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My dear child…

You are the poem I dreamed of writing…

The masterpiece I longed to paint…

You are the shining star I reached for…

In my ever hopeful quest for life fulfilled…

You are my child…

Now with all things I am blessed.

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Today I had the most perfect session to welcome in the new year…darling Asher brought his gorgeous family to the studio and other than a few bodily fluid incidents (between friends)  it was the most perfect day. Luckily, Asher gave me lots of snuggles to make up for his indiscretions and all was right with the world. This sweet family came to me from a referral from their obstetrician (what an awesome person to trust with such an important recommendation!) and I am so glad they found me. We created a gorgeous selection of natural neutral set ups which went perfectly with Asher’s stunning dark hair, divine pouty lips and lush lashes. I can’t wait to share some divine pics because I just know you will all agree.

World…Meet Asher…He’s New Here.x.

Newborn baby boy sleeping on cream blanket with cream and mustard wrap and mustard knit bonnetNow Mumma said a natural neutral gallery to go with Asher’s nursery but she also mentioned that she was wearing a golden mustard dress for the family photo’s and well, we all know how that went. Of course it turns out mustard was Asher’s colour too (as well as mine!) Newborn baby in farmers basket with light brown blanket and knit layer and wrap and lace layer and dried flowers on wooden floorSo…there wasn’t a lot of sleeping…but when you are this gorgeous it can definitely be forgiven. Newborn baby boy sleeping on cream blanket with cream wrapSigh…this darling face was just everything… Newborn baby boy in round wooden bowl with mustard wrap and knit layer and blanket and dried flowers on wooden floorAll that mustard golden goodness… Newborn baby boy wrapped in cream wrap being held by sibling big brother on cream furBig brother of the year right here, Ari was so tender and sweet with his new baby. Newborn baby boy sleeping on brown blanket with tan wrap and knit bonnet Newborn baby boy sleeping on brown blanket with tan wrap and knit bonnetOh Asher…you are so perfect. Newborn baby boy in cane basket with cream blanket and wrap and knit layers with hessian layer and dried flowersLike I said…those lips and lashes. Newborn baby boy in cane basket with tan blanket and tan knit layer wrapped in tan knit layer with lion stuffed toy on wooden floorToo many gorgeous images to narrow down what to share…look at that sweet smile and how adorable is this little lion that Asher’s big brother gave him. Newborn baby boy wrapped in cream blanket on vintage iron bed with cream knit layer and cream curly felt layer with sibling big brother sitting on cream furWhen this is the last capture of the boys together your heart just explodes…what a lucky Mumma and Papa.

Prem and Harvin thank you for trusting me with your darling boys, it was so lovely to meet you all today and to have the honour of capturing special memories for your family.

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On the day you were born (Too little, too soon)…

I laid in denial, until about noon…

One the day you were born, I prayed & I cried…

For the baby I needed, to stay safely inside…

On the day you were born, four months before due…

Your heart rate kept dropping (Mine kept dropping too)…

On the day you were born, I wore a fake smile…

(Pretend to be happy, you’re meeting your child)…

I walked to your NICU, to my delayed joy…

Yes you were really little, but MY little boy…

You waved a small hand, calling for me to take it…

From that moment on, I knew you would make it…

I sat there for hours, committed to see…

Just a hint of a miracle, waiting for me…

We were in this together, on a journey to grow…

My brave little warrior, I love you, you know.

By Kaleena Berryman

Today I had someone extra special in the studio…a brave little warrior that has fought many battles just to be here today. And…on his 157th day of life…now home with his Mumma and Papa…he came to the studio for some snuggles and maybe a few cute pics! Ill let his Mumma share their story…

We found out at 22 weeks that I had gone into early labour. While on hospital bed rest to try and keep Harry in, my waters broke. As the clock hit midnight, I remember celebrating with my partner that we made it to 24 weeks – viability, while we were in a birthing suite ready to head in for an emergency c section. In total, Harry spent 113 days in the NICU, a world we were never prepared for. There were many tough days that we never thought we’d made it through. The first time I saw Harry I never thought we would come this far, part of me never thought we’d even leave the hospital. He has battled through so much that not many people would ever experience in their life. We am so proud of how far he has come and the journey we have gone on as a family. From a tiny 700 grams to now nearly 5kg, Harry continues to grow and show us his strength and determination each and every day.

World…Meet Harry…He’s (Kind Of) New Here.x. Newborn baby boy sleeping on cream blanket with grey wrap smiling Now it’s not every day you can go to your newborn session and the photographer can take out your feeding tube and your oxygen for cute pics then put it all back on before you go home…the joys of wearing two hats…I think Harry was pretty happy for some tube free time…wouldn’t you agree? Newborn baby boy sleeping in cane basket wrapped in green wrap with green blanket and hessian layer and dried flowers holding green felt heart on wooden floorLook at those pudgy little fingers and all those cheeks and chins…he worked hard for those!! Newborn baby boy sleeping in round wooden bowl wrapped in grey wrap and knit bonnet with grey blanket and grey hessian layer with dried flowers and toy koalaHarry’s nursery is Australiana theme so we had to sneak a few Aussie friends in there… Newborn baby boy sleeping in green vintage wooden bed wrapped in green blanket with green pillow and green knit bear bonnet on green furAnd Mumma loved these soft greens…of course Harry looked adorable! Newborn baby boy sleeping in oval cane basket with grey blanket and gumnuts and gum leaves with baby wearing a grey knitted koala outfit and holding a grey crochet koala on wooden floorOk…who caught the most adorable live of this set up…does it get any cuter? This set up was exactly what came to mind when Mumma mentioned his nursery to me and I am so excited it turned out perfectly! Newborn baby boy wearing koala knitted outfit sleeping on vintage iron bed with green blanket and green knit layer with gum nuts and gum leaves and wattle and grey crochet koala on wooden floor The sweetest little koala bear there ever was…

Newborn baby boy sleeping in round wooden bowl wrapped in brown wrap with brown blanket with brown hessian layer and collection of items from neonatal intensive care stayAnd this last image shows a collection of all of Harry’s little keepsakes from his journey through the NICU…the smallest of nappies, blood pressure cuff’s and hat and his snuggly little cuddle heart that got him through many challenging times.

Sweet Harry it was such an honour to see you today and see just how far you’ve come from those very small beginnings.x.

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My baby you will always be…

no matter where you are…

you’re like a little part of me…

whether near or far…

I counted all your tiny toes…

when you were fresh and new…

words can’t express how proud I was…

that I’d been given you…

your tiny little newborn face…

I couldn’t have loved more…

and though your face was new to me…

’twas like we’d met before…

and so each day you grew and grew…

as I looked proudly on…

until one day, I looked and saw…

your baby days were gone…

but once my baby you will stay…

that was for all my days…

my baby you will always be…

and I’ll love you always.

 

Today I had the sweetest little dumpling in the studio…cheeks for days and just so snuggly, I could have cuddled her all day! The most divine new addition to my dear friends family, it was an absolute treat to welcome them all back to the studio today and see just how much their big kids have grown, especially since I first photographed big sister Abby when she was a teeny tiny bubba almost four and a half years ago. And today, that big sister brought her adorable new sister (and her just as sweet middle brother) back to the studio to capture some very special memories.

World…Meet Matilda…She’s New Here.x. Newborn baby girl sleeping on cream blanket with peach wrap and tieback or knit bonnetSeriously…such a little dolly. Newborn baby girl sleeping on mint flokati with mint wrap and flower tiebackLike I said…cheeks for days…don’t you just want to smoosh them. Newborn baby girl sleeping in cane basket with flowers and pink knit layer and cream pillow wearing cream knit romper and flower crownHow adorable is this new prop in the studio…I knew it would be perfect for sweet Matilda surrounded in flowers. Newborn baby girl sleeping on mint blanket with mint wrap and bow tiebackI just adore this gorgeous colour palette Mumma and Papa picked…corals and mints. Newborn baby girl sleeping in round wooden bowl with coral blanket and wrap wearing coral knit romper and flower tieback with dried flowers and hessian circle layer Newborn baby girl sleeping being held by father and wearing flower tiebackHow adorable does this little miss look snuggled up in her Papa’s arms… Newborn baby girl wrapped in pink wrap sleeping in cane basket with pink blanket and layer with flowers and flower tieback on wooden floor Newborn baby girl wrapped in pink blanket being held by sibling big brother and sister laying on cream furTalk about heart melt…all of Mumma and Papa’s sweet babes snuggled up together. Newborn baby girl sleeping in cane basket wrapped in mint wrap on mint blanket on mint fur wearing mint knit bonnet Newborn baby girl wearing coral romper sleeping on vintage iron bed with coral fur and flowers and flower tieback with sibling big sister and brother sitting beside herCan we all take a minute to nawww at how adorable these three are?

Jenn and Scott thank you for trusting me with your precious babies and for allowing me to capture this special time in your lives.

Abby and Aiden, thank you for being super stars today and the best big sister and brother little Matilda could ask for.

And darling Matilda…you were absolutely perfect today…let’s not talk about aaaalllll the poop 😉

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A journey of a thousand tears cried gently over time…

I longed to hold you in my arms, forever to be mine.

But that was not to be for now our paths will cross again…

My heart will hold a space for you, sit safely there till then.

And till that day you’ll heal our hearts, a gift you sent our way

A rainbow in our Toby…the sun to bright our day.

 

My heart has been absolutely busting for this session, many people collectively holding their breath for this little man to safely arrive earthside. Sent from heaven by his big sister to work towards healing his Mumma and Papa’s hearts. I first met this sweet family almost three years ago when I cared for their gorgeous big girl Ella who is just about to celebrate her big number three birthday and was so excited to bring her new baby brother to the studio today. Ella was born long before her time, eleven weeks early, and after twelve weeks in the NICU, she was finally strong enough to not only come home, but come to the studio for the most adorable ‘newborn’ session. Then last year I was so excited to hear that Ella was going become a big sister…heartbreakingly though, her darling baby sister Summer, grew her angel wings, staying with her family only for a summer, and is now watching down on her family from heaven. Sweet Summer sent her family a gift though, and today this little rainbow came to the studio so we could capture some very special memories.

World…Meet Toby…He’s New Here.x. Newborn baby boy sleeping in cane basket wearing yellow knit romper with yellow wrap and sibling big sister sitting beside the basket wearing a yellow dress with macrame rainbow and yellow butterflySummer sending sunshine to her family…all of Mumma and Papa’s babies together in spirit First shot and look at that smile… Newborn baby boy sleeping on blue blanket with blue wrap and knit bonnetMumma and Papa picked a gorgeous gallery of blue’s, greens and neutrals…. Newborn baby boy sleeping in green wooden bed wearing teal knit romper with blue wrap and pillow and blue bear rattle on wooden floorHow adorable is my new bed…it went perfectly with Toby’s gallery Newborn baby boy sleeping on cream blanket with cream wrap and knit bonnetIt was interesting to compare Toby as a newborn and Ella…who was already twelve weeks old by the time she came to the studio…same nose, same pouty lips but Master Toby is already bigger than Ella was when she came home from the hospital. Newborn baby boy wrapped in blue wrap in wooden log bowl prop with blue knit layer on wooden floorThis teeny little bundle was snuggled up under his Mumma’s heart just a few short days ago… Newborn baby boy sleeping on cream blanket wrapped in green blanketLook at this perfect little face… Newborn baby boy wearing cream knit romper sleeping in round wooden bowl with tan blanket and knit layer and hessian layer on wooden floor holding felt pastel rainbowThe sweetest little rainbow… Newborn baby boy sleeping in oval cane basket with green wrap and blanket and dried flowers on wooden floorSigh…that smile. Newborn baby boy sleeping in vintage iron bed with blue curly felt and hessian layer wearing blue romper and knit bonnet and pillow on wooden floorYou just can’t beat a little bubba in some pj’s snugged in a little bed… Newborn baby boy wrapped in blue blanket being held by sibling big sister on cream furHeart melt… Newborn baby boy sleeping in wooden trench bowl wearing teal knit romper with teal blanket and blue wrap with dried flowers and macrame rainbowAfter every storm…there is a rainbow of hope.x.

Charlotte and Ben I feel so blessed to have been a part of your journey over the past few years, the highs and the lows. Thank you for sharing your beautiful family with me and giving me the honour of capturing these special moments for you.

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