They are the candid pictures we have all seen before – a beaming couple sharing the tender moment with a new addition to the household.
But for New Zealand’s Married at First Sight couple Angel Star-Heron, 26, and Brett Renall, 34, they have created a set of professional photographs in which their French bulldog named Cashew takes the place of a newborn baby. The intimate pictures, taken by Laura Johns Photography, shows the reality TV stars lovingly cradling their four-legged bundle of joy in a series of heartwarming poses imitating the classic family shots – but with a furry spin.
Taking to social media, the excited loved-up pair made the announcement about the arrival of their ‘fur baby’ Cashew, who appeared natural in front of the cameras.
‘A + B + C. Everyone meet Cashew,’ Angel wrote on Instagram, alongside the beautiful images. ‘We can finally share with you our secret we have been keeping since November. The most perfect addition to our wee Renall clan. It was love at first sight take two.’ Her TV husband wrote: ‘These two girls are perfect in every way.’
The smitten couple met on the reality TV show MAFS last year. After the cameras stopped rolling, Angel, from Wellington, officially moved in with Brett in his Canterbury hometown of Lincoln in December.
After tying the knot on the very first day they met, the pair are now the only surviving couple from the show. And since then, they have welcomed a new addition to the family – Cashew. ‘Getting a dog is something Brett and I have always wanted,’ Angel told Woman’s Day. ‘Now that Cashew is here, it feels like we’ve put another brick down in the foundations of our relationship. We are raising something together and that feels incredibly special.’
Speaking to Daily Mail Australia, photographer Laura Johns said she enjoyed working with the couple for the shoot. ‘They were a dream – a genuine, friendly couple with a great connection. They are super into each other,’ she said. ‘They were relaxed – that’s how I like my photo shoots. I encourage fun and laughs. It was cold though. After this amazing heatwave, we’ve been having – Brett said he would have brought a beer up if it was warmer.
‘I actually had to bring my rug out for them and we were being very careful for Cashew the pup’s wellbeing, since she was so young. Next time, she will hopefully be frolicking around.’
Ms Jones often shoots intimate photographs with couples, family portraits and weddings ‘I travel wide and far to tell the love stories of amazing couples throughout New Zealand and I just loved capturing the heart and soul of what makes Angel and Brett’s relationship – and little family – so special,’ she said.
‘I shoot couples in all sorts of different situations. But shoots with puppies are something I can’t get enough of. I just love dogs. I didn’t want to hand Cashew back after cuddles. It’s my dream to have a French Bulldog.’