Couple capture milestones in lockdown photoshoots

Ben and Natalie Farrin

Ben and Natalie Farrin have spent lockdown creating special memories with their photoshoot. - Credit: Ben Farrin

Lockdown has left many families unable to celebrate key milestones in 2020.

But this couple from Norwich have marked their first wedding anniversary, the arrival of their daughter and the start of a new venture all in the space of 12 months.

And while doing so they have documented it all in a series of photos.

Ben and Natalie Farrin had planned to invite friends and family to their home on May 24 to mark their first wedding anniversary.

They had hired the same band and had planned to put on their wedding day get-up to recreate the day for those not there - but the first lockdown hit.


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Not wanting to let the day go unmarked, the couple spent hours recreating shots from the big day in their back garden, including reusing the same bouquet Mrs Farrin held.

Ben and Natalie Farrin

Side by side, ben and Natalie Farrin decided to recreate their wedding day in their garden in Norwich. - Credit: Ben Farrin

Ben and Natalie Farrin wedding day shoots side by side

Side by side, ben and Natalie Farrin decided to recreate their wedding day in their garden in Norwich. - Credit: Ben Farrin

Ben and Natalie Farrin wedding day shoots side by side

Side by side, ben and Natalie Farrin decided to recreate their wedding day in their garden in Norwich. - Credit: Ben Farrin

Mr Farrin, who owns the Student Pocket Guide and Digital Boss, said: "We didn't want to let our first anniversary get spoilt. We decided we'd get four or five pictures we had taken at our wedding and recreate them in our back garden.

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"It was a lovely thing to do, the two of us on our anniversary. Seeing Natalie in her dress, looking  beautiful, and to be able to capture these moments on camera makes it all even more special."

The couple soon learned they were expecting their first baby and in September, Mr Farrin picked up his camera again to photograph his wife, 40, in the woodland of Mousehold Heath.

Natalie Farrin in Mousehold Heath Norwich

Ben Farrin decided to have a maternity photo shoot for his wife Natalie when she was expecting their daughter Mia. - Credit: Ben Farrin

Natalie Farrin in the sunlight at Mousehold Heath

Natalie Farrin poses for a maternity shoot shot by her husband Ben, who wished to capture special memories during lockdown. - Credit: Ben Farrin

He said: "I'm so proud to look back and know I'm doing my best for us to create these special memories. People take things for granted, I want her to feel loved and special."

Their daughter Mia was born on October 5 and it was not long before the photo bug struck again.

Mr Farrin, 38, turned their spare bedroom into a studio and captured scores of images of seven-week-old Mia - his favourite being a shot of him holding her in his hands.

Baby Mia in the hands of her dad Ben Farrin

Baby Mia photographed in the arms of her dad Ben Farrin, who says this was his favourite picture of the photos he has taken. - Credit: Ben Farrin

But if that was not enough, the couple have collaborated on a project to provide others with special memories by starting NataBené and offering maternity, newborn and family photography.

Ben and Natalie Farrin from Norwich

Ben Farrin captured all the pictures himself. - Credit: Ben Farrin

The name is a play on words around their names and the phrase Nota Bene, which means take note in Latin. 

Mia Farrin pictured by her dad Ben

Ben and Natalie Farrin welcomed daughter Mia on October 5. - Credit: Ben Farrin

Mr Farrin said: "I didn't start NataBené intentionally as a new business, it was just a personal project, but if someone wants to capture those special moments on camera I'd be happy to help. The whole idea is to create special memories to be remembered forever."

Baby Mia Farrin

Baby Mia - Credit: Ben Farrin

Search NataBené on Facebook to find out more.

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