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To my second child…

You’re not my first; that much is true.

I loved another before loving you.

I’m a different mother this time around, more calm and confident, I have found.

With your brother, everything was new, I was focused on his every move.

Each tiny smile was photographed, I changed my ringtone to his laugh.

Since you came, there’s a new dimension, two children now want my attention.

And sometimes you’re left in your chair, whilst I play with your brother over there.

I cannot watch your every move. Or, when you cry out, jump to soothe,

I don’t panic every time you sneeze, and dash you off to A & E.

Your rattles and teds are hand me downs, and some toys may have lost their sound.

There’s less concern if your blanket’s scratchy, and your baby book is a little patchy.

I know what the next months have in store, and each phase you reach I’ve seen before.

This doesn’t mean I love you less, this time the feelings more complex.

I’m pleased to see you learn and grow, but it also pulls my heartstrings so.

I was so excited first time ’round, this time I want to slow things down.

Your firsts will all be lasts for me, last crawl and last ride to my knee.

Last nappy, breastfeed, spoon of food, last rock to sleep, last cry to hush.

You were not my firstborn this is true.

But the last child I will have is you.

You’re the last lullaby I’ll ever sing.

And lasts are a special kind of thing.

Emma Robinson

 

I’ve been feeling super sentimental lately and it sent me on the hunt for this very special session. This teeny tiny baby and teeny tiny handful of images are my sweet love Emery. It feels like just yesterday I dragged my battered and broken body into the studio to capture some special images of my own bubba. Thankfully I also had my dear friends and colleagues capture a proper newborn session for me, something I have always treasured dearly, but I also wanted the chance to capture a few of my own. I don’t know what I was thinking, it was hard and props to those of you that capture your own sessions but I am grateful I have this small handful of images of my very own. I had only edited two of these images up to this point and I’m pretty sure it was when he was about to turn one…and now he’s almost four!!! I’m glad I took the time out today to find them on an old hard drive and edit them. Of course, seasoned with my favourite mustard…look how squishy and cute he was!!

Newborn baby boy sleeping on cream blanket Newborn baby boy sleeping on cream blanketLook at dem cheeks and squishy lips and back rolls…by far the best newborn features. Newborn baby boy sleeping in farmers basket with mustard blanket and wearing mustard knit outfit on wooden floorI purchased this adorable knitted mustard outfit when I was pregnant not knowing if Emery was going to be pink or blue…isn’t it the sweetest. Newborn baby mohawk on cream blanketCan we all just take a moment to look at this adorable little ginger mohawk… Newborn baby boy sleeping in round cream felt basket with mustard blanket and cream wrap with mustard and cream toy owl on white wooden floorI saw this gorgeous little owl on a vendor page when I was pregnant and desperately wanted it, it’s wings are made from a stunning baby wearing wrap that I had brought for my little bump when he or she arrived, but the owl was at a market interstate. A lovely friend made it happen & one day it arrived anonymously on my doorstep. Emery still loves it to this day. Newborn baby boy sleeping in log bowl with mustard blanket and wrap on wooden floorHe wasn’t super settled, of course, photographer child syndrome lol…and we had to wrap him up like a baby burrito! Newborn baby boy sleeping on cream blanket wearing cream knit bear bonnet Newborn baby boy sleeping on cream blanket wearing cream knit bear bonnetI had these adorable little bear bonnets custom made for Emery when I was pregnant by my sweet friend over at Chino Creations

Newborn baby boy sleeping in log bowl with mustard blanket and wrap on wooden floor wearing mustard knit bear bonnet Newborn baby boy sleeping on cream blanket wearing cream knit bear bonnetOh sweet baby I miss you so much…this was such a hard time in my life and sometimes I look back with sadness that I missed things because I was so lost in pain and sleeplessness and sorrow for the relationship upheaval with my poor innocent four year old who’s life was also turned upside down. But then I look at these images and I also remember your sweet newborn smell and little sausage toes, the way you snuggled into me to feed like you had always been here, the way my heart felt so full of love it might explode.

This…is motherhood right…so raw yet so beautiful.x.

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Okay….this girl gave me some serious shade but we made it in the end! Some days you just aren’t keen for a modelling gig and that’s ok! All my sessions are baby led so we did what the boss wanted and went slow and steady as she was ready.

It was so lovely to see this sweet family again for this session. We have been friends since our 7yr olds were bebe’s and I have had the greatest joy of photographing not only their little man, but also now their surprise baby girl! When you’ve got 3 boys I think you just reside to the fact that you are a boy Mumma, so you can only imagine this Mumma’s surprise when their little love came out a pink one! I was so excited to have them all back and this sweet girl is beyond lucky to have 3 of the most loving, giving big brothers to watch out for her!

World…Meet Katelyn…she’s new here.x. Newborn baby girl wrapped in pink wrap with pink and yellow knit blanket on cream fur wearing pink flower tieback Lord those side eyes…eeep! But how stunning is this blanket Katelyn brought to her session made especially for her by her nanna Newborn baby girl sleeping on purple blanket with purple tieback Newborn baby girl sleeping on purple blanket with purple tieback and wrap and bonnetMumma asked for a gorgeous gallery filled with muted purples and pinks as well as some navy and grey brought in from her big brothers session…isn’t she a doll! Newborn baby girl sleeping on cream blanket wrapped in navy wrap with navy bow tiebackKatelyn felt her best all snuggled up like a baby burrito so we went with it…I just adore navy on girls. Newborn baby girl sleeping in cane basket with purple blanket and wrap and lace wrap and tiebackLook at that sweet smile… Newborn baby girl sleeping in oval wooden bowl on white wooden floor with pink blanket and wrap and lace wrap and flower tieback Newborn baby girl sleeping in purple flower nest on white wooden floor wrapped in purple wrap with purple tieback Newborn baby girl sleeping in round wooden bowl with navy wrap and knit layer and blanket and tieback on white wooden floorLike a little present all wrapped up with a bow…

Newborn baby girl sleeping on cream blanket wrapped in purple wrap with purple lace blanket and flower tieback Newborn baby girl sleeping on wooden bed wearing purple romper with pink and purple felt and blanket and flowers and tiebackJust snoozin in bed in her pjs… Newborn baby girl wrapped in pink wrap being held by three sibling brothers wearing white tshirts on cream furAll of mumma’s bebe’s in one picture…doesn’t get any more special than that! Newborn baby in grey lace bowl wearing grey knit clothes and flower tieback on wooden floorThis was the last shot of the day…we nearly didn’t get it. How adorbs is this little knitted vest Katelyn brought with her today!

Katelyn…although you didn’t really like me or my camera, I am so glad we managed to capture these magical memories for your mumma and papa.x.

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“Today I hold you in my arms…

a day that’s filled with joy…

I never dreamt we’d be here…

My darling little boy.

Our time together to this point…

filled with tears & pain…

But every day I’m thankful…

You’re brightness in this rain…

Watching you struggle…

Each day I know it’s true…

You are my little warrior…

I know that we’ll get through…

Your braveness & your courage…

it fills my heart each day…

I love you, little darling…

In every single way.”

 

Today I had someone special in the studio…now I know I say that every time but this gorgeous boy was all that and more. I feel so honoured to be able to capture special memories for this beautiful family and to share their story. You see their little man is a warrior like no other…every day he fights just to be here. He has the most amazing team working hard so that he continues to live his best life and thrive and he is doing just that! This week he celebrates his 8mth birthday and that is a momentous occasion so he brought his Mumma and his Aunty to the studio and we captured him in all of his gorgeousness. I’ll let his Mumma share their story so far and I’ll share some sweet photo’s along the way but I just know you’ll agree, he is absolutely divine.

World…Meet Levi.x.

Levi had onset of focal seizures on feb 2nd at 4.5months old. He went from one to two seizures up to over 100+ a day in just over a week. We have trialed 7 medications and are currently on 3. 2 x anti epileptic and the keto diet. We are however one of the lucky ones as we have managed some reasonable seizure control. On 26 March (world epilepsy day) we had a meeting with the neurologist who confirmed a diagnosis from a gene panel of mutation KCNT1. This disorder along with medication resistant seizures also results in global development delay with most who have this condition never learning to walk or talk. He also has hypertonia & possibly CVI and future complications may be unsafe swallow meaning fundo/g tube, difficulty breathing (bipap), scoliosis and brittle bones, hip and leg tendon lengthening due to spasticity. Despite all these challenges Levi is one the the most chatty, chubby and happy bubbas ever. He is also stubborn and determined and with his family behind him will beat the odds and be living his best life. We are lucky to have an amazing little dude who will teach us what truely matters in life.❤️
Eight month old baby boy sleeping in oval cane basket with sage green knit layer and wearing sage green knit romper with dried flowers on wooden floorNow when your gorgeous 8mth old client arrives snoozin then you snuggle them up in a basket and squeal with joy…this doesn’t happen often…so I took great delight in snapping these sweet sleepy photos. Eight month old baby boy sleeping in oval cane basket with sage green knit layer and wearing sage green knit romper and bonnet with dried flowers on wooden floorOk…lashes for days and can we all take a moment to enjoy these chubby little details…those lips and cheeks and chins and fingers and and and….he was so lush! Eight month old baby in wooden doll cot wearing blue knit pants with blue curly fur on blue flokatiMumma chose a gorgeous gallery of soft sage greens and blues…and it went perfectly with Levi’s sweet complexion. Eight month old baby boy laying on green sage blanket on wooden floor Eight month old baby boy laying on his stomach on green sage blanket on wooden floorLevi has been working super hard with the physio’s and his family and look how strong he is getting during tummy time…such a clever boy. Eight month old baby boy sleeping in wooden bed with light blue blankets and knit romper on wooden floor with brown felt heartsLiterally so chill…he dosed for a bit then woke with this gorgeous eye contact…heart melting. Eight month old baby boy in wooden trench bowl wearing sage green nappy cover on green curly felt on wooden floorHe’s just discovered his hands…so Levi was super busy during our session today. Eight month old baby laying on blue blanket with blue felt heartsThe chatter that was happening during this set up was so adorable…he was having the most enormous conversation with us all about something very important…not sure what but it sounded pretty exciting! Eight month old baby boy laying in wooden bowl with brown felt and wearing brown pants on purple background with brown wooden frame with two brown leather gloves inside and 3 purple ribbonsThis is a special set up we did representing Levi’s warrior spirit that gets him through every day and the purple ribbon which is the International symbol representing Epilepsy.
Levi it was an absolute honour to have you in the studio today and to be able to give your family the gift of capturing this special moment in your journey. You are truly one in a million and I feel so privileged to have met you today. Keep fighting gorgeous boy.x.
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Hold her hand…kiss her face…

Snuggle, cuddle and embrace…

Memorize her little girl ways…

Be thankful for her everyday…

A baby girl is a dream come true…

A precious gift given to you…

Heavenly joy sent from above…

Sweet baby girl now yours to love.

Oh my goodness this session has been long in the making. I first met this sweet girl almost 10 months ago when I was caring for her and her Mumma and Papa in the NICU…boy oh boy was she feisty! The strongest personality you ever did see in such a tiny package. We had hoped to have her in the studio for ‘newborn’ photo’s when she finally was strong enough to come home from the NICU but between covid and well life, time got away from us. Then we booked her in around 9 months and although she made it to the studio this time she wasn’t feeling very well and ended up having a tepid bath and some panadol instead of cute pics! Sadly she also ended up in hospital unwell so we held off until she was feeling better. We rescheduled again and then of course Brisbane went into a snap lockdown….but finally…she made it today. And of course, it was completely worth the wait! She is literally a little doll…those divine big blue eyes that you could completely get lost in and I am happy to report she has NOT lost her little attitude and she gave me lots of sass! I’ll let Mumma share their story and I’ll add some adorable pics along the way.

World….Meet Dorothy…She’s (kinda) New Here!

After years of being told we would struggle to conceive due to medical conditions for both of us, Dorothy is our little rainbow baby. Dorothy was ready for this world before we were. Born at 28 weeks and 6 days due to mum having severe pre-eclampsia. At 933 grams (2lb 1oz) we had a small but sassy little girl. From day one Dorothy was fighting hard and winning hearts. This girl knows what she wants and isn’t letting anything stand in her way. Her first 97 days were in hospital, NICU and SCN, where she gained strength, graduated from CPAP to high flow and then low flow. She has since weaned off the oxygen support and is growing well. Some of her favourite things are bath time, trying new foods, swimming, giving kisses and now trying to crawl!

Nine month baby girl laying on maroon curly fur wearing pink knit romper with rainbow on the front and mustard flower crown laying beisde two small orange butterflies and a rainbow hanging toy with saying typed on image After every storm there is a rainbow of hopeGorgeous Dorothy…the brightest of rainbows…born after her sibling that didn’t make it earthside and also her sweet twin that I just know lives on in her heart. Two little butterflies to honour their spirits always by Dorothy’s side.

This special set up was just for Mumma who initially asked for autumn tones…mustards and maroons….then Papa changed his mind! Nine month baby girl laying on blue blanket wearing blue romper and flower headband looking at camera with big blue eyes and blue green and white flowers in the background Nine month baby girl laying on blue blanket wearing blue romper and flower headband looking at camera with big blue eyes and blue green and white flowers in the backgroundNow Papa wanted blue’s, greens and greys and while I’m an autumn colour kind of gal…these colours with Dorothy’s enormous blue eyes was everything. Nine month baby girl laying in vintage wooden doll bed with green knit layer and lace wrap and dried flowers wearing green romper and knit bonnet on wooden floor Nine month baby girl laying in vintage wooden doll bed with green knit layer and lace wrap and dried flowers wearing green romper and flower tieback on wooden floorA sweet smile and then look at that attitude! She was like…lady…why are you putting me in this baby bed!! I’m a big girl! Nine month baby girl laying in oval cane basket with blue blanket and curly felt and pillow wearing cream flecked knit romper and blue flower tieback Nine month baby girl laying in oval cane basket with blue blanket and curly felt and pillow wearing cream flecked knit romper and blue flower tieback Nine month baby girl laying in oval cane basket with blue blanket and curly felt and pillow wearing cream flecked knit romper and blue knit bonnetOh Dorothy….you are such a doll…. Nine month baby girl laying in cane oval basket with sage green blanket on wooden floor and wearing sage green leggings and beanie Nine month baby girl laying in cane oval basket with sage green blanket on wooden floor and wearing sage green leggings and bowI love love love this sage green colour…. Nine month baby girl laying in rectangle cane basket with blue blanket and leggings and boy tieback with cream dried flowers on wooden floor and holding cream stuffed bunny toy Nine month baby girl laying in rectangle cane basket with blue blanket and leggings and boy tieback with cream dried flowers on wooden floor and holding cream stuffed bunny toyThis adorable teeny tiny bunny was actually bigger than Dorothy when she was born…can you imagine? Nine month baby girl laying on her stomach naked on grey blanket with grey bow tiebackCan I tell you the secret to what made Dorothy smile like this!….it was staring a photo of herself on the phone! Sassy right? Nine month baby girl laying on her stomach wearing pink knit romper and pink flower tieback beside cream stuffed toy dog on maroon curly furAnd how could we not include her gorgeous puppy…bought especially for her by her Great Grandpa! Besties already.

Oh Dorothy I am so glad you made it to the studio today…it absolutely fills my heart to see you doing so well…you are too cute for words! I just adore these mini sessions, you get to see so much personality and I love seeing teeny tinies get big and strong!

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A gift sent from heaven…

from an angel above…

He hand picked a flower…

for us all to love…

A sweet little girl…

chosen with joy…

A new little love…

from a sweet little boy.

 

Oh my heart…the most special of sessions today. As the poem says, this little love was sent from someone very special watching down from heaven…the greatest of gifts. I first met this family back in August 2018 when I was caring for their gorgeous twin nephews Henry & Archie in the NICU. Born too soon and after a courageous journey, Henry remained earthside but darling Archie grew his angel wings. This entire family have held a very special place in my heart from the very beginning, so when Mumma got in touch to say her little love had arrived I just knew Archie had had a say in that. I am 100% positive he chose her specially and sent her down, and his presence was definitely felt in our session today.

And the sweetest of girls she was…super snuggly giving the best cuddles I could hope for, a sweet little rose bud pout and adorable little squishy cheeks! We had the best session capturing lots of special memories for the family to treasure. A gorgeous gallery filled with soft pinks, greens and greys she was all kinds of lovely.

World…Meet Luca…She’s New Here.x. Newborn baby girl sleeping in cane basket with grey blanket and fur and wrap and white lace and flower tieback That sweet little pout y’all…does it get any cuter? Newborn baby girl sleeping in pink farmers basket with pink blanket and wrap with flowers and tieback on white wooden floorCurled up snug just like she was inside… Newborn baby girl wrapped in sage wrap with bow tieback on cream blanketI just adore this sage green colour on little girls… Newborn baby girl sleeping in round wooden bowl with cream blanket and cream knit romper with grey bow tieback and lace doily layersWhen I popped her in this bowl she lay just like this and I thought it was way to sweet to move her… Newborn baby girl sleeping in flower nest with gren base and pink wrap and tieback on white wooden floorLook at that sweet smile…Mumma was super excited about this gorgeous set up and I think you would agree Luca loved it too! Newborn baby girl sleeping on grey blanket with white lace wrap and tieback Newborn baby girl sleeping on blanket wearing knit romper with flower headband being held by parents hands in black and whiteShe will only be this small for but a moment… Newborn baby girl sleeping on vintage iron bed with pink blanket and lace wrap wearing pink knit romper and flower tieback with flowers on wooden floorSuch a doll… Newborn baby girl sleeping in oval cane basket with grey blanket and flower tieback wrapped in cream bow wrap on white wooden floor with dried flowersA true gift… Newborn baby girl sleeping naked in heavily tattooed fathers arms black and white imageWhen we put Luca in her Papa’s arms she instantly held onto his finger and look how safe and serene she looks here…

Oh Luca you are everything and more…just the light your family needs, Archie did good choosing you so perfectly.

Pete and Jess I am so grateful to be given the opportunity to tell your story….it was such a joy to have you in the studio today.

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