Teddy bear teddy bear….turn around…
Teddy bear teddy bear….touch the ground…
Teddy bear teddy bear….reach up high…
Teddy bear teddy bear….say good night.
Today’s session was not my usual kind of session but it completely filled my heart just the same. I’ve known this gorgeous boy since he was a twinkle in his mumma’s eye. We are IVF sisters you see and our two little boy’s were embryo buddies!!! The only problem with that meant I was sadly unable to do his newborn session as I was just about to have my own little bubba. So today, to celebrate sweet Teddy’s first birthday, we did a very special session in the park.
World….Teddy’s turning One!
Teddy’s mumma had the most divine outfit made for his first birthday party…Teddy Bear’s Picnic theme, of course, and I fell in love with it instantly. Hearing his mumma talk about packing it away in his baby box and handing it down the generations literally made my heart explode.
Amanda it has been the greatest gift watching you realize your dreams as a mumma and to watch you grow and flourish together over this past year.
Teddy you have been the most divine blessing and you are loved by all who know you.
Happy First Birthday sweet boy.x.
Here we are a year gone by…
I blinked and you have grown…
What happened to my little one…
The time, you know, it’s flown.
My tiny baby, in my arms…
you’re now a little girl…
My heart it’s full for you my love…
You are my whole wide world.
Now anyone who has had any kind of session with me will know I always say ‘baby is boss’….whether it’s a four day old newborn or a giggling one year old…I always let the little’s dictate the way the session goes but today’s session….well it kind of took the cake on that front! This little princess was booked to come for her one year session at 11am…and of course at 1055am she fell asleep in the car just before arriving. Thankfully her mumma is a friend of mine so she came inside & we let the princess have a little nap in the care so she was as happy as could be for her session. TWO HOURS LATER…we decided we better wake her up! Luckily, she woke up on the right side of the carseat and we had a great session!!
I love a sweet little newborn but it’s always such fun when they come back to the studio and I get to see just how much they have grown. See those little glimpses of personality from the newborn session now in full flow. And this little love did not disappoint…the cheekiest smile, that little tongue peeking out, teeny tiny teeth!
World…Sahara turns One!
Cuteness overload…that cheeky little grin and those stunning chocolate brown eyes….love!
(Tieback from Princess & The Pea Props) Ummmmm…can you believe these adorable sisters??? When I first photographed them together I knew this bond was going to be amazing and of course it has flourished just so.
Mumma’s favourite set up recreated….
(Tieback from Princess & The Pea Props) When mumma asked for purples and pinks in her newborn session my heart skipped a beat…I adore this plum/mulberry colour… Sahara brought this gorgeous pink and grey spotty blanket to her newborn session so we had to recreate the set up with that special keepsake. And of course her little bunny friend…. (Tieback from Princess & The Pea Props, curly felt from Flovelies, newborn romper from Lydia’s Hope Chest and sitter romper from Wendy’s Baby’s Knits) Best friends for life….that’s what sister’s are for, isn’t it?
Sahara it was such a joy to have you back in the studio today (even if you slept in my driveway for most of the day!!).
Happy First Birthday little love….
I tried to imagine…a life with you just here…
after all I had been waiting…for you alone my dear
and now that you’ve arrived…and you’re in my arms to stay
it’s everything I imagined…in every single way.
Today I had the sweetest of sweet sweet girls in the studio and there were so many moments that I was sure my heart was literally going to explode.
I’ve known today’s mumma for a long time and to say we have all been patiently waiting for this little love since before she was even a twinkle in her mumma’s eye is an understatement. It’s always the most amazing complement when people choose me to capture special memories for their family, even more so when it is a friend.
(I just have to add…Elsie is named after her great grandma, Elsie Mae…who in turn was named after her mumma, Elsie Violet and I just adore that Sally and Chris have decided to bring back such a beautiful tradition…it doesn’t get any more special than that).
Now for anyone hanging out on facebook you would have seen a little live video from this set up. When Elsie’s mumma asked for a beautiful collection of burgundy’s, pinks and white’s this set up filled my heart immediately. This gorgeous dusty pink vintage lace doily was handed down to me from a family friend and I just love the history that it brings to a little girl newborn session. There’s something that fits so perfectly with it’s delicate details and those of a beautiful new baby girl. And can I add…these colours went absolutely perfectly with little Elsie’s gorgeous features.
(Knit bonnet from Little Doe, tieback from Shooting Stars Photography Props) Can I get a little oh em gee….how divine is Elsie in this gorgeous flower nest. This custom tieback from My Vintage Girl was what inspired me for Elsie’s entire session and fit perfectly with mumma’s colour requests.
Ok…I just have to say it…everyone needs a pom pom beanie and this hat is life! I also had this custom made for Elsie from Never Forget Knits and Photo Props and whipped up the knit blanket for her myself…does it get any better?
I think this is my favourite new photo…Elsie was the most settled and sweet just snuggled up in this little basket. And how stunning is this flower crown from Gumnutandbloom Photo Props.
Snug as a bug…Elsie just loved being snuggled up like this, I think it made her feel like being back in her mumma’s tummy!
I do not think there was a dry eye with this set up…the most lovely of sisters. Addison was absolutely darling with her baby sister, by far the most well behaved sibling I’ve ever had in the studio. And if I didn’t think my heart was exploding with love at this very moment….when Addison added her favourite thing about her baby sister was the way she smelled literally had us all sobbing. This moment right here needs to be etched in their parents hearts for eternity…and how lucky am I to be able to witness it and capture it for them.
Everything that is divine about a new baby girl…rosy cheeks, pouty lips, dainty little fingers and toes….nawwww….
I love it when families bring something special to their session and this stunning blanket was no exception, passed down through the generations of Elsie’s family and now snuggling her. Such a special tradition.
Oh Elsie, you are so lovely.
And last but not least…a true celebration of the most divine sisters a mumma and papa could ever hope for.
Sally and Chris I could not be more honoured that you chose me to capture your newest little love.
Addison, you are already the best big sister a little bubba could hope for and I can’t wait to watch the two of you grow together.
Elsie you are all kinds of lovely and my heart is filled with joy after spending the day with you.x.
Today I received the most divine parcel in the mail from some beautiful clients….a gorgeous bodyshop hamper to spoil myself with but more importantly were the words they chose to write in the card that occupied that parcel and it got me to thinking….Why hire a newborn photographer?
The card and it’s accompanying messages said….
“We had been watching your page and absolutely adored your photo’s. We were so excited to come to you. Now we have our gallery, I could stare at these photo’s all day. I knew they would be amazing but they are even more beautiful than I could have imagined. Thank you thank you thank you! We both love them and there is no way we could choose just a few. You are very talented and I don’t think you could take a bad photo! Every single detail is just so perfect and so much thought goes into your settings. We will be forever grateful to you for capturing such beautiful photo’s of our family. It was such a healing experience”.
Now of course this fills my heart and makes me confidant that this family chose the right photographer for them. My primary concern is always the safety and comfort of all my little bebe’s but also the confidence and reassurance that I give my families. I want them to feel safe in my home and my studio, I want them to feel safe handing me, a stranger, their most valued possession. I want them to talk about what a beautiful and loving experience their session was. I want them to know when they choose me as their professional photographer that they are paying for a professional, they are paying for my skills and my experience, they are paying for my passion, creativity and my love for what I do. They, as a bonus, are paying for the fact that I am a NICU nurse, and therefore experienced in safety, in handling little ones, and in reading babies queues. But is all that money worth it?
Sometimes….families question the cost of a newborn session, it is a big cost at a time in your life where money is at its most important, and seems to be spilling out everywhere. I am a newborn photographer, so of course I’m going to advocate for you as a family spending money on this invaluable gift but I am also a mumma too, so I know exactly where you are coming from. I had an amazing newborn photographer capture memories of my little ones and they are most definitely some of my most prized possessions. Not a day goes by that I don’t look at them and if there was a fire, along with my little ones, they would be what I would grab to evacuate!! Little one’s are only teeny tiny for such a short period of time, a newborn is really only that for the first couple of weeks. Life gets busy, you forget how curly & snuggly they were, you forget the tiniest of tiny finger nails & little pouty lips. Capturing these details to look back on for a lifetime is a gift that you as a family most certainly deserve to give yourselves.
That said, this is also my family business. I spend time away from my little ones to create special memories of yours, and in order to support us the cost must be balanced. I work my very hardest to capture the sweetest of moments between you and your little one. My time is also valuable. When you are choosing someone to photograph your family, and considering cost, please remember that you will choose that special person for a reason. You love their work, you value their time and you appreciate the care and devotion that goes into spending time with your family and working with your little ones.
Last week I saw a post in a local mum’s group, it read….”can anyone recommend a reasonably priced newborn photographer? I have found a few online that look like they do great work but they are crazy expensive and way out of my budget”. It took all of my strength to not comment on the thread, the reason their work is good is because they are experienced, skilled and safe. You literally get what you pay for. Sometimes in the sea of choosing a newborn photographer though, I know price can be what distinguishes one from another when you are looking at your budget.
Other than an amazing & safe professional…there is so much more that goes into a newborn session fee. Did you know that each individual styled set up can cost upwards of $350!! And anyone who has had a session with me knows I usually have multiple set ups for each session! On top of that your session fee’s cover my insurance, my equipment, my training, my products and supplies, my laundry (and anyone who’s been to a newborn session know’s there can be loads of this lol!), electricity…the list is endless. If only it was as simple as a fancy camera and snapping a few pics???
So often I hear the saddest of statements….”I so wish I had images like that taken when my little ones were small”. Please don’t regret this decision. Plan ahead, stash away a little savings, and when you stare at gorgeous images on your walls of your now 5 & 1 year old (sniff sniff) as newborns, you will know that you made the right decision!!
Ps….here’s cuuuutttteeee pics of my gorgeous littles as a newborns taken by the gorgeous Luisa Dunn Photography.