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My baby you will always be…

No matter where you are…

You’re like a little part of me…

Whether near or far…

I counted all your tiny toes…

When you were fresh and new…

Words can’t express how proud I was…

That I’d been given you…

Your tiny little newborn face…

I couldn’t have loved more…

And though your face was new to me…

‘Twas like we’d met before…

And so each day you grew and grew…

As I looked proudly on…

Until one day I looked and saw…

Your baby days were gone…

But once my baby you will stay…

That way for all my days…

My baby you will always be…

And I’ll love you always.

 

Today I had the most adorable little guy in the studio…the third little love I have photographed for this gorgeous family over the last few years, what an honour. This little guy is such a miracle, meant to be here and sent from up above. You see his big sister Myra, who just turned 4 and big brother Henry, who just turned 2, are both IVF miracles…much loved and wanted, fought for, struggled for and such a blessing for this family. But this little man…well he was a surprise, a bonus gift for his beautiful Mumma and Papa. Now life is a little hectic, and fairly sleepless, but they all arrived in one piece today and we had such a special session.

World…Meet Austen…he’s new here.x. Newborn baby boy sleeping on teal blanket with teal wrap and knit bonnetLook at that sweet blonde hair…long lashes and smooshie lips…isn’t he adorable! Newborn baby boy sleeping in wire farmers basket with rust coloured wrap and blanket and hessian layer holding vintage watch.I just adore when families bring special things to connect the generations and create new history with old…this gorgeous watch belonged to Austen’s great grandfather, how special is that? Newborn baby boy sleeping on cream blanket with maroon knit layer and romperHow adorable is this little guy…my Mumma made this romper for Austen and I made the knit layer when Jess mentioned she loved this gorgeous wine colour….and that smile, I mean c’mon! Newborn baby boy sleeping in cane basket with mustard blanket and romper and dried flowers on wooden floorMy Mumma also made this sweet little romper too…these fall colours are so lovely on Austen’s gorgeous complexion. Newborn baby boy sleeping in wooden trencher with mint wrap and blanket and pillow with hessian layers and dried flowers and mint curly felt on wooden floorLook at those sweet little piggies… Newborn baby boy sleeping in cane papasan chair with rust knit layer and mustard romper on wooden floorJust snuggled and snoozin… Newborn baby boy sleeping on maroon fur with maroon wrap and holding vintage coin holderAnd this sovereign also belonged to Austen’s great grandfather, it was so beautiful to incorporate such special traditions. Newborn baby boy sleeping in cane basket with mustard knit romper and knit layer and pillow and wrap and hessian layer with mustard flowers and felt heart on wooden floorMumma loved this gorgeous mustard colour…and y’all know me and mustard!! Newborn baby boy sleeping in round wooden bowl with mint blanket and felt layer wearing mint knit romper holding silver cup on wooden floorThis adorable little romper was made by Austen’s Nonni and the gorgeous cup was a gift from both Nonni and Poppy. Newborn baby boy wearing cream knit romper with cream layer on white wooden day bed on wooden floor with vintage bible and wearing glassesNow anyone who has followed my work for the last few years knows that this family brings this treasured family bible belonging to Jess’s Grandpa to each session and we created special set ups for both Myra and Henry’s sessions…and this set up today was no exception. How adorable is little Austen! Newborn baby boy sleeping on vintage iron bed wearing maroon romper with maroon knit layer and pillow with sibling big brother and sister sitting beside himHow adorable are these three…full hands but even fuller hearts for this Mumma and Papa…three divine miracles.

Oh Austen…you are a true delight…let’s not mention all the poop…lucky we’re friends!

Myra and Henry you are the best big sister and brother that a little guy could ask for and I just know Austen is one lucky bubba.

Jess and Hayden it is always a privilege to be chosen to capture special memories for a family but to be welcomed back into your story three times over is just such a joy. I am so excited (& tired) for you both!

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Someone wise was once heard to say…
Love isn’t love till you give it away…
Our love was strong and it seemed only fair…
This was a love that was meant to be shared…
So we hoped for a baby to cuddle and coo…
And we couldn’t be luckier to be blessed with you.
Another gorgeous blog post from when my blog was down…I just had to share this divine darling.
Today I had the sweetest little love in the studio…did you catch my sneaky live before the session of all the gorgeous set ups?
This darling little family have inadvertently become family of mine over the years…see I first met Papa when I was caring for his nephew years ago as a teeny tiny 24 weeker in the NICU. Since then our families became friends and have grown together over the years. I photographed their first little man Arlo just 18mths ago and when they got in touch to say they were expecting a princess I was beyond excited!

World meet Maisy…she’s new here.x. Newborn baby girl sleeping on pink blanket with pink wrap layer and flower tieback Oh my goodness…she was like a real little doll! Mumma chose a gorgeous gallery filled with soft pastels and flowers. Newborn baby girl sleeping on cream blanket with purple flower wrap and pink flower tiebackMaisy brought this divine wrap with her…isn’t it lovely? Newborn baby girl sleeping in cane basket with mint wrap and knit layer and bow tieback or bonnet and felt heart on white wooden floorLook at those dainty little fingers….those are the details you want to remember forever. Newborn baby girl sleeping on cream blanket with yellow wrap and tieback with daisys on blanketWe did a few sweet set ups including daisy’s as she is Mumma’s little Maisy Daisy…how perfect is this yellow? Newborn baby girl in wooden oval bowl with white blanket and pink wrap layer wearing pink knit romper holding pink knit bunny and flower tieback on white wooden floor

Real.life.doll…and this dainty daisy tieback was one of two I had custom made just for Maisy. Newborn baby girl in peach romper on wooden bed with peach curly felt and blanket and flowers and pillow and tieback on wooden floor backdrop

Newborn baby girl in farmers basket with blue blanket and wrap and flowers and tieback on white wooden floor Newborn baby girl in cane basket with pink blanket and flowers and daisy tieback

This tieback made especially for Mumma’s little Maisy Daisy from the amazing Princess & The Pea Props. Newborn baby girl sleeping on cream blanket with mint wrap and bow tiebackThe most perfect little pout, rosy cheeks and soft down of golden hair…. Newborn baby girl sleeping in round wooden bowl with white blanket and pink wrap wearing pink knit romper and flower halo on white wooden floor Newborn baby girl sleeping in cane basket with cream knit layer with yellow wrap and flower tieback and vase of flowers on wooden floor and yellow lace doily Newborn baby girl in cane basket with pink blanket and flowers and daisy tieback with sibling brother wearing white button up shirt and tan pants sitting beside cane basket

Arlo all grown up and he was so adorable with his ‘baby’… Newborn baby girl wrapped in pink blanket wearing pink flower crown being held by sibling big brother wearing white button up shirt on cream furThis gallery was enormous and so hard to choose what to share…a pastel collection of stunning shots of two of the sweetest little darlings you ever did meet. Hope you enjoy a little glimpse into sweet Maisy’s session…

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A bouquet of blessings…

for a precious new life…

brings joyful intentions…

enveloped with light…

for strength and protection…

for love and for peace…

for guidance and wisdom…

and fulfillment of dreams…

with each tiny breath…

and each beat of their heart…

you’ll be bursting with wonder…

at this perfect new start.

 

Today the sweetest little love joined me in the studio and she was all kinds of lovely. We captured some gorgeous memories for her Mumma and Papa and a beautiful gallery filled with soft pastels and rainbows…the theme of her sweet nursery. She had the most adorable pouty lips and cutest little piggies…I’m so glad we got to capture this special time for her family.

World…meet Isabella…she’s new here.x.

Newborn baby girl in pin farmers basket with pink blanket and white lace wrap wrapped in white wrap with pink flower headband on white wooden floorNow she wasn’t super excited about sleep…it seems she decided on today of all days to have a party day today! But I’m not even mad when it meant I got to see these gorgeous big eyes. Newborn baby girl sleeping in vintage iron bed with pink white and purple knitted blanket wearing cream knit romper on pink backdropHow stunning is this blanket lovingly knitted for Papa by his grandmother Dorothy before she passed away in hope that he would one day use it for her great grandbaby. I love that we can bring such rich history into this family’s new story. Newborn baby girl sleeping on peach blanket wearing pink romper and flower haloEeeeep what a doll…the way she just snuggled up here so peacefully was so perfect. Newborn baby girl sleeping in oval cane basket with cream curly felt and wrap and bonnet with pink blanket and pillow and bow tieback holding gold necklace with letter MIsabella also brought this beautiful necklace from her Mumma’s grandmother Margaret…such a special way to include loved ones and I just know this great grandmother will be doting over sweet Isabella. Newborn baby girl sleeping in cane papasan chair with peach knit blanket and lace doily wearing cream knit romper and bow tieback Newborn baby girl sleeping in pink crochet basket with cream blanket and rainbow wrap with rainbow back ground and pink flower tiebackNow Isabella’s nursery is filled with rainbows so it seemed only fitting that we create this magical set up…isn’t she perfect. Newborn baby girl sleeping in flower nest with peach wraps and blanket and flowers and tieback on white wooden floorMumma brought this sweet peach wrap and it went perfectly with Isabella’s soft creamy skin and this flower nest I had set up. Newborn baby girl sleeping on cream blanket with pink lace wrap and flower tieback Newborn baby girl wrapped in peach wrap and bow tieback on pink backdrop surrounded in circular flowersJust a perfect little bundle… Newborn baby girl wearing cream knit romper being held by parents cuddling togetherThis moment right here…they made her.x. Newborn baby girl sleeping on vintage iron bed wearing cream knit romper with pink mattress wrap and flowersAnd we ended the session with this divine set up…a dainty little flower snuggled up.

Isabella I am so glad your Mumma and Papa found me and we could make today happen…these moments are too precious to miss.

Sarah and Josh, Isabella is just divine even if she did pee and poop all over me!!

 

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Today we write our story…

Rich with history and love…

A tale of star crossed lovers…

Blessed from up above.

Those who’ve come before us…

watch down on us this day…

as we start our own journey…

with guidance on the way.

Our duo grows in fullness…

as we’re blessed with sweetest love…

our hearts were never fuller…

we welcomed little dove.

A baby girl to celebrate…

unite us all this day…

heal our broken hearts…

and teach along the way.

 

This session y’all…there was so much love, so many tears, so much joy. My heart is literally exploding. I always feel blessed when friends choose me to tell their stories and this one is no exception. Today we captured beautiful memories, shared rich traditions and celebrated those that have come before and couldn’t be with this sweet family today. I hope I did this tale the honour that it deserves.

World…Meet Virginia…she’s new here.x. Newborn baby girl sleeping on pink lace blanket wearing pink flower halo

Today’s divine little love was named after her great grandmother, who sadly passed away before this sweet girl came to life….an elegant loving woman, a true saint on earth, so of course it could not be more perfect to have a part of her passed down. She loved all things lace and so we used that today to have her part of these new memories. We also included her stunning necklace that Mumma even wore on her wedding day. A beautiful tribute to a much loved lady. I can tell you…there was not a dry eye in sight. Newborn baby girl sleeping in farmers basket with cream blanket and wrap and mustard floral wrap wearing bow tieback and holding vinatge necklace on white wooden floor Newborn baby girl sleeping in cane basket with lace wrap and white flowers and floral tieback

We also dressed this sweet girl in the most darling knitted pieces that belonged to her Papa when he was a baby and a bonnet that is over 45yrs old and has been passed down through Papa’s family. This rich history makes my heart sing and is exactly what these sessions are all about. To include something with a story already and capture new memories to pass down to further generations is everything. Newborn baby girl laying on cream fur wearing cream knit outfit with blanket

Now she was due on the 4th July…Mumma is American, her great grandfathers served in the military…it was only fitting we created a set up (or two!) to celebrate this part of her story. A little bitter sweet as those that should be here from that side of the world have sadly been held up thanks to the current climate…although I am hoping they are all tuning in thanks to modern technology! Newborn baby girl sleeping on cream blanket with american flag and bow tieback or red knit bonnet Newborn baby girl sleeping in round wooden basket with cream bowl and american flag wearing red knit romper and bow tieback holding american flag felt heart on white wooden floor

And lastly, we captured memories and the story of a little love who came before this sweet girl but couldn’t remain earthside…but who sent Mumma and Papa a hand picked rainbow from heaven. A little start to heal their broken hearts. Newborn baby girl sleeping in oval wooden bowl with cream blanket and lace wrap wearing rainbow romper and bow tieback on white wooden floorThis set up is everything and more. I had this stunning outfit custom made and sent all the way from Canada. It arrived late thanks to covid, literally hours before she was born and was so meant to be. Encapsulating everything Mumma’s heart needed, celebrating her sweet rainbow sent from her sibling in heaven, Mumma’s special colours…oh my heart. Big thanks to my beautiful friend and vendor Holly at Pup and Frank Photography Props.

Mumma asked for a gorgeous gallery filled with dusty pinks, taupes and greys…I just adore these colours together.

Newborn baby girl sleeping in cane basket with grey wrap and blanket and lace knit wrap and flower tieback with knit koala toyHalf American….but also part Aussie…how cute is this snuggly little koala! Newborn baby girl on wooden bed wearing pink knit romper with crochet pink doily and flowers with flower tiebackYeah team no sleep by this stage but the way she was looking at me so intently was all kinds of lovely….

Newborn baby girl on cream fur wrapped in cream blanket wearing blue pearl tieback and holding blue stone ringAnd this stunning ring passed down from her other great grandmother, who is also watching down on her from heaven. Newborn baby girl sleeping in grey lace bowl wrapped in grey wrap with grey fur and flower tieback on white wooden floor

Look at those little piggies…. Newborn baby girl sleeping wearing pink knit romper being held by fatherSafe in papa’s arms….

I feel so immensely blessed for the privilege of telling this story, of being given the honour of sharing it through imagery with all of you. Despite a pandemic and the enormous distance over the seas, still being able to share this little love with her family far away. Of celebrating a new addition and honouring those that came before her. Of giving this sweet family the priceless gift of a moment captured in time.

Rebecca and Cam, thank you for choosing me, thank you for sharing your love with me.

Virginia..thank you for being gorgeous you.x.

 

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Although we were waiting…

To meet you here on earth…

Never we imagined…

Our dreams and their worth…

You had other plans…

You couldn’t wait to arrive…

A feisty little warrior…

Born with will to thrive…

We watched you grow and flourish…

Into a big strong boy…

You’ve filled our hearts immensely…

With so much love and joy.

Today I had the most adorable little man in the studio. Many months ago I got a very excited message from a dear friend asking to gift a newborn session to friends of hers…it was her honorary grandson that was due to arrive and she was busting with that honorary Nanna pride! Now that all sounds amazing & what an enormous generous gift but not all things go to plan and when I received a frantic message saying that they would be delivering their little man long before he was due everyone was panicking. Thankfully…as you’ll see below…this story has a perfect ending and this little warrior although eager to arrive is now a big warrior and thriving! So today I met this eagerly anticipated family and it was everything I imagined and more! He was as completely adorable as his honorary Nanna had told me he was and of course his Mumma and Papa just as sweet as I knew they would be. I’ll let Mumma share their journey and I’ll add in some adorable pictures…I know there are lots of people waiting for this sneak peak. Can I just say, this gorgeous boy and all his chins smiled up a storm the whole way through!

World…Meet Lincoln…he’s new here! Newborn baby boy wrapped in blue wrap sleeping being held by father and mother in white tshirts looking down at baby

On the 9th of March at 29+4 weeks pregnant we were getting ready to enter the scariest journey we’ve ever been on and at 8.47am our little Lincoln let out his first cry. Weighing just 1064 grams Lincoln was taken to the NICU where he would spend the next 72 days growing and learning. We waited what felt like a life time(4 days) for our first cuddle, we sat together for 3 hours before we had to put him back into his isolette but those 3 hours felt like 3 minutes and I was absolutely hooked on cuddling my baby. James and I would take it in turns each day to hold Lincoln for hours and the only days Lincoln wasn’t cuddled were the days he wasn’t stable enough. Linc spent 46 days on CPAP, 10 days on high flow and 14 days on low flow before being able to breathe on his own 2 days before coming home. Bringing Linc home was such big moment for us as we were so excited to finally be taking our boy home and for him to meet the rest of his family that were dying to finally see him. Newborn baby boy sleeping on blue blanket tucked in like a bed wearing blue knit beanie with blue knit bears beside himJust a boy and his bears… Newborn baby boy sleeping in cane basket wrapped in teal wrap with teal blanket and dried flowers on wooden floor with teal knit bonnet and felt heartLegit all the smiles…Mumma chose a gorgeous gallery of teals and pale blue’s…Lincoln had the most gorgeous deep blue eye’s (not that I saw them during the session!) and these colours were so perfect for him! Newborn baby boy sleeping on blue blanket with blue wrap and knit bonnet Newborn baby boy sleeping in farmers basket wearing teal knit romper with teal blanket and greenery on wooden floorI adore these little footed pj’s…bubba’s always look so snuggly…and that bear! Newborn baby boy sleeping in round wooden bowl with pale blue wrap and layer and blanket and lace layers on wooden floor wearing light blue knit bonnetLook at dem cheeks… Newborn baby boy sleeping on cream blanket with teal wrap and knit bonnetMumma was super excited to capture all these ‘tiny’ details…considering Lincoln is now almost four times his birth weight, these moments are just as important to celebrate. Newborn baby boy sleeping in cane oval basket wrapped in light blue wrap with light blue blanket and curly fur on wooden floorLike I said…all the smiles…did you catch my live of this set up? Newborn baby boy sleeping in cane papasan chair with teal knit layer and knit romper on wooden floorLook at that cheeky little grin… Newborn baby boy sleeping on blue blanket with blue wrap and knit bonnetSometimes preterm bubba’s, although technically all around their due date, but actually often months old, wont go into the usual snuggly ‘newborn’ poses as easily as a freshie but Lincoln was more than happy to be wrapped up in this little womb like pose just like he would have been if he had stayed cooking until he was supposed to! Newborn baby boy wrapped in blue blanket being held by mum in white tshirt snuggled looking down at her babyCan you believe the first thing out of Mumma’s mouth was…I’m not photogenic??? I can’t imagine not having this image of me with my baby…it’s everything. Newborn baby boy wrapped in blue wrap sleeping on vintage iron bed with blue blanket and curly fur on blue flokatiEeeeeep…snug as a bug. Newborn baby boy being held by his fathers hands in a position where you can see the top of his head in black and whiteThis moment right here…I’m sure there were many times that Mumma and Papa imagined they might not be here right now.

Bec and James I am so glad that we were brought together and that today’s magic could happen…despite the journey you’ve been on over the past few months, this moment right now was totally worth it.

And Lincoln…you were definitely worth the wait.x.

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