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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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I never dreamed this life I had…

was exactly what I need…

I never could imagine…

that you’d be here with me.

My life has changed so very much…

now that you are here…

my little love, my darling girl…

a gift for us, my dear.

 

Today I had the sweetest little love in the studio and she brought with her her gorgeous mumma and papa, and her extra special big brother. I’ve been super excited for this session for longer than I can remember, you see today’s papa and I work together and my colleagues and I have watched their sweet story unfold with great excitement. It’s the truest love story, and when they met and married the nurses all cheered with joy. Life could not be more perfect than to see our favourite doctor (sshhhh…don’t tell the other’s!) so blissfully happy and in love so of course you can imagine the squeals of excitement when they announced that there would be a new addition soon.

And then she was here and the love story grew again…the sweetest new family. And today was an absolute joy to see them together growing and learning about each other together now they are a family. And well, we can’t forget to acknowledge the first baby…but you’ll have to read on before you get to meet him (probably the more important sibling if you ask him, but hey, I’ll let you decide!!!)

World….Meet Maeve.x.

Newborn baby girl sleeping on pink blanket with pink lace and knit bonnet Newborn baby girl sleeping on pink blanket with pink lace and pink tiebackSo sweet Maeve has the most divine features…the perfect mix of her mumma and papa…mumma’s dainty little features, pouty lips and button nose and papa’s gorgeous skin and dark hair…actually this dark hair is quite deceptive…thick and dark with the most amazing golden highlights.

Newborn baby girl wrapped in pink blanket with pink and purple blanket on cream fur with pink flower tiebackMost of the session Maeve slept up a storm but every now and then she gave me this seriously suspicious side eye….it was literally hilarious!

Newborn baby girl sleeping in cream iron bed with pink blanket and knit layer on cream fur with pink flowers wearing pink romper and pink flower tieback and dog sitting downSo…here he is….the famous first baby…Steve…no session would be complete without a sibling pic and this was just as much fun as a typical sibling picture can be, treats, adults dancing around all silly, you know!

Newborn baby girl sleeping in round wooden bowl with pink fluff and wrap and bonnet on wooden floor Newborn baby girl sleeping in round wooden bowl with pink fluff and wrap and tieback on wooden floorI just adore the colour palette for today’s session…all the mauve pinks and lilac’s which suited Maeve perfectly.

Newborn baby girl sleeping in wooden crate with pink blanket and pink and white flower wrap and tieback on white wooden floorThe sweetest smile…how divine is this floral wrap that Maeve brought to her session today?

Newborn baby girl sleeping in farmers basket with dusty pink blanket and wrap on hessian layer on wooden floor with bunny toy and pink tiebackAnd her gorgeous little snuggle bunny…..

Newborn baby girl sleeping in lilac flower nest with cream fluff on white wooden floor wrapped in pink wrap with pink flower tieback Newborn baby girl sleeping in lilac flower nest with cream fluff on white wooden floor wrapped in pink wrap with pink flower tiebackThere’s just something so dainty about a little girl with flowers…. Newborn baby girl sleeping on cream blanket with pink stripe wrap and knit bonnet Newborn baby girl sleeping on cream blanket with pink stripe wrap and tiebackI love it when families bring special items to include in their session and this gorgeous lilac wrap was one of them…so very sweet.

Newborn baby girl sleeping in cream bucket with purple curly felt and wrap and tieback in wooden drawer with purple flowers on wooden floorI did a little sneaky live feed of this set up…did you see it?

Newborn baby girl sleeping in cane basket with purple blanket and knit layer and flowers with dog sitting beside herAnd last….but boy oh boy…by no means least…is this not the sweetest set up you’ve ever seen. These two are going to be the best of friends, I just know it. Steve was so proud of his little sister today, always worried what I was up to with her and keeping his eye on her!!

Oh Maeve…you have chosen the best parents yet…I am so excited to watch you grow and flourish with the sweetest family!

Dee and Allira…thank you for trusting me with your darling, it was such a privilege to capture special memories for you today.

And Steve….thank you for being better behaved than some of the siblings I have in the studio!!!

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“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”

Today we honour you, sweet Maisie, on your one year angelversary…

I literally have no words for today’s session but I’m digging deep and finding it in my heart to show just a small fraction of the love I have found. Sometimes the planets align and you are drawn to people you are meant to meet, people you need in your life for whatever reason. Today’s mumma is definitely one of those people. We ‘met’ virtually a couple of years ago in an online IVF group…both on a path towards meeting our little loves. We shared a doctor and are both nurses so things just clicked I guess you could say. She shared in the joy of my little Emery and of course my heart exploded when she too saw those two pink lines. Of course you can imagine my horror when my day job came into play and I was guiding mumma through a potential very preterm delivery and then heartbreakingly the loss of her sweet little love. There are no words for the loss of a child, it is by far the worst that can come. I just knew that our paths would officially cross again though when the time came for their divine rainbow to join them earthside…and guess what everyone…he is here. Sent from heaven by his darling sister and the greatest of gifts. I’m going to let mumma and papa share their story but please join me in welcoming this gorgeous little man….

World….Meet Owen.x.

Ours is a somewhat long story. John and I started trying for our first child together after marrying in November 2014. I have a 15 year old daughter Emma and 19 year old son Bailey already and we were excited to share the experience of a new baby with them as well. But after 2 years of trying, including 3 cycles of clomid it still hadn’t happened (other than one very early loss) and we started the scary and stressful IVF process. We had huge success with our one and only stim cycle and egg collection…getting 12 frozen embryos! Finally things seemed promising. The first 4 embryo transfers were all unsuccessful and then on transfer number 5 we got that amazing call…I was pregnant! But only a week later it was all over already. We did a 6th embryo transfer again without success so we made the decision I would have a laparoscopy to see if something was wrong. Our specialist found and removed some mild endometriosis and after a short break we transferred the 7th embryo. Success! It was a stressful pregnancy with 7 huge bleeds but every time scans showed a healthy happy baby. At 19 weeks after another bleed had settled my water broke stepping out of the shower and a few days later our beautiful tiny daughter Maisie was born. Her heart kept beating for 2 hours and 4 minutes while we held her. After a 3 month break we went back yet again for our 8th embryo transfer….another success! Anxiety was high but all went smoothly until at 16 weeks I had pain and a scan showed my cervix was very short and funelled. Things looked dismal. We were given progesterone and sent home to wait and see. We were sure it was doomed once again. 3 weeks later another scan showed it was a centimetre shorter and it seemed inevitable it would end but our Obstetrician took me to theatre and put a stitch in as a last attempt to keep him inside. Then it was back to the couch at home to rest and wait and see. At 23 weeks I was given steroids and we had a stressful conversation with the paediatrician about our feelings on resusitating a micro premmie. Every day felt like an achievement. After 5 months of modified bed rest at home we somehow got our miracle! My stitch was removed at 37+2 and he waited until 39+5 to make his grand entrance…a full term 3.9kg healthy baby! We finally got our happy ending and he is very much worth the wait, the stress, the money and the heartache.

So grateful to you Amanda for your support through our IVF experience, the loss of Maisie and the stress of this pregnancy…so lovely to have you take these beautiful photos of our Owen and share in the joy as well.

Newborn baby boy sleeping in round wooden bowl with cream blanket and knit romper cuddling sheep toy on wooden floor with framed photo of stillborn baby sibling and butterfly and felt heart and words hopeThis image is everything and more….darling Owen curled up snuggling gorgeous Maisie’s little knitted lamb named Avery, mumma’s very first baby present after Maisie’s heartbeat scan. A photo of darling Maisie, a butterfly representing her watching over her brother, a heart and some hope. So much love in one image my heart could literally burst. Mumma and Papa didn’t come into the studio during Owen’s session, everything was a surprise, and I must admit…I shed a quiet tear capturing this image. From the ultimate heartbreak to a glimmer of joy. Newborn baby boy sleeping in cream bucket with grey wrap and felt layer on white wooden floor with grey knit bonnet Newborn baby boy sleeping in cream bucket with grey wrap and felt layer on white wooden floor and grey felt heart

Newborn baby boy sleeping in cream bucket with grey wrap and felt layer on white wooden floorToday’s session was a beautiful collection of earthy neutral tones…I adore this gorgeous grey on Owen.

Newborn baby boy sleeping in wooden bed with brown knit layer and felt wearing knit romper with felt hearts on white wooden floorJust chillin…taking a nap….what more could a boy want?

Newborn baby boy sleeping in brown farmers basket wearing brown knit romper with brown blanket and hessian layer holding brown owlOwen’s nursery is a woodland animal theme…these little owls are so sweet and went perfectly.

Newborn baby boy sleeping in wooden crate with cream knit layer and wrap and knit bonnet on white wooden floor Newborn baby boy sleeping on grey blanket wearing grey knit romperThat sweet little smile…. Newborn baby boy sleeping in wooden log prop with grey blanket and wrap and knit bunny on white wooden floorHow sweet is this little parcel all snuggled up next to this adorable little bunny!

Newborn baby boy sleeping on wooden crate wearing cream knit romper with cream blanket and rabbit fur and knit soft toysOh my….I think this one is my favourite…just a little guy snuggled up with his friends.

These sessions fill my heart entirely and work towards healing broken hearts.

Owen you are the gift that everyone needed and knowing that Maisie has sent you especially makes the blessing so much bigger.

You are the true light after so much darkness.

Sandy and John…I feel so blessed that Maisie has brought us together.

 

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