It’s midnight…I’m drowning in laundry and I’m not sure who all the poop belongs to…newborn clients, kids…kitten? Who knows but that’s the joy of my life right now and I couldn’t be happier!!! Sometimes I wonder how I made it here…whether many would think it was fun to be sitting in a pile of poop at midnight….but this is my story…a little part of me from behind the lens….
My name is Amanda, I’m a Neonatal Intensive Care (NICU) Nurse, mumma to two gorgeous little guy’s and a Brisbane based natural light photographer. I’ve always had a passion for anything to do with the teeny tiny newborns. My work as a NICU Nurse over the past 15 years has allowed me the privilege of holding new life in my hands on a daily basis. As soon as I held my first camera, I knew that this would be my path & give me the opportunity to combine both worlds into newborn photography.
Then along came a teeny tiny little one of my very own, and then another & again my path grew.
It’s just me & the boys, so taking on the challenge of single mumma, photographer & nurse has been an interesting journey but one I wouldn’t change for the world. Both of my boy’s are born via IVF and a donor…lot’s of hard work and lots of pennie’s but I wouldn’t have it any other way and I know it’s shaped me to be the person I am today.
Finding the balance between my little family & the families of others is something that I am learning to master. I am so blessed to be able to do what I love & share in so many families little miracles.
So….what’s life like behind the scenes at Amanda Maree Photography….besides lots of poop?
My extensive experience as a neonatal nurse, means your little one’s safety & comfort is my priority at all times. There is no greater privilege than a parent trusting me with their sweet new baby. Each new life that visits my studio is just as special as the last and I hope that each family feels this way. This often means that we work on baby time…stopping for feeds, settling and snuggles. Sometimes parents nap while the magic happens in the studio. Sometimes I’m jealous that they are getting more sleep with their newborn than I am with my one year old….he he he!
I shoot from my cosy home studio & love combining the natural beauty of a curly unfurling newborn with classic pops of colour. As a mumma myself, I know how important it is to hold onto all the tiny details. Never again will they be this small, this precious & this new. I love nothing more than providing parents with precious memories to last a lifetime and capturing new life. Session’s are filled with lots of cuddles as well as some stunning set ups that allow me to capture these magic moments that will be gone in the blink of an eye.
Together with my families we work to create beautiful images with colours that sing to their hearts, that include special items from their family and their past, that will hopefully adorn their walls and their albums for many years to come. I am grateful I get to give this gift to so many families but ultimately I think that I am the one receiving the gift.
And then I get the even greater privilege of watching these little ones grow and flourish throughout their first year with my stunning milestone packages. These are even more fun as we recreate set ups from the newborn shoot at 3mths, 6-9mths and 1 year to see just how much they have grown and changed over that year. Sitting a little chubba in a tiny wooden bowl that they were not that long ago curled right up in and then before you know it standing them in that bowl is pure joy! And getting to know their little personalities is the greatest gift.
Working with families and watching them grow is by far the best job in the world….
So when are you booking your session?
*Amazing photo credit of my boys and I to Amy from Fleurette Photography….it’s not often I am on the other side of the lens so these are a real treat!