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Today’s extra special…

because you turn one…

We’ll eat cake and ice-cream…

and have lot’s of fun.

It seems like just yesterday…

you were brand new…

and now there are so many…

things you can do.

We’ll light your first candle…

and make a big fuss…

to be sure that you know…

you’re precious to us.

Today’s extra special…

because you turn one…

and the best thing of all is…

you life’s just begun!

 

I was so very excited to see the girls back in the studio today…some of you may remember I first photographed them when they broke out of the NICU almost a year ago after a long rough ride for the girls and their sweet Mumma. Their story below was absolutely heartbreaking but these rainbows not only survived but thrived and here they are one year down the track!

Dhani always knew she wanted to be a mumma but her journey has seen her fight just to realize that dream. In 2000, Dhani gave birth to her darling daughter Karley, and despite the struggles, the duo were ready to conquer the world together! But the universe had other plans & in 2008 Dhani met Ted and life was happy & full. They married in 2010 and it was everything. Dhani & Ted knew they wanted their family to grow but through IVF, struggles & loss, their dreams seemed so far away. Then in the most unimaginable tragedy, Ted & Karley were tragically killed in a car accident in 2013. Broken & lost, Dhani knew her story didn’t end there, she fought against all odds. Thankfully, not one but two teeny tiny miracles occurred when Dhani fell pregnant with twins! Light in the darkness, hope when all hope was lost. But this too, like the rest of her story was rocky & the girls, affectionately known as Snuggle Pot & Cuddle Pie for the first month of their lives, entered the world at just 28 weeks weighing just a kilo each….and the roller coaster began again. These little warriors were meant to be here though, sent from heaven by their papa. Against all odds & after 80 long & bumpy days, the girls were finally well enough to come home!

So today…we celebrated all that they have overcome in the past year…looking back at how much they have grown and seeing their adorable little personalities! I just adore these milestone sessions as we can see the transition from teeny tiny newborn to gorgeous big girls! Lets take a look back and then a look forward…

World…Molly & Willow are One! Newborn baby girls sleeping in cane basket with pink blanket and flowers and pink and cream knit rompers and pink and mustard flower halos and flowers One year old girl sitting in cane basket with flower halo One year old twin girls sitting in cane basket with pink blanket wearing flowers crowns and dried flowers on floor One year old girl sitting in cane basket with flower haloI adored this set up when we first captured it and just as much today…look how big the girls are now! Newborn baby girls sleeping in cane nest with yellow floers and blankets and wraps and tiebacks on wooden floor One year old sitting in cane basket with yellow wrap wearing yellow romper and bow tieback with yellow flowers scattered on the ground One year old sitting in cane basket with yellow wrap wearing yellow romper and bow tieback with yellow flowers scattered on the groundEeeeep just as sweet now in this gorgeous yellow as they were back in their newborn session… Newborn baby girls sleeping in wooden bed with pink blanket and pink and white wraps and tiebacks with flowers in vase One year old twin girls sitting in wooden bed with pink blanket and dried flowers in vase wearing pink bloomers and flower tiebacksLook at those rolls…not teeny tiny little bundles wrapped up any more! Newborn baby girls wrapped in yellow wraps with yellow fur and felt and flowers on white wooden floor One year old twins wearing white dresses with yellow flowers on cream furWhen the girls arrived in these adorable little dresses today I absolutely fell in love…the yellow and white was just perfect! Newborn baby twin girls sleeping in white cane basket with white blanket and white wraps with pink bow tiebacks on pink flokati fur One year old twin girls sitting in pink wooden cot with white blanket on pink flokati with pink bow tiebacks and bloomersLook at these little faces…I just can’t! Newborn baby girls wrapped in pink blankets with pink knit layer and flower tieback and posy in cane basket on white wooden floor Newborn baby girls sleeping on cream fur wearing pink and cream knit rompers with rainbow One year old twins sitting in cane basket with pink blankets and pink dried flowers with pink dried flower tiebackIt’s hard to imagine that not that long ago these two little bundles were snug in these baskets and here they are today sitting up so big and strong!

Thank you girls for coming all the way back to the studio to celebrate this last one-derful year…it’s been an absolute treat to watch you grow from teeny tiny miracles to the

gorgeous big girls that you are today.

And as a special treat we did a little cake smash…not something usual for Amanda Maree Photography but for these girls who have come through so much…the mess and tears were worth it!

Happy First Birthday little loves.x. One year old twin girls gumnut first birthday cake smash

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My baby you will always be…

No matter where you are…

You’re like a little part of me…

Whether near or far…

I counted all your tiny toes…

When you were fresh and new…

Words can’t express how proud I was…

That I’d been given you…

Your tiny little newborn face…

I couldn’t have loved more…

And though your face was new to me…

‘Twas like we’d met before…

By Ms Moem

 

Boy I was so nervous today’s session would actually go ahead…it’s been a real trial for this sweet family to get their newborn photo’s captured and with another lock down looming we all anxiously waited…but thankfully the stars aligned and we could capture their sweet little love. Now she’s a little older than the usual newborn crowd coming through the studio but thanks to a previous lock down and a hip brace and a cancelled newborn session they found their way to me today. And I am so glad they did, this little miss was absolutely divine and we got some stunning shots of her and her family.

World…Meet Violet…She’s New Here.x. Newborn baby girl sleeping on pink dot blanket wrapped in white wrap with flower tiebackLiterally as perfect as they come…she loved being snuggled up. Newborn baby girl sleeping in green wooden bed wrapped in pink wrap with white lace blanket wearing pink knit bear bonnet and pink bunch of flowers on white wooden floorMumma & Papa picked a gorgeous gallery of soft pinks, white’s and creams but I just had to use this adorable little sage green bed…it went perfectly with the colour palette. Newborn baby girl sleeping in round white cane basket wrapped in pink wrap with pink felt layer and pink knit layer with flower tieback or knit bonnet on white wooden floorOnce I snuggled her up she slept up a storm…except for this brief moment where she opened up her stunning blue eyes and stared right into my soul…then promptly dosed back off to sleep! And that smile…. Newborn baby girl sleeping in cream vintage iron bed wrapped in cream blanket with cream curly felt on cream flokati with cream beaded tieback and cream felt heartJust a perfect little bundle… Newborn baby girl sleeping on cream blanket with pink wrap and flower tiebackThose lashes…those lips…those smooshy cheeks…you never want to forget these tiny details. Newborn baby girl sleeping in oval cane basket with pink lace wrap and doily and dried flowers with pink pillow and cream felt layer wearing pink knit romper and flower tieback and holding dried flower posieI wasn’t sure she would be keen or even fit into this little knit pj set but she just snuggled right up and how divine is the little dried flower posie from one of my favourite vendors Adi McAva Vintage Props. Newborn baby girl wrapped in pink blanket in cane basket with dried flowers on wooden floor wearing pink tieback The best gift all wrapped up in a bow… Newborn baby girl wrapped in pink wrap on pink knit blanket wearing pink knit bonnet Newborn baby girl wrapped in peach knit wrap with peach curly felt layer wearing pink flower halo in pink wooden vintage bedOh Violet…you were absolutely everything today… Newborn baby girl wrapped in cream blanket with bead tieback being held by sibling big sister wearing cream dress on cream flokatiStop it right now…isn’t this the most divine image you have ever seen? Considering Miss Abigail isn’t even two yet and Violet is already nearly 8 weeks old…this shot right here is a photographers dream…and fingers crossed Mumma and Papa love it too!

I am so grateful for every new little love I meet but each story is different and I am so blessed to be able to tell them…fate brought us together today and I hope the above pics show it was meant to be. Thank you for finding me Brittany and Chris.x.

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Today I’ll hold my baby’s hand…

And take time to explore…

The secrets of a baby’s world…

This moment has in store…

For that same hand will wave goodbye…

When baby days have passed…

Today I’ll hold my baby’s hand…

For baby’s grow so fast.

Today I had the sweetest little man in the studio…the squishiest of cheeks and the most divine white blonde hair, he was everything and more. When Mumma first reached out this little guy was already 11 days old and boy had they had a rough few weeks, but luckily, we could squeeze him in and I am so glad we did because today was just perfect! He slept up a storm, was adorable in absolutely every set up and I am busting to share some gorgeous pics from our session.

World…Meet Oliver…He’s New Here.x. Newborn baby boy sleeping on blue blanket with blue wrap and knit bonnet Little boy blue…such a darling little man all snuggled up. Newborn baby boy sleeping on vintage iron bed with yellow blankets and knit layer and wearing yellow pants on cream furSweet Ollie literally slept our entire time together…doesn’t he look snug on this gorgeous little yellow bed set up! Newborn baby boy sleeping in oval cane basket with cream blanket and curly felt wearing cream knit romper on wooden floorJust so laid back…does it get any better? Newborn baby boy sleeping in round wooden bowl wearing green knit romper with green blanket and multi coloured green leaf blanket on wooden floor with lion soft toyWhen Mumma told me Oliver’s nursery was jungle theme I just knew we had to create a special little set up…imagine this printed on his wall! Newborn baby boy sleeping on wooden crate with blue curly felt and wearing blue romperMumma and Papa chose a gorgeous gallery of bright blue’s, greens and yellows which was perfect for sweet Ollie. Newborn baby boy sleeping on cream blanket with cream wrap and knit bonnetHis gorgeous white blonde hair and lashes were everything…and can we all take a moment to adore these cheeks! Newborn baby boy sleeping in cane papasan chair with green knit layer and romper on wooden floor Newborn baby boy sleeping in round wooden bowl with blue blanket and wearing blue romper and knit bonnet holding felt heart on blue flokatiI just love seeing bubba’s all snuggled up like this…its amazing to think he was curled up inside Mumma’s belly just a few short weeks ago. Newborn baby boy sleeping on cream blanket wrapped in green wrapSnug as a bug… Newborn baby boy sleeping in round cane basket with cream blanket and yellow wrap wearing yellow knit romper with yellow hessian circle layer on wooden floor Newborn baby boy wearing cream knit romper curled sleeping in dads tattooed handsLove love love this shot of sweet Ollie snuggled sleeping in his Papa’s hands…they are only this small for but a moment.

Kelly and Dave, thank you so much for finding me and bringing your gorgeous little man to the studio today…I am so glad we could capture some beautiful memories for your new family.

Oliver…I could snuggle with you any day…thank you for being such an adorable little guy.x.

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My child…

It is when I watch you sleep…

that I am touched most deeply…

by the miracle that you are…

perfectly quiet…

perfectly beautiful…

long before I knew you…

every fiber of your being…

was woven flawlessly together…

not even the smallest detail was left unfinished…

my dear little child…

I would be forever content…

to watch you while you sleep…

and to be touched again and again…

by the wonderful little miracle…

that you are.

 

I was so excited when this sweet Mumma messaged to say their little man was finally home! I first met his Mumma and Papa in the NICU many months ago now and have waited patiently for him to be big and strong enough to come to the studio. And today was that day! I’ll let his Mumma share their story and I’ll share some sweet pics along the way.

Nothing about becoming parents was easy or straight forward for us, we did 4 rounds of IVF over 3 years to conceive our little miracle man. My pregnancy was going smoothly and we thought finally the hard days were behind us! Then we found out at 26 weeks that I had severe preeclampsia and the next thing we knew we we’re delivering Liam at 27+4. It was without a doubt the most emotional and overwhelming experience but was the best decision for both of us. Liam spent a total of 87 days in the NICU and had a tumultuous journey with his lungs. Leaving him every day made our hearts ache but eventually he was strong enough for us to bring him home on his due date! For now he has oxygen support at home and he continues to grow bigger and stronger every day. Developing a little personality of his own and hitting milestones. He entered this world at a tiny 790 grams and today he is 4kg! To us he is the true definition of a miracle and his strength is inspiring. We’ve dreamt of our family for so many years and imagined a million times what our first family photos would look like and we are just so in love!

World…Meet Liam…He’s New Here.x. Now I was a bit nervous when this little guy arrived wide awake and ready to partay that we wouldn’t be able to get those adorable sleepy shots so we wrapped him up and tried to pat him and trick him into sleeping…but he kind of had other ideas lol! I’m not mad though…how adorable it this shot. Newborn baby boy sleeping on cream blanket with teal knit layer and bonnetAnd then…sleep came! Eeeeep those little rolls and tiny piggies poking out…this little guy is no where near as little as he was when he arrived earthside and is actually four months old…I am so glad we still got to capture his ‘newborn-ness’. Newborn baby boy wrapped in blue wrap with blue knit bonnet on cream furA teeny tiny baby burrito… Newborn baby boy sleeping in wooden crate wrapped in blue wrap with blue blanket on wooden floorThat sweet pout… Hello ladies…. Newborn baby boy sleeping round wooden bowl with green curly felt wearing teal knit romper and white cardigan and booties on white wooden floor with tiny beanie and booties and felt heartThis divine cardigan and booties were made especially for Liam, the teeny tiny beanie and booties used to be enormous on him back in the day, and the little white heart is a cuddle heart that Liam had in the NICU by his side always with his Mumma’s milk and smell on it to make him feel safe. I love that I can create special images like this that I hope families will treasure forever… Newborn baby boy in cane basket with blue blanket and wrap and dried flowers on wooden floorJust kickin back…could he be any more chill? Newborn baby boy sleeping in cane papasan chair wearing blue knit romper with blue wrap and blanketMumma picked a gorgeous gallery of dusty blues and teal greens….how stunning do they look together… Newborn baby boy sleeping on blue blanket wrapped in blue wrapJust a teeny tiny bundle… Newborn baby boy sleeping in farmers basket with blue wrap and blanket and knit bear on wooden floor with hessian layerNow Liam is a warrior and has come so far…he’s still on Oxygen to help his lungs and so I am so glad we could capture this part of his journey. Before Mumma and Papa know it these tubes will be a thing of the past but right now this is such an important part of his path so far.

Liam it has been such a privilege to watch you grow and thrive over the past four months and today is definitely a celebration of all that you have achieved. You are a miracle little man.

Emily and Jack…I am so glad we could capture this special time for your family and that you didn’t have to miss this opportunity. Thank you for sharing your darling with me.

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And then there were five…our story it grew

Our journey continues…with someone that’s new

Just when we thought we were complete

We’re sent a new love…a tiny heartbeat

A miracle of love sent from above

A sweet little boy…for us all to love.

 

Today’s darling little man was absolutely divine…a teeny little guy who snoozed his way through our entire session! I have photographed his gorgeous cousins over the years so it seemed only fitting that when he arrived we captured his story too. The most divine family, it’s always such a privilege to work with such lovely people who truly value capturing these special moments. He brought his Mumma and Papa and his gorgeous big sisters and we had a lovely time creating some really special set ups for this family to treasure.

World…Meet Henry…He’s New Here.x. Newborn baby boy sleeping on cream blanket with blue wrap and knit bonnet Newborn baby boy sleeping on cream blanket with blue wrap and knit bonnetOh my lord this lush little guy had the best hair…the sweetest little curl that went down the centre of his forehead. Newborn baby boy sleeping in cane papasan chair wearing cream knit romper with tan knit layer and dried flowers on wooden floorJust kickin back…he was seriously so chilled. Newborn baby boy sleeping in cane basket with blue wrap and knit layer and hessian layer wearing blue knit beanie on wooden floorBest.frown.ever…despite being super chilled I often found this furrowed brow throughout the session. Newborn baby boy sleeping in blue knot romper being held by sibling big sisters laying on cream furOk…my heart near exploded and these aren’t even my bebe’s. Newborn baby boy sleeping in farmers basket with blue blanket and wrap and knit bonnet with blue floral scarf on white wooden floorNow anyone who remembers sweet Henry’s cousins Elianna & Arabella that I have photographed over the years, this image has special meaning. Henry’s Nanna Joy fought a brave battle, and I had the honour of meeting her when Elianna was born and Joy was quite unwell. Sadly by the time Arabella came along Joy was watching down from heaven and we created some beautiful images to include her. Now another sweet grandbaby she wont meet earthside but I am sure she had a say in sending him here safely. This stunning scarf belonged to Joy and it was such a privilege to have her spirit by our side today. Newborn baby boy sleeping on blue blanket with blue wrap and blue knit beanieLook at that adorable little pout… Newborn baby boy sleeping in cane basket wearing cream knit romper with cream blanket and pillow and dried flowers and fur on wooden floorLike I said…he be chillin… Newborn baby boy sleeping in wooden bowl with blue blanket and wrap and knit bonnet and wrap layer on wooden floorJust a boy and his bear… Newborn baby boy wrapped in blue blanket being held by sibling big sisters sitting on bench

These three were just so special together…they just adored sweet Henry. Newborn baby boy sleeping in vintage iron bed with blue curly felt wearing blue knit romper and blue knit bears on wooden floorSigh…could he get any cuter? Newborn baby boy being held by fathers hand sitting on top of police hatIt was such a privilege to capture this special image for Papa…when he said he’d like to include his hat I just knew we had to do something to celebrate the connection between Papa and his little man, to honour the phenomenal work his Papa does and also my way of giving thanks for all that he does to serve and protect.

Henry you are so divine and it was a treat to be the one to capture special memories for your family today.

Alana and Olivia you are seriously the sweetest and most adoring big sisters a little guy could hope for and you were an absolute pleasure to have in the studio today.

Lisa and Joshua thank you for choosing me to tell your story.

Ps…this story doesn’t end here…make sure you tune in tomorrow night for a couple of extra special images and a little more to this story.x.

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