Amanda Maree Photography » Amanda Maree Photography - Brisbane Newborn Photographer

I never could imagine…how much my world would change

how the void inside my heart I knew would never be the same…

That moment you were placed into my arms that very day…

my heart it skipped a beat and I was in love in every way.

Today I had the sweetest little love in the studio and she was all kinds of lovely.

Most mumma’s and papa’s book their newborn session while they are pregnant…some as soon as they see two pink lines! But today’s mumma and papa were surprised by an early delivery and hadn’t got around to booking in. Thankfully I had had a cancellation and could squeeze them in and my oh my, I am so glad we could make it happen.

Together her mumma and I planned a beautiful session filled with pastel pinks, creams and whites incorporating some stunning wraps her mumma made when she was waiting for her little babe to arrive….I may have snuck in a little pop of colour at the end of the session but hopefully mumma trusts my instincts and loves something a little different!

This sweet girl liked to keep an eye on things…so we got to have a few sneaky cuddles during her session (which I’ll never say no to!) but once she was settled into a deep sleep she snoozed up a storm and we captured this true little beauty.

World….Meet Annabelle.x.

(Ps….My name is Amanda & I have a problem culling sneak peaks so this one is huuuuge!)

Newborn baby girl sleeping on pink lace blanket with pink wrap and tieback Newborn baby girl sleeping on pink lace blanket with pink wrap and white knit bonnetMumma adored all things pink and lace…I’m pretty sure this set up fit the bill…

(Tieback from Princess & The Pea Props and bonnet from Little Doe)

Newborn baby girl wrapped in peach wrap with peach knit layer in cream bucket on cream fur with peach floral tieback Newborn baby girl sleeping in wooden log bowl with pink wrap and blanket and curly felt and tieback on wooden floor Newborn baby girl sleeping on pink lace blanket with pink wrap and tiebackAll that peachy creamy goodness…

(Blanket from A Little Life Photography Props, tieback from Princess & The Pea Props and curly felt from Flovelies) Newborn baby girl sleeping on peach blanket with peach spot wrap and peach flower tiebackMumma loved this shot…I love how you can see her gorgeous little hands and all those perfect details.

(Blanket & wrap from A Little Life Photography Props) Newborn baby girl sleeping on peach blanket with peach spot wrap and peach flower tiebackSnug as a bug…how serene does she look? Newborn baby girl sleeping in round wooden bowl with white blanket and dusty pink lace wrap and dusty pink crane wrap and tieback on wooden floor wearing pink knit bonnet holding pink felt heart Newborn baby girl sleeping in round wooden bowl with white blanket and dusty pink lace wrap and dusty pink crane wrap and tieback on wooden floor wearing pink knit bonnet holding pink felt heart Newborn baby girl sleeping in round wooden bowl with white blanket and dusty pink lace wrap and dusty pink crane wrap and tieback on wooden floor holding pink felt heartCan you believe Annabelle’s mumma made this stunning wrap with the dusty pink cranes on it? Isn’t she clever.

(Felt heart from Little Jar Big Dreams, bonnet from Little Doe and tieback from Timeless Heirloom) Newborn baby sleeping in round wooden bowl with pink wrap and blanket laying on cream blanket with pink knit bonnet Newborn baby sleeping in round wooden bowl with pink wrap and blanket laying on cream blanket with pink tiebackIt always amazes me that just days ago this little love was curled up similar to this tucked up under her mumma’s heart and now here she is earthside.

(Pink spot blanket from A Little Life Photography Props and tieback from Princess & The Pea Props) Newborn baby girl sleeping on white blanket with white and pink floral wrap and pink tiebackAnother divine wrap made by Annabelle’s mumma….such a lucky girl to be spoiled with all this beauty.

(Blanket from A Little Life Photography Props and tieback from Princess & The Pea Props) Newborn baby girl sleeping in round cane basket with blue floral blanket and blue wrap in white wooden floor and green bow tieback Newborn baby girl sleeping in round cane basket with blue floral blanket and blue wrap in white wooden floor and green bow tieback And my sneaky pop of colour…I just adore little girls in blue and when Annabelle’s papa pulled this wrap out of the bag (another one of her mumma’s creations) I just knew it would create a perfect set up…wouldn’t you agree?

Holly and Tyron…I am so glad you found me and I could capture these special memories of your gorgeous little one while she is this small, this sleepy, this curly.

I know you will always want to remember those tiny little details because before you know it she will be grown.

Annabelle what a delight you are…I just know you have filled your mumma and papa’s hearts with joy.

 

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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