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Love it knows no bounds…

our hearts are filled with joy…

Another gift from heaven…

our darling little boy.

 

I seriously can not stop pinching myself that this story could have been an entirely different one. That this little guy and his big brother and sister may never have joined their family. But thankfully, with a little help from someone special in heaven, this family has grown into a beautiful little tribe filled with love. I always remember this mumma telling me after the most heartbreaking journey, that she wasn’t having any more children…but just look at them now!! I have had the true honour of sharing in this families story and have captured each one of their little people as newborns. I’m going to share a little of their story and you will see, that from darkness, the most amazing blessings can arise.

When I was young I wanted to have 14 children! After two miscarriages at 12 weeks and 17 weeks I finally became a mum in 2004. Life was pretty busy, but I loved every minute of it. Hayden was a happy go lucky baby, suffered from reflux, but otherwise I felt like the luckiest mum alive. I didn’t have the most gracious delivery, however all was forgotten once I had my beautiful bundle of joy in my arms. Not only was I trying to adapt to being a new mum, I was also in my final year of a nursing degree. With the help of my family, I managed to finish that year and became a nurse.

When Hayden was one, I became a single mum and although the challenge of being a mum was slightly harder, we managed to get through.

Tragically, my gorgeous son Hayden was taken too soon, due to an accidental death. I thought my journey as a mother would be a different one from then on wards.

Time passed and my heart found room to love again when I met Steve and we married in 2012. When we first met we knew neither wanted any children, so we were a perfect match. Then surprisingly our hearts found more room and we found ourselves expecting a teeny tiny miracle.

In 2014 I photographed that teeny tiny miracle, Sweet Harry and then in 2016 Sweet Sophie arrived….and now, guess what? The most darling little man has joined their family and he was absolutely divine today!!

Newborn baby boy wrapped in blue wrap being held by three year old boy and two year old girl on cream fur holding photograph of deceased sibling in a frameCould they get any cuter? And with Sweet Hayden in their hearts this was such a perfect moment.

World….Meet Jesse.x.

Newborn baby boy sleeping on blue blanket with blue wrap Newborn baby boy sleeping on blue blanket with blue wrap and blue knit bonnetThat sweet little smile…

Newborn baby boy sleeping in round wooden bowl wearing cream knit romper and bear bonnet with knit bear on white wooden floorThe most adorable bear you did see….how divine is the romper and bonnet from Poppy’s Props!

Newborn baby sleeping in round white cane basket with brown felt and white wrap and brown bonnet holding frame of deceased toddler sibling on wooden floorI have had the honour of recreating this very special set up for Harry, Sophie and now Jesse….not the sibling photo’s I’m sure mumma dreamed of but still special to be able to see her sweet boys together.

Newborn baby sleeping in wooden crate wrapped in blue blanket with blue knit layer and wrap and bonnet on white wooden floor holding blue felt heart Newborn baby sleeping in wooden crate wrapped in blue blanket with blue knit layer and wrap and bonnet on white wooden floorWe used the same gorgeous colours in both of the boys sessions and I remember how lovely little Harry looked in this blue…Jesse is the absolute spitting image of his brother as a newborn…it was like deja vu!

Newborn baby sleeping in wooden log bowl with brown felt wearing brown shorts holding brown toy fox on wooden floorOh.my.lord…I can’t even with this…soooooo cute!

Newborn baby boy sleeping on cream blanket with cream knit layer and knit sleepy bonnet Newbonr baby boy sleeping in cream iron bucket wrapped in blue blanket with blue knit layer and bonnet on white wooden floor Newborn baby boy in wire farmers basket with grey blanket and romper on hessian layer on wooden floor Newborn baby boy in wire farmers basket with grey blanket and romper and bonnet on hessian layer on wooden floorThere’s just something about little baby pj’s! I shared a little live video from this set up…did you catch it?

Newborn baby boy wrapped in blue wrap on cream fur with eyes wide openThis guy seriously slept up a storm his entire session, he was so laid back we could have done whatever we liked with him and he just kicked back! But right at the end of the session he opened his peepers for a very short window and gave us this pout!!! Blue steel much?

Newborn baby boy sleeping on wooden bed with cream knit pants on blue blanket on cream fur with cream and blue knit bears and sibling big sister and brotherAll the happy for this beautiful family….

Harry & Sophie, despite being cheeky for your mumma while we were working with your baby, you were so well behaved in the studio and it was adorable to see you with your new little brother.

Sarah & Steve thank you for trusting me time and again to share your story and capture your growing family.

And Jesse…if only all the babies were as laid back and care free as you (including my big baby who still wakes and feeds more than a newborn!)

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Just when you think you know love….

Something little comes along to remind you just how big it really is.

You guys…I got a new niece!!! And she is all that and more. I have been absolutely busting for this little love to arrive, since long before she was even a twinkle in her mumma and papa’s eye’s. There is just something extra special about photographing one of your own and I was even special enough to be one of the first people to meet her when she arrived earthside a mere two weeks ago. Her journey to join our family hasn’t been an easy one, I’ll let her mumma share a little of their story, but considering it’s only been two weeks, sweet girl it’s like you always belonged here.

Our journey to Ayla took a little longer than than we had hoped, initially because of my irregular periods and unbalanced hormones. Then like so many couples we miscarried our first babe which was devastating but we accepted that that baby was just not meant to be ours. Then 8 months later we conceived again and although the pregnancy was a challenging time for me, we were grateful to have an incident free term with our baby growing perfectly. At 40 + 6 days we went in for an induction but after 20 hours of labour my body just didn’t want to let the baby go. She began to stress a little so the doctors decided the best option was to deliver via an emergency caesarean. I will never forget the moment they told us we had a baby girl, then when they put her on my chest we couldn’t believe how lucky we were to have a beautiful, perfect baby. The journey was completely worth it and we are blessed beyond words to have our baby Ayla.

World…Meet Ayla.x.

 

Newborn baby girl sleeping in wooden crate with mint wrap and knit layer and blanket on white wooden floor holding felt heart and wearing flower tieback Newborn baby girl sleeping in wooden crate with mint wrap and knit layer and blanket on white wooden floor holding felt heart and wearing flower tieback Newborn baby girl sleeping in wooden crate with mint wrap and knit layer and blanket on white wooden floor holding felt heart and wearing knit bonnetMumma asked for a beautiful earthy gallery filled with soft greens, browns, yellows, creams and whites, and I’m sure you’ll agree, it suited her perfectly. She was such a little doll. Newborn baby girl sleeping on cream blanket with green knit layer and green knit bonnet Newborn baby girl sleeping on cream blanket with green knit layer and greenbow tieback Newborn baby girl sleeping in cream vintage iron bed with green wrap and blanket and lace layer and bow tieback with cream curly felt layer Newborn baby girl sleeping in cream bucket with cream knit layer and cream wrap and tieback and bear soft toy on white wooden floorHow adorable is this little bear Ayla’s Uncle Thomas gave her? I can imagine her snuggling up to it for many years to come. Newborn baby girl sleeping in brown cream and green flower nest wearing brown lace romper wearing brown flower crown on wooden floorThis stunning set up is definitely one of my favourites, the gorgeous earthy tones and textures worked perfectly with this sweet romper and flower crown from one of my favourite vendors, Gumnutandbloom. Newborn baby girl sleeping in round wooden bowl with yellow blanket and wrap and tieback and vintage lace doily layer on white wooden floorEveryone know’s how partial I am to yellows…how lovely is this? Newborn baby girl sleeping in farmers basket with tan knit wrap and blanket and bow tieback on wooden floor with hessian layer Newborn baby girl sleeping in cane basket with yellow blanket and layer and quilt layer and knit bonnet Newborn baby girl sleeping on grey blanket with grey rainbow blanket and rainbow felt hearts with pink flower tiebackSuch a lucky girl when one Aunty is a newborn photographer and the other Aunty is a prop vendor…this magical blanket was made especially for Ayla, a rainbow after stormy times. Newborn baby girl sleeping on pink yoga mat wearing tribal pattern pantsSo these next two pics are not my usual style but when mumma asked if I could incorporate a little of them in the session I figured why not! Can you guess what mumma and papa’s hobbies are? I’ll give you a clue…can anyone say downward facing dog? Newborn baby girl sleeping in grey cane basket with grey blanket and wrap wearing pink head phones and pink and green game controller on wooden floor Newborn baby girl wrapped in green wrap sleeping in flower nest holding rainbow felt heart wearing rainbow flower tieback on green back dropAnd last, but by no means least, a breathtaking celebration for a true rainbow after the storm.

Ayla you are the light in everyone’s lives and I am so glad you are finally here to work your way towards healing your mumma and papa’s hearts.

Rachel and Ryan, my heart near exploded when I found out this little miracle was on her way and I am so glad she is here safe and sound. Thank you for the immense honour of capturing memories for you during this special time in your lives.

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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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