those teeny-tiny ears that is so heavenly?!).  

Axel had some of the best facial expressions I've ever seen in a newborn.  Mostly, he looked at me as if to say, "Who is this lady and WHAT is she doing disturbing my morning?"!  But this photo (below) of James holding his baby boy has to be one of my all-time favourites.  Axel's ire is reserved for his daddy this time!

Ha ha ha!  It actually makes me laugh out loud!  

I got some lovely shots of Axel with his mum and dad, both separately and together.  Isn't Alexa a beauty?  I'd just like to reiterate that she gave birth a week ago.  ONE WEEK!  She is clearly a wonder-woman.

Axel was very happy spending some time with his siblings, both separately and together.  I think this was the first time that Lucia got to hold him on her own.  She hasn't put him down since!

There were also some great opportunities for family shots both in the sunny garden and in James and Alexa's bedroom.

I love all these photos and am so thrilled to have been able to shoot such a gorgeous, photographic family. HOWEVER, the reason this post is entitled, 'Real family life with a newborn' is because some of my favourite shots from the morning are the 'behind the scenes' pictures where you get to see some of the mayhem that is involved in getting a good family photo. I had to be quick as lightning to capture the extraordinarily brief moments when everyone was still and looking somewhere near the camera!   This is what was going on in between those moments...

Initially, this looks like a sweet, well-behaved family shot.  But, wait.  Is Lucia actually licking her new baby brother?!

Come back, Rafi, we haven't finished the photoshoot yet!  (I freakin' love this picture!  It perfectly sums up family life!)

After all that bouncing on the bed, Axel was lucky to get a few snatched moments with his mum and dad (classic third-child-syndrome!).

Real family life with a newborn, from my morning's experience with this amazing family, seems to be chaotic, noisy, exhausting and absolutely chock-a-block FULL of love and laughter!  Axel has so much joy ahead of him, the lucky boy!