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Haaaaalp….I don’t know what colours to choose for my newborn session??

Don’t panic families….this is something I hear ALL the time and luckily, I’m here to help you out!

When you book your newborn session with Amanda Maree Photography I send out a little questionnaire to better help me plan your session. I want to know your colour ideas for the session, if your nursery has a theme and if you want to bring anything to include in your session, and with all of these tips, I work my magic to create a beautiful session that you will adore for years to come. I want you to print your images, I want you to hang them big and grand throughout your home and I want them to fit in with your life. Some families know exactly what they want…give me all the pinks…only pinks and I like a vintage feel….or I like natural neutral colours….or bright modern colours….But sometimes…these questions can be overwhelming! So I’ve put together a few little pics to give you an idea of all of your options…because honestly, I can’t wait to create some beautiful images of your newest little loves.

If your home has an earthy feel and you use lots of natural neutral colours in your furniture, cushions, curtains and decor then it’s likely that not only your nursery will have that same feel but that choosing those sort of colours for your session will work perfectly when you hang that canvas on your wall. Neutral colours like creams, white, beige, greys and lights browns are timeless and never date across the years or through your changing fashion tastes!

Collection of newborn babies in neutral colour palettesSometimes though, the nursery has nothing to do with the rest of the style through out your house and you have very clear ideas about how the session will go. Her nursery is filled with beautiful soft pastel pinks or purples and you love flowers….or you have the most divine soft blue elephant that has been passed down from your father to you and now to your son and you are basing the nursery on that. Sometimes soft pastel colours are everything that little babies are about.

Newborn babies in pastel coloursAnd other times you prefer bright and bold…your house is filled with rich and bright colours….your favourite colour is yellow. Your little one is sharing a room with their big brother who has a bright blue Thomas The Tank Engine room and you want all the images to tie together. Sometimes you have a favourite quilt filled with bright happy colours that you want to include and you shape the session around that.

Sometimes….your session looks like a rainbow

Newborn babies in bright colours of the rainbowSome families haaaaatttteeee colour…and that’s ok too! Browns, chocolates, mustards and earthy tones are your jam. There’s just something about sticking to all the earthy naturalness of a newborn.

Newborn babies in brown earthy colours


But do you know what the most important thing is, that the session is exactly what you want it to be. That we work together to capture your beautiful new baby in all of their sweet, small, newness and it’s in images that you will adore for many years to come. I have aaaaaallllll the colours and all the colours go with boys and girls, there is no magic rule about who needs what and who goes with what. Let’s work together and make your session everything you’ve hoped for.

I remember with my first baby I didn’t know the sex, but I loved owls and I had so much fun setting up the nursery in soft greens, grey’s and whites. When he turned out a he, I had no real idea what sort of colours I wanted for my newborn session. My gorgeous friend and colleague Luisa from Luisa Dunn Photography captured both of my sweet babies newborn sessions and she is renown for her work with colour so I kind of just told her go for it! I loved olive green but otherwise I trusted her judgement. My second pregnancy, another surprise gender although I was confident it was also a boy, I let my love for mustard run through. He is almost 3 (gasp…I’m in total denial) and he has never had a room of his own. He had a basinette in my room in the beginning and then a cot shoved in the spare room which is mostly filled with studio props up until just a week ago when we made him his own room. BUT…all of the things I had for him during my pregnancy were rich mustard’s & terracotta colours. Of course, as we all know, he turned out to be a he and I included olive and burgundy into his newborn session and those images too now adorn our home.

Ultimately, it’s all about you and what you love. Thankfully I have loads of images on my website, Facebook and Instagram for you to stalk and get an idea. And hopefully this post helps too! Sometimes though, you have no idea, and that’s ok. You decide when you get here, or you roll the dice and let me have free run! Sometimes your session is shaped by one small family heirloom, or a soft toy you bought when your first saw those special two pink lines. Your session, is just that, YOUR session.

Let’s work together….I can’t wait!




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Our story it began…

we thought our lives complete…

and then we heard your little heart…

a pitter patter beat…

Our world it changed for ever…

the moment yours began…

we couldn’t wait to meet you…

and hold you in our hands…

And now that you are earthside…

here with our family…

our little love completing us…

how happy can we be?

There is nothing more magical than your first baby…all that anticipation, excitement and hope for a new life. That little piece of your heart you never knew you were missing. It is the most wonderful, tiring, fulfilling, and special thing you can ever do. Today I had the sweetest new parents in the studio with their divine little love. We created a beautiful collection of natural earthy colours to capture special images of their gorgeous girl. This little one is also extra special as she belongs to a dear family friend…someone who has loved and cared for my boys and I like we were her own. This sweet girl is her great god-daughter and I feel so honoured to have been able to capture this special session for them all today.

World…Meet Isla.x.

Newborn baby girl sleeping on cream blanket wearing cream bowSweet and simple….what more could you want.x. Newborn baby girl sleeping in round wooden bowl wrapped in brown wrap with cream blanket and tan wrap wearing flower halo with dried flowers on wooden floor and holding felt heartThere’s is just something about a gorgeous natural neutral palette…it’s just all about the baby. Now sweet Isla wasn’t super excited about sleeping…she loved cuddles, which doesn’t actually make for cute photo’s when it’s cuddles with me!!! She kind of had this sneaky side eye most of the session just keeping an eye on me! Newborn baby girl sleeping in cane basket with cream blanket and cream wrap on white wooden floor wearing bow tie back or knit bonnet Newborn baby girl wrapped in koala romper in wooden log bowl with green blanket and koala wrap and flowersI adore this set up for many reasons…you see Isla’s mumma is English and her papa is Australian…which I guess makes her the perfect mix of the two of them. But we had to do this sweet set up to celebrate her Aussie culture. She brought this divine wrap with her today and I love including special things in our sessions. Newborn baby girl sleeping in cane basket with cream blanket and wrap and bonnet But this one is my favourite by far. The lace doily in this image belonged to her great great god-mother (I’m not sure that’s actually a title but I’m using it anyway!). The tradition and history in this image fills my heart and the hope that this image will be passed down for generations to come. Newborn baby girl sleeping in wooden bowl with mustard wrap and blanket and tieback and flowersIsla’s nursery is soft neutral colours….grey, white’s and mustards…you had me at mustard! Newborn baby girl sleeping in farmers basket with cream blanket and brown wrap and tieback on white wooden floor with cotton stems Newborn baby girl sleeping on cream blanket with cream wrap and bonnet Newborn baby girl sleeping on wooden bed with cream blanket and lace layer with green lace knit layer and wrap and bow tieback with flowers and childrens book Now this image is all kinds of special…the book actually belonged to Isla’s mumma when she was a little girl, which is special enough in its self, but Isla’s granny in the UK found the book in Dani’s stored keepsakes, had all of Isla’s english relatives and friends write messages in the book and sent it to Isla’s mumma for her baby shower gift considering they couldn’t be here to celebrate with her or to welcome Isla earthside. Now I am hoping that this image will be sent to all of those beautiful people over the oceans so that they can still be a part of Isla’s journey despite the distance. Mother holding newborn baby girl in woolen romper for cuddleDani and Ben, the honour to meet you both today and share in the beautiful blessing that is your sweet Isla is more than I could ever hope and dream for. Seeing how happy you have made Glen and all the joy that you have brought to her as Ben’s god mother literally makes my heart explode. She is family which therefore makes you family too and I am so excited for you to welcome Isla earthside.

Isla…thank you for all the snuggles and for even letting me squeeze in a few photo’s in between!

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You guys…today all my worlds collided. My big boy has always shown an interest in photography so I’ve been taking advantage of that, creating a few home schooling projects around imagery. I might share a few more projects down the track but this one was super sweet and a little giggle at the same time. Eeeeeep…I got to photograph my first grand-baby!! Well, Easton did, and I got to capture the whole experience for a little fun!

Today we snuck into the poor neglected studio with my gorgeous boy Emery and his baby, and photographer Easton captured an adorable session of papa and his little love.

World…Meet Baby (Original name, I know!)

Seven year old boy taking photographs with a digital slr camera of a doll sleeping on a beanbag with blue blanket and wrap in a newborn studio Trying to master the art of focus and composition all while holding up a very heavy camera…lucky he has his strap around his neck ensuring safety of sweet Baby at all times. The gorgeous final image….

Seven year old boy taking photographs of baby doll in basket with blue wrap and blanket on wooden floor with digital slr camera in newborn studioUsing his settling and swaddling techniques to keep baby comfortable.

Seven year old boy taking photographs of baby doll in basket with blue wrap and blanket on wooden floor with digital slr camera in newborn studioChecking his composition…

Seven year old boy taking photographs of baby doll in basket with blue wrap and blanket on wooden floor with digital slr camera in newborn studioLook at that gorgeous eye contact…what a great capture!

I just love this part of the session…family photo’s. Here is the sweetest little daddy with his baby. So important to capture that connection…after all, baby will only be this small for such a short time. Seven year old boy taking photographs of toddler boy holding baby doll wrapped in blue blanket with digital slr cameraHow lucky for this papa to have these memories as a keepsake for eternity.

These shots can always be a little trickier with baby unwrapped…thankfully there were no poop explosions!! Seven year old boy taking photographs of toddler boy holding baby doll with digital slr camera in newborn photography studioGaaaaah I can’t even with these…a cute little bit of fun to capture a really strange time in our lives. Stuck at home in lockdown, schooling at home, trying to balance structured learning with actual life lessons. I adore that both boys (& even Baby!) have dirty hands and scratches and scrapes…also reflective of the stage and age they are at. Lord my two year old even has a black eye!

My big boy has had a challenging couple of years being diagnosed and learning about living a life with adhd/asd & anxiety. One day I shared a little clip with him about an autistic boy who loved taking photographs of his lego creations & was quite well known for his images. He was succeeding and soaring in society, in life and in his heart, and all of those are all I want for my Easton. He loved the idea of combining his loves with my love and we’ve always shaped a lot of learning around photography. Sometimes I think it’s because he can be as creative as he wants in the arts…sometimes I know it’s because he can hide behind the lens but still be out in the world…sometimes its as simple as something we can do together. I will always cherish these experiences.

Please note my studio remains closed due to the current COVID-19 restrictions, hopefully it wont be long before we can all get back in there together! My boys don’t usually go into the studio, another reason why I know it stays safe for all of your little loves but we snuck in and out like lightening today while I was doing some re-shuffling. They are both physically well and have been locked down completely for almost 6 weeks now and everything they came into contact with, including Baby, was cleaned and sterilized after we were in there.

Can you tell I’m missing all the babies???

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Now I know everyone loves a good behind the scenes and that is made all the more easier when your assistant on the day is also a photographer!! I am super spoiled that when I did this shoot a while back my gorgeous friend and colleague Kylie from Kylie Williams Photography came along to give me a hand. She stole my camera a few times throughout the session and snuck in some behind the scenes shots of me working with gorgeous Evie which is always a treat. I love to see behind the scenes but I hope you guys do too…that it gives you a little insight into what a session looks like and how things happen throughout the time you are here with your little loves. I do try and share a live video when I can but these still images are great because you also get to see how the images are set up and what it takes to get your sweet babe all sleepy, snuggly and set up for those perfect shots! Some Mumma’s & Papa’s don’t even come into the studio till the family portion at the end…so these action shots are great. This particular session was super busy, we had four kids under four and it was all go so Kylie and I just got on with it in the studio while the grown ups entertained the rest of the kiddo’s outside in the garden, cooking in the play kitchen and making Thomas train tracks!! Anyway….here’s a little behind the scenes of sweet Evie’s session.

Love this cute little bum up pose…this is usually where all my sessions start with baby on the bean bag snuggled up on their tummies…it shows all their perfect little features and details that is everything newborn. Newborn baby girl sleeping on pink spotted blanket with pink bow and white wrap being supported by female photographer wearing black tshirt and leggingsAnd the final image….

Then this sweet little bed shot…notice one of my secret weapons…the shusher on the right there…definitely works wonders to make little ones feel sleepy and comfortable and lots of families are googling to buy one before they have left their session for the day!

There’s just something so adorable about a little bubba snuggled on a teeny tiny bed and add a footed romper and it’s magic! Evie brought these two special bears with her on the day and we also brought her big brother and two cousins into this shot for a very special image for their family. Newborn baby girl sleeping in white wooden little bed wearing pink knit romper with pink flower tieback with pink and white bears sitting beside the bed with a pink lace wrap and on cream fur being supported by female photographer with dark hair and wearing black clothesHope this little sneak peak behind the scenes broke up your day in quarantine a little and made you smile. I also hope if you’re expecting a little one that it gets you excited for your session when it’s safe to have you back in the studio again….because I can’t wait to meet you!

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‘And though she be little…she be fierce’

Some of my very favourite babies to photograph are those that I’ve cared for in the NICU. They are warriors like no other. They have fought so hard to defy the odds. Yet they have survived and are here to tell their tale. They should be the ones that are celebrated yet they are the ones that have missed the most. There are no stunning maternity photo shoots, some families have barely announced their pregnancies….no gorgeous baby showers with gifts and photographs of all the divine little details….no birth photography…sometimes they are lucky to even make it to hospital. And now they are taking home this amazing miracle and they will miss newborn photo’s too because they are weeks or months old, because they are on oxygen or tube fed and not leaving the house, because they are vulnerable and fragile and the last thing they need is to be going to another strange place. That is my favourite part of developing a beautiful trusting relationship with families so that they feel safe to bring their little loves to me and they don’t miss out just because their ‘term’ baby is already weeks or months old!

This sweet family is no exception…we first met when their darling girl was not well, it probably wasn’t the greatest of introductions but I guess the fact we are all together today means they trusted me then and they trust me now. I’ll let mumma share their journey below but I am sure you all will be just as excited as I was that this sweet girl is finally big and strong enough to be home with her mumma and papa!

World….Meet Emily.x.

Newborn baby sleeping cream blanket wearing pink knit romper and pink flower tiebackLook at all the cute baby chunk….she worked hard for these rolls! Newborn baby sleeping in round wooden bowl wearing teal romper with teal blanket and knit layer and bow tieback or knit bonnetMumma wanted a gorgeous session filled with pinks, teals and purples and every set we put on was absolutely perfect for Emily’s colouring. Newborn baby girl sleeping in purple romper in farmers basket with purple blanket and knit layer and tieback on wooden floor Newborn baby girl sleeping in pink crochet basket with pink blanket wearing pink knit romper and flower halo holding pink knit bunny on wooden floorThis little leg out had us all in fits of laughter…she just had to have it up the whole session…so we just went with it! (Dad was convinced…future football player!) Newborn baby girl sleeping on cream blanket with teal bow tieback or knit bonnet and wrap Newborn baby girl sleeping in cane basket with purple wrap and knit blanket and tieback and felt heart and curly felt on wooden floor That smile…oh my word! Newborn baby girl sleeping in pink farmers basket wearing cream knit romper and bunny bonnet with cream blanket and pink wrap and knit layer holding little brown bunny on wooden floor Newborn baby girl wrapped in teal wrap with teal bow on oxygen being held by parents sitting in front of window kissing baby in black and whiteAli and Brad…thank you for trusting me with your most precious little love over the last few months, it seems only fitting that we end your journey in hospital together.

Little Emily…I’m so proud of how far you’ve come…you fought no matter what challenged you…and now your reward of being home with your sweet mumma and papa is here.

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