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Our new baby girl…a gift beyond measure

A wonder to hold…and a lifetime to treasure

With ten perfect fingers…and ten tiny toes

Two bright eyes…and a sweet little nose

Her life is a blessing…filled with pure love

And we welcome the miracle…sent from above.

 

Sometimes I have the honour of photographing friends, sometimes I have the surprise of photographing people I have only just met…and sometimes things meet in the middle and my past beautiful clients do me the greatest of blessings and refer me to those they know and love. Today I met the sweetest new family, referred by another gorgeous family that I have photographed in the past. A gorgeous mumma and papa and their new addition. A divine little love with a shock of dark wavy hair, smoochie lips and the most laid back little personality. We had such a beautiful time in the studio capturing every tiny detail of her in all her newness. I can’t wait to share some stunning images….a gorgeous gallery of blue’s, greens and a teensy bit of pink!

World…Meet Isabelle.x.

Newborn baby girl sleeping on blue blanket with blue lace knit wrap and bonnet Newborn baby girl sleeping on blue blanket with blue lace knit wrap and tiebackOh lordy….will you look at that smile…that hair…those lips…I wasn’t kidding when I said she was perfect! Newborn baby girl sleeping in vine nest with green fur and blue blanket and tieback on wooden floor Newborn baby girl sleeping on cream blanket with mint lace wrap and knit bonnet Newborn baby girl sleeping on cream blanket with mint lace wrap and knit bonnetI just adore blue’s and greens on little girls….the colours were perfect for Isabelle’s features. Newborn baby girl sleeping in farmers basket wrapped in blue lace wrap with blue knit blanket with hessian layer on white wooden floor Newborn baby girl wrapped in green wrap in cream tin bucket in wooden drawer with green curly felt layer and tieback with green flowers on green flokati Newborn baby girl wrapped in green wrap in cream tin bucket in wooden drawer with green curly felt layer and bonnet with green flowers on green flokati Newborn baby girl wrapped in green wrap in cream tin bucket in wooden drawer with green curly felt layer and tieback with green flowers on green flokati and felt heartWho caught this stunning set up on my live feed earlier today? When mumma mentioned a garden theme I just knew I had to create this set up. Newborn baby girl sleeping on white wooden bed with green curly felt and pink lace wrap and pink flowers wearing pink knit romper and flower tiebackThere’s just something about a little bubba snoozin in pj’s…this knitted romper is super sweet and went perfectly with the greens and pinks in her gallery. Newborn baby girl wearing pink knit romper holding pink knit bunny with pink blanket and curly felt and tieback on white wooden floorThis set up…sigh…it may have taken me a little longer than usual because all Isabelle wanted to do was lick the mohair romper but I persisted and isn’t it worth it? This romper and bunny I ordered from Russia from the most divine prop vendor who spoke not a word of English and when Isabelle’s mumma sent me photo’s of her nursery there was a gorgeous toy basket with a little bunny that looked just like this one on it so I knew what had to make that magic happen. Newborn baby girl sleeping on cream fur with cream crochet blanket and bow tiebackI always adore when families bring special things with them to include in their session and this stunning blanket was no exception. Made for Isabelle’s mumma when she was born and now snuggling up gorgeous Isabelle too.

Andrea and Mark thank you for choosing me to capture memories for your gorgeous new family, it was the greatest honour.

Bre…thank you for valuing me enough to refer me onto others (ps I love it when you all do this so keep doing it!!!)

And lastly….Sweet Isabelle…thank you for saving up your poonami until we finished your session…the best kind of client! But in all seriousness, thank you for being the most divine little love you are.x.

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To watch you grow a privilege…

one we hoped to have one day…

Our little blessed rainbow…

the joy you’ve brought our way.

 

Today I had sweet Ariella back in the studio for her one year milestone session….wait…where did that year go???? It was such a surprise to see just how much she’d grown and changed in that time. I’m sure you’ll all remember but I first had Ariella in the studio as a newborn, a divine rainbow for her mumma and papa, after the heartbreaking loss of their beautiful Freya. Ariella brought her gorgeous big sister Olivia, Freya’s twin with her to the session today and again we were all surrounded by love….I’m sure sent by Freya. I had the honour of caring for both Freya and Olivia in the NICU so you can imagine how blessed I feel to have welcomed Ariella and watch her grow this past year.

Now don’t get me wrong…it wasn’t all fluffy and lovely…one year olds can be particularly fickle when it comes to essential strangers so milestone sessions can go many ways. Ariella had the most gorgeous smile and sweet laid back personality but she was super wary once that big black camera came out. So there was lots of singing, dancing and tricks cracked out. I’m sure you’ll agree…all of Ariella’s little faces, smiles or not are just divine!

Happy first birthday sweet girl.

Ariella is One.x.

Newborn baby girl sleeping in pink crochet basket with pink wrap and tieback in rainbow backdrop and same set up as one year oldOh darling girl….could you be any more lovely….and just the blessing your family deserved.x.

Newborn baby girl sleeping in white wooden bed with dusty pink lace wrap and pillow and tieback and felt heart on white wooden floor and same set up as one year old Newborn baby girl sleeping on cream blanket with teal floral wrap with same set up as one year oldI adored this stunning wrap Ariella brought to her newborn session…those colours are stunning and it has her name on it!

Newborn baby girl sleeping in pink flower nest with green felt and peach wrap and tieback with pink butterfly on wooden floor and same set up as a one year oldThese are my favourites shots as they show just how much she grown!

Newborn baby girl sleeping in round cane basket with peach blanket and wrap and tieback on white wooden floor with doll and same set up as one year oldAll those sweet faces….nawwwww

Newborn baby girl sleeping in round cane basket with peach blanket and wrap and tieback on white wooden floor with doll and same set up as one year oldLook at this gorgeous doll…I’m sure they’ll be besties for years to come.

Newborn baby in farmers basket sleeping wrapped in pink wrap on pink blanket with hessian layer on wooden floor and same set up as one year old Newborn baby girl sleeping in cream tin bucket with pink and purple knit layer blanket pink wrap and pink bow tieback on white wooden floor and same set up as one year old Newborn baby girl sleeping in round wooden bowl with purple blanket and wrap and tieback on wooden floor and same set up as one year oldHappy happy first birthday gorgeous girl….thank you for the blessing of watching you grow this past year.x.

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Two times the cuddles, two times the joys…

Two times the love, for two little boys…

Two to fill our hearts with pride, two to make us smile…

Two to keep us busy and blessings all the while.

 

Today I had the most adorable little pair in the studio. I can’t help but giggle thinking about when I found out the exciting news that these two were on their way, you see their mumma and I work together. One day I bumped into her and she told me they had been trying for one little one to complete their family when the universe decided to give them a double blessing! Once the shock wore off, we were all excited for them to arrive and to have them in the studio to capture some gorgeous memories for the family. It feels like just yesterday I had their big brother in the studio and now he’s 3!!! Except, like the surprise news of their existence, they held to tradition and made a surprise early entry to the world a little sooner than expected. Born at just 34+2 weeks the boys decided they desperately wanted to visit mumma’s work  and hang out with all of mumma’s friends!! Thankfully, after a couple of weeks in the NICU they broke free and have been settling in at home growing big and strong ever since. They were absolutely adorable today and we had lots of fun in the studio with the whole family. Can’t wait to share some gorgeous pics…I know there are lots of people eagerly awaiting this special session!

World….Meet Edward & Arthur.x.

Newborn twin boys sleeping on blue blanket with blue wrap Newborn twin boys sleeping in wooden crate wrapped in tan wraps with tan blanket and tan knitting layer on white wooden floor holding felt hearts Newborn twin boys sleeping in wooden crate wrapped in tan wraps with tan blanket and tan knitting layer on white wooden floor holding felt hearts Newborn twin boys sleeping in wooden crate wrapped in tan wraps with tan blanket and tan knitting layer on white wooden floorThose adorable little smiles…don’t know that it gets any sweeter?

Newborn twin boys sleeping in round basket with olive blanket and wrap and bonnet on olive backdropWhen mumma gives you creative freedom with colours I had been busting to test out this stunning new olive backdrop….isn’t it divine?

Newborn twin boys sleeping in cane rectangle basket with mint blanket and wrap on white wooden floorI don’t think I could have gone wrong with any colour but I just adore these earthy tones with little boys. Newborn twin boys sleeping in wooden bed on wooden floor with brown blanket and knit layer Newborn twin boys sleeping in cane basket with cream grey and tan blankets and wraps on white wooden floor wearing knit rompers and bear bonnets Newborn twin boys sleeping in cane basket with cream grey and tan blankets and wraps on white wooden floor wearing knit rompers and bear bonnetsOh lordy….this was just as gorgeous in real life as it is right here, did you see our live feed of this set up? These boys, those outfits….eeeep!

Newborn twin boy wrapped in baby blue blanket in wooden bowl on white wooden floor with blue blanket Newborn twin boy wrapped in baby blue blanket in wooden bowl on white wooden floor with blue blanketI adore these side profiles…look at all those sweet details and that smile? Newborn twin boys wrapped in blue wraps sleeping with sibling six year old sister and three year old brother on cream furTalk about heart explode…how lucky are these parents????

Kelly and Pierre…always a joy spending time with your gorgeous family and your new additions are now exception!

Isabella and James you are the best big siblings two little guys could ask for. Thank you for following all my many instructions even if I did have to have a pig on my head in the process!

And Edward & Arthur thank you for being such good boys and for all the squishy snuggles!

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“When I was born I needed some help…

My mumma’s were worried, by my bedside they knelt.

It was hard for my mumma’s not to cuddle & kiss…

Still I felt all their blessings & every good wish.

I am a fighter…little but strong…

& I knew in my heart I’d be home before long”

 

Sometimes, you have favourites, no matter what job you do, and this little one is a favourite of many! I mean, people tumble over each other to snuggle him and I’m sure if you read on you will see why!! I first met this teeny tiny guy fighting for his life in the NICU quite a long time ago and I have been busting for him to be strong enough to come to the studio so we could capture some magic! The journey to have this gorgeous boy safely at home in their arms was  like no other, so I’ll let his mumma’s share a little and I’ll add some images along the way….

Our Miracle Edward “Ted”

We began our IVF story in July 2015. After 11 IVF cycles (including 4 Overseas) our baby boy Edward arrived in December 2018. My obstetrician forced me to check in to Mater Mothers Hospital at only 16 weeks for full bed rest. All was going well until I had some complications and was bed-bound for the final few weeks, just before developing an infection. He was oblivious, but high fevers and signs of early labor meant it was time. Our little Edward had to make his grand entrance into this crazy world. He was born at 24 weeks 5 days and is now 15 weeks old (40 weeks gestation). Edward was born 740 grams, now weighing 3480 grams and doing well. He spent 98 days in the neonatal critical care unit. The first few weeks of his life were very difficult, emotionally and mentally draining for both of us. Edward spent significant time on a ventilator as his lungs weren’t developed enough for him to independently breathe. He moved onto NIPV, CPAP, High flow, Low flow and finally home on oxygen. Considering the lengthy time he spent in the NICU being regularly poked and prodded, overall he has been so lucky to come home as a healthy baby boy. Edward, like many of the micro premmies, has had so much thrown at him in his time in the NICU so he is the truest of fighters. He is our miracle baby boy. We now have this amazing family of specialised staff at the NICU and cherish their ongoing love and support. Amanda, we really appreciate your support in capturing these handsome images for our family. Welcome Edward!

World…Meet Teddy.x.

 

Premature baby sleeping in round wooden bowl with brown fluff wearing brown shorts on blue backdrop with teal frame and boxing glovesThis set up could not have been more perfect for Teddy and his journey…a true fighter in all senses of the word. From the moment he came into this world he has had to fight for every breath, for every milestone, for every success and he has done it with courage and bravery like the best of them.

So proud of you Teddy.x.

Newborn baby boy sleeping in wooden bed with grey blanket on wooden floor surrounded by neonatal intensive care memorabiliaA picture speaks a thousand words and what a journey this story shows…..

Newborn baby boy sleeping on grey blanket with grey knit layer and bonnet Newborn baby boy sleeping on grey blanket with grey knit layer and bonnet Newborn baby boy sleeping in farmers basket wearing blue and grey knit shorts with grey knit blanket and blue felt layer on white wooden floor Newborn baby boy sleeping in wooden crate with grey curly felt layer and wrap and knit bonnet on wooden floor Newborn baby boy sleeping in wooden crate with grey curly felt layer and wrap on wooden floorThose little fingers peeping out…those squishy cheeks and smoochy lips…as good as it gets!

Newborn baby boy sleeping on cream blanket with brown cap and bow tieUmmmm shut the front door…I don’t know that it gets and more dapper than this? His mumma’s brought this divine hat and bow tie and I may have squealed a little when we put them on!

Newborn baby boy sleeping wearing knit teddy bear romper and bonnet in cane basket with grey felt layer and blanket on white wooden floorI had this adorable little teddy bear outfit custom made especially for Teddy from one of my favourite vendors Poppy’s Props and oh lort…it was all kinds of divine!

Newborn baby boy sleeping in wooden crate with blue blanket and wrap and knit layer on wooden floorA gorgeous gallery filled with navy and grey to suit this little man’s nursery…. Newborn baby boy sleeping on cream blanket with blue knit bonnetI am sure you will agree…the most divine little face you ever did see!

Newborn baby boy sleeping in wooden bowl with teal felt wrapped in teal blanket with pink butterfly and button rainbow on blue back dropAnd this last little smile could not have been more perfect….the blessing of the most perfect rainbow after such a stormy path….a little pink butterfly watching over him in honour of his sweet sister who is watching down on him from heaven. Heart explode.x.

Annie & Nikki it was the greatest privilege to walk by your side through this journey over the past few months and to celebrate today in the studio just how far you’ve all come.

Teddy you are everything…so excited I got to squeeze in some extra cuddles today!

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Chubby toes and scrunchy nose

is just what you’re about…

Exploring things around you

there never was a doubt…

That you were born for bigger things

for bringing hope and love…

And watching you discover all,

our gift from up above.

 

How very lucky am I to watch this divine little love grow? Can you believe it’s been 7 months since sweet Elsie arrived earthside and was snuggled up here in the studio creating beautiful memories. All those gorgeous little details as a teeny tiny newborn are now even more delightful…those rose bud lips, milky skin and dimples that make your heart explode. It is such a privilege capturing her journey throughout her first year and a definite favourite of mine having newbies back in the studio to capture their milestones.

We had such a fun session today…lots of dancing, making silly faces and sneaky food treats. This age can be a little tricky as bubba’s are often very aware of strangers (even though I’m sure they remember me from their newborn sessions, lol!) so it can often take some time to warm up to the idea of being in the studio with my big black scary camera, hats and headbands on your head and multiple outfit changes…add to that usually teeth are wreaking havoc, nap time can be hit or miss and well, you know, 7mths can be just plain hard sometimes! But all that considered, Elsie was so very sweet and very patient with all my high fashion demands!! Can’t wait for you all to see just how much she has grown…..

World….Sweet Elsie is 7 Months!

Newborn baby girl sleeping on plum blanket with dusty pink lace doily and pants and tieback and same set up with 7 month old baby girlThis was definitely one of my favourite set ups of Elsie’s newborn sessions…I just loved the colour palette her mumma chose and these vintage doily’s are so divine.

Newborn baby girl in cream romper with pink flower tieback sleeping in cream vintage iron bed with cream curly felt and dusty pink vintage doily on cream fur and same set up with baby girl at 7 monthsLook at that sweet little toothy peg sneaking out? Newborn baby girl sleeping in round wooden bowl with mint green wrap and lace blanket and tieback and felt heart and same set up with baby girl at 7 months Newborn baby girl sleeping in wooden log bowl with dusty pink wrap and blanket and knit layer and tieback and same set up with baby at 7 monthsLook at how much she has grown…once snuggled into this log bowl and now sitting there cute as can be! Newborn baby girl wrapped in cream floral wrap with burgundy flower crown sleeping in cane rectangle basket with cream knit blanket and bunch of pink and burgundy flowers on whtie wooden floor and same set up with baby at 7 monthsAnd this was definitely my other favourite….could she get any sweeter? Newborn baby girl sleeping in farmers basket with burgundy blanket and wrap and knit layer and tieback on wooden floor with same set up with with 7 month old baby Newborn baby girl sleeping on cream blanket with lace wrap and flower tieback and same set up with baby at 7 monthsOh sweet girl….thank you for coming back to the studio today and allowing me to capture this special journey that is your first year. You are a true gift.x.

Have you thought about bringing your little newbie in for milestone sessions throughout their first year? Past newborn session clients watch your email next week, I’ll be sending out something special information in regards to first year milestone session you wont want to miss!

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