Amanda Maree Photography » Amanda Maree Photography - Brisbane Newborn Photographer

A bouquet of blessings…

for a precious new life…

brings joyful intentions…

enveloped with light…

for strength and protection…

for love and for peace…

for guidance and wisdom…

and fulfillment of dreams…

with each tiny breath…

and each beat of their heart…

you’ll be bursting with wonder…

at this perfect new start.

 

Today the sweetest little love joined me in the studio and she was all kinds of lovely. We captured some gorgeous memories for her Mumma and Papa and a beautiful gallery filled with soft pastels and rainbows…the theme of her sweet nursery. She had the most adorable pouty lips and cutest little piggies…I’m so glad we got to capture this special time for her family.

World…meet Isabella…she’s new here.x.

Newborn baby girl in pin farmers basket with pink blanket and white lace wrap wrapped in white wrap with pink flower headband on white wooden floorNow she wasn’t super excited about sleep…it seems she decided on today of all days to have a party day today! But I’m not even mad when it meant I got to see these gorgeous big eyes. Newborn baby girl sleeping in vintage iron bed with pink white and purple knitted blanket wearing cream knit romper on pink backdropHow stunning is this blanket lovingly knitted for Papa by his grandmother Dorothy before she passed away in hope that he would one day use it for her great grandbaby. I love that we can bring such rich history into this family’s new story. Newborn baby girl sleeping on peach blanket wearing pink romper and flower haloEeeeep what a doll…the way she just snuggled up here so peacefully was so perfect. Newborn baby girl sleeping in oval cane basket with cream curly felt and wrap and bonnet with pink blanket and pillow and bow tieback holding gold necklace with letter MIsabella also brought this beautiful necklace from her Mumma’s grandmother Margaret…such a special way to include loved ones and I just know this great grandmother will be doting over sweet Isabella. Newborn baby girl sleeping in cane papasan chair with peach knit blanket and lace doily wearing cream knit romper and bow tieback Newborn baby girl sleeping in pink crochet basket with cream blanket and rainbow wrap with rainbow back ground and pink flower tiebackNow Isabella’s nursery is filled with rainbows so it seemed only fitting that we create this magical set up…isn’t she perfect. Newborn baby girl sleeping in flower nest with peach wraps and blanket and flowers and tieback on white wooden floorMumma brought this sweet peach wrap and it went perfectly with Isabella’s soft creamy skin and this flower nest I had set up. Newborn baby girl sleeping on cream blanket with pink lace wrap and flower tieback Newborn baby girl wrapped in peach wrap and bow tieback on pink backdrop surrounded in circular flowersJust a perfect little bundle… Newborn baby girl wearing cream knit romper being held by parents cuddling togetherThis moment right here…they made her.x. Newborn baby girl sleeping on vintage iron bed wearing cream knit romper with pink mattress wrap and flowersAnd we ended the session with this divine set up…a dainty little flower snuggled up.

Isabella I am so glad your Mumma and Papa found me and we could make today happen…these moments are too precious to miss.

Sarah and Josh, Isabella is just divine even if she did pee and poop all over me!!

 

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Today we write our story…

Rich with history and love…

A tale of star crossed lovers…

Blessed from up above.

Those who’ve come before us…

watch down on us this day…

as we start our own journey…

with guidance on the way.

Our duo grows in fullness…

as we’re blessed with sweetest love…

our hearts were never fuller…

we welcomed little dove.

A baby girl to celebrate…

unite us all this day…

heal our broken hearts…

and teach along the way.

 

This session y’all…there was so much love, so many tears, so much joy. My heart is literally exploding. I always feel blessed when friends choose me to tell their stories and this one is no exception. Today we captured beautiful memories, shared rich traditions and celebrated those that have come before and couldn’t be with this sweet family today. I hope I did this tale the honour that it deserves.

World…Meet Virginia…she’s new here.x. Newborn baby girl sleeping on pink lace blanket wearing pink flower halo

Today’s divine little love was named after her great grandmother, who sadly passed away before this sweet girl came to life….an elegant loving woman, a true saint on earth, so of course it could not be more perfect to have a part of her passed down. She loved all things lace and so we used that today to have her part of these new memories. We also included her stunning necklace that Mumma even wore on her wedding day. A beautiful tribute to a much loved lady. I can tell you…there was not a dry eye in sight. Newborn baby girl sleeping in farmers basket with cream blanket and wrap and mustard floral wrap wearing bow tieback and holding vinatge necklace on white wooden floor Newborn baby girl sleeping in cane basket with lace wrap and white flowers and floral tieback

We also dressed this sweet girl in the most darling knitted pieces that belonged to her Papa when he was a baby and a bonnet that is over 45yrs old and has been passed down through Papa’s family. This rich history makes my heart sing and is exactly what these sessions are all about. To include something with a story already and capture new memories to pass down to further generations is everything. Newborn baby girl laying on cream fur wearing cream knit outfit with blanket

Now she was due on the 4th July…Mumma is American, her great grandfathers served in the military…it was only fitting we created a set up (or two!) to celebrate this part of her story. A little bitter sweet as those that should be here from that side of the world have sadly been held up thanks to the current climate…although I am hoping they are all tuning in thanks to modern technology! Newborn baby girl sleeping on cream blanket with american flag and bow tieback or red knit bonnet Newborn baby girl sleeping in round wooden basket with cream bowl and american flag wearing red knit romper and bow tieback holding american flag felt heart on white wooden floor

And lastly, we captured memories and the story of a little love who came before this sweet girl but couldn’t remain earthside…but who sent Mumma and Papa a hand picked rainbow from heaven. A little start to heal their broken hearts. Newborn baby girl sleeping in oval wooden bowl with cream blanket and lace wrap wearing rainbow romper and bow tieback on white wooden floorThis set up is everything and more. I had this stunning outfit custom made and sent all the way from Canada. It arrived late thanks to covid, literally hours before she was born and was so meant to be. Encapsulating everything Mumma’s heart needed, celebrating her sweet rainbow sent from her sibling in heaven, Mumma’s special colours…oh my heart. Big thanks to my beautiful friend and vendor Holly at Pup and Frank Photography Props.

Mumma asked for a gorgeous gallery filled with dusty pinks, taupes and greys…I just adore these colours together.

Newborn baby girl sleeping in cane basket with grey wrap and blanket and lace knit wrap and flower tieback with knit koala toyHalf American….but also part Aussie…how cute is this snuggly little koala! Newborn baby girl on wooden bed wearing pink knit romper with crochet pink doily and flowers with flower tiebackYeah team no sleep by this stage but the way she was looking at me so intently was all kinds of lovely….

Newborn baby girl on cream fur wrapped in cream blanket wearing blue pearl tieback and holding blue stone ringAnd this stunning ring passed down from her other great grandmother, who is also watching down on her from heaven. Newborn baby girl sleeping in grey lace bowl wrapped in grey wrap with grey fur and flower tieback on white wooden floor

Look at those little piggies…. Newborn baby girl sleeping wearing pink knit romper being held by fatherSafe in papa’s arms….

I feel so immensely blessed for the privilege of telling this story, of being given the honour of sharing it through imagery with all of you. Despite a pandemic and the enormous distance over the seas, still being able to share this little love with her family far away. Of celebrating a new addition and honouring those that came before her. Of giving this sweet family the priceless gift of a moment captured in time.

Rebecca and Cam, thank you for choosing me, thank you for sharing your love with me.

Virginia..thank you for being gorgeous you.x.

 

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Although we were waiting…

To meet you here on earth…

Never we imagined…

Our dreams and their worth…

You had other plans…

You couldn’t wait to arrive…

A feisty little warrior…

Born with will to thrive…

We watched you grow and flourish…

Into a big strong boy…

You’ve filled our hearts immensely…

With so much love and joy.

Today I had the most adorable little man in the studio. Many months ago I got a very excited message from a dear friend asking to gift a newborn session to friends of hers…it was her honorary grandson that was due to arrive and she was busting with that honorary Nanna pride! Now that all sounds amazing & what an enormous generous gift but not all things go to plan and when I received a frantic message saying that they would be delivering their little man long before he was due everyone was panicking. Thankfully…as you’ll see below…this story has a perfect ending and this little warrior although eager to arrive is now a big warrior and thriving! So today I met this eagerly anticipated family and it was everything I imagined and more! He was as completely adorable as his honorary Nanna had told me he was and of course his Mumma and Papa just as sweet as I knew they would be. I’ll let Mumma share their journey and I’ll add in some adorable pictures…I know there are lots of people waiting for this sneak peak. Can I just say, this gorgeous boy and all his chins smiled up a storm the whole way through!

World…Meet Lincoln…he’s new here! Newborn baby boy wrapped in blue wrap sleeping being held by father and mother in white tshirts looking down at baby

On the 9th of March at 29+4 weeks pregnant we were getting ready to enter the scariest journey we’ve ever been on and at 8.47am our little Lincoln let out his first cry. Weighing just 1064 grams Lincoln was taken to the NICU where he would spend the next 72 days growing and learning. We waited what felt like a life time(4 days) for our first cuddle, we sat together for 3 hours before we had to put him back into his isolette but those 3 hours felt like 3 minutes and I was absolutely hooked on cuddling my baby. James and I would take it in turns each day to hold Lincoln for hours and the only days Lincoln wasn’t cuddled were the days he wasn’t stable enough. Linc spent 46 days on CPAP, 10 days on high flow and 14 days on low flow before being able to breathe on his own 2 days before coming home. Bringing Linc home was such big moment for us as we were so excited to finally be taking our boy home and for him to meet the rest of his family that were dying to finally see him. Newborn baby boy sleeping on blue blanket tucked in like a bed wearing blue knit beanie with blue knit bears beside himJust a boy and his bears… Newborn baby boy sleeping in cane basket wrapped in teal wrap with teal blanket and dried flowers on wooden floor with teal knit bonnet and felt heartLegit all the smiles…Mumma chose a gorgeous gallery of teals and pale blue’s…Lincoln had the most gorgeous deep blue eye’s (not that I saw them during the session!) and these colours were so perfect for him! Newborn baby boy sleeping on blue blanket with blue wrap and knit bonnet Newborn baby boy sleeping in farmers basket wearing teal knit romper with teal blanket and greenery on wooden floorI adore these little footed pj’s…bubba’s always look so snuggly…and that bear! Newborn baby boy sleeping in round wooden bowl with pale blue wrap and layer and blanket and lace layers on wooden floor wearing light blue knit bonnetLook at dem cheeks… Newborn baby boy sleeping on cream blanket with teal wrap and knit bonnetMumma was super excited to capture all these ‘tiny’ details…considering Lincoln is now almost four times his birth weight, these moments are just as important to celebrate. Newborn baby boy sleeping in cane oval basket wrapped in light blue wrap with light blue blanket and curly fur on wooden floorLike I said…all the smiles…did you catch my live of this set up? Newborn baby boy sleeping in cane papasan chair with teal knit layer and knit romper on wooden floorLook at that cheeky little grin… Newborn baby boy sleeping on blue blanket with blue wrap and knit bonnetSometimes preterm bubba’s, although technically all around their due date, but actually often months old, wont go into the usual snuggly ‘newborn’ poses as easily as a freshie but Lincoln was more than happy to be wrapped up in this little womb like pose just like he would have been if he had stayed cooking until he was supposed to! Newborn baby boy wrapped in blue blanket being held by mum in white tshirt snuggled looking down at her babyCan you believe the first thing out of Mumma’s mouth was…I’m not photogenic??? I can’t imagine not having this image of me with my baby…it’s everything. Newborn baby boy wrapped in blue wrap sleeping on vintage iron bed with blue blanket and curly fur on blue flokatiEeeeeep…snug as a bug. Newborn baby boy being held by his fathers hands in a position where you can see the top of his head in black and whiteThis moment right here…I’m sure there were many times that Mumma and Papa imagined they might not be here right now.

Bec and James I am so glad that we were brought together and that today’s magic could happen…despite the journey you’ve been on over the past few months, this moment right now was totally worth it.

And Lincoln…you were definitely worth the wait.x.

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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 Ulrichs Newborn 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 floor Newborn 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 floor Newborn 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 floor Newborn 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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