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No one else will ever know

the strength of my love for you…

After all…

You’re the only one who

knows what my heart sounds like

from the inside.

Sometimes people come into your lives from the most unusual places but it’s like they were always there and you never knew they were missing. Today’s gorgeous mumma is that friend. We met many years ago online in and IVF group (kinda sounds like dating, right?), both on the rocky roller coaster of infertility. In an enormous group, we found each other and we’ve stuck together ever since. Amazingly we both got pregnant at the same time and our little miracles were due just day’s apart…which sadly meant I couldn’t capture special memories of her first little man so you can imagine my excitement when they decided to roll that IVF dice again. I don’t know who was more surprised when this little pink princess arrived (we were all convinced she was a he!!) and I was completely over joyed to have them in the studio today. Sometimes, I have the ability to give gifts to the most deserving of people, and today was one of those days. I’ll let mumma share their story and I’ll sneak a few adorable photo’s in the mix….

It was 7 years ago when I decided to take the plunge into the world of online dating and boy is that something I’m happy to never have to do again. While riding the wave of the online dating world it helped me discover that I had to meet someone that was 100% different to what I’d gone for in past relationships and then I met Jason. We had our first date and upon concluding the evening I noted that he was rough around the edges, not good with emotions and affection but our conversation that night, for some reason, had me wanting to go out with him again and now the rest is history.

1.5 years down the road we were engaged and to be married 12 months later. By the time our wedding rolled around we had been trying for a baby for almost 12 months with no success. So after countless medical tests and investigations, what felt like a million negative pregnancy tests and 3 failed rounds of clomid we skipped the honeymoon and we jumped into the world of IVF. From our first round we ended up with only 2 embryos. The embryologist sat on the other end of the phone while I sobbed thinking how could we only get two? She ensured me that both were graded the highest possible mark and that I needed to relax and take a breath. I did just that and now two years later we have our two year old son Theodore who is affectionately known as Teddy and sweet Miss Clarabelle. Pregnancy was not kind to me and both babies came early, which in itself was stressful, but I now sit back and look at our babies and think how lucky we are. One round of IVF, which may not have yielded great results embryo wise, but we have two babies from two embryos and one of each gender. Motherhood and fatherhood for Jason and myself has been absolutely incredible and I’ve loved watching Jason and I grow as not only parents but also as husband and wife over the last two years.

World…Meet Clarabelle.x.

Sleeping newborn girl on pink blanket with pink wrap and flower headband Sleeping newborn girl on pink blanket with pink wrap and knit bonnetThat sweet little smile…Clarabelle has the most divine white blonde hair and long lashes…she reminds me so much of her big brother! Newborn baby girl sleeping in wooden crate with mustard round cushion wrapped in navy wrap with navy and mustard flower tiebackMumma and Papa picked the most divine colour palette for today’s session…dusty pink, mustard (can I get a hallelujah!) and navy….oh my it worked so perfectly! Newborn baby girl sleeping in cane basket with mustard wrap and flower crown and flowers on white wooden floor Sleeping newborn baby girl in cream bucket with pink blanket and knit layer and lace wrap with pink felt heart and knit bonnet Sleeping newborn baby girl in cream bucket with pink blanket and knit layer and lace wrap with pink felt heart and knit bonnet Sleeping newborn girl in blue knit overalls in oval trench bowl with navy blanket and mustard layer on wooden floor with mustard flowers and tiebackThis adorable navy knit romper belonged to her big brother Teddy and both babies wore it home from hospital…isn’t that special? Newborn baby girl sleeping in round wooden bowl with pink felt layer and pink lace wrap, flowers and lace bonnet on white wooden floor Sleeping newborn girl on cream blanket with mustard knit wrap and bonnet Sleeping newborn girl on cream blanket with mustard knit wrap and tiebackThis colour and those divine features….eeeeep! Newborn baby girl sleeping wrapped in pink wrap beside sibling brother on cream furHow can one Mumma and Papa get so lucky? Newborn baby girl sleeping in farmers basket with jute layer and mustard blanket, wrap and felt layer and tieback on white wooden floor Newborn baby girl sleeping on wooden bed with blue blanket and mustard layer wearing mustard pants and flower tieback with sibling brother sitting besideOk so this may have taken a little bribery and a lot of jumping around being silly but it worked and we captured their two beautiful miracles together. I can not imagine my youngest, the same age as Teddy, sitting still in the studio, so Teddy did such an amazing job! Thank you for being such an awesome big brother gorgeous boy.

Clarabelle, I loved you before you were even dreamt of and I am so grateful you are here safely now in your families arms.

Amanda and Jason, what a gift to watch you grow and flourish as parents these past few years and to have the privilege of capturing these memories for you today is priceless. Thank you for trusting me with your loves.x.

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“There was once a little girl…

with eye’s so bright and blue…

a smile to melt your heart…

and a spirit that was true.

She joined our little family…

like she was always here…

our darling little Maddi…

our treasure oh so dear”.

Today I had the sweetest little love in the studio…once she had filled her little belly she slept up a storm and we captured some of the most amazing memories for her Mumma and Papa. Who caught the live feed? She also had the most incredible facial expressions…all of the feels in one session…grumpy old man with a receding hair line…sad bubba with a pouty bottom lip and of course the most adorable dimple smile. I can’t wait to share some gorgeous photo’s and I am sure you’ll agree, she.is.divine!

This session was especially planned, like all my sessions, around the colours in her nursery, Mumma and Papa’s favourite colours and the feel and decor of their home. I want these images to hang on their walls for many years to come so I am so glad we could work together to make this magic happen. The family also brought a few special things to include in the session which means the images have all the more importance and meaning and I just adore that.

World…Meet Madeline.x.

Newborn baby girl sleeping on pink lace fabric with pink wrap and tieback Newborn baby girl sleeping on pink lace fabric with pink wrap and pom pom beanieGaaaaah…this hat!!! When Mumma asked for pinks and purples I just knew we had to include this sweet little beanie…isn’t it adorable? Newborn baby girl in pink farmers basket with purple blanket wearing pink knit romper and tieback with flowers on white wooden floorWho caught the live feed? This was the adorable set up Maddi was in when we shared it! Newborn baby girl wrapped in pink wrap in wooden crate with pink knitted blanket and flower tieback on wooden floorShe has the most long dainty fingers….a future piano player possibly? Newborn baby girl sleeping in farmers basket with pink blaket and wrap and bonnet on white wooden floor with hessian layer Newborn baby girl sleeping on cream blanket with purple wrap and purple knit bonnet Newborn baby girl sleeping on cream blanket with purple wrap and purple tiebackHer little pouty bottom lip…every time I touched it to wipe milk or dribble away she gave me this bottom lip drop! Newborn baby girl sleeping in cream bucket in wooden drawer wrapped in pink wrap with pink knit layer and blanket and flowers on white wooden floor Newborn baby girl sleeping in cream bucket in wooden drawer wrapped in pink wrap with pink knit layer and blanket and flowers on white wooden floor holding soft bunny toyNawww that sweet little smirk and snuggling her very own little bunny….LOVE! Newborn baby girl sleeping in round wooden bowl with purple blanket and purple lace wrap wrapped in white floral wrap with purple knit bonnet Newborn baby girl sleeping in round wooden bowl with purple blanket and purple lace wrap wrapped in white floral wrap and matching head bowAnd this adorable wrap and head bow are also Maddi’s and the colours were magic! How gorgeous is her little grin in the top one! Newborn baby girl in oval wooden bowl with dusty pink wraps and layers and bonnet and flowers on white wooden floor Newborn baby girl wrapped in pink wrap and knit bonnet on cream fur Newborn baby girl in pink knit romper on pink knit layer on cream blanket with pink tieback Newborn baby girl wrapped in pink wrap on wooden flower bed with purple blanket and felt layer and flowers and owl toy Newborn baby girl wrapped in red wrap with red knit layer with madeline toy on cream furAnd last…but by no means least…Madeline with her Madeline doll…I adore this children’s book and how perfect that she has her very own doll from the story!

Kristelle and Brendan thank you for sharing your little love with me today, thank you for trusting me to capture beautiful memories of the most magical time in your lives and for the honour of sharing in your journey.

Madeline…thank you for snoozin the day away…for not pooping on me or your Papa and for bringing your lovely Mumma and Papa to me today.x.

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Twinkle twinkle little star….

Do you know how loved you are…

Wished and wanted for so long…

Our fight for you, brave and strong…

Twinkle twinkle little love…

Sent to us from up above…

Precious girl how blessed are we…

Let’s live together…happily.

 

Every session I do is special for so many different reasons but today’s session has twinkled in my heart for so very long. I first met this beautiful family years ago, when I received a frantic message from a friend. I often get similar messages but it went along the lines of ‘help….my friend has just had a prem baby, can you check in on her’. The next day I set about finding this friend of a friend when I was back at work in the NICU….and it was there that I met sweet Ayla, teeny tiny and literally fighting for her life. I met her gorgeous mumma and papa and sat beside them on many highs and lows of their NICU journey. Finally, Ayla was strong enough to head home so of course we had to have her in the studio. At a mere 92 days young, she was better behaved than some of the mischievous newborns I have in the studio!!! We captured some gorgeous memories of Ayla that I know her family treasure to this day. So of course you can imagine my excitement when mumma got in touch to say that another sweet miracle was on the way! After a very long 9mths and many up’s and down’s their gorgeous new addition is safely here. I’ll let mumma share their story and I’ll share some sweet photo’s along the way…..

We had spent the morning joking about just how much our lives were going to change when our first child arrived in a few months. By 4pm that afternoon, our beautiful daughter was in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit with a long fight ahead of her. We wouldn’t meet her until 8pm that night. Ayla was born at 25weeks +1 weighing only 790grams. She needed help to breath and required constant monitoring of her heart and oxygen levels. Her skin was too fragile for us to touch. Our lives had changed forever at that very moment. Having a baby in the NICU is a tough journey with many ups and downs. Many missed “firsts”, or celebrating milestones you never imagined you would experience. Learning to be patient and take it a day at a time. Having so many questions that there are no answers to. Not what we were expecting as first time parents.

It was on day 2 of Ayla’s journey that we met Amanda who is one of the many amazing nurses that cared for our baby girl. We were lucky to get to know Amanda through long days spent at Ayla’s bedside. The days were made easier by Amanda’s calming, welcoming and genuinely caring nature. We were excited to learn she was also a newborn photographer. When we saw Amanda’s work, we knew she had to take Ayla’s photos! After 79 long days, we finally got to go home with our baby girl. Amanda gave us the amazing gift of newborn photo’s at 92 days young. Seeing our baby hooked up with tubes, wires and monitors for months, these beautiful pure images had such a healing power. This was the start of a new journey as first time parents. Since coming home Ayla has continued to thrive meeting all of her milestones. She is now a healthy , big 5 (and a half) year old in Prep. She is a cheeky, funny, bright and caring soul. She keeps us on our toes everyday. She is noisy, messy, smelly and loves fart jokes. She is awesome.

She has been asking for a baby sister for forever and ever and ever. And she’s FINALLY here!

World….Meet Daisy.

 

Newborn baby girl sleeping on pink blanket with pink wrap and knit bonnet Newborn baby girl sleeping on pink blanket with pink wrap and tiebackThis sweet girl….practically perfect in every way! Newborn baby girl sleeping in cream bucket with mint wrap and cream knit layer in wooden drawer with flowers on wooden floor with bow tieback Newborn baby girl sleeping in nest with pink flowers and wraps and romper and tieback Newborn baby girl sleeping in nest with pink flowers and wraps and romper and bonnetMumma and Papa picked the most gorgeous colour palette of rich moody colours burgundy’s, olives and mint’s… Newborn baby girl sleeping in farmers basket with olive blanket and wrap and tieback with flowers and jute layer on olive canvas drop Newborn baby girl sleeping in rectangle cane basket wrapped in purple floral wrap with plum knit layer and blankets and flowers on wooden floor Newborn baby girl sleeping in wooden crate with mint blanket and wrap and knit bonnet and felt heart on mint canvas backdrop Newborn baby girl sleeping in wooden crate with mint blanket and wrap and knit bonnet and felt heart on mint canvas backdropWe used this gorgeous colour with Ayla’s session…even the same bonnet but the stunning blanket that Daisy is laying on is her own and it went perfectly. Newborn baby girl sleeping on wooden crate with burgundy curly felt layer and wrap and flower crown Newborn baby girl sleeping on cream blanket with olive wrap and flower crown Newborn baby girl sleeping in round wooden bowl with brown blanket and mustard layer wearing brown lace romper and flower crown holding doll on white wooden floorAnd how beautiful is this dolly that belongs to Daisy…. Newborn baby girl sleeping wrapped in dusty pink wrap with pink tieback being held by sibling sister on cream fur Newborn baby girl sleeping wrapped in dusty pink wrap with pink tieback being held by sibling sister on cream furEeeeep….I may have even got teary here…the sweetest of sisters together…watching Ayla with Daisy was so beautiful but even more so considering this moment might never had happened if Ayla hadn’t been such a warrior and fought so hard to be here.

Ayla, it was such a privilege to care for you all those years ago and seeing you today is exactly why I do what I do. Thank you for bringing your adorable new sister to me today.

Neil and Kris thank you for trusting me to care for your gorgeous girls and for allowing me to capture memories of your journey so far.

And last, but by no means, Daisy, you are all kinds of lovely.x.

*And I couldn’t help but add this sweet capture of Ayla styling her own mini newborn shoot in the studio….can she get any cuter????

Five year old girl holding camera taking photo of doll in basket

 

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Once upon a time there came a little boy…

We knew from that first moment, he’d bring us all the joy…

He’d fill our hearts with warmth, our arms with love to hold…

We knew that we were blessed with a little boy so bold.x.

 

Today I had the most darling family in the studio and you know what makes it even more special is that they first came to me almost four years ago with their first little love. Returning clients are the very best, I love that they found me and trusted me in the first place but to actually choose to come back again gives me the greatest joy. I first photographed Jax back in 2015 and boy oh boy was he adorable…he wasn’t too happy the day of his shoot (Mumma and Papa later found out he had feeding issues, poor little guy) but we captured some gorgeous memories for the family and I was super excited to have them back today. Jax was even more divine when he arrived today, the sweetest little sibling ever, within seconds of arriving he was holding my hand and at one stage even knelt down and rubbed my back affectionately while I was taking photo’s of his baby in the studio. And seeing him with his new baby was everything and more, so loving and caring, and got so much joy out of being the best big brother yet! Lucky for me, he brought his Mumma and Papa and his sweet new brother to the studio today and we had the best session capturing amazing special memories for this new family of four.

World….Meet Ashton.x.

Newborn baby boy sleeping on grey blanket wearing grey knit bear romper Newborn baby boy sleeping on grey blanket wearing grey knit bear romper and bonnetMumma’s brief was for grey’s blue’s, creams and green’s and she loves little animals….challenge accepted! How adorable is her little bear snuggled up?

Newborn baby boy wearing blue knit bonnet in round wooden bowl with blue blanket and blue knit elephantHis big brother was wide awake for his entire session, mumma reminded me we may have captured some blinks! But Ashton slept up a storm today, then this sweet moment where he woke briefly and looked directly at the camera then went straight back to sleep!!!

Newborn baby boy sleeping in cream tin bucket with grey curly felt and blanket Newborn baby boy sleeping in cream tin bucket with grey curly felt and blanket and bonnet and bunnyJust snugglin with his little wabbit….

Newborn baby boy sleeping on cream blanket with blue knit bonnet and wrapBoys always have the most perfect features….pouty lips, long lashes and chunky cheeks!

Newborn baby boy wrapped in navy blanket on wooden crate with blue knit and felt layer with sibling big brotherAnd Jax kept those gorgeous big dark eye’s and long lashes…he did say to me at one stage…do you like my eye’s and eyelashes…yes, buddy, yes I do!!!

Newborn baby boy wrapped in cream wrap with cream knit bear bonnet in round cane basket on white wooden floor

Newborn baby boy sleeping in wooden crate with grey blanket and knit layer and bonnet and felt heart on wooden floor Newborn baby boy sleeping in wooden crate with grey blanket and knit layer and bonnet and felt heart on wooden floor Newborn baby boy sleeping in round cane basket with grey blanket and grey knit koala outfit and soft toy on white wooden floor Newborn baby boy sleeping in round cane basket with grey blanket and grey knit koala outfit and soft toy on white wooden floorWho saw the live sneak peak of this set up? How gorgeous is this little koala bear?

Newborn baby boy sleeping in gumnut leaf prop wrapped in green wrap on green backdropAnd to continue on with a little gumnut theme….I just love all things olive green.

Newborn baby boy sleeping in wooden bed with light blue knit blanket and bonnet and pillow and soft bear toyWe did this same set up for Jax’s session….I love Mumma’s and Papa’s getting the chance to look back and compare their loves. Newborn baby boy wrapped in blue wrap being held by sibling brother on cream furCan I get a collective….naaawwwww! Are these not the sweetest two you’ve ever seen? This is the luckiest Mumma and Papa yet!

Aland & Gavin…you make the cutest bebe’s…thank you for choosing me again.

Jax you were by far the best big brother I’ve had in the studio…thank you for being so friendly and loving.

And baby Ashton, last but not least, you are divine!

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A new baby boy is a gift beyond measure…

A wonder to hold and a lifetime to treasure…

With ten perfect fingers and ten tiny toes…

Two bright eyes and a cute button nose…

This soft little one is a bundle of love…

A beautiful boy…sent from above…

His life is a miracle filled with joy…

What a blessing to welcome…

A sweet little boy.

 

Today I woke to the frantic news that images were down from social media and everyone was in a panic (insert eyeroll!!). I must admit I had a brief thought of how would I share all the beautiful babies I meet with you all but my main thought was for the preservation of images. What if facebook died…is it the only place you have uploaded your images? It usually takes something to happen before you realize just how important it is to have images in the first place and then to have them printed as a record. It might be something as simple as the death of social media or a broken computer hard drive…or something more serious like the loss of someone special to make you value those special images. That said…social media righted itself just in time for me to share some gorgeousness with you tonight but please take this little blurb as a warning….take those photo’s….save those photo’s (somewhere other than facebook!) and print, print, print!!! The most photographed generation by far has the least amount of evidence of their presence.

Anyway…back to the important reason for this blog! I had the most darling little man in the studio today and boy oh boy was I spoiled. Perfectly behaved, slept up a storm, gave the sweetest snuggles and was super cute! Today’s family came to me from a referral from past clients and that makes my heart swell. I love that you value me enough to share the love and even more so that this little guy’s mumma knew exactly what she was looking for when she found me. How lucky am I to have the sweetest clients and today’s were no exception.

Emma and Matt, I am busting to share this gorgeous sneak peak with you and to share your divine little man with the world! Thank you for making the special trip to hang out with me today.

World…Meet Asher.x.

Newborn baby boy sleeping on cream blanket wrapped in blue wrap smiling Newborn baby boy sleeping on cream blanket wrapped in blue wrap and blue knit bonnetEeeeep….does it get any cuter? That sweet little smile and all snuggled up!

Newborn baby boy sleeping in wooden bed with blue blanket on white wooden floorMumma picked a beautiful gallery filled with blues….

Newborn baby boy sleeping in wooden crate with blue wrap and knit layer and blue felt heart Newborn baby boy sleeping in wooden crate with blue wrap and knit layer and blue felt heartThose teeny tiny fingers and that teeny tiny heart…

Newborn baby boy sleeping on blue blanket Newborn baby boy sleeping on blue blanket and blue knit layerAsher seriously had the most perfect little features…I know I say all my babies are the cutest but c’mon!!!

Newborn baby boy sleeping in round wooden bowl with blue wrap and blanket on white wooden floor Newborn baby boy sleeping on blue blanket with blue knit blanket and bonnetOk…every time I think an image is my favourite…another comes along and right now this is it! How adorable is Asher…this stunning blanket and bonnet were made especially for Asher and he brought them along today to include in his session. Things like this completely fill my heart…this blanket and bonnet…and hopefully this image will be around for many years to come and I can not think of anything better.x.

Newborn baby boy sleeping in farmers basket with blue blanket and pillow and hessian layer on wooden floor Newborn baby boy sleeping in farmers basket with blue blanket and bonnet and pillow and hessian layer on wooden floorLook at those little piggies….

Newborn baby boy sleeping in wooden trench bowl with dark blue blanket on wooden floorI may have snuck in some darker blue’s even though mumma asked for light but how divine does Asher look with this dusty blue?

Newborn baby boy sleeping on wooden crate wrapped in green wrap with brown bear bonnet with green blanket and leaves and toy animalsAnd this gorgeous image is an extra special one….Asher’s nursery is jungle theme so we had to create a little jungle set up….a big fierce bear and his jungle friends!

Asher you are absolutely lovely and I am so blessed to have met you today and had the privilege of capturing you in all your newness. Thank you for all the snuggles and just for being the most gorgeous boy I could ask for!

Emma and Matt…thank you for finding me and for trusting me with your little man and your precious memories! I hope you love these images as much as I enjoyed capturing them!

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