A little peek at Caleb’s newborn session from a few days ago! He looks just like big brother Noah did when I photographed him as a newborn 2.5 years ago! Will share some comparison shots soon… But for now, I should be packing to head to Singapore 🙂 Enjoy these pics!
These guys are excited to meet their new baby! So, so excited! So much so that when i asked them to describe themselves in three words they responded with:
very excited Mummy.
very excited Daddy.
Katrina holds the record for earliest booking for her newborn and maternity photos… Something we laughed about when I finally met her in person last week. I got this message from her way back in early October last year, and it still makes me giggle to think I have ‘fans’
So, a tiny little bit of q+a time with Katrina and Stu about their pregnancy journey so far, and then you can enjoy all the gorgeous image from their session last week…
Describe the moment you first found out you were pregnant… I rang Stu balling my eyes out so he obviously thought something was wrong & I was yelling “We did it! We did it!” But he had no idea what was going on through all the yelling & crying!
What memory are you most looking forward to making with your new family of three? Taking him or her to the beach and dipping his or her little toes in the ocean.
“Baby brain” is often used to excuse any forgetful behavior up until your child is aged 18. Tell us your funniest “baby brain” moment… Baby Brain is real! im dreadful!! cant remember what ive done this morning let alone anything else before then…
How is nesting working out for you? When my Bestie’s could read this they will laugh ~ I am sooo organised! I haven’t really had the nesting in the rest of the house, but the babies room is all set ready to go everything’s washed, folded, set up, stocked, fully decorated in unisex colours. All we need now is the baby to put in it!
What are you most looking forward to when baby arrives? Just watching him/her grow & develop everyday.
One last note from Stu…
Do you have a favorite image, a comment on Katrina’s nesting and baby brain moments this far, or some well wishes to share with this lovely couple? Please share them below in the comments!
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Introducing Brax… [words by Brax’s mama Kirsty]
Brax is so soft, sweet and squishy. He loves curling up in a little ball and having snuggles. He smells just like a newborn should, so perfect and new. You so easily forget how perfect and wonderful newborns are, till you have one again. WE ARE IN LOVE!!!!
Brax is the only one of our 3 kiddies to have a full head of beautiful hair as a newborn. It is so soft and even gets itself into cool boy “spikes and mohawks” – so very cute and such a novelty since he is our first boy. He has gorgeous, long fingers and fingernails, which he got from his Grandad and the most adorable long, skinny legs and giant feet! Everything about him is so loveable and perfect! Brax is very much a mix of his 2 big sisters when they were born. He has Charlotte’s grumpy expressions and her eyes, while he has Piper’s button nose and squishy forehead. His feet are also a perfect mix of his sisters, he has Charlotte’s long, skinny feet and Piper’s wide, chubby toes. Almost everyone said he looks just like Piper and his Daddy.
Despite what most people think, we DID NOT get Brax’s name from “Home and Away”, we don’t even watch the show and didn’t know the significance. We quite simply found it on an internet baby name site. According to the internet site, it’s a short version of Braxton, which means “Brick’s Town”. To us, it’s just a cool, edgy and fresh name, perfect for our baby boy. As 2 of Brax’s 3 Grandfathers don’t have any sons to continue their family name, I wanted to have their names as middle names. Kris wasn’t a fan of 2 middle names, but he would only go with it, if the name spelt a cool acronym. So, with this in mind, the first name had to start with “B”, so it spelt “BAM” (as the middle names are Anthony and Michael).
First baby boy, means lots of new experiences…
Most of the lessons learnt happened with the first two bubbas, but the one thing we took particular notice of was, “always point it down”. As Brax is our first little boy, we are trying to be very mindful of “fountains” at nappy changing time. Although neither of us have had the experience just yet, we are always on the look out.
Lots of feeding, and BIG personality…
Brax LOVES to eat! He never stops, feeding most of the time every 2 or 3 hours. He has only a few times slept for 5 hours before waking to eat, but then he’s right back on the 2-3 hour feeds. He is a little hard to settle back to sleep at night after a feed and when I put him back in his bassinet, it’s done with military precision. Brax is our first baby to wake for feed during the night, so of course we are a little sleep deprived. We’re coping ok with this, considering we still have school and pre-school runs to do in the morning. As a result of limited sleep, I have been known to try and put the milk and butter in the pantry. I even tried to put a baking tray of chicken nuggets in there!
Just like his sisters were, Brax is not a fan of being all wrapped up to sleep. Those wiggly little arms, just keep popping back out again. He also has the same grumpy faces and unimpressed looks, just like his big sister Charlotte, which leads me to believe we might have another feisty Chapman on our hands.
Some of the words we have already for Brax are: Mum – snugly, adorable, perfect. Dad – happy, hungry, handsome. Charlotte – sweet, cute, cuddly. Piper – cute, cries a lot, I love him.
Brax is our third bundle of joy. His 2 big sisters are totally in love with him (just like his Mum and Dad are). They always want to have cuddles with him and never stop kissing him. If he’s upset, the girls will sing to him, which is the cutest thing ever. When I was pregnant, Piper wanted a sister, so she could give her all her old shoes and clothes, but she is so in love with her baby brother, this didn’t matter anymore. Charlotte did say after Brax was born, that she wished he was a girl. When I asked her why, she replied “So I would have a baby sister”. I told her she already had one! haha.
A big shout out for my Hubby…
Kris is amazing! Just like the last 2 times, he was there providing as many encouraging words as he could. I don’t know how I could have got through having any of our babies without him. Everything went just as smoothly as the first two pregnancies and births. Thankfully, labour was again, short and sweet (although, not pain free). Thank goodness the experience was another good one, cause it was the last time!
Brax Anthony Michael Chapman
I had so much fun photographing Brax a few weeks ago. This was a mammoth 2 day photo session as part of a mentor workshop with Photographer Sally Williams from She Shoots and I am incredibly thankful for Brax’s family for being so patient with us and coming to the studio twice while we played with their little guy!
If you want to book a newborn session for yourself or if you want to chat about some mentoring, please get in touch.
Zac is a sweet little man but with a very cheeky side. Since he was a newborn he has always been very alert and aware what is going on around him. He has such an intense knowing stare, that looks right into your eyes, he knows exactly whats going on and uses his long eyelashes to melt his mummy’s heart. He does the cutest little things that brighten each day – he rocks from side to side when he hears music, he just loves to be on his feet and bounces like crazy in his jolly jumper. He acts all tough but when its bed time he loves to snuggle his blanky and rub it on his face while sucking his dummy. We describe him as being bright, cheeky, happy, snuggly and determined… All at once sometimes!
a little q and a time with Zac’s mama…
What has been your favourite part of this adventure since Zac has been born?
[i want that] If you could have one character trait of Zac’s which would it be and why?
[you’re funny] What is one thing your child does that always makes you laugh?
If Zac were a colour, what colour would he be?
What is your favorite physical feature of Zac’s?
Roseanna, in the words of her mum…
Rosie, as we like to call her, like all newborns, is very soft. That’s what I remember most from each of the births of my children, when they are laid against my chest, tiny faces red and screaming- how very, very soft they are. Throughout the pregnancy, Rosie’s big sister Issy insisted the new baby would be a girl, a sister called Rosie. We didn’t know the sex of the baby, and had a few names picked out either way, but when she arrived decided to call her Roseanna just as her sister predicted. As a extra bonus for Issy, Roseanna looks just like her!
Rosie is our third baby, so we have done this before. It is such a beautiful experience – there is nothing like meeting your baby for the first time, holding them in your arms and experiencing that special kind of falling in love. This newborn time passes so quickly! I am going to try and remind myself a every step to remember this. I want to remember exactly how she smells, and feels, and sounds during this time. How tiny her toenails are and how she snuffles when she begins to stir from sleep. Rosie is very alert when she’s awake, and she doesn’t like to be fiddled with- makes dressing her difficult! Issy and Oli are coping beautifully- they both love their new baby sister and have been very good helpers.
Rosie arrived a week overdue, the day after I finished all of the work I had to do… Perfect timing! 3580g and 49.5cm long with sweet cherub lips…
Meet Roseanna Eve ~~
Four things about me…
I am getting stronger, more daring, more cheeky with every day. My parents adore me and I rule them. All I need to do is smile and they are mine to do with as I will.
My mum says that my smile is unforgettable, and the five words she would use to describe me are ~ bright, strong, cute, cheeky and loving. She says: I would love to have Ellie’s carefree abandon and vigour with which she tackles every aspect of life. She is confident, happy and always laughing. My dad says: If he could choose one thing he would love to have my ability to do a perfect squat.
Mum also says that if she had to describe me as a colour i would be a sunny, bright, cheery yellowy yellow, with a centre of brilliant orange, full of love and energy and (at times) a quicksilver temper.
My big sister Penny is 4. She didn’t have photos, she already had hers when she was 2 just like me.
I love my sister, being with her is my favourite thing in the world. As much as I fight with her and push her around a bit, she is always nice to me (except when she holds me down and tickles me till I cry, but really I love that too). Her favorite colour is red and she has a toy that is called Big Ted that she loves SO much! We call her Henny Penny and she hates to wear shoes!
Mum says that Penny’s eyes are to die for and that she is beautiful, loving, careful, clever, ambitious. Dad wants Penny’s skill with a foam lightsabre (she always wins). They says that if she were a colour Penny would be a rich rose red – full to the brim with love of family and life, passionate, glowing with love.
Thank you so much for reading, and I hope you enjoyed looking at my photos,
PS: I loved this pettiskirt so much (especially because it was purple) that I didn’t even demand chocolate before I put it on 🙂
Knox William 02.01.13
Kirstie and Brett ~ please tell us about Knox in your own words…
Knox looks perfect. He is so smooth and everything about him is perfect and in proportion. Each time we touch him we are filled with love, pride and excitement, he feels like life inflated!
We love every part that completes him. He has the most amazing full lips and the cutest round little head. His feet are adorable with the most distinct life lines, that we know will take him on many adventures.
Who does Knox most look like?
He is a complete mix. When he is asleep and calm he looks like his mummy and big brother Oscar. When he is awake and alert he looks like his dad.
Please tell us about Knox’s arrival and your first few weeks…
Knox was due on the 11th, but arrived early on the 2nd January. We chose to have an elective c-section. The whole experience was planned and calm and we couldn’t have wished for better. At the moment Knox has great sleeping patterns. We have been using a co sleeper to reduce the amount of time we have to move him and save energy. The three words we would use to describe him would be calm, beautiful & funny. According to his big brother Oscar those words would be BUSY! handsome and funny! Oscar has waited a long time and was positively ecstatic when he found out he was getting a brother. He is completely besotted with Knox and a very proud brother. The bond of brothers is special & forever, it has been wonderful to watch it form rapidly.
We feel that Knox is an old soul. He is so calm and relaxed! He does not like night time changes, displays good vocal ability then, but he loves the bath and snuggling into your chest. Feeding is his favourite thing. He and Kirstie are the perfect team. From day one he knew what to do and how to do it. It is amazing to watch him, so happy, relaxed and nurtured.
When we chose to have Knox there was one rule. Kirstie gets whatever she wants… So far so good! Dad is very hands on, nappy’s and bath time are his domain. He is pushing to get a breast pump so he can do some feeds 🙂 Yes! There has been poo and wee and lots of mess and late nights, but all taken in stride and with a smile.
We are in a complete love bubble, Renee captured all our love, pride and excitement in our family shots.
Thank you so much Brett, Kirstie, Oscar and Knox.
Kai Oliver, born January 13 2013, 10 days before his due date… I met Kai and his wonderful parents in the studio last week when he was just 9 days old.
Please tell us a little about Kai…
What is your favorite part of Kai so far…
Who does Kai most look like?
How did you come up with Kai’s name?
What has been the biggest lesson you have learnt since Kai was born?
From pregnancy, to labour, to the little bundle you now hold in your arms, has this experience been everything you hoped and dreamed it would be or has it been the total opposite? Is there anything you would do differently?
How is Kai’s personality developing already?
Can you please describe Kai in three words…
A final word from Kai’s parents…
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With a name that was a favorite from early pregnancy and means ‘Goddess of Wisdom’ [coincidentally – her mum and dad found out afterwards that Sophie’s great great grandmother had the same name!] Sophie is describes as beautiful, sweet and gorgeous by her parents… Can you see why?
Here is a little info from Jackie and Mitch on their gorgeous baby girl…
Please tell us about Sophie ~ how does she look, feel, smell… who does she most look like… what are your favorite parts and quirks of your new family member…
Sophie was 9 days early as she was breech and delivered via c-section. She was breech 4 months into the pregnancy and remained that way until the day she was born!! She was born with this thick dark brown hair just like her Dad and her eyes just wide open taking everything in and that has not changed from the day she was born. It is truly amazing to see this little person who we can call ours. Sophie has a bit of both of us in her looks, it changes with what mood she is in. She looks most like her dad at 2:00am in the morning. Sophie loves to have her arms out during the day and wrapped at night. We are very blessed that Sophie loves to sleep during the night and has a little play time during the day.
What is the most important lesson you have learned since Sophie arrived?
We have learnt that the small things that we thought were important are not important. Sophie means the world to us and melts our heart daily. This experience has certainly been everything that we expected and then some, Sophie has brought so much to our life in this short time she has been here so far.
Jackie, please tell us how Mitch has handled these first few weeks…
My husband has been amazing, I went into hospital and had Sophie via a c-section due to her being breech. Mitch stayed at the hospital every night and did the nappy changes and picked her up to pass onto me at feed times and continues to do this at home. Both Sophie and I are very lucky to have Mitch in our lives. Sophie has done all the things you would expect a newborn to do and that is to have a poo on Dad at bath time and a wee at the 2am feed nappy change… All you can do is laugh!!
What Jackie and Mitch had to say about this photo session…
Thank you Jackie, Mitch and Sophie for allowing me into your lives… Anyone who wants to get in touch re a photo session, you can do so here.
NFE Design | newborns of 2012
What a year! I have been so incredibly blessed with families bringing their precious little bundles into my studio…
tiny little fingers
ten little toes
some with a head full of hair, and others so adorably cute with none!
each baby, and each family so unique!
Millie, Remy, Abigail, Maya, Evie, Noah, Milla, Maclyn, Charlotte, Benjamin, Joel, Beau, Tobey, Benjamin, Zachary, Aria, Perry, Santino, Brayden, Lucy, Kayleigh, Olivia, Willem, Evelyn, Audrey, Lola, Tate, Axle, Sawyer, Ivy, Halle, Georgina, Mia, Aiden, Tyson and Sophie ~ and all of your families ~ thank you so much, for allowing me into your lives, and for being so adorable!
press play to begin ~~ please enjoy the slideshow of all these beautiful babies!
Which image is your favorite? I’d love to hear from you in the comments below… Or from the families of these gorgeous bubbas – how much they are growing up!
2012 Newborn Slideshow. NFE Design. Renee Bell Photographer
It’s finally live!!!
After 6 months of putting it off, and almost a week locked in my office barely coming out to eat or sleep – the new NFE Design website is done! Completely re designed from scratch (by me) portfolio updated, loads of info on newborn sessions – FAQ sections, beautiful testimonials from my clients, easy ways to contact me and subscribe to the newsletters and hopefully very simple to navigate! There are a few more things to be added next week, and loads of blog posts and session previews coming…So take a look, and please let me know what you think (or if you notice any bugs) and please I would very much appreciate it if you share with your pregnant friends!!
(note: the site will always work on a mobile – but best viewing is on a computer so you can see the images bigger!)
visit the site here or click on the image below!
NFE Design | Renee Bell Photographer. Based in Newcastle, NSW and specializing in studio newborn photography and baby photography.
meet the adorable Mia…
11 days old and so so loved by all her family…
Mia Lucy… [words by her mum]
With no plans to venture out on her own Mia needed a little nudging to enter this world. My doctor induced me and once the drip was in, my best friend to lean on (and a bit of hard work) we met our precious little girl. A tiny miracle from God!
Mia is a very happy baby, and she seems to know the drill. Sleep, eat, poo! Content to watch the world go by or simply listen to her brother & sister play, we often find her asleep in her bouncer. She has a smile that stops us all in our tracks and blue eyes that sparkle. Cheeky too… She likes to save up all her poos for one big number 3. It goes everywhere!
If I could tell you just one thing it would be that Mia is loved. From the moment Lachy, our eldest son laid eyes on his sister he has adored, protected and cherished her. Holding Mia for the first time Lachy stared and stared as she drifted off to sleep in his arms. Unwilling to move or give up his precious first cuddle Lachy asked me to scratch his nose. Ashley, Mia’s big sister loves her tiny little body, her tiny little clothes and shows her devotion with big hugs and big kisses. She adores Mia her own little doll and can’t help but kiss her whenever she passes.
Mia is such a content and happy little girl, she loves to snuggle, especially with her Dad. Like a baby koala there is no place more comfortable than her daddy’s arms. All tucked up under his chin. She knows she is safe and soon drifts off to sleep.
I waste hours staring at Mia as she sleeps, snuffles and grunts, as she discovers the world and mostly as she stares back, her big blue eyes locked on mine as we chat. Holding Mia, being her mum is pure joy. Her tiny little breath as she yawns, her soft skin, the little dimples on her knees. So so precious.
Her smiles, her coos, her happy kicks, the way she reaches for our faces. She loves us too. Mia has entered our heart and our life and our family is complete.
Who does Mia most look like?
I think she looks like a mix of all of us. When she is asleep, Lachy. When she is awake and wide eyed, Ashley… My chubby cheeks, Deans eyes, but mostly she looks like herself.
How did you come up with Mia’s name, and what does it mean?
We were discussing names till the very last minute. we loved both the names Mia and Lucy. It was so hard deciding between them. Mia Lucy won. Lucy is Mia’s great grandpa’s little sister. Mia means mine and Lucy mean light. My Light xx
How is Mia’s personality developing as she grows?
Mia loves to sleep and loves her feeds. She mostly loves to be wrapped, but other times we find her asleep on her mat arms flopped out beside her fully relaxed… Staring into our eyes and copying our coos make her smile. She loves watching her siblings play. She dislikes a pooey nappy. She adores cuddles, and she snuggles right in. Oh it’s the best feeling! Showers and baths are bliss for Mia.
Describe Mia in three words…
Mum – perfect loved gift
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