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From Nest I Flourish….A Milestone Package With A Difference

Blink and you will miss it…

your tiny baby grown.

One moment in your loving arms…

Now walking on their own.

Before you know it time has passed…

and one year with them done.

Your curly snuggly newborn

is chubby, busy, fun!

Don’t miss a single moment…

Capture memories as they come.

Celebrate each milestone…

Of your growing little one.

No longer in your loving nest…

nurtured as they grow.

They flourished from a tiny babe…

sweet memories to show.

Woman in cream dress standing beside autum leaves on a tree holding nest with egg

Big things are happening here at Amanda Maree Photography and we are now growing with you and your little one.

I am so excited to announce that I will now be offering a milestone package with a difference.

Sessions that capture your little one during the most important time in their lives….their first year.

Beginning with custom newborn sessions then following your little one as they flourish and grow throughout their first year with sessions at 3 months, 6-9 months and 12 months.

Continuing on with my signature styling of all things natural and nurturing….nests, felts and textures, bonnets and wraps….recreating set ups captured during your newborn sessions and watching your little one grow at every stage. All sessions will flow on from my newborn styling….a point of difference from your every day portrait session.

A 3 month mini session….with ISABELLA

Newborn baby girl sleeping in round wooden bowl wrapped in pink wrap laying on large pink quilted flower and second image of same set up with baby as a 3 month old Newborn baby girl wrapped in peach wrap laying in wooden trench bowl with knitted wrap on wooden floor and second image is of same set up with baby at 3 months Newborn baby girl in purple romper sleeping in wooden bowl with cream wrap laying on purple back drop and second image is same set up with 3 month old baby Sleeping newborn baby in wooden bowl in garden wrapped in green lace wrap holding green owl and second image is same set up with 3 month old baby

A 3 month mini session…..with HARRY

3 month old baby boy wearing mint knitted bonnet laying on mint flokati with mint wrap

A 3 month mini session…with VINNIE

3 month old baby boy laying in cream basket with cream fur and cream blanket

A 9 month mini session with…..ALEXIS

Sleeping newborn in green romper laying on pink flokati and second image same set up with 9 month old Newborn baby girl in puple lace romper in cream crochet basket on purple fluff on wooden floor and second image same set up with 9 month old Newborn baby girl wearing mustard romper laying on mustard suitcase with lace and mustard felt on wooden floor and second image is same set up with 9 month old

A 12 month mini session…..with EVIE-ROSE

Newborn baby girl sleeping in grey lace bowl with grey wrap and crey felt laying on wooden floor and second image same set up with 12 month old Newborn baby girl sleeping in wooden bowl wearing cream knitted romper with cream knitted bear on wooden floor and second image is same set up with 12 month old Newborn baby girl in duck egg blue wooden bowl with coral blanket and mint felt wrapped in mint cheese cloth wrap with pink knitted cat and second image is same set up with 12 month old

You will be offered the option of selecting the entire milestone package…the ultimate gift to you and your family to celebrate the most important times in your little ones lives or selecting individual mini session from the package. Missed out on a newborn session because life was super busy and time got away from you…why not book a 3 month mini session? Looking for a way to celebrate an amazing first year….why not book a 12 month session? But most importantly….see the value in documenting your babies first year through the beauty of photography.

I would love nothing more than the privilege to capture your little one throughout their first magical year.

Please get in touch for further information in regards to bookings and pricing for the

‘From Nest I flourish’ – Milestone Package today.

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In the light of the moon….a little egg lay on a leaf

Newborn baby boy wrapped in white wrap in white felt bowl on green leavesOne Sunday morning (well actually it was a Saturday, but for the sake of a good story!)….the warm sun came up and…pop! out of the egg came a tiny and very hungry caterpillar (there were a few snack breaks today so I can attest to this!)

Newborn baby dressed in knitted caterpillar outfit laying on leaf backdropHe started to look for some food….after lots of milk, he wasn’t a little caterpillar anymore, he was a big fat caterpillar. He built a small house, called a cocoon, around himself….

Newborn baby wrapped in brown wrap and knit felt cocoon hanging from tree branchHe stayed inside for two weeks (well actually just a short period of time because by this stage his big brother had had enough of the newborn photography session!) then nibbled a hole in the cocoon, pushed his way out and…

Newborn baby wrapped in blue wrap with blue knit bonnet on butterfly backdrophe was a beautiful butterfly!

Today I had the sweetest little guy in the studio…you may remember a couple of years ago I had his gorgeous big brother, Darcy, in the studio as a newborn and he had an amazing Very Hungry Caterpillar nursery theme. So, together with a few special people, we created some story book magic. When Darcy’s mumma got in touch to say they were expecting another gorgeous boy and that they had adored Darcy’s story, I just knew we had to recreate some beautiful magic again today!

Now we didn’t just capture a special story, mumma asked for some blue and grey set ups for their session and I think they worked perfectly with this little guy.

World…Meet Pierce.x.

Newborn baby boy sleeping on brown blanket with brown wrap and brown knit bonnet with brown and cream felt heartsHow adorable is this little love bug?

(Bonnet from Little Doe Designs and felt hearts from Little Jar Big Dreams)

Newborn baby boy sleeping in cream tin bucket with grey curly felt and grey wrap and grey knit bonnet and grey felt heart Newborn baby boy sleeping in cream tin bucket with grey curly felt and grey wrap and grey knit bonnet and grey felt heartThis little guy had the most amazing hands, long delicate fingers, and teeny tiny wrinkles….perfect for snuggling up with a little felt heart!

(Felt heart from Little Jar Big Dreams, bonnet from Little Doe Designs and wrap from Love That Prop)

Newborn baby sleeping on grey blanket with grey wrap Newborn baby sleeping on grey blanket with grey wrap Newborn baby in farmers basket with blue blanket and romper and bonnet on wooden floor with jute layerUmmmm…I have no words…one minute this guy was snoozin and the next he looked up at me with the most intense eye contact. Oh Pierce, you are everything.

Plus there’s just something about denim blue and footsie rompers!

Newborn baby in farmers basket with blue blanket and romper and bonnet on wooden floor with jute layer(Bonnet from Little Doe Designs and romper from Shooting Stars Props)

Newborn baby sleeping in wooden crate with blue blanket and knit layer and wrap and bonnet and felt heart on white wooden floor Newborn baby sleeping in wooden crate with blue blanket and knit layer and wrap and bonnet and felt heart on white wooden floorThese hearts are just so perfect for little hands….

(Felt heart from Little Jar Big Dreams & bonnet from Little Doe Designs)

Newborn baby boy sleeping in round wooden bowl on white wooden floor wrapped in baby blue wrap and blanketAnd a little bit of baby blue for their baby blue…

Newborn baby boy sleeping in wooden crate with blue wrap with sibling brother sitting beside the crate wearing white singlet blue shirt and brown pantsAnd last but by no means least…the first hungry caterpillar and the sweetest big brother Darcy with his darling little Pierce.

Darcy, I’m so glad you had fun today, even if it was at my expense with a pig toy on my head….

Pierce, you are absolutely divine and welcome back in the studio any time….

Paula and Jamie, the biggest praise is a family trusting you with their gorgeous new baby, even more so when they choose to return to you again with their new addition, thank you for coming back to me again and trusting me with your memories.

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It’s midnight…I’m drowning in laundry and I’m not sure who all the poop belongs to…newborn clients, kids…kitten? Who knows but that’s the joy of my life right now and I couldn’t be happier!!! Sometimes I wonder how I made it here…whether many would think it was fun to be sitting in a pile of poop at midnight….but this is my story…a little part of me from behind the lens….

My name is Amanda, I’m a Neonatal Intensive Care (NICU) Nurse, mumma to two gorgeous little guy’s and a Brisbane based natural light photographer. I’ve always had a passion for anything to do with the teeny tiny newborns. My work as a NICU Nurse over the past 15 years has allowed me the privilege of holding new life in my hands on a daily basis. As soon as I held my first camera, I knew that this would be my path & give me the opportunity to combine both worlds into newborn photography.

Woman sitting on bed in field at sunset wearing pink dress with bay on her lap looking at cameraThen along came a teeny tiny little one of my very own, and then another & again my path grew.

It’s just me & the boys, so taking on the challenge of single mumma, photographer & nurse has been an interesting journey but one I wouldn’t change for the world. Both of my boy’s are born via IVF and a donor…lot’s of hard work and lots of pennie’s but I wouldn’t have it any other way and I know it’s shaped me to be the person I am today.

Finding the balance between my little family & the families of others is something that I am learning to master. I am so blessed to be able to do what I love & share in so many families little miracles.

Woman wearing pink dress holding baby wearing cream knit romper with five year old boy wearing cream knit jumper and tan pants in a field at sunset

So….what’s life like behind the scenes at Amanda Maree Photography….besides lots of poop?

My extensive experience as a neonatal nurse, means your little one’s safety & comfort is my priority at all times. There is no greater privilege than a parent trusting me with their sweet new baby. Each new life that visits my studio is just as special as the last and I hope that each family feels this way. This often means that we work on baby time…stopping for feeds, settling and snuggles. Sometimes parents nap while the magic happens in the studio. Sometimes I’m jealous that they are getting more sleep with their newborn than I am with my one year old….he he he!

Mother and father sleeping on the couch during a newborn session

I shoot from my cosy home studio & love combining the natural beauty of a curly unfurling newborn with classic pops of colour. As a mumma myself, I know how important it is to hold onto all the tiny details. Never again will they be this small, this precious & this new. I love nothing more than providing parents with precious memories to last a lifetime and capturing new life. Session’s are filled with lots of cuddles as well as some stunning set ups that allow me to capture these magic moments that will be gone in the blink of an eye.

Together with my families we work to create beautiful images with colours that sing to their hearts, that include special items from their family and their past, that will hopefully adorn their walls and their albums for many years to come. I am grateful I get to give this gift to so many families but ultimately I think that I am the one receiving the gift.

collection of behind the scenes images from a newborn session with a dark haired female photographer and different newborns being posed

And then I get the even greater privilege of watching these little ones grow and flourish throughout their first year with my stunning milestone packages. These are even more fun as we recreate set ups from the newborn shoot at 3mths, 6-9mths and 1 year to see just how much they have grown and changed over that year. Sitting a little chubba in a tiny wooden bowl that they were not that long ago curled right up in and then before you know it standing them in that bowl is pure joy! And getting to know their little personalities is the greatest gift.

Collection of three newborns in props then the same three newborns as babies sitting in props

Working with families and watching them grow is by far the best job in the world….

So when are you booking your session?

*Amazing photo credit of my boys and I to Amy from Fleurette Photography….it’s not often I am on the other side of the lens so these are a real treat!

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There was once a little baby…

a teeny tiny boy…

And then one day I blinked & looked…

my heart was filled with joy…

You see this tiny baby…

no longer was he here….

he’d grown and he had stumbled…

in to my little dear.

 

Today I had Master Eddie back in the studio for his milestone session…can you believe this gorgeous boy is already one? I absolutely adore newborn sessions but when these teeny tiny babies come back to visit all grown my heart literally explodes. There is just something about comparing all the growth they’ve made in such a small amount of time. Those little cheeks and pouty lips now filled out with baby chub…that downy little hair now wavy and lush….and that adorable little personality that I was seeing the beginning of in the very beginning now flourishing into the sweetest little guy!

Eddie wasn’t super excited when he first arrived at the studio and with one year olds you definitely have to let them dictate the show….so we played peekaboo and made pig noises and he settled right in and we had a blast!

Newborn baby boy in round cane basket on wood floor with grey blanket in grey pants and bonnet and same set up on one year old boyLook how big that elephant was back when he was teeny tiny? These sort of comparison shot’s are just the best to see just how much they’ve grown! Newborn baby boy sleeping in round wooden bowl on white wood floor with grey blankets and bonnet and same set up with one year old boyThat sweet little smirk…. Newborn baby boy sleeping in farmers basket on wooden floor with grey blankets and wraps with blue and grey elephant toy and same set up with one year old boyNow of course we had to capture this set up with Eddie’s little bestie, his blue elephant!!! Newborn baby boy sleeping in wooden crate in navy blue wrap with navy knit bonnet with toy knit blue elephant and same set up as one year old boy Newborn baby boy in wood log bowl with navy blanket and wrap and bonnet and same set up as a one year old boyI would love to say this is the cutest little lip pout but I’d be more honest if I said there were at least ten little baby puffs tucked in these chipmunk cheeks! Newborn baby boy sleeping on cream blanket with cream wrap and cream bonnet and same set up with one year old boyDoes it get any cuter? I loved this set up from Eddie’s newborn session so it was super special to recreate today..there’s just something so innocent and pure about all white. Newborn baby boy sleeping on grey blanket wtih grey knit bonnet and same set up with one year old boyI can’t even handle the cute of this little guy…. Newborn baby boy sleeping on grey blanket wtih grey knit bonnet and same set up with one year old boyLot’s of serious…but also lots of smiles…. Newborn baby boy sleeping on grey blanket wtih grey knit bonnet and same set up with one year old boy Newborn baby boy wrapped in grey blanket on grey knit layer and grey fur with same set up as one year old boyEddie what an absolute pleasure it has been to watch you grow and change into an adorable little guy over the past year!!

Thanks so much for bringing your cute self to the studio today!

Ps….Eddie’s milestone session was gifted to his mumma as his first birthday gift from friends….I can’t think of a better gift or a better way to celebrate this guy’s first year!

(Make sure you get in touch if you’re looking for a special gift for a little person you love!)

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I look for you everywhere…the twinkle of the stars, the sway of the trees….

the whispers in the wind, the reflections in the water, the sun rising, the sunset.

And I will keep looking…..

Every time I thought of today’s session my heart skipped a beat….from the moment mumma booked her session early in pregnancy until this sweet sweet family arrived in the studio today. You see I have met this family before. The last time we were all together I was caring for their gorgeous twin girls in the NICU almost four years ago. Heart breakingly, only one sweet twin walks earthside whilst one watches down from heaven. I am sure it is that darling angel that brought her family to me today in the form of a beautiful rainbow.

Newborn baby girl sleeping in pink crochet basket with pink wrap and tieback in rainbow backdropWith a little pink butterfly to represent her big sister in heaven this beautiful rainbow was all kinds of magic. This special image was inspired by a stunning print that her mumma and papa created for her baby shower….

Rainbow

My heart is filled with joy to introduce you all to the most lovely little rainbow. I’ll let her mumma share their journey and I’ll sneak some photo’s in between.

World….Meet Ariella.x.

We were never sure if we would be able to have children, after battling cancer in my late 20’s. After trying for some time we finally fell pregnant with twins in 2014, six years after my battle. We felt so blessed to be gifted with two beautiful children and ecstatic to find out we were carrying two beautiful girls. Only three days after I finished work at 28 weeks, I went into spontaneous labour. I knew it was too soon for my girls to arrive but I felt a sense of calm throughout the delivery. I got to see my little princesses Olivia Grace and Freya Jade very briefly before they were whisked away to the NICU.

They were both a great size for their gestation weighing 1340g and 1100g. However, our sweet little Freya was born with heart complications and at only 18 days old she passed away suddenly. We spent the next month dealing with our grief whilst focusing on getting our surviving twin Olivia home safely in our arms. It was such a difficult time for both of us. We were delighted to bring Olivia home just before father’s day 2014.

It took a couple of years for our hearts to heal enough to feel like we could add to our family. We started the journey of trying to fall pregnant again. After a year of trying we decided to see a specialist and started monitoring cycles with ovulation assistance to get the timing right. A few months later and we were over the moon to find out we were pregnant! Imagine our surprise when we realised our sweet rainbow baby was due on our twin’s birthday! We knew our rainbow had been sent from heaven above.

At 15 weeks we booked in for a gender reveal scan to find out what we were having. A girl! Definitely another sign from our sweet angel Freya. Our pregnancy went smoothly and with the support of the most amazing obstetrician Dr Megan Castner, we got the extra reassurance we needed along the way to monitor the pregnancy for signs of early labour. Once I passed the 28 week mark, each week was a new milestone towards full term. I finished work at 34 weeks and was looking forward to the opportunity to spend time with Olivia before bub’s arrival.

Four days after I finished work I started feeling unwell and thought I was coming down with something. My instincts told me it was more than that and that evening I went to the pregnancy assessment centre for monitoring. I was in the early stages of labour and was admitted to hospital that night. The next day my waters broke and I was moved to the birthing suite. My little one had decided it was time to meet her mum and dad! Ariella Rose was born very early the following morning at 2.8kg. She came out fighting and went to the special care nursery without any breathing support.

We spent the next 7 days in hospital together, me recovering and Ariella learning to feed. With the support of my obstetrician and bub’s paediatrician we were able to come home together when she was only one week old. She is the sweetest little princess and we can see both of her big sister’s in her. Olivia is smitten with her baby sister, although was a little disappointed she didn’t wait to arrive until her birthday. While we will never stop missing our sweet angel Freya, our family feels complete now and we know she is watching over us all from above.

Newborn baby girl wrapped in pink wrap with pink tieback sleeping in the arms of big sister on cream fur with pink butterflyThree beautiful sisters side by side…this gorgeous butterfly was in Freya’s memory box and has been a special way that they have kept her nearby.

(Tieback from Princess & The Pea Props)

Newborn baby girl sleeping in pink flower nest with green felt and peach wrap and tieback with pink butterfly on wooden floor Newborn baby girl sleeping in pink flower nest with green felt and peach wrap and tieback with pink butterfly on wooden floorA flower hand picked by her sister in heaven…I’m pretty sure Ariella felt her sister near by…that sweet smile.

(Tieback from Princess & The Pea Props)

Newborn baby girl sleeping on pink blanket with pink lace wrap and pink knit bonnet Newborn baby girl sleeping on pink blanket with pink lace wrap and pink tiebackPractically perfect in every way…the rosiest cheeks, the poutiest lips, long lashes….she was absolutely divine.

Newborn baby girl sleeping in white wooden bed with dusty pink lace wrap and pillow and tieback and felt heart on white wooden floor Newborn baby girl sleeping in white wooden bed with dusty pink lace wrap and pillow and tieback and felt heart on white wooden floorThe true representation of so much love…these teeny tiny felt hearts are just so snuggly and sweet.

(Felt heart from Little Jar Big Dreams) Newborn baby girl wrapped in dusty pink wrap with pink and purple knit layer and pink tieback in cream bucket on white wooden floor Newborn baby girl sleeping on cream blanket with rainbow knit blanket and rainbow felt heartsThe sweetest of rainbows….

(Felt hearts from Little Jar Big Dreams) Newborn baby girl sleeping in round wooden bowl with purple wrap and blanket and tieback on wooden floorMumma wanted a beautiful pastel gallery….dusty pinks, purples…all to suit her nursery and the artwork they already had. I can’t wait to see these printed on their walls.

(Tieback from Princess & The Pea Props) Newborn baby girl sleeping in round cane basket with peach blanket and wrap and tieback on white wooden floor with dollHow sweet is this little doll that Ariella brought to her session…I just love including special things…imagine Ariella being photographed with this sweet doll throughout the years side by side…so special.x.

(Tieback from Princess & The Pea Props & blanket from A Little Life Photography Props) Newborn baby girl sleeping in cream cane vintage pram with cream fur and dusty pink lace layer and wrap and tieback being pushed by big sister wearing pink and white dressThere is no greater gift than watching a family in their journey through life and this family and this journey is very close to my heart.

Ariella, you are divine and the sweetest gift from your big sister in heaven.

Olivia, I know you will be double the big sister when Ariella is missing Freya, just watching you today was proof of that.

Penny and Christian, thank you for choosing me to capture special memories of your beautiful family and for the honour of being by your side from the very beginning of this story.

Freya…thank you for sending Ariella and for bringing your gorgeous family to me today.x.

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