Amanda Maree Photography » Amanda Maree Photography - Brisbane Newborn Photographer

Nothing beats a little man…

for Papa here to hold…

A little boy to fuss over….

A little boy to mold.

To follow in your footsteps…

to walk and hold your hand…

to snuggle and to guide you…

my darling little man.

So much love for the gorgeous little guy I had in the studio today. A surprise gender ended in the perfect pigeon pair for mumma and papa and they could not be happier, of course!

I first photographed big sister Isabella as a newborn a couple of years ago and then throughout her first year so it was an absolute joy to have her back in the studio today with her darling new little brother. She was proud as punch and it was super sweet to see all the lovin!!

World…Meet Ted.x.

Newborn baby boy wrapped in cream wrap on cream fur being cuddle by big sisterNow when I photographed Isabella as a newborn, her mumma brought some very special things to the studio for her session, including a vintage pram and cot that belonged to her mumma when she was small, so I just knew I had to create something just as special when little Ted came along.

You see Ted’s Papa is a fireman, so today we created magic with him in his big strong Daddy’s arms….seeing the two together was so special.

Such big shoes for a little man to fill in the years to come.

Newborn baby boy sleeping in firemans hat being held by fireman in uniform Newborn baby boy sleeping in firemans hat with fireman gear surrounding him Newborn baby boy sleeping in dads arms dressed as firemanNo safer place in the world.

Newborn baby boy sleeping in cream basket on white wooden floor with grey blanket and wrapMumma asked for beautiful grey’s, white’s and blue’s and I’m sure you will agree, they suited Ted perfectly.

(Knit wrap from Love That Prop) Newborn baby boy sleeping in white wooden bed with grey blanket and grey and white knit bears with sibling sister sitting beside himSeriously the cutest pair there was!

(Bonnet from Little Doe, & grey bear from Wendy’s Baby’s Knit’s)

Newborn baby boy sleeping on grey blanket with grey knit wrap and bonnet(Knit wrap from Love That Prop and bonnet from Little Doe) Newborn baby boy sleeping in farmers basket with grey wrap and blanket and pom pom beanie on wooden floorOh em gee…is this not the most adorable little pom pom beanie from Earthborn Photography Props? Newborn baby boy sleeping in round cane basket with cream blanket and blue blanket and knit romper and bonnet and bear on white wooden floorLittle Ted with his little ted!!

(Knit romper and bonnet from Poppy’s Props, bear from Love That Prop and blue blanket from A Little Life Photography Props) Newbonr baby boy sleeping in round wooden bowl on wooden floor with blue crochet blanket and wrap holding blue felt heartA heart full of love for this little man….heart from Little Jar Big Dreams and blue crochet basket from Addy and Gus Designs. Newborn baby boy sleeping in log bowl on wooden floor with navy wrap and blanket Newborn baby boy sleeping in log bowl on wooden floor with navy wrap and blanketOh Ted….you are all kinds of lovely and the perfect addition to your beautiful family.

Isabella, the sweetest big sister there ever was, Ted will want for nothing.

Camila and Josh, thank you for choosing me again to capture your gorgeous family and for trusting me with your newest addition.

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A battle fought, a battle won, our prize it’s worth the fight…..

A journey we have traveled on…..and now the world is right.

Sometimes when a little love comes into my studio I know their story, sometimes I don’t, but always, I know they are a miracle and meant to be here. Today’s sweet princess was no exception. I have been patiently waiting to hear the news of this rainbow and now, she is here.

World…Meet Scarlett

Newborn baby girl sleeping in rainbow flower nest on green leaves wrapped in pink wrap with rainbow tieback and butterfliesNow sweet Scarlett has had quite the journey to be in her mumma and papa’s arm’s…sent all the way from heaven by her big brother.

I’ll let her mumma share their story and I’ll share some special images along the way.

Steve and I met at the age of 35 so time was already against us. In September 2014 I was diagnosed with stage 4 endometriosis. I was told the next 6 months was our best chance of conceiving then we’d need to look at ivf. After the 6 months was up our financial situation had changed so we weren’t able to do ivf at that stage so continued to try naturally. I was also convinced I didn’t need ivf. In November 2015 after a year of try to conceive we found out we were pregnant. We were so excited that it was finally our turn! But the excitement quickly turned to heartbreak when at our 12 week scan things weren’t looking good. We had further testing and at 15 weeks we lost our son Ryan. We were absolutely devastated. We continued to try naturally, as I thought well we fell once it will happen again.

A year after our loss I was now a month off being 39, and we discussed that we had to look into ivf or risk not ever getting the child we longed for. We had our first appointment in February with a plan to start our first cycle in March 2017. I hate needles and never thought this was something we’d need to do so it took a bit for me to get my head around it all. But once we started I felt very positive that our baby wasn’t far away. We transferred our first 2 embryos and waited the dreaded 2 week wait. Unfortunately our first cycle failed, none of our embryos made it to freezing and we knew we’d have to do it all again which left as both angry and again heartbroken. We booked in for our next cycle to start at the end of April. We felt positive again and started the process once more. Again we transferred 2 embryos. A few days after transfer we found out that none of our other embryos made it to freeze. I went into bit of a spin thinking maybe my eggs were no good and that we’d need to use donor eggs, something I wasn’t ready for. I tried to refocus my mind and stay positive while we once again waited out the 2 week wait. Finally blood test day arrived and I was feeling nervous and sick all in one. I had the test and headed to work. That afternoon we received a call with the best news we’d had in years to say that we were pregnant. We were very excited but also very cautiously optimistic after our experience with our first pregnancy. When we had our 12 week scan and everything was looking great we finally started to allow ourselves to try to enjoy this pregnancy. Fast forward to the 19th of January 2018 and our dreams were realized when we finally got to hold our perfect baby girl. We did it!! She was finally here with us and safe in our arms and we couldn’t be happier.

Newborn baby sleeping in white fluffy bowl with white wrap and blue tieback with blue butterfly and white stone angelThis teeny tiny angel in Scarlett’s hands belongs to her beautiful big brother Ryan and was brought special to include in the session.

The little blue butterfly is to represent him watching over her. When Scarlett arrived at the studio I walked out to the car to meet them…flying around the car was a butterfly and I saw it as a sign that Ryan was with us. Numerous times I looked out the studio window during the session and could see that butterfly floating around keeping an eye on us.

Newborn baby girl sleeping on cream blanket with red bow Newborn baby girl sleeping on cream blanket with red bow and pants and pillowWhen your named Scarlett, it goes without saying that your session will be filled with beautiful reds and don’t you agree it suited her perfectly?

Newborn baby girl sleeping in round wooden bowl on wooden floor with red wrap and bow Newborn baby girl sleeping in cane basket with red knit layer and lace doily and red bow Newborn baby girl sleeping in wooden log bowl on wooden floor with green felt red wrap and bow and flowersAnd what little girl session is complete with out a little pink!

Newborn baby girl sleeping on white blanket with pink wrap and tiebackI think she likes it….wouldn’t you agree…that little smirk!

Newborn baby girl sleeping on pink spot blanket with pink tieback and wrapEeeeep she had lashes for days….

Newborn baby girl in round wooden bowl on white wooden floor with pink blanket and wrap and romper and tiebackJust the sweetest little love….so relaxed and settled.

Scarlett you are divine and I feel so blessed to have met you and been given the gift of sharing your story.

Sandy and Steve thank you for choosing me to capture your darling girl…I know she is working her magic to help heal your broken hearts.x.

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I waited an eternity…

for you to come to me…

and now you’re here it’s flying by….

We’re happy as can be.

Your tiny curly body…

is growing up so fast…

You’re moving and you’re learning…

My little babys past.

I want to take this time…

to remember you today…

and capture you, my little love…

in every single way.

Today I had the adorable little Cailin back in the studio for the first of her milestone sessions and oh my goodness she was all kinds of lovely. It’s such a special treat when little ones come back after their newborn sessions so we can recreate special set ups just to see how much they have grown and changed in such a short time.

Cailin is now almost 8mths old and just loved exploring the studio! Newborn baby girl sleeping in white wooden bed with crochet cream blanket on fur and knit bonnet with same set up in sitterI’m sure you will all remember this stunning blanket that Cailin’s mumma made for her…of course we had to use it in today’s session. Look at those chubby rolls…the best bit about sitter sessions by far!

Newborn baby girl sleeping in wooden log bowl on wooden floor with bright blue blanket and tieback and same set up as sitterAnd mumma’s favourite colour was bright vivid blue which just goes perfectly with Cailin’s stunning blue eye’s now we can see them! Can you spot those two tiny toothy pegs too!!!

Newborn baby girl sleeping on cream blanket with cream knit blanket and bow tieback and same set up as sitterI absolutely love photographing newborns, it’s definitely my passion but when they come back as sitters and you get to see their little personalities its just the best! How cheeky does this little miss look?

Newborn baby girl sleeping in round cane basket with burgundy wrap and blanket and floral tieback and same set up as sitterNow this set up was extra special…firstly, that burgundy, oh em gee…it was just as stunning this time around as when we photographed sweet Cailin as a newborn but this divine floral crown is made by a very good friend of mine over at Gumnutandbloom Photoprops and it just so happens that Cailin’s mumma know’s Rachel, the creater too!

Newborn baby sleeping in wooden crate with cream knit blankets and bow and same set up as sitterThere’s just something about those divine chubby little hands…..

Newborn baby girl sleeping on grey blanket with grey lace wrap and bow tieback and same set up as sitterThat pout…still workin it!

Sitter baby girl laying on cream blanket with cream romper and bonnet Newborn baby girl sleeping in round cane basket with cream blanket and cream knit bonnet and booties and same set up as sitterNow we couldn’t entirely recreate this set up as the crochet bonnet and booties that belonged to Cailin’s mumma when she was a baby were a teeny bit small but how sweet does she look sitting in this gorgeous basket!!

Newborn baby girl asleep in round wooden bowl with brown wrap and blanket and floral tieback in garden with same set up as sitterWhen mumma mentioned she adored gum nuts, I just had to create this initial set up and it worked just as well today! Another stunning floral crown from Rachel at Gumnutandbloom! And there’s those adorable little toothies again!!

Newborn baby girl sleeping in farmers basket with bright blue blanket wrap and tieback and same set up as a sitterAnother stunning blue set up…look at those gorgeous rolls peeping out the basket!

Newborn baby girl sleeping in round lace basket with grey blanket and wrap and tieback and same set up as sitterDefinitely not the teeny baby squished into the basket she was as a newborn but still just as adorable, don’t you agree!

Thanks so much for playing with me today Cailin, even though my big scary camera wasn’t your best friend! Can’t wait to see you back for your one year session which will be here before we knot it!!

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Sometimes the road is easy…

Sometimes the road is long…

We hope you know you’re wanted…

The fight for you was strong.

We waited for our turn to come…

To be your mum and dad…

To hold you in our arms this day…

We yearned for you so bad.

The story of new life always fills my heart, and hearing how a little love has come to be makes the miracle of their journey all the more precious. Today’s sweet princess was all that and more. Her mumma and I used to work together and when I heard the news they were expecting a teeny tiny princess I was so excited. As NICU nurses we see the worst of the worst, so much heart break and struggle. It’s hard not to have a skewed perspective on things and think that conception, pregnancy and childbirth are scariest times in a mumma’s life. Sometimes…us nurses prove that rule wrong and everything runs smoothly, but generally we take the complicated route. Kate, of course, was no exception.

I’ll let Kate share their story on how their sweet princess came to be and I’ll sneak some pictures in just so you can all see what a true miracle she is!

When you meet someone, sometimes, you just know that they are your forever and that life has now begun that you are together.

When Lindsay and I got together he already had a gorgeous daughter that filled our world with joy but we knew our hearts had room for more. After 2 years of trying to add to our family, we were in the 1% of the population diagnosed with unexplained infertility. A heartbreaking and frustrating challenge that we really struggled with. So we jumped on the IVF roller coaster and hoped for a miracle. After 1 year of IVF, 5 cycles, 1 miscarriage, 4 surgeries, 2 intra lipid transfusions, 6 months off work, a pregnancy bleed and a months bed rest we were finally blessed with our princess. Of course her delivery was just as whirlwind as her creation…ending up in an emergency caesarean but we all breathed a huge sigh of relief once she was finally in our arms safely. Yet, as life would have it, our roller coaster was not yet done and on day 2 of life our beautiful little love was transferred to a larger hospital and rushed to emergency surgery with a malrotation of her bowel. She was operated on, was ventilated for 48 hours, on a morphine infusion, nasogastric tubes, feed intolerance post surgery for continuing vomiting, naso gastric feeds, in NICU for 7 days, special care for 3 days but finally the time we longed for came and we got to take our darling girl home. Every day we relish in just how lucky we are to be her mum and dad after everything we have all been through and now that we are home we are all thriving and love life!

World…Meet Ella.x.

Newborn baby girl wrapped in white wrap in white felt bowl with white blankets and tieback holding a white felt heart on white wooden floorThis stunning set up makes me think of a beautiful embryo…the beginning of a miracle. Sweet Ella was the lucky last embryo so she was definitely meant to be here. Snuggling a sweet little white heart for the sibling that came before her that is now watching down on her from heaven.

(Tieback from Little Doe and felt heart from Little Jar Big Dreams)

Newborn baby girl sleeping on dusty pink blanker with dusty pink lace wrap and knit bonnet Newborn baby girl sleeping on dusty pink blanker with dusty pink lace wrap and pink bowElla’s nursery is dusty pink and rose gold…the most divine combination.

(Pink blanket backdrop from A Little Life Photo Props and bonnet from Little Doe)

Newborn baby girl sleeping in oval wooden basket with cream and rose gold blankets and wrap and tieback(Blanket backdrop from Princess & The Pea and cream blanket from A Little Life Photo Props)

Newborn baby girl sleeping in wooden log bowl with dusty pink wrap and fluff and bonnet on wooden floorI wasn’t sure how Ella would handle her session today considering the rough road she has had over the past couple of weeks but she was so comfy and laid back, we just went at her pace. Despite having a massive scar across her abdomen, she was a true warrior and just so chilled. Newborn baby girl sleeping in white wooden bed on white wooden floor with mint blanket and wrap and tiebackUmmmm oh em gee…how sweet is this little lady?

Newborn baby girl sleeping in round wooden bowl with pink blanket and wrap and bonnet on white wooden floor Newborn baby girl sleeping in round wooden bowl with pink blanket and wrap and tieback on white wooden floor(Tieback from Princess & The Pea)

Newborn baby girl sleeping on white blnaket with mint knit wrap and bonnet Newborn baby girl sleeping on white blnaket with mint knit wrap and tiebackOf course we snuck in a little mint as well and I think the colours all worked beautifully together.

Newborn baby girl sleeping in farmers basket with cream blanket and mint lace wrap and romper and tieback(Farmers basket from Mini Hearts Photography Props, romper from Pup and Frank, and tieback and lace wrap from Princess & The Pea)

Newborn baby girl sleeping in cane basket with mint felt and wrap and tiebackAnd at the end of the session she was so relaxed and settled I just had to snap this last pic!

Ella…your fight to be here has shone from the very moment you were created and I am so glad you have overcome so much just to be in your mumma and papa’s arms.

Kate and Lindsay you are so deserving of all the joys now that sweet Ella is here with you and safe.

 

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I never knew I needed you…

and now I do, you’re here…

I longed & hoped & dreamed for you…

My little baby dear…

My heart it wished upon a star…

that you would find me soon…

I fought a battle & I won…

I love you to the moon.

Today, I feel like the luckiest person in the world, a day I have waited for has finally come true. The hugest honor and gift, to photograph one of my dearest friends new addition.

Little girl, you have been dreamed about and waited for for such a long long time.

And now…you are here.

World…Meet Amelia.

Newborn baby girl sleeping on pink spotty blanket with pink flower tieback

(Tieback from Princess & The Pea Props & backdrop from A Little Life Photography Props)

The most divine pouty lips, rosy cheeks and lush lashes…a true little girl, that said, an absolute carbon copy of her gorgeous big brother that I photographed over 3yrs ago.

Seriously, two peas in a pod!

When Katrina first told me this little miracle was on the way I was so excited, then to learn she was pink, my heart near exploded.

Newborn baby girl wrapped in pink wrap laying in green pink and white flower nest on leaf back ground with pink flower tieback Newborn baby girl wrapped in pink wrap laying in green pink and white flower nest on leaf back ground with pink flower tieback(Tieback from Princess & The Pea Photography Props) Newborn baby girl asleep in cane basket with pink and white lace layers and pink tieback and teddy bearHow adorable is Amelia just chillin with her little bear friend…now this bear has extra special meaning as its the gift her mumma gave her papa when they found out she was going to be a little girl! Sentimental gifts fill my heart and I love to include in them in sessions.

(Tieback from Princess & The Pea Photography Props)

Newborn baby girl sleeping in round wooden bowl with pink and navy blankets and tieback on wooden floorI love it when mumma’s think outside the square with colour choices…how gorgeous does this navy and pink set up look?

(Tieback from Princess & The Pea Photography Props)

Newborn baby girl sleeping in white fluffy basket on pink and white lace blanket with pink and white wraps wearing pink and lace romper and tieback Newborn baby girl sleeping in white fluffy basket on pink and white lace blanket with pink and white wraps wearing pink and lace romper and bonnetEverything that’s little girl…pink frills and lace…I think Amelia liked it?

(Romper and bonnet from Wendy’s Baby’s Knits, pink lace wrap and tieback from Princess & The Pea Props, pink and lace backdrop from A Little Life Fabric & Props)

Newborn baby girl sleeping in pink crochet basket with pink wrap and tieback and cream fur on white wooden floorThis little love wasn’t super excited about being teeny tiny and curly…I think she was enjoying her new found stretching-out-ness (that’s totally a word, right?)

This gorgeous pink wrap she is snuggled in is also extra special, I have one of these for my own little bubba!

(Curly felt from Flovelies and tieback from Princess & The Pea Photography Props)

Newborn baby girl sleeping on cream blanket with cream bow Newborn baby girl sleeping on cream blanket with cream bow with cream spotty wrap(Cream blanket & cream spotty wrap from A Little Life Photography Props)

Newborn baby girl sleeping in grey lace bowl with pink fluff and grey wrap and bonnet and knit elephant on white wooden floorWe just had to do this set up since ‘Ellie’ here is the most divine crochet elephant that I bought for her big brother Will when I photographed him over 3yrs ago. How happy do they look snuggled up together?

(Bonnet from Little Doe, Elephant from Marigurumi Shop and knit from Love That Prop)

And just so you all can see how similar these two siblings are as babies and see Will with Ellie back in the day….

Newborn baby boy sleeping in round wooden bowl with tan fur and wrap and knite bonnet holding tan knit elephant on wooden floor Newborn baby girl sleeping on white wooden bed with white wrap and blanket and tiebackThere’s just something about an all white image….its all about the pure perfection of a newborn.

Newborn baby girl sleeping in wooden drawer with grey blanket and grey lace knit wrap with white lace and wrap and tiebackI adore this vintage drawer….every time I use it I think I must use it more. Sweet Amelia just snuggled up right there and dosed back off to sleep!

Newborn baby girl sleeping on cream flokati with pink wrap and tieback Newborn baby girl sleeping on cream flokati with pink wrap and tieback with sibling brotherOh.em.gee…is this not the most adorable pair you have ever seen. Will was so tender and sweet with his baby sister during the session, it was such a gift to witness, and even more so to capture the two together.

(Tieback from Princess & The Pea Photography Props)

Katrina and James, my heart has never been so full to see you both realize the dreams of creating your own beautiful family, to see you today is the sweetest reward. Thank you for sharing your beautiful children with me and for choosing me again to capture this special time in your lives.

Will…watching you as a proud big brother was definitely a treat, thank you for bringing your baby sister to me today.

Amelia….I know your mumma yearned for you…today is a celebration of that dream coming true.x.

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