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Top 3 tips for a sleepy newborn baby

So you’ve had your baby, CONGRATULATIONS!, as the days roll on the more sleep deprived you become and feel like you may loose your mind! Don’t worry, all new parents have been there. Even though my 3 children are now teenagers, I remember those delirious first few days like it was yesterday.

Now, as a newborn photographer settling babies has become second nature to me (sometimes though, baby just wants mum!) and clients call me “The Baby Whisperer” for my talent in settling new babies. I’m often invited around for the midnight shift when baby is unsettled! We always chat at the photo session about what works to help new baby’s sleep longer, so here are 3 tips to help with your newborns sleep.

1. Act on the first sign of sleepiness.

Tuning into your baby’s tired signs ensures she doesn’t get overtired. Usually newborns will wake, feed and either fall asleep straight after feeding or stay awake for a short amount of time. If your baby stays awake for some bonding time, watch for tired signs. Tired signs are staring off into space, disinterested in her surroundings and grizzling, then she is probably starting to get tired.

It’s best to not wait too long when you see these’s cue’s as your baby will get overtired and be harder to settle to sleep.

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2. Swaddle.

When newborns are born, they have what is called ‘The Startle Reflex”, this is when they suddenly extend their arms and legs, arch their backs and curl everything back in again.

My best bit of advice to new parents is to swaddle your baby. Some parents say ‘I tried but my baby hated it’. But what she hates today, might work days later. If you aren’t swaddling your baby and she is only sleeping short amount of time, her startle reflex could be waking her up, so try swaddling again. Swaddling too loosely is common and results in your baby becoming hodini! There are many swaddles on the market so try different ones till you find one that works best for your baby. Most newborns like to be swaddled with their hands up near their face.

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3. White noise.

For 9 months your bundle has been living it up in the snug comfort of your womb. It’s warm, loud and snuggly in there. Often when new baby’s arrive, the quiet of the outside teamed with sudden loud noises can keep baby awake.

There are plenty of white noise options out there, from Apps on your phone to white noise machines. The aim of the white noise is to muffle outside sounds not completely drown them out. During your newborn photography session, I use an App on my phone of a mother’s heartbeat and swooshing noises as heard from in the womb.

Sometimes, these things won’t work and baby is having an off day (like we all do some days!) and is unsettled and that’s ok. Be kind to yourself and remember, your baby will grow so quickly so enjoy as many cuddles as you can get!

I found these 3 tips to be most helpful in settling new babies to sleep, whether it was my babies, friends babies or clients babies.

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Mother’s Day

Give MUM a professional family photo session

Celebrate Mum this Mother’s Day with the gift that gives forever! The gift of a photo session is a great way to create lasting memories with your mum.

The session can include mum, siblings and grandmother. Mum’s often find themselves behind the camera photographing the special moments and missing out on being in those images themselves…

… don’t miss the opportunity to capture yourself and children!

Mother’s Day – Sunday May 10th 2020

The Captured Package – What you’ll get

– a 45 minute outdoor photo session at the studio

– a viewing and ordering session at the studio to select your favourite images

– one 8×12 metal desk print and 4 digital images

– the opportunity to purchased more products from our professional range

The Captured Package just $290!

Contact me here to purchase your gift certificate

Please note: scheduling for these session’s will begin once the COVID restrictions are lifting. Gift certificates are valid for 12 months from purchase.

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Identical twin girls newborn portraits

This is a first for me, photographing these identical twin girls. I’ve photographed twins before but never identical girls!

When I found out Lyndel was having twins I was really surprised! I missed the meme that the family was expecting twins hahaha. Anyway, I was absolutely excited to meet these girls as I’d photographed the twins big sister as a newborn too! You can view her images HERE!

So I spent an anxious few weeks waiting to hear whether they had boys or girls, I received the news … IDENTICAL GIRLS! This is where my awesome prop vendors come in and on short noticed knitted hat/wrap set, shipped headbands and more props to make this session unique to these babies.

Meet Aylssa and Kira, pretty, sleepy and so loved by their family. Having twins is busy, chaotic, tiresome but most of all there’s twice as much love to fill your heart. In fact, there’s so much love, you never thought you could possibly have so much.

The twins slept so well for their professional photo session and big sister Hayley was happy to give them cuddles. It can be tricky getting a toddler to cooperate for a sibling photo and Mum and Dad are really happy I captured their girls together.

Now the girls parent’s have these keepsake moments to treasure for a lifetime!

Please leave a comment below for this gorgeous family!

If you are interested in how we can capture your family’s most important moments, please contact me to arrange a consultation.

Portraits of identical twin photo session

If you can’t tell the girls apart, Kira is featured first and Alyssa is featured after the sibling photo.

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  • JoJanuary 18, 2020 - 4:39 pm

    Just adorable 

  • Ursula bestJanuary 18, 2020 - 4:42 pm

    Absolutely Gorgeous Sweet Cherubic twin sisters & their sweet Big sister  Stunning photos!  

  • EllenJanuary 18, 2020 - 5:19 pm

    Just beautiful Karmel! I love the photo with proud big sister.

  • Lyndel porterJanuary 18, 2020 - 5:26 pm

    Amazing experIence again. We really enjoyed our session and we are thrilled with the results.. 

  • KerrieJanuary 18, 2020 - 6:24 pm

    captured the moments beautifully with these adorable twins and big sis

  • LenoreJanuary 18, 2020 - 6:41 pm

    Beatiful pics.  What gorgeous bubs.

  • Jenny MJanuary 18, 2020 - 6:44 pm

    Beautiful Perfection!! 3 Perfect Babes

  • EmmaJanuary 18, 2020 - 7:54 pm

    Such beautiful memories of your perfect girls Lyndel and Jimmy

  • FranJanuary 18, 2020 - 9:11 pm

    Gorgeous pIcs and all three girls modelled beautifully for you.

  • AnitaJanuary 19, 2020 - 8:12 am

    Adorable! Great photos of 3 gorgeous girls 

  • LeighJanuary 19, 2020 - 2:41 pm

    Spectacular photos from a talented photographer.  love the photo with hayley in the middle. it just adorably perfect. 

  • alex pJanuary 19, 2020 - 2:42 pm

    they are absolutely perfect 

  • SueJanuary 19, 2020 - 2:49 pm

    SO absolutely gorgeous 

  • Lexy EllisJanuary 19, 2020 - 2:50 pm

    Absolutely beautiful. So sweet 

  • Jenny carpenterJanuary 19, 2020 - 2:54 pm

    Well done again! I was there for Hayley’s photo shoot and you were so patient. Gorgeous photo of the 3 girls. 

  • JimmyJanuary 19, 2020 - 2:55 pm

    Thank you Karmel  , once again you perfectly captured our girls. 

  • Emanuela porterJanuary 19, 2020 - 3:03 pm

    The twins and Hayley look absolutely gorgeous and the pictures are just amazing.the photographer was able to catch those precious moments and transform THEM into a beautiful work of art.

  • Brian joyceJanuary 19, 2020 - 3:29 pm

    Gorgeous photos – just love the sibling pic

  • AshleeJanuary 19, 2020 - 4:24 pm

    So gorgeous. Hayley is such a proud big sister 

  • RayJanuary 19, 2020 - 4:59 pm

    Awww, what a gorgeous little family

  • ZoiEJanuary 19, 2020 - 5:26 pm

    Amazing photo’s! Absolutely love the one of all three girls. Such a special family xo 

Newborn fine art products

I absolutely love the newborn fine art products I offer. It makes them all about you and your family.

This beautiful order full of newborn fine art products went to it’s forever home today. I love delivery day and having my clients hold their order for the first time! It was great to place this order directly into my clients hands.

In this Collection we have a stunning Fine Art Album featuring all newborn gallery images with matching digital files and a full set of matching 7×5 prints. Presented in a wooden box customised with a photograph from your session. Use the box to store your baby’s hospital bracelet, first curl and a special gift or any other family keepsake.

A little about these products, the Fine Art Album is handmade right here in Australia using archival fine art papers and has a full photo cover. The album has a 75 year guarantee.

Your 7×5 prints are perfectly matched to my computer screen and are printed on lustre paper.

A new product for this year is the custom glass USB for your digital files. Available in walnut wood and customised with a photo from your session.

This wooden box contains your USB and 7×5 prints is also customised with an image from your session. Use it to store your baby’s keepsakes as they grow!

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Newborn portrait session

What a gorgeous sibling and fur sibling portrait! You’ve heard the saying of ‘don’t work with kids or animals’. Well it can’t be true, these 3 did amazing! It was great to see this beautiful family again and see how much Landon had grown. I photographed Landon as a newborn and he’s now 16 months and just the cutest.

Now we welcome Parker. She slept so well throughout her portrait session and we captured some beautiful keepsakes for her family. I love my job and am blessed to be able to photograph beautiful families.

View Landon’s newborn session here!

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  • KyleeJanuary 5, 2020 - 9:36 pm

    Our gorgeous babies! It was such a relaxing session. We are blessed to have had these special moments captured by Karmel!

  • GabriellaJanuary 5, 2020 - 10:07 pm

    That was a very special day for me, watching my grandchildren and grand fur baby have their portraits taken. The whole session was wonderful. Karmel is an amazing photographer, she captured them all in so many gorgeous shots..

  • Warwick sheriffJanuary 6, 2020 - 9:34 am

    Beautifully taken portraits of my nephew, niece, and our fur baby indigo!
    Having worked with taking photos of families fur babies, i can relate to that end result accomplishment!
    Job well done  

  • ROsJanuary 6, 2020 - 11:31 am

    Oh my!!! I love these kids! What Amazing photos to keep forever.

  • TerEsaJanuary 6, 2020 - 11:46 am

    Great photos! They are super cute! 

  • Lewis schrammJanuary 6, 2020 - 1:10 pm

    Fantastic photos of our grandchildren very peaceful calm and loving scenes.  

  • Dan SchrammJanuary 9, 2020 - 5:09 pm

    Amazing quality. The props really make babies all look so peaceful. Easily the best I’ve seen.

  • JoJanuary 18, 2020 - 4:41 pm

    Too cute 

  • MoniqueJanuary 18, 2020 - 9:05 pm

    such beautiful work capturing these pure and Sweet little beings! 

  • LisaJanuary 18, 2020 - 9:21 pm

    Gorgeous babies and stunning photos!

  • CourtneyJanuary 18, 2020 - 9:26 pm

    Such sweet photos, so cute

  • CarmenJanuary 18, 2020 - 9:52 pm

    Gorgeous babies perfectly captured in these beautiful moments. 

  • ChantelJanuary 19, 2020 - 6:38 am

    Absolutely adorable! Such a great way to treasure the moments for ever. 

  • SpencerJanuary 19, 2020 - 7:30 am

    Little legends! Super cute

  • AlexiaJanuary 19, 2020 - 3:20 pm

    Cutest little munchkins Love these photos they really capture the Essence of their personalities. 

  • MickJanuary 19, 2020 - 7:18 pm

    Steggles babies

  • Wawa tsaiJanuary 19, 2020 - 10:57 pm

    So cute!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • NicholasJanuary 27, 2020 - 5:38 pm

    Nice photos of my cousins

  • SimonJanuary 27, 2020 - 5:41 pm

    Wow!!! Look how quiet they are when they aren’t at home…

  • LukaJanuary 28, 2020 - 5:17 pm

    Cute pictures of my baby cousin’s 

  • Concetta (Nanna)January 31, 2020 - 10:52 am

    Beautiful photos of my great grandbabies. ❤❤❤

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