Amanda Maree Photography » Amanda Maree Photography - Brisbane Newborn Photographer

I held you long before my arms did, in my dreams and thoughts.
I whispered to you the lullabies that would later send you off to sleep.
I knew you long before I met you,
I would talk of your personality made up of elbows and knees,
“ready to keep me on my toes”, I would say.
I loved you long before I saw you, tracing black and white prints of your lips,
knowing soon enough I’d be kissing them with my own.
I heard you long before your cry into the world.
That first heart beat, the one that echoed love and relief,
a quick rhythm that made time slow down.
I wanted you long before I needed you,
as I sat there willing tests to show me the lines that would change my life.
I felt you long before I touched you,
the stretches of my belly proudly growing you.
The pain that sometimes comes with being made of each other,
the worry, that I couldn’t be without you now.
I shared with you my heart before you’d steal it completely.
I’ve shared stories, ones of how I met your father,
books already sitting on your shelf.
I’ve shared unspoken emotions with you that I know you can feel.
I’ve shared my body, I am your land and you are my guide.
love, Mum
Writer…Jess UlrichsNewborn baby boy on black backdrop looking at the camera wiht hands being held by fatherThis was the last shot of the day…Lachlan was wide awake by this stage but content to just stare into my soul. I adore this shot with his Papa. We captured a special shot with Harrison and his Mumma’s hands so I wanted to do something for Papa during Lachlan’s session too.
I shared a little live about this gorgeous family before their session…I’m pretty sure I said special at least 47 times during the live but that’s truly how I feel about them. You see I first met them when I was caring for their darling twin boys, Harrison and Ethan born well before their time at a mere 25 weeks. Despite the bravest of fights, Ethan grew his angel wings and is now watching down on the family from heaven. I first photographed the boys and was by their side when Ethan took his final breath and was able to gift the family the most precious memories through my work with Heartfelt and my nursing. Then when Harrison grew big and strong, I had the family in the studio to capture some very special ‘newborn’ images for them. And we even snuck in some adorable Christmas mini session images but there was a teeny tiny secret during the mini sessions that only I knew…and that was that there was a little bump in the images, a rainbow sent from his big brother in heaven.
World…Meet Lachlan…he’s new here.x.Newborn baby boy sleeping on blue blanket with blue macrame rainbow and frame of premature baby and urnThe greatest gift…a rainbow after the storm…not negating the storm by any means…but light after darkness.Newborn baby boy sleeping on cream blanket wearing teal knit romper and smilingAnd this smile…the biggest they come…shows he’s happy to be here.x.Newborn baby boy sleeping in oval cane basket wearing rust knit romper with rust blanket and dried flowers on white wooden floorMumma picked a gorgeous colour palette of terracotta/burnt orange, duck egg blue, navy and even gasp…some mustard! All my faves and they work so stunningly together.Newborn baby boy sleeping in round wooden bowl with mustard wraps and blankets and pillow on wooden floorNewborn baby boy sleeping on navy blanket with navy wrap and knit bonnetWe used this exact set up in Harrison’s session…I can’t wait to see the shots side by side to see the similarities and differences between the two.Newborn baby boy sleeping in cane basket wearing teal knit romper with blue blanket and knit layer on white wooden floor with round rattan layer and dried flowers and holding small pastel felt rainbowThe sweetest rainbow…Newborn baby boy sleeping on cream blanket with rust knit layerThere’s just something about pouty lips, little piggies and back rolls….Newborn baby boy sleeping in cane papasan chair with mustard knit layer and romper and bonnet and spotted mustard wrapCan you ever have too much mustard?Newborn baby boy sleeping on vintage iron bed with navy blanket and knit layer wearing navy romper on white wooden floorNewborn baby boy sleeping on vintage iron bed with navy blanket and knit layer wearing navy romper on white wooden floor with sibling one year old brother sitting beside him wearing grey knit jumper and tan pants and framed photo of premature baby boy and urnAll of Mumma and Papa’s babies in one image…something all parents want but some families have to accept in a different way. So glad I could capture this for them.Newborn baby boy sleeping in wooden log bowl with blue wrap and layer with jute layer and green folliage on white wooden floorWe did a live sneak peak of this set up during the session…did you catch it?Newborn baby boy sleeping in round wire basket sitting inside a drawer with brown wrap and blanket and bonnet and green folliage on wooden floorGosh he was just perfect in every way.Newborn baby boy sleeping on cream fur wearing navy romper being held by one year old sibling brother wearing grey knit jumperOk…this isn’t technically perfect…I would have loved to see more of sweet Lachlan’s face but capturing a one year old…yes that’s right, little Harrison has only just turned one…and his new baby is just as tricky as it sounds! Harrison wasn’t too keen on my camera and there were actually four adults dancing, singing and making clicking noises with our tongues all the while trying to keep these sweet boys safe, comfy and cute…and I kinda love it. It shows both boys little personalities…Lachlan is super laid back and Harrison is adorably sweet but a little cheeky!
Emma and Ben…you know how much I adore you and your three darling boys…thank you for sharing your story and your family with me over the past year.

 

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Rainbows appear after mighty storms…

When things look their very worst…

Just when the skies are darkest grey…

Look for the rainbow first.

The rainbow’s a sign of a promise…

Guiding you through any storm…

Seeing you through all your troubles…

No matter the shape or the form.

When you feel battered by life’s storms…

and your filled with doubt and dismay…

Remember a rainbow is coming…

To brighten up everyone’s day.Newborn baby boy sleeping on brown blanket with knit rainbow wrap layer wearing rust coloured knit romper

 

Oh my heavens I had the most special family in today…what a journey they’ve been through just to get to this point. Mumma first messaged me very early on and very nervous that her little man would arrive safe and sound when the time came and I am so excited to say that day is finally here. This little pudding was 100% adorbs today and it was so nice to have them all in the studio. I’ll let Mumma share her story and I’ll share some cute pics along the way but eeeeep…all kinds of lovely.

After conceiving my first born, Owen, naturally and having him at 31 weeks in 2014, we then struggled with unexplained infertility until 2020 when I conceived our little Princess via IVF in January. Unfortunately I ruptured prematurely at 18 weeks. Ella Jane’s fight ended at 20 weeks and after 6 years of not conceiving and thousands of dollars spent on the one round of IVF, we walked out of the hospital with empty hands and hearts. I was then diagnosed with an Incompetent Cervix and scheduled an abdominal suture to be placed 3 months after the loss. To our complete surprise, I called my husband at work 2.5 weeks after the operation to say I was pregnant naturally! With close supervision and care this pregnancy, our rainbow baby, Oscar, entered the world on May 13 at 37 weeks – we had a term baby!

World…Meet Oscar…he’s new here.x.Newborn baby boy sleeping on tan furGosh he was such a gorgeous little man with a dusting of ginger (sorry Dad, blonde hair!), pouty lips and squishy cheeks. The best!Newborn baby boy sleeping in round papasan chair wearing brown knit overalls with brown knit layer and pillow on wooden floorI got this adorable new papasan chair prop and when I snuggled him in he absolutely loved it…what do you think?Newborn baby boy sleeping wrapped in brown wrap being held by 6 year old sibling brother on cream fur with teddy bearEeeeeep how sweet are these three together? Not the sibling picture Mumma and Papa hoped and dreamed for but still their three babes together. Owen was super nervous about holding his baby but we got to chatting and before he knew it, there he was just doing it like I knew he could! And sweet Ella’s memory bear that got lots of snuggles.Newborn baby boy sleeping in wooden log bowl wearing rust knit romper with mustard wraps and layers and dried flowers on wooden floorNewborn baby boy sleeping in wooden log bowl wearing rust knit romper with mustard wraps and layers and dried flowers on wooden floorThose adorable little chubby hands…one of the best baby features ever, right?Newborn baby sleeping in oval wooden bowl with brown fluff and wearing brown knit pants on brown backdrop with knit and lace layer and baby girls ashes in an urnOwen and his darling big sister Ella safely snuggled beside him watching out for him from above.Newborn baby boy sleeping in oval cane basket with brown wrap and blanket and pillow on dark wooden floor and felt brown heart in between toesLook at that posing…completely done by him and not me! And those teeny tiny piggies!Newborn baby boy sleeping on cream fur wrapped in brown wrap being kissed by 6 year old sibling brother laying beside himOk…best big brother in the world right?Newborn baby boy sleeping wearing brown knit outfit being held by mother wearing black top with her eyes closed in black and whiteNow this Mumma didn’t want her photo taken but how could she have missed out on this extra special moment…he will never be this small, this squishy, this new again.

Newborn baby boy sleeping in round wooden bowl with brown blanket and wrap and bear knit bonnet and felt heart and lace layer on wooden floorNawww that sweet little smile…look at this adorable little bear!Newborn baby boy sleeping in vintage iron bed wearing brown knit romper with brown blanket and layer and pillow with 6 year old sibling sitting beside bed holding teddy bearAll of Mumma and Papa’s babes….Newborn baby boy sleeping on brown blanket wearing brown knit romper with babyI adore this shot…Owen had probably had enough of all of photo’s by this stage and just wanted to go and jump on the trampoline, but lucky for Oscar and all of us really, we snapped this sweet shot…two brothers, hand in hand.Newborn baby boy sleeping in oval wooden bowl with brown curly felt wearing brown knit pants and knit bear bonnet holding knit bear on brown floor backdropStop.it.right.now…is this not the cutest thing ever????Newborn baby boy sleeping on brown blanket with teddy bear tucked in beside him and rainbow prop above himEnding the session with this absolutely perfect shot…Ella bear and her sweet rainbow Oscar sent from above. I just know she had a hand in sending him and keeping him safe to be delivered earthside.

Owen…thank you for being the best big brother to both Ella and now Oscar, and for ultimately bringing your Mumma and Papa to me through the NICU all those years back.

Oscar, you are all kinds of special and definitely the rainbow your family needed.x.

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To my second child…

You’re not my first; that much is true.

I loved another before loving you.

I’m a different mother this time around, more calm and confident, I have found.

With your brother, everything was new, I was focused on his every move.

Each tiny smile was photographed, I changed my ringtone to his laugh.

Since you came, there’s a new dimension, two children now want my attention.

And sometimes you’re left in your chair, whilst I play with your brother over there.

I cannot watch your every move. Or, when you cry out, jump to soothe,

I don’t panic every time you sneeze, and dash you off to A & E.

Your rattles and teds are hand me downs, and some toys may have lost their sound.

There’s less concern if your blanket’s scratchy, and your baby book is a little patchy.

I know what the next months have in store, and each phase you reach I’ve seen before.

This doesn’t mean I love you less, this time the feelings more complex.

I’m pleased to see you learn and grow, but it also pulls my heartstrings so.

I was so excited first time ’round, this time I want to slow things down.

Your firsts will all be lasts for me, last crawl and last ride to my knee.

Last nappy, breastfeed, spoon of food, last rock to sleep, last cry to hush.

You were not my firstborn this is true.

But the last child I will have is you.

You’re the last lullaby I’ll ever sing.

And lasts are a special kind of thing.

Emma Robinson

 

I’ve been feeling super sentimental lately and it sent me on the hunt for this very special session. This teeny tiny baby and teeny tiny handful of images are my sweet love Emery. It feels like just yesterday I dragged my battered and broken body into the studio to capture some special images of my own bubba. Thankfully I also had my dear friends and colleagues capture a proper newborn session for me, something I have always treasured dearly, but I also wanted the chance to capture a few of my own. I don’t know what I was thinking, it was hard and props to those of you that capture your own sessions but I am grateful I have this small handful of images of my very own. I had only edited two of these images up to this point and I’m pretty sure it was when he was about to turn one…and now he’s almost four!!! I’m glad I took the time out today to find them on an old hard drive and edit them. Of course, seasoned with my favourite mustard…look how squishy and cute he was!!

Newborn baby boy sleeping on cream blanketNewborn baby boy sleeping on cream blanketLook at dem cheeks and squishy lips and back rolls…by far the best newborn features.Newborn baby boy sleeping in farmers basket with mustard blanket and wearing mustard knit outfit on wooden floorI purchased this adorable knitted mustard outfit when I was pregnant not knowing if Emery was going to be pink or blue…isn’t it the sweetest.Newborn baby mohawk on cream blanketCan we all just take a moment to look at this adorable little ginger mohawk…Newborn baby boy sleeping in round cream felt basket with mustard blanket and cream wrap with mustard and cream toy owl on white wooden floorI saw this gorgeous little owl on a vendor page when I was pregnant and desperately wanted it, it’s wings are made from a stunning baby wearing wrap that I had brought for my little bump when he or she arrived, but the owl was at a market interstate. A lovely friend made it happen & one day it arrived anonymously on my doorstep. Emery still loves it to this day.Newborn baby boy sleeping in log bowl with mustard blanket and wrap on wooden floorHe wasn’t super settled, of course, photographer child syndrome lol…and we had to wrap him up like a baby burrito!Newborn baby boy sleeping on cream blanket wearing cream knit bear bonnetNewborn baby boy sleeping on cream blanket wearing cream knit bear bonnetI had these adorable little bear bonnets custom made for Emery when I was pregnant by my sweet friend over at Chino Creations

Newborn baby boy sleeping in log bowl with mustard blanket and wrap on wooden floor wearing mustard knit bear bonnetNewborn baby boy sleeping on cream blanket wearing cream knit bear bonnetOh sweet baby I miss you so much…this was such a hard time in my life and sometimes I look back with sadness that I missed things because I was so lost in pain and sleeplessness and sorrow for the relationship upheaval with my poor innocent four year old who’s life was also turned upside down. But then I look at these images and I also remember your sweet newborn smell and little sausage toes, the way you snuggled into me to feed like you had always been here, the way my heart felt so full of love it might explode.

This…is motherhood right…so raw yet so beautiful.x.

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Okay….this girl gave me some serious shade but we made it in the end! Some days you just aren’t keen for a modelling gig and that’s ok! All my sessions are baby led so we did what the boss wanted and went slow and steady as she was ready.

It was so lovely to see this sweet family again for this session. We have been friends since our 7yr olds were bebe’s and I have had the greatest joy of photographing not only their little man, but also now their surprise baby girl! When you’ve got 3 boys I think you just reside to the fact that you are a boy Mumma, so you can only imagine this Mumma’s surprise when their little love came out a pink one! I was so excited to have them all back and this sweet girl is beyond lucky to have 3 of the most loving, giving big brothers to watch out for her!

World…Meet Katelyn…she’s new here.x.Newborn baby girl wrapped in pink wrap with pink and yellow knit blanket on cream fur wearing pink flower tiebackLord those side eyes…eeep! But how stunning is this blanket Katelyn brought to her session made especially for her by her nannaNewborn baby girl sleeping on purple blanket with purple tieback Newborn baby girl sleeping on purple blanket with purple tieback and wrap and bonnetMumma asked for a gorgeous gallery filled with muted purples and pinks as well as some navy and grey brought in from her big brothers session…isn’t she a doll!Newborn baby girl sleeping on cream blanket wrapped in navy wrap with navy bow tiebackKatelyn felt her best all snuggled up like a baby burrito so we went with it…I just adore navy on girls.Newborn baby girl sleeping in cane basket with purple blanket and wrap and lace wrap and tiebackLook at that sweet smile…Newborn baby girl sleeping in oval wooden bowl on white wooden floor with pink blanket and wrap and lace wrap and flower tiebackNewborn baby girl sleeping in purple flower nest on white wooden floor wrapped in purple wrap with purple tiebackNewborn baby girl sleeping in round wooden bowl with navy wrap and knit layer and blanket and tieback on white wooden floorLike a little present all wrapped up with a bow…

Newborn baby girl sleeping on cream blanket wrapped in purple wrap with purple lace blanket and flower tiebackNewborn baby girl sleeping on wooden bed wearing purple romper with pink and purple felt and blanket and flowers and tiebackJust snoozin in bed in her pjs…Newborn baby girl wrapped in pink wrap being held by three sibling brothers wearing white tshirts on cream furAll of mumma’s bebe’s in one picture…doesn’t get any more special than that!Newborn baby in grey lace bowl wearing grey knit clothes and flower tieback on wooden floorThis was the last shot of the day…we nearly didn’t get it. How adorbs is this little knitted vest Katelyn brought with her today!

Katelyn…although you didn’t really like me or my camera, I am so glad we managed to capture these magical memories for your mumma and papa.x.

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“Today I hold you in my arms…

a day that’s filled with joy…

I never dreamt we’d be here…

My darling little boy.

Our time together to this point…

filled with tears & pain…

But every day I’m thankful…

You’re brightness in this rain…

Watching you struggle…

Each day I know it’s true…

You are my little warrior…

I know that we’ll get through…

Your braveness & your courage…

it fills my heart each day…

I love you, little darling…

In every single way.”

 

Today I had someone special in the studio…now I know I say that every time but this gorgeous boy was all that and more. I feel so honoured to be able to capture special memories for this beautiful family and to share their story. You see their little man is a warrior like no other…every day he fights just to be here. He has the most amazing team working hard so that he continues to live his best life and thrive and he is doing just that! This week he celebrates his 8mth birthday and that is a momentous occasion so he brought his Mumma and his Aunty to the studio and we captured him in all of his gorgeousness. I’ll let his Mumma share their story so far and I’ll share some sweet photo’s along the way but I just know you’ll agree, he is absolutely divine.

World…Meet Levi.x.

Levi had onset of focal seizures on feb 2nd at 4.5months old. He went from one to two seizures up to over 100+ a day in just over a week. We have trialed 7 medications and are currently on 3. 2 x anti epileptic and the keto diet. We are however one of the lucky ones as we have managed some reasonable seizure control. On 26 March (world epilepsy day) we had a meeting with the neurologist who confirmed a diagnosis from a gene panel of mutation KCNT1. This disorder along with medication resistant seizures also results in global development delay with most who have this condition never learning to walk or talk. He also has hypertonia & possibly CVI and future complications may be unsafe swallow meaning fundo/g tube, difficulty breathing (bipap), scoliosis and brittle bones, hip and leg tendon lengthening due to spasticity. Despite all these challenges Levi is one the the most chatty, chubby and happy bubbas ever. He is also stubborn and determined and with his family behind him will beat the odds and be living his best life. We are lucky to have an amazing little dude who will teach us what truely matters in life.❤️
Eight month old baby boy sleeping in oval cane basket with sage green knit layer and wearing sage green knit romper with dried flowers on wooden floorNow when your gorgeous 8mth old client arrives snoozin then you snuggle them up in a basket and squeal with joy…this doesn’t happen often…so I took great delight in snapping these sweet sleepy photos.Eight month old baby boy sleeping in oval cane basket with sage green knit layer and wearing sage green knit romper and bonnet with dried flowers on wooden floorOk…lashes for days and can we all take a moment to enjoy these chubby little details…those lips and cheeks and chins and fingers and and and….he was so lush!Eight month old baby in wooden doll cot wearing blue knit pants with blue curly fur on blue flokatiMumma chose a gorgeous gallery of soft sage greens and blues…and it went perfectly with Levi’s sweet complexion.Eight month old baby boy laying on green sage blanket on wooden floorEight month old baby boy laying on his stomach on green sage blanket on wooden floorLevi has been working super hard with the physio’s and his family and look how strong he is getting during tummy time…such a clever boy.Eight month old baby boy sleeping in wooden bed with light blue blankets and knit romper on wooden floor with brown felt heartsLiterally so chill…he dosed for a bit then woke with this gorgeous eye contact…heart melting.Eight month old baby boy in wooden trench bowl wearing sage green nappy cover on green curly felt on wooden floorHe’s just discovered his hands…so Levi was super busy during our session today.Eight month old baby laying on blue blanket with blue felt heartsThe chatter that was happening during this set up was so adorable…he was having the most enormous conversation with us all about something very important…not sure what but it sounded pretty exciting!Eight month old baby boy laying in wooden bowl with brown felt and wearing brown pants on purple background with brown wooden frame with two brown leather gloves inside and 3 purple ribbonsThis is a special set up we did representing Levi’s warrior spirit that gets him through every day and the purple ribbon which is the International symbol representing Epilepsy.
Levi it was an absolute honour to have you in the studio today and to be able to give your family the gift of capturing this special moment in your journey. You are truly one in a million and I feel so privileged to have met you today. Keep fighting gorgeous boy.x.
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