Amanda Maree Photography » Amanda Maree Photography - Brisbane Newborn Photographer

“I seem to have loved you….in numberless forms,

in numberless times…in life after life, in age after age,

forever.”

“My brave butterfly…your body may have died but your fighting spirit will forever be a part of me.

For as I carried you in my womb through your life, I will carry you in my heart through mine”

Newborn baby boy seeping in wooden bowl wearing blue knot romper and bonnet with cream blanket holding small knit bear and wool heart connecting baby to smaller wooden bowl containing cream wrap and small knit bear and felt heart and butterfly and urn and frame of deceased baby siblingI know I say this every session but today, my heart is literally so full, so broken, so hopeful, so loved I just don’t know if I can carry it in my chest any more. Every now and then people come into your lives and you just know they will touch you in a way you’ve never been touched before. I first met this gorgeous family in their darkest hours…just days after welcoming their divine twin baby boys they were preparing to say goodbye to their littlest love, Ethan. You see I was Ethan’s nurse that day, and I stood by their side in the darkness as he took his last courageous breath. From that moment on, a little piece of my heart went with Ethan to heaven but a little piece stayed with his big brother Harrison. Over the next few months I did my best not to give secret snuggles to Harrison when I was supposed to be busy working, I often failed miserably at favouritism…sssssshhhh don’t tell all the other special babies! And I had the greatest honour of caring for Harrison in his last few days in the NICU after a courageous 84 day battle…stomach surgery, eye treatments, blood transfusions, brain surgery…literally every hurdle a little guy born at just 25 weeks and weighing a mere 800 grams could endure before we sent him home to his Mumma and Papa. But you see…this guy has plans…big plans…and he whispered in my ear one night that he was going to fight every battle no matter what we threw at him to live in honour of his tiny little brother Ethan. And he has done just that. Emma and Ben…you thanked me for teaching you to be parents to your boys…but honestly, I am the one who should be saying thank you…your little men have filled my heart in a way I never knew possible. Every little life that is lost in the NICU touches me, so many I could never possibly remember every name, every moment, every word spoken….but sometimes…there are some that sneak their way into your hearts forever. We never imagined today’s session would happen, there were so many obstacles, but it did, and I’m pretty sure we have Ethan to thank for bringing this all together. Thanks little guy.

World….Meet Harrison.x.

Newborn baby boy sleeping on blue blanket with blue wrap Newborn baby boy sleeping in farmers basket with brown blanket and grey curly felt and wrap holding silver bracelet How divine is this little bracelet Harrison is holding….little H and little E included…and filled with love.x. Newborn baby boy sleeping in cane basket wearing brown knit romper and bonnet with brown owl toy and cream blanket on wooden floor Newborn baby boy sleeping in cane basket with navy knit layer and wrap on white wooden floor Newborn baby boy sleeping on cream blanket with blue wrap and bonnetI adore this gorgeous blue knit blanket Harrison brought with him for his session today….and who doesn’t love a good pom pom beanie!

Newborn baby boy sleeping in wooden bed wearing cream knit romper and bear bonnet with cream knit wrap and layer holding cream knit bearBoth of the boys absolutely loved holding onto things…everything that came into contact they quickly grabbed it. I was going to sneak this bear under the blanket with him but he grabbed his arm straight away and I just knew this was the perfect shot…just two little bears hanging out for a nap! Newborn baby boy wrapped in navy wrap with navy blanket on wooden floorMumma asked for a gorgeous gallery of neutrals and navy’s…just perfect for such a handsome little man!

Newborn baby boy wrapped in blue wrap on cream flokati being held by motherNow Mumma didn’t want to be in any photo’s…something I hear all too often but I convinced her to capture this special shot with her two gorgeous boys snuggled together…it turned out more beautiful than I could ever dream of.

Mother holding newborn baby boy sleeping wearing cream knit romperWell….then this happened. I begged her, I promised her she would never have this moment again. My heart hurt because I had said those words to her before when she held teeny tiny Ethan in her arms for the last time. Sometimes, life can be so unfair, but sometimes there is also beauty.

So much love for you Emma and Ben, and for the honour of caring for your beautiful boys Ethan and Harrison. The greatest gift.

 

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Today I had such a lovely session, truly surreal, you see when we were sixteen, my best friend had a baby…and today that gorgeous baby brought her very own baby to the studio for me to photograph! Other than feeling insanely old, it was so special to be able to photograph this gorgeous guy, especially since I have been by their side after a very rough couple of years. Last year this beautiful family lost their first little love. Nothing can begin to touch the sorrow that comes from saying goodbye to your much loved baby and I know their hearts will have parts missing forever now. But that beautiful loved baby sent a gift, a teeny tiny (actually chunky and lovely) little brother. I just know Asha was with us yesterday and taking that special sibling image literally made my heart fall open. It will never be the sibling image Mumma and Papa imagined but I know these boys will be bonded together for life and that this little guy will always know the story of the big brother who came before him. So much love for you Teigan and Dean.x.

 

“I lived my life inside you, cocooned in all your love…

so Mumma, Papa, please don’t cry, I’m still with you above…

I felt your every heartbeat, it’s my sweetest melody…

and for every heavenly bedtime, the angels sing it sweetly…

I know how much I was wanted, I feel so very blessed…

Of all the Mummies in the world, I got the very best…

You think of me in all your waking hours, & on those sleepless nights…

Just look out the window, & you’ll find me, the brightest star, the most dazzling light…

I’m that little breeze in the summer, & I’m that unexpected white feather…

I plucked it from my downy wings, so that you will remember we are always together…

I know how much it hurt your soul, when we had to say goodbye…

But I’m not gone, I’m always here, I’m your sweet little butterfly…

I’ve sent you a special gift, hand picked with love by me…

A baby brother for me to watch over, and you to hold with glee…

He’s not here to replace me, I know he’ll honour me…

He’ll grow and we’ll remain together, a special bond, you’ll see.”

 

World…Meet Ryland.x.

Newborn baby boy sleeping in cane basket wrapped in cream knit wrap with cream knit bear bonnet sleeping beside teddy bear holding siblings ashes on white wooden floor

Newborn baby boy sleeping on blue blanket with blue wrapMumma and Papa chose a gorgeous gallery filled with dark blue, greys and teals….and we may have thrown a little surprise in there at the end???

Newborn baby boy sleeping in grey cane basket with grey blanket and wraps and knit layer on white wooden floor Newborn baby boy sleeping in cane basket with teal wrap and blanket and curly felt layer on white wooden floor Newborn baby boy sleeping in wooden bed with grey blanket Newborn baby boy sleeping on blue flokati wrapped in rainbow wrap with felt rainbow heartThis moment right here…that smile…I just know it was Asha by his side.x. Newborn baby boy sleeping on grey flokati wrapped in grey wrap with grey beanie Newborn baby boy sleeping on wooden crate with blue blanket and wrap Newborn baby boy wrapped in mustard wrap with burgundy wrap and mustard beanie in wooden bowl on white wooden floorThis guy had some serious frowns…actually he made all the faces! I was so excited when mumma added at the last minute she loved the fig and mustard combo (my kids wear these colours on a regular basis for anyone who knows us personally!!!) Newborn baby wrapped in grey blanket being held and kissed by motherWe nearly didn’t get this shot…Mumma developed a terrible migraine just as we were shooting parent shots but I am so glad we did…she will never have this moment in time again. Teigan, it was an honour to be there for your Mumma when you arrived all those years ago but an even greater gift to watch you as a Mumma over this past year.

“It is understood that the beauty of a rainbow

does not negate the ravages of any storm…

When a rainbow appears,

it does not mean the storm never happened

or that we are not still dealing with its aftermath…

It means that something beautiful and full of light

has appeared in the midst of the darkness and clouds…

Storm clouds may still hover

but the rainbow provides a counterbalance of

colour, energy and hope.”

Newborn baby boy wrapped in blue wrap in wooden bowl with cream wrap on green leafy backdrop with rainbow of butterfliesRyland…you are all kinds of lovely and I am so grateful to Asha for sending you to help towards healing your Mumma and Papa’s broken hearts.x.

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Haaaaalp….I don’t know what colours to choose for my newborn session??

Don’t panic families….this is something I hear ALL the time and luckily, I’m here to help you out!

When you book your newborn session with Amanda Maree Photography I send out a little questionnaire to better help me plan your session. I want to know your colour ideas for the session, if your nursery has a theme and if you want to bring anything to include in your session, and with all of these tips, I work my magic to create a beautiful session that you will adore for years to come. I want you to print your images, I want you to hang them big and grand throughout your home and I want them to fit in with your life. Some families know exactly what they want…give me all the pinks…only pinks and I like a vintage feel….or I like natural neutral colours….or bright modern colours….But sometimes…these questions can be overwhelming! So I’ve put together a few little pics to give you an idea of all of your options…because honestly, I can’t wait to create some beautiful images of your newest little loves.

If your home has an earthy feel and you use lots of natural neutral colours in your furniture, cushions, curtains and decor then it’s likely that not only your nursery will have that same feel but that choosing those sort of colours for your session will work perfectly when you hang that canvas on your wall. Neutral colours like creams, white, beige, greys and lights browns are timeless and never date across the years or through your changing fashion tastes!

Collection of newborn babies in neutral colour palettesSometimes though, the nursery has nothing to do with the rest of the style through out your house and you have very clear ideas about how the session will go. Her nursery is filled with beautiful soft pastel pinks or purples and you love flowers….or you have the most divine soft blue elephant that has been passed down from your father to you and now to your son and you are basing the nursery on that. Sometimes soft pastel colours are everything that little babies are about.

Newborn babies in pastel coloursAnd other times you prefer bright and bold…your house is filled with rich and bright colours….your favourite colour is yellow. Your little one is sharing a room with their big brother who has a bright blue Thomas The Tank Engine room and you want all the images to tie together. Sometimes you have a favourite quilt filled with bright happy colours that you want to include and you shape the session around that.

Sometimes….your session looks like a rainbow

Newborn babies in bright colours of the rainbowSome families haaaaatttteeee colour…and that’s ok too! Browns, chocolates, mustards and earthy tones are your jam. There’s just something about sticking to all the earthy naturalness of a newborn.

Newborn babies in brown earthy colours

 

But do you know what the most important thing is, that the session is exactly what you want it to be. That we work together to capture your beautiful new baby in all of their sweet, small, newness and it’s in images that you will adore for many years to come. I have aaaaaallllll the colours and all the colours go with boys and girls, there is no magic rule about who needs what and who goes with what. Let’s work together and make your session everything you’ve hoped for.

I remember with my first baby I didn’t know the sex, but I loved owls and I had so much fun setting up the nursery in soft greens, grey’s and whites. When he turned out a he, I had no real idea what sort of colours I wanted for my newborn session. My gorgeous friend and colleague Luisa from Luisa Dunn Photography captured both of my sweet babies newborn sessions and she is renown for her work with colour so I kind of just told her go for it! I loved olive green but otherwise I trusted her judgement. My second pregnancy, another surprise gender although I was confident it was also a boy, I let my love for mustard run through. He is almost 3 (gasp…I’m in total denial) and he has never had a room of his own. He had a basinette in my room in the beginning and then a cot shoved in the spare room which is mostly filled with studio props up until just a week ago when we made him his own room. BUT…all of the things I had for him during my pregnancy were rich mustard’s & terracotta colours. Of course, as we all know, he turned out to be a he and I included olive and burgundy into his newborn session and those images too now adorn our home.

Ultimately, it’s all about you and what you love. Thankfully I have loads of images on my website, Facebook and Instagram for you to stalk and get an idea. And hopefully this post helps too! Sometimes though, you have no idea, and that’s ok. You decide when you get here, or you roll the dice and let me have free run! Sometimes your session is shaped by one small family heirloom, or a soft toy you bought when your first saw those special two pink lines. Your session, is just that, YOUR session.

Let’s work together….I can’t wait!

 

 

 

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Our story it began…

we thought our lives complete…

and then we heard your little heart…

a pitter patter beat…

Our world it changed for ever…

the moment yours began…

we couldn’t wait to meet you…

and hold you in our hands…

And now that you are earthside…

here with our family…

our little love completing us…

how happy can we be?

There is nothing more magical than your first baby…all that anticipation, excitement and hope for a new life. That little piece of your heart you never knew you were missing. It is the most wonderful, tiring, fulfilling, and special thing you can ever do. Today I had the sweetest new parents in the studio with their divine little love. We created a beautiful collection of natural earthy colours to capture special images of their gorgeous girl. This little one is also extra special as she belongs to a dear family friend…someone who has loved and cared for my boys and I like we were her own. This sweet girl is her great god-daughter and I feel so honoured to have been able to capture this special session for them all today.

World…Meet Isla.x.

Newborn baby girl sleeping on cream blanket wearing cream bowSweet and simple….what more could you want.x. Newborn baby girl sleeping in round wooden bowl wrapped in brown wrap with cream blanket and tan wrap wearing flower halo with dried flowers on wooden floor and holding felt heartThere’s is just something about a gorgeous natural neutral palette…it’s just all about the baby. Now sweet Isla wasn’t super excited about sleeping…she loved cuddles, which doesn’t actually make for cute photo’s when it’s cuddles with me!!! She kind of had this sneaky side eye most of the session just keeping an eye on me! Newborn baby girl sleeping in cane basket with cream blanket and cream wrap on white wooden floor wearing bow tie back or knit bonnet Newborn baby girl wrapped in koala romper in wooden log bowl with green blanket and koala wrap and flowersI adore this set up for many reasons…you see Isla’s mumma is English and her papa is Australian…which I guess makes her the perfect mix of the two of them. But we had to do this sweet set up to celebrate her Aussie culture. She brought this divine wrap with her today and I love including special things in our sessions. Newborn baby girl sleeping in cane basket with cream blanket and wrap and bonnet But this one is my favourite by far. The lace doily in this image belonged to her great great god-mother (I’m not sure that’s actually a title but I’m using it anyway!). The tradition and history in this image fills my heart and the hope that this image will be passed down for generations to come. Newborn baby girl sleeping in wooden bowl with mustard wrap and blanket and tieback and flowersIsla’s nursery is soft neutral colours….grey, white’s and mustards…you had me at mustard! Newborn baby girl sleeping in farmers basket with cream blanket and brown wrap and tieback on white wooden floor with cotton stems Newborn baby girl sleeping on cream blanket with cream wrap and bonnet Newborn baby girl sleeping on wooden bed with cream blanket and lace layer with green lace knit layer and wrap and bow tieback with flowers and childrens book Now this image is all kinds of special…the book actually belonged to Isla’s mumma when she was a little girl, which is special enough in its self, but Isla’s granny in the UK found the book in Dani’s stored keepsakes, had all of Isla’s english relatives and friends write messages in the book and sent it to Isla’s mumma for her baby shower gift considering they couldn’t be here to celebrate with her or to welcome Isla earthside. Now I am hoping that this image will be sent to all of those beautiful people over the oceans so that they can still be a part of Isla’s journey despite the distance. Mother holding newborn baby girl in woolen romper for cuddleDani and Ben, the honour to meet you both today and share in the beautiful blessing that is your sweet Isla is more than I could ever hope and dream for. Seeing how happy you have made Glen and all the joy that you have brought to her as Ben’s god mother literally makes my heart explode. She is family which therefore makes you family too and I am so excited for you to welcome Isla earthside.

Isla…thank you for all the snuggles and for even letting me squeeze in a few photo’s in between!

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