Walcha Maternity Photographer | Stef

I met Stef and Hugh for their Maternity Session last week just outside of Walcha on a chilly winter afternoon.  We had a few brief moments of sunshine break through the clouds but in true New England style that didn’t warm things up at all!!

Their gorgeous little girl Lily is excited about becoming a big sister soon, and totally rocked her pussy cat ears and unicorn necklace during their session!

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Armidale Newborn Baby Photographer | Family Photographer

Sooo, you wanna know what you’re gonna get when you book a session with me, huh?  Well, firstly you get me, obvs!  A little quirky, but lots of fun, and just quietly, I think I’m the best part of the package…but just in-case you think there should be more to it, here’s what else you’ll get….

You get the very best images from your session on a usb.  Both ‘high res’ files ready for you to print, and ‘low res’ files perfect for you to share online.Bespoke packaging, Client gift packs, custom photography, message in a bottle usbBespoke packaging, Client gift packs, custom photography, message in a bottle usb

And because I know that life can get in the way of your best intentions to print those images straight away, you also get the same images as a set of prints!Bespoke packaging, Client gift packs, custom photography, message in a bottle usb

Included with your prints is a gorgeous little hand-made, all-natural, beeswax lipbalm made by a dear friend of mine.  Consider this a little gift to remember me by.Bespoke packaging, Client gift packs, custom photography, message in a bottle usbBespoke packaging, Client gift packs, custom photography, message in a bottle usb

Last but not least is something my Clients absolutely LOVE!!  A personalised photo App.  It loads a mini photo gallery from your session on your own phone!  Super cool!!Bespoke packaging, Client gift packs, custom photography, message in a bottle usbBespoke packaging, Client gift packs, custom photography, message in a bottle usb

And to top it off, you get all of that bundled up in a beautiful gift box.  You’re welcome!Bespoke packaging, Client gift packs, custom photography, message in a bottle usb

So, think that all looks pretty good and want some for your family??  Get in touch and we’ll make it happen!

Maternity Photographer Armidale | Jypsi & Joel

With all this crazy wet weather we’ve been having lately, we had to delay Jypsi and Joel’s  Maternity session for a few days, and even then it was basically raining right up until we started!  I’m so grateful they didn’t mind walking through wet grass and getting muddy feet!

The Pine Forest is a favourite place of theirs so it seemed fitting to celebrate the impending arrival of their precious ‘rainbow’ baby by doing their photo session out there.  Because the sky was still thick with clouds it was grey, dark and moody.  Quite a contrast to the bright colours of the ‘rainbow’ they are waiting to meet in a few weeks time.

Jypsi, you’re glowing(and Joel, you’re adorable too!), I can’t wait to snuggle your little one.
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Seasons of New England Market Day | Studio 22 Photography

Armidale Newborn, Baby and Family Photographer, Seasons of New England Market DayAs you might have heard, I’ve taken the plunge and booked a stall at the Seasons Market on 25 March!  I’m excited and terrified all at once!  

I’ll be there from 9am-4pm with plenty of beautiful images on display, details about my sessions, and a couple of comfy chairs if you need to rest from your shopping frenzy or charge your phone for a couple of minutes.

I’ll be there in person all day to answer any questions you might have, and to snuggle any passing babies(obviously!).

I’d love you to drop in and say ‘hi’ and as a little incentive to do so…..

  • click on the link above to download a cute little App filled with gorgeous images to your phone or tablet(best done while you’re connected to wifi)
  • Pop on down to my stall at the Seasons Market (any time between 9am-4pm on 25/03/17) and show it to me on your phone or tablet
  • Receive a sweet treat  

Remember, this offer is for a limited number only, and with 4000 people expected to visit the Market, you’d better get in quick!!  

Can’t wait to see you there! <3

 

Armidale Breastfeeding Photographer : NERAM : PBAP 2016

Stephanie & Oscar(11 months)

 

“No woman should feel shame when breastfeeding.”  

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“Breastfeeding is the most beautifully natural thing we can do as mothers.  But, it took me about 6 weeks before I was comfortable breastfeeding.  From that point on though, I was comfortable to feed anywhere, even when I received disapproving stares.Armidale Bottle Feeding Photographer, Armdidale Breastfeeding Photographer, Public Breastfeeding Awareness Project, PBAP, Fed is Best

“I’m so happy to have these images as a memory of this precious time in Oscars life.”

I loved my PBAP session!  It felt so free, comfortable, and natural.  I would definitely recommend a breastfeeding session to other new mums.”Armidale Bottle Feeding Photographer, Armdidale Breastfeeding Photographer, Public Breastfeeding Awareness Project, PBAP, Fed is Best

Thank you for following our 2016 International PBAP blog-circle.  To see more PBAP images from Studio 22 Photography, please scroll down.  

To continue around the blog-circle click HERE.  Next up is Lindsey Welch, who is based in Frederick, MD, USA.  She has a passion for capturing motherhood from pregnancy and birth, to newborns and breastfeeding.  

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Armidale Breastfeeding Photographer : Pablos Cantina : PBAP 2016

Kellie & Phoebe (14 months)

 

“When I first started breastfeeding I would always cover up & worry that I was offending someone.”

Public Breastfeeding Awareness Project 2016, normalise breastfeeding in public, stop the mummy wars, fed is bestThen I met a wonderful lady who happily fed her bub without worrying what people thought.  That’s all I needed, a little push to not be afraid to feed my baby in public.  Phoebe is now 14 months old and I am continuing to breastfeed in public.

“Adults drink in public, so our babies should be allowed to as well!”

Public Breastfeeding Awareness Project 2016, normalise breastfeeding in public, stop the mummy wars, fed is bestI loved everything about my PBAP session!  Meeting other lovely mummas, chatting to Leanda the photographer(who is also a lovely mumma), and most of all enjoying the support.

“Breastfeeding can be overwhelming but when you have the support from other mummas it makes a world of difference!”

Public Breastfeeding Awareness Project 2016, normalise breastfeeding in public, stop the mummy wars, fed is bestBreastfeeding is wonderful and those who are able should embrace it.  It gives you a connection to your children like no other.

I’ve heard so much negativity towards breastfeeding in public so I wanted to show my support by participating in a PBAP session and I would definitely recommend it to other mummas.  Public Breastfeeding Awareness Project 2016, normalise breastfeeding in public, stop the mummy wars, fed is best

Thank you for following our 2016 International PBAP blog-circle.  To see more PBAP images from Studio 22 Photography, please scroll down.  

To continue around the blog-circle click HERE.  Next up is Lindsey Welch, who is based in Frederick, MD, USA.  She has a passion for capturing motherhood from pregnancy and birth, to newborns and breastfeeding.

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Armidale Breastfeeding Photographer : Goldfish Bowl Bakery : PBAP 2016

Erin & Bridie(4months)

“I haven’t always felt comfortable breastfeeding in public.  At times I would find it embarrassing, awkward, or isolating.  

“Often, with my first baby I would avoid feeding in public altogether.  However, I quickly realised that this was not best for me or my baby.”

But, the more I feed in public, the more confident I feel.

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I love being able to provide my baby with perfect milk that my body made especially for her.  I love the closeness I feel to her while feeding, and her milky smiles & full tummy after a feed.  It feels natural, easy & beautiful but it has been really hard at times too.

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“I believe most women want to breastfeed their babies but many don’t because it can be really, really hard at times.”

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I am proud that I can breastfeed my baby.  It is empowering knowing that I can meet my baby’s nutritional needs wherever I go.  I also know that my public feeding will support other women to feel confident to do the same.Public Breastfeeding Awareness Project 2016, normalise breastfeeding in public, stop the mummy wars, fed is best

One of my favourite things about feeding my baby in public is the knowing smiles & supportive glances of other mothers or women passing by.

“I have always loved this quote by Pamela K Wiggins: “Breastfeeding is a mother’s gift to herself, her baby and the earth.””

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I wanted to participate in the Public Breastfeeding Awareness Project to show my support to all women in their ability and right to breastfeed their babies.  I loved sharing this experience with like minded women and am so happy to have these images as a record of my precious time breastfeeding my baby.”

Thank you for following our 2016 International PBAP blog-circle.  To see more PBAP images from Studio 22 Photography, please scroll down.  

To continue around the blog-circle click HERE.  Next up is Lindsey Welch, who is based in Frederick, MD, USA.  She has a passion for capturing motherhood from pregnancy and birth, to newborns and breastfeeding.

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Armidale Bottle Feeding Photographer : Prue&Olive Cafe : PBAP 2016

Nicolle & Caleb (9 months)

 

“I breastfed my first son for 20 months & fully expected to do the same with my second son, so I applied to participate in the PBAP sessions.Public Breastfeeding Awareness Project 2016, normalise breastfeeding in public, stop the mummy wars, fed is best

“After 8 months, 20 bouts of horrible mastitis in my right breast, 26 courses of antibiotics, & two weeks on an IV drip of hardcore antibiotics in hospital, my second breastfeeding journey ended.”

Public Breastfeeding Awareness Project 2016, normalise breastfeeding in public, stop the mummy wars, fed is bestDuring those 8 months, as my health got worse, my Specialist begged me to stop. His winning argument was “better a bottle fed baby and a healthy mummy, than to continue on this path”(but his actual words were far less tactful).

Our last moment of breastfeeding was lunch time on Mothers Day 2016. I didn’t plan to wean my son on this particular day, but that evening he refused the boob. From this moment on I knew our journey would be forever different & now include only bottles.Public Breastfeeding Awareness Project 2016, normalise breastfeeding in public, stop the mummy wars, fed is best

“I shed lots of tears, held Caleb close & told him I was sorry I had failed.”

The first few weeks were really, really hard. I wondered if maybe our bond wouldn’t be as close? I prayed he would still be strong & healthy. What if he eventually felt I let him down?

Then one day as I bottle fed my son in a café, a lady said to me “Mothers these days don’t even bother to try to breastfeed! They are just lazy & selfish & go straight for the bottle…”

“Her words cut through my heart like a knife!”

Public Breastfeeding Awareness Project 2016, normalise breastfeeding in public, stop the mummy wars, fed is bestIf only she knew how hard I had tried!  I was so tired & emotional that I just walked away without saying a word in reply.

All I could think was “Let us just feed our babies when they are hungry. As long as their little tummies are full of milk they will be happy & content! And if we have happy & content babies, that makes us good mums!”Public Breastfeeding Awareness Project 2016, normalise breastfeeding in public, stop the mummy wars, fed is best

I contacted Leanda to cancel my PBAP session because I thought for sure I would not be wanted now that I was bottle feeding.  When she offered to do a bottle feeding session instead I spent the afternoon crying happy tears.

“I actually felt that broken part of my heart had started to heal.”

Public Breastfeeding Awareness Project 2016, normalise breastfeeding in public, stop the mummy wars, fed is bestI want to help normalise feeding a hungry baby in public, whether it’s using a boob or a bottle. There needs to be less stigma & judgement regardless of how you feed your baby.

“If a baby is hungry it just needs feeding!”

Public Breastfeeding Awareness Project 2016, normalise breastfeeding in public, stop the mummy wars, fed is bestI enjoyed everything about my PBAP session. It was such a beautiful moment for me to share with Caleb and I was so honoured to be still included. I would recommend a session like this to all mums.”

Thank you for following our 2016 International PBAP blog-circle.  Next up is Lindsey Welch, who is based in Frederick, MD, USA.  She has a passion for capturing motherhood from pregnancy and birth, to newborns and breastfeeding.  Click HERE to view Lindsey’s PBAP images.

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I know what you’re thinking… | Armidale Photographer

Because you’re here, I know that you’re excited about starting your new little family, and that you can’t wait to be cuddling you’re squishy little baby. You’re looking at all the gorgeous families in the photos but you kinda can’t handle the thought of having your own photograph taken.Maternity photos, pregnancy photos, pregnancy photographers, armidale nsw, outdoors, country nsw, prenant belly

“But Leanda” I hear you say, “I’m 30+ weeks pregnant, I feel as big as a barn door, and I’m still working full-time.  And even if I could reach over this big belly to my legs, we’re in the middle of renovating so I have no bathroom to shave them in. The last thing on my mind at the moment is organising maternity or newborn photos.  And besides, I hate having my photo taken.”Maternity Photos, Country life, Australia, baby belly, relaxed style, couples, long grass, paddock, rural NSW

Its ok my lovely, I understand.  Let me tell you right now, I’ve never, ever, had anyone say to me “Oh yay, I can’t wait to have my photograph taken. I love being photographed. Hurrah its photo time!”  And that’s why I’ve worked so hard to make this easy for you.newborn babies, twins, boys, in home photo session, Armidale NSW, lifestyle

PRICING: You can find all my session pricing right HERE.  There are NO hidden ‘nasties’. Everything you need to know is right there.

BOOKING: You can book or ask questions right HERE.  No question is too silly, pinky promise!

PAYING: I require $100 upfront to secure your session date/time.  The remainder is due one week before your session.  Payment plans are also available.  Too easy!

YOUR SESSION: Don’t stress.  Its going to be fine.  We’re basically going to hang out & chat & laugh for a bit while I take a few photos.  No biggie, you can do this!  I can’t wait to meet you xoxoin-home lifestyle photo session, newborn, baby, first baby, new parents, grandparents, baby girl, relaxed newborn photos