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When you think your life is perfect…

and your heart is filled with love…

you never could imagine…

a surprise from up above.

“To be so small and to have a massive impact on your heart is the gift that only a tiny human can have on you” -Isaiah’s Mumma

I first met this little guy’s mumma at the beginning of the year when my baby started big school. She was a seasoned pro and she smelt my fear and took me under her wing and has looked after me ever since!! Our kids go to school together and I must admit it was so nice to see a friendly face every morning on our way to scary old big school.

One day I remember glancing over and thinking….hmmm?…that looks like a little baby bump. Well, surprise, turns out it was a baby bump, only it wasn’t a little one and mumma was just as surprised as I was! Turns out this little miracle was joining their family in a matter of weeks!

You would think finding out at 30+ weeks that you are expecting a little bundle would throw your world upside down but not for this mumma…she hit the ground running and everyone’s excitement was infectious! With 2 big brothers and 3 big sisters, the oldest being 18yrs old and the youngest being 6yrs old….this little guy is going to be so loved.

So…a mere 9 weeks after he was discovered to be tucked up under mumma’s heart…he made his way earthside and life since has been an absolute joy.

World…Meet Isaiah.x. Newborn baby boy sleeping on blue blanket with blue knit romper & bonnet Newborn baby boy sleeping on blue blanket with blue knit romper & bonnetNight night sweet heart…

(Bonnet and romper from Poppy’s Props and backdrop from A Little Life Photography Props) Six year old girl sitting on cream fur rug holding sleeping baby boy siblingNow being the ‘baby’ for 6yrs, you would think this princess might be a little put out but oh my goodness, the love she has for this little boy needs to be bottled!

That kiss…baby’s smile…I can’t even! Newborn baby boy sleeping in wooden crate with teal blanket and wrap and bonnet and curly felt Newborn baby boy sleeping in wooden crate with teal blanket and wrap and curly feltSeriously the most beautiful baby…boy’s always get the best lips, the best lashes, the best hair!

(Wrap and blanket from A Little Life Photography Props and curly felt from Flovelies)

Newborn baby boy sleeping on cream blanket with sage green wrap and knit bonnet Newborn baby boy sleeping on cream blanket with sage green wrap and felt heartsDreaming of love….

(Felted hearts from Little Jar Big Dreams and bonnet from Little Doe) Newborn baby boy sleeping in wooden log bowl with green felt and wrap on wooden floor Newborn baby boy sleeping in cream bucket with brown wrap and knit layer on brown fur Newborn baby boy sleeping in nest with brown fur and green wrap on leavesMumma wanted earthy tones…greens, browns and blues…I think we nailed the brief and it went perfectly with Isaiah’s gorgeous skin tones and little tuft of curly ash blonde hair. Newborn baby boy sleeping in farmers basket with brown wrap and fur and wool on wooden floorOh Isaiah….I bet your mumma can not imagine her life without you in it.

Khytarna you are the sweetest big sister and it was a joy to watch you with your teeny brother today.

Lyn and Jason…the very best surprise you could ever hope for and how lucky am I to get to capture some very special memories for you both.x.

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I never could imagine…

My heart could love some more…

But then you were created…

and my heart began to soar…

The love began to grow…

and make a space for you…

I never did imagine…

I could love you baby blue.x.

I always feel so blessed when families get in touch to say they are growing by two little feet and a heartbeat! And even more so when they are returning to me to capture their newest little love. I first photographed this gorgeous family back in 2016 when little Jack was a newborn and today they returned with their newest addition.

This adorable little guy gave the best snuggles…he wasn’t super excited about being photographed…but who I am to turn down a baby cuddle!!

World…Meet Harrison.x.

Newborn baby boy sleeping on navy blue blanket with navy wrapWe kept the same colour palette we used for big brother Jack’s session so the images all flowed well together but mixed it up a little and I think this denim blue worked perfectly with gorgeous Harrison’s skin tones. Newborn baby boy sleeping in farmers basket wrapped in blue blanket with blue blanket underneath on white wooden floorSnug as a bug!

(Lace ladder wrap from Love That Prop and blankets from A Little Life Photography Props) Newborn baby boy sleeping in oval wooden bowl with navy wrap and blanket Newborn baby boy sleeping in wooden crate with brown fluff and wrap and bonnet and felt hearts on wooden floorDreaming of love…..

(Bonnet from Little Doe Designs and adorable little felt hearts from Little Jar Big Dreams) Newborn baby boy sleeping on grey fur with grey blanket and hatNight night little man….

(Knit wrap from Love That Prop and pom pom beanie from Earthborn Photography Props) Newborn baby boy sleeping in round wooden bowl with green curly felt and teal blanket and wrap and bonnet on white wooden floorI absolutely adore this duck egg blue colour and it works perfectly with a little bit of green…and blue’s and green’s were what mumma asked for so win win!!

(Bonnet from Poppy’s Props and curly felt from Flovelies) Newborn baby boy sleeping in wooden crate with brown blanket and green wrap on wooden floor with green folliage

And you can’t go past a little olive green….it was raining when we started our session today and a little cooler so nature came inside to us instead! Newborn baby boy sleeping in wooden log bowl with brown wraps and blankets on wooden floor Newborn baby boy sleeping in wooden bed with ran blankets and wraps and bears and soft toys on brown fur with sibling brother sitting beside The cutest brother’s there ever was! They are still finding their way as new siblings which, as a mumma of two boys, I know will come before they know it and they will be best of friends in no time at all. What a lucky mumma, hey?

Harrison…thanks for all the snuggles and hanging out with me…you are absolute divine!

Jack…considering you are not even two yet you were such a good boy (as long as that stinky little brother didn’t touch you!!!)

Sam and Kieren you seriously make the cutest babies…thank you for trusting me and bringing your beautiful family back to me again.x.

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Today our journey starts right here…

together we are twins…

Best of friends forever now…

And so our tale begins…

A brother and a sister…

We’ll keep each other near…

I love you so my little friend…

And always hold you dear.

There’s only one thing more exciting than a sweet new babe and that’s two sweet new babes. When this duo’s mumma first got in touch with me to book her newborn session she said she had a sneaking feeling that they would come before they were due and of course mumma’s intuition was right!

This sweet pair arrived at 33+1 weeks after a whirlwind spontaneous and natural labour. Fiesty baby boy was born weighing 1.86kg and bigger baby sister 1.9kg. Heart-breakingly baby girl needed more support with her breathing and was transferred to another hospital but luckily she was a fighter and the pair were back together very soon.

And they have been inseparable ever since.

After 37 days in the special care nursery they were discharged home to their gorgeous family and patiently waiting big brother.

Today I was joined in the studio by the most adorable little pair.

World…Meet Charlotte and Harry.x. Newborn baby twins sleeping in cream iron bed with cream fur and blue flowers and sibling big brother sitting besideThe most loving and caring big brother you ever did see and so patient with his little babies. Can you believe Thomas is only 2.5yrs old?

Newborn baby boy sleeping on blue blanket Newborn baby boy sleeping on blue blanket with blue wrap and knit bonnet Newborn baby girl sleeping on blue lace blanket with blue tieback Newborn baby girl sleeping on blue lace blanket with white knit bonnet Newborn baby twins sleeping in blue flower nest wrapped in blue and white blankets on green leaf back ground Newborn baby boy sleeping in farmers basket with white blanket and blue wrap holding blue felt heart on white wooden floor Newborn baby boy sleeping in farmers basket with white blanket and blue wrap holding blue fknit bonnet on white wooden floor Newborn baby girl sleeping in pink farmers basket with pink wrap and tieback and felt heart on white wooden floor Newborn baby girl sleeping in pink farmers basket with pink wrap and tieback and pink knit bonnet on white wooden floor Newborn baby twins sleeping on white blanket wearing pink and blue knit bonnetsWe created a stunning pastel gallery today to suit the twins nursery and I think these colours could not have been perfect for them both. Some sweet little additions like felt hearts and flowers worked perfectly with adorable little Harry and Charlotte. Newborn baby girl sleeping in wooden log bowl on wooden floor with cream fluff and pink wrap and tieback and flowers Newborn baby boy sleeping in wooden log bowl on wooden floor with cream fluff and blue wrap Newborn baby twins sleeping in wooden crate with cream wraps and curlt felt on white wooden floor Newborn baby twins sleeping in mint wooden bowl with mint and white wraps and blankets and fur and tieback on white wooden floorCharlotte and Harry you are too sweet and despite the poop, you were a pleasure to have in the studio!!

Thomas…never change from the sweet adoring little guy you are today, Harry and Charlotte and blessed to have you as their big brother.

Alison and James, thank you for choosing me and trusting me with you special memories of your divine family.x.

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We’ve never known a warrior…
until the day you came…
We never knew what courage was…
You showed us all the same.
You fought with all your strength…
You overcame it all…
A warrior in battle…
A warrior so small.
You taught us how to love you…
no matter what went wrong…
You showed us despite the challenges…
that you were oh so strong.
Through my work in the NICU I meet some of the worlds teeniest population and boy oh boy, they show me daily just what it means to overcome hurdles, to fight no matter what is thrown at you….to get on the roller coaster and hold on for the highs and the lows.
Today’s little lady (and I don’t use that term lightly) was no exception to the rule. Born at the very cusp of life, so small and fragile, yet so strong in every way.
On her 132nd day of life, this sweet little love brought her family to the studio for her ‘newborn’ session and it was just as special as you can imagine.
I’ll let her mumma share their journey and I’ll sneak some pictures in throughout but please take a moment to share in the awe that is this amazing little miracle.
World…Meet Hermione.x.
Our journey to become parents has not been an easy one. After struggling with infertility and IVF, after 8 attempts and a challenging pregnancy, we were so excited to welcome our gorgeous rainbow baby Christopher. Life was full but great, and we were beyond happy. But it seems life had other plans for us, and when Christopher was just 5mths old we were surprised and slightly overwhelmed to find ourselves pregnant naturally!! Challenge accepted. And then of course things got truly complicated. We were first admitted at 22+6 weeks and had time to get magnesium sulfate and steroid shots, but unfortunately membranes ruptured (Hermione’s foot was sticking out!!) and I got an infection.  Under the amazing care of Dr Charlotte Mooring and Dr Lucy Cooke, our little fighter was on her way. She was born 40mins post water breaking in 2 pushes naturally.
Born at just 23+4 weeks on November 13th 2017, and weighing a mere 590 grams our roller coaster began.
Premature baby girl born at 23 weeks Premature baby girl born at 23 weeks
It has been a long road, and we all have the battle scars to prove it. No matter what hurdle we came across, we all fought hard.
Hermione came home after 103 days in hospital under the care of Luke Jardine (Dr Richard Mausling when Luke was away) and Dr Aaron Easterbrook.
She is still on oxygen and is being monitored by specialties including ophthalmology and ENT but she is such a strong little baby.
A true warrior princess.
Hermione Willow (named after her Papa William)….we could not love you more.
Newborn baby girl sleeping in cream iron bed with cream knit blanket and pink lace blanket and tieback on white wooden floor with NICU memorabiliaCan you believe this gorgeous chubby little lady, who is now a massive 3.6kg at 4mths old, used to wear and use these teeny tiny things in the photo.
This image speaks volumes to me, her keepsakes, her badges of honour from the journey that she has walked through the NICU this past 4mths. Every little piece tells a tale of where she’s come from, what she’s come through.
Newborn baby girl sleeping on pink blanket with pink tiebackNow if you look closely enough, this chubby healthy body holds battle wounds…IV line scars, damaged skin from tapes and tubes, and a massive wound across her ribs from life saving heart surgery. If that’s not proof of a warrior…then I don’t know what is?
Newborn baby girl sleeping in pink farmers basket on white wooden floor with white blanket and wrap with pink flowers and tieback Newborn baby girl sleeping in wooden crate with pink curly fur and wrap and tieback Newborn baby girl sleeping in wooden crate with pink curly fur and wrap and bonnet Newborn baby girl sleeping on cream fur wrapped in pink felt with pink tieback Newborn baby girl sleeping in oval wooden bowl with cream felt and fluff in pink wrap with pink bonnet Newborn baby girl sleeping in oval wooden bowl with cream felt and fluff in pink wrap with pink tieback Newborn baby girl sleeping on pink blanket wrapped in white lace blanket and white knit bonnet Newborn baby girl sleeping in round wooden bowl with white blanket and wrap and pink knit layer with pink flowers and tieback Newborn baby girl sleeping in vintage pram with blue wrap and lace being pushed by toddler brother Rita and Will, when I first met sweet Hermione at Christmas in the NICU I hoped more than anything that her fighting spirit would continue and she would be safely home in your arms soon. True to her nature she showed everyone and did just that!
My heart just exploded when you got in touch to say she had been discharged and she was ready for her session. I feel so blessed to photograph beautiful babies but this little miracle was something else, and I am so glad you felt safe to bring your precious love to me. Just because she’s 4mths old, shouldn’t mean you should miss out on a newborn session and I am so glad we could make it happen today.
Christopher, thank you for being so patient whilst 5 adults jumped around like crazy people in an effort to bring out your cheeky smile. (Even though you waited until you were out of the studio and the camera was long packed away before you gave it to us!!)
Hermione….what a privilege to watch you grow, see you overcome so much, and come out the other side with that fighting spirit that got you here today.
World…don’t be complacent…you are witnessing a miracle right here.

 

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  • Gen - Just amazing. I’m welling up. She is beautiful and so strong.ReplyCancel

  • Elle - Absolutely love love love this story and the beautiful photos Amanda. Stunning as always!!! So proud of this little cherub. An inspiration to all!ReplyCancel

Hold him a little longer…

Rock him a little more…

Tell him another story…

{You’ve only told him four}…

Let him sleep on your shoulder…

Rejoice in his happy smile…

He is only a little boy…

For such a little while.

Discovering a new family…watching them grow and learn together…is such a blessing. I was lucky enough to photograph this gorgeous little guys cousins each when they first arrived earthside, so when his aunty got in touch to tell me he was on his way I was overjoyed.

Today I had the most lovely little guy in the studio….why is that boys are always soooo beautiful! This little man had the most divine eyelashes, gorgeous skin and smoochie lips.

I’m sure you’ll all agree….

World….Meet Jack.x.

Newborn baby boy sleeping on grey spot blanket with cream wrap Newborn baby boy sleeping on grey spot blanket with cream wrap and bonnet(Spotty grey blanket from A Little Life Photography Props) Newborn baby boy sleeping in wooden bowl with grey blanket and wrap and fur on white wooden floor(Knit wrap from Love That Prop) Newborn baby boy wrapped in grey wrap with grey layer and curly felt in cream bucket Newborn baby boy sleeping on shelf with soft toys wearing bear bonnetI absolutely adore that Jack brought his little friends with him today for his session….how special to see him grow now over the next few years with his little mates by his side….he will never be this teeny tiny and snuggly again. Each little animal was hand picked as gifts for sweet Jack by those who love him….so special. Newborn baby boy sleeping in oval wooden bowl with cream blanket and grey wrap and curly felt on wooden floorwith grey Newborn baby boy sleeping on cream blanket with grey wrap and knit bonnet(Cream blanket from A Little Life Photography Props and bonnet from Little Doe) Newborn baby boy sleeping in wooden crate with grey knit wrap and blanket on wooden floorEeeeeep that sweet little smirk… Newborn baby boy sleeping in wooden crate with grey knit wrap and blanket on wooden floor holding grey felt heart and wearing grey pom pom beanie Newborn baby boy sleeping in wooden crate with grey knit wrap and blanket on wooden floor holding grey felt heart and wearing grey pom pom beanieHow beyond lovely is this teeny tiny felt heart from Little Jar Big Dreams….so much love…and of course this adorable pom pom beanie from Earthborn Photography Props and knit wrap from Love That Prop the perfect set up. Newborn baby boy sleeping in white felt bowl with grey knit layer and grey wrap and grey bonnet on white wooden floor Newborn baby boy sleeping in white felt bowl with grey knit layer and grey wrap on white wooden floorNow mumma asked for a beautiful gallery to match sweet Jack’s nursery…grey’s and aqua’s…I think we definitely managed that…there’s just something about this colour combination on little boys I could not love more. Newborn baby boy sleeping on cream blanket with aqua wrap and bonnet Newborn baby boy sleeping in farmers basket with teal and grey blankets wearing aqua knit romper and bonnet on handmade knit grey aqua and white blanket on wooden floorLast but not least…does it get any cuter? This super cute little knit romper and bonnet from Little Doe could not have gone more perfectly with his stunning blanket that was made especially for Jack…and these colours…swoon.

Lisa and Kieran….I am so glad you found me and I had the opportunity to photograph your little man today and capture some beautiful memories for your new family.

Jack you were an absolutely dream to have in the studio…please come back and snuggle me any time!

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