Amanda Maree Photography » Amanda Maree Photography - Brisbane Newborn Photographer

For those that came before us sent a gift from up above…

Whanau they surround us…cover us in love…

A baby boy filled with light to bring us hope & joy…

Our newest love safe in our arms, we love you little boy…

Connection brings us together on this special day…

And those that now will guide us…watch on from far away.

 

There are moments in life that the universe has plans bigger than we can understand…moments that bring people together that are more than just coincidence. Today’s beautiful family ended up in my studio in one of those moments & I am so grateful we were brought together. So many people in heaven…babies, mother’s, husbands and children led us to each other and today I had the immense honour of capturing beautiful memories for them. We were meant to meet.

Today I had the most darling little man in the studio…seriously lips for days…the most gorgeous honey coloured hair…and the squishiest cheeks you’ve ever seen. He brought his Mumma, Papa and Grandmother to the studio and we got to capture divine images for this family to treasure for ever and even help heal a few broken hearts in the process.

World…Meet Manawa-Toa…he’s new here.x.Newborn baby boy sleeping on cream blanket with grey wrap and grey and white knit bonnetNow when I said the best lips…am I right?Newborn baby boy sleeping in oval cane basket with brown blanket and Maori korowai on wooden floorWhen Manawa-Toa’s Mumma asked if she could bring this stunning Maori Korowai made especially for his Grandpa who is watching over him from heaven, I just knew we had to capture some special magic. We did a few different set ups to honour this beautiful family piece.Newborn baby boy sleeping on vintage iron bed wearing cream knit romper and bonnet with curly felt on fur on groundMumma chose a stunning gallery of natural neutral creams, browns and greys…look at this little snuggle bug.Newborn baby boy sleeping in round wooden bowl wrapped in brown wrap with brown blanket on wooden floor with dried flowers and hessian circular layersLook at those little piggies…Newborn baby boy sleeping on brown blanket with brown wrap and knit bonnetThe best hair which still looked just as adorable with a little bonnet on…Newborn baby boy sleeping in oval basket with grey blanket wearing grey knit romper and dried flowers on wooden floorJust chillin…Newborn baby boy sleeping on brown blanket with Maori korowai wrapped over himThe stunning details in the Korowai are so special…Newborn baby boy sleeping on wooden crate wearing grey knit romper and bear bonnet on grey blanketI don’t know that it gets any sweeter than this little man…Newborn baby boy wearing cream knit romper on cream furHe was seriously so chill…just happy to lay back and hang out…Newborn baby boy wrapped in grey wrap with grey knit layer in cane basket with hessian layer on wooden floorLittle man you are the greatest gift…Newborn baby boy sleeping on mothers chest wrapped in Maori korowaiAnd our last image of the day…Mumma wasn’t sure about getting in photo’s today but I just knew in my heart we had to capture this image…she later told me that the Korowai belonged to her father who passed away a few years ago. I know he was wrapping his arms around these two today.

Universe…you are all I can think for making today happen…for us bringing together.x.

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Oh little love we are glad you are here…

our hearts they are full and complete…

a blessing to all, a bundle of joy…

our darling you are so very sweet.

Today I had the most adorable little love in the studio…now I know I say that for all of the bubba’s but guys…look at this little lady…she literally snoozed the entire time and was in and out in a flash! She is the newest addition to my big boys little bestie’s family and I just knew I had to have her in the studio as soon as I saw her. We did a gorgeous gallery inspired by her Indigenous culture and Australian native wildflowers.

World…Meet Lovella…she’s new here.x.

(Ps…oh my word…how sweet is her name!)

Newborn baby girl sleeping on cream blanket with pink wrap and bow tieback or pink knit bonnetA real life little doll I tell you…Newborn baby girl sleeping in round wooden bowl wearing rust knitted romper with rust blanket and rust soft owl toy with multicoloured tieback laying on aboriginal printed fabricAs soon as I saw this fabric I knew it would be perfect..the rich earthy colours celebrating her history and the teeny owl known in Aboriginal culture to represent a protecter…perfect for your journey sweet Lovella.Newborn baby girl wrapped in pink wrap sleeping in Australian wild flower nest on olive green back drop wearing maroon flower crownI found the most magnificent Australian wild flower bouquet on the internet as my inspiration for this set up and just adore how it turned out.

Newborn baby girl sleeping on cream blanket wrapped in rust blanket wearing multicoloured tiebackEeeep those little piggies sticking out get me every time…Newborn baby girl sleeping in cane basket with purple blanket and purple indigenous wrap with native wild flowers on wooden floor  Look at that little pout…how stunning are these colours on little Lovella?Newborn baby girl wearing pink knit bloomers and bow tieback sleeping on vintage iron bed with pink blanket and wrap and pink wild flowers on wooden floorThis knitted bloomer and bonnet set from my dear friends over at Chino Creations is everything and I had been busting to use it…with these gorgeous dusty pink dried flowers they were perfect.Newborn baby girl sleeping in round wooden bowl wrapped in yellow wrap with yellow blanket on red and black backdrop representing an aboriginal flagAnd our last set up for the day…this beautiful piece inspired by amazing Indigenous artist Bobbi Lockyer & Milyali Art.

Lovella you are everything and more and I feel so blessed to be a part of your beginnings.x.

 

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Showers and sunshine…a dream that came true

our little miracle…the perfect gift that is you

we will never forget…the storm or conceal

but you were the light…that helped us to heal

on a dark and grey day…the sun shone with a glow

after a storm…came a beautiful rainbow

our rainbow baby…forever you’ll be

the light through the darkness…our reason to be happy.

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I was so excited to have gorgeous Ellie in the studio today, considering this little love has had a wobbly start to things. You see today is actually the eve of her 8 week birthday! Not the usual new newborn but just because she missed that initial window, shouldn’t mean she should miss out on gorgeous newborn photos too. When her Mumma reached out wondering if it was too late, I was so glad we could get their family booked right in.

You see this little love is a miracle, & I feel so honoured to be able to share in her journey. After a long struggle with IVF, lots of heartbreak & loss, she was the one & only embryo that made it…she was meant to be here. That’s why I knew we had to make our session happen today. With a little extra time & patience, lots of extra snuggles and some milk…we captured the most gorgeous images of this darling girl & I am so glad I could give this family these images to treasure.

World…meet Ellie…she’s new here.x.Baby girl laying on cream blanket wearing rainbow outfit with macrame rainbow on blanket and pink bow in hairSuch a gift after darker days.Baby girl sleeping on cream blanket wrapped in cream wrap with cream bow in her hairWe had some chatting time and then she just wanted to be snuggled up and have a snooze…so we went with that.Newborn baby girl wrapped in pink wrap sleeping in pink flower nest with pink bonnet and pillow on white wooden floorNow Mumma wanted all things pink and flowers so this nest was a must.Baby girl sleeping in cream iron bed with cream wrap and blanket and tieback or bonnet on cream furLook at those lashes and gorgeous cheeks…she made snuggles very easy!Baby girl sleeping in cane basket with white knit blanket and pink knit wrap and pink lace wrap with pink dried flowers on white wooden floorI made this pink knit blanket especially for Ellie’s session and then Mumma brought the most divine white knitted blanket that Ellie’s Nanna had given her…this set up was just perfect.Baby girl sleeping wrapped in cream blanket in cane basket with cream knit blankets and flower crown on wooden floorI love these gorgeous cream colours…can we all take a moment to look at her adorable little fringe peeping out over the beanie…it had a mind of its own whenever I popped anything on her head and Im loving it.Baby girl sleeping on pink blanket wrapped in cream wrap with pink knit bunny bonnet onI had been busting to use this adorable pink knit bunny bonnet from my dear friends over at Poppy’s Prop’s and I knew Ellie would be perfect in it!Baby girl sleeping on cream fur wrapped in cream wrap with cream flower crownHow stunning is this cream flower crown from Princess & The Pea Props

I managed to sneak off her wrap while she was still snoozing to capture this gorgeous image….Baby girl sleeping in oval cane basket with pink blanket and fur wearing pink pants and flower crown or bonnetAnd then she was wide awake and ready to party!Baby girl sleeping wearing pink knit romper being held by father wearing blue shirtAnd then after some more milk…she was out again!

Renee and Josh after the journey you have walked just meet this miracle, I am so honoured to be the one chosen to capture your story and this special time in your lives…and sweet Ellie thank you for bringing us all together today.x.

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Oh little love our family’s complete…

so glad you are here, we waited to meet…

our final edition to join our sweet crew…

our darling sweet boy, so precious, so new…

you fill all our hearts with love & with joy…

we’re so blessed to have you, our gorgeous new boy…

we’ll hold you & love you, & snuggle you tight…

& sing you sweet lullabies into the night.

 

I was so excited when this gorgeous Mumma reached out last year to let me know they were expecting another darling bubba. I first met this family a few years ago when I photographed their now middle boy, Samuel, but turned out Mumma and I are actually colleagues at my ‘other’ job! Samuel was adorable, as was his big sister Lucy so I knew we were in for a special session and it was all of that and more! I have to apologise in advance for this enormous sneak peak…I just couldn’t decide on a small selection of images to share because they were ALL divine! Mumma selected a stunning colour palate of soft sage greens and dusty blues and I am going to have to put it out there that these are some of my favourite colours…I’m sure you will all agree.

World…meet Oliver…he’s new here.x.

Newborn baby boy sleeping on blue blanket with blue wrap and blue knit bonnetInitially I thought this gorgeous boy was a carbon copy of his big brother but once I had him snuggled up in the same poses as I had done with Samuel when he was in the studio I could definitely see the differences.Newborn baby boy sleeping in green wrap with green knit layer on white wooden floor with green knit bonnetEeeeep that pout!Newborn baby boy sleeping in wooden round bowl with blue wrap and blue blanket on blue backdropThat smile and this sweet snuggly pose….Newborn baby boy sleeping on cream blanket with teal wrap and teal knit bonnetHow adorable is this little beanie Ollie brought with him…the first beanie he wore when he arrived earthside. We captured a similar set up with Samuel and his first beanie too!Newborn baby boy in cream knit romper being held by sibling brother and sister sitting on wooden bench

Ok…sweetest siblings ever…it was so lovely to have these adorable big two back in the studio considering the last time I saw them Lucy was holding baby Samuel just like this!Newborn baby boy sleeping in wooden drawer wrapped in teal knit wrap with mustard blanket and dried flowers and lion soft toy on wooden floorAnd of course we had to do this sweet set up considering Lucy & Samuel chose this gorgeous lion for baby Ollie and brought it to the session today.Newborn baby boy sleeping in cane basket with teal blanket and wrap and knit bonnet on white wooden floor with dried flowersSnug as bug…Newborn baby boy sleeping in cane basket wearing teal knit romper with teal knit bonnet and blanket and pillow on white wooden floor with dried flowersGosh Ollie was just so chill…there was a brief moment when he opened up his eyes and stared straight into mine (pooped everywhere!) then fell straight back to sleep!Newborn baby boy sleeping in mint tin bed wearing blue knit romper and bonnet with blue pillow and knit bear on white wooden floorI just adore this little bed every time I use it…it’s everything!Newborn baby boy sleeping on cream blanket with green wrap and green knit bear bonnetJust the most perfect little features…boys always get the best right? Perfect smoochie lips, pinchable cheeks and the longest lashes.Newborn baby boy sleeping in round cane basket wearing teal knit romper with teal curly fur on white wooden floorOh sweet Ollie…so sleepy and snuggly.Newborn baby boy sleeping in cream knit romper being held by sibling big brother and sister laying on cream furOne of the last shots of the session and I am already dreaming of this biiiiiggggg on the wall.

Darling Ollie thank you for bringing your beautiful family to the studio today, I am so glad it was you that brought us all back together again.

Lucy and Samuel thank you for being the best big brother and sister a little guy could ask for and for being so helpful with Ollie in the studio today.

Jill and Ed you have the most divine family and I feel so blessed to be able to capture special memories for you all again.x.

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My dear child…

You are the poem I dreamed of writing…

The masterpiece I longed to paint…

You are the shining star I reached for…

In my ever hopeful quest for life fulfilled…

You are my child…

Now with all things I am blessed.

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Today I had the most perfect session to welcome in the new year…darling Asher brought his gorgeous family to the studio and other than a few bodily fluid incidents (between friends)  it was the most perfect day. Luckily, Asher gave me lots of snuggles to make up for his indiscretions and all was right with the world. This sweet family came to me from a referral from their obstetrician (what an awesome person to trust with such an important recommendation!) and I am so glad they found me. We created a gorgeous selection of natural neutral set ups which went perfectly with Asher’s stunning dark hair, divine pouty lips and lush lashes. I can’t wait to share some divine pics because I just know you will all agree.

World…Meet Asher…He’s New Here.x.

Newborn baby boy sleeping on cream blanket with cream and mustard wrap and mustard knit bonnetNow Mumma said a natural neutral gallery to go with Asher’s nursery but she also mentioned that she was wearing a golden mustard dress for the family photo’s and well, we all know how that went. Of course it turns out mustard was Asher’s colour too (as well as mine!)Newborn baby in farmers basket with light brown blanket and knit layer and wrap and lace layer and dried flowers on wooden floorSo…there wasn’t a lot of sleeping…but when you are this gorgeous it can definitely be forgiven.Newborn baby boy sleeping on cream blanket with cream wrapSigh…this darling face was just everything…Newborn baby boy in round wooden bowl with mustard wrap and knit layer and blanket and dried flowers on wooden floorAll that mustard golden goodness…Newborn baby boy wrapped in cream wrap being held by sibling big brother on cream furBig brother of the year right here, Ari was so tender and sweet with his new baby.Newborn baby boy sleeping on brown blanket with tan wrap and knit bonnetNewborn baby boy sleeping on brown blanket with tan wrap and knit bonnetOh Asher…you are so perfect.Newborn baby boy in cane basket with cream blanket and wrap and knit layers with hessian layer and dried flowersLike I said…those lips and lashes.Newborn baby boy in cane basket with tan blanket and tan knit layer wrapped in tan knit layer with lion stuffed toy on wooden floorToo many gorgeous images to narrow down what to share…look at that sweet smile and how adorable is this little lion that Asher’s big brother gave him.Newborn baby boy wrapped in cream blanket on vintage iron bed with cream knit layer and cream curly felt layer with sibling big brother sitting on cream furWhen this is the last capture of the boys together your heart just explodes…what a lucky Mumma and Papa.

Prem and Harvin thank you for trusting me with your darling boys, it was so lovely to meet you all today and to have the honour of capturing special memories for your family.

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