Amanda Maree Photography » Amanda Maree Photography - Brisbane Newborn Photographer

I look for you everywhere…the twinkle of the stars, the sway of the trees….

the whispers in the wind, the reflections in the water, the sun rising, the sunset.

And I will keep looking…..

Every time I thought of today’s session my heart skipped a beat….from the moment mumma booked her session early in pregnancy until this sweet sweet family arrived in the studio today. You see I have met this family before. The last time we were all together I was caring for their gorgeous twin girls in the NICU almost four years ago. Heart breakingly, only one sweet twin walks earthside whilst one watches down from heaven. I am sure it is that darling angel that brought her family to me today in the form of a beautiful rainbow.

Newborn baby girl sleeping in pink crochet basket with pink wrap and tieback in rainbow backdropWith a little pink butterfly to represent her big sister in heaven this beautiful rainbow was all kinds of magic. This special image was inspired by a stunning print that her mumma and papa created for her baby shower….

Rainbow

My heart is filled with joy to introduce you all to the most lovely little rainbow. I’ll let her mumma share their journey and I’ll sneak some photo’s in between.

World….Meet Ariella.x.

We were never sure if we would be able to have children, after battling cancer in my late 20’s. After trying for some time we finally fell pregnant with twins in 2014, six years after my battle. We felt so blessed to be gifted with two beautiful children and ecstatic to find out we were carrying two beautiful girls. Only three days after I finished work at 28 weeks, I went into spontaneous labour. I knew it was too soon for my girls to arrive but I felt a sense of calm throughout the delivery. I got to see my little princesses Olivia Grace and Freya Jade very briefly before they were whisked away to the NICU.

They were both a great size for their gestation weighing 1340g and 1100g. However, our sweet little Freya was born with heart complications and at only 18 days old she passed away suddenly. We spent the next month dealing with our grief whilst focusing on getting our surviving twin Olivia home safely in our arms. It was such a difficult time for both of us. We were delighted to bring Olivia home just before father’s day 2014.

It took a couple of years for our hearts to heal enough to feel like we could add to our family. We started the journey of trying to fall pregnant again. After a year of trying we decided to see a specialist and started monitoring cycles with ovulation assistance to get the timing right. A few months later and we were over the moon to find out we were pregnant! Imagine our surprise when we realised our sweet rainbow baby was due on our twin’s birthday! We knew our rainbow had been sent from heaven above.

At 15 weeks we booked in for a gender reveal scan to find out what we were having. A girl! Definitely another sign from our sweet angel Freya. Our pregnancy went smoothly and with the support of the most amazing obstetrician Dr Megan Castner, we got the extra reassurance we needed along the way to monitor the pregnancy for signs of early labour. Once I passed the 28 week mark, each week was a new milestone towards full term. I finished work at 34 weeks and was looking forward to the opportunity to spend time with Olivia before bub’s arrival.

Four days after I finished work I started feeling unwell and thought I was coming down with something. My instincts told me it was more than that and that evening I went to the pregnancy assessment centre for monitoring. I was in the early stages of labour and was admitted to hospital that night. The next day my waters broke and I was moved to the birthing suite. My little one had decided it was time to meet her mum and dad! Ariella Rose was born very early the following morning at 2.8kg. She came out fighting and went to the special care nursery without any breathing support.

We spent the next 7 days in hospital together, me recovering and Ariella learning to feed. With the support of my obstetrician and bub’s paediatrician we were able to come home together when she was only one week old. She is the sweetest little princess and we can see both of her big sister’s in her. Olivia is smitten with her baby sister, although was a little disappointed she didn’t wait to arrive until her birthday. While we will never stop missing our sweet angel Freya, our family feels complete now and we know she is watching over us all from above.

Newborn baby girl wrapped in pink wrap with pink tieback sleeping in the arms of big sister on cream fur with pink butterflyThree beautiful sisters side by side…this gorgeous butterfly was in Freya’s memory box and has been a special way that they have kept her nearby.

(Tieback from Princess & The Pea Props)

Newborn baby girl sleeping in pink flower nest with green felt and peach wrap and tieback with pink butterfly on wooden floor Newborn baby girl sleeping in pink flower nest with green felt and peach wrap and tieback with pink butterfly on wooden floorA flower hand picked by her sister in heaven…I’m pretty sure Ariella felt her sister near by…that sweet smile.

(Tieback from Princess & The Pea Props)

Newborn baby girl sleeping on pink blanket with pink lace wrap and pink knit bonnet Newborn baby girl sleeping on pink blanket with pink lace wrap and pink tiebackPractically perfect in every way…the rosiest cheeks, the poutiest lips, long lashes….she was absolutely divine.

Newborn baby girl sleeping in white wooden bed with dusty pink lace wrap and pillow and tieback and felt heart on white wooden floor Newborn baby girl sleeping in white wooden bed with dusty pink lace wrap and pillow and tieback and felt heart on white wooden floorThe true representation of so much love…these teeny tiny felt hearts are just so snuggly and sweet.

(Felt heart from Little Jar Big Dreams) Newborn baby girl wrapped in dusty pink wrap with pink and purple knit layer and pink tieback in cream bucket on white wooden floor Newborn baby girl sleeping on cream blanket with rainbow knit blanket and rainbow felt heartsThe sweetest of rainbows….

(Felt hearts from Little Jar Big Dreams) Newborn baby girl sleeping in round wooden bowl with purple wrap and blanket and tieback on wooden floorMumma wanted a beautiful pastel gallery….dusty pinks, purples…all to suit her nursery and the artwork they already had. I can’t wait to see these printed on their walls.

(Tieback from Princess & The Pea Props) Newborn baby girl sleeping in round cane basket with peach blanket and wrap and tieback on white wooden floor with dollHow sweet is this little doll that Ariella brought to her session…I just love including special things…imagine Ariella being photographed with this sweet doll throughout the years side by side…so special.x.

(Tieback from Princess & The Pea Props & blanket from A Little Life Photography Props) Newborn baby girl sleeping in cream cane vintage pram with cream fur and dusty pink lace layer and wrap and tieback being pushed by big sister wearing pink and white dressThere is no greater gift than watching a family in their journey through life and this family and this journey is very close to my heart.

Ariella, you are divine and the sweetest gift from your big sister in heaven.

Olivia, I know you will be double the big sister when Ariella is missing Freya, just watching you today was proof of that.

Penny and Christian, thank you for choosing me to capture special memories of your beautiful family and for the honour of being by your side from the very beginning of this story.

Freya…thank you for sending Ariella and for bringing your gorgeous family to me today.x.

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Blink and you will miss it…

the time it goes so fast…

No longer little baby…

I will the time to last…

Before my eye’s your changing…

and growing up just so…

and all I wish for you right now…

Is that our life will slow.

Nothing makes me happier than watching my sweet little newborns grow and change over their first year of life and these milestone sessions are absolutely perfect for that.

Sweet Aibhlinn returned to the studio today for her 9mth mini session and she was all kinds of adorable….that is until I tried to put a headband on her head or put her in a basket….it seems she wasn’t super excited about that!! Thankfully she warmed up to her modelling and we got some adorable shots for her mumma and papa to see just how much she has grown since her newborn shoot.

AibhlinnCarter39Now some of you will remember Aibhlinn’s very special newborn session where we did this divine set up of her as a pot of gold after her rainbow brother was born back in 2014 and the little butterfly in honour of her big sister Niamh who watches down on them for heaven. It was so special to recreate this today…

(Gorgeous tieback from Gumnutandbloom)

Newborn baby girl sleeping in purple knit romper with purple blanket in round cane basket on wooden floor and same set up with nine month old(Gorgeous tieback from Gumnutandbloom) Newborn baby girl sleeping in purple knit romper with purple blanket in round cane basket on wooden floor and same set up with nine month oldLook how teeny tiny Aibhlinn was in this basket and now she’s such a big girl!

(Adorable bonnet from Little Doe Designs)

Newborn baby girl sleeping on purple blanket with purple wrap and bonnet and same set up with 9 month old baby Newborn baby girl sleeping on purple blanket with purple wrap and bonnet and same set up with 9 month old babyGaaaaah does it get any cuter…..

(Divine tieback from Princess and The Pea Props)

Newborn baby girl on wooden floor in wood bowl with teal blanket and wrap and tieback and same set up with nine month old babyShe was just as adorable today as she was for her newborn shoot. I’m so glad I get the opportunity to create these special memories for families. Before you know that first year has gone and your teeny tiny baby is no longer. When it’s happening right before your eye’s and you’re caught in a whirlwind of feeding and sleeplessness, its sometimes hard to see just how much they have grown and changed. These comparison shot’s a perfect for that and I can’t wait to recreate these again when Aibhlinn is one!

(Gorgeous tieback from Princess and The Pea Props)

Nine month old baby girl sitting on white wooden bed with pink green and white patchwork quilt and matching soft alphabet blocksNow this adorable image was the last frame of the morning and it’s an extra special one that we have been trying to capture for, well nine months now! This stunning quilt was given to Aibhlinn’s big sister Niamh before she grew her angel wings. Some extra love and length were added so that Aibhlinn could also use it and both girls would get special time with such a beautiful heartfelt handmade gift, except it wasn’t quite finished for Aibhlinn’s newborn session so we decided to use it today.

By this stage Aibhlinn had definitely had enough of modelling…we had stopped for some milkie’s and a snack, a play and then a wrap cuddle but she wasn’t really interested in any more photo’s…then we popped her down and we got the biggest smile…a whole face smile, and those are the best kind of smiles, after all….and snap we were done!

Tralie and Jack, nothing gives me more joy than sharing in your beautiful family…thank you for the honour of capturing memories for you time and time again.

Aibhlinn….I’m sorry you don’t like headbands or baskets!

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We waited for so very long…

for you to join our world…

We waited for you in our hearts…

our darling little girl.

And all is right…

now that you’re here…

our lives they are complete…

A little girl for us to love…

the world for you to greet.

I had the most divine little princess in the studio today…so very sweet, pouty lips, rosie cheeks, luscious hair and my oh my was she a diva!! She had the model attitude down pat just days old! All jokes aside, this gorgeous little girl brought her stunning big sisters and her sweet mumma and papa to the studio and we had so much fun creating beautiful memories for the family to treasure for ever.

This family received their newborn session as a gift voucher for their baby shower….how lucky! Did you know I offer gift vouchers for any value towards newborn or milestone sessions throughout babies first year?

Anyway…back to why we are all here…..

World….Meet Isla.x.

Sleeping newborn baby girl on cream blanket with peach coloured wrap and flower tiebackI mean c’mon…does it get any more perfect than this???

(Tieback from Princess & The Pea Props)

Newborn baby girl sleeping in white wooden bed with pink blanket and lace and wrap and tieback holding white felt heart Newborn baby girl sleeping in white wooden bed with pink blanket and lace and wrap and tieback holding white felt heartThose little details….just a little girl and some love.

(Blanket from A Little Life Photography Props, tieback from Shooting Stars Photography Props and felt heart from Little Jar Big Dreams) Newborn baby girl sleeping in wooden crate with peach wrap and blanket and knit layer and tieback on white wooden floorSnug as a bug…

(Blanket and wrap from A Little Life Photography Props)

Three sibling girls aged seven, eleven and newborn sitting with baby on wooden crate with peach fluff and wrap and tiebackJust the sweetest of big sisters, the love they had for their baby sister was magic.

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

Newborn baby girl sleeping in round wooden bowl with mint blanket and pink wrap and tieback surrounded by pink flowers on wooden floor with mint felt heartMumma loved flowers and pastel pinks and mint…this set up could not have been more perfect.

(Tieback from Princess & The Pea Props and felt heart from Little Jar Big Dreams)

Newborn baby girl sleeping on mint blanket with mint wrap and bonnet Newborn baby girl sleeping on mint blanket with mint wrap and tieback(Bonnet from Little Doe Designs and tieback from Princess & The Pea Props) Newborn baby girl sleeping in green bowl with mint wrap and blanket surrounded by flowers and butterfliesNow all this cold weather is making me sad so I am trying to convince myself with the warmth of the studio and some flowers that is spring and we are snuggled up in a gorgeous garden somewhere instead?

Newborn baby girl sleeping in cream bucket with purple wrap and blanket and knit layer and tieback on white wooden floorI saw this wool out last week and just loved the shade and texture to it….Isla’s mumma said she liked mint and pastels but otherwise let me have free reign with the colours so I quickly whipped up this blanket and threw in some dusty purples….

(Lace blanket and tieback from Princess & The Pea Props) Newborn baby girl sleeping in round cane basket with cream wrap and knit bear bonnet on wooden floor with black toy bear

How adorable is this little bear that Isla’s grandpa brought for her before she was even born? It is tradition in this family that Grandpa buys each baby a ‘bed bear’ as their snuggly toy before they are born. Unfortunately Isla’s parents forgot to bring poor bed bear to their session so you can guess wear papa had to go (40 minute round trip I might add) while we were busy in the studio? It was totally worth it though….this shot…LOVE!

Sibling sisters aged seven, eleven and newborn laying on cream fur with baby wrapped in cream wrap and tieback and sisters wearing cream dresses.Oh.em.gee….have you ever seen three more lovely girls…I actually want this big on my wall they are so stunning.

Nikitta and Dave I’ve never met anyone luckier, apart from a little bit diva-ish…you have three beautiful daughters and I am so privileged I got to capture special memories for you today.

Isla…you are surrounded by the most amazing love you could ever hope for. Thank you for sharing your sass and your pee in the studio today!

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Our journey we have struggled…

Our road has been so long…

But in our hearts we wondered…

And knew that we’d be strong.

So lucky to be rewarded…

With miracles and joy…

A surprise to join our family…

In our darling little boy.

I first met this beautiful family almost 3 years ago when they brought their gorgeous twin girls to me for their newborn shoot (how was that 3 years ago already?) Sweet Poppy & Ivy were delivered after struggling with infertility and IVF and born at just 34 weeks. Thankfully the girls did amazingly well and made it to their newborn session on their 40th day! So you can imagine my surprise (although I’m sure it’s nothing compared to mumma and papa’s surprise) when I got a call to book in this little guys session after a spontaneous NATURAL pregnancy. Doesn’t the body work in wonderful ways?
This luscious little (cough cough big) guy was a beautiful surprise for his family and has filled their lives with so much joy. I am so glad I could capture some special memories as their family grows.
World Meet….Edward.x.

Newborn baby boy sleeping on grey blanketCan we all just take a moment to appreciate these luscious rolls….the joys of being over 4kg!

Newborn baby boy sleeping on grey blanket with grey and cream felt heartsAnd these gorgeous felt hearts from Little Jar Big Dreams.

Newborn baby boy sleeping on grey dot fabric wrapped in grey blanket Newborn baby boy sleeping in round wooden bowl with grey blanket and romper and knit bonnet and felt heart Newborn baby boy sleeping in round wooden bowl with grey blanket and romper and knit bonnet and felt heart Newborn baby boy sleeping in round wooden bowl with grey blanket and romper Oh.em.gee…it doesn’t get any cuter than this romper…that bonnet…and that heart?

(Romper from Shooting Stars Prop Shop Bonnet from Little Doe Designs and felt heart from Little Jar Big Dreams)

Newborn baby boy sleeping on grey blanketThat little smirk…he may have just pooped here!! Newborn baby boy sleeping on grey blanket with grey wrap and grey knit bonnet(Bonnet from Little Doe Designs)

Newborn baby boy laying on grey flokati with grey knit layer on grey bonnetThat intense gaze…like he’s been here before?

Newborn baby boy laying on grey flokati with grey knit layer Newborn baby boy sleeping in wooden crate with mint felt layer and blanket and wrap on white wooden floorMumma loved this set up…there’s nothing sweeter than a little guy snuggled up in a bed!

Newborn baby sleeping in farmers basket with mint blanket and wrap on wooden floorMumma wanted a gallery full of grey’s, navy and mint…to fit in with Edwards nursery….what a beautiful collection, wouldn’t you agree?

Newborn baby sleeping on cream blanket with navy wrapThere’s just something about little boys in navy….

Newborn baby boy sleeping in grey cane basket with navy blanket and knit layer and wrap and bonnet on wooden floorAnd I loved this last little set up…snug as a bug in a navy rug? I may have stayed up till midnight last night knitting this navy knit layer for Edwards session but it was totally worth it!

Ashleigh and Chris thank you for sharing your gorgeous family with me again….

Edward you were by far the best surprise yet…even if you were a nosey parker and liked to keep an eye on everything throughout your session!

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I never could imagine…how much my world would change

how the void inside my heart I knew would never be the same…

That moment you were placed into my arms that very day…

my heart it skipped a beat and I was in love in every way.

Today I had the sweetest little love in the studio and she was all kinds of lovely.

Most mumma’s and papa’s book their newborn session while they are pregnant…some as soon as they see two pink lines! But today’s mumma and papa were surprised by an early delivery and hadn’t got around to booking in. Thankfully I had had a cancellation and could squeeze them in and my oh my, I am so glad we could make it happen.

Together her mumma and I planned a beautiful session filled with pastel pinks, creams and whites incorporating some stunning wraps her mumma made when she was waiting for her little babe to arrive….I may have snuck in a little pop of colour at the end of the session but hopefully mumma trusts my instincts and loves something a little different!

This sweet girl liked to keep an eye on things…so we got to have a few sneaky cuddles during her session (which I’ll never say no to!) but once she was settled into a deep sleep she snoozed up a storm and we captured this true little beauty.

World….Meet Annabelle.x.

(Ps….My name is Amanda & I have a problem culling sneak peaks so this one is huuuuge!)

Newborn baby girl sleeping on pink lace blanket with pink wrap and tieback Newborn baby girl sleeping on pink lace blanket with pink wrap and white knit bonnetMumma adored all things pink and lace…I’m pretty sure this set up fit the bill…

(Tieback from Princess & The Pea Props and bonnet from Little Doe)

Newborn baby girl wrapped in peach wrap with peach knit layer in cream bucket on cream fur with peach floral tieback Newborn baby girl sleeping in wooden log bowl with pink wrap and blanket and curly felt and tieback on wooden floor Newborn baby girl sleeping on pink lace blanket with pink wrap and tiebackAll that peachy creamy goodness…

(Blanket from A Little Life Photography Props, tieback from Princess & The Pea Props and curly felt from Flovelies) Newborn baby girl sleeping on peach blanket with peach spot wrap and peach flower tiebackMumma loved this shot…I love how you can see her gorgeous little hands and all those perfect details.

(Blanket & wrap from A Little Life Photography Props) Newborn baby girl sleeping on peach blanket with peach spot wrap and peach flower tiebackSnug as a bug…how serene does she look? Newborn baby girl sleeping in round wooden bowl with white blanket and dusty pink lace wrap and dusty pink crane wrap and tieback on wooden floor wearing pink knit bonnet holding pink felt heart Newborn baby girl sleeping in round wooden bowl with white blanket and dusty pink lace wrap and dusty pink crane wrap and tieback on wooden floor wearing pink knit bonnet holding pink felt heart Newborn baby girl sleeping in round wooden bowl with white blanket and dusty pink lace wrap and dusty pink crane wrap and tieback on wooden floor holding pink felt heartCan you believe Annabelle’s mumma made this stunning wrap with the dusty pink cranes on it? Isn’t she clever.

(Felt heart from Little Jar Big Dreams, bonnet from Little Doe and tieback from Timeless Heirloom) Newborn baby sleeping in round wooden bowl with pink wrap and blanket laying on cream blanket with pink knit bonnet Newborn baby sleeping in round wooden bowl with pink wrap and blanket laying on cream blanket with pink tiebackIt always amazes me that just days ago this little love was curled up similar to this tucked up under her mumma’s heart and now here she is earthside.

(Pink spot blanket from A Little Life Photography Props and tieback from Princess & The Pea Props) Newborn baby girl sleeping on white blanket with white and pink floral wrap and pink tiebackAnother divine wrap made by Annabelle’s mumma….such a lucky girl to be spoiled with all this beauty.

(Blanket from A Little Life Photography Props and tieback from Princess & The Pea Props) Newborn baby girl sleeping in round cane basket with blue floral blanket and blue wrap in white wooden floor and green bow tieback Newborn baby girl sleeping in round cane basket with blue floral blanket and blue wrap in white wooden floor and green bow tieback And my sneaky pop of colour…I just adore little girls in blue and when Annabelle’s papa pulled this wrap out of the bag (another one of her mumma’s creations) I just knew it would create a perfect set up…wouldn’t you agree?

Holly and Tyron…I am so glad you found me and I could capture these special memories of your gorgeous little one while she is this small, this sleepy, this curly.

I know you will always want to remember those tiny little details because before you know it she will be grown.

Annabelle what a delight you are…I just know you have filled your mumma and papa’s hearts with joy.

 

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