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I asked god for a flower…

He gave me a bouquet…

I asked god for a minute…

He gave me a day…

I asked god for true love…

He gave me that too…

I asked god for an angel…

He gave me two!

 

The most darling little twinnies visited the studio today and they could not have been more lovely. A little older than the usual ‘newborns’ but they slept up a storm and didn’t make a peep…well, there were a few peeps, it’s such a treat to see their little personalities shining through already. These special two are miracles, meant to be here, after a long and rocky road to bring them safely earthside, but graciously at 36 + 2 weeks they arrived, and were definitely worth the wait. But…they had a pretty special teacher in the miracle department when it comes to their big sister Sandhra, who was born at just 23 + 2 weeks and was in hospital fighting every unimaginable battle for her entire first year of life, and some. Sandhra, which means strong and intense, and she was definitely all that and more, showed them how to fight, and now, here they are.

World…Meet Saaya & Sarthak…They Are New Here.x. Newborn boy and girl twins wearing cream knit rompers sleeping on cream blanket with the girl wearing a cream flower crownOh gosh they could not have got any cuter…both completely different in every way. Sweet teeny Saaya, meaning shadow, was so calm and quiet until she wasn’t, when she would let out the loudest complaint, lol…small but mighty, I’d say…and big brother Sarthak, which means one who is meaningful and important…he was super laid back unless he was hungry and then we all knew about it!! Newborn boy and girl twins sleeping on blue blanket wrapped in blue wraps with the girl wearing a flower tieback and the boy wearing a blue knit bonnetI just love how every time we put them together Saaya snuggled in to her big brother…such a special bond. Newborn boy and girl twins sleeping in oval cane basket wearing mustard pants and girl wearing mustard flower crown on white wooden floor with yellow hessian circular layersMumma and Papa were open to any colours and so of course I snuck in some mustard but I could not love these rich yellows, blue’s, teals and maroon’s more on the twins divine complexions. Newborn boy and girl twins sleeping in wooden crate with maroon blankets and girl wearing maroon bow tieback with sibling big sister sitting beside crateThree miracles…full hands but fuller hearts. Newborn boy and girl twins wearing cream knit rompers sleeping on cream flokati with the girl wearing cream flower crown and boy wearing cream knit bonnetI’m so glad I could capture the special connection these two will always have…and can you imagine looking back when you are older at images like these of yourself with your sibling? Newborn boy and girl twins sleeping in cane rectangle basket wrapped in maroon wraps with maroon blanket on maroon fur with girl wearing maroon bow tiebackThis colour y’all…it could not be more perfect…and look at those sweet pouts. Newborn boy and girl twins sleeping in teal round wooden bowl with teal blanket and wraps and curly felt and hessian layer with boy wearing teal knit bonnet and girl wearing teal bow tiebackTwo teeny tiny bundles… Newborn boy and girl twins sleeping in round white cane basket with blue blanket wearing blue knit rompers and girl wearing blue flower tieback on blue backdrop Newborn boy and girl twins wrapped in maroon wraps with girl wearing maroon bow tieback sleeping on cream fur with sibling big sister beside them wearing blue denim romper suitI’m so glad we could capture these three special miracles together…Mumma and Papa…you made these babies.x.

I am so glad we could make this session happen, these memories captured will hopefully be treasured for many years to come. Thank you Mumma and Papa for finding me and trusting me with your little loves.

 

 

Saaya shadow

Sarthak Meaningful

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“One day I will tell you the story of your

entrance into the world.

The story about how I long to hold you, to

feed you, to kiss your perfect head.

The story about how every day all I

thought about was keeping you safe and

bringing you home.

One day I will tell you everything so that

you will believe in miracles.

Because sweetheart, you are one.”

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I was so excited when today’s sweet Mumma got in touch. I feel so blessed to be able to meet so many new lives in my other job and I see so many families that miss all the opportunities that you anticipate you will have when you first hear that tiny heart beat. So many NICU families miss out on baby showers, maternity photo’s, birth photo’s and newborn sessions. The babies are often month’s old when they finally make it home, they are medically vulnerable and need so much more. It fills my heart that I can still make this magic for everyone regardless of their story and that these families feel safe and welcome in my studio. I first meet these gorgeous twinnies when they were born long before their time and have been by their side through many ups and downs along the way. My heart near skipped a beat when Mumma messaged to say they were finally home. I’ll let her share their story and I’ll share some sweet pics along the way….

World…Meet Mason & Inara…They Are New Here.x.

Mason & Inara were both born at 25 + 3 weeks gestation, Mason at 940g & Inara at 825g. I’ll never forget meeting them for the first time & the shock of seeing how tiny they were, I never knew until 3 weeks prior that babies this small could even survive. I was even more shocked when the day came that I could finally hold them; it was one of the best days but most scariest days of my life. It was a long journey of watching them grow & overcome many challenges, some days I never thought we’d ever leave the hospital but after 101 days we got to bring them home & even more amazing; we could bring them home together. It’s incredible how strong they are. Michael & I are so proud to be their parents & are excited to continue to watch them grow & develop their little personalities. We can’t thank Amanda enough for photographing our twins & for also taking care of them while they were in the NICU. We are incredibly grateful to be able to have their photos taken by someone we were comfortable with & could be confident that they would be in the best hands. Newborn boy and girl twins wrapped in tan wraps on brown fur with baby girl wearing a bow tiebackCould they get any cuter? Newborn boy and girl twins sleeping in rectangle cane basket wrapped in green wraps with green blanket and hessian layer with green folliage and boy wearing green knit beanie and girl wearing green bow tiebackMumma & Papa picked a divine earthy colour palette with gorgeous greens and browns… Newborn boy and girl twins sleeping in wooden bed with rust brown blanket and hessian layers and dried folliage with girl wearing flower crown on wooden floor

How are adorable are these two snugged up together! Newborn boy and girl twinssleeping on olive blanket wrapped in olive wraps with girl wearing bow tiebackThose little piggies peeping out…love me some baby toes… Newborn boy and girl twins sleeping on cream flokati wrapped in green wraps holding pandora braceletsLove love love when families bring something special to include in their session and these sweet little pandora bracelets are no exception. Newborn boy and girl twins sleeping in cane basket with brown blanket and brown wraps with girl wearing gumnut halo Newborn boy and girl twins wrapped in brown wraps being held by father with mother cuddling inThis moment right here…the realization that you finally have your babies home in your arms. Newborn baby girl sleeping in round wooden bowl with olive wrap and blanket and knit beanie on wooden floor with hessian layer and green folliage Newborn baby boy sleeping in round wooden bowl with olive wrap and blanket and knit beanie on wooden floor with hessian layer and green folliage                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Mason and Inara it was such a treat to have you in the studio today and to see just how far you’ve grown and thrived from those teeny tiny babies I met many moons ago. I can’t wait to watch you grow further over the next year and see the sweet friendship between the two of you develop.

Chloe and Michael I’m so glad you trusted me over the last few months and even more so today when you handed over your little loves…I hope you adore these images, I am so glad we could make it happen.x.

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You are my brother…you are my friend…

You’re my beginning…you are my end…

You’re all around me when the world turns away…

You are my sunshine on a cloudy day…

You are the tide that washes tears to the end…

I can always lean on you, you are my friend.

I was super excited to get a phone call out of the blue just days ago from this little guys family letting me know of his safe arrival and I am so glad that despite short notice we could squeeze him in! I first met this gorgeous family through friends almost six years ago when I photographed their first baby, sweet Daisy. Unfortunately I missed photographing their second bubba as he was born just days after I had my second bubba and now here we all are together again for bubba number three!

World…Meet Angus…He’s New Here.x.

Newborn baby boy laying awake on cream blanket wrapped in green wrapThis kind of set the tone for the session ha ha ha…Angus wasn’t too excited about sleeping today but when he’s this cute how could you be mad? Newborn baby boy sleeping wearing cream knit romper in cane basket surrounded by boho style pillows and throws and dried flowers and hessian mats Love love love this sweet boho style set up…there’s just something about earthy vibes and natural new bebe’s… Newborn baby boy sleeping in cream knit romper being held by sibling brother and sister on cream furOk cutest sibling ever alert…how adorable are they? And the hand holding…they did that all on their own! Newborn baby boy sleeping in cane basket wrapped in green wrap with green knit layer and felt on wooden floor Newborn baby boy sleeping on cream blanket wearing cream knit romper and bonnetMumma chose are gorgeous gallery of creams and sage greens…how perfect are they together? Newborn baby boy sleeping in oval wooden trencher with sage wrap and blanket on wooden floor with hessian layer and folliage holding brown felt heartI adore this sage green colour and how snug does Gus look all tucked up there… Newborn baby boy sleeping in cane papasan chair wearing cream knit romper with cream knit layer on wooden floorJust kickin back in his little papasan chair… Newborn baby boy sleeping in round wooden bowl wearing cream knit romper with cream blanket and green knit layer on green fur wearing green knit bear bonnetIt was this set up that made me see his sweet big sister Daisy’s face from her newborn session…so similar. Newborn baby boy wearing cream knit romper sleeping on vintage iron bed with cream curly felt with sibling brother and sister sitting beside the bedMumma’s gorgeous babies… Newborn baby boy wearing cream knit romper sleeping on blanket with hands being held by father in black and whiteLast shot of the day…by this stage he was completely out…which is always the way! Modeling is a tough gig, hey?

Daisy you brought us all together back all those years ago and it was so lovely today to see you in your role as big sister to not one but two gorgeous little brothers and Mav you are the cutest big brother a little guy could ask for!

Jade & Daz you make the cutest babies…thank you so much for choosing me again, such a privilege.x.

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I carried you…

In a heartbeat you were one too…

The beat of mine…

The first song I sung to you…

Through pain and a force like no other…

I carried you into this world…

My skin and smell, your first intuition…

Breathing beside you…

As you breathed life into me…

With tired bones and heavy eyes…

I carried you.

With my sore body and full heart…

I carried you.

With an aching love…

Our hearts whispering to each other as you fell asleep…

Though I will cry and you will too…

We’ll continue to sail along…

Lead by you…

With this, I promise…

to always carry you…

What a privilege to be loved like this…

The sleep will come…

The shore will come…

So I understand if you want to be here…

With one breath at a time…

I will carry you.

For as long as you need…

Because you carry me too.

Words by Jess Urlichs

 

Super excited to share tonight’s gorgeous post with you all…

You see I work with this sweet boy’s Mumma and have been blessed to watch her blossom and grow as a Mumma to divine little people. Sadly, they didn’t get newborn pictures of their first baby, Arabella 2.5yrs ago and I know she’s always regretted it so of course I was super excited when she booked in for baby number 2! I’m sure more so now looking back is the time families realise just how short a time you have a newborn for and missing capturing those memories is something I often hear.

Today they bought their newest little love to the studio and we captured the most stunning images for their family to treasure. Their surprise gender ended up being a darling little boy to complete their pigeon pair and he was all that and more.

World…Meet George…he’s new here.x. Newborn baby boy sleeping on teal blanket with teal wrap and knit bonnet I just love this teal colour…how perfect does it look with sweet George Newborn baby boy sleeping in round wooden bowl wearing navy romper with navy blanket on wooden floorEeeeeep adorable alert…love this little romper Newborn baby boy sleeping on cream blanket with yellow wrap and knit bonnetAnyone who knows me knows how much I love mustard Newborn baby boy sleeping on wooden bed with teal blanket and curly fur and romper on wooden floor with teal felt heartThere’s just something about a little bubba in these knit pj’s… Newborn baby boy sleeping in cane basket with blue wrap and knit beanie and layer on wooden floorCan we all just take a minute to adore this little pout Newbon baby boy sleeping in farmer basket with yellow blanket and knit romper and bear on wooden floorGeorge bought this bear with him today to include in our session…it belonged to his papa Newborn baby boy sleeping on teal blanket wearing teal knit romper with teal felt heart being support by teal wrap swingI think this is definitely one of my favourite shots of all time… Newborn baby boy sleeping in vintage cane pram with blue wrap and knit bonnet with sibling big sister pushing pram wearing pink dressWatching these two together was everything…Sweet Arabella with her baby George & how gorgeous is his monogrammed blanket? Newborn baby boy sleeping in round cane basket with teal blanket and wrap and knit bonnet on wooden floorThis smile literally lit up his entire sweet face Newborn baby boy wearing blue romper being held by father wearing grey tshirtSafe in papas arms Newborn baby boy wrapped in blue wrap being held by sibling big sister in pink dress laying on cream furThe picture every family hopes for…the sweetest siblings ever…

Oh George…you are everything…thank you for being the sweetest little man and bringing your gorgeous family to the studio today.

Arabella what a gift to see you in your new role as big sister…George is just the luckiest little guy ever.

Holli and Ben thank you for choosing me to capture special memories of your family during this magical time in your journey.x.

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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…

And so each day you grew and grew…

As I looked proudly on…

Until one day I looked and saw…

Your baby days were gone…

But once my baby you will stay…

That way for all my days…

My baby you will always be…

And I’ll love you always.

 

Today I had the most adorable little guy in the studio…the third little love I have photographed for this gorgeous family over the last few years, what an honour. This little guy is such a miracle, meant to be here and sent from up above. You see his big sister Myra, who just turned 4 and big brother Henry, who just turned 2, are both IVF miracles…much loved and wanted, fought for, struggled for and such a blessing for this family. But this little man…well he was a surprise, a bonus gift for his beautiful Mumma and Papa. Now life is a little hectic, and fairly sleepless, but they all arrived in one piece today and we had such a special session.

World…Meet Austen…he’s new here.x. Newborn baby boy sleeping on teal blanket with teal wrap and knit bonnetLook at that sweet blonde hair…long lashes and smooshie lips…isn’t he adorable! Newborn baby boy sleeping in wire farmers basket with rust coloured wrap and blanket and hessian layer holding vintage watch.I just adore when families bring special things to connect the generations and create new history with old…this gorgeous watch belonged to Austen’s great grandfather, how special is that? Newborn baby boy sleeping on cream blanket with maroon knit layer and romperHow adorable is this little guy…my Mumma made this romper for Austen and I made the knit layer when Jess mentioned she loved this gorgeous wine colour….and that smile, I mean c’mon! Newborn baby boy sleeping in cane basket with mustard blanket and romper and dried flowers on wooden floorMy Mumma also made this sweet little romper too…these fall colours are so lovely on Austen’s gorgeous complexion. Newborn baby boy sleeping in wooden trencher with mint wrap and blanket and pillow with hessian layers and dried flowers and mint curly felt on wooden floorLook at those sweet little piggies… Newborn baby boy sleeping in cane papasan chair with rust knit layer and mustard romper on wooden floorJust snuggled and snoozin… Newborn baby boy sleeping on maroon fur with maroon wrap and holding vintage coin holderAnd this sovereign also belonged to Austen’s great grandfather, it was so beautiful to incorporate such special traditions. Newborn baby boy sleeping in cane basket with mustard knit romper and knit layer and pillow and wrap and hessian layer with mustard flowers and felt heart on wooden floorMumma loved this gorgeous mustard colour…and y’all know me and mustard!! Newborn baby boy sleeping in round wooden bowl with mint blanket and felt layer wearing mint knit romper holding silver cup on wooden floorThis adorable little romper was made by Austen’s Nonni and the gorgeous cup was a gift from both Nonni and Poppy. Newborn baby boy wearing cream knit romper with cream layer on white wooden day bed on wooden floor with vintage bible and wearing glassesNow anyone who has followed my work for the last few years knows that this family brings this treasured family bible belonging to Jess’s Grandpa to each session and we created special set ups for both Myra and Henry’s sessions…and this set up today was no exception. How adorable is little Austen! Newborn baby boy sleeping on vintage iron bed wearing maroon romper with maroon knit layer and pillow with sibling big brother and sister sitting beside himHow adorable are these three…full hands but even fuller hearts for this Mumma and Papa…three divine miracles.

Oh Austen…you are a true delight…let’s not mention all the poop…lucky we’re friends!

Myra and Henry you are the best big sister and brother that a little guy could ask for and I just know Austen is one lucky bubba.

Jess and Hayden it is always a privilege to be chosen to capture special memories for a family but to be welcomed back into your story three times over is just such a joy. I am so excited (& tired) for you both!

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