Amanda Maree Photography » Amanda Maree Photography - Brisbane Newborn Photographer

I loved you from the very start…you stole my breath, embraced my heart

Our life together has just begun…You’re part of me little one

As mother with child, each day I grew…my mind was filled with thoughts of you

I’d daydream of the things we’d share…like late night milks & teddy bears

Like first steps & skinned knees…like bedtime stories & ABC’s

I thought of things you’d want to know…like how birds fly & flowers grow

I thought of lessons I’d need to share…like standing tall & playing fair

When I first saw your precious face…I hoped your life be touched with grace

I thanked the angels from above…& promised you unending love

Each night I lay you down to sleep…I gently kiss your head & cheek

I count your little fingers & toes…I memorize your eyes & nose

I linger at your nursery door…awed each day I love you more

Through misty eyes, I dim the light…I whisper ‘I love you’ every night

I loved you from the very start…you stole my breath embraced my heart

As mother & child our journeys begun…my hearts yours forever little one.

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Today I had the most adorable little guy in the studio…the best hair, the biggest dark eyes that literally looked into my soul and the sweetest little personality. He had a big nap in the car on the way so when he arrived he was ready to play…actually he was a total nosey parker and didn’t want to miss a thing! But once he had a full belly he set to snoozing and we were rewarded with the most gorgeous smile and lots of adorable images. I’m pretty sure these sneak peaks just keep getting bigger because I can never decide on just a couple to share! I’m sure you’ll all agree…this gorgeous boy needs to have aaaaaalllllll the shares!

Now today’s Mumma and Papa actually found me after their little man had arrived earthside and I am so glad we could manage to squeeze them in. I would hate for any family to miss the opportunity to capture this magical time as a new family…it goes so fast and to have these gorgeous images as a keepsake is everything!

World….Meet Aryan…he’s new here.x.

(Just had to add…this little man’s name means ‘noble’ and ‘high born’ and honestly…I’m pretty sure he’s destined for big things) Newborn baby boy sleeping in farmers basket with blue wrap and blanket and layer and knit bonnet on wooden floorHow adorable is that first pic? There was lots of cuddling to start the session…I always tell families we work on bubba’s timetable so I was more than happy to wait for sweet Aryan to be ready to start if it meant snuggles and smiles. Newborn baby boy sleeping or awake on cream blanket with tan wrap and knit bonnet Oh lordy…after a big feed he just settled down quietly awake…and we got these absolutely divine shots… Newborn baby boy sleeping in cane basket with blue blanket and knit layer and wrap and bonnet and felt heartNow Mumma asked for blue’s and beige’s…which I think was the perfect choice for Aryan’s gorgeous skin and dark hair… Newborn baby boy sleeping or awake on cream blanket with tan wrap and knit bonnetGaaaaah…all the smiles… Newborn baby in round wooden bowl with blue blanket and layers and beige wrap with blue knit bonnet and bear soft toy on wooden floorLiterally…so so happy… Newborn baby sleeping on blue blanket with blue wrap Newborn baby sleeping in cane moses basket with beige blanket and wrap and pillow on wooden floorLook at those teeny toes peeping out… Newborn baby wrapped in blue blanket on cream furSee why I had trouble choosing which images to share???? Newborn baby sleeping on vintage iron bed with green blanket and knit layer wearing grey romper with grey pillow and bed wrapped in vines and elephant and lion soft toys sitting in frontWho caught the live of this adorable set up? Little Aryan’s nursery is jungle themed and Mumma asked for a little pop of green so I thought this set up would be perfect… Newborn baby boy sleeping in dads arms in black and white imageAnd this last magical capture for the day…one adorable tiny guy snuggled safely in his Papa’s arms…

Oh Aryan…you are all kinds of lovely. Thank you for being so sweet today.x.

Navi & Jas is was such a treat to meet you guys, I’m so glad our paths crossed and we could today’s magic happen.

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You’re 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 away…

I can always lean on you…

You are my brother….

You are my friend.

Newborn sleeping wearing cream knit romper being held by sibling big brother and sister laying on cream furYou guys…I have photographed every single one of these special little people as newborns and I’m having all the feels. I just adore watching my families grow over the years and to have the privilege of photographing not one but three babies from one family is just everything. And these aren’t just any old bubba’s…they are three very special miracles that their Mumma and Papa worked extra hard to bring earthside.

World…Meet William…he’s new here.x. Newborn baby boy sleeping on brown blanket with blue mustard and rust wrap and mustard knit bonnetHow stunning is this wrap William brought to his session today…I just adore these colours and it went perfectly with all the set ups we created. Newborn baby wearing cream knit romper sleeping on vintage iron bed with sage coloured wrapToday’s session was all my favourite colours….fall vibes for sure. Mumma asked for this gorgeous sage then earthy tones…so of course I added mustard! Then we went with rust and browns to create a stunning collection that I hope will adorn their walls for years to come. Newborn baby boy sleeping in cane basket in boho set up with cream and mustard layersEeeeep did you catch my live from this set up? Just after I logged off he smiled up a storm! Glad I could capture it with my camera instead. And when Mumma said she loved mustard I may have gone a little mad… Newborn baby boy sleeping in round wooden bowl wearing rust knit romper with rust blanket and layers and blue floral wrap on wooden floor Newborn baby boy sleeping on cream blanket with sage bonnet and wrap Newborn baby boy sleeping in cane doll highchair with mustard seat cover and pillow wearing mustard romper

Staaaap….I don’t think it gets any cuter than this…how adorable is this little cane highchair? As soon as I saw it I knew I needed it and it went perfectly with William’s session today… Newborn baby boy sleeping in cane basket with brown knit wrap and layer and blanket on wooden floor Newborn baby boy sleeping on cream blanket with mustard floral wrap and bonnetNow this one is also a new fav…I got this gorgeous mustard wrap from my favourite kids brand Jamie Kay  and when it arrived I knew it would be perfect for Williams session, doesn’t hurt that it’s mustard too! Newborn baby boy sleeping in cane round basket with sage wrap on wooden floorJust hanging around…. Newborn baby boy sleeping in farmers basket with mustard and cream knit layers wearing mustard knit romper and bonnet Newborn baby boy sleeping on cream fur wrapped in mustard floral wrap Newborn baby boy sleeping on brown blanket with brown knit bonnet and old brown toy dogNow anyone who has followed my page for a while will recognize this old guy and this shot as we have captured sweet ‘dusty’…Papa’s dog from when he was a boy, with both of William’s older siblings so of course we had to recreate it today. Papa sent me a photo of their wall with both Nate & Evelyn’s shot’s from this set up in canvas and it literally made my heart squeal…THIS is exactly why I do what I do.

William…thank you for being such a darling today…it was so lovely to meet you and continue to tell your family’s story.

Nate & Evie…you were the best big brother and sister that a little guy (& newborn photographer!) could ask for…loving, kind and caring…and giving of the best snuggles!

Grant and Jess…I’m a little teary today that your family is complete and, as Evie reminded me, you won’t be having any more babies, so our journey with newborn sessions has come to an end 🙁

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Today I thought I’d mix up the behind the scenes a bit and show you a day in the life of a newborn photographer. 1. Cuddle babies 2. Take cute pics 3. Get paid….that’s about the sum of it, right? Sigh…I wish!!! Anyone who has had a newborn session knows there’s a whole load more that goes on to making that magic happen, and even if you have had a session, there’s even more magic behind the scenes you might not know about! I’ll give you a clue…there’s more mess than fun 😉

Obviously the preparation begins when I first get in touch with a family and we begin planning the session but the actual getting into it starts the night before the session…once my little one’s are in bed I head into the studio and begin setting up for the session….choosing props, blankets, wraps, outfits and tiebacks that fit with what a family has talked about in their pre-session prep. This is definitely one of the fun parts. I have so many things to choose from and always love creating special set ups for every unique little one. Newborn photography props such as blankets wraps and headbands Newborn photography props such as blankets wraps and headbandsEvery family have such different styles…some families are sure about what they want, what style, what colours…other families leave it entirely up to me! Once the studio is all set up to go then I usually sneak off to bed!

The next morning I set up all the tiny details that make your session with me unique…a cute little chalk board with your little one’s name on it, a beautiful scented candle, my favourite coffee cups and the netflix remote to make you all feel at home in my home while I’m capturing the magic of your teeny tiny loves. Small blackboard with writing on in stating welcome baby Mysha with glass vase and pink flowers on small wooden table plus multi coloured coffee cup sitting beside bag of leaf tea I send my little one’s to their Nanna’s, turn on my shusher and heartbeat app and wait patiently for you to arrive!!

Now comes the next fun part…lots of snuggles…but also lots of poop and lots of patience! I had a client say to me last week…’you are so patient’ and it got me to thinking, that is definitely my most important skill as a newborn photographer. It’s not my 10 years of experience, my mentoring, training, workshops, conferences, my 17 years as a NICU nurse or 8 years as a Mumma myself, it’s not my focus on newborn safety or my concern for the comfort of my families….it’s my patience. Patience waiting for newborns to be born, patience waiting for new families to arrive (everyone is always late lol!) patience to settle newborns to sleep, patience to wait for them to feed, patience to get them into that perfect snuggly pose, then patience while we clean up all the poop (& there is so much poop!) and then achieve that perfect snuggly pose again, patience to wait for babies to smile, wait for that perfect shot and capture all the shots in between, it’s all about patience…and almost all sessions families comment on how patient I am so I know I am winning! Anyway, I digress….

We take lots of cute pics! Canon camera being held by lady in mustard dressSessions go anywhere from 2-4 hours but usually that time is filled with feeding and settling and pooping…plus some sneaky photos! And then you head home with your sweet new babe and my work continues. Usually I get changed first…because, like I said, poop! Then I start the mammoth washing! Everything is washed in between sessions with gentle detergent and sanitizer. Do you know how tricky it can be hanging out one billion teeny tiny hand washed outfits!! washing machine and dryerGosh don’t look too closely at my dirty laundry!!

Newborn outfits hanging on clothes hangersOk…these are adorbs! So much gorgeous in tiny little packages…all those little details!

After all the washing is on I sit down at the computer to upload all the magical images and get to editing. I prepare your gorgeous blog post sneak peak for the evening, a handful of each of the set ups we did during the session and a little teaser leaving not only Mumma and Papa wanting more but also all my lovely followers! I know that fix is what keeps y’all going! Usually I work till near midnight…the joys of wearing many hats…and then often, turn around and do it all again the next day. There’s blogging and emailing and advertising…planning and knitting and sorting! A girls work is never done! computer screen

A day in the life…hope you enjoyed a little sneak behind the workings of my day 🙂

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Twinkle twinkle little star,
do you know how loved you are?
like a diamond in the sky,
forever shining in my eye
twinkle twinkle little star,
Do you know how loved you are?

Today I had the most adorable little love in the studio…the biggest most all knowing eye’s and the sweetest little smile. This gorgeous girl missed her newborn session thanks to covid and the lockdown so I was super excited to hear from her Mumma and set to work planning her 9mth session! She was all kinds of gorgeous with lovely long locks and lashes to match! She wasn’t too sure about me or the studio…the joys of being raised in a pandemic but with Mumma and Papa doing lots of silly dancing, singing and snacks…we got there in the end. I am sure you will all agree…she is just divine.

World…Meet Mysha…she’s 9mths!

Literally a real life little doll…. Nine month old baby wearing white knit romper and bow on cream furShe wasn’t super excited about staying still either and very proud to show us all her new tricks like crawling and climbing and standing!! Nine month old baby sitting in cream vintage iron bed wearing mint vintage romper and bow with mint lace wrap and knit layer Nine month baby girl wearing mustard knit romper and floral crown sitting on cream furShe looked just stunning in this mustard yellow colour… Nine month baby girl sitting in cane basket with pink knit blanket and flowers wearing pink bow or knit bonnet Nine month baby girl sitting in cane basket with dried leaf and flowers wearing cream knit romper with cream doily and wrap on cream fur Nine month baby girl sitting in wooden bowl with teal knit wrap and white doily wearing cream knit romper and bow on cream fur Nine month baby girl wearing mustard knit romper and floral crown sitting on cream furShe just learnt to poke her tongue this week…isn’t it adorable???? Nine month baby girl wearing pink romper with pink flower halo and pink blanket crawling on floor Nine month old baby girl sitting in cane basket wearing pink romper and hair bow with lace doily and pink knit wrapThose eyes…that smile…sigh… Nine month baby girl wearing white feather romper sitting in cane basket with lace wrap and white bow or knit bonnet Nine month baby girl sitting in bright coloured woven fabric basket wearing yellow knit romper and flower haloThat teeny tiny tongue….

Chandni and Himanshu thank you so much for finding me and bringing your gorgeous little love to the studio…I am so glad we got there in the end!

Mysha you are divine…and I can’t wait to see you for your first birthday!!

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It always surprises me when my personal posts get so much interaction on social media…turns out y’all are hanging around for more than cute newborn photo’s!! At the end of the year I did my Instagram Top 9, there were a few different apps that showed you the cute collage, but one of them I did was literally almost all personal posts…how neat is that? I always love a good behind the scene’s…a sneak peak into the goings on of the studio…a personal project…and maybe you guys do too? So I’m going to make a conscious effort to give you more of me this year. I don’t know that I’ll be posing my almost 4yr old as a newborn like we did last year, my kiddo’s are getting less and less keen for photo’s but we’ll see how go! I don’t have a personal Instagram so there’s no cute top 9 and I couldn’t choose just 9 to share so here’s a little recap of our year.  2020…well, what do you say really? So many highs, for most, many more lows. It was a tough year for us despite covid and lock down…home schooling, yeah that was fun! We started out the year bidding farewell to my youngest brother and his family, who moved interstate, no one could have predicted just how far away Sydney would be in 2020, and we ended the year with him being deployed overseas before we could actually catch up with border changes. He’s still away but we were spoiled by seeing his wife and children over Christmas, and that definitely helped. Who knows what the world will look like when he comes back later this year but we are all hoping it involves a visit! Anyone who knows me knows we are a super close family! collage of family photos

Then of course came lockdown, which wasn’t too bad for me personally, I still had to go to work in the NICU and got to see my friends there, and my kids were kept safe at home. We actually flourished as a family, lots of nature projects and walks and my big boy thrived without the pressures of society and school. Speaking of my big boy, this year has been our hardest yet, being diagnosed ADHD and severe anxiety in 2019, this year lead us to an Autistic diagnosis so we’ve had some huge challenges to say the least. We spent the year navigating our new new, appointments, medications, and way too many tears from both of us. He loved homeschooling and going back into the school system was horrendous but we made it! He started Karate which has actually been the biggest blessing, he’s thrived and collected so many new skills along with a yellow belt and two awards! He also celebrated his 8th birthday and who doesn’t love that! My tiny baby turned 3…waaah! He also started permanent family daycare two days a week and absolutely loves it. He’s super social, unlike my big boy, and has loved being around other kids and an amazing teacher. We celebrated his birthday with a visit to the firestation and his little mind literally exploded!

Sadly we lost my Nan unexpectedly this year, on the other side of covid thankfully, which meant we could celebrate her life and the beautiful person she was. A sudden loss though, always confronts you with regret…not enough time together, not enough moments…not enough memories. It’s moments like these that make me appreciate the gift that I give with imagery. So many people lost loved ones this past year and the change in dynamics of lock downs just added a whole new layer to the grief. I had friends welcome new babies, I had friends heartbreakingly say goodbye to their babies. Loss during covid made everything even more broken.

Another hard part of covid was definitely the closure of the studio for a large section of the year. It broke my heart to turn away so many new families, having them miss out on capturing that brief but special time in the journey of new parenthood. Losing my livelihood was also a challenge and not something I would like to go through again in a hurry. I spent lots of time sorting and folding and rearranging the way too many bonnets and wraps I have! We reopened in July and madly rescheduled as many people as we could in and it’s been all go since then. My heart goes out to my colleagues interstate and overseas though still affected by covid and it’s lock downs, and the many families missing out. My favourite quote has always been…you never know the value of a moment until its a memory…this year has definitely taught us that.

My NICU work has remained insanely busy which is always a challenge, and whilst I welcomed many new little miracles, there were also way too many farewells. We ended the year combining both of my loves, and with Heartfelt I photographed all of the sweet little ones stuck in hospital in the NICU during the festive season. It’s something I’ve done for many years and always gets you in the feels, giving me the strength to step back into all those challenges with a little bit of happiness and joy. 2020 I also struggled with my own health, having multiple surgeries and procedures on my back, one during the middle of covid, which was really hard and add to that being a single Mumma it made life that little bit extra complex.

Buuuuut we made it out the other side…woohoo! And who’s excited for a new year and a bazillion new possibilities? Me, me, me! I can’t wait to meet many new little people making their way earthside this year, I can’t wait to capture your special memories, and I can’t wait to share a little more of me. Let’s all hope for more highs, hey?

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