Category Archives: newborn

Dakota – Newborn Photography

Dakota was born late on the evening of the 10th of March. After her mother assumed she would be in for a prolonged labour, Dakota decided she wanted out! She came quite fast! How do I know? I photographed her journey earthside and her very first moments after her amazing birth.

The Birth of Dakota

Birth photography is almost the complete opposite of posed newborn photography! Documenting emotions, feelings and keeping the intimacy of birth intact while capturing it in photos. It’s a time that is such only a fleeting moment in the context of our lives, and it is so full of emotion that it can be quite easy to forget bits and pieces or even huge chunks! So when I deliver a birth story to new parents, it can feel like they are reliving the whole experience all over again because their photographs  help them to recall those special ‘first’that they has with their brand new baby and handing the photographs to new parents is something I completely relish! And then returning to see the new baby and photographing them again as beautiful art; sculpturing them into gorgeous poses, usually while they sleep quite soundly, that look amazing in print and displayed on your walls for you to proudly share with everyone for years to come.

I am so very privileged to have shared all of that with Dakota and her parents!! I am truly BLESSED!!

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By Tanya Minotti – Shepparton Maternity, birth and newborn photographer

For session details call 0412673156


Heath – Newborn Photography

I had the pleasure of being contacted by Melissa during her pregnancy to photograph her divine baby bump!! I blogged her session here and we chatted about meeting up again after her baby arrived in early March to capture those first precious moments of having a newborn baby. Looking at how beautiful Melissa was during her pregnancy it only seemed fitting that her baby was just as beautiful, and he was!!

So Heath decided that Melissa was far to stunning in pregnancy and that he would stay put for a while longer (as many babies will!) and arrived almost 2 weeks after Melissa’s estimated due date. I heard of his arrival and I was very keen to meet the little boy who had everyone swooning!! And oh my! He was a treasure!!

Heath was a baby that newborn photographers LOVE! He was happy to be posed while he slept soundly, he only needed one little feed during his session to make sure he was happy to stay sleeping while I kept on fluffing about to get his photos just right. He was a dream!!

Here are a few photographs we captured during Heath’s session…

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Remember, if you are wanting photographs of your newborn baby to capture that fleeting moment, please make sure to contact me during your pregnancy (preferably during your 2nd trimester) to ensure to reserve your session with me.

Contact me on 0412673156

By Tanya Minotti. Shepparton Maternity, Birth and Newborn Photographer

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

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

Little Pieces by Kelly Brown Newborn Photography Workshop Melbourne 2014

I had the absolute delight of securing a place in Kelly Brown’s Melbourne newborn workshop on the 23rd of November 2014.  I love Kelly’s work and as a new newborn photographer I just had to attend this one day workshop. I had seen Kelly teach online and was a little worried that I would only see repeated information but that was absolutely not the case. Kelly brought with her a warm and welcoming atmosphere that was a delight after a stressful morning on my commute to Melbourne.

My car had broken down (again) so decided to stay at my daughter’s house in Bendigo and leave from there on public transport. I left all my younger children at home with their dad and it happened that it was also my 3rd and 4th daughter’s ballet recital that same day. I received a phone call on my way to Melbourne asking if I knew where one of my girl’s ballet shoes were… ARGH!! Now I was really stressed. I hated that I was going to miss out but I hated more that I couldn’t be there to help out and get them ready. Turns out she had left them at rehearsals so all turned out ok.

Kelly’s workshop was held at Emily Black’s new studio which was very easily accessed by public transport so finding my way there was a breeze. I had met Emily earlier in the year at her own workshop ( so it was great to see her again 🙂

The workshop was full of very helpful information from poses, settling, wrapping, props, colours, composition, lighting, settings, and editing and all the other not-so-fun stuff like contracts, pricing and websites. She was easy approach and very open about everything that she does.

Kelly also spoke a bit about the Baby Summit which is being held in August this year… and it was here that I knew that I would be making my way to Tweed Heads to attend. I have no doubt there will be a blog post about this event later in the year 🙂

For now here is a little looksee at my day with Kelly Brown, and a room full of other talented photographers keen to sharpen up their skills and broaden their knowledge…

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And  few newborn poses edited by me but posed by Kelly. Props by Kelly Brown or Emily Black…

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Tanya Minotti Photography – Shepparton 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.