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I never could imagine…

my heart could grow so wide…

or that it had room for love…

blossoming inside….

A surprise that we had hoped for…

and dreamed for filled with joy…

A celebration in our world…

Our darling little boy.

 

Today the most perfect little man brought his family to the studio so that we could capture some special memories while he was still so teeny and new. The most perfect skin, dreamy long lashes and pouty lips…boys always get the best looks! He slept up a storm while his big sister made us all cups of tea in the play kitchen and magic happened in the studio. Mumma and papa asked for a beautiful gallery filled with lots of natural earthy tones and while I’ve always been a bit partial to pops of colour…this collection just sung to my heart today. There is something about natural textures and a fresh little one that go hand in hand. I am sure you will all agree, that this little guy is just so lovely.

World…Meet Samuel.x.

Newborn baby boy sleeping on brown blanket with tan knit bonnet and cream wrap Newborn baby boy sleeping on brown blanket with tan knit bonnet and cream wrapNow when I said the best lashes and lips….I was not kidding! Newborn baby boy sleeping in farmers basket with cream fur and cream wrap on white wooden floorSnug as a bug.x. Newborn baby boy sleeping in log bowl with grey blanket and wrap and felt layer and bonnet Newborn baby boy sleeping in log bowl with grey blanket and wrap and felt layer and bonnetLook at this sweet profile…all those divine little details you never want to forget. Newborn baby boy sleeping in wooden drawer with cream curly fur and knit layer and bonnetNawwww that sweet little smile!

Newborn baby boy sleeping in round wooden bowl with mint blanket and wrapI just adore this sage green colour…

Newborn baby boy sleeping in wooden crate with brown wrap and knit layer and bonnet and bear Newborn baby boy sleeping in wooden crate with brown wrap and knit layer and bonnet and bearSamuel had the longest lovely fingers and snuggled right up to this little guy! Newborn baby boy sleeping on cream blanket with mustard wrap and bear knit bonnetI may be stretching the friendship a bit when I snuck in this gorgeous mustard but it’s still earthy to me…hope mumma and papa agree? Newborn baby boy sleeping in cream bucket with grey curly fluff layer and grey knit wrap and bonnet on white wooden floor Newborn baby boy sleeping on cream fur wrapped in cream blanket with cream knit bunny bonnet and cream soft bunny toySamuel brought this adorable little rabbit with him today so I had to sneak this set up in…just two little bunnies hanging out side by side and can we all take a minute to observe this adorable pout??? Newborn baby boy in cream romper sleeping on wooden bed with cream blankets and cream fur on the ground with soft toy bunnies and sibling big sister in blue dressSometimes two year old’s can be a little tricky but Lucy was absolutely adorable with baby Samuel, smothering him with kisses and the occasional vigorous head pat!! Newborn baby boy sleeping on cream blanket with blue wrap and beanieMumma also brought this sweet little blue beanie that was Samuel’s in hospital….so special to have been able to include this in our session. Newborn baby boy sleeping wrapped in blue wrap on cream fur with sibling big sister holding himAnd while there were a tonne of adorable faces in this set up…I just had to include this one for the sneak peak…when you haven’t quite mastered the smile yet….equally as adorable!

Jill and Eddy you have the most adorable little pigeon pair, I feel so lucky you chose me to capture this special time for your new little family.

Lucy, you make the best cups of tea, even if you did put a sausage in it!

Samuel…you read the sleepy baby manual…I hope you keep it up for your mumma and papa at home but thanks for being so kind to me today (we won’t mention the numerous poop incidents, most famously the one all over your papa!!)

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Little girls, a true delight & we are blessed with two…

Our world so full since you arrived, a blessing that is true.

You filled a void we never knew existed here today…

There’s never been more love around, in every single way.

Our newest love so glad you’re here, to join our family…

Darling daughter we love you so, we’re happy as can be.

 

Today, the most lovely pair of sisters came to the studio and the cuteness level was off the charts! The chubbiest baby girl and her doting big sister, there’s just something about little girls. What a lucky mumma and papa to have not one but two divine little princesses! Sometimes I wonder if social media notices all my ooooohing and aaaahing over little babies, if anyone see’s the gorgeous little babies I share but then it brings me to beautiful families like the family I had in the studio today and I know that all that blogging and posting and sharing was worth it! This family saw a friend of a friend like one of my posts…and well, the rest is history! Their little love had already arrived but thankfully we could make magic happen and find a spot for them…and today was that day.

Rolls upon rolls, smoochie lips and squishy cheeks….this sweet girl was so very lush and despite mumma and papa telling me she doesn’t like to snooze too much, she slept up a storm and we had such a lovely session. A beautiful collection of all things girly…purples, pinks and white’s. Mumma and papa…I hope you love your sneak peak.

World…Meet Evelyn.x.

Newborn baby girl sleeping in farmers basket with purple blanket and wrap and tieback and felt heart Newborn baby girl sleeping in farmers basket with purple blanket and wrap and tieback and knit bonnetNow I am sure you can tell but this voluptuous little lady was a mere 4.3kg…get a load of those squishy cheeks!

Newborn baby girl wrapped in plum wrap in pink and purple flower nest with purple blanket on green leavesI shared a little live video from this session because I didn’t want to keep all this loveliness to myself….how stunning does Evie look in this gorgeous flower nest?

Newborn baby girl sleeping on cream blanket with plum wrap and pink flower tieback Newborn baby girl sleeping in round cane basket with pink blanket and wrap and knit layer and tieback on white wooden floorNawwww that little smile….

Newborn baby girl sleeping in wooden crate with purple blanket and wrap and knit layer and tieback Newborn baby girl in wooden round bowl with pink blanket and wrap and lace wrap and tiebackOh my word….she looked just like snow white….

Newborn baby sleeping on teal blanket with teal flower tieback and teal lace wrap Newborn baby sleeping on teal blanket with teal flower tieback and teal lace wrap Newborn baby girl sleeping in white felt bowl with white wrap and tiebackI adore this sweet little profile…all those gorgeous details…

Newborn baby girl sleeping in oval wooden bowl with cream knit blankets jute layer and dried flowers with baby wearing brown and cream lace romper and brown dried flower and gumnut headbandThis divine little romper and tieback are made by one of my very favourite vendors Gumnutandbloom Photo Props and was named by me!!! This is the merryweather set and was perfect for sweet Evie’s session.

Newborn baby girl wrapped in cream wrap sleeping on cream vintage iron bed with mnt blanket and felt layer and tieback being kissed by big sibling sister on cream felt floor Newborn baby girl wrapped in green knit blanket with green bow tieback being held by sibling big sister wearing white lace dress and flower tieback laying on cream furNow I wasn’t lying when I said these two were everything together….I am sure mumma and papa’s hearts must just be exploding right now!

Mia, thank you for being such a gorgeous big sister and for helping me in the studio today!

Evelyn, you were a true delight and I hope to see your divine face back in the studio over the next year.

Chris and Nat it was the greatest of pleasures to meet you all today and to capture some special memories of your newest addition….I’m so glad facebook brought us together!

 

 

 

 

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Fragile bird your fight was big…at times your wings they failed you…

But time again you proved us wrong…your spirit strong, it saved you…

We loved you hard…despite the fight…& waited while you grew…

Our little dove you’ve flourished now…the fight in you was true.

 

Now I know I say this regularly but I truly am so privileged to share in the journey of so many miracles and today’s little man could be described as nothing other than that. I’ll let his mumma share their journey below and I’ll share some pics along the way but today my heart is full. There were laughs, there were tears of awe at just how far this special guys has come. So much love for this special family.

Premature baby on ventilator having kangaroo cuddle with parents hand on his back

This beautiful image shared by his family and taken by a very special Heartfelt photographer show’s just how far this little warrior has come and the story below shows just the strength it takes for a mumma and papa to weather such a storm….

On a beautiful autumn afternoon, we were excitedly inspecting our new future property, imagining what it would be like to raise our little “peanut” in our dream family home. The pregnancy had been uneventful, and at 24 weeks my bump had only recently started to show and resemble the fact I was growing a small human. That day I’d felt uncomfortable and experienced some back pain, and the usual tiredness that comes with pregnancy. Within a few hours the cramps escalated and increased in frequency. My husband and I drove to the PAC at Mater Mother’s, assuming after a quick check over we’d be sent on our way. Only to be advised by our obstetrician we were about to become parents. At 1:04am, at 24+6 weeks we met our little boy, Carter James, weighing 675g, following an emergency caesarian. We were thrown into a world we didn’t know existed. Never had we experienced so much love and pain all at once. We woke each day feeling empty and hollow, and at night walked out the hospital doors wondering what the next day would bring. However, nothing was tougher than the battle our little fighter took on; the hurdles he faced and challenges he overcame. Carter grew in strength each day, and proved to everyone he was here to stay. After 108 days in the NICU and on the first day of spring, we took our baby boy home. Now, 5.5months later, weighing 4.7kg, we wake to his gorgeous cheeky smile and mischievous personality. The phenomenal love and support of the nurses, our friends and our families helped us not only cope, but find joy amongst the pain. They gave us the courage to face each day. Without you, the journey would not have been possible, and our beautiful family wouldn’t be what it is today.

World….Meet Carter.x.

Newborn baby boy sleeping in round cane basket with grey blanket and wraps on wooden floor with grey knit bonnet Newborn baby boy sleeping in round cane basket with grey blanket and wraps on wooden floorThis guy though…from that teeny tiny peanut to all kinds of lush, rolls for days, smooshy lips and eye lashes beyond….

Newborn baby boy sleeping in white felt basket with white wrap on white wooden floor Newborn baby boy sleeping in white felt basket with white wrap holding silver necklace with his name on it on white wooden floorSigh…all kinds of lovely…and can we just take a moment to appreciate the most divine hair you’ve ever seen…those adorable little curls on the top were everything! And how special is this little necklace with Carter’s name engraved on it that was gifted to his mumma.

Newborn baby boy sleeping in wooden crate with navy blue wrap and hat and knit layer on wooden floorNight night little guy….

Newborn baby boy sleeping on grey and white spot blanket with grey knit beanie on Newborn baby boy sleeping on grey and white spot blanket with grey knit beanie onWe may have all breathed a collective sigh when this little guy, a 5.5mth old newborn, not only slept but transferred into this sweet bum up pose usually reserved for freshie newborns!! I hope mumma loves it as much as I do…I mean who doesn’t love a cute little tooshie!

Newborn baby boy sleeping in cream vintage iron bed with grey blanket and pillow and knit beanie and cream felt hearts Newborn baby boy sleeping in cream vintage iron bed with grey blanket and pillow and knit beanie and cream felt heartsThere’s just something about little bubba’s tucked into bed….

Newborn baby boy sleeping in farmers basket with cream wrap and blanket and fur and brown soft toy bearThis gorgeous little bear and sheepskin were both gifted to Carter so I just had to include them in today’s special session….

Newborn baby boy sleeping in wooden trencher bowl with blue blanket and wrap on wooden floorThis was our first set up the day…when mumma arrived she said…he doesn’t sleep during the day and he hates to be swaddled….he he he…ok mumma!

Newborn baby boy sleeping in cream bucket with dark grey blanket and wrap and knit layer and bonnet on white wooden floor Newborn baby boy sleeping in cream bucket with dark grey blanket and wrap and knit layer and bonnet on white wooden floorWhile Carter may have been a little bigger (now) than most of my usual newborns, I adore these teeny felt hearts because they show just how small their little hands truly are…

Newborn baby boy sleeping on cream blanket with white and teal wrap and teal knit bonnetI just adore this shot…this wrap was the only thing mumma had a chance to buy for her sweet boy before he arrived unexpectedly so early….I love including things in our sessions that have such a special meaning and will stay with this little guy forever.

Newborn baby boy awake in round wooden bowl with teal knit wrap and romper and bonnet on wooden floor holding bunny soft toyOk, I can’t even with this guy…seriously the laughter that was involved in this shot after we snipped his nappy off with scissors while he was snoozing, wiggled and jiggled him into this knit romper that may have been a touch too small and then plopped him in this bowl…he just looked at us like….what on earth are you lot doing? Oh Carter, so worth it in the end, you could not be any cuter if you tried…even with your signature frown!

I never, ever, want a family to miss out on capturing that special newborn stage, even if it is 5.5mths down the track and the fact that I had the immense privilege of not only caring for this sweet guy in the NICU but also to capture those magic moments for them today was just the very best. This little man is a warrior like no other and he deserved to celebrated for all the struggles he has fought and won.

Carter, I love you to pieces, you and your family are so very sweet and it was the best gift to see you all today.

Kate & Keli, your strength and courage is a true inspiration and Carter could not have chosen more perfect parents…I hope you love your sneak peak.x.

 

 

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Today I’ll hold my babies hand & walk beneath the sky…

We’ll take our time & wander, & watch the robin fly.

We’ll stop along the way to smell a rose that is so sweet…

& leave some footprints in the dust, made by tiny feet.

But those tiny feet are growing & those hands are growing too…

Just yesterday it seems you were so small & oh so new.

The memories tucked deep in my heart, are the only things that last…

For those tiny baby hands & feet will grow up much too fast.

 

Oh lordy be, I literally could not handle the cuteness overload in the studio today. When this adorable little guy got out of the car today I may have let out a little squeal. I haven’t seen him since his newborn session 9 months ago and boy has he grown! Rolls upon rolls, my very favourite kind of little guy and he was such a ham…poking out his teeny tongue, posing for the camera and flashing us the most adorable smiles! Sometimes as a newborn you get a tiny glimpse of the personality that is to come but actually seeing it unfold across their first year is the absolute best! That teeny poking out tongue was something he was already doing during his newborn session and his pudgy little chin dimple was even cuter today!

World….Ted is 9mths.x.

Newborn baby boy sleeping on grey blanket with grey knit wrap and same set up as a 9 month old 9 month old boy smiling on grey blanket wearing grey knit romperSeriously the biggest ham….all the rolls and all the giggles…. Newborn baby boy sleeping in round wooden bowl on wooden floor with blue crochet blanket and wrap holding blue felt heart and same set up as 9 month old 9 month old boy laying on blue crochet bowl with blue knit bonnetCheck out those arm rolls…. Newborn baby boy sleeping in log bowl on wooden floor with navy wrap and blanket and same set up as 9 month oldIt’s crazy to think not that long ago he was curled up teeny tiny in this little log bowl… Newborn baby boy sleeping in white wooden bed with grey blanket and grey and white knit bears and same set up as 9 month oldJust a little guy and his friends…. Newborn baby boy sleeping on blue blanket with white wrap and knit bonnet and same set up with 9 month old Newborn baby boy sleeping in round cane basket with cream blanket and blue blanket and knit romper and bonnet and bear on white wooden floor and same set up as 9 month oldA boy and a bear…. Newborn baby boy sleeping in cream basket on white wooden floor with grey blanket and wrap and same set up as 9 month old Newborn baby boy sleeping in farmers basket with grey wrap and blanket and pom pom beanie on wooden floor and same set up as 9 month old Newborn baby boy sleeping in firemans hat with fireman gear surrounding him and same set up as 9 month oldThis was my very favourite shot when we did it at Ted’s newborn session…you see his papa is a fireman and seeing his little man nestled up in his gear was so amazing so we just had to recreate it today.

Ted…you are my favourite kind of lush….do.not.change!

Camila and Josh thank you for bringing your gorgeous little guy in today and for continually choosing me to capture memories of your divine family.

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One day I looked upon my lap…

my baby he’s not here…

There sat a big boy smiling back…

my heart is sad, sweet dear.

Those tiny hands and pouty lips…

replaced by dirt and fun…

I’m trying to be happy, my little boy is one.

Farewell my little baby…

Hello my growing boy…

Sadness for each stage that go’s…

But also so much joy.

 

My heart definitely skips a beat when I open and message from one of my little newbies looking to capture memories as they have grown throughout their first year. I love meeting newborns but seeing them grow and change across that magical first year is such a gift. Today’s gorgeous little guy was no exception. We had such a fun session today….smiles, clapping, singing and some crazy mumma and papa dancing…just what a mini session is all about!

World….Jude is One!

Newborn baby boy sleeping in round cane basket with cream blanket and blue wrap and bonnet on rainbow rug holding rainbow felted heart and same set up with one year old boyDuring Jude’s newborn session we celebrated the sweet rainbow that he is, a gift sent from his two siblings up in heaven. So special to be able to recreate this same set up today.

Four images of one year old boy laying on blue blanket with blue knit bonnet smiling up at cameraThere was just so much happy….

Newborn baby boy sleeping on teal blanket with teal knit wrap and bonnet and same set up as one year old boyWhen Jude came for his newborn session I could never have imagined this gorgeous red hair was going to flourish over the past year….isn’t it divine. This teal set up was absolutely perfect with his colouring…mumma must have known!

Newborn baby bpy sleeping in wooden bed with brown blanket and bonnet and bunny and same set up with one year old boyJust look out how big he is now!!

Newborn baby boy sleeping in round wooden bowl with blue blanket and blue knit pants on wooden floor and same set up with one year old boyI love recreating this set up looking back at how tiny and curled they were in this bowl not that long ago and now there’s lots of gorgeous little toddler rolls instead!

Newborn baby boy sleeping in log bowl with teal wrap and blanket and curly felt with teal knit bonnet and same set up as one year old boyThat little tuft of red hair peeping out the bonnet….love love love!

Newborn baby boy sleeping on white blanket with navy blue wrap and bonnet and same set up with one year old boyOh gorgeous boy you are just too much!

Newborn baby boy sleeping in farmers basket with blue blanket and wrap and felt heart and same set up with one year old boyNo longer a curly little newborn snuggled up with a little heart!

Newborn baby boy sleeping in cane pram with cream felt and cream knit bear bonnet and bears being pushed by sibling sister in blue dress and same set up with a one year old boyOh lordy, these two were next level cute together a year ago and it was only better today. Lucy was so sweet with little Jude making sure he was happy during his session today. We just had to recreate this set up of them together.

One year old boy sitting on cream fur in the nude smiling at the cameraThat cheeky smile, that little squishy butt and rolley thighs….all the things that are special about being One! Happy birthday sweet Jude, I am so happy you came to celebrate your birthday with me. It has been an absolute joy to watch you grow this past year.

Lucy, thank you for being the sweetest big sister a little guy could ask for, even if you did eat all his snacks while we were in the studio 😉

Bindi and Ryan you have the most divine family, thank you for choosing me to capture special memories of your gorgeous growing family.

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