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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!

One year old boy wearing white button up shirt, grey shorts, braces and bow tie in park at sunset One year old boy wearing white button up shirt, grey shorts, braces and bow tie in park at sunset on wooden rocking horse One year old boy wearing white button up shirt, grey shorts, braces and bow tie in park at sunset on wooden rocking horse One year old boy wearing white button up shirt, grey shorts, braces and bow tie in park at sunset One year old boy wearing white button up shirt, grey shorts, braces and bow tie in park at sunset One year old boy wearing white button up shirt, grey shorts, braces and bow tie in park at sunset 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.

One year old boy wearing white long sleeved shirt and blue knit romper with blue knit teddy bear bonnet in park at sunset One year old boy wearing white long sleeved shirt and blue knit romper with blue knit teddy bear bonnet in park at sunset One year old boy wearing white long sleeved shirt and blue knit romper with blue knit teddy bear bonnet in park at sunset One year old boy wearing white long sleeved shirt and blue knit romper with blue knit teddy bear bonnet in park at sunset One year old boy wearing white long sleeved shirt and blue knit romper with blue knit teddy bear bonnet in park at sunset One year old boy wearing white long sleeved shirt and blue knit romper with blue knit teddy bear bonnet in park at sunset One year old boy wearing white long sleeved shirt and blue knit romper with blue knit teddy bear bonnet in park at sunset One year old boy wearing white long sleeved shirt and blue knit romper with blue knit teddy bear bonnet in park at sunset One year old boy wearing white long sleeved shirt and blue knit romper with blue knit teddy bear bonnet in park at sunset with motherAmanda 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.

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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!

Newborn baby sleeping in round cane basket with purple wrap and blanket and tieback on purple flokati and same set up as one year old girlCuteness overload…that cheeky little grin and those stunning chocolate brown eyes….love!

(Tieback from Princess & The Pea Props) Newborn baby girl sleeping in vintage pram with purple wrap and flowers and tieback with sibling sister in purple dress and same set up with baby as one year oldUmmmmm…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.

(Curly felt from Divine Miss Ruby Designs, and tieback from Addy & Gus Designs)

Newborn baby girl sleeping in round wooden bowl with pastel purple blanket wearing pastel purple romper and holding pastel purple owl toy on white wooden floor and same set up as a one year old girlMumma’s favourite set up recreated….

(Curly felt from Flovelies, tieback from Addy & Gus Designs and owl from Earthborn Photography Props) Newborn baby girl wrapped in purple wrap on purple blanket with purple headband and same set up as one year old girlLook at those little toothy pegs….

(Tieback from Princess & The Pea Props) Newborn baby girl wrapped in purple wrap with purple blanket in wooden log bowl on wooden floor and same set up as one year old girlWhen mumma asked for purples and pinks in her newborn session my heart skipped a beat…I adore this plum/mulberry colour… Newborn baby girl wrapped in pink wrap with pink and grey blankets in wooden bowl on wooden floor and same set up as one year old girlSahara brought this gorgeous pink and grey spotty blanket to her newborn session so we had to recreate the set up with that special keepsake. Newborn baby girl sleeping in pink farmers basket wearing pink lace romper with pink blanket on pink flokati and pink toy bunny and same set up as a one year old girlAnd of course her little bunny friend…. Newborn baby girl sleeping in pink crochet basket with pink curly fur and pink lace backdrop wearing pink knit romper with white blanket and same set up as one year old girl(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) Newborn baby girl sleeping on white wooden bed with blue blanket and blue knit bear and white knit bear with blue flowers and sibling girl wearing denim romper and same set up with one year old girlBest 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….

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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.

World….Meet Elsie.x.

(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).

Newborn baby girl sleeping on plum blanket with dusty pink lace doily and pants and knit bonnet Newborn baby girl sleeping on plum blanket with dusty pink lace doily and pants and tiebackNow 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) Newborn baby girl sleeping in flower nest with pink wrap and tieback on leaf backdrop Newborn baby girl sleeping in flower nest with pink wrap and tieback on leaf backdropCan 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.

Newborn baby girl sleeping in farmers basket with burgundy blanket and wrap and knit layer and bonnet on wooden floorOk…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?

Newborn baby girl wrapped in cream floral wrap with burgundy flower crown sleeping in cane rectangle basket with cream knit blanket and bunch of pink and burgundy flowers on whtie wooden floorI 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.

Newborn baby girl sleeping in round wooden bowl with mint green wrap and lace blanket and tieback and felt heart Newborn baby girl sleeping in round wooden bowl with mint green wrap and lace blanket and tieback and felt heartSnug 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!

(Lace wrap from Princess and The Pea Props and felt heart from Little Jar Big Dreams)

Newborn baby girl sleeping in cream bucket with pink wrap and knit layer and tieback on white wooden floor(Gorgeous wrap from A Little Life Photography Props and tieback from Princess and The Pea Props)

Newborn baby girl wrapped in floral wrap with pink flower tieback being held by sibling sister in floral dress laying on cream furI 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.

Newborn baby girl sleeping on cream blanket with pink wrap and pink bow tiebackEverything that is divine about a new baby girl…rosy cheeks, pouty lips, dainty little fingers and toes….nawwww….

Newborn baby girl sleeping on vintage cream knit blanket with cream wrap and cream bow tiebackI 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.

Newborn baby girl sleeping in wooden log bowl with dusty pink wrap and blanket and knit layer and tiebackOh Elsie, you are so lovely.

Newborn baby girl in cream romper with pink flower tieback sleeping in cream vintage iron bed with cream curly felt and dusty pink vintage doily on cream fur with sibling sister wearing pink floral dressAnd 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.

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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”.

Small wooden table with pink bunch of flowers in glass vase, small cream felt owl, little black board with thank you written on it and box filled with beauty products sitting on top against cream wall with mint sign on the wall that says dream big

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.

Newborn baby boy smiling in blue bonnet cuddling blue bear on a blue blanket

Newborn baby boys tiny little hands snuggling a blue knitted bear Newborn baby boy holding onto his foot in blue wrap holding blue knotted bear

 

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???

Newborn baby sleeping in vine nest covered in pink flowers and leaves with green felt and pink knit layer with sleeping baby girl wearing pink romper and tieback

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.

Newborn baby boy sleeping on grey flokati with grey wrap and grey knit bonnet Newborn baby boy sleeping on grey fur with grey wrap and grey knit bear bonnet

 

 

 

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