Amanda Maree Photography » Amanda Maree Photography - Brisbane Newborn Photographer

A gift sent from heaven…

from an angel above…

He hand picked a flower…

for us all to love…

A sweet little girl…

chosen with joy…

A new little love…

from a sweet little boy.

 

Oh my heart…the most special of sessions today. As the poem says, this little love was sent from someone very special watching down from heaven…the greatest of gifts. I first met this family back in August 2018 when I was caring for their gorgeous twin nephews Henry & Archie in the NICU. Born too soon and after a courageous journey, Henry remained earthside but darling Archie grew his angel wings. This entire family have held a very special place in my heart from the very beginning, so when Mumma got in touch to say her little love had arrived I just knew Archie had had a say in that. I am 100% positive he chose her specially and sent her down, and his presence was definitely felt in our session today.

And the sweetest of girls she was…super snuggly giving the best cuddles I could hope for, a sweet little rose bud pout and adorable little squishy cheeks! We had the best session capturing lots of special memories for the family to treasure. A gorgeous gallery filled with soft pinks, greens and greys she was all kinds of lovely.

World…Meet Luca…She’s New Here.x. Newborn baby girl sleeping in cane basket with grey blanket and fur and wrap and white lace and flower tieback That sweet little pout y’all…does it get any cuter? Newborn baby girl sleeping in pink farmers basket with pink blanket and wrap with flowers and tieback on white wooden floorCurled up snug just like she was inside… Newborn baby girl wrapped in sage wrap with bow tieback on cream blanketI just adore this sage green colour on little girls… Newborn baby girl sleeping in round wooden bowl with cream blanket and cream knit romper with grey bow tieback and lace doily layersWhen I popped her in this bowl she lay just like this and I thought it was way to sweet to move her… Newborn baby girl sleeping in flower nest with gren base and pink wrap and tieback on white wooden floorLook at that sweet smile…Mumma was super excited about this gorgeous set up and I think you would agree Luca loved it too! Newborn baby girl sleeping on grey blanket with white lace wrap and tieback Newborn baby girl sleeping on blanket wearing knit romper with flower headband being held by parents hands in black and whiteShe will only be this small for but a moment… Newborn baby girl sleeping on vintage iron bed with pink blanket and lace wrap wearing pink knit romper and flower tieback with flowers on wooden floorSuch a doll… Newborn baby girl sleeping in oval cane basket with grey blanket and flower tieback wrapped in cream bow wrap on white wooden floor with dried flowersA true gift… Newborn baby girl sleeping naked in heavily tattooed fathers arms black and white imageWhen we put Luca in her Papa’s arms she instantly held onto his finger and look how safe and serene she looks here…

Oh Luca you are everything and more…just the light your family needs, Archie did good choosing you so perfectly.

Pete and Jess I am so grateful to be given the opportunity to tell your story….it was such a joy to have you in the studio today.

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You are the missing puzzle piece…

that fits into our home…

the one that we’ve been waiting for…

you and you alone…

our hearts they were so ready…

to have you here with joy…

so long we knew we needed you…

our darling little boy.

 

Today I had a very special family in the studio with their newest and dearest addition and it literally filled my heart with joy. One day a few months ago I got the most amazing booking inquiry, I shared it on facebook yesterday, did you see? I’m going to attach it because it’s a special story and it definitely got me in my feels….

“Hi Amanda, I would love to know if I can book a session with you for a new baby due to arrive 25th Feb. You looked after his big sister in NICU October 2019- Feb 2020. I can’t think of anyone I want more to capture my babe. I tear up every time I see your work. About to hit 37 weeks tomorrow which is so awesome considering Alice arrived at 27 and no water since 24- it has been an adventure of faith and patience to have these two. We live out west in Roma & I told hubby Mick I’m not leaving Brisbane without photos this time. I’m angry I missed out on newborn photos for Alice- I kept waiting for the oxygen to come off and then bam- covid hit & no one out our way would take them. So excited I’m crying already (ugh hormones) The last time you took photos for us were of Alice in NICU at Xmas. Thank you ever so much.”

So today, gorgeous Alice brought her new baby brother to the studio and we captured beautiful magic along with lots of giggles from Alice herself…and all I can say is…Mumma I’m tired for you already just thinking about it! You see Alice was a firecracker in the NICU…it was that ‘spirit’ that got her through some pretty tough times but she still has this spirit and now I think it may end up giving Mumma and Papa grey hairs instead!! Though she be small….she be fierce…as they say! Lucky for us though her darling new brother was completely laid back and snoozed the day away! I’m so happy this sweet family have now completed their story and that they got a beautiful big fat term baby at the end as a reward through an otherwise long and hard journey. Sweet boy you are the perfect addition.

World….Meet Jack…He’s New Here.x. Newborn baby boy sleeping and awake on navy blanket with navy wrap and knit bonnet Oh gosh….he was ever so sweet…and a teeny little thing…but of course enormous compared to his sweet sister when she arrived earthside! Newborn baby boy sleeping in wooden crate with grey blanket and wrap and bonnet and lace layer and dried flowers on wooden floorCould he get any cuter? We captured a gorgeous gallery of navy’s, grey’s and denim… Newborn baby boy sleeping in round wooden bowl with persian rug on floor and cream and blue blankets and blue wrapPapa liked maroon and when I saw this gorgeous rug I knew it captured all that Mumma wanted with a little sneak of maroon… Newborn baby boy wearing navy romper in farmers basket with white blanket and hessian layer and white rainbow wrap on wooden floorAfter a feed and a full belly he just lay there intently…looking deep into my soul…and how stunning is this rainbow wrap Jack brought with him today? Newborn baby boy sleeping in cane pram with grey blanket and knit bear bonnet being pushed by sibling big sister in white dress Oh Alice…full of mischief but you do love your new little brother! Newborn baby boy sleeping on cream blanket wearing blue romper and knit pom pom bonnetLook at this little guy so snuggled up… Newborn baby boy sleeping in cane basket with navy knit layer and wrap and round hessian layer on wooden floorThere’s just something about navy on little boys… Newborn baby boy sleeping on cream blanket with grey wrapAn adorable little bundle… Newborn baby boy wrapped in blue wrap with sibling big sister in denim romper on cream furTalk about unicorn shot…anyone ever tried placing a sleeping newborn in the arms of a one year old??? Newborn baby boy sleeping in blue romper with blue wrap and pillow on white wooden day bedJust a little guy snoozin in his pjs on a day bed…. Newborn baby boy wrapped in navy wrap being held by father in grey tshirt with image in black and whiteSafe and sound in Papa’s hands…after 5 gorgeous daughters he now has a little man! Newborn baby boy sleeping in navy romper in vintage iron bed with navy wrap and knit layer with sibling big sister standing beside wearing navy romper and white tshirt standing besideThese two…as sweet as can be…

Jack…you are too cute and I am so grateful that your big sister brought us together today…I can’t imagine us missing out on today and your family missing out on these sweet pics.

Alice, your feisty nature will carry you far in life my girl…don’t ever change!

Ela and Mick…thank you for finding me after all of this time, trusting me with your beautiful family and allowing me to share in your story. I hope you love this sneak peak as much as I enjoyed capturing it for you.x.

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Our new baby girl is a gift beyond measure…

a wonder to hold and a lifetime to treasure…

with ten perfect fingers and ten tiny toes…

two bright eyes and a sweet little nose…

she’s bundled in pink and destined for pearls…

she’s a princess at heart…just like all little girls…

her life is a blessing filled with pure love…

and we welcome this miracle sent from above.

 

Oh you guys…I had the most divine little lady in the studio today, seriously a real little doll. She had the most perfect little face, rose bud lips and rosy cheeks and she slept up a storm while we worked away creating magic for her session. Mumma and Papa wanted a gorgeous gallery filled with all things girly and pink…and I’m sure you will agree we managed just that! I can’t wait to share some gorgeous images of the most gorgeous girl…

World…Meet Indie-Mae…She’s New Here.x.

Newborn baby girl sleeping on pink spotted blanket with white lace wrap and flower tieback When I said doll…I meant doll…just look at her! Newborn baby girl sleeping in oval wooden bowl with white blanket and pink wrap wearing pink knit romper and flower tieback on white wooden floorDid you see my live of this set up…she just snuggled right in… Newborn baby girl wrapped in white wrap sleeping on white fur with white bow tiebackMumma just adored her snuggled up like this…breech and toes up near her chin just like she was mere days earlier. Newborn baby girl sleeping in cane basket with cream knit layer and pink wrap and tieback and bonnetThat sweet little smile… Newborn baby girl sleeping on cream blanket with pink lace layer wrap and flower crown Newborn baby girl sleeping in rectangle basket with pink farmers basket and cream blanket and pink wrap and tieback with vase of pink flowers on white wooden floorAll things girly…flowers and lace and pink and bows… Newborn baby girl sleeping in round wooden bowl with lace circle layers with pink blanket and wrap and layer and tieback on wooden floor Newborn baby girl sleepin gon white wooden bed wearing pink romper and knit bonnet with pink curly felt and flowers holding pink bunny toyOk I think this may be my favourite set up of the session…Indie-Mae brought this adorable pink bunny with her so I had to snuggle the two of them up together. Newborn baby girl sleeping on cream blanket wearing pink knit romper and flower tieback Newborn baby girl sleeping in oval cane basket with cream knit blanket and pillow and pink wrap and tieback holding posie of flowers with flowers near basketHow sweet is this little posie of flowers…and those toes peeping out. Newborn baby girl wrapped in white wrap being held by mother and fatherNow I don’t normally share family images…I feel like it’s their own special memories together but this shot got me in my feels…how divine does this new family look together and Indie-Mae’s little smile?

Indie-Mae…thank you for being gorgeous you…seriously you couldn’t have got any cuter if you tried!

Chantal and Barry she is just divine…I’m so glad you found me and we could make today’s magic happen.x.

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If you’re wondering where to find me…

I’ll tell you where I’ll be…

I’m in that in between bit…

that space where sky meets sea…

In the whispers of the trees…

and the edges of your dreams…

close enough to almost touch…

but slightly out of reach…

I’m in the moon and in the stars…

but never really far…

and always, always I am there…

deep inside your heart.

By Catherine Prutton

 

Ok…there may have been tears for today’s session…happy tears, sad tears…and lots and lots of love. I’ve thought about this session for such a long time and although it’s not the session that Mumma and Papa hoped and dreamed for, we made it as extra special as we could. You see I first met this sweet family many months ago when their gorgeous boys were born at just 23 weeks, long before they were supposed to be earthside. Sadly, darling Samuel lost his courageous battle but his brother has fought long and hard and today, at 132 days, he came for his ‘newborn’ session with his tiny brother Samuel watching over him. I just adore this family and it was such an honour to celebrate both of their boys today. I’ll let his Mumma share their tale and I’ll share some special pics along the way.

World…Meet Sebastiono…He’s New Here.x.

My boys Sebastiano and Samuel are not only Mater Miracle Babies they are miracles in their own rights taking 16 years to arrive conceived naturally we found out on the 13th June 2020 and I was 7 weeks along. The boys were to arrive on Australia Day 2021 (26th Jan 2021) they decided to arrive at 23wks+4 days and 23wks+5 days. Yes, you read correctly they have two different birth dates as Sebastiano was born 3/10/2020 @1054pm and Samuel was born 4/10/2020 @ 0128am. Sebastiano was 645grams and Samuel 610grams born and due to their age and prematurity we lost Samuel 6 days after they arrived. This is where Amanda fits into our story as she is a Nurse when she is not behind the lens, she was assigned to look after Samuel on his last day with us and she made sure that he was looked after the best was possible and capturing some precious moments with our son that we would not have if she was not rostered to work with Samuel on his last day of life. At this stage of our journey as first-time parents we were not only facing the arrival of twins we also faced the fear of possibly losing one or both of our boys due to their early arrival. On day 7 Sebastiano was still fighting his fight for survival having his own hurdles to cross we had to stay strong for him whilst grieving the loss of his little brother. We spent a total of 115 days in the NICCU unit numerous good bad and ugly days and on the 25th Jan 2021, we were discharged with our boy.  Not a day goes by that that we take for granted what we have been through we have had amazing support from our families and the staff of the NICCU unit to get us through each and every day which brings us to this day (11 Feb 2021)Sebastiano being 132 days old and kicking goals daily continuing the journey on the outside world with his brother along for the ride every step of the way as his Guardian Angel today we capture our journey on the outside again with Amanda working her magic with her fellow nursing colleague Dani with a photoshoot session with our sons. We can’t thank Amanda enough for the beautiful work she does not only as a photographer but also as a nurse so thank you so much from our little family to you and your family. Bless you for being such a beautiful soul.  Newborn baby boy sleeping in cane basket with brown blanket and mint wrap with wooden bowl containing belongings of deceased baby brotherSo much love for this image…not just for the connection that these darling boys will always have even though one is earthside and one is watching on from heaven but also capturing just how hard sweet Sebastiano has had to fight to get to where he is today. I remember just how small they both were when they were born, his strength to fight on in honour of Samuel is inspiring.

Not the sibling image any parent wants to have but one that will be treasured forever.x. He’s a true fighter this little guy and we wanted to celebrate his journey… Newborn baby boy awake and sleeping on mint blanket with white wrap and mint and white knit bonnet Newborn baby boy sleeping on vintage iron bed wearing green knit romper with green curly felt and pillow on wooden floorNow considering he was a mere 132 days old and our usual sessions are scheduled in the first 14 days…this little guy was an absolute dream…so laid back and didn’t make a peep! Newborn baby boy sleeping in round wooden bowl with mint blanket and mint knit romper with hessian layer and round mat on wooden floorI literally didn’t even pose him…he just snuggled up like this with his hands! Newborn baby boy sleeping in farmers basket wrapped in mint wrap with mint blanket on wooden floor Newborn baby boy sleeping on cream blanket with white and mint wrap and mint knit bonnetMumma and Papa brought this gorgeous little wrap with them today to include in Sebastiano’s session and it went perfectly with the aqua theme and his gorgeous olive skin. Newborn baby boy sleeping in cane basket with mint wrap and blanket and felt heart and bonnetBoys always get the best lashes and lips…right? Newborn baby boy sleeping in cane highchair wearing mint knit romperOk I can’t even with this photo…this teeny tiny highchair is not for every baby, they have to be really sleepy and Sebastiano definitely was, so with my assistant right beside him we set to snuggly popping him in to rest his head on the table in front on a pillow…but when I put him in he just laid there back like this completely relaxed…we were in fits of laughter…he was practically snoring! Newborn baby boy sleeping in round cane basket with mint blanket and mustard wrap and knit bonnet with hessian layer and wrap and reeds on wooden floorThis snug sort of pose can be tricky for older babies…after all it’s been months since Sebastiano was snug in the womb like this but he could have cared less and let us do whatever we liked with him in all our props! Newborn baby boy sleeping on vintage iron bed wearing green knit romper with green curly felt and pillow on wooden floorHow adorable does he look just snoozin! Newborn baby boy wrapped in mint wrap on cream fur with golden moulds of deceased siblings hand and feet castsWe shared the same cocoon,

my sibling and I.

And where I have learned to walk,

my beloved friend will show me how to fly.

This image is everything. I literally cried when Mumma showed me these breathtaking little golden casts of sweet Samuel’s hands and feet and knew we had to capture the special connection between the brothers. Inspired by my amazing colleague Lizzie over at Kowhai + Thistle I wanted to show just how teeny tiny Samuel’s (and long ago Sebastiano’s) feet were, and that despite their bodies not growing together earthside, they will always be intertwined.

Sebastiano you are the true example of what a warrior is…no matter what you have fought and I know you will flourish with your Mumma, Papa and brother by your side.

Tanya and Uaine my heart is literally exploding…thank you for the privilege of caring for both of your boys and your family both in the darkness and the light. Being in your space when Samuel grew his angel wings will be one of the most beautiful and enriching experiences I have ever had the honour of being a part of. And sharing your story is has been the greatest gift.

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  • Gen - What a heart breaking and heart filling story for these new parents and their little boys. Your images Amanda, are divine, as always and the quotes you choose are perfect. What magical memories of an eternal bond that this family shares.ReplyCancel