Amanda Maree Photography » Amanda Maree Photography - Brisbane Newborn Photographer

I have waited for you….like never before.

Sibling brothers laying on blue flokati with baby wrapped in blue wrap sleeping and big brother smiling

There is nothing more amazing than watching a family and their journey unfold and it is the biggest privilege to be a part of that story in some small way.

In 2010 I met the most gorgeous little man…and when I say little, I mean little. Spencer was born at just 26+4 weeks and weighing a mere 880grams. After an astounding 105 days in hospital with us we sent him on his way to grow and flourish.

Now you can imagine how excited I was when Spencers mumma got in touch to tell me they were expecting again. After such a traumatic time with Spencer, I must admit, I was holding my breath and sadly this new little life was not destined for earth. I can’t even begin to imagine the heartbreak of losing a bubba and all the hopes and dreams you had for the pregnancy and for that little life and its future. Again….a sweet babe came to be…and again this little love was also not destined for earth. For five years Spencers mumma and papa dreamed of adding to their family and then in 2015 their hopes were answered. After a complicated pregnancy the most divine little being arrived earthside at 37+3 weeks!

Newborn baby boy sleeping wrapped in blue blanket laying on white cloud wrapped in rainbow on blue fur

A sweet rainbow after the ravage of the storm….Rocco.

Today, Spencer brought his mumma and papa…and most importantly his gorgeous new brother Rocco to spend time with me in the studio and together we had the best day! Rocco was a dream and it was so nice to see everyone again, especially Spencer who is doing amazingly considering his rough start.

How sweet is this little bunny Rocco brought with him?

Newborn baby boy sleeping wrapped in grey laying on grey blanket in wooden log prop cuddling blue and grey rabbit and wearing blue bonnet laying on wooden floors Newborn baby boy wrapped in grey knitted wrap laying on grey blanket Newborn baby boy wrapped in grey knitted wrap laying on grey blanket

Gaaaah….that smile…does it get any sweeter?

Smiling sleeping newborn baby boy wrapped in soft grey wrap laying on cream fluff in brown farmers basket laying on wool on wooden floor Smiling sleeping newborn baby boy wrapped in soft grey wrap laying on cream fluff in brown farmers basket laying on wool on wooden floor

I always ask families if they have anything special they want to bring to include in their session and I may have squealed a little when Rocco’s mumma said she was bringing this wooden crate!

Newborn baby boy sleeping in wooden crate wrapped in grey fluff on wooden floor Sleeping newborn baby boy wrapped in brown wrap laying in wooden bowl surrounded by brown sheep wool and on wooden floor

And as soon as I saw this cute little froggy friend…I knew he would fit perfectly with this vintage dolls bed…sigh..this has to be my favourite from today.

Newborn baby boy sleeping on vintage wrought iron bed with green fluff and wrap with green frog

Oh hi there gorgeous boy…..

Awake smiling newborn baby boy laying on green knitted wrap on green blanket ASleeping newborn baby boy laying on green knitted wrap on green blanket

And one last one for this sneak peak.

Rocco thank you for being so lovely and for all the hard work you did to heal your families broken hearts. You were definitely worth the wait.

Yamini and Ant…I feel so blessed to have watch you grow these past 6 years as a family and I am so glad you chose me to capture special memories for you today.

Spencer…I am so proud of the gorgeous big boy you have become and you are the best big brother that a little bubba could ask for. Rocco is one lucky little man!

Newborn baby boy sleeping in green wrap laying in cane basket with green bonnet on brown back drop

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In the light of the moon….a little egg lay on a leaf.

One Sunday morning the warm sun came up and – pop! – out of the egg came a tiny and very hungry caterpillar.

Three image series of newborn baby, first one dressed as a caterpillar, second one in a cocoon and final image as a butterfly

Meet the gorgeous Master Darcy who came to visit us in the studio today. Now Darcy has The Very Hungry Caterpillar theme in his nursery, so of course we had to use that opportunity to create some special pieces to hang on the walls.

Darcy was definitely the cutest little caterpillar….the snuggliest little cocoon and of course the most beautiful butterfly.

And the best bit about all of this….his mumma and papa snoozed in the lounge for his entire session so they had no idea the magic we were creating with their darling little man!

Paula and Jamie….I hope you enjoy your surprise.

Newborn baby bou in brown wire farmers basket with blue fluff and wrapped in blue wrap on curly blue felt and white wooden floor Newborn baby bou in brown wire farmers basket with blue fluff and wrapped in blue wrap on curly blue felt and white wooden floor Newborn baby boy sleeping in brown wooden bowl with grey fur and wrapped in grey blanket with grey bonnet on and laying on wooden floor Newborn baby boy sleeping in brown wooden bowl with grey fur and wrapped in grey blanket with grey bonnet on and laying on wooden floor Newborn baby boy wrapped in blue wrap with blue bonnet laying in wooden trencher with blue blanket Newborn baby boy wrapped in blue wrap with blue bonnet laying in wooden trencher with blue blanket

Darcy was just the sweetest today….despite initially having a bad day before he arrived…he slept up a storm and was super settled for us.

Paula and Jamie thank you for choosing me to capture these special memories for you and thank you for sharing you gorgeous boy with us.

Big thanks to all the special people that made this session happen…..My mumma who hand painted Darcys butterfly, and found a special branch, to my sister who made his snuggly cocoon, to my fabulous assistant Paula who gave lots of cuddles and to my photography colleagues who lent me a few tools to pull this all off.

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Do not cry for I am near…

I’m watching from above…

A perfect little boy was born…

surrounded by such love.

Although I can not be here…

to hold your hand sweet boy.

Please know that I am with you

and that I am filled with joy.

Welcome to the world….Liam Timothy

Newborn baby boy sleeping in wooden crate holding photo of loved one in heaven wearing brown bonnet wrapped in grey wrap on wooden floor with poem about guardian angel

Today I had the immense privilege of photographing this gorgeous little boy who is named after someone just as special. Tim I know you will be watching down on Liam, now and for forever, and if you were here you would be stealing all the cuddles you could!

Jess and Matt…thank you for sharing your darling little man with me, and for choosing me to capture some special memories for your family.

Smiling newborn baby boy in wooden trencher wrapped in grey blankets Sleeping newborn baby boy in wooden trencher wrapped in grey blanket with grey bonnet laying on grey fur on wooden floor Sleeping newborn baby boy wrapped in grey blanket laying in grey cane basket with grey cloud blanket on grey fur Sleeping newborn baby boy wrapped in cream blanket with cream bonnet cuddling cream spotty monkey toy laying in brown wooden bowl with cream fur and heshian on brown backdrop Newborn baby boy wrapped in blue wrap with blue bonnet laying on wooden log bowl with blue fluff on wooden floor

And how could we not capture some special set ups with Tim’s beloved Knights….I know these would make him cheer!

Sleeping newborn baby boy wrapped in blue wrap laying in cane basket with blue knitted blanket on pine wooden floors cuddling blue knights teddy bear and wearing brown knitted bear bonnet Newborn baby boy wrapped in navy blue wrap laying on knights jersey with knights scarf on blue fur

Sweet Liam you warmed my heart today…I’m so grateful to have snuggled you and had the chance to be a part of your journey so far.

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Sometimes the smallest things…

Take up the most room in your heart.

Tea cup chihuahua laying on pink balnket

You guys….I got a new ‘niece’! Now I know this is a little left of field from my usual clients, and no not a new venture but I couldn’t resist capturing a few shots of this gorgeous girl.

Welcoming Indi….54 Days New

Weighing in at a whopping 800grams and too sweet for words

Newborn tea cup chihuahua yawning on pink blanket Newborn tea cup chihuahua sleeping on pink blanket with pink blanket draped over head and pink flower head band Newborn tea cup chihuahua on pink blanket with pink blanket draped over head and pink flower head band Newborn tea cup chihuahua sitting in brown wooden bowl with pink fluff and pink bow on her head on wooden floor Newborn tea cup chihuahua sleeping in brown wooden bowl with pink fluff and pink bow on her head on wooden floor

Newborn tea cup chihuahua sleeping on small white wooden bed with white knitted blanket and white bow on head Smiling newborn tea cup chihuahua on brown lace blanket Newborn tea cup chihuahua on brown lace blanket in cane basket on wooden floor snuggling knitted brown bear with white bow on her head Newborn tea cup chihuahua sleeping in wooden bowl with yellow fluff on curly yellow fluffy blanket with flower head band on her head on wooden floor Newborn tea cup chihuahua sitting in brown farmers basket filled with mint coloured fluff on curly mint fluff on wooden floor with mint coloured head band on her head Newborn tea cup chihuahua sitting in wooden log bowl with curly teal fluff and knitted teal blanket with teal bow on her head on wooden floor Newborn tea cup chihuahua sleeping in wooden log bowl with curly teal fluff and knitted teal blanket with teal bow on her head on wooden floor Newborn tea cup chihuahua sleeping in wooden log bowl with curly teal fluff and knitted teal blanket with teal bow on her head on wooden floor cuddling a small brown bear

Thank you Shell and Matt for sharing your divine new addition…and thank you Indi for being such a poser even if there was lots of belly rubs involved.

*All studio items are washed and sterilized in between each baby (tiny puppies included, lol)

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My heart it yearned to know you…

To love and hold you near…

A journey of a thousand miles…

We waited long my dear.

And now that you are with us…

Our hearts are so complete…

A tiny boy for us to love…

That we so longed to meet.

Newborn baby boy in cane round basket wrapped in blue knitted wrap holding blue knotted bear and with blue bonnet on laying on blue fur

What else would you want to do on your 99th day? Hang out with me…of course!

Nothing fills my heart more than watching not only a sweet baby and their journey from teeny tiny new, fighting for life, to big and strong and healthy….but also witnessing the journey of parents from that very first moment of fear and awe and love….to beautiful loving mumma’s proud and completely in love with the life they have created.

This gorgeous boy first came under my care as a tiny little man at just 26 weeks new & when his mumma’s asked me to capture some special memories of Jesse and celebrate just how far he has come….well I could not have been more honoured.

Today I had the absolute privilege of snuggling this little darling…and while he was most content when I was holding his hand….I did manage to let go briefly to snap some pics!

Sam & Lesa…Jesse is all kinds of divine and I’m so proud to have watched the past 99 days of your journey.

Newborn baby boy wrapped in blue blanket with blue bonnet laying in wooden crate on wooden floor

Now the journey to this point has been a very special one and I feel so blessed that Sam & Lesa have allowed me to share it with you all….

As told by Sam…..

About 10 years ago we started Ivf, my partner Lesa also tried IUI and I tried Ivf due to my endometriosis.  I have had surgery twice to have endometriosis cut out.  Finally after several attempts I became pregnant and had an easy pregnancy with no problems.  Then at 26 weeks my membranes ruptured and I was rushed to the Mater Hospital and the Doctor advised that I was in labour and to start pushing.  Needless to say we were very scared that our son would not make it.  Jesse was at the Mater Hospital for over 11 weeks and the Nurses and Doctors were amazing looking after our son.  Fortunately for us one of our nurses was Amanda who was wonderful and gave us a lot of information and support and we found her to be so caring, friendly and compassionate.  We found out she takes professional photos of babies and wanted Amanda to take the photos of Jesse as she had looked after him so well and knew how to take care of a premmie baby.  We also felt comfortable with her as there was no judgement for us being a gay couple with our first son.
Jesse was born 13th January 2016 at 920 grams at 26 weeks and 2 days, he left hospital on 1st April at 2880 grams and the Doctors said he made a miracle recovery and has improved rapidly each week as the first few weeks were touch and go.  We are so grateful for all the care from all the Nurses and Doctors at the Mater Mothers Hospital and are so lucky to have Jesse as our son.  It has been a long 10 years but finally after becoming parents we feel blessed to have Jesse as our son and love being parents, it is amazing and even more than we imagined.
So….without further a due….the divine Master Jesse….a stunning session of greens and blues with a few smile snuggled in there for good measure and of course, what is a session without a special friend? Check out the cutest orangutan you have ever seen!!!
Newborn baby boy wrapped in navy blanket in wire farmers basket laying on blue felt on wooden floor
Smiling newborn baby boy on light blue blanket wrapped in light blue blanket Newborn baby boy on light blue blanket wrapped in light blue blanket with light blue bonnet Newborn baby boy in brown bonnet laying in brown barrel with brown fur wrapped in brown blanket with brown orangatang Newborn baby boy wrapped in green cheesecloth wrap with green bonnet laying on green knitted blanket on green fur Newborn baby boy laying on green knitted fabric with green bonnet Newborn baby boy laying on green knitted fabric with green bonnet wrapped in green blanket
Thank you for choosing me to capture your beautiful boy Sam & Lesa, and Jesse…thanks for just being so stinkin cute!!!!
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  • Julie Anderson - These photos are beautiful & so is Jesse ♥️ReplyCancel