Category Archives: Shepparton

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

Birth Photography – what it means to me.

I have recently had the absolute pleasure of being asked to capture two births. One home birth and one hospital birth (JUST!).

Being with women during this time is very special and I see it as an absolute honour to be sharing the same space with a labouring woman. There is truly something remarkable about women in this state. I know in the media it is quite often portrayed as a fearful, highly stressful time but it really isn’t. It is full of excitement, sometimes impatience and in the early stages the woman can be quite blissed out.

Birth always gets a lot of rough press, you often only hear about it if something bad happens or if a women doesn’t quite make it to hospital and the story is usually based on how there was a hero of an emergency worker who thankfully help “deliver” the baby (is my sarcasm coming across? 😉 ).

Birth in general is something that I love and something that I wish all women were as passionate about. I have found if woman are not well educated about birth (and not all women want to be) they can find their birth experience quite different from that which they had hoped for, maybe it’s because they feel overwhelmed during labour with the management they experience from their care providers or possibly they are not told all of their options. I think that because birth talk is still somewhat taboo and sometimes considered “gross” by some it can become quite difficult for women to own their birth due to not feeling able to discuss it openly.

This is where birth photography plays a great role giving real examples of how birth is for many, what other women have done and how they felt. It takes away some of the unknown; that is where fear hides and gives real life visual at what birth really is or what it can be given the opportunity.

Granted this is not the only benefit to having a birth photographed. Birth photography is an art form that depicts raw emotion that cannot be forged and illustrates how beautiful and sacred this moment is; a moment that can be shared with loved ones for years to come.

In summary birth photography normalises the process of birth, decreased the fear and I hope it will increase women’s ability to choose the birth they desire in the future all while preserving one of the most beautiful moments one may experience that can be cherished for many years to come.

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

Kim’s Pregnancy – Shepparton

I met Kim shortly after the birth of her 1st daughter about 18 months ago. Her little newborn baby was so very tiny and only a few days old when we attended mother group at My Midwives (Shepparton ans Echuca branch) together. She had given birth at home a few days before and since then we have kept in contact. Kim is very friendly and loves to chat with other mums about babies and all things birth… so it’s no wonder we find it easy to find things to talk about with me being a birth junkie!

Kim has always been a really great supporter of my work and has always recommended me to anyone looking for a photographer. So it was a pleasure to photograph Kim when she became pregnant with her 2nd child.

Kim was one of those women who really loved being pregnant, she was always happy and glowing and when I asked her to model for me she just couldn’t wait!! We did a couple of small shoots in her last trimester and Kim was eager to try anything including getting very wet in the Shepparton lake for the 2nd one. And she truly was stunning 🙂

Here are a few of the shots we achieved…

These are from the 1st shoot when Kim was about 31 weeks.

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This set was taken at about 35 weeks…

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I also had the privilege of being asked to capture the birth of this little babe. There will be a post on this in the very near future since this week babe entered the world just over 2 weeks ago (on the 19th of February) into Kims hands in water at home with the assistance of Andrea from My Midwives Shepparton and Echuca so keep an eye out for more of Kim’s journey soon 🙂


By Tanya Minotti Photography – Shepparton Birth, Maternity and Newborn photographer

Melissa’s Maternity Session – Shepparton

I have known Melissa for a very long time now. I was very good friends with her sister in High School so I visited their home often, I recall many fun days at the Strathmerton pool together. I hadn’t seen Melissa for many many years but when she messaged me about her desire to have maternity photographs taken I immediately knew who she was and was very excited that she was expecting a baby.

I met up with Melissa and her long time partner/fiancé along the Goulburn river in Shepparton and I immediately noticed how stunning Melissa looked in her long emerald green skirt and a perfect bump!

I started with some shots of the pair together to increase their comfort in front of the camera, they were both feeling a little nervous. Then I put Melissa in the spotlight and she was amazing!

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In the end we achieved some beautiful images using Melissa’s own clothes as requested, so nice and natural just as she is 🙂

I look forward to capturing this baby’s newborn portraits when s/he decides to make an appearance earth side. I really really hope it’s a little red head! I am sure no matter the hair colour baby will be divine!

Thank you to Melissa and Pete for trusting me with to document such an amazing time in your lives. I wish you all the best for your baby’s birth and look forward to seeing the three of you very soon 🙂

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