New Zealand’s first set of quadruplets born in 20 years have been introduced to the world after photographer unveiled a series of heartwarming and stunning portraits.
The three girls, Quinn, Indie and Molly and boy, Hudson, were born at Christchurch Women’s Hospital on the August 15, at 28 weeks and four days, to parents Kendall and Joshua MacDonald.
They also have a three-year-old brother, Brooklyn.
The fraternal and identical set of twins are believed to be New Zealand’s first set of quadruplets since the 1990s.
New Zealand photographer Cassandra English has unveiled a series of portraits showing the newborn quads
The 12-week-old babies have been captured along with their big brother Brooklyn (Brooklyn pictured left)
The images of the red-haired 12-week-old babies were captured by newborn Cassandra English who described the event as a career-defining shoot’.
‘The MacDonald babies may be the only set of quads I’ll ever get to meet in my career, so it really was an incredible experience,’ she said.
Ms English, who made headlines around the world in 2017 after her photoshoot showing a set of red-haired triplets went viral, said she couldn’t have been more delighted by the opportunity to photograph the newborns.
‘I’ve been dreaming up this session since I found out about Kendall carrying these four tiny miracles.
The photoshoot took seven and a half hours to complete and involved 13 nappy changes and nine bottles
Quinn, Indie, Hudson and Molly were born at Christchurch Women’s Hospital on the August 15, at 28 weeks and four days
Ms English revealed the floral wreath the babies sit nestled among took 27 bunches of flowers to create
‘The redhead triplets were a challenge, but four babies… challenge accepted.’
She explained the seven and a half hour shoot involved 13 nappy changes, nine bottles and ‘numerous burps and farts, so many I lost count, and I only managed to only get vomited on twice… totally worth it.’
The portrait series, shot in Ms English’s trademark style, show the adorable babies in a variety of poses including snuggling together and swaddled in the arms of their big brother Brooklyn.
‘To bring my vision to life I needed four babies, four assistants, three baby shushers, 27 bunches of fresh flowers, a handmade wreath and a wooden bed made by my Dad,’ Ms English said.
Big brother Brooklyn surrounded by his new siblings Quinn, Indie, Hudson and Molly
The fraternal and identical set of twins are believed to be New Zealand’s first set of quadruplets since the 1990s
The MacDonald family created a Facebook page in response to the fascination over their impending arrivals.
‘This way everyone can keep updated as we go. We promise to keep everyone posted,’ the couple wrote alongside an ultrasound photo.
‘The below photo was the only chance we got to get all babies in the same photo as they are now all to big.
‘They did all look like babies and were the same size but you can’t get all four looking good at once.’
A Givealittle page has been set up to help this family of seven – with five children under three years old.