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It always surprises me when my personal posts get so much interaction on social media…turns out y’all are hanging around for more than cute newborn photo’s!! At the end of the year I did my Instagram Top 9, there were a few different apps that showed you the cute collage, but one of them I did was literally almost all personal posts…how neat is that? I always love a good behind the scene’s…a sneak peak into the goings on of the studio…a personal project…and maybe you guys do too? So I’m going to make a conscious effort to give you more of me this year. I don’t know that I’ll be posing my almost 4yr old as a newborn like we did last year, my kiddo’s are getting less and less keen for photo’s but we’ll see how go! I don’t have a personal Instagram so there’s no cute top 9 and I couldn’t choose just 9 to share so here’s a little recap of our year.  2020…well, what do you say really? So many highs, for most, many more lows. It was a tough year for us despite covid and lock down…home schooling, yeah that was fun! We started out the year bidding farewell to my youngest brother and his family, who moved interstate, no one could have predicted just how far away Sydney would be in 2020, and we ended the year with him being deployed overseas before we could actually catch up with border changes. He’s still away but we were spoiled by seeing his wife and children over Christmas, and that definitely helped. Who knows what the world will look like when he comes back later this year but we are all hoping it involves a visit! Anyone who knows me knows we are a super close family! collage of family photos

Then of course came lockdown, which wasn’t too bad for me personally, I still had to go to work in the NICU and got to see my friends there, and my kids were kept safe at home. We actually flourished as a family, lots of nature projects and walks and my big boy thrived without the pressures of society and school. Speaking of my big boy, this year has been our hardest yet, being diagnosed ADHD and severe anxiety in 2019, this year lead us to an Autistic diagnosis so we’ve had some huge challenges to say the least. We spent the year navigating our new new, appointments, medications, and way too many tears from both of us. He loved homeschooling and going back into the school system was horrendous but we made it! He started Karate which has actually been the biggest blessing, he’s thrived and collected so many new skills along with a yellow belt and two awards! He also celebrated his 8th birthday and who doesn’t love that! My tiny baby turned 3…waaah! He also started permanent family daycare two days a week and absolutely loves it. He’s super social, unlike my big boy, and has loved being around other kids and an amazing teacher. We celebrated his birthday with a visit to the firestation and his little mind literally exploded!

Sadly we lost my Nan unexpectedly this year, on the other side of covid thankfully, which meant we could celebrate her life and the beautiful person she was. A sudden loss though, always confronts you with regret…not enough time together, not enough moments…not enough memories. It’s moments like these that make me appreciate the gift that I give with imagery. So many people lost loved ones this past year and the change in dynamics of lock downs just added a whole new layer to the grief. I had friends welcome new babies, I had friends heartbreakingly say goodbye to their babies. Loss during covid made everything even more broken.

Another hard part of covid was definitely the closure of the studio for a large section of the year. It broke my heart to turn away so many new families, having them miss out on capturing that brief but special time in the journey of new parenthood. Losing my livelihood was also a challenge and not something I would like to go through again in a hurry. I spent lots of time sorting and folding and rearranging the way too many bonnets and wraps I have! We reopened in July and madly rescheduled as many people as we could in and it’s been all go since then. My heart goes out to my colleagues interstate and overseas though still affected by covid and it’s lock downs, and the many families missing out. My favourite quote has always been…you never know the value of a moment until its a memory…this year has definitely taught us that.

My NICU work has remained insanely busy which is always a challenge, and whilst I welcomed many new little miracles, there were also way too many farewells. We ended the year combining both of my loves, and with Heartfelt I photographed all of the sweet little ones stuck in hospital in the NICU during the festive season. It’s something I’ve done for many years and always gets you in the feels, giving me the strength to step back into all those challenges with a little bit of happiness and joy. 2020 I also struggled with my own health, having multiple surgeries and procedures on my back, one during the middle of covid, which was really hard and add to that being a single Mumma it made life that little bit extra complex.

Buuuuut we made it out the other side…woohoo! And who’s excited for a new year and a bazillion new possibilities? Me, me, me! I can’t wait to meet many new little people making their way earthside this year, I can’t wait to capture your special memories, and I can’t wait to share a little more of me. Let’s all hope for more highs, hey?

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Snuggle you up in my arms baby dear…

keeping you warm, keeping you near…

this time it is precious, tiny and new…

never to doubt, my love it is true…

Holding you safe, my life is complete…

with your tiny fingers and your tiny feet.

 

Can you believe it’s a new year? Last year was such a blur but here we are fresh and new in 2021! I thought I’d take the time while I wait for all our January babies to make their way earthside to give you a little behind the scenes of just what goes into a newborn session and what you can expect when you come to the studio with your newest little love.

Today I wanted to talk about the studio itself, and more importantly how snuggly and warm it is in there! Anyone who has been to the studio or seen me do a live knows it can get super toasty in there but did you know there is a very important reason behind that? Did you know your newborn can’t actually regulate their own temperature until they are around 2yrs old? Crazy hey? I’m sure you read when you were expecting all those fun facts about how to dress your little one, nursery room temperatures…to add one extra layer than what you are wearing. There is so much advice around how to prepare when bringing a newborn home. But the studio is a whole other story in itself…your little one is nudie rudie and therefore needs a little more support than you would imagine. We have the studio set to around 25-28degress to support your little one when they can’t otherwise support themselves. For an adult the temperature might be a little too toasty but the risks to a bubba getting cold…like restlessness, low blood sugar, poor feeding or worse are not things I am willing to risk. Your little ones comfort and safety will always be my priority. Neonatal thermoregulation graphicWithout getting too sciency…that’s totally a word right? The above graphic from http://www.cmnrp.ca  shows the modes but also how easy a newborn without protection loses heat. Without the support of an external heat source or layers, heat loss can be quick and catastrophic. As a NICU nurse but also an experienced newborn photographer I take my role very seriously. Often families haven’t even left the house with their newborn yet, they haven’t let anyone meet or hold their newborn and here they are in a total strangers studio expected to hand over their most prized possession, literally their heart in a tiny little being, to someone they have never met. It is not a privilege I take lightly and an honour that isn’t wasted on me. I want you to feel safe, I want you to feel comfortable and I want you to feel confident that you have chosen the right person. Put your faith in me and you will not only be rewarded with beautiful images to treasure for eternity but also a lovely experience leaving you with memories of such a magical time in your newborns journey.

Have you had a newborn session with me? I’d love to hear about your experience below…. Newborn baby girl sleeping in white wooden little bed wearing pink knit romper with pink flower tieback with pink and white bears sitting beside the bed with a pink lace wrap and on cream fur being supported by female photographer with dark hair and wearing black clothes

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Today I’ll hold my babies hand…

and walk beneath the sky…

we’ll take our time and wander…

and watch the robin fly…

we’ll stop along the way…

to smell a rose that’s sweet…

and leave some footprints in the dust…

made by tiny feet…

but those tiny feet are growing…

hands are growing too…

just yesterday it seems…

you were small and new…

the memories tucked deep in my heart…

are the only things that last…

for those tiny baby hands and feet…

will grow up much too fast.

(Patsy Gaut…2006)

 

Today’s adorable little loveheart was just too cute for words! Last time I saw this sweet babe she was just that, a teeny tiny newborn…I can not believe she is 9mths old already! I was so excited when this gorgeous family decided to pop back into the studio and so glad we could make it happen before Christmas! It’s such a fun age…we got all the adorable little faces and personality you can imagine! I also adore these sessions as we get to recreate their newborn session and see just how much they’ve grown! When I am posing a sweet sleeping newborn I get glimpses of who they are going to be, the little pout or dimple, the furrowed brow, the way the love to snooze with their hand snuggled near their face but it’s a real treat when they come back over their first year to see all those little quirks in action. Mumma snuck her sweet girls into the studio as a surprise for Papa’s Christmas gift so it was all very secret squirrel…thank heavens he’s not on social media because I was just busting to share these pic’s. I know I am always saying imagery is the greatest gift you can give yourself but after the year we have had and coming into this special time, it’s more important than ever.

 

Arabella is 9 months…

nine month baby girl in round cane basket with pink knit wrap and with flowers and wearing pink fower tieback Newborn baby girl in round cane basket with pink knit wrap and pink blanket with flowers and wearing pink fower tiebackOh my lordy…look how much she has grown…I didn’t think it was possible to get any sweeter than this newborn set up…but she has gotten cuter!! Nine month baby girl wearing navy romper sitting on all fours on navy blanket wearing navy bow tieback Newborn baby girl sleeping on cream blanket with navy wrap and bow tiebackThose little toothy pegs…gaaah! Arabella was on the move so it was a fun filled session with lots of distraction to keep her in the set ups! Mumma and I were knackered by the end!

Nine month baby girl sitting in cane basket with purple knit blanket, flowers and floral tieback Nine month baby girl sitting in cane basket with purple knit blanket, flowers and floral tieback Newborn baby girl sleeping in cane basket with purple knit blanket and wrap and flowers and tiebackI love that those adorable little smooshy cheeks have stayed! Nine month baby girl wearing maroon romper with flower tieback and maroon curly felt Newborn baby girl sleeping on maroon curly felt wrapped in maroon wrap with flower tiebackOh baby girl…those sweet little smiles… Nine month baby girl sitting in cream iron vintage bed with pink blanket and lace layer with flowers in white lace vase and sibling big sister in white dress kneeling by bed Newborn baby girl sleeping wearing pink knit romper and tieback in cream vintage iron bed with pink knit blanket and lace layer with cream lace vase and pink flowersThese two were divine together last time they were in the studio and just as special today…

Nine month baby girl sitting in cane basket with purple blanket and purple lace knit wrap wearing purple tieback Newborn baby girl sleeping on purple blanket with purple knit lace wrap and tiebackHow did this teeny tiny bundle grow into this adorable big girl??? Nine month baby girl sitting in wooden bowl with apricot blanket and navy wrap and floral navy womens shirt wearing pink bloomers and flower tieback Newborn baby girl sleeping in wooden bowl with apricot blanket and navy wrap and floral navy womens shirt wrapped in peach wrap with flower tiebackNow I’m not sure if you remember this sweet series of images…you see I first met this family when I photographed Arabella’s big sister Elianna as a newborn and we had a very special person come along to her newborn session, her Nanna Joy. She was battling the hideous disease of cancer and sadly she lost that battle before sweet Arabella was earthside. So we created a special image with Arabella nestled in Nanna’s shirt that she wore to Elianna’s session so it was only fitting that we recreated that set up today. Arabella is a carbon copy of her beautiful Nanna which made things all the more lovely.x.

Nine month baby girl sitting on cream fur wearing white dress with white bow in hair and sibling big sister in same outfit wearing cowboy boots with babies boots sitting on floor beside themAnd one last special shot for Papa…for his birthday today and for the sneaky Christmas surprise…are these not the most adorable little boots you have ever seen?

 

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Hold him a little longer…

Rock him a little more…

Tell him another story…

You’ve only read him four…

Let him sleep on your shoulder…

Rejoice in his happy smile…

He is only a little boy…

For such a little while.

Oh my goodness…new babies are my favourite…NICU babies even more special…and returning families…even more special than that so today’s sweet family is all of that rolled into one! I was so excited when this gorgeous mumma got in touch to say she was expecting again…after a traumatic and challenging introduction into parenthood with their first darling little man at a mere 24 weeks, this time around everyone tip toed around begging the days to tick over. And…here they are with a gorgeous chubby term baby!! Now big boy…AND big brother Carter is 2.5yrs old and he was so excited to bring his new baby to the studio today. I first met this family in the NICU when Carter was a teeny tiny little guy, then had him back in the studio as a 5.5mth old ‘newborn’ which was so divine. To see Carter today, healthy and fighting fit, even a little cheeky….it fills my heart. And he’s totally relishing in his new role as big brother…well…mostly he is, just not in the studio today, lol! He wasn’t super excited to hang out with me or his new brother when the camera was out…two year olds hey? Mumma chose a gorgeous gallery of greens and blue and brought along a few special things to include in our session…we had such a lovely day all together.

World…Meet Flynn…He’s New Here.x.

Newborn baby boy sleeping on mint blanket with native australian wrap Flynn brought this gorgeous green wrap to his session today and it went perfectly with the mint colour tones Mumma had chosen. Newborn baby boy sleeping in oval cane basket with blue blanket and wrap and hessian layer with rabbit pelt and dried grass on wooden floor Newborn baby boy sleeping in oval wooden bowl wearing cream knit romper with cream blanket and curly felt layer holding gold heart necklace with name flynn engraved on wooden floorHow sweet is this little necklace Mumma brought with Flynn’s name on it…who remembers Carter’s session where we did a similar set up with a necklace that she was gifted when he was born?

And did you catch the behind the scenes from this set up? Can we all just take a collective moment to look at that little pot belly…these knit suits always show off adorable bubba bellys! Newborn baby boy sleeping on vintage iron bed on blue fur with blue wrap layer and white sheet with blue hot air balloons wearing blue romperThis dreamy blue cloud wrap went perfectly with this set up…when Mumma handed it to me I knew it was meant to be. Newborn baby boy sleeping in farmers basket wrapped in mint wrap with mint blanket and layer on wooden floorSnug as a bug… Newborn baby boy sleeping on cream blanket with blue wrap and knit bonnet and bearDem lashes, dem cheeks, dem lips…chub for days…. Newborn baby boy wearing blue knit romper sleeping being held by two year old sibling brother on cream furOk…I’m not going to lie…this may have taken three adults, lots of tricks, singing and bribery…anyone who’s been to my studio want to guess what made him smile in the end? Newborn baby bpy sleeping in round wooden bowl with mint blanket and curly felt and knit romper on wooden floor Newborn baby boy sleeping on vintage iron bed with blue mattress and wrap layer wearing blue knit romper with two year old sibling brother sitting beside him wearing white shirt and tan shorts on blue furFlynn may have been smiling but Carter was not interested in the slightest lol…I remember these big haunting eye’s from his newborn session…so wise and knowing.

Flynn..thank you for being sweet chunky snuggly you…even if you pooped on literally every single thing I own! Carter…it was so lovely to see you today even if you preferred playing with my piggy than hanging out in my studio! Keli and Kate…Flynn is divine, thank you for choosing me to capture your growing family again, it is the truest gift.

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