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Little girl you fill our hearts…

in ways we never knew…

Our lives complete now that you’re here…

So special, that is you.

A girl to join our little tribe…

to balance out our day…

Darling girl we love you so…

in every single way.

 

Today I had the sweetest little love in the studio. Lush dark hair, rosebud lips and the most laid back little lady. Little girl sessions always fill my heart (as an all boy mumma myself) and today’s session was no exception…all things soft pink and white’s…it was all that little girls are made of. This sweet girl brought her mumma and papa and the most doting ‘big’ brother. Under two year olds can sometimes be a little tricky when a newborn comes along but this big guy was so adoring to his sweet new sister and we had the most lovely time in the studio. I seriously have the best clients.

World…Meet Ava.x.

Newborn baby girl sleeping on pink blanket with lace wrap and pink tieback Newborn baby girl sleeping on pink blanket with lace wrap and pink tieback Newborn baby girl sleeping in pink farmers basket with white blanket and pink wrap and pink knit bear bonnet with white teddy on white wooden floorHow adorable is this little bear Ava brought with her today!

Newborn baby girl sleeping in round wooden bowl woth white blanket and pink knit layer and wrap and tieback on wooden floorJust chillin….she was so laid back.

Newborn sleeping on cream blanket with pink wrap and pink flower tieback Newborn sleeping in round cane basket with cream blanket and peach wrap and tieback Newborn sleeping in wooden crate with pink wrap and lace doily and blanket and tieback on wooden floor with jute layer Newborn sleeping in wooden crate with pink wrap and lace doily and blanket and tieback on wooden floor with jute layer Newborn baby girl sleeping in cream iron bed with peach romper and tieback and flowers and curly felt on cream felt with sibling toddler brotherOh em gee…does it get any cuter??? Newborn baby girl sleeping on cream blanket with cream knit layer and brown flower headband Newborn baby girl sleeping on cream blanket with cream knit layer and brown flower headbandI could not love this flower crown anymore…how lovely does it look on Ava? Newborn baby girl sleeping in cream vintage pram with curly felt layer and lace doily and white bow head band with sibling toddler brotherAnd these two gorgeous bears that they brought to their session, believe it or not, started out in exactly the same condition, only one has seen loads of love and one is awaiting all that lovin!

Ava…oh my goodness, you are so lovely….I am so glad you came to the studio today with your gorgeous family and we could capture some special memories for you.

Ollie…thank you for being such an amazing big brother.

Mumma and Papa….you have the most divine little family…thank you for choosing me to capture memories of your little growing tribe.

 

 

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As our journey twists and turns…

we get to know our heart…

Gifted with you, our love…

a blessing from the start.

Sent from someone special…

to heal a little more…

A gift from up in heaven…

such happiness, for sure.

 

Today I met the sweetest little guy…an absolute blessing sent to his family from his big sister up in heaven. Every single little person I meet is special but when I meet families that have walked a tough path to create their family, the gift is so much larger. Super laid back and happy to just snuggle in during his session, this little guy was such a sweetheart and he brought with him the most lovely family yet. I have the best job ever! With all the smiles we captured, just so much love. I am always so humbled when families choose me to share in their journey, and this story is a special one. I’ll let mumma share a little of their path, and I’ll share some stunning images in between….

World…Meet Viggo.x.

“The last three years have been monumental for our family and to end 2018 with the arrival of Viggo is just incredible. But the journey before Viggo came along has not always been smooth. We lost our firstborn and his big sister Willa at 36 weeks in November 2015. We were left completely heartbroken and still miss her every single day. Then in January 2017, our little boy Axel was born, bringing the light and joy back into our lives. We are so very grateful to be introducing Viggo to the world and whilst he may only have his big brother Axel walking beside him, Willa will never be far away watching over the two of them.”

Newborn baby boy sleeping in round wooden bowl with grey romper and blanket holding mementos from deceased baby sibling on wooden floorYou could absolutely feel sweet Willa’s presence during our session today…this set up…not a dry eye. The most beautiful darling big sister watching out for her new baby brother. This image, including Willa’s special keepsakes, is what makes my heart soar.

Newborn baby sleeping on grey spot blanket Newborn baby sleeping on grey spot blanket with grey wrap Newborn baby boy sleeping in cream tin bucket with grey wrap and grey curly blanket on white wooden floor Newborn baby boy sleeping in round wooden bowl with grey blanket and knit bonnet and romper on wooden floor Newborn baby boy wrapped in grey knit blanket on cream fur blanket with eyes open Newborn baby boy sleeping in dads armsHow teeny tiny does Viggo look in his papa’s arms…you NEED to remember these moments…because in a heartbeat they have grown, they have changed.

Newborn baby boy sleeping on wooden bed with blue blankets and wraps and pillow with toddler siblingSweet siblings all together…Viggo and Axel as well as the most divine little wooden horses hand painted by the boys Aunty in memory of gorgeous Willa. Newborn baby boy sleeping on cream blanket with blue wrap Newborn baby boy sleeping on cream blanket with blue wrap and blue knit bonnet Newborn baby boy sleeping on cream fur wrapped in blue blanket being held by toddler sibling brother Newborn baby boy sleeping in wooden crate on wooden floor wrapped in cream knit wrap with cream bonnet and cream blanket Newborn baby boy wrapped in mint wrap with mint blanket and mint knit layer and mint knit bonnet in mint bowel on white wooden floorYou know those smiles that light up your world…yeah that.

Oh Viggo…you are an absolute joy and the light your family deserves.

Axel…you are the sweetest big brother…thank you for bringing your baby to us today.

Willa…I am sure it was you that sent your family to me today…thank you many times over.

Jaime and Toby…thank you for choosing me.x.

 

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Teeny tiny pittar patter now are leaps and bounds…

All the cooing caaing are now sweet little sounds…

Every day you learn new things, a joy to watch you grow…

You my little darling, amazing things you’ll know…

 

Oh my goodness…if I thought this sweet little love was divine when she came in for her newborn session then you can imagine my surprise when she arrived even more lovely today for her mini session. This age is always such a hoot and on the day I’m sure I see all of their little personalities rolled into one. I hope I captured a snippet of each personality during our session cause this sweet girl had us in fits of laughter, tears of sadness and all the feels in between! I’m not sure if you will remember but this princess is a sweet pot of gold, born after her gorgeous rainbow baby big brother, both of which I photographed in the studio over the last couple of years. I absolutely adore this family and the strength they have shown after coming through some of the darkest days.

World…Emelia is nearly one!

Newborn baby girl sleeping in cream iron bed with pink and purple wraps and felts wearing pink knit romper and tieback with pink potted flowers on cream fur and same set up with toddler girlThis cheeky tongue poking is Emelia to a T…today’s session ran on her schedule and her schedule alone…

Newborn baby girl sleeping on pink blanker with pink knit wrap and bow tieback and same set up as toddler girlThose adorable little toothie pegs…

Newborn baby girl sleeping in white wooden bed with dusty pink blanket and lace doily on white fur with pink and white tieback and same set up as a toddler girlJust sit here on this sweet little bed Emelia…and then she laughed and laughed and laughed…why sit when you have just learnt to stand???

Newborn baby girl sleeping on white blanket with pink knit pants and pillow and tieback and same set up as a toddler girl Newborn baby girl wrapped in pink blanket with pink knit bear bonnet sitting on shelf with two pink bears and two blue bears and same set up as a toddler girlNow this is an extra special set up of Emelia with her older siblings who watch down on her from heaven….her big twin sisters and brothers always close by.

Newborn baby girl sleeping in cream felt basket on cream fur with cream knit romper and blankets with white floral crown and same set up as toddler girl Newborn baby girl sleeping in round wooden bowl on white wooden floor with purple blanket and wrap and knit layer and bonnet with same set up as a toddler Newborn baby girl sleeping in basket with yellow knit wraps and tieback in rainbow setting and same set up with toddler girlA little pot of gold with the gorgeous butterflies representing her angel siblings…

Newborn baby girl sleeping in farmers basket with mustard blankets and wrap and tieback on wooden floor and same set up as toddler girl Sleeping newborn wrapped in yellow wrap with yellow blanket in farmers basket on rainbow crochet blanket on wooden floor and same set up as toddler girlThis gorgeous blanket was made especially for Emelia and I’m so glad we could include it in today’s session as well.

Oh Emelia…you are so lovely and it has been such an honour to watch you grow this past year.

Aleece and Chris it is my favourite thing to share in the joy of your family.x.

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Little love you are the perfect…

mix of both us two…

You represent our hearts entwined…

yet perfectly just you.

You’ve captured what we love…

about each other every day…

You celebrate the joy we have…

in every single way.

 

Now today’s session…at the very last minute, almost didn’t happen, yet as I sit here looking at the most divine little beauty on my screen I can’t even bare to think we could have missed capturing this sweet tiny girl. I grew up with her papa from back when we were small, so you can only imagine my joy, not only when I learned that he was becoming a father for the first time, but that he and his beautiful new wife had chosen me to capture their journey as a new family. And seeing him today, so natural and lovingly with his little princess was such a sweet reward. But like I mentioned…our grand plans for a newborn session were almost halted when their gorgeous bubba ended up at the hospital and in a brace just days after her arrival earthside. Luckily, we decided to go ahead with the session, because I am sure you will all agree, even with her brace, she is all kinds of lovely.

World…Meet Summer.x.

Newborn baby girl sleeping on cream fur with pink lace doily and wrap and flower tiebackI wanted to make sure we captured some shots with little Summer’s brace as it’s all part of her journey so far…isn’t she a princess?

Newborn baby girl sleeping in wooden crate with pink blanket and felt and wrap and flowers on wooden floorMumma wanted dusty pinks and soft neutrals for Summer’s session today and I’m sure you’ll agree this gorgeous pink was absolutely perfect. Newborn baby girl sleeping in round cane basket with tan wrap holding tan felt heart Newborn baby girl sleeping in round cane basket with tan wrap holding tan felt heart and knit bonnetThose teeny tiny dainty fingers, perfect rosebud lips and little button nose…she really was the perfect mix of both her mumma and her papa. Newborn baby girl in oval wooden trench bowl with pink blanket and wrap and tieback and flowers on wooden floor Newborn baby girl sleeping in rectangle cane basket with purple blanket and wrap and curly felt on white wooden floor with vine and purple flowers with purple knit bonnet Newborn baby girl sleeping in rectangle cane basket with purple blanket and wrap and curly felt on white wooden floor with vine and purple flowers with purple tiebackMumma had the most magical maternity portraits taken involving stunning flowers and greenery so I wanted to make sure we carried that through to Summer’s newborn session. Newborn baby girl sleeping in white wooden vintage doll bed with white knit blanket and wrap and tieback Newborn baby girl sleeping in white wooden vintage doll bed with white knit blanket and wrap and tiebackCan we all take a moment to adore this divine little bed….which was included in a special image announcing her mumma’s pregnancy and I could not wait to include it in the session today. Newborn baby girl sleeping on cream fur with white lace wrap and flower haloSummer was so perfectly at rest with her hands relaxed above her head snoozing on the blanket….how utterly peaceful does she look? Newborn baby girl sleeping in cream vintage iron bed with brown blanket and cream lace romper and knit wrap and bonnet on white wooden floor Newborn baby girl sleeping in cream vintage iron bed with brown blanket and cream lace romper and knit wrap and flower tieback on white wooden floorNow this was my favourite set up to capture today…I definitely had to change my traditional workflow when planning Summer’s session to accommodate her brace, but I didn’t want her to miss out on the gorgeous little outfit’s I often use in the studio. So I had the bright idea to modify this stunning romper (don’t tell my favourite vendor it may have involved some scissors…I’m hoping I can fix it!!) and when I put it on her in this set up my heart let out a little squeal. This is everything I wanted the session to be for her mumma and papa, while capturing the brace and her journey, we could still capture what her parents had dreamed of when they pictured their sweet girl and her newborn session just like any other bubba.

Sarah and Jarad you have created the most perfect sweet girl and it was a true honour to be chosen to capture her today.

Summer, thank you for your patience while we worked our way around your brace ensuring you felt comfortable and settled at all times, and thank you for being the most lovely little darling I could hope to meet.

 

 

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One day I wished upon a star…

For you to join my heart…

I prayed and hoped you’d hear me…

Our journey it would start.

Patiently I waited…

For time with you to come…

Never I imagined…

Just how long for you my son.

But now my heart has realized…

It’s overfilled with joy…

To have you here with me…

My darling little boy.

 

Everyone has a journey to become a parent…some a smooth surprise, others an intense battle….and sometimes, just sometimes, you meet someone who has has fought like no other. Someone who despite every single challenge they faced, despite the most massive of hurdles, forged on through the trenches to realize their dream of becoming parents. I first ‘virtually’ met today’s mumma a couple of years ago through an online IVF group. One day she posted her story, which mind you, even a few years ago seemed like almost too much for one person to bare, and I thought to myself, if she can continue to try, despite all the disappointment, then anyone can. If she can continue to fight for her dream, then I can to. Her story broke my heart, but it inspired me daily. I screen shot one of her posts and I would share it with friends who were having a hard time with infertility and felt like they couldn’t go on. I promised her that WHEN her baby came, not IF….that I would be completely honoured to gift her a session. And you know what…that day has finally arrived! I’ll let mumma share her story, and I’ll share some pic’s along the way….but boy oh boy….this little miracle was all kinds of lovely today. He is beyond cute, slept up a storm and there was so much joy and love in the room it was simply breathtaking.

After finding out I had a bicornate, septated uterus , with endometriosis and pcos, Drs outcome for me having children was low. Having to go on a search for a Dr that was willing to help. Dr No 4 Dr Glenn Sterling was the one that saved my fertility and worked tirelessly to see me achieve my dream of becoming a mother. So after 47 rounds of fertility treatment 2 dangerous uterine surgeries, 7 endometriosis surgeries, 2 gastric surgeries to help control my weight. 17 Miscarriages, 7 Chemical pregnancies, a diagnosis of an immune disorder, a plan was hatched to help me achieve my dream. After trying tirelessly for 9 years, countless injections and tears. I was put on a protocol that worked. Finally I had to pinch myself and thank the Dr who never gave up on me. As we welcomed our little miracle I was so thankful we never gave up, that I had a Dr who took risks that no one else would. Feeling incredibly blessed right now.

World….Meet Isaiah.x.

Newborn baby boy sleeping on blue blanket Newborn baby boy sleeping on blue blanket with blue wrap and knit bonnetOh my word…this guy though…with his papa’s gorgeous Nigerian pouty lips, long lashes and curls but his mumma’s creamy skin…he was absolutely the most divine combination of the two.

Newborn baby bpy sleeping in round wooden bowl with blue blanket and wrap and bonnet on blue fur Newborn baby bpy sleeping in cream tin bucket with navy wrap and knit layer on white wooden floorIt’s hard to believe this chunky little man started out a little early and a teeny 2kg….look at those chins!

Newborn baby boy sleeping on cream blanket with blue wrap and knit bonnet Newborn baby boy sleeping on cream blanket with blue wrap That blonde curly hair was everything….

Newborn baby boy sleeping in grey cane basket with blue blanket and wrap and bonnet on wooden floor Newborn baby boy sleeping on wooden bed wearing navy knit romper and bonnet with blue blanket and knit layer and soft toysOh sigh….you can’t beat a sleepy little bubba in a bed….mumma was so excited for this shot…so glad Isaiah loved it too!

Newborn baby boy sleeping in farmers basket with teal blue blanket and wrap on wooden floor Newborn baby boy sleeping in farmers basket with teal blue blanket and wrap on wooden floorThe most perfect baby ever (I may say that about all of them but oh my!!!)

Newborn baby boy sleeping in oval wooden bowl on grey fur with grey curly felt and grey blanket and wrap and bear bonnet and knit koala toyMumma adored this set up too…how divine is this snuggly little koala with his little koala toy?

Newborn baby boy sleeping in wooden log bowl with red knit layer and fabric and pants on wooden floorNow red isn’t a colour I use a lot but how gorgeous is this set up with Isaiah’s colouring…he literally just kicked back in this bowl…how relaxed does he look?

Black man holding naked white newbornUmmmm….gasp…I knew this shot was going to be amazing before I even clicked my camera. Just a little guy snuggled up safely with his papa…does not get any better than that. And how special to see just how small Isaiah was in time in his papa’s hands.

Julie and Emmanuel…..I am so honoured that after all you have been through I have been the one to capture this little miracle now he is safely here in your arms. It is by far the most immense privilege. All your determination and hard works has been rewarded by the very best gift and I can not think of two more deserving people. Isaiah definitely chose the right mumma and papa.

Isaiah…you were worth the wait.x.

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