{l mini newborn session} | Fuquay-Varina Newborn Photography :: Raleigh Newborn Session

A newborn mini session is a quick and easy way to capture the essence of a newborn without all the hassle. For this family, The images were all taken in their foyer. No need to straighten the whole house, or even need a large space. They wanted to incorporate some sentimental items since both of their fathers had passed away. The flannel fabric is actually a robe that one of their dad’s wore, and the maroon fabric is an old fishing shirt that another wore. It is so special to me to be included on heirloom portraits that will be cherished for a lifetime. As you will see, in a newborn mini session, we can add variety by changing the type of wrap, head band/bonnet, and prop. Usually these sessions last one hour, and the baby is so comfy and cozy because they are swaddled nearly the entire time. This is the perfect session if you want all of the focus to be on baby!

{e family and cake smash session} | Bass Lake Holly Springs Family Photography :: Raleigh Baby Photography

This family has been with me for so long. I love that they now squeeze me in when they are visiting family in N.C. (they live in Texas currently). I love catching up with them, and their little girls are just too cute. It doesn’t seem like too long ago that we were doing the maternity session of their oldest daughter.. and now she runs up to me saying, ‘hey miss Amy!” This is one of my favorite parts of photographing maternity, newborns, and beyond. I love watching them grow into their own personalities and capturing life for just a split second. On this day, the weather wasn’t fantastic, but Bass Lake in Holly Springs serves as a great backdrop for those drizzly days. The covered porch provided some adorable structural elements, and their trail worked perfectly for the woodsy-bunny theme they had for the first birthday cake.

{d lifestyle newborn session} | Cary Newborn Photography :: Raleigh Lifestyle Newborn

Newborn sessions can be tough with older siblings that are still toddlers themselves. I mean, they are use to being the star of the show! And, let’s not forget.. they’re still toddlers. They don’t exactly always behave the way you want them to behave. This is why lifestyle newborn sessions in your home are the perfect option. In this session, there were times when big sister wanted NOTHING to do with us.. nothing to do with the camera.. and nothing to do with her baby sister. And then, she came around. She did her own thing. She brought in her toys, had a snack, and just hung out. I love that my sessions are laid back enough that I can just sit there and hang out too. These are the moments that will pass too soon, and I love that I get to have a role in freezing time even if it is just for a little bit. Welcome home, baby! You have a best friend waiting to play with you when you get a little older!

You can always add on a wrapped newborn mini to your lifestyle session if you like these last few images. Simply baby, simply wrapped, simply adorable. Contact me for more details!

1st Birthday Cake Smash | JC Raulston Arborteum :: Raleigh Baby Photography :: Raleigh Photographer

Braden is one of my lifestyle newborns who also booked a first birthday session. The weather and location could not have been more perfect! The Arboretum in Raleigh, N.C. has some gorgeous little areas that are perfect for little ones to explore. My favorite area is their gazebo, which makes for some really sweet and timeless photographs. The one year session for babies shows so much of their developed personality. They will clap and smile and love to have you be silly with them. Some babies are even beginning to stand or walk. This is a great milestone to capture! Braden’s one year session concluded with a cake smash in my vintage white high chair. You never know how kids are going to react to a cake smash - some go all in and are covered by icing by the end of it, and others want nothing to do with it. Luckily, Braden enjoyed it for a little bit.. which was just long enough to get some sweet, but messy, pictures.

Check out the Bundles page for packages that combine newborn sessions with sessions throughout baby’s first year.

{k lifestyle newborn session} :: Raleigh Lifestyle Newborn Session | Garner Newborn Photographer

Once again, I love my repeat clients. I know I say it a lot, but I do. I first met this family through a friend and I photographed their newborn daughter back in the day when I was doing studio newborn photography in my old home. She was the cutest little peanut there ever was. Naturally, when second baby comes around, I love the opportunity to catch up with these families! One of the benefits, for me, to travel to my client’s homes is that I am always so delightfully shocked when I walk in and see that they have printed their photos! It is the nicest little “AW YAY!” moment. Too often, we will save our pictures, or upload to social media, but never display them. So, I loved when I walked in and saw their first newborn pictures were on display in frames in their living room. It made me so happy! And, this boy’s hair.. good gracious! Adorable. I am in love with their newborn pictures! <3 Congrats K Fam!