Meet Carla, Ferdi and Lian. The Maartens immigrated from South Africa to New Zealand in 2017, with husband Ferdi, a Maintenance Fitter, coming over first on 23 January, 2017, and Carla and Lian following on the 2nd of May, with Lian celebrating his 3rd birthday in New Zealand. It's almost been a year for the whole family and they are settling in nicely, enjoying a bit of a time out on their relocation shoot at Te Atatu Peninsula.
Before moving to Auckland, they lived and worked in Nelspruit, Mpumalanga.
Carla was an accountant back home, but moved to New Zealand for a better quality of life and for the first time have been able to enjoy being a stay-at-home mom.
This has enabled her to help her son, Lian adjust and settle in their new home.
Lian hasn't had much exposure to English before moving, and now goes to halfday kindy to help better his English development. Carla is currently pregnant with their second child, a little girl to make her appearance some time in August this year.
They have settled in West Auckland and they are enjoying the beauty and freedom of New Zealand.
I really had fun photographing this little family, Lian was a typical little four year old boy, not interested in getting photographed, but we managed to get a couple of really great, fun shots with him.
Carla is glowing from being pregnant, and I can't wait to photograph her beautiful pregnant tummy in a couple of months' time.
I look forward to meeting more families that have relocated to this beautiful city.