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A Mother’s love is something…

that no one can explain…

It is made of deep devotion…

and of sacrifice and pain.

It’s endless and unselfish…

and enduring come what may…

For nothing can destroy it…

or take that love away.

It is patient and forgiving…

when all other’s are forsaking…

And it never fails or falters…

even though the heart is breaking.

It believes beyond believing…

when the world around condemns…

And it glows with all the beauty…

of the rarest, brightest gems.

It is far beyond defining…

it defies all explanation…

And it still remains a secret…

like the mysteries of creation.

A many splendoured miracle…

man cannot understand…

And another wondrous evidence…

of life’s tender guiding hand.

 

By Helen Steiner Rice

Newborn baby girl sleeping in fathers arms with mother looking on

To say I’ve been waiting years for this session would not be an understatement….you see this little love has been hoped and dreamed for for many years. A gift sent from her big sisters in heaven, born exactly two years to the day they gained their angel wings. Every sweet love I photograph is much wanted but some journey’s are so much more harrowing than other’s. The path some families have to walk just to hold their babies earthside fueled with infertility, doctors, procedures, needles and heartbreak. But here you are, safely in the arms of your beautiful parents and surrounded by all the love in the world. I have spent the last 9 months shopping up a storm and preparing for this very special session and today, all our dreams came true! I first photographed this gorgeous family when their little man was a newbie 4 years ago and today he brought his sweet new sister to the studio to capture some magic. A little filo princess that is beyond stunning, I’m sure you will all agree.

World….Meet Charlotte.x.

Newborn baby girl laying on purple blanket with purple knit layer and flower tieback Newborn baby girl sleeping on purple blanket with purple knit layer and bonnetNow when we were preparing for Charlotte’s session her mumma and papa told me several times that she was a ‘unicorn’ baby…eat’s and sleeps, super laid back. I used to believe that this was what was often referred to as ‘second baby syndrome’…you know, they fit in with everything, super chilled, eat and sleep on the run because they have no choice with older siblings around. Then I had a second baby of my own and it was far from the truth lol…he still wakes and eats more frequently than some of my newborn clients lol! So then I thought maybe she is a unicorn? Although in my experience the families that are worried about their unsettled baby who doesn’t like to be naked or wrapped and how they will go during their session end up sleeping up a storm, and the family that comes in saying their bubba’s sleep through anything tend to choose the day of their newborn shoot to be awake for eleventy billion hours!

Alas…they were right, and all my theories were scrapped. Once she eye’d me off for a brief period of time she fell into the deepest slumber and I got through a bazillion set up’s…we even popped outside in between the rain! It was such a beautiful session and so lovely to give this family precious memories of this special time. Mumma asked for stunning pinks and purples, and oh did I oblige!

Newborn baby girl sleeping in cream bucket on white chair with pink wraps and blankets and knit bonnet with flowers in vase on white wooden floor Newborn baby girl sleeping in cane basket with purple wrap and blanket and tieback with purple flowers on white wooden floor Newborn baby girl sleeping on cream blanket with purple floral wrap and bow tiebackThe most perfect little features you ever did see…

Newborn baby girl sleeping in nest with flowers wearing pink mohair romper and matching wrap with flower halo Newborn baby girl sleeping in nest with flowers wearing pink mohair romper and matching wrap and lace mohair bear bonnetOh lordy, I shared a little live feed of this set up, did you see it? I know I always say this but I think this is my most favourite set up ever! I ordered this romper and bonnet set as well as the flower halo then made the mohair knit layer especially for Charlotte’s session and it was definitely everything I imagined and more.

Newborn baby girl wrapped in purple wrap on purple backdrop surrounded in circle of flowersA sweet little flower hand picked by her sisters in heaven.x.

Newborn baby sleeping in pink farmers basket with pink blanket and rainbow wrap and tieback with two pink butterflies on white wooden floorWe created this sweet set up to honour Charlotte’s sisters in heaven…two gorgeous butterflies watching over their baby sister, forever by her side and always in her heart.

Newborn baby girl sleeping in round wooden bowl with pink blanket and wrap and bow tieback laying garden surrounded by flowersI had a different shot in mind for this set up but with all the rain and storms around my gorgeous tree lost all its flowers…so we improvised and carried adorable sleeping Charlotte outside ( she was completely oblivious and didn’t even stir!) and set her amongst the stunning carpet of petals.

Newborn baby girl sleeping in cane basket with purple curly felt and wrap and tieback and flowers with sibling big brother sitting beside her on white wooden floor backdropDefinitely sure it doesn’t get sweeter than this…my heart nearly exploded and these aren’t even my bebe’s!!! I can’t believe how big Harrison is since I last saw him and he was the very best big brother pulling out all the one liners…”I love you baby sister, awww she is so sweet” and loads of smoochie kisses, just what every baby sister needs!

Newborn baby girl sleeping on wooden bed with pink blanket and romper and rainbow knit layer and rainbow prop on pink fur with rainbow tiebackThe storm it brought us darkness, we fought to weather it’s enormity, but you, my love are our rainbow. Not negating the storm but showing us there can be light after dark.
After every storm, there is a rainbow of hope.

I had this gorgeous rainbow custom made for Charlotte’s session from a stunning Australian vendor Rainbow Earthlings when it looked like it might not arrive in time, she quickly sent a replacement no questions asked and went above and beyond so magic could happen. I made the rainbow wrap and everything just fell into place.

Charlotte you are working magic to heal broken hearts and living on in honour of those that can not remain earthside.

Newborn baby girl wrapped in cream wrap with cream bow tieback being held by sibling big brother wearing blue button up shirt laying on cream furI just cant with these two…so much love.x.

Newborn baby girl sleeping in papas armsThere’s just something about a little girl safely snugged in her papa’s arms…she will never be this small, this new, this safe again.

Rebecca and Paul, today was definitely worth the wait. Thank you for allowing me the honour to capture your beautiful family again and for sharing in your journey along the way.

Harrison, you are the best big brother a tiny sister could hope for and I know she’s lucky you’ve got her back.

Charlotte..I’m crossing everything that you not only left good baby juju in the studio but maybe some leaked out into Emery’s room and the rest of my house and tonight we’ll all be sleeping up a storm too! Thank you for being your beautiful, serene and sweet self.

 

 

 

 

 

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What’s better than one boy…

well I’d say it’s two…

Adding to our family…

a life that is new…

One more little boy…

to join us with glee…

A little brother, a son…

For our family.

I was so excited to have today’s gorgeous boy in the studio today, and I think with just day’s left to go for 2019, he has been my last little bubba for the year. Now I last saw this beautiful family when I photographed their first little man almost 4 years ago to this day. Their now big boy Jesse had his session on his 99th day after a huge fight in the NICU being born at just 26 weeks. And now what a treat to see this family grow again adding a new, healthy term boy to their tribe! I was super spoiled today, their little man slept up a storm and was so settled and happy, and even big brother was the perfect angel in the studio!

World…Meet Kody.x.

Newborn baby boy sleeping on blue blanket Newborn baby boy sleeping on blue blanket with blue wrap and knit bonnetKody had the most divine little whirl of hair on the top of his head and the sweetest little features.

Newborn baby boy sleeping in wooden bed with green blanket and blue wrap and pillow on white wooden floor Newborn baby boy sleeping in wooden bed with green blanket and blue wrap and pillow on white wooden floorThat gorgeous little smile and a stunning gallery filled with green’s and blues….

Newborn baby boy sleeping on cream blanket with blue wrap and bonnet Newborn baby boy sleeping on cream blanket with blue wrap

Look at that pout….

Newborn baby boy sleeping in cane basket with green knit layer and wrap and bear bonnet on green furI shared a little live feed of this set up…did you catch it? How stunning is this green and that little bear snuggled up there…perfect! Newborn baby boy sleeping in round cane basket with blue blanket and wrap on white wooden floorI love this pose as it makes me think about how this tiny guy was squished up in his mumma’s tummy just a mere days ago…I love to remember them this small.

Newborn baby boy sleeping in cream bucket with blue wrap and blanket and bonnet on white wooden floor Newborn baby boy sleeping wrapped in blue wrap being held by sibling big brother in blue tshirt on blue feltAnd last but by no means least….the most adorable little brother team you ever did see…I just cant with these two! What lucky mumma’s to have such gorgeous boys.

Kody, I hope you left some sleepy dust in the studio for all the 2020 babies to follow you…you really were divine and such a good boy.

Jesse…is it possible you are even cuter than last time I saw you? Even if you did drop chippies all over my floor 😉

Sam and Lesa, it was so lovely to see you both again and watch your little family grow. Welcome to the the two kid family club. Solidarity sisters…lol!

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Oh brother of mine, I love you with glee…

Your kisses & cuddles, I know you love me…

But sometimes your snuggles are rougher you see…

Your pinching & pulling so vigorously…

The way that you love me oh brother of mine…

Sometimes it’s tough, sometimes it’s fine…

But you are my twin, half of my being…

I can’t imagine life, without even seeing…

You by my side, to hold to my hand…

To support me & love me as long as we stand…

My brother I love you, the good & the bad…

As long as we’re together, I’ll never be sad.

Oh my lordy, today these gorgeous boy’s were back in the studio and it was all kinds of adorable! I can’t believe they were last in the studio 8mths ago! Time really does fly. There were some smiles, some serious side eye and loads of brotherly love, good and bad! Milestone sessions are always a hoot…lots of silly faces, dancing and hopping around mad from the grown ups! Sometimes it helps and we get loads of adorable faces…sometimes it’s just all serious and furrowed brows. Today…we had a bit of part A and a bit of part B!!! But lots of sweet pictures were captured and it was so lovely to see them again!

World…Edward & Arthur are 8mths!

Newborn twin boys wrapped in baby blue blanket in wooden bowl on white wooden floor with blue blanket and same set up with 8 month old boysMy favourite part about milestone sessions is seeing just how much these sweet guys have grown!

Newborn twin boys sleeping in wooden crate wrapped in tan wraps with tan blanket and tan knitting layer on white wooden floor and same set up as 8 month old baby boysIt was a tight squeeze and there may have been some pinching and poking…and tears!

Newborn twin boys sleeping in cane rectangle basket with mint blanket and wrap on white wooden floor and same set up as 8 month old boysThis gorgeous colour was one of mumma’s favourite set ups last time too! I think the boys agreed?

Newborn twin boys sleeping on blue blanket with blue wrap and same set up as 8 month old boysNawwww snuggled up together teeny tiny and now look how big they are!

Newborn twin boys sleeping in round basket with olive blanket and wrap and bonnet on olive backdrop and same set up as 8 month old baby boysAnd this colour was my favourite from their session…only made better by two cheeky characters and those cheeky bare tooshies!

Newborn twin boys sleeping in cane basket with cream grey and tan blankets and wraps on white wooden floor wearing knit rompers and bear bonnets and same set up as 8 month old boysThese boys were so divine today…such a fun age and so good to see them again! I love watching all your bubba’s grow in their first year. Have you booked your milestone session yet?

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Our new baby boy 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 cute little nose…

This soft little one is a bundle of love…

A beautiful boy…sent from above…

His life is a miracle…filled with pure joy…

What a blessing to welcome our own little boy.

 

Oh my goodness, today’s little guy was absolutely divine…the sweetest little personality and full of the most gorgeous smiles (none for the camera of course!!!) When his mumma got in touch she was so worried she had missed out on getting photo’s of her little man. You see when he was born and in that ‘newborn’ stage…well life got in the way and they were super busy just lovin on their bubba. But…before you know it, four months had passed and they were regretting not making the time! Luckily we managed to make some magic happen today and captured some gorgeous shots of this perfect stage too. He arrived asleep and we madly tried to snuggle him up to get some sleepy shots but turns out laying in a strange room in a basket with your arms tucked up isn’t as appealing as one would think! But awake was just as special and it was so lovely to see him in all his cuteness! I am so glad these guys didn’t miss out all together. I absolutely got lost in this sweet boys ginormous big eye’s, long lashes and pouty lips…boy’s always get all the stunning features, right? Anyway…stop going on and just share the pic’s hey?

World…Meet Jake.x.

Baby boy sleeping in cane basket wearing blue romper with blue blanket and pillow on white wooden floor Baby boy sleeping in cane basket wearing blue romper with blue blanket and pillow on white wooden floorNow I did say they were the most amazing eye’s…I’m right hey? Mumma asked for a gallery of grey blues to go with these stunning eye’s and I had such fun picking out these gorgeous set ups. baby boy sleeping on grey blanket wearing grey romper and grey bonnetJake had the best smiles ever…and lots for me…but as soon as that scary black camera came up he tucked them away! Luckily I managed to capture a few sneaky one’s! Baby boy sleeping on blue fur with blue wrap Baby boy in blue romper on blue blanket wearing knit bear bonnetHe wasn’t too sure about my bonnets but this had to be done…cute alert!! Baby boy in cane basket wearing grey romper with grey blanket and curly felt on white wooden floor holding knit bear with bonnet Baby boy in cane basket wearing grey romper with grey blanket and curly felt on white wooden floor Baby boy in blue romper in wooden trencher with jute layer and blue blanket on wooden floorHe was contemplating sleep here…not sure why he didn’t want to sleep in my wooden bowl? baby boy on grey blanket wearing grey romper Baby boy laying on grey fur nakedAnd of course we had to end the session with some cute little baby bootie…and I’m excited to say, there were no ‘accidents’ either!

Oh baby Jake you are so divine and welcome in the studio any time.

Four months is such a sweet age to capture, please don’t sit at home all sad thinking you’ve missed your chance at pictures cause there is all kinds of gorgeous at all the stages. Did you miss out on ‘newborn’ photo’s? Get in touch today, I’d love to hear from you.x.

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Precious as a snow flake

Yet stronger than a dream

Our tiny little baby

Fought harder than we’d seen

Overcome such battles

Growing strong each day

Our darling little dove

Loved in every way

You brought us all together

Winding through our heart

Sweetest little Grace

We’ve loved you from the start.

 

I never could have hoped and dreamed that today’s session would happen. This sweet girl is such a divine miracle and I have been patiently waiting for her safe arrival for such a long time now. She brought two gorgeous families together and filled the heart of my dear friend so the fact the she has finally arrived after so many hurdles is the greatest blessing. After being born too soon and spending time in the NICU, doing lots of growing and getting strong, she was finally well enough to go home! Which meant we had to get busy planning a very special session. Lots of dreamy creams and dusty pinks perfect for such a gorgeous little love. It was also extra special to be able to give this little Miss some extra lovin in the NICU and then in the studio considering her mumma was also my amazing obstetrician who literally saved mine and my little guys lives! So without further ado….

World….Meet Grace.x.

Newborn baby girl sleeping on pink blanket with pink knit layer and bow tieback Newborn baby girl sleeping in cane basket with cream knit layer and cream wrap and cream felt hearts and tieback on white wooden floor with cream knit bonnet Newborn baby girl sleeping in cane basket with cream knit layer and cream wrap and cream felt hearts and tieback on white wooden floor Newborn baby girl sleeping in cane basket with cream knit layer and cream wrap and cream felt hearts and tieback on white wooden floorAll peaches and cream….does it get any sweeter? I just adore these soft pinks and creams on little girls.

Newborn baby girl sleeping in cream basket with cream felt and pink lace doily wrapped in pink wrap with pink bowShe just had to have this sneaky little leg out and it was oh so sweet!

Newborn baby girl sleeping in round wooden bowl with cream blanket and wrap and lace layer with jute layer and dried flowers and baby wearing gumnit tieback Newborn baby girl sleeping in round wooden bowl with cream blanket and wrap and lace layer with jute layer and dried flowers and baby wearing gumnit tieback Newborn baby girl wrapped in pink wrap in cane basket with pink farmers basket and cream blanket and bunch of pink roses on white wooden floorI shared a little live of this set up…did you see it?

Newborn baby girl sleeping on cream blanket with cream wrap and tieback Newborn baby girl sleeping in cream iron bed with pink wraps and blanket and flowers and tieback on cream furThose perfect pouty lips and rosy cheeks…she really is as sweet as they come.

Newborn baby girl sleeping in farmers basket with tan knit layer and felt on wooden floor with lace bow tiebackOh Grace…we waited for you and hoped with all hope that this day would come. I feel so blessed that I have been here to watch you grow from strength to strength and today was the absolute celebration of that courageous journey. Thank you for being so lovely and for all of the snuggles along the way!

Megan and Tim thank you for sharing your little love with me, she is everything and more. Thank you for looking after me with such strength and love, I hope you have felt it in return.x.

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