Amanda Maree Photography » Amanda Maree Photography - Brisbane Newborn Photographer

Let’s all take a moment to have a little cry, these are scary times and it is with that that I have made the impossibly hard but most importantly safe decision to put my little business on hold for the time being. How long that will be who knows but anyone who knows me knows that the safety of your most precious little one is the most important thing to me by far. To all my current booked newborns it doesn’t mean you will miss out on photo’s…I have a few tricks up my sleeves to help you out so that you don’t miss out all together, it may just be a little later. If you have been following me for a while you know I photograph many little one’s out of that magic two week window…some of my oldest newborns have been months old and we have still captured the most divine shots….

Newborn baby boy sleeping in round cane basket wrapped in cream wraps on cream fur on wooden floorSweet Solly at 21 weeks old!!

Newborn baby sleeping in cream iron bed with blue blanket and blue knitted bonnetSweet Oscar at 30 weeks!

Premature newborn baby girl sleeping in pink and cream floral nest wearing cream romper and pink tieback on white wooden floorSweet Chloe at 12 weeks!

Newborn baby girl sleeping on pink blanket wrapped in white lace blanket and white knit bonnetSweet Hermione…..at 18 weeks!

Newborn baby boy sleeping in farmers basket with cream wrap and blanket and fur and brown soft toy bearSweet Carter….at 24 weeks!

Newborn baby girl sleeping on cream blanket with brown lace knit wrap and tiebackSweet Ella…at 12 weeks!

Newborn baby boy in farmers basket with navy fur wearing navy and white striped pantsSweet Henry…at 20 weeks!

Newborn baby boy sleeping wearing knitted koala romper with grey wrap in wooden bowl with grey fluff on wooden floorSweet Jaxson…at 18 weeks!

Newborn baby girl sleeping on white wooden bed with pink romper and blankets and wraps on pink furSweet Chloe…at 23 weeks!

Newborn baby boy sleeping in wooden crate with grey curly felt layer and wrap and knit bonnet on wooden floorSweet Teddy….at 15 weeks!

I’ve always told my families the baby is the boss on the day and we will work them to make sure we capture the most divine images of your little ones.

And then of course there’s our mini sessions that are much more casual around 3mths, 6-9mths and 12mths depending on when sessions can start up again!

3 month old baby boy laying on curly green fluff with green knitted bonnetGorgeous Vinnie….

3 month old baby boy in brown basket wearing brown knitted bonnet with brown knitted wrap and brown knitted bearGorgeous Harry….

10 month old baby boy sitting on floor wearing cream knitted pants playing tamborineGorgeous Hunter….

One year old twin girls in green bowl with pink wrap and green felt wearing pink and green rompers and pink tiebacksGorgeous Poppy & Ivy….

Baby girl on cream fluff wearing knitted white romper and white tiebackGorgeous Lily….

Eight month old baby girl wearing white knitted romper on pink blanket with white lace and pink bow tiebackGorgeous Chloe…

Sitter baby girl laying on cream blanket with cream romper and bonnetGorgeous Cailin…

Newborn baby boy sleeping on grey blanket wtih grey knit bonnet and same set up with one year old boyGorgeous Eddie….

One year old crawling on cream floor wearing pink romper and pink bow tieback and holding pink soft elephant toyGorgeous Eadie….

Four images of one year old boy laying on blue blanket with blue knit bonnet smiling up at cameraGorgeous Jude…

9 month old boy laying on blue crochet bowl with blue knit bonnetGorgeous Teddy…

Newborn baby girl sleeping in round cane basket with peach blanket and wrap and tieback on white wooden floor with doll and same set up as one year oldGorgeous Ariella….

Baby boy sleeping in cane basket wearing blue romper with blue blanket and pillow on white wooden floorGorgeous Jake….

And in the mean time I will continue to share loads of images of all my sweet babies that have visited the studio in times gone by, and hopefully y’all can help continue to support my little business by liking, commenting and sharing all the images I post! Please continue to refer your friends and family, and send me some lovin! And if you can, purchase a voucher for a future session, because I can’t wait to have you here when the time is right. These are scary times ahead for everyone, as we all learn the new new for now. As a self employed business owner I need your support now more than ever.

Please stay safe, please stay at home in your bubble, please love on that gorgeous family of yours and spend as much time together as you ever have been able to before! And I will see you all as soon as it is safe to! This isn’t for forever. You focus on what matters now & I’ll focus on you when this is all over.

And because I had to get my little baby fix….here’s my sweet ‘tiny baby’ as he refers himself to be at a mere 997 days new. There may have been some bribery to make this happen but hey, how adorable is he?

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Although you can not hear her voice

or see her smile no more…

your mother walks beside you still…

just as she did before…

She listens to your stories and…

she wipes away your tears…

she wraps her arms around you…

and she understands your fears…

It’s just she isn’t visible…

to see with human eye…

but talk to her in silence and…

her spirit will reply…

You’ll feel the love she has for you…

you’ll hear her in your heart…

she’s left her human body but…

your souls will never part.

 

Oh gosh we are living in such uncertain times…everyone is scared. Things we took for granted in the past are now considered the most valuable. Human touch and connection, time with those you love, something we always thought we’d have are now potentially being taken away from us faster than we can imagine. So many of my photographer colleagues are being forced to close their businesses…social distancing and quarantining are making luxuries like photography unattainable. Families are being encouraged to stay home, stay safe, protect themselves and protect those more vulnerable. Then there is the extra layer of a newborn, the most vulnerable little being there is….no immunity and the most valuable thing in your life.

Now having said all of that, today’s session makes me scared about the future I described above. Two years ago I met the sweetest family. They brought their little love Elianna to me for her newborn session. After a harrowing journey of loss, they finally got their little rainbow and we had a really special session, filled with tears, filled with happiness, but mostly filled with love. We captured memories that would adorn their walls, fill their home and be handed down for generations to come. We showed every little detail of sweet little Elianna and all her newness…before she grew and changed from that teeny tiny newborn stage. But this session had an extra special layer because Elianna’s Nanna came on the day. Now this is nothing unusual, and often we capture photo’s of grandparents with their new little grandchildren and generation photo’s of a grandparent, a parent and a new baby. All things that will be treasured forever. What we knew that day though was that Elianna’s Nanna’s time earthside was limited, she was in the trenches of a battle with cancer and her body was tired. Not long after their session I learnt her suffering had ended and she was at peace. I felt honoured to have had the opportunity to capture images of her with her new grandaughter Elianna and images of the three generations together.

Recently mumma got in touch to say they were expecting a new little miracle which I must admit, was a little bitter sweet so I can only imagine how heart breaking this journey has been for the family to navigate. Knowing Nanna will never meet the newest edition and their new little love will never know what an amazing woman she truly was in person. So we set about creating a special set up that brought the girls Nanna, Joy, to the session with us today. I stayed up till midnight the night before, I laid out a hundred little things, none felt special enough, but I realized in the end that it had nothing to do with what I set up because I can tell you 100% she was there with us today regardless. I felt her safe hands resting gently on their sweet baby. We used her beautiful shirt she wore to Elianna’s session, we included lots of purple, her favourite colour, a little collection of treasures in the set up…’her treasure’ being the nickname Joy would have had for this sweet new addition, including a butterfly so we know she’s watching over the girls and a loveheart to show she had nothing but love for these babies. I tried to do a live video twice before I eventually did but I was teary and not sure I could hold it together on facebook to show you just how special this magic was. I did finally do a live, but by that stage there had been a poonami that took away from the magic of the moment and sweet Miss A was ready for a snack!!

But the point of this story…this moment could have been missed because of the way the world is at the moment. This memory may not have been captured and the feels felt on this day by all could have been missed. We are at risk of losing these moments, this connection. Sure, mumma could have done something with her iphone, but this was so much more than an image. It’s about having memories on the walls, prints passed down to these girls children. The story of Joy and all her beauty and love shared for many generations to come. The universe brought this family to me, I captured a gift newborn rainbow session for mumma’s best friend through the Mater Pregnancy After Loss Clinic over four years ago and that family then recommended me on to today’s mumma. So many little angels in heaven, now all being loved on by Joy, made today’s magic happen. I feel so blessed to have been a part of this story in such a small way. I don’t want there to come a day where in the world that we are living in at the moment means that these stories can’t happen. Have faith that we can make it happen. Continue to treasure these moments and make these memories. Hold onto those you love because you never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory.

Joy…it was an honour to meet you with sweet Elianna and to share in some of your precious time left here earthside.

World….Meet Arabella.x.

Newborn baby girl sleeping in round wooden bowl with apricot blanket and wrao laying on purple floral shirt with purple wrap on white wooden floor

Holding onto Joy’s beautiful shirt and snuggling sweet Arabella onto it, the little treasures for her little treasure…the butterfly and the heart…and that sweet calm that came over Arabella when I’m sure her Nanna’s hands were resting over her little one….all the feels.

Newborn baby girl sleeping on purple blanket with purple knit lace wrap and tiebackAnd then of course lots of purples and plums…Joy’s favourite colours.

Newborn baby girl sleeping in round cane basket with pink blanket and knit layer and flowers and floral tiebackNewborn baby girl sleeping in round cane basket with navy blanket and wrap and tieback on white wooden floorNewborn baby girl sleeping in cream iron bed with pink knit blanket and lace layer wearing pink knit romper and tieback with pink flowers and sibling sister sitting beside herSpeaking of sweet Elianna it was so good to see her again and see how big she’s gotten. She was the most adoring if not vigorously loving big sister lol! And could she get any cuter…those little piggy tails and all that cheese!!!!

Newborn baby girl sleeping in round cane white basket with pink felt and wrap and purple knit layer and floral tiebackNewborn baby girl sleeping on cream blanket with navy wrap and tiebackLuckily mumma also mentioned navy cause who doesn’t love little girls in blue?

Newborn baby girl wrapped in plum wrap in pink and purple flower nest on brown wooden floorNewborn baby girl sleeping on cream blanket with cream wrap and pillow and tieback and two cream butterflies This was a special capture too of Arabella and her two angel siblings that came before her time that are watching down on her from heaven….

Newborn baby girl wearing knit romper being held by sibling big sister on cream furOh lordy…these girls…all the snugs….

Newborn baby girl sleeping in cane basket with purple blanket and wrap and tieback and flowers on white wooden floorNewborn baby sleeping in cream cane pram with pruple fluff and wrap with sibling big sister and two cream bears on white wooden floorAnd mumma’s four babies all together…

Oh my heart…it’s having all the feels as I share this special post with you this evening. Please love on your family. Please continue to value images because before they are all you have.

Natasha & Duane thank you for trusting me to keep your family safe during uncertain times and bringing your beautiful new addition to me to create special magic.

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We never knew you…

were our little missing piece…

the one that we had longed for…

to complete our family….

an unexpected miracle…

loved from the very start…

the moment that you joined us…

you slipped into our heart.

It is the most amazing privilege to photograph a friends little love…the fact that families trust me enough to capture the most special time in their lives and value me enough to work with me means so very much. Then there’s friends like this sweet family who have brought their four gorgeous babies to me over the past five years. I have watched their little family grow and grow and it completely fills my heart. Today they brought their newest and final addition to the studio with his adoring big brothers and sister and we had the most amazing session.

World….Meet Billy.x.

Newborn baby boy sleeping on grey blanket wearing grey knit romperNewborn baby boy sleeping on grey blanket wearing grey knit romper and bear knit bonnetWhen mumma sent me some photo’s after Billy arrived earthside I could have sworn I was looking at a photo of his older siblings as newborns…especially his brother Jesse who I just photographed as a newborn last year! But once he arrived in the studio it was clear they were similar but he is his own gorgeous little self!Newborn baby boy sleeping in round wooden bowl with brown felt wearing brown pants pn white wooden floorThree boys and one girl in five years I had lots of fun creating set ups so all of the images worked well together. We used lots of blues, browns and greys…Newborn baby boy sleeping in wooden bed with brown blanket and brown knit bear bonnet and bear on white wooden floorNewborn baby boy sleeping in wooden drawer wearing blue knit romper with blue blanket and knit layer on white wooden floorNewborn baby boy sleeping in cane basket wrapped in brown blanket with brown knit layer and bonnet and hessian layer on white wooden floorNewborn baby boy sleeping wearing grey knit romper in wooden bowl with grey blanket on white wooden floorNewborn baby boy sleeping wearing grey knit romper in wooden bowl with grey blanket on white wooden floorNewborn baby boy sleeping on cream blanket with mustard wrapNewborn baby boy sleeping on cream blanket with mustard wrap and knit bonnetNewborn baby boy sleeping in wooden bed with brown blanketJust kickin back….Billy was seriously so relaxed!Newborn baby boy sleeping in farmers basket wearing blue knit romper with blue blanket on white wooden floorNewborn baby boy sleeping on wooden crate wearing blue knit pants with mustard wrap with one year old sibling brother, five year old sibling brother and three year old sibling sisterMumma’s five beautiful babies all together. Some of you may remember that gorgeous Hayden is watching down on his sweet siblings from heaven.Newborn baby boy wrapped in cream wrap in white cane basket with brown felt on wooden floor holding photo of big brother who diedAnd this special image we have captured for each of the baby’s sessions…to include Hayden today meant the world.

Billy you are the most divine surprise and the perfect addition to the best family!

Harry, Sophie and Jesse thank you for bringing your darling brother to the studio and for being such good big brother’s and sister!

Sarah and Steve you make the most gorgeous babies, thank you for coming back to me time and again.

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A bouquet of blessings…

for a precious new life…

brings joyful intentions…

enveloped with light…

for strength and protection…

for love and for peace…

for guidance and wisdom…

and fulfillment of dreams…

with each tiny breath…

and each beat of their heart…

you’ll be bursting with wonder…

at this perfect new start.

 

Today I met the most divine little love in the studio. Sometimes I know who’s coming in and other times it’s a complete surprise so you can guess my excitement when this gorgeous little stranger got out of the car today. She was all kinds of lovely, pouty lips, luscious hair and literally slept up a storm. Mumma asked for pastel and girly and boy oh boy I went to town. I couldn’t decide so I went with aaaaaalllll the pastels and we had the most perfect session!

World…Meet Kleo.x.

Newborn baby girl sleeping on cream blanket with mint wrap and bonnetNewborn baby girl sleeping on cream blanket with mint wrap and tiebackWe started with this set up and it set the tone for the entire session..lots of cute snoozin!Newborn baby girl sleeping in cane basket with yellow wrap and blankets and bow on white wooden floorEveryone knows I’m a little partial to yellows…and this soft yellow went perfectly with her pastel session.Newborn baby girl sleeping in round wooden bowl with purple knit blanket and wrap and flowers and tiebackNewborn baby girl sleeping on cream blanket wearing pink knit romper and flower tiebackOh lordy…I always say this but this has to be one of my favourite pics!Newborn baby girl sleeping in farmers basket with blue wrap and blanket on white wooden floorLove love love little girls in blue….Newborn baby girl sleeping in pink farmers basket wearing pink knit romper on white wooden floor with pink knit bear bonnetNewborn baby girl sleeping in pink farmers basket wearing pink knit romper on white wooden floor with pink floral crownAnd this tieback…so perfect on all that lush hair!Newborn baby girl sleeping in wooden drawer with green knit layer and green lace wrap and bow headbandI think this is my favourite set up of Kleo’s session.Newborn baby girl sleeping in cream bonnet wrapped in peach wrap and peack knit layer and peach knit bonnet on white wooden floorSleeping newborn baby girl on white wooden bed wearing lace romper and lace tieback with lace wrap and sibling big sister and brother sitting beside herBy far the sweetest siblings….Newborn baby girl sleeping on cream fur wrapped in blue wrap with blue bow headband smilingA smile to beat all smiles…happy literally leaking out of her face.Newborn baby girl sleeping on cream fur wrapped in blue wrap with blue bow headband being held by sibling big sister and brotherOh Kleo….every time I think I have the most lovely baby in the studio…someone likes you comes along and tops things. You are divine and welcome back any time!

Penelope and Jaxson, thank you for being the best big brother and sister a little love could ask for…I know Kleo is going to be looked after and loved on for all her days.

Kimberley and Leon…you have the most divine family. Thank you for choosing me to capture this special time in your families lives.

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I stand weathered photo loose in my hand

reminded of times my heart can not stand

it’s all that is left to show me just how

we loved and we’ve lost together for now

Time it is short and memories fade

and before we know it, our time it is made

a photo, a frame it’s all that is left

and you my friend are all but bereft.

Mother wearing hat and pink dress holding newborn baby girlThis is my mumma and I, many moons ago. Actually, it’s on her wedding day and I was 6 weeks old (gasp what a sin, right?). It is literally one of a handful, and I’m talking one handful not two handful’s, of photo’s I have with her growing up. Now luckily, she’s still here, in fact I see her most days of the week and she is my best friend and so much more, but that’s not the point of the post. So, what is? I would do anything to have more photo’s with her, because I know before long that is all I and future generations will have left. You see she hates having her photo taken, she has bad teeth, so she says, so she just refuses. But do you know what, I don’t care about remembering her bad teeth growing up, I care about the times we went to the beach and she sat with me in the sand, or how she pushed me super high on the swing…those memories will fade over time and there will be no evidence of those moments ever happening. And even more important is the moments I have no memories of…when she first held me in her arms after I was born, when she was feeding me snuggled up at her breast, when she held me wrapped up in the first few weeks. There is absolutely no evidence of those times and that makes my heart hurt a little. And THAT is the reason for this post….

Mumma’s and papa’s you NEED to exist in photo’s. And if not for yourself but for your children and for future generations to come. Leave a legacy that can be handed down throughout time. You never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory. So what if you are chubbier than you’d like to be, your hair isn’t done, your teeth aren’t perfect. Your family DONT care about these things. They want to remember the moment for what it is, for how it made them feel. For the person that you are and the magic that was happening during that moment. Parent’s often say to me they don’t want to get in the shot, they are tired, like proper tired and not feeling their best and I always remind them that it isn’t about what you look like. It’s about capturing this very moment in time. Your little love will never be this small, this curly, this new again…you will want to look back on the moment they squished up into your hands, snuggled into your arms…and THEY will want to know this moment too. So get in that photo…say yes, again and again.

Smiling baby girl in basketHow sweet are my ‘newborn’ photo’s?….not a single one with my parents though 🙁

But then….you need to print that photo! Sadly, this is the only copy of these images…and my mum cut it up to go in my baby book 🙁 I am grateful I have it at all but there is no negative. I have a small box of photo’s from my childhood and graciously I am of the generation that had baby books! This generation though is the most photographed, in the age of smart phones and social media but it is also the generation with the least evidence of their presence. Baby books and framed images are a dying art…but sadly, so is the technology…disc’s, usb’s, hard drives…the faster a new gadget comes along, the faster the old one is made useless. Things you thought you were preserving are literally just collecting dust.

So existing is the most important thing, it is the gift you need to give yourself and your family…and then print, print, print.

I don’t often share parent shot’s online but check out some of these sweet babes below and book your session TODAY!

Father holding sleeping baby boy in black and whiteNewborn baby girl wrapped in cream wrap being held by mother and fatherNewborn baby boy wrapped in blue wrap being held by motherNewborn baby boy being held by fatherNewborn twin boys wrapped in navy blue wrap being held by motherNewborn baby boy being held by parents kissingNewborn baby girl in cream romper being held by mother and father

 

 

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