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Henry – Newborn Photography

Henry decided life on the inside was not for him and he made his way earthside 4 weeks early. He was four weeks old when I photographed him but I think he still may have been the smallest baby I have had the pleasure of photographing. Henry’s mum contacted me in a bit of a fluster because she had not had the opportunity to make arrangements to have Henry photographed and she was having difficulty getting a photographer who had a free session to fit him in while he was still a newborn. I was sympathetic to her plight and found a sitter for my younger children and got a session for Henry as soon as I could.

I love photographing newborns with siblings with a large age gap. I find the older children are very happy to be posed and have their photograph taken. This always makes for wonderful photographs for parents to display in their home. Having a sibling <2 is a little more challenging and if I can get a photograph with them looking calm and still and loving with their new baby brother or sister it is something I get quite pleased with myself about!! I had both in Henry’s session!! And I am pretty happy with the outcome 😀

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Although I found a session place for Henry and his beautiful family after his arrival, I implore you to contact me during your pregnancy to make a tentative booking for your newborn session. With newborn photographers booking out months in advance it can be quite hard to get a last minute booking after your newborn has been born. So during the 2nd trimester of your pregnancy contact me for a chat about what is involved in a newborn photography experience with me and I can discuss with your the photographs I will capture for you to display in your home.

For session information please contact me on 0412673156

By Tanya Minotti. Shepparton Maternity, Newborn and Birth photographer

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The Loving Birth of Dakota – Shepparton Birth Photographer

Eagerly awaiting notification of an impending birth. I had been a little on edge and was carrying my phone with me everywhere and on the morning of the 10th of March while preparing my children’s lunches for school and kinder I recieved a text from my client, Jess;

“Don’t want to get too excited but I am thinking today might be the day!”

I then started making arrangements for my children for the day. I kept in contact with Jess throughout the day and she sounded as though she thought it would be a long wait with her contractions coming only every 20 minutes. I could tell at stages she was feeling discouraged and she was prepared to try a bit of dancing to see if it helped get bub moving a little quicker. She sent me a clip of her dancing in her loungeroom to Taylor Swift’s Shake It Off, which was quite a sight but it did look like a lot of fun and I kind of wished I had been there at that moment to take some photos! My mum came to help with my youngest child and after I picked my 4 year old up from kinder at 2:30pm I decided I wanted to be with Jess to start capturing the story of her journey to giving birth to her daughter.

I arrived at Jess’ at about 3pm  and I had a feeling she felt she had put me out, that she may not even be giving birth that day. Jess and her friend and work colleague, Taylah were relaxing in front of the TV watching the US version of One Born Every Minute… I made them turn it off and told them that they were scaring the baby and there would be no way she would come out after watching it 😉 (honestly this show sends my blood pressure soaring and is a sure way to get me to yell at the TV!!)!

Jess and I soon had a chat about what was happening and Jess was keen to try a couple of things to get bub into a better position (she had a feeling baby was posterior where baby’s facing the front). We did some rebozo sifting (sifting, or jiggling the entire abdomen with a sheet in this instance, that can relax tight ligaments and may help a baby rotate in pregnancy or labour more easily, and help a birthing woman relax into her labour) and I also gave her a foot massage and put some pressure on a couple of pressure points. Soon I finally met Jess’ Hubby, Stu after he returned home from work. Stu had been working FIFO but had quit just a few weeks before Jess was due to give birth and returned home after their dear friend, Daniel had died, So previously I hadn’t had the opportunity to meet him.

According to Jess and Stu their son, Jordan wasn’t in much of a hurry to be born and Jess’ labour was quite long and somewhat traumatic, and I could tell that both Stu and Jess were sceptical that any other length of labour could be possible. Stu went about doing some tiling outside while Jess and I stayed indoors.

Soon it was time for Jordan to be picked up from daycare and I took this opportunity to capture some special moments with mum and Jordan… some of the last moments he was an only child.

Jess’ labour was still very slow and relaxed so I soon felt Jess may need a few moments on her own so I took my leave for a bit and went to visit my sister and have some dinner. I returned at about 7pm and Jess was enjoying company from Taylah and another dear friend and birth support Tamara. The light outside was beautiful as the sun dipped below the horizon and it inspired Jess to go for a walk to see what a quiet stroll would do. So the 5 of us set off to take Jordan to the skate park with me at times scooting ahead to take photos.

It had become evident that the short stroll had helped, Jess was stopping every 5 minutes or so to relax through a contraction. We didn’t stay long at the park (much to Jordan’s dismay) and the sky was growing dark as we walked back home. Taylah soon makes her way home and we make our way inside where it is becoming increasingly evident that it is beyond Jordan’s bedtime.

Stu is taking it easy on the couch playing xbox (or something, I’m not so savvy with games) with his brother via wifi where he chatted away to him with an ear piece. Jordan soon calms down and sits by his dad while Jess sits at the kitchen table enjoying her more regular contractions. With each one she flushes and fans herself to try and alleviate her high temperature. Tamara scoots off to bring back a fan to make Jess more comfortable and then goes about making herself a coffee then cleans the kitchen. Jess moves about a bit and eventually (at about 10:30 pm) finds herself standing in the lounge room where her waters break on her brand new rug. Stu begins to get anxious to get to the hospital and they make a phone call to the labour suite. Jess can’t talk on the phone for long as her contractions really ramp up and it isn’t long before she starts getting cold and feels a bit nauseas! Screams transition to me!!

Jess’s mum arrives to collect the sleeping Jordan while everyone in the house prepares for the trip to Shepparton (about 20-30 minute drive). I take my own car because I live in Shepparton and didn’t want to get stuck without a car and I have a feeling that things will be quite quick. I decide to take an alt route, which was silly because I forgot that the way I go is blocked due to roadworks. So I arrive at the hospital after the birthing crew had already made their way up to Birthing Suite.

I pass through the emergency waiting room and advise the staff that I am on my way to a birth and they giggle and let me though… I later find out that Jess made quite a scene on her way in. I walk up the stairs to the Birthing Suite and I see Stu waiting for the lift to go back down. He warns me that things are happening quickly and I wonder why he is leaving, turns out they were in such a hurry to get Jess upstairs that the car was left running.

I make it to Jess’ room and she is kneeling beside the bed with her thongs still on contracting in a way that is quite consistent with 2nd stage (the pushing stage) . Stu appears soon with Jess’ bags and immediately joins Jess on the bed.

Jess is quite uncomfortable but doesn’t move from the side of the bed, she holds tight to the bed sheets and it isn’t long before baby begins to emerge…. head first… then fist!! When baby arrives, Claire, the midwife assigned to Jess, passes Jess’ new daughter to her through her legs where Jess immediately embraces her with her whole body!!

This is a moment that is irreplicable! Words can not even begin to explain how a woman feels right at this moment!! Photos paint a much clearer picture and I am so happy to have captured this moment for Jess and her brand new daughter that her and Stu named Dakota.

Written by Tanya Minotti Photographer – Shepparton Maternity, Birth and Newborn Photographer

The Gentle Home Birth of Adelina – Shepparton Home Birth Photographer

I had the morning off (all my children were at school/kinder/daycare) on the 19th of February and my friend, Kim was a few days past her estimated due date (I am not a big fan of due dates and being beyond this date was causing Kim some stress) so I paid her a visit. She had not long returned from a visit to her midwife, Andrea from My Midwives Shepparton and Echuca and she informed me she felt a little uncomfortable. I gave her a foot massage and manipulated a couple of acupressure points while I went. As I left Kim walked me to the door and she looked like she was feeling a bit of pain so I was a little suspicious that things may be happening (as I am sure she was also). I returned home and Kim messaged me at about 5pm letting me know that she thought she may be in labour. At this point I scurry about finalising my babysitters and tell her to let me know when she would like me to arrive. She messages me back and tells me she is “relaxing in the pool” and I think, she is either super keen or closer than she thinks… turns out it was the later! I soon received a call from Kim saying, “HURRY UP!” Needless to say I left straight away!! HAHA!!

I got to Kim’s pretty quickly and set up my gear. Kim was sitting upright in the birth pool, which was set up in the dining room, she was leaning on the edge of the pool. Mat, Kim’s hubby was busying himself around the house; checking the pool water and sorting other things out, keeping occupied. Andrea was not moving far from Kim’s side. I didn’t get many photos before I hear Andrea, who was sitting by the pool in front of Kim, say, “yep, that’s hair”. And the next thing you know Kim, with a little help from Andrea, was bring her baby up out of the water to her chest.

I think the first thing Kim said was, “What is it Mat?”. I know Kim was super keen to know if she was carrying a boy or a girl and despite her instinct telling her she was carrying a boy, ber baby was in fact a beautiful little girl.

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Andrea knew that Kim wanted to share this moment with Ellie, Mat and Kim’s 18 month old daughter, so she excitedly retrieved her from her room where she was sleeping and brought her out to meet her little sister. It is always so amazing to witness older children meet their new sibling soon after birth. They are always excited and filled with wonder 🙂 truly a magic moment and something I am so happy to have captured.

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As soon as Kim had come to terms with giving birth she wanted to share her news. She requested that Mat call her parents to tell them the news, and it wasn’t long before Kim’s parent’s arrived to meet their new granddaughter.

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Kim was super relaxed throughout, she was supported noninvasively by Andrea who knows exactly what she is doing, her experience and bedside manner was amazing with Kim. Kim looks up to Andrea because of her knowledge and expertise and they have a very close birthing relationship which is something every woman deserves during their pregnancy/birthing/new mother journey. This continuity of care is something that is really important and has proven benefits for women during pregnancy and birth. Private midwifery care is available to all women no matter where you choose to give birth. For more information please contact Andrea at My Midwives Shepparton and Echuca (all the contact details can be found by clicking through the link)

You can also take a look at Kim during her pregnancy here.

By Tanya Minotti Photography – Maternity, Birth and Newborn Photographer

Cruz Newborn Photography

Cruz was a star during his newborn session! I arrived and he was sleeping after just being fed. I found the best place to set up he slept. His mum stripped him, he slept. I wrapped him, he slept…. you get the idea 🙂 Many newborn photographers know this is rarely the way things happen but when it does it feels good!! 🙂

Cruz’s mum contacted me after she had Cruz in Shepparton the week before. I am lucky to have had some free time during the early new year so I could fit him in… I love photographing newborns so don’t mind last minute bookings as long as I can fit them in my schedule. And I never regret it 😀

Cruz was not a small babe and when you see him in comparison to his sister who is just over a year older than him it is hard to believe he is only brand new. And his mum is tiny, I can only imagine how uncomfortable she was toward the end of her pregnancy 🙂 But oh my she makes beautiful babes!! Cruz and his big sister Aaliyah are stunning little people, both seemed to like being photographed too which was a bonus.

So let me share with you a few images I captured on my morning with Cruz.

*Disclaimer: I claim no responsibility for aching ovaries or premature ovulation during or after viewing these images* 😉 Enjoy!!

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I told yu so!! I honestly could have photographed them forever it was so much fun and an absolute pleasure.

Also please remember if you are pregnant and want to have photos of your babe by a professional when you baby is born it is best to book during the mid pregnancy to avoid disappointment. If you are unsure please contact me for a no obligation chat 🙂

Tanya Minotti Photography – Shepparton Maternity, Birth and Newborn Photographer.

Estelle’s newborn photos

I met Estelle’s parents when Estelle was still very tiny and happily growing in her mum’s belly when I photographed her big brother, Kadeyn’s 1st birthday.

Estelle arrived not long before Christmas (who can think of a better Christmas present?!) and her mum was super keen to capture her baby girl soon after she arrived earthside…. her special baby girl. I arrived at their family home and Estelle has just been bathed (a great way to relax a new baby 🙂 ). It took Estelle a little while to want to sleep, she happily lay in her bassinet while we set up, chatted and entertained big brother, Kadeyn with my big bean bag.

Estelle and Kadeyn’s Mum did want some photos of her two little ones together but Kadeyn had other ideas, and was not happy to be photographed at all! He is a super cute and very active little tike who kept Dad, Nanny and aunty George on their toes. He did not want to stay in one spot even for a second. These are the challenges of working with toddlers!

Meanwhile Estelle was a little restless but was mostly happy to be photographed…. except when it was dad’s turn to hold her. This was the time she thought would be perfect to make a bit of a mess… if yu know what I mean! Some baby’s don’t wet at all through the session, some do. Estelle did… a lot!! And then some 😉

Because Estelle settled really well (after messing up her dad’s white shirt *giggle*) I had the opportunity to try a pose that I had not tried before and had wanted to given that I had some beautiful unspun wall to use in my favourite colour, orange. The cocoon pose is a composite of two images and baby was held at all times to ensure she was safe.

Sharing only a few beautiful photos from Estelle’s shoot…

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She is divine, yes? 🙂

Tanya Minotti Photography – Shepparton Newborn, Maternity and Birth Photographer

Nate 5 weeks. Newborn photography

I have not had the challenge of photographing an older newborn up until now. I was contacted by Nate’s Mum soon after Christmas in hopes of capturing her baby son. She told me that she didn’t get photo’s of her 1st son and she regretted it and wanted to get some professional photos this time. Nate was an older newborn and fitting in a photoshoot around new years was a little difficult but we slotted Nate’s shoot in for when he was 5 weeks old. I was a little nervous about how the shoot would go having never had experience with an old babe but I was happy to just go with the flow 🙂

I arrived and Nate had been fed and was a little sleepy. I wrapped him up, which was no mean feat considering his size! He was a big baby born and was now 5 weeks old so was rather huge! Definitely not what I am used to and wrapping him was a small challenge. We got a couple of photos before he woke again and wanted to be cuddled. I took some shots with mum and some awake shots, I reassured mum that I had no time constraints and just let the family go about their business. Dad went into town to check his lotto ticket that a woman had bought him for helping his daughter (I think he won $13), Caleb played with his robot dog and remote control car and mum fed and cuddled Nate.

Eventually Nate called it quits and fell into a lovely deep sleep. And then we could do just about anything with him (within reason, older newborns are not as flexible as babies under 2 weeks so some poses may cause injury to baby).

We got some lovely shots and when his big Brother Caleb was ready for some photos he was a dream to photograph also!!

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Tanya Minotti Photography – Shepparton Newborn, Maternity and Birth Photographer

Rebecca’s maternity and family shoot

 

I recently booked in with Liz Arcus Photography to have her capture me with my youngest 5 children, the youngest of which I am still breastfeeding. I wanted her to capture us as we are now and to capture some shots of the breastfeeding relationship  my youngest and I have. I am not often in front of the camera and when I am I usually don’t enjoy it or the looking at my image, this is why I wanted Liz to photograph me (us), I knew she would make me happy with the results 🙂 And I was right!!

Take a look at me and my beautiful family captured by Liz, here;

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Doing this for myself inspired me to offer photographs to others who do not often have photos taken of themselves.

I put the call out for people to nominate who would be suitable for this shoot and I had some really great nominations and it was very difficult to choose!

Rebecca’s nomination read: “Rebecca is pregnant with her third baby, she already has 2 girls Riley’s who’s around 4yrs old and Asha who’s 2/3yrs old, her partner’s Shaun, for the past year they have been through a lot with their daughter Asha being diagnosed with leukaemia…

“I feel they deserves it, not only because they had a rough year but because they’re a beautiful family.

Rebecca and her girls were so welcoming and friendly. The girls were excited to have me there and were keen to show off their nail polish, new toys and how high they could jump 🙂

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I want to say a huge thank you to Rebecca for being so welcoming and accommodating to my requests. It was so much fun spending the afternoon with you and your family. It was a hot day and I have no doubt you were tired, so thank you again.

Written by Tanya Minotti Photography

Shepparton Maternity, Birth and Newborn Photographer