A couple of weeks ago I had the absolute pleasure of meeting Benji and Zoe Marshall when they bought their precious newborn baby boy, Fox into my Sydney studio for his first ever photo shoot at only 8 days old.
Keeping their beautiful photos under wraps until after Womans Day Magazine made the birth announcement has been difficult! I have been so excited to share a few of my favourite images, because this photo shoot was amazing!
From the moment the Marshalls walked through the studio door, I knew that I was going to love working with them. They were both so easy going, contagiously happy and remarkably relaxed for first time parents! Definitely my kind of people!
At 3.83kg and 54cm long, Benjamin Fox Marshall, known as Fox, was of course perfection. We did have a few side-slipping moments of hilarity involving projectile baby poop, which despite Benji’s horror, only made the whole experience all the more memorable! Little Fox Marshall managed to christen all three adults and most of the studio in one fell swoop… this boy is ready to take on the world!
The story behind Fox’s unusual name is an emotional one, and one which Zoe and Benji were happy to share; it started with their first conversation when Zoe asked: ‘do you know of the arctic fox?’. The arctic fox is known to mate for life. A reference that both Zoe and Benji then made during their wedding vows (unbeknown to each other prior to the event). It became a symbol to them both throughout their relationship, and is now the foundation upon which their family will be built. Baby Fox is the perfect starting point for this beautiful new family.
During our time together, it was Benji who surprised me the most, (forgetting the baby poop explosion that is!) with his absolute infatuation with his new baby. Don’t get me wrong, every dad I’ve ever met obviously loves their child, but with Benji, there was a sense of relief that something he was waited for so long has finally happened. He told me that he was ready to have children ’10 years ago’, so finally being able to hold his own baby boy in his arms really is a dream come true… and my privilege to witness and record for them both.
Getting to know the families I work with is the best part of my job. Working with people as open and honest as the Marshall’s is the cherry on top.
Zoe, thank you for choosing me to share your story; for your trust in my work, the fun you bought through the studio door with you, and for sharing the highs and lows, and all the gory details! (I’m so glad you had the best ever obstetrician on your side! ;-))
To both of you… enjoy the journey! It’s going to be wild (especially with a little Fox on your heels!) xx
Rebecca Bowman Photography is a boutique studio based on the Northern Beaches of Sydney, NSW. Rebecca focusses on maternity, newborn, baby and family photography and specialises in beach sessions and studio maternity and newborn sessions. Rebecca’s clients travel from all over Sydney and outdoor sessions are available throughout the Northern Beaches and beyond.
Pregnancy, maternity photographer, Northern Beaches, Sydney. Maternity and newborn photography by Rebecca Bowman Photography, Frenchs Forest, Sydney, New South Wales. Professional baby and pregnancy photographer, Sydney.