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“No truer gift than a rainbow once you have weathered the storm….”

Today I had the absolute blessing of meeting the sweetest little man…I gift like no other.

Sweet Jude brought his mumma, papa and gorgeous big sister to the studio to capture some special magic and create beautiful memories for their family.

Jude is extra special to his family…I’ll let his mumma tell you why, but I am sure you will agree, all kinds of lovely.

World…Meet Jude.

We have just been blessed with our 2nd child, a sweet little boy we named Jude. A little brother for our daughter, Lucy. How wonderful it was to finally introduce her to our little baby that we were all so ready to meet. It’s incredible how much you can love someone, before you even meet!
Both of our babies each have an older sibling we never got to meet. We lost our first baby to miscarriage. After a very normal dating scan, we found out at our next scan we had lost that baby a few weeks earlier. I have some genetic abnormalities that increase my risk of blood clots. We’ll never know if this is the reason we lost that baby. Thankfully, with a needle everyday during my pregnancies we can help reduce that risk.
We lost another baby a bit over a year ago. We didn’t know I was pregnant, and after a visit to hospital with severe abdominal pain, found out I had an ectopic pregnancy requiring surgery. Big shock, but so thankful for easy access to medical care that saved my life.
We were able to work with Amanda to remember our 2 angels in this shoot, and celebrate our 2 beautiful rainbow babies.
Jude, we never even knew you were missing until we met you sweet boy…

Newborn baby boy sleeping in farmers basket with blue blanket and wrap and felt heart Newborn baby boy sleeping in farmers basket with blue blanket and wrap and felt heartI absolutely adore this little blue felt heart….Jude snuggled straight up to it and held on tight. It’s everything a newborn little boy is…soft, sweet and snuggly.

(Felt heart from Little Jar Big Dreams) Newborn baby boy sleeping in cane pram with cream felt and cream knit bear bonnet and bears being pushed by sibling sister in blue dressOh em gee…now I know you all will agree it doesn’t get any cuter than this. Adorable bear out on a walk with his gorgeous big sister!

(Bear bonnet from Love That Prop and curly felt from Flovelies) Newborn baby boy sleeping on white blanket with navy blue wrap and bonnetMumma loved dark ocean blue…I think she must have know it would go perfectly with Jude’s creamy skin.

(Bonnet from Little Doe) Newborn baby boy sleeping in round wooden bowl with blue blanket and blue knit pants on wooden floor Newborn baby boy sleeping on teal blanket with teal knit wrap and bonnetAnd some stunning teal…the perfect combination! Look at those chubby cheeks and cute little tooshie! Newborn baby boy sleeping in log bowl with teal wrap and blanket and curly felt on teal back drop(Wrap and blanket from A Little Life Props and curly felt from Flovelies) Newborn baby bpy sleeping in wooden bed with brown blanket and bonnet and bunnyNight night little man….sssssh!

(Bonnet from Little Doe) Newborn baby boy sleeping in oval wooden bowl with tan wrap and blanket and bonnet on tan back drop Newborn baby boy sleeping in round cane basket with cream blanket and blue wrap and bonnet on rainbow rug holding rainbow felted heartWe created this beautiful set up for gorgeous rainbow Jude….a celebration of new life and a gift from his sweet siblings up in heaven

(Bonnet from Little Doe, wrap from A Little Life Props and rainbow felt heart from Little Jar Big Dreams) Newborn baby boy sleeping on cream fur with blue wrap being cuddled by sibling sister in blue dress both holding cream felted rainbow heartsAnd these stunning felt rainbow hearts were made just for Jude and his gorgeous sister Lucy, both sweet rainbows.

Bindi and Ryan thank you for choosing me to share your story and to create beautiful memories of you gorgeous family, I feel so very blessed.

Lucy…you are the loveliest big sister there ever was and I know Jude will be surrounded by your love for many years to come.

Jude…you are so loved.x.

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  • Marion Georgina Millar - How do you get the babies so relaxed….magic hands ?
    Lucy and Judah are our great grandchildren and you have photographed them both beautifully. Thank youReplyCancel

Hold her a little longer…

Rock her a little more…

Read her another story…

You’ve only read her four…

Let her sleep on your shoulder…

Rejoice in her happy smile…

She is only a little girl…

For a such a little while.

Today I had the most divine little princess in the studio. In the whirlwind that is pregnancy and new baby, her mumma and papa didn’t get a chance to book a session in…thankfully, I had a sneaky spot and could squeeze them in, I am sure you will all agree it was definitely worth it.

Sometimes families send a me a photo when their little ones arrive, sometimes they arrive in the studio a complete surprise. So you can imagine my squeals of delight when this little love got out of the car!! Of course her mumma and papa are both stunning so she had no choice but to have the best multicultural mix of both of them!

The most perfect pouty lips…creamy gorgeous skin…and of course…that hair!!!

World…Meet Alina.x.

Newborn baby girl sleeping on white blanket with lace over lay blanketThis image celebrates everything that is a newborn baby…curls and rolls of baby chub, long lashes, chubby cheeks, pouty lips and delicate little fingers….wrapped in some beautiful lace…it doesn’t get better than that.

(Lace backdrop from A Little Life Fabric & Props) Newborn baby girl sleeping in white fleece bowl on white wooden floor with white wrap and felt heart and tiebackThis pose always blows my mind that just two short weeks earlier this little lady was curled up underneath her mumma’s heart.

(Felted heart from Little Jar Big Dreams & pearl tieback from Little Doe) Newborn baby girl sleeping in white wooden bed with purple blanket and tieback and flowers with cream knit bears and felt heart with purple owlMumma wanted a neutral gallery with a few small touches of pale purple and pink so of course we had to do this sweet sleepy set up of Alina taking a nap!

(Tieback from Princess & The Pea Props & Owl from Earthborn Photography Props) Newborn baby girl sleeping in round wooden bowl on wooden floor with purple blanket and romper and bonnet Newborn baby girl sleeping in round wooden bowl on wooden floor with purple blanket and romper and tiebackPale purple went perfectly with Alina’s gorgeous colouring….this blanket is from A Little Life Fabric & Props, Romper from Pup & Frank, Tieback from Princess & The Pea Props, and bonnet from Little Doe. Newborn baby girl sleeping in oval wooden bowl on white wooden floor with dusty pink fluff and knit blanket and romper and bonnet Newborn baby girl sleeping in oval wooden bowl on white wooden floor with dusty pink fluff and knit blanket and romper and tiebackIf you saw the sneaky behind the scenes video I shared, you will recognize this stunning set up. Dusty pink is definitely one of my favourite colours and I know mumma loved it when she saw it!

(Romper from Pup & Frank, & Bonnet from Little Doe) Newborn baby girl asleep on pink blanket with pink wrap and tieback Newborn baby girl asleep on pink blanket with pink wrap and bonnetPretty in pink….Tieback from Princess & The Pea Props & Bonnet from Little Doe. Newborn baby girl sleeping in round cane basket on tan back drop with tan blanket and knit layer and wrap and tiebackI absolutely adore this stunning Tieback from one of my favourite vendors Gumnutandbloom Photography Props it went perfectly with this gorgeous neutral set up and Alina’s beautiful creamy skin and dark features. Newborn baby girl sleeping in farmers basket with cream blanket and wraps and tieback on wooden floorAnd last but by no means least…because I just wanted to share ALL the images and couldn’t choose….how sweet is Alina in this little farmers basket from Mini Hearts Photography Props.

Trinh and Dariusz…there are no words for just how lovely your sweet baby girl is, I am so grateful you found me, even if it was last minute!

Alina…please come back to the studio as often as you like so I can capture your beauty time and time again.

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The apple of your daddy’s eye…

you are your mumma’s love…

Brought into a world of joy…

We love you little dove.

Today the sweetest little princess brought her mumma and papa to the studio to capture some very special memories. The most divine pout (which she wasn’t afraid to use!) and an inquisitive furrowed brow…we had such a lovely morning with Miss Eadie.

Eadie’s nursery is filled with soft neutral colours and woodland animals so today’s session was a beautiful peaceful mix of soft serene colours.

I’m sure you will agree…this little princess is all kinds of lovely.

World…Meet Eadie.x.

Newborn baby girl sleeping in her fathers handsSeeing Eadie with her papa was an absolute joy…there’s just something magical about a new dad! I always adore seeing how teeny tiny baby’s look in their papa’s hands.

Newborn baby girl sleeping on grey spotted blanket with grey bow tieback Newborn baby girl sleeping on grey spotted blanket with grey knit wrap and bonnetThere’s just something so sweet about little girls in grey and white. Bow tieback from Little Doe, & backdrop from A Little Life Photography Props. Newborn baby girl wrapped in cream wrap laying in grey lace basket with grey fur and blanketHow gorgeous is this felted heart…it went perfectly with this set up…a capture of mumma and papa’s love for sweet Eadie. Felted heart from Little Jar Big Dreams, and backdrop from A Little Life Photography Props. Newborn baby girl sleeping on white blanket with white lace wrap and tiebackThat pout…those lashes…Eadie was the sweetest little princess! Gorgeous tieback from Little Doe Designs.

Newborn baby girl wrapped in cream wrap in brown wooden bowl on brown back drop with beige fluff and bonnet Newborn baby girl sleeping in white wooden bed with cream blanket and tieback on cream fur with cream bunnyPapa loved this little bed…how adorable does Eadie looked snuggled up next to this tiny bunny? She brought an adorable bigger version of the bunny with her….keep your eye out for another sneak peak in the next few days. Newborn baby girl wrapped in pink wrap sleeping in pink fur in round cane basket on white wooden floor Newborn baby girl sleeping in flower nest with peach wraps wearing brown fawn romperAs soon as mumma mentioned woodland animals in Eadie’s nursery, I knew this fawn romper would be perfect…I think Eadie agreed?

Romper from Pup And Frank.

Newborn baby girl in pink knit romper in pink crochet basket with cream blanket on white wooden floorEvery little girl needs a snuggly pink set up…one of my favourite rompers from Lydia’s Hope Chest and tieback from Princess and The Pea.

Eadie…you were an absolute treat and I am so grateful your mumma and papa chose me to capture this very special time in their lives.

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We’ve fought a mighty battle

To have you here today…

We never knew we needed you…

We’ve come a long long way…

But Clementine you’ve filled our hearts…

A  miracle to love…

So happy that you’re here with us…

Sent from up above.

.x.

To see the strength and courage some families have to bring a miracle earthside is such an immense privilege, and for that I am eternally grateful. To witness that miracle…pure magic. I feel so lucky that I get to share in so many families journey’s and that I have the honour of sharing their stories with you all.

Today…a teeny tiny miracle came to the studio for snuggles and to capture some very special memories being made. Having her in the studio today filled my heart considering the journey her mumma and papa had to take to get her. I’ll let her mumma share their story below and I am sure you will all agree….she was meant to be here!

Clementine and her big brother Declan are both IVF babies. The 7 year age gap is due to Declan getting meningitis and losing his hearing at age 2. We almost lost Declan, but the miracle of antibiotics saved his life. And then the miracle of cochlear implants means that today he can speak and hear like any other 7 year old. Life after Declan’s illness became hectic and a whirl of auditory verbal therapies and speech therapy and audiology appointments and deaf playgroup and so on…. when Declan got to prep we finally started to think about babies again.

Back to IVF and lucky enough to fall pregnant first try… but I got very sick with rare complication called Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome. Spent 2 weeks in hospital, 4 nights in ICU, with multiple issues the most serious being kidney failure and lungs so full of fluid I was on high flow oxygen and even then could barely breathe. If I wasn’t pregnant I would have got better right away, so I was offered a termination and I said yes but ONLY if you need it to save my life, otherwise I will suffer through it. Luckily I started to improve and my pregnancy was able to be saved. Recovery has been long. It took me four weeks to be able to walk without assistance. I have had a blood clot, pleurisy, and a haematoma. I have been off work for my entire pregnancy.

Clementine arrived 3 weeks early via emergency caesarean, too eager to join us to wait any longer. She is perfect! Almost can’t believe everything I went through to bring her into this world, it’s all a distant memory now. We truly have two little miracle babies now.

World…Meet Clementine!

Newborn baby girl in round wooden bowl on white wooden floor wrapped in white blanket with white fluff and flower halo holding white felt heart Newborn baby girl in round wooden bowl on white wooden floor wrapped in white blanket with white fluff and flower halo holding white felt heartSweet Clementine…the little embryo that was meant to survive….this gorgeous set up makes me think of how her life started out not that long ago, a little circle of cells that was determined to survive despite all the odds. No truer miracle.

This white felt heart from Little Jar Big Dreams could not have been more perfect for this set up…so much love right here and stunning flower halo from Gumnutandbloom Photo Props made it the perfect set up.

Newborn baby girl wrapped in pink blanket wrapped on white fur with pink tiebackGorgeous tieback from Princess & The Pea Props….those eyelashes…those lips…those darling little fingers. Newborn baby girl sleeping on pink blanket with pink wrap and pink knit bear bonnet Newborn baby girl sleeping on pink blanket with pink wrap and pink tieback Newborn baby girl sleeping on white wooden bed with pink blanket and tieback and pink and green flowers Newborn baby girl in pink farmers basket with pink wrap and cream knit blanket on pink back dropMumma wanted all things pink, white and sage green…I’d have to say, there’s no better combo!

This beautiful pink farmers basket is from Mini Hearts Photography Props was perfect…sweet Clementine snuggled right in! Seven year old boy in blue button up shirt holding toy bunny with newborn baby girl sleeping in white fur bowl wrapped in a pink blanket with a pink tieback and bunny toyTwo amazing miracles side by side…this image makes my heart explode.

Newborn baby girl sleeping in round wooden bowl with cream fluff and blanket and wrap with green blanket Newborn baby girl sleeping in round wooden bowl with cream fluff and blanket and wrap with green blanket and bonnet Newborn baby girl sleeping in oval wooden bowl with cream blanket and green wrap and tieback wearing cream knit romper laying on green and white lace back dropThis sage green is definitely one of my favourite colours on little girls…its so sweet and serene and I may have squealed a little when Clementine’s mumma requested it! Seven year old boy holding sleeping newborn baby girl in his lap wrapped in pink blanket with pink tiebackThe proudest big brother there ever was…Declan was in absolute awe of his sweet new sister. He kept a close eye on us throughout the session and was filled with joy when I asked him to snuggle up his new baby sister!

Emma and Brandon…I am so glad you got not one but two very special miracles in every sense of the word.

What a privilege to meet you all today and capture your beautiful family.

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  • Fiona C - Beautiful words and absolutely stunning photos! Welcome to the world baby Clementine! 💕ReplyCancel

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My gift to you from heaven…

My gift from up above…

A little boy to fill your heart…

A little girl to love.

Together we’re a family…

And I will watch you grow…

Although I am not with you…

My love for you will show.

On the 5th of October 2014 I had the immense privilege of sharing the journey of the sweetest family yet. I was chosen to capture memories of the most darling rainbow baby, sweet Oisin, in the path of the loss of his beautiful big sister Niamh on the 3rd of March 2012.

They shared their courage and their strength, and their beautiful story of Niamh in a very special blog post here (Niamh’s Story) and you all embraced them.

Premature baby girl in isolette on ventilator

 

Niamh sent a beautiful rainbow all the way from heaven when Oisin arrived and now, magically, she has gifted their family again with a divine little girl.

A Rainbow Baby is a baby born after loss….a baby born after that rainbow is a Pot Of Gold.

Last month, Niamh sent a beautiful pot of gold…..world meet Aibhlinn (Pronounced Ayv-leen).

Newborn baby girl in cane basket wrapped in gold wool with gold tieback and gold butterfly laying on rainbow backdrop with rainbow beside herOver the weekend I had the absolute pleasure of having this sweet girl in the studio. Now Aibhlinn was in a bit of a hurry to get here, born at just 33 weeks, so she’s been safely growing big and strong in the nicu. Thankfully, although still a teeny tiny 2kg, she was well enough to come home to her family, and to join me in the studio to capture some special memories for her family.

Rose bud lips and a shock of dark hair, she was an absolute dream to have in the studio and I was so excited to meet her. She snuggled up & slept peacefully.

There was so much love in the room, I am sure Niamh was with us.

Newborn baby girl sleeping on purple blanket with purple wrap and bonnet Newborn baby girl sleeping on purple blanket with purple wrap and bonnet Newborn baby girl sleeping in purple knit romper with purple blanket in round cane basket on wooden floorUmmmm how completely adorable is this knitted footie pyjama’s…night night sweet girl!

Newborn baby girl sleeping on teal blanket with teal knit wrap and bonnet Newborn baby girl sleeping on teal blanket with teal tieback Newborn baby girl on wooden floor in wood bowl with teal blanket and wrap and tiebackMumma loved teal’s and purples…I think both colours suited Aibhlinn perfectly, wouldn’t you agree?

Newborn baby girl in round wooden bowl with blue backdrop and pink and coral wraps with flowers and coral bonnetI just love it when families send me inspiration pics…sometimes its of the nursery, sometimes its just a colour swatch, but Aibhlinn’s mumma sent me this gorgeous navy, pink, coral and white print picture as something she loved…I hope I have done it justice in this sweet set up. I adore these colours, stunning combination for a little girl.

Newborn baby girl in wooden log bowl with knit blanket and blue wrap on wooden floorThis very special blanket was made especially for Aibhlinn’s big brother Oisin and I am so glad they brought it to the session so we could capture it with her too. What a special memory. It’s keepsake items like this that fill my heart…treasures that will be with this family forever.

Newborn baby girl sleeping on wooden floor in oval wooden bowl with yellow wrap and blanket and tiebackAnd this stunning wrap was just as special for different reasons (not just because its yellow and that’s my favourite colour!!)…this is a baby wearing wrap that Aibhlinn’s mumma had for her before she was even created. Not only will they have this image to look back on but also many beautiful memories of Aibhlinn wrapped to her mumma’s chest snuggled by her heart.

Newborn baby girl wrapped in olive wrap and tieback cuddling sibling brother wearing olive overalls on cream furAnd last but by no means least…the two special gifts that this family has received all the way from heaven.

Oisin…the most darling big brother who could not love his sweet baby sister Aibhlinn any more.

Carter family it was an absolute joy to have back in the studio again, you are all truly a blessing in my life and I am so grateful you choose me time and time again to capture your gorgeous family grow.

Niamh…thank you for bringing us all together.x.

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