A photographer, who was due to give birth this month, died suddenly in her hometown of Auckland this week.
Her unborn child also died in the unexplained incident.
Janay Johnstone, 31, was at full term with her second child, a daughter.
Already mum to her son, three-year-old Tiere, the talented photographer was “excited” to meet her little girl, who the family affectionately dubbed “Baby Johnstone”.
“Not long until we meet our little girl and see my boy turn into an amazing big brother. Exciting times ahead!” Janay wrote on her Facebook page this month.
Janay and her daughter’s sudden and unexplained deaths have sent shockwaves through Auckland’s photographic community, with NZ Institute of Professional Photography president Ollie Dale describing how respected she was.
“Janay was a wonderful mum to her beautiful boy and so excited to meet her wee girl, due this month,” he said.
“She was bubbly and vivacious with a heart of gold.
“Janay was an incredibly talented photographer, and an absolute baby whisperer. She will be greatly missed.”
Mr Dale told the NZ Herald that as far as he knew “it was completely unexpected and she was a vibrant and bubble person”.
She and her pregnant friend had celebrated their joint baby showers last month.
In a post to Facebook, Janay thanked her mother and sisters for organising the event and expressed how ready she was to meet her daughter.
“Looking forward to meeting our girls next month (please don’t make me wait longer),” Janay wrote.
Janay launched her own business Tee-Jay Photography, specialising in newborn portraits.
“My passion for newborn photography started with my son, the moment I watched my son being photographed as a newborn, I thought it would be the best job in the world!” Janay wrote on her website.
“My son’s newborn baby portraits are priceless to me and I have them proudly displayed on my walls.”
For Janay, there was no greater joy than “working with the most precious little miracles”.
Janay also worked with Heartfelt, a volunteer organisation that gifts photographic memories to parents of terminal ill children, premature and stillborn babies.
A heartbreaking post, written by Janay on her Facebook page, announced some big news about her business on Wednesday.
“Some big news for our growing family, we are moving to the beautiful Central Otago in May!” Janay wrote.
The bittersweet post attracted messages of condolence from former clients and friends of Janay’s family.
“I am so sorry to hear of Janay’s passing, gorgeous woman,” one lady wrote.
Another added: “So incredible sad, sending so much love and light to the family at such a terrible time”.
A traditional Mauri service will be held this evening to honour Janay’s life.
In an emotional tribute, Janay’s sister Chantelle said how much she missed her sister and the niece she never got to meet.
“Our sister Janay and Baby Johnstone will be returning home,” Chantelle said.
She then posted the last two photos she ever took with her sister.
A Give a Little fund raising page has been established to assist Janay’s husband Mark and has already collected nearly $13,000.
“All funds will be donated directly to Janay’s husband Mark and their son, to help them through this tragic loss,” the fundraising page said.