Amanda Maree Photography » Amanda Maree Photography - Brisbane Newborn Photographer

“My brave butterfly…your body may have died but your fighting spirit will forever be a part of me.

For as I carried you in my womb through your life, I will carry you in my heart through mine”

Today we honour you, sweet Maisie, on your one year angelversary…

I literally have no words for today’s session but I’m digging deep and finding it in my heart to show just a small fraction of the love I have found. Sometimes the planets align and you are drawn to people you are meant to meet, people you need in your life for whatever reason. Today’s mumma is definitely one of those people. We ‘met’ virtually a couple of years ago in an online IVF group…both on a path towards meeting our little loves. We shared a doctor and are both nurses so things just clicked I guess you could say. She shared in the joy of my little Emery and of course my heart exploded when she too saw those two pink lines. Of course you can imagine my horror when my day job came into play and I was guiding mumma through a potential very preterm delivery and then heartbreakingly the loss of her sweet little love. There are no words for the loss of a child, it is by far the worst that can come. I just knew that our paths would officially cross again though when the time came for their divine rainbow to join them earthside…and guess what everyone…he is here. Sent from heaven by his darling sister and the greatest of gifts. I’m going to let mumma and papa share their story but please join me in welcoming this gorgeous little man….

World….Meet Owen.x.

Ours is a somewhat long story. John and I started trying for our first child together after marrying in November 2014. I have a 15 year old daughter Emma and 19 year old son Bailey already and we were excited to share the experience of a new baby with them as well. But after 2 years of trying, including 3 cycles of clomid it still hadn’t happened (other than one very early loss) and we started the scary and stressful IVF process. We had huge success with our one and only stim cycle and egg collection…getting 12 frozen embryos! Finally things seemed promising. The first 4 embryo transfers were all unsuccessful and then on transfer number 5 we got that amazing call…I was pregnant! But only a week later it was all over already. We did a 6th embryo transfer again without success so we made the decision I would have a laparoscopy to see if something was wrong. Our specialist found and removed some mild endometriosis and after a short break we transferred the 7th embryo. Success! It was a stressful pregnancy with 7 huge bleeds but every time scans showed a healthy happy baby. At 19 weeks after another bleed had settled my water broke stepping out of the shower and a few days later our beautiful tiny daughter Maisie was born. Her heart kept beating for 2 hours and 4 minutes while we held her. After a 3 month break we went back yet again for our 8th embryo transfer….another success! Anxiety was high but all went smoothly until at 16 weeks I had pain and a scan showed my cervix was very short and funelled. Things looked dismal. We were given progesterone and sent home to wait and see. We were sure it was doomed once again. 3 weeks later another scan showed it was a centimetre shorter and it seemed inevitable it would end but our Obstetrician took me to theatre and put a stitch in as a last attempt to keep him inside. Then it was back to the couch at home to rest and wait and see. At 23 weeks I was given steroids and we had a stressful conversation with the paediatrician about our feelings on resusitating a micro premmie. Every day felt like an achievement. After 5 months of modified bed rest at home we somehow got our miracle! My stitch was removed at 37+2 and he waited until 39+5 to make his grand entrance…a full term 3.9kg healthy baby! We finally got our happy ending and he is very much worth the wait, the stress, the money and the heartache.

So grateful to you Amanda for your support through our IVF experience, the loss of Maisie and the stress of this pregnancy…so lovely to have you take these beautiful photos of our Owen and share in the joy as well.

Newborn baby boy sleeping in round wooden bowl with cream blanket and knit romper cuddling sheep toy on wooden floor with framed photo of stillborn baby sibling and butterfly and felt heart and words hopeThis image is everything and more….darling Owen curled up snuggling gorgeous Maisie’s little knitted lamb named Avery, mumma’s very first baby present after Maisie’s heartbeat scan. A photo of darling Maisie, a butterfly representing her watching over her brother, a heart and some hope. So much love in one image my heart could literally burst. Mumma and Papa didn’t come into the studio during Owen’s session, everything was a surprise, and I must admit…I shed a quiet tear capturing this image. From the ultimate heartbreak to a glimmer of joy. Newborn baby boy sleeping in cream bucket with grey wrap and felt layer on white wooden floor with grey knit bonnet Newborn baby boy sleeping in cream bucket with grey wrap and felt layer on white wooden floor and grey felt heart

Newborn baby boy sleeping in cream bucket with grey wrap and felt layer on white wooden floorToday’s session was a beautiful collection of earthy neutral tones…I adore this gorgeous grey on Owen.

Newborn baby boy sleeping in wooden bed with brown knit layer and felt wearing knit romper with felt hearts on white wooden floorJust chillin…taking a nap….what more could a boy want?

Newborn baby boy sleeping in brown farmers basket wearing brown knit romper with brown blanket and hessian layer holding brown owlOwen’s nursery is a woodland animal theme…these little owls are so sweet and went perfectly.

Newborn baby boy sleeping in wooden crate with cream knit layer and wrap and knit bonnet on white wooden floor Newborn baby boy sleeping on grey blanket wearing grey knit romperThat sweet little smile…. Newborn baby boy sleeping in wooden log prop with grey blanket and wrap and knit bunny on white wooden floorHow sweet is this little parcel all snuggled up next to this adorable little bunny!

Newborn baby boy sleeping on wooden crate wearing cream knit romper with cream blanket and rabbit fur and knit soft toysOh my….I think this one is my favourite…just a little guy snuggled up with his friends.

These sessions fill my heart entirely and work towards healing broken hearts.

Owen you are the gift that everyone needed and knowing that Maisie has sent you especially makes the blessing so much bigger.

You are the true light after so much darkness.

Sandy and John…I feel so blessed that Maisie has brought us together.

 

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So blessed are we you joined our world…

our darling little love…

A girl for us to fuss upon…

the sweetest little dove.

Today I had the most darling little love in the studio, she literally slept the entire time and then for hours after the session also…her mumma sent me a message late this afternoon asking what sleepy magic I had used!! Fingers crossed she saves some sleep up for tonight??? Today’s mumma and I met a few years ago as IVF sisters…her big boy and my little boy are embie cousins…transferred into their womb homes just days apart and born around the same time. And Albie & Emery have been best buds ever since! Of course you can imagine my excitement when they decided to roll the IVF dice again and were blessed with another teeny tiny miracle. Considering I was heavily pregnant when Albie arrived, I just knew I wanted to have the opportunity to capture special memories when their new addition arrived. And today was that day…..

World….Meet Kalani.x.

Newborn baby girl sleeping on pink blanket with purple flower wrap and knit bonnet Newborn baby girl sleeping on pink blanket with purple flower wrap and tiebackNow mumma is new at all this girly girl stuff and I think Kalani is probably destined to be climbing tree’s with her big brother but we had to go all out girl today….pinks and burgundy and cream’s and mints…all of it went perfectly with Kalani’s dainty little features. Newborn baby girl wrapped in pink wrap sleeping in wooden bed with pink blanket and pillow and tieback and curly felt layer Newborn baby girl sleeping on cream blanket with mint bow tieback and wrap Newborn baby girl sleeping on cream blanket with mint knit bonnet and wrap Newborn baby girl sleeping in cream bucket with cream knit layer and blanket and bonnet and felt heart in wooden drawer with flowers on wooden floor Newborn baby girl sleeping in cream bucket with cream knit layer and blanket and bonnet and felt heart in wooden drawer with flowers on wooden floorI just adore these little felt hearts…so teeny in a baby’s dainty little fingers. Newborn baby girl sleeping in recatangle basket with grey and pink felt layers and pink flower wrap and tieback and bunch of flowers on white backdropThat pout…. Newborn baby girl sleeping on pink and white and moroon quilt with pink flower tiebackThis stunning quilt was made especially for Kalani by her nanna…isn’t it amazing? I used it as my colour guide for her session, I just love all these gorgeous colours. Newborn baby girl sleeping in wooden crate with burgundy curly layer and wrap and flower crown on wooden floor Newborn baby girl sleeping in wooden crate with burgundy curly layer and wrap and flower crown on wooden floorThat sweet little smile…. Newborn baby girl sleeping in wooden bowl with peack fur and wrap and blanket and bonnetThis makes me want to just climb in and snuggle up with her! Newborn baby girl in cream knit romper and bow tieback being held by sibling big brother on cream furThe cutest big brother there was….can you believe this little guy isn’t even two yet? He was so sweet with his baby sister and I know is going to make the best big brother there ever was!

Kirsty and Al…thank you for choosing me to capture sweet memories of your new darling….she is everything and more.

Albie…you were such a good boy today and it is such a treat to see you in your new role as big brother.

Kalani…snuggles with you today were the best yet! Thank you for snoozin your entire session and letting me tuck you from bowl to basket with out even a bother!

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Psalms 139: 13 & 14

For you formed my inward parts;

you knitted me together in my mother’s womb.

I praise you, for I am fearfully & wonderfully made.

Wonderful are your works;

my soul knows it very well.

Today I had the most darling little man in the studio. His mumma and I work together so you can imagine my excitement when she told me they were expecting another tiny miracle. You see not that long ago, just under two years to be precise, I photographed their first bubba, sweet Myra. We were both due to have bebe’s around the same, Myra coming a little early and my little Emery waiting a bit longer. Today’s session was much easier without my big baby bump in the way and it was so lovely to see divine Myra back in the studio again. And now this gorgeous little family have the perfect pigeon pair. So much happy.

World…Meet Henry.x.

Newborn baby sleeping in wooden bed with brown blanket on wooden floor with teddy bear reading bibleWe created a special image for Myra’s session including this treasured family bible and today we created magic again. Henry brought with him this special bear that was given to his big sister by a special family friend who tragically lost her battle with cancer before Henry was born. It seemed only fitting that he be the one to read this beautiful passage to Henry today. Newborn baby boy sleeping on brown blanket Newborn baby boy sleeping on brown blanketThat sweet little smile…. Newborn baby boy sleeping in wooden crate with blue blanket and knit layer and wrap on white wooden floorThis is pretty much how most of the beginning of the session went…he he he….suspicious Henry keeping an eye on me! Newborn baby boy sleeping in cream tin bucket with green wrap and curly felt on white wooden floor holding felt heart Newborn baby boy sleeping in cream tin bucket with green wrap and curly felt on white wooden floor holding felt heartMumma asked for earthy tones….greens and browns with a touch of navy and I adore how it all looked with Henry’s milky skin and waft of blonde hair. Newborn baby boy sleeping on cream blanket with blue wrap and bonnet Newborn baby boy sleeping in farmers basket with hessian layer and brown blanket and wrap and bonnetJust keeping an eye on things…. Newborn baby boy sleeping in green gumnut nest on green backgroundWhen mumma suggested these olive greens I just knew this set up would be perfect…I adore the colours so much. Newborn baby boy sleeping on wooden bed with olive blanket and romper and sibling sister wearing olive romper and tiebackNow I have a toddler so I know all about these things….siblings are fickle y’all and sometimes they could care less how much you dance, sing and get about. What went into this image is pure magic and started with poor mumma up till the wee hours of the morning hand making these adorable matching rompers and ended with not one, not two but three grown adults jumping around a small confined space singing crazy tunes….buuuuuutttttt I am sure you will agree….it’s priceless!

Henry, you are the perfect addition to your sweet family…thank you for being such a good boy today.

Myra…you are such a gorgeous little chatter box…thanks for making me a smoothie and looking after all the dolls in the loungeroom!

Jess and Hayden….thank for choosing me time and again to capture sweet memories of your divine family.x.

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Our new baby girl…a gift beyond measure

A wonder to hold…and a lifetime to treasure

With ten perfect fingers…and ten tiny toes

Two bright eyes…and a sweet little nose

Her life is a blessing…filled with pure love

And we welcome the miracle…sent from above.

 

Sometimes I have the honour of photographing friends, sometimes I have the surprise of photographing people I have only just met…and sometimes things meet in the middle and my past beautiful clients do me the greatest of blessings and refer me to those they know and love. Today I met the sweetest new family, referred by another gorgeous family that I have photographed in the past. A gorgeous mumma and papa and their new addition. A divine little love with a shock of dark wavy hair, smoochie lips and the most laid back little personality. We had such a beautiful time in the studio capturing every tiny detail of her in all her newness. I can’t wait to share some stunning images….a gorgeous gallery of blue’s, greens and a teensy bit of pink!

World…Meet Isabelle.x.

Newborn baby girl sleeping on blue blanket with blue lace knit wrap and bonnet Newborn baby girl sleeping on blue blanket with blue lace knit wrap and tiebackOh lordy….will you look at that smile…that hair…those lips…I wasn’t kidding when I said she was perfect! Newborn baby girl sleeping in vine nest with green fur and blue blanket and tieback on wooden floor Newborn baby girl sleeping on cream blanket with mint lace wrap and knit bonnet Newborn baby girl sleeping on cream blanket with mint lace wrap and knit bonnetI just adore blue’s and greens on little girls….the colours were perfect for Isabelle’s features. Newborn baby girl sleeping in farmers basket wrapped in blue lace wrap with blue knit blanket with hessian layer on white wooden floor Newborn baby girl wrapped in green wrap in cream tin bucket in wooden drawer with green curly felt layer and tieback with green flowers on green flokati Newborn baby girl wrapped in green wrap in cream tin bucket in wooden drawer with green curly felt layer and bonnet with green flowers on green flokati Newborn baby girl wrapped in green wrap in cream tin bucket in wooden drawer with green curly felt layer and tieback with green flowers on green flokati and felt heartWho caught this stunning set up on my live feed earlier today? When mumma mentioned a garden theme I just knew I had to create this set up. Newborn baby girl sleeping on white wooden bed with green curly felt and pink lace wrap and pink flowers wearing pink knit romper and flower tiebackThere’s just something about a little bubba snoozin in pj’s…this knitted romper is super sweet and went perfectly with the greens and pinks in her gallery. Newborn baby girl wearing pink knit romper holding pink knit bunny with pink blanket and curly felt and tieback on white wooden floorThis set up…sigh…it may have taken me a little longer than usual because all Isabelle wanted to do was lick the mohair romper but I persisted and isn’t it worth it? This romper and bunny I ordered from Russia from the most divine prop vendor who spoke not a word of English and when Isabelle’s mumma sent me photo’s of her nursery there was a gorgeous toy basket with a little bunny that looked just like this one on it so I knew what had to make that magic happen. Newborn baby girl sleeping on cream fur with cream crochet blanket and bow tiebackI always adore when families bring special things with them to include in their session and this stunning blanket was no exception. Made for Isabelle’s mumma when she was born and now snuggling up gorgeous Isabelle too.

Andrea and Mark thank you for choosing me to capture memories for your gorgeous new family, it was the greatest honour.

Bre…thank you for valuing me enough to refer me onto others (ps I love it when you all do this so keep doing it!!!)

And lastly….Sweet Isabelle…thank you for saving up your poonami until we finished your session…the best kind of client! But in all seriousness, thank you for being the most divine little love you are.x.

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To watch you grow a privilege…

one we hoped to have one day…

Our little blessed rainbow…

the joy you’ve brought our way.

 

Today I had sweet Ariella back in the studio for her one year milestone session….wait…where did that year go???? It was such a surprise to see just how much she’d grown and changed in that time. I’m sure you’ll all remember but I first had Ariella in the studio as a newborn, a divine rainbow for her mumma and papa, after the heartbreaking loss of their beautiful Freya. Ariella brought her gorgeous big sister Olivia, Freya’s twin with her to the session today and again we were all surrounded by love….I’m sure sent by Freya. I had the honour of caring for both Freya and Olivia in the NICU so you can imagine how blessed I feel to have welcomed Ariella and watch her grow this past year.

Now don’t get me wrong…it wasn’t all fluffy and lovely…one year olds can be particularly fickle when it comes to essential strangers so milestone sessions can go many ways. Ariella had the most gorgeous smile and sweet laid back personality but she was super wary once that big black camera came out. So there was lots of singing, dancing and tricks cracked out. I’m sure you’ll agree…all of Ariella’s little faces, smiles or not are just divine!

Happy first birthday sweet girl.

Ariella is One.x.

Newborn baby girl sleeping in pink crochet basket with pink wrap and tieback in rainbow backdrop and same set up as one year oldOh darling girl….could you be any more lovely….and just the blessing your family deserved.x.

Newborn baby girl sleeping in white wooden bed with dusty pink lace wrap and pillow and tieback and felt heart on white wooden floor and same set up as one year old Newborn baby girl sleeping on cream blanket with teal floral wrap with same set up as one year oldI adored this stunning wrap Ariella brought to her newborn session…those colours are stunning and it has her name on it!

Newborn baby girl sleeping in pink flower nest with green felt and peach wrap and tieback with pink butterfly on wooden floor and same set up as a one year oldThese are my favourites shots as they show just how much she grown!

Newborn baby girl sleeping in round cane basket with peach blanket and wrap and tieback on white wooden floor with doll and same set up as one year oldAll those sweet faces….nawwwww

Newborn baby girl sleeping in round cane basket with peach blanket and wrap and tieback on white wooden floor with doll and same set up as one year oldLook at this gorgeous doll…I’m sure they’ll be besties for years to come.

Newborn baby in farmers basket sleeping wrapped in pink wrap on pink blanket with hessian layer on wooden floor and same set up as one year old Newborn baby girl sleeping in cream tin bucket with pink and purple knit layer blanket pink wrap and pink bow tieback on white wooden floor and same set up as one year old Newborn baby girl sleeping in round wooden bowl with purple blanket and wrap and tieback on wooden floor and same set up as one year oldHappy happy first birthday gorgeous girl….thank you for the blessing of watching you grow this past year.x.

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