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.
What do you do when you live in North Carolina and you never know what to expect with the weather? I swear, we sometimes have all 4 seasons in one week! And, the winter is great, but it isn’t my favorite. I’ll be honest - I need sunshine, and temperatures above 70. When this couple told me that they were pregnant with their second baby girl, I was over the moon! Their first nugget (seen below) is seriously one of the cutest kids I have ever met. Her parents are a trip, and we always have a good time at our sessions. They’re super laid back, so when it was friggin freezing outside, I suggested that we do her maternity session at a greenhouse. I waited for the crickets.. but she came back with “let’s do it.” I love her maternity dress color - it pops so lovely against the greens in the greenhouse. I think it was actually raining this day, but you’d never know it. I personally love this session and it is such a cool alternative for our crunchy, brown winter months. Special thanks to Fairview Garden Center of Raleigh for letting us have our maternity session in your awesome space! I even picked out a succulent and have managed to keep it alive (a feat in itself.)
One of the best parts of my job is getting to watch my families grow from behind my camera lens. This is a repeat client who happens to also be one of my first lifestyle newborn sessions! This family has tons of natural light in their home which works wonderfully for lifestyle newborn sessions. We used elements of their home, like that blue chair above, to pose baby on. It will be cute to see down the road how big he is when he sits on it as a one, two, or three year old and remember how tiny he use to be. I always try to make sure I sit back and let the session just roll the way it is going to roll. I like to get the "in between" shots and and with two other little ones, there was plenty of candid moments to capture. It also allows siblings to be themselves and be free in their own surroundings while I photograph their new brother/sister.
Awake and alert shots are sometimes my favorite. Because, let’s be honest…. the phrase, “sleeping like a baby,” is a joke.. :)
I captured a similar shot not too long ago with Lily's newborn session!
Thank you for letting me be a part of your story, again! :)
Thank you again for letting me be a part of your newborn story. The little details of his wrinkly hands; the older kids playing in the background; dad finally getting his hunting buddy after two girls.. I love it all! Congrats, G Fam!
Y'all. This session might take the cake for my favorite in-home session thus far in 2018. Here are a couple of reasons why. First, this is a repeat client of mine. I love that I get to document my families growing and meet their new nuggets! Second, can we talk about adorable kids? They have the best eyes and hair! Third, this kiddo slept.the.whole.time. The whole time. It might go down as one of the fastest sessions I've ever done. Fourth, being a mom of boys myself, I do love some brotherly love! And lastly, this is the perfect example of how to have a lifestyle newborn session with an older toddler. Little man did NOT want to have anything to do with pictures. My attitude towards that is, cool. Let's roll with it. There is no point in forcing a young child to sit and look pretty. That is not what they are made to do! So, in my sessions, I try to calm the parents nerves and say, "they'll get in some.. just wait.." What this meant for this family was him playing in his play room and bringing them all sorts of fun cars, toys, and requesting snacks. But, it was the inquisitive nature of this toddler that kept me snapping pics. He lovedddd looking at his little brother. By the end of the session, without prompting I might add, I had little brother in a crate and big bro just walks over and starts pointing at his toes. He was saying how little his toes were and was trying to count them. Then, he sat, and compared his toes to little brothers. It was a.dor.able! And this is why I am a self-proclaimed "over shooter." If I had just stopped and packed up my camera, I would have missed all of this! Love it!! I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!
Thank you, Andres family, for continuing to allow me to capture these moments of your life!
Oh little Claire. She was almost a month old when this session happened, and that is another reason why Lifestyle Newborn Story Sessions are awesome. By "typical" newborn studio standards, babies need to be under 12 days old in order to achieve the naked, posed positions that you see all over the internet. I use to do these sessions, and they would take up to 3 hours to try and have these perfect positioned babies.. only to have the baby poop, pee, or cry and you have to start all over. It just isn't real life. But, Claire's mom really wanted some more posed-type shots but did not care for the naked baby type of posing. I'd say we nailed it...thanks to a pretty chill baby and an 80 degree+ home (we were alllll sweating..haha). And I have to admit, I do love her in these pink set ups. She is just too cute! :) Since we did this session at their home, it was an easy way to grab a family shot outside perfect for their Christmas cards :) Welcome home, Claire. Here is a bit of her story: