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Snuggle you up in my arms baby dear…

keeping you warm, keeping you near…

this time it is precious, tiny and new…

never to doubt, my love it is true…

Holding you safe, my life is complete…

with your tiny fingers and your tiny feet.

 

Can you believe it’s a new year? Last year was such a blur but here we are fresh and new in 2021! I thought I’d take the time while I wait for all our January babies to make their way earthside to give you a little behind the scenes of just what goes into a newborn session and what you can expect when you come to the studio with your newest little love.

Today I wanted to talk about the studio itself, and more importantly how snuggly and warm it is in there! Anyone who has been to the studio or seen me do a live knows it can get super toasty in there but did you know there is a very important reason behind that? Did you know your newborn can’t actually regulate their own temperature until they are around 2yrs old? Crazy hey? I’m sure you read when you were expecting all those fun facts about how to dress your little one, nursery room temperatures…to add one extra layer than what you are wearing. There is so much advice around how to prepare when bringing a newborn home. But the studio is a whole other story in itself…your little one is nudie rudie and therefore needs a little more support than you would imagine. We have the studio set to around 25-28degress to support your little one when they can’t otherwise support themselves. For an adult the temperature might be a little too toasty but the risks to a bubba getting cold…like restlessness, low blood sugar, poor feeding or worse are not things I am willing to risk. Your little ones comfort and safety will always be my priority. Neonatal thermoregulation graphicWithout getting too sciency…that’s totally a word right? The above graphic from http://www.cmnrp.ca  shows the modes but also how easy a newborn without protection loses heat. Without the support of an external heat source or layers, heat loss can be quick and catastrophic. As a NICU nurse but also an experienced newborn photographer I take my role very seriously. Often families haven’t even left the house with their newborn yet, they haven’t let anyone meet or hold their newborn and here they are in a total strangers studio expected to hand over their most prized possession, literally their heart in a tiny little being, to someone they have never met. It is not a privilege I take lightly and an honour that isn’t wasted on me. I want you to feel safe, I want you to feel comfortable and I want you to feel confident that you have chosen the right person. Put your faith in me and you will not only be rewarded with beautiful images to treasure for eternity but also a lovely experience leaving you with memories of such a magical time in your newborns journey.

Have you had a newborn session with me? I’d love to hear about your experience below…. Newborn baby girl sleeping in white wooden little bed wearing pink knit romper with pink flower tieback with pink and white bears sitting beside the bed with a pink lace wrap and on cream fur being supported by female photographer with dark hair and wearing black clothes

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Today I’ll hold my babies hand…

and walk beneath the sky…

we’ll take our time and wander…

and watch the robin fly…

we’ll stop along the way…

to smell a rose that’s sweet…

and leave some footprints in the dust…

made by tiny feet…

but those tiny feet are growing…

hands are growing too…

just yesterday it seems…

you were small and new…

the memories tucked deep in my heart…

are the only things that last…

for those tiny baby hands and feet…

will grow up much too fast.

(Patsy Gaut…2006)

 

Today’s adorable little loveheart was just too cute for words! Last time I saw this sweet babe she was just that, a teeny tiny newborn…I can not believe she is 9mths old already! I was so excited when this gorgeous family decided to pop back into the studio and so glad we could make it happen before Christmas! It’s such a fun age…we got all the adorable little faces and personality you can imagine! I also adore these sessions as we get to recreate their newborn session and see just how much they’ve grown! When I am posing a sweet sleeping newborn I get glimpses of who they are going to be, the little pout or dimple, the furrowed brow, the way the love to snooze with their hand snuggled near their face but it’s a real treat when they come back over their first year to see all those little quirks in action. Mumma snuck her sweet girls into the studio as a surprise for Papa’s Christmas gift so it was all very secret squirrel…thank heavens he’s not on social media because I was just busting to share these pic’s. I know I am always saying imagery is the greatest gift you can give yourself but after the year we have had and coming into this special time, it’s more important than ever.

 

Arabella is 9 months…

nine month baby girl in round cane basket with pink knit wrap and with flowers and wearing pink fower tieback Newborn baby girl in round cane basket with pink knit wrap and pink blanket with flowers and wearing pink fower tiebackOh my lordy…look how much she has grown…I didn’t think it was possible to get any sweeter than this newborn set up…but she has gotten cuter!! Nine month baby girl wearing navy romper sitting on all fours on navy blanket wearing navy bow tieback Newborn baby girl sleeping on cream blanket with navy wrap and bow tiebackThose little toothy pegs…gaaah! Arabella was on the move so it was a fun filled session with lots of distraction to keep her in the set ups! Mumma and I were knackered by the end!

Nine month baby girl sitting in cane basket with purple knit blanket, flowers and floral tieback Nine month baby girl sitting in cane basket with purple knit blanket, flowers and floral tieback Newborn baby girl sleeping in cane basket with purple knit blanket and wrap and flowers and tiebackI love that those adorable little smooshy cheeks have stayed! Nine month baby girl wearing maroon romper with flower tieback and maroon curly felt Newborn baby girl sleeping on maroon curly felt wrapped in maroon wrap with flower tiebackOh baby girl…those sweet little smiles… Nine month baby girl sitting in cream iron vintage bed with pink blanket and lace layer with flowers in white lace vase and sibling big sister in white dress kneeling by bed Newborn baby girl sleeping wearing pink knit romper and tieback in cream vintage iron bed with pink knit blanket and lace layer with cream lace vase and pink flowersThese two were divine together last time they were in the studio and just as special today…

Nine month baby girl sitting in cane basket with purple blanket and purple lace knit wrap wearing purple tieback Newborn baby girl sleeping on purple blanket with purple knit lace wrap and tiebackHow did this teeny tiny bundle grow into this adorable big girl??? Nine month baby girl sitting in wooden bowl with apricot blanket and navy wrap and floral navy womens shirt wearing pink bloomers and flower tieback Newborn baby girl sleeping in wooden bowl with apricot blanket and navy wrap and floral navy womens shirt wrapped in peach wrap with flower tiebackNow I’m not sure if you remember this sweet series of images…you see I first met this family when I photographed Arabella’s big sister Elianna as a newborn and we had a very special person come along to her newborn session, her Nanna Joy. She was battling the hideous disease of cancer and sadly she lost that battle before sweet Arabella was earthside. So we created a special image with Arabella nestled in Nanna’s shirt that she wore to Elianna’s session so it was only fitting that we recreated that set up today. Arabella is a carbon copy of her beautiful Nanna which made things all the more lovely.x.

Nine month baby girl sitting on cream fur wearing white dress with white bow in hair and sibling big sister in same outfit wearing cowboy boots with babies boots sitting on floor beside themAnd one last special shot for Papa…for his birthday today and for the sneaky Christmas surprise…are these not the most adorable little boots you have ever seen?

 

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Hold him a little longer…

Rock him a little more…

Tell him another story…

You’ve only read him four…

Let him sleep on your shoulder…

Rejoice in his happy smile…

He is only a little boy…

For such a little while.

Oh my goodness…new babies are my favourite…NICU babies even more special…and returning families…even more special than that so today’s sweet family is all of that rolled into one! I was so excited when this gorgeous mumma got in touch to say she was expecting again…after a traumatic and challenging introduction into parenthood with their first darling little man at a mere 24 weeks, this time around everyone tip toed around begging the days to tick over. And…here they are with a gorgeous chubby term baby!! Now big boy…AND big brother Carter is 2.5yrs old and he was so excited to bring his new baby to the studio today. I first met this family in the NICU when Carter was a teeny tiny little guy, then had him back in the studio as a 5.5mth old ‘newborn’ which was so divine. To see Carter today, healthy and fighting fit, even a little cheeky….it fills my heart. And he’s totally relishing in his new role as big brother…well…mostly he is, just not in the studio today, lol! He wasn’t super excited to hang out with me or his new brother when the camera was out…two year olds hey? Mumma chose a gorgeous gallery of greens and blue and brought along a few special things to include in our session…we had such a lovely day all together.

World…Meet Flynn…He’s New Here.x.

Newborn baby boy sleeping on mint blanket with native australian wrap Flynn brought this gorgeous green wrap to his session today and it went perfectly with the mint colour tones Mumma had chosen. Newborn baby boy sleeping in oval cane basket with blue blanket and wrap and hessian layer with rabbit pelt and dried grass on wooden floor Newborn baby boy sleeping in oval wooden bowl wearing cream knit romper with cream blanket and curly felt layer holding gold heart necklace with name flynn engraved on wooden floorHow sweet is this little necklace Mumma brought with Flynn’s name on it…who remembers Carter’s session where we did a similar set up with a necklace that she was gifted when he was born?

And did you catch the behind the scenes from this set up? Can we all just take a collective moment to look at that little pot belly…these knit suits always show off adorable bubba bellys! Newborn baby boy sleeping on vintage iron bed on blue fur with blue wrap layer and white sheet with blue hot air balloons wearing blue romperThis dreamy blue cloud wrap went perfectly with this set up…when Mumma handed it to me I knew it was meant to be. Newborn baby boy sleeping in farmers basket wrapped in mint wrap with mint blanket and layer on wooden floorSnug as a bug… Newborn baby boy sleeping on cream blanket with blue wrap and knit bonnet and bearDem lashes, dem cheeks, dem lips…chub for days…. Newborn baby boy wearing blue knit romper sleeping being held by two year old sibling brother on cream furOk…I’m not going to lie…this may have taken three adults, lots of tricks, singing and bribery…anyone who’s been to my studio want to guess what made him smile in the end? Newborn baby bpy sleeping in round wooden bowl with mint blanket and curly felt and knit romper on wooden floor Newborn baby boy sleeping on vintage iron bed with blue mattress and wrap layer wearing blue knit romper with two year old sibling brother sitting beside him wearing white shirt and tan shorts on blue furFlynn may have been smiling but Carter was not interested in the slightest lol…I remember these big haunting eye’s from his newborn session…so wise and knowing.

Flynn..thank you for being sweet chunky snuggly you…even if you pooped on literally every single thing I own! Carter…it was so lovely to see you today even if you preferred playing with my piggy than hanging out in my studio! Keli and Kate…Flynn is divine, thank you for choosing me to capture your growing family again, it is the truest gift.

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My child…

it is when I watch you sleep

that I am touched most deeply

by the miracle that you are…

perfectly quiet…

perfectly beautiful…

long before I knew you…

every fiber of your being

was woven flawlessly together…

not even the smallest detail

was left unfinished…

My dear little child…

I would be forever content

to watch you while you sleep…

and to be touched again and again…

by the wonderful little miracle that you are.

I was so excited to have this gorgeous family in the studio today, it’s been a while since I last saw them in the NICU! Thankfully I remembered this cutie patootie loved a good head rub in the NICU and it worked a treat today…he slept up a storm! He barely made a peep and we whizzed through an enormous range of set ups…so many in fact I had to make the sneak peak enormous too cause I just couldn’t decide. A little warrior…a miracle who is meant to be here. Such a special day. Mumma asked for a collection of stunning navy’s, grey’s and white’s…and when I gazed into this sweet man’s massive blue eye’s I knew it was the perfect choice. I love it when my NICU families become my newborn families…it’s the best of celebrations.

World…Meet Tobias…he’s new here.x.

Newborn baby boy awake on grey blanketAfter this one brief gazing moment…he fell into a deep sleep and snuggled his way through the entire session! Newborn baby boy sleeping on grey blanket with grey wrap and knit bonnet Smiling newborn baby boy sleeping in cane basket with navy wrap and blanket and knit layer with bear and blue ribbon on white wooden floorHow adorable is this little bear that Toby’s Noonie bought for him…and that smile…I don’t think it gets any cuter!!!! Newborn baby boy sleeping in round cane basket wearing grey knit romper with grey blanket and fur layer holding grey felt heart on white wooden floor Newborn baby boy sleeping in cane basket wearing blue knit romper laying on blue knit blanket with blue wrap layer on wooden floorToby also bought this divine blue knitted blanket to his session…such a special keepsake to have and include. Newborn baby boy sleeping on cream blanket with navy wrap and knit bonnet Newborn baby boy sleeping on vintage iron bed with grey fur and wrap and pillow wearing grey knit romper Newborn baby boy sleeping in farmers basket with navy blanket and romper and hessian layer on wooden floorDid you catch my live from this set up…just chillin! Newborn baby boy sleeping in wire basket with grey blanket wearing grey romper and knit bonnet on white wooden floor Newborn baby boy sleeping on blue blanket with blue knit blanket on top wearing blut knit beanieLike I said…this blue blanket of Toby’s was so lovely. Newborn baby boy sleeping on white wooden day bed wearing navy romper with navy felt layer on white wooden floor Newborn baby boy sleeping on vintage iron bed wearing grey knit romper and bear bonnet on grey blanket and furOk…shut the front door…how adorable is this little guy…cuteness overload!

Tobias thank you so much for bringing your Mumma and Papa along today to the studio, it was so lovely to see you all again and to see how chubby and well you are these days! Such a treat. Kat and Steve, he’s divine and I am so honoured to have been able to capture these special memories for you and your new family.x.

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