Melbourne based photographer Chantelle Elise gives us a sneak peak into her most special role yet – motherhood.
Chantelle is a busy family & newborn photographer from the Northern Suburbs of Melbourne. She’s married to the love of her life, Aleks who is also a full time photographer. They have recently become parents to 10 week old Xari after a trial run with their little fur baby Chandler, a black pug.
Chantelle spends her time between running her own photography business @chantellelise_photography, and raising her little human Xari. As a family their downtime is spent adventuring outdoors, trying out new cafe's and restaurants and spending time together, wherever that may be!
How has the transition into motherhood felt for you?
Prior to working as a family and newborn photographer, I worked in childcare for many years which meant I have had a fair bit of experience with children. I have changed hundreds of nappies and dealt with many tantrums. I am very grateful to say that Xari has made my transition into motherhood so smooth. She is just great in every way, she is always happy and a great sleeper. I count my lucky stars she chose me to be her mama.
What is the most rewarding thing about being a mum?
The smiles, they make every little worry just melt away. When she is happy, I am too.
What values are most important for you to pass onto your kids?
Always have a positive mindset and see the bright side to every situation.
What are your top 3 tips to help new mums survive the transition to #mumlife in the first few months?
Self-care is not selfish; you need to nurture yourself in order to nurture your baby.
Be calm and they will too: I really do believe your baby thrives off your energy.
It is totally ok to ask for help, don't be embarrassed!
How has the Cushii Lounger been a game-changer in your daily routine?
I use my Cushii multiple times a day, it is so good for play time and when I read her stories or when we are winding down at the end of the day for a cup of tea and a movie, I can have her close by and know she is nice and safe and snug.