Amanda Maree Photography » Amanda Maree Photography - Brisbane Newborn Photographer

Two little loves to join our home…

how blessed could we all be.

Two little girls for us to love…

and live so happily.

We’ve watched you grow across the year…

& fill our lives with love.

We celebrate a year with you…

Such joy from up above.

Almost one year ago today I had the absolute joy of photographing sweet Poppy and Ivy…I didn’t think I could get any luckier….but then their mumma got in touch and asked me to photograph them now they are just about to turn one!

A flutter of pink…cheeky toothy grins (few and far between once the camera was out, lol!)….rosy cheeks…fluffy crazy hair….I was in heaven. And despite a very early start for the girls, they were absolute darlings and we all had loads of fun in the studio.

The best part about milestone sessions apart from seeing these sweet little clients again is having the opportunity to recreate special set ups that we worked with for their newborns sessions and seeing just how much they have grown and changed since their arrival earthside.

I hope you all get as much joy from these images as I did capturing them.

I have included their newborn set ups because it’s lovely to see this special journey.

Ashleigh and Chris….you make the cutest babies!!

Poppy and Ivy….you are way too cute for words!

Newborn twin girls on pink blanket wearing pink tiebacks One year old twin girls on pink blanket with pink tiebacks Newborn twin girls wrapped in pink wrap laying in green bowl with green fluff wearing pink tiebacks One year old twin girls in green bowl with pink wrap and green felt wearing pink and green rompers and pink tiebacks Newborn twin girls in brown bowls with green curly fur and brown lace blanket and green tieback on wooden floor One year old twin girls in brown bowls with green curly fur and brown lace blanket and green tieback on wooden floor Newborn twin girls sleeping in brown wooden bed with green blanket and green tiebacks on green back drop One year old twin girls sitting on brown wooden bed with green blanket wearing green tiebacks Newborn twin girls on pink blanket wearing pink knitted bonnets One year old twin girls sitting on pink blanket wearing pink knitted bonnets Newborn twin girls in white cane basket with brown blanket and coral knitted blanket with brown and coral knitted bears wearing coral tiebacks One year old twin girls in white cane basket with brown blanket and coral knitted blanket with brown and coral knitted toys wearing coral tiebacks Newborn twin girls in brown bowls with purple pants and purple wraps and purple tiebacks on wooden floor One year old twin girls in cane baskets with purple wraps and purple tiebacks Newborn twin girls in cane basket with cream fluff and cream lace with cream knitted bear and cream tiebacks One year old twin girls in cane basket with cream felt and cream lace wearing cream tiebacks

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There once was a princess….

who’s beauty was so true.

With lips like little rose buds

and a smile too sweet for you.

Today I had the absolute joy of capturing special memories for the sweetest little darling. She wasn’t overly excited for her modelling debut but she gave the best cuddles out so we made a deal! A few cuddles, for a few photo’s….and I’m sure you will agree, I was rewarded.

I always ask families their thoughts on colours and theme’s for their session and to my delight…Shelby’s mumma answered with ‘I love it all’. So we got creative and had a rainbow of colours for Shelby’s special session.

Here’s a little sneak peak….Chantel and Nathan….I hope you love them as much as I enjoyed capturing them for you.

Shelby…come back for snuggles any time!

Newborn baby girl sleeping in wooden bowl wrapped in cream knitted wraps wearing cream knitted beanie with small owl toy Newborn baby girl sleeping in wooden bowl wrapped in cream knitted wraps wearing cream tieback with small owl toyNow we had to start with a neutral palette….I had these divine blankets knitted for me by my mumma’s neighbour straight from her freshly spun wool…it doesn’t get any more natural and earthy than that…exactly what I think a fresh newborn is all about…sweet, simple and back to nature.

But then…there was lots of colour!

Newborn baby girl sleeping on teal lace blanket wrapped in teal knitted blanket with teal tieback Newborn baby girl sleeping on teal lace blanket wrapped in teal knitted blanket with teal bonnet Newborn baby girl sleeping in farmers basket with teal curly felt and teal blanket wearing teal tiebackAnd some more colour….

Newborn baby girl wearing pink romper sleeping in round cane basket with pink curly felt with pink flowers Newborn baby girl wearing pink romper sleeping in round cane basket with pink curly felt with pink flowers Newborn baby girl wrapped in purple wrap on purple fur with purple tieback Newborn baby girl wrapped in purple wrap on purple fur with purple tieback Newborn baby girl sleeping on grey dotty fabric with lace blanket and grey lace tieback Newborn baby girl sleeping on grey dotty fabric with lace blanket and grey lace tieback

Hope you all enjoy….Shelby…9 Days New.

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Our family’s grown from four to five…

our lives they are complete.

You’ve filled our hearts with love and joy…

You simply are a treat.

With lips as red as rosebuds…

and skin as white as snow.

Our lives will never be the same…

For you our love will grow.

Today I photographed the most divine beauty in the studio….absolutely adorable, squishy and incredibly sweet. This session was extra special as I actually photographed Claudia’s big sister Gabriella many moons ago when I was first starting out in photography….and to have them both in the studio today was all sorts of lovely.

Meet Claudia….13 Days New.

Newborn baby girl sleeping on pink cradle with pink crochet blanket and pink curly felt with flowers on the floor Newborn baby girl sleeping on pink lace blanket wearing white knitted pants and pink beaded tieback Newborn baby girl sleeping on pink crochet blanket Newborn baby girl sleeping in cane basket wrapped in pink blanket on pink fur Newborn baby girl on pink lace blanket wrapped in pink wrap with pink flower tieback Newborn baby girl wrapped in pink wrap laying in green and pink and white flower nest on wooden floor Newborn baby girl in green lace romper laying in white fluff bowl and mint lace wrap wearing mint bow tieback Newborn baby girl sleeping in wooden bowl with pink fluff wrapped into mint wrap with rainbow wrap on rainbow canvasA beautiful collection of soft pinks and greens for this sweet girls gallery today but of course I had to throw in a little moody burgundy to go with that milky skin and thick dark hair…of course mumma loved it! This stunning floral wreath is made by the lovely A Baby And A Bloom….a gorgeous Australian vendor.

Newborn baby girl sleeping in brown wooden bowl with maroon wrap and maroon floral wreath on her head Newborn baby girl sleeping in brown wooden bowl with maroon wrap and maroon floral wreath on her head

Veronika and Nathan…I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again…you make the most gorgeous babies ever!

Thank you for trusting me again to capture special memories of your growing family.

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My love for you has grown…

Our family changed once more…

When I thought my heart was full…

It stretched again I’m sure.

Yours and mine and ours are here…

all bundled up with love…

A baby girl to celebrate…

Sure sent from up above.

Oh my goodness…I am feeling completely loved up and blessed today. Not only did I have the absolute honour of photographing my very dear friends gorgeous new addition but this session was special for so many reasons. Rachel and I have been friends for years…we often talk about how we were destined to meet and I am so grateful to have her in my life. Rachel is actually the person who taught me how to use my flashy new camera back in the day and has photographed my family and I many times over the years so today was a mixed bag of emotions from completely humbled to quietly panicking….gaaaah the pressure!

This session was also very special because this little peanut is an absolute miracle…much loved and wanted although never expected to be here with us. My heart is just exploding.

Below…Rachel share’s the journey to meeting Maisy.

When I was young, the only thing I wanted to be when I grew up was a Mum. I started trying for my first baby when I was 21. It took 4 long, tear-filled years to conceive the first time, but I was finally blessed with my first son. I then had a further two boys in quick succession. My life was admittedly a little crazy with 3 under 4 – but my heart had never been fuller. When the boys were 8, 6 and 4 I had this incredible yearning to add to my brood and along came my daughter. Oh, the joy she brought us all! Her brothers adored her and she knew it. Recently a friend and I were musing about the “I’m done” feeling. How do you know when your family is complete and you’ve finished having babies? Honestly, I can’t see myself EVER having that feeling. I’m addicted to pregnancy and birth. I love newborn snuggles. First smiles, first words, first steps. The first “Mumma”. The first day of school. I love big families. Noise, laughter, chaos, togetherness, protectiveness. Fast forward one or two (okay a few) years and much had changed. I still dreamt of someday having another baby but my marriage disintegrated and ended very badly and my health took a very serious turn for the worse. I was warned by several Doctors – fall pregnant and it would have dire consequences. Permanent birth control (or complete abstinence ha!) the only solution. But my story wasn’t complete. I was so fortunate to meet a man, perfect for me and perfect for the kids. They accepted each other without hesitation. (A single Mum with 4 children is a big ask for anyone!) We loved our big family and decided we had room for more – we wanted to become Foster Parents. The kids were all on-board. We underwent the training, police checks, home visits. We specifically asked to have an Indigineous newborn placed with our family as I wanted my husband to experience for himself, the joy of a newborn too. Proving the life never does go as plan, we were shocked, terrified, thrilled and amazed to discover I was pregnant late last year. We felt like the ultimate cliche, contacting the agency to let them know that Fostering would be more than we could handle now. We were scared for the future – for both myself and our unborn baby, but not continuing with the pregnancy was never an option. I had the very best of care at The Mater Hospital and despite all of the warnings and our fears, my pregnancy went smoothly for the most part and was well monitored.

At 38 weeks pregnant, my labour was induced and Miss Maisy Isla Beth completed our family.  She is absolutely adored by everyone.  We call her our miracle baby and feel like she was meant to be here with us.

Meet Maisy…10 Days New.

Mumma bought this divine pink tieback with her today for Maisy’s session and I knew it would go perfectly with this gorgeous lace backdrop that her mumma had given me last year as a gift for the studio. Newborn baby girl sleeping on pink lacey blanket with pink tieback Newborn baby girl sleeping on pink lacey blanket with pink tieback Sleeping newborn baby girl in white and blue lacey romper on blue blanket in wooden bowl on blue lace blanket wearing blue lace tiebackA divine rainbow for her papa…a sweet princess to heal his broken heart. Newborn baby girl sleeping in white fluffy bowl wrapped in pink wrap holding rainbow unicorn and wearing rainbow knitted bonnet Newborn baby girl laying on white lace blanket and knitted cream blanket wearing cream romper with cream tieback Newborn baby girl wearing lace romper and lace bonnet in cane basket with cream wrap and cream owl on wooden floor Newborn baby girl sleeping wrapped in pink wrap laying on grey fur with pink bonnet and pink roses Newborn baby girl sleeping wrapped in grey lace with white lace wrap over her in grey rectangle bed with grey tiebackThis divine set up was inspired by her mumma’s wedding gown…… Newborn baby girl sleeping wrapped in grey lace on grey blanket in grey lace bowl on white floor holding white rose bouquet Bride wearing grey lace wedding dress standing on a road in a storm Man and woman just married

And this gorgeous set up was longer than nine months in the making…mumma loves succulents so I just knew we had to incorporate them some how…lots of dirt and a few giggles later…I think its magic, don’t you? Sleeping newborn baby girl in brown farmers basket with lace wraps and green bow tieback surrounded by succulent plantsThen last but by no means least…inspired by the stunning work of Milyali Art and in honour of her papa’s tribe Bundjalung and her mumma’s tribe Wiradjuri….

Sleeping newborn baby girl wrapped in yellow wrap laying on yellow fluff with red knitted blanket and black blanket on wooden log prop and on wooden floor

I always feel so honoured when I am chosen to capture memories for a family…when its an extra special family, then of course its extra special for me.

Rachel and Nigel despite all the odds against you, you have created to most divine little miracle.

Maisy…you are beyond sweet and a pure joy to photograph. I can not wait to watch you grow over the years.

*Rachel and Nigel’s wedding images were taken by the amazing Katie Takes A Picture*

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Twinkle, twinkle little star…

Up in heaven is where you are.

Flying high and twinkling bright…

My guiding star, my shining light.

Twinkle twinkle little star…

My perfect angel is what you are.

Newborn baby boy wrapped in blue wrap sitting on shelf next to teddy bear

I am seriously the luckiest person there is to do what I love day in and day out. Through my job I meet the most amazing people that show strength and courage despite the odds. When I first met sweet Solly my heart broke for what his family had already been through just to get him to us and I knew that the journey before him would be a big one. Yet day by day, Solly got stronger, he beat the odds, he fought every battle that came his way. His cheeky personality shone through and before long he had everyone who met him in the palm of his teeny tiny hands! Add to that he had the loveliest parents a little boy could ever hope for and together with his angel brother Archie watching over them….they fought the battle that is the NICU and won! It has been the hugest honour to care for this family for the last 4 months and the greatest gift to watch them take their gorgeous boy home to love and to cherish.

Today….sweet Solomon came to the studio to give me loads of squishy cuddles….we also managed to snap a few pics! I have to admit…there was not a dry eye. Below Danielle shares the story of Solly’s journey so far…..

Our journey to parenthood started 3 years ago with 4 emotional rounds of IVF, one early miscarriage then finally our dreams came true and we fell pregnant with twin boys! The pregnancy was going along beautifully until we went in for a routine check up and at 21 weeks found out twin one (Archie) no longer had a heart beat. I have no words to describe the pain and heartache we were going through while at the same time trying to stay strong for our other little boy who was still thriving inside. Due to how late in the pregnancy I was when Archie passed away there was nothing we could do but just hope that my body wouldn’t go into early labour. 3 weeks later our worst nightmare came true and I started having contractions at midnight, so we went straight in to our local hospital on the Gold Coast and were monitored closely until it came time to be raced up to the Brisbane Mater Women’s hospital.

On the 22nd March 2016 (after being in labour for 24 hours) at 12:44am I gave birth to our beautiful still born boy Archie, then at 12:50am gave birth to our Miracle boy Solomon at just 25 weeks of age weighing in at 760 grams. After what was a very long and rocky start for Solly, having spent 101 days in hospital to be re intubated 3 times, getting down to 600grams, 4 blood transfusions, a pulmonary haemorrhage and collapsed lung, infections, pneumonia, 2 small bleeds to the brain and a spinal tap, I can finally say he is home now and is just like a normal thriving baby. He is such an incredible little fighter, it blows our mind every day. We are so so so proud of him! Words cannot thank the incredible Doctors and Nurses at the Mater mothers Hospital enough for taking such great care of our little boy and also us. Without the round the clock care our little boy would not be her today with us. Our family will never feel complete with the loss of Archie and our hearts always ache for him but I must say we feel incredibly blessed to have had a little angel look over his little brother and help him along the way.

This stunning rainbow is honour of sweet Archie…147 beautiful butterflies to represent the 147 days (21 weeks) that Archie lived for. The way Solly snuggled right in…we could definitely feel Archie surrounding him with love.

Newborn baby boy sleeping in nest surrounded by a rainbow of butterflies Newborn baby boy holding brown toy owl wrapped in cream and brown blankets in brown wooden trencher on wooden floor Newborn baby boy sleeping in farmers basket wrapped in brown blanket on brown flokatiWe had to photograph Solly with this gorgeous necklace….a gift given to his mumma with the twins zodiac sign. Newborn baby boy sleeping in round cane basket wrapped in cream wraps on cream fur on wooden floor holding special necklace Newborn baby boy sleeping in round cane basket wrapped in cream wraps on cream fur on wooden floor holding special necklace Newborn baby boy sleeping in round cane basket wrapped in cream wraps on cream fur on wooden floor And Solly brought this divine snuggly wrap with him so of course we tucked him up in it….does it get any sweeter? Newborn baby boy sleeping on grey blanket wrapped in white muslin wrap with camels on it

Dani and Phil your gorgeous boys are so very special and I am so blessed to have been part of their journey. Thank you for trusting me with your family, and for choosing me to capture special memories for you.

Solly…please come back for snuggles soon.

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