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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

Now there were lots of things trying to stand in our way for todays session but despite almost needing an ark to get here…this gorgeous boy made it and he was definitely worth the wait! I first met this sweet boy when he was born long before his time and was hanging out in the NICU. I’ll let Mumma share their story below and I’ll share some gorgeous pics along the way but I am so glad that we could make today happen for this very deserving family. He is a fighter by every sense of the word, he has overcome so much just to be here today, and despite being home with his Mumma & Papa finally, he still requires oxygen and is fed with the assistance of a tube. Thankfully we could still capture newborn photo’s for this little man even though he’s months old…every photo they have so far, whilst capturing his journey, are layered with medical equipment and tubes and wires. Today it was all about this sweet boy in all of his gorgeousness. The joys of bringing your precious bubba to me means I was able to take out his feeding tube then pop it back in at the end of the session, as well as get lots of stunning images with his oxygen safely near by.

“When I thought about becoming a mother for the first time, I certainly never envisioned our journey being as difficult or challenging as it turned out to be.

After trying for children for a while, my husband and I realised that we would have to try IVF to start our little family. I remember being so excited and hopeful about beginning our first round of IVF as it was moving one step closer to our dream of starting a family. The hope and excitement very quickly dwindled however with each unsuccessful round until finally I got a positive on a home pregnancy test after our 4th round. We were very cautious throughout the pregnancy and only started to get a little glimmer of excitement about being pregnant once we reached 22 weeks. We started to let all our family know about our wonderful news and finally went shopping for baby clothes and other nursery items for the first time.

And then at 24 weeks, my blood pressure went out of control. I was admitted to hospital with severe preeclampsia and was seen by numerous specialists to try and lower it. I was ready to try anything just to give our little boy a bit more time inside. At 26 weeks, my obstetrician made the call to deliver our little man and I remember the absolute fear and dread I felt of hearing those words. I was rushed to theatre for an emergency caesarean. Everything that day was an absolute blur, but I remember hearing our little boy let out an almighty cry as he was delivered, weighing just 890g.

I will never forget how my heart absolutely melted when I saw him for the first time. I will never forget how tiny and fragile he looked and how small his body was in my hands when I held Hom. My dear little boy faced so many challenges while in the NICU. It was such an emotional roller coaster and we seemed to take a few small steps forward and then some almighty leaps backwards at times. In total he spent 124 days were before we were able to tale our little miracle man home. He has been such a little fighter and I am in absolute awe at how much he has overcome. We still face many challenges, but I am so incredibly lucky to have this little man who has finally made me a Mumma bear!”

World…Meet Samuel…he’s new here.x.

When he arrived he was wide awake and happy to chat…and how could you be mad at this sweet face??? Newborn baby boy in vintage iron bed with grey blanket wearing grey knit koala suit and holding koala knit toyBut then he dosed off and this was pretty much this chill nature the entire session….a little koala bear with his gorgeous koala toy he brought with him today. Newborn baby boy sleeping on cream blanket wrapped in blue wrap with blue knit bonnet Newborn baby boy sleeping in round wooden bowl wearing brown knit romper with brown blanket on wooden floorHow adorable are these little knitted rompers….he just snuggled up here like this…not sure it gets any cuter! Newborn baby boy sleeping in green wooden bed wrapped in green blanket with green knit bonnet on wooden floorMumma chose a stunning gallery with browns, creams, blues and this gorgeous sage green…love love love. Newborn baby boy sleeping on cream blanket with bear knit bonnet and bear toys sleeping with himWho caught this sneak peak video earlier today? Mumma collects teddy bears so this set up was a must! Newborn baby boy sleeping in oval cane basket with blue blanket and wrap and pillow with blue knit bunny toy and dried flowers and blue felt heart on wooden floorI just adore this sweet little bunny Samuel brought with him…and this colour looked perfect on his milky skin and little dust of ginger hair. Newborn baby boy sleeping in cane basket with brown blanket and brown knit layer and bonnet on wooden floorLook at those smoochie lips… Newborn baby boy wearing teal knit romper with teal knit blanket on wooden floor with dried flowers holding blue knit bearOk I think this is my favourite from the session…we squeezed him into this knit romper…he’s come a long way from a teeny tiny 890 grams! Mother and father holding newborn baby boy wrapped in blue blanketLook at this beautiful family…all that love just gets me in the feels. It fills my heart that after everything they have been through we could celebrate today with gorgeous photos.

Patricia & Jeremy…thank you for trusting me with your precious little man. He is divine and you should be super proud. It was so lovely to see you all today and create some special memories.

Sweet Samuel thank you for being such a darling…

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For those that came before us sent a gift from up above…

Whanau they surround us…cover us in love…

A baby boy filled with light to bring us hope & joy…

Our newest love safe in our arms, we love you little boy…

Connection brings us together on this special day…

And those that now will guide us…watch on from far away.

 

There are moments in life that the universe has plans bigger than we can understand…moments that bring people together that are more than just coincidence. Today’s beautiful family ended up in my studio in one of those moments & I am so grateful we were brought together. So many people in heaven…babies, mother’s, husbands and children led us to each other and today I had the immense honour of capturing beautiful memories for them. We were meant to meet.

Today I had the most darling little man in the studio…seriously lips for days…the most gorgeous honey coloured hair…and the squishiest cheeks you’ve ever seen. He brought his Mumma, Papa and Grandmother to the studio and we got to capture divine images for this family to treasure for ever and even help heal a few broken hearts in the process.

World…Meet Manawa-Toa…he’s new here.x. Newborn baby boy sleeping on cream blanket with grey wrap and grey and white knit bonnetNow when I said the best lips…am I right? Newborn baby boy sleeping in oval cane basket with brown blanket and Maori korowai on wooden floorWhen Manawa-Toa’s Mumma asked if she could bring this stunning Maori Korowai made especially for his Grandpa who is watching over him from heaven, I just knew we had to capture some special magic. We did a few different set ups to honour this beautiful family piece. Newborn baby boy sleeping on vintage iron bed wearing cream knit romper and bonnet with curly felt on fur on groundMumma chose a stunning gallery of natural neutral creams, browns and greys…look at this little snuggle bug. Newborn baby boy sleeping in round wooden bowl wrapped in brown wrap with brown blanket on wooden floor with dried flowers and hessian circular layersLook at those little piggies… Newborn baby boy sleeping on brown blanket with brown wrap and knit bonnetThe best hair which still looked just as adorable with a little bonnet on… Newborn baby boy sleeping in oval basket with grey blanket wearing grey knit romper and dried flowers on wooden floorJust chillin… Newborn baby boy sleeping on brown blanket with Maori korowai wrapped over himThe stunning details in the Korowai are so special… Newborn baby boy sleeping on wooden crate wearing grey knit romper and bear bonnet on grey blanketI don’t know that it gets any sweeter than this little man… Newborn baby boy wearing cream knit romper on cream furHe was seriously so chill…just happy to lay back and hang out… Newborn baby boy wrapped in grey wrap with grey knit layer in cane basket with hessian layer on wooden floorLittle man you are the greatest gift… Newborn baby boy sleeping on mothers chest wrapped in Maori korowaiAnd our last image of the day…Mumma wasn’t sure about getting in photo’s today but I just knew in my heart we had to capture this image…she later told me that the Korowai belonged to her father who passed away a few years ago. I know he was wrapping his arms around these two today.

Universe…you are all I can think for making today happen…for us bringing together.x.

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Oh little love we are glad you are here…

our hearts they are full and complete…

a blessing to all, a bundle of joy…

our darling you are so very sweet.

Today I had the most adorable little love in the studio…now I know I say that for all of the bubba’s but guys…look at this little lady…she literally snoozed the entire time and was in and out in a flash! She is the newest addition to my big boys little bestie’s family and I just knew I had to have her in the studio as soon as I saw her. We did a gorgeous gallery inspired by her Indigenous culture and Australian native wildflowers.

World…Meet Lovella…she’s new here.x.

(Ps…oh my word…how sweet is her name!)

Newborn baby girl sleeping on cream blanket with pink wrap and bow tieback or pink knit bonnet A real life little doll I tell you… Newborn baby girl sleeping in round wooden bowl wearing rust knitted romper with rust blanket and rust soft owl toy with multicoloured tieback laying on aboriginal printed fabricAs soon as I saw this fabric I knew it would be perfect..the rich earthy colours celebrating her history and the teeny owl known in Aboriginal culture to represent a protecter…perfect for your journey sweet Lovella. Newborn baby girl wrapped in pink wrap sleeping in Australian wild flower nest on olive green back drop wearing maroon flower crownI found the most magnificent Australian wild flower bouquet on the internet as my inspiration for this set up and just adore how it turned out.

Newborn baby girl sleeping on cream blanket wrapped in rust blanket wearing multicoloured tiebackEeeep those little piggies sticking out get me every time… Newborn baby girl sleeping in cane basket with purple blanket and purple indigenous wrap with native wild flowers on wooden floor  Look at that little pout…how stunning are these colours on little Lovella? Newborn baby girl wearing pink knit bloomers and bow tieback sleeping on vintage iron bed with pink blanket and wrap and pink wild flowers on wooden floorThis knitted bloomer and bonnet set from my dear friends over at Chino Creations is everything and I had been busting to use it…with these gorgeous dusty pink dried flowers they were perfect. Newborn baby girl sleeping in round wooden bowl wrapped in yellow wrap with yellow blanket on red and black backdrop representing an aboriginal flagAnd our last set up for the day…this beautiful piece inspired by amazing Indigenous artist Bobbi Lockyer & Milyali Art.

Lovella you are everything and more and I feel so blessed to be a part of your beginnings.x.

 

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Showers and sunshine…a dream that came true

our little miracle…the perfect gift that is you

we will never forget…the storm or conceal

but you were the light…that helped us to heal

on a dark and grey day…the sun shone with a glow

after a storm…came a beautiful rainbow

our rainbow baby…forever you’ll be

the light through the darkness…our reason to be happy.

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I was so excited to have gorgeous Ellie in the studio today, considering this little love has had a wobbly start to things. You see today is actually the eve of her 8 week birthday! Not the usual new newborn but just because she missed that initial window, shouldn’t mean she should miss out on gorgeous newborn photos too. When her Mumma reached out wondering if it was too late, I was so glad we could get their family booked right in.

You see this little love is a miracle, & I feel so honoured to be able to share in her journey. After a long struggle with IVF, lots of heartbreak & loss, she was the one & only embryo that made it…she was meant to be here. That’s why I knew we had to make our session happen today. With a little extra time & patience, lots of extra snuggles and some milk…we captured the most gorgeous images of this darling girl & I am so glad I could give this family these images to treasure.

World…meet Ellie…she’s new here.x. Baby girl laying on cream blanket wearing rainbow outfit with macrame rainbow on blanket and pink bow in hairSuch a gift after darker days. Baby girl sleeping on cream blanket wrapped in cream wrap with cream bow in her hairWe had some chatting time and then she just wanted to be snuggled up and have a snooze…so we went with that. Newborn baby girl wrapped in pink wrap sleeping in pink flower nest with pink bonnet and pillow on white wooden floorNow Mumma wanted all things pink and flowers so this nest was a must. Baby girl sleeping in cream iron bed with cream wrap and blanket and tieback or bonnet on cream furLook at those lashes and gorgeous cheeks…she made snuggles very easy! Baby girl sleeping in cane basket with white knit blanket and pink knit wrap and pink lace wrap with pink dried flowers on white wooden floorI made this pink knit blanket especially for Ellie’s session and then Mumma brought the most divine white knitted blanket that Ellie’s Nanna had given her…this set up was just perfect. Baby girl sleeping wrapped in cream blanket in cane basket with cream knit blankets and flower crown on wooden floorI love these gorgeous cream colours…can we all take a moment to look at her adorable little fringe peeping out over the beanie…it had a mind of its own whenever I popped anything on her head and Im loving it. Baby girl sleeping on pink blanket wrapped in cream wrap with pink knit bunny bonnet onI had been busting to use this adorable pink knit bunny bonnet from my dear friends over at Poppy’s Prop’s and I knew Ellie would be perfect in it! Baby girl sleeping on cream fur wrapped in cream wrap with cream flower crownHow stunning is this cream flower crown from Princess & The Pea Props

I managed to sneak off her wrap while she was still snoozing to capture this gorgeous image…. Baby girl sleeping in oval cane basket with pink blanket and fur wearing pink pants and flower crown or bonnetAnd then she was wide awake and ready to party! Baby girl sleeping wearing pink knit romper being held by father wearing blue shirtAnd then after some more milk…she was out again!

Renee and Josh after the journey you have walked just meet this miracle, I am so honoured to be the one chosen to capture your story and this special time in your lives…and sweet Ellie thank you for bringing us all together today.x.

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Oh little love our family’s complete…

so glad you are here, we waited to meet…

our final edition to join our sweet crew…

our darling sweet boy, so precious, so new…

you fill all our hearts with love & with joy…

we’re so blessed to have you, our gorgeous new boy…

we’ll hold you & love you, & snuggle you tight…

& sing you sweet lullabies into the night.

 

I was so excited when this gorgeous Mumma reached out last year to let me know they were expecting another darling bubba. I first met this family a few years ago when I photographed their now middle boy, Samuel, but turned out Mumma and I are actually colleagues at my ‘other’ job! Samuel was adorable, as was his big sister Lucy so I knew we were in for a special session and it was all of that and more! I have to apologise in advance for this enormous sneak peak…I just couldn’t decide on a small selection of images to share because they were ALL divine! Mumma selected a stunning colour palate of soft sage greens and dusty blues and I am going to have to put it out there that these are some of my favourite colours…I’m sure you will all agree.

World…meet Oliver…he’s new here.x.

Newborn baby boy sleeping on blue blanket with blue wrap and blue knit bonnet Initially I thought this gorgeous boy was a carbon copy of his big brother but once I had him snuggled up in the same poses as I had done with Samuel when he was in the studio I could definitely see the differences. Newborn baby boy sleeping in green wrap with green knit layer on white wooden floor with green knit bonnetEeeeep that pout! Newborn baby boy sleeping in wooden round bowl with blue wrap and blue blanket on blue backdropThat smile and this sweet snuggly pose…. Newborn baby boy sleeping on cream blanket with teal wrap and teal knit bonnetHow adorable is this little beanie Ollie brought with him…the first beanie he wore when he arrived earthside. We captured a similar set up with Samuel and his first beanie too! Newborn baby boy in cream knit romper being held by sibling brother and sister sitting on wooden bench

Ok…sweetest siblings ever…it was so lovely to have these adorable big two back in the studio considering the last time I saw them Lucy was holding baby Samuel just like this! Newborn baby boy sleeping in wooden drawer wrapped in teal knit wrap with mustard blanket and dried flowers and lion soft toy on wooden floorAnd of course we had to do this sweet set up considering Lucy & Samuel chose this gorgeous lion for baby Ollie and brought it to the session today. Newborn baby boy sleeping in cane basket with teal blanket and wrap and knit bonnet on white wooden floor with dried flowersSnug as bug… Newborn baby boy sleeping in cane basket wearing teal knit romper with teal knit bonnet and blanket and pillow on white wooden floor with dried flowersGosh Ollie was just so chill…there was a brief moment when he opened up his eyes and stared straight into mine (pooped everywhere!) then fell straight back to sleep! Newborn baby boy sleeping in mint tin bed wearing blue knit romper and bonnet with blue pillow and knit bear on white wooden floorI just adore this little bed every time I use it…it’s everything! Newborn baby boy sleeping on cream blanket with green wrap and green knit bear bonnetJust the most perfect little features…boys always get the best right? Perfect smoochie lips, pinchable cheeks and the longest lashes. Newborn baby boy sleeping in round cane basket wearing teal knit romper with teal curly fur on white wooden floorOh sweet Ollie…so sleepy and snuggly. Newborn baby boy sleeping in cream knit romper being held by sibling big brother and sister laying on cream furOne of the last shots of the session and I am already dreaming of this biiiiiggggg on the wall.

Darling Ollie thank you for bringing your beautiful family to the studio today, I am so glad it was you that brought us all back together again.

Lucy and Samuel thank you for being the best big brother and sister a little guy could ask for and for being so helpful with Ollie in the studio today.

Jill and Ed you have the most divine family and I feel so blessed to be able to capture special memories for you all again.x.

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