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In our hearts we needed you…

we yearned to hold you near…

In our lives we longed for you…

Our treasured little dears.

The world works in mysterious ways and sometimes families are brought into my life for a reason. Just before Christmas last year I was honoured to be part of a special group of photographers all across Australia and New Zealand that photographed babies who were in the NICU over the Christmas holidays with Heartfelt an amazing volunteer organization.

There I met the sweetest of twins and by pure magic, the stars aligned that they were both doing so well they were able to come home quite quickly and I was able to squeeze them in for a beautiful session in the studio to celebrate just what little miracles they actually are.

I’ll let their mumma share the amazing story of how these sweet little babies came to be and I’ll share some adorable photo’s to accompany their journey.

World…Meet Sumiya and Tully

“My husband and I always wanted to have children, however we didn’t realise we would need to embark on a long journey of IVF. The process was difficult and emotionally draining. After seven cycles of IVF and several fertility specialists we were blessed with the arrival of our first child Eliana in 2013.

Two years later we decided to try for a second child. Nothing could have prepared us for the disappointment of failing several more cycles particularly when time was not on our side.
At the time I was forty and my husband forty-four.

On our tenth and final IVF cycle, using our last two embryos, we could never have imagined the joy when told by the fertility specialist that we were expecting twins. The news was validation that dreams really do come true.

Here is handsome baby boy Tully and our beautiful baby girl Sumiya, who have now completed our family.”

Sleeping newborn twins on wooden floor in round wooden bowl with cream fur and cream knit outfits and bow Newborn baby twins sleeping on cream blanketEeeeeep I just love how much these two love each other already…look at that little smile! Newborn baby twins sleeping in green bowl with green wraps on white wooden floorMumma and papa wanted a neutral natural gallery but I couldn’t help sneak a little colour in….one of my favourite sage green! Newborn baby twins sleeping on brown blanket with bow and bonnetThose lips….those rosy cheeks and lashes for days….just love! Newborn baby twins sleeping in dark wooden bed and wooden floor with cream fluff blanket and wrapsNow this little miss has personality plus…she may be a little modeling diva already!! Newborn baby twins on white wooden floor with white can bowl and wrap and grey blanket Newborn baby boy sleeping in farmers basket with blue wrap and fluff on white wooden floorLook.at.those.lashes…sigh! Baby boys always end up with the best lashes! Newborn baby girl sleeping in farmers basket with pink wrap and blankets on white wooden floorAnd this princess looked just like snow white! Milky skin, rosy lips….that pout! Newborn baby twins sleeping on cream fur with cream wraps and sibling big sister cuddling themAnd last but by no means least….the best big sister these two could imagine! She was so excited about the twins session she even brought her own camera and helped us out in the studio!!

Eliana…you were a complete treat and if you are ever looking for a job…let me know!!

Tully and Sumiya I feel so blessed I met you and completely honoured I am able to help tell your story.

Cameron and Merinda, thank you for the privilege of sharing your journey and for allowing me to capture special memories of your beautiful family.x.

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I dreamed I’d have a sister…

she’d be my dear best friend…

I always knew I wanted her….

We’ll be friends til the end…

And now she’s here I love her…

My sweetest little love…

My blessed darling sister…

Sent from up above.

Today I had the sweetest little sisters in the studio. I first photographed Indy a mere 16 months ago as a newborn and I was so excited when her mumma got in touch to say they were adding a new little addition to their family. I love seeing special relationships develop, especially since I have two little ones of my own, but to watch Indy with her baby sister today was divine. Every time I would take the baby into the studio and leave everyone else in the lounge Indy would cry fiercely for her baby….yet the moment we tried to convince her to snuggle the baby in the studio she was horrified! I’m sure this is the beginning of a typical sister relationship…many highs and many lows!! Oh the joys.

Indy….thank you for sharing your baby sister with us!

World…Meet Sasha.x.

Newborn baby girl sleeping in moss nest on wooden floor with cream felt and romper and bonnetJust look at this little darling…does it get any sweeter?

(Curly felt from Flovelies and bonnet from Little Doe) Newborn baby girl sleeping on white blanket with white laceThere’s just something about little girls and lace….

(White and lace blankets from A Little Life Photography Props) Newborn baby girl sleeping in white bowl on white wooden floor with white wrap and bonnet and grey fluff Newborn baby girl sleeping in white bowl on white wooden floor with white wrap and bonnet and grey fluffMumma wanted grey’s and white’s…I think Sasha approved?

(Bonnet from Little Doe) Newborn baby girl sleeping in round wooden bowl with grey blanket and tieback Newborn baby girl sleeping on white wooden bed with grey and white blankets with sibling sister in pink dressThe absolute sweetest of sisters…it’s hard to imagine that Indy was snuggled on this little bed not that long ago!

(Tieback from Princess & The Pea) Newborn baby girl sleeping on white blanket with white wrap and bow tiebackThose adorable pouty lips and rosy cheeks…Sasha was such a sweet girl. Newborn baby girl sleeping in wooden log bowl on wooden floor with pink flowers and blanket and wrap and tieback Newborn baby girl sleeping in pink farmers basket with pink romper and bonnet on white floor with white blanketI have an image of her sister in a very similar pose…she desperately wanted to kick her little leg out like this so we went with it!!

(Romper and bonnet from Wendy’s Baby’s Knits) Newborn baby girl sleeping in wooden bed with pink blanket and wrap and bonnet on wooden floorHow stunning is this pink knitted blanket that was made especially for Sasha….I absolutely adore handmade gifts. I’m sure this blanket will be forever treasured.

(Bonnet from Little Doe & wrap from Princess & The Pea Props) Newborn baby girl wrapped in pink blanket sleeping on cream fur with sibling girl in pink dressTwo perfect little sisters snuggled up together (well as close as we could get them without tears!). Built in best friends for life.

Sasha you were all kinds of lovely. Thank you for saving up your poop and pee till I gave you to your mumma!

Indy…sorry my studio was so scary once you were in it!!

Jess and Nick…you make the most adorable babies. Thank you for choosing to bring your gorgeous family to me and for giving me the honour of capturing special memories that I hope you will treasure forever.

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“It is understood that the beauty of a rainbow

does not negate the ravages of any storm…

When a rainbow appears,

it does not mean the storm never happened

or that we are not still dealing with its aftermath…

It means that something beautiful and full of light

has appeared in the midst of the darkness and clouds…

Storm clouds may still hover

but the rainbow provides a counterbalance of

colour, energy and hope.”

Today I witnessed a miracle…a true joy. I like to think that angels send their families to me for this very reason and today’s little love was no exception.

I’ll let Elianna’s mumma share their journey in her own words and I’ll sneak some beautiful pictures in there along the way.

I’m sure you will agree…sweet Elianna is such a blessing.

World…Meet Elianna.

Elianna is an answered prayer. She is our blessing, prayed for, waited for, longed for.
Her name was specially chosen to represent her as our most treasured gift, Hebrew for “my God has answered me”.

In 2015, we fell pregnant with our first baby.
We were ecstatic and made plans for our big announcement. On New Years Eve we went for our 12 week scan to find our baby no longer had a heart beat. We were shattered. 2015 ended with a goodbye before we had a chance to meet. With that we were forced to let go of the hopes and dreams we had for a life that left only knowing love.

Unfortunately, this grief we came to know again after having to saying goodbye to our second baby in 2016 due to an ectopic pregnancy. We again said goodbye to our hopes and wishes for another baby that wasn’t ours to keep.

What we came to learn across our journey was that while the grief seemed isolating, it was a grief shared as our family and friends had also lost a grandchild, a niece/nephew, a cousin, a friend. Letting them share and grieve with us brought healing.

But what kept us going, beyond it all, was trusting in God’s plan. In each and every moment, my God has stood beside me and held my hand, whispering in my ear, “Trust me … Trust in my plan for you”

And so we waited and prayed! Elianna was gifted to us. She came into our lives at a time that God knew our family needed some Joy and a ray of sunshine following a serious cancer diagnosis for my Mum that left is uncertain if they would get to meet. Our time waiting in anticipation as she continued to grow and thrive during pregnancy was coupled with the fear of potentially another loss at any moment, even during labour these fears surfaced. But we held onto the promise in 1 Samuel 1:27 “For this child I have prayed, and the Lord has granted the desires of my heart”.

And so she is here. Safe, beautiful, perfect. She has helped patch up our hearts. We are thankful for the rainbow of hope that our God has gifted into our lives, our answered prayer, Elianna Joy.

Newbron baby girl sleeping on white cloud prop wearing white knit romper on rainbow backdropSweet Elianna…a rainbow after the storm of two angel siblings watching over her…always by her side like two little butterflies.

(Stunning rainbow tieback from Gumnutandbloom Photo Props)

Newborn baby girl wrapped in purple wrap with purple tieback on cream furThose divine little features you want etched in your mind for eternity…button nose, rosy cheeks, luscious lashes and pouty lips.

(Gorgeous tieback from Princess & The Pea Props and wrap from A Little Life Photo Props) Newborn baby girl sleeping on wooden floor in wooden bowl with purple wrap and felt and tiebackMumma wanted pinks and purples…every little girls dreams.

(Wrap and tieback from Princess & The Pea Props) Newbron baby girl sleeping on pink blanket with pink wrap and tieback Newbron baby girl sleeping on pink blanket with pink wrap and tiebackElianna…pretty in pink.

(Tieback from Princess & The Pea Props and backdrop blanket from A Little Life Photo Props) Newborn baby sleeping in pink farmers basket on white wooden floor with white blanket and pink flowers wearing pink knit romper and tiebackA darling little flower picked by her siblings in heaven.

(Romper from Lydia’s Hope Chest, tieback from Princess & The Pea and basket from Mini Hearts Photography Props) Newborn baby girl sleeping on pink blanket with rainbow knit wrap and tieback(Tieback from Princess & The Pea Props, rainbow wrap from Little Lidz, and backdrop blanket from A Little Life Photo Props) Newborn baby girl sleeping in pink crochet bowl with grey blanket and fur with pink wrap and tiebackMumma also asked for grey to go with Elianna’s nursery of grey’s and whites…I do love a bit of grey on little girls. Newborn baby girl sleeping on white wooden bed with grey blanket and fur and lace layer with grey elephant toy and felt heart and cream bear and owlAll snug and sleeping with her friends…a little elephant to go with her nursery theme! Newborn baby girl sleeping in round wooden bowl on wooden floor with cream fur and blanket wearing cream romper and tieback and two cream bears representing deceased siblingsThree siblings together…linked for life. Newborn baby girl in arms of sick grandmother with mother holding themThree generations…the most treasured gift.

A mumma, her only daughter and her granddaughter.

A moment that could potentially never happened thanks to horrid cancer.

This little love has not only healed her mumma’s broken heart but she’s given her Nanna the strength and courage to continue to fight with all she has.

Elianna….you are the most perfect gift to all that have met you.

Natasha and Duane thank you for bringing your sweet girl to me and for allowing me to capture beautiful memories of this precious time in your journey.

Much love you all.x.

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We made a wish…

and two came true…

Our lives have changed…

We longed for you.

Two little girls…

to fill our heart…

We’ve loved you both…

right from the start.

What is more sweeter than a teeny tiny baby girl…well two of course!! Today we had the most divine twin girls in the studio. We had to keep their hospital tags on so we could tell who was who and although they look extremely similar, it was such a treat to get to know their little personalities at such a young age.

Chilled and laid back Peyton with her ever so smaller fiesty sister Kenzie were so adorable. We got loads of snuggles and had lots of fun creating gorgeous set ups for these little loves.

World……Meet Peyton & Kenzie.

Newborn twin girls asleep on purple blanket with purple tiebacksBest friends from the very beginning…snuggled up together.

(Backdrop from A Little Life Fabric & Props & tiebacks from Princess & The Pea) Newborn twin girls sleeping in wooden bowl with purple crochet blanket and pink wrap and tieback on wooden floorI just adore this wooden bowl…a vintage from my grandparents collection that I may have snuck away when I worked out it was the perfect size to snuggle a baby in!! Newborn twin girls wrappen in peach wraps with peach fur and peach bonnets in flower nest on vine leaves Newborn twin girls wrappen in peach wraps with peach fur and peach tiebacks in flower nest on vine leavesTwo delicate little flowers tucked up in the garden…this was just as lovely in real life as it looks here now!

(Tiebacks from Princess & The Pea and curly felt from Flovelies) Newborn baby girls asleep on white blanket with peach knit wraps How divine do these sweet girls look curled up side by side….I wonder if they miss each other now they are earthside and not so closely tucked up together? Newborn baby girls sleeping in white cane basket with white curly felt on white wooden floor wearing white lace rompers with white tiebacks Newborn baby girls sleeping in white cane basket with white curly felt on white wooden floor wearing white lace rompers with white bonnetsOh em gee….are these not the most divine rompers you have ever seen? I don’t think it gets any lovelier than this.

(Rompers from Lemon & Pearl Design, Bonnets/tiebacks from Little Doe and curly felt from Flovelies) Newborn twin girls sleeping on white blanket with peach tiebacks(Tiebacks from Princess & The Pea and backdrop from A Little Life Fabric & Props) Newborn baby girls sleeping in teal bowl on white wooden floor wrapped in teal and cream blankets wraps with teal and cream blankets and knitted teal sheepBaa baa…teal sheep? When I saw these gorgeous little sheep I knew they were meant to be snuggled with little bebe’s!

(Tieback from Princess & The Pea and teal wrap from A Little Life Fabric & Props) Newborn twin girls sleeping in round cane basket with pink lace wrap and tiebacks with sibling big brothers sitting on the floorAnd last but not least…when you think your life is pretty amazing with two gorgeous boys and then you get the surprise of your life…not one but two pink bebe’s…things are pretty magic! These gorgeous big brothers were so sweet with their new baby sisters. I always love watching new families interact and learn to be with each other!

Sally and Cheyne you have the most divine little family. Thank you for choosing me to share your gorgeous girls with and for allowing me to capture special memories of your family during this time.

Aston and Wyatt…what a joy to watch the proudest of big brothers!

Peyton and Kenzie…thank you for being your cute cute selves! You are welcome back in the studio any time.

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‘Loving memories never die

as years roll on and days pass by…

In our hearts a memory is kept

of one we love and will never forget’

When I think my heart could not be fuller, a moment happens and I am proven wrong time and time again. Today an angel up in heaven sent his divine new baby sister to meet me and for that I feel truly blessed.

See this is not the first time I have met this family, in 2015 I had the honour of caring for a little warrior named Jacob. I will let Jacob’s mumma share their story in her own words below.

We are endlessly grateful for our second child, baby girl Eva Grace. Eva was born on the 28th of October dividing our lives to before and after. Eva you are the most precious and beautiful girl on the planet, we are in love with you head to toe. Little moments of getting to know you is the most exciting job in the world. You have rocked our world to the ground, brought so much love with you, made us happy and vulnerable; made us someone we are yet to discover. We know you have someone special watching over you, protecting and loving you, your big brother Jacob.

Our firstborn son Jacob entered the world too soon, at 25+5 weeks, on the night of the 7th of November 2015. He entered the world with an intention to stay, to survive, to be with us…. Or so we strongly believed in.

When I think about Jacob, I think – strength. Having gone through his life in my mind million times by now I am still amazed at how there was so much strive for life in 870gm and 36cm long baby boy. Twenty one days together in intensive care unit, changing tiny nappies, making milk for you, reading books to you, 3 precious cuddles, hope, hope again and overwhelming love, one operation and crash of all hopes. My most cherished memory is your eyes; you were looking at me for as long as you could in your final moments. I knew then that moment was going to give me so much comfort as well as pain in the future. When I think of Jacob, I think – light; softly glowing light that continues to live in me, through me for him and because of him. Our boy, we have a special place for you in our hearts.

Newborn baby girl sleeping in round cane basket wrapped in white wrap with white blanket on white wooden floor with grey bow tieback holding grey teddy bear and photo of premature baby boyTwo sweet siblings, although they will never meet, they have a bond that will never be broken.

World….Meet Eva.

Newborn baby girl sleeping on white blanket with white lace wrap and white knit bonnet(Beautiful bonnet from Little Doe and Lace wrap from Princess & The Pea Props) Newborn baby girl sleeping in wooden log bowl with cream curly felt on white wooden floor with purple flowers and knit layer and wrap and tieback Newborn baby girl sleeping in wooden log bowl with cream curly felt on white wooden floor with purple flowers and knit layer and wrap and tiebackA beautiful flower hand picked from her big brother in heaven.

(Gorgeous tieback from Princess & Pea Props and curly felt from Flovelies) Newborn baby girl sleeping on cream lace blanket with cream wrap and knit bonnet Newborn baby girl sleeping on cream lace blanket with cream wrap and tieback Newborn baby girl sleeping on cream felt with cream bow tieback Newborn baby girl sleeping in round cane basket wrapped in white wrap with white blanket on white wooden floor with rainbow tieback and holding rainbow felt heartNo greater gift than a sweet rainbow after weathering the darkest of storms.

(Stunning custom rainbow tieback from Gumnutandbloom Photo Props and felted rainbow heart from Little Jar Big Dreams) Newborn baby girl sleeping on white blanket with rainbow knit wrap and flower tieback Newborn baby girl sleeping on white blanket with rainbow knit wrap and flower tiebackThe sweetest of rainbows….

(Tieback from Princess & The Pea Props) Newborn baby girl sleeping in white felt bowl with peach curly felt and wrap and flowers and bonnet Newborn baby girl sleeping in white felt bowl with peach curly felt and wrap and flowers and tieback(Gorgeous tieback from Princess & The Pea Props and curly felt from Flovelies) Newborn baby girl sleeping in pink farmers basket with white blanket and pink wrap and tieback on rainbow backdropAfter every storm…there is a rainbow of hope’

Jacob…it was truly the greatest privilege and honour to care for you in your short yet powerful time here earthside.

Thank you bringing your sweet sister Eva to me.

Liubov & Lee to watch your courage over the past two years as Jacob’s parents and now Eva’s has been such a blessing. I am so grateful you chose me to share your journey and to capture special memories for you all.

Eva…you are the light in the darkness.x.

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