This family contacted me about photographing them in their Lake Norman home and told me that they wanted their pictures to have a lifestyle feeling, more candid and relaxed than posed. Mom also mentioned that they have always wanted a family photo of everyone throwing confetti. HECK YEAH! They had other Charlotte photographers work in their home and were concerned that the pictures would look similar. That is the cool thing about photographers… we are all artists and have a different eye for lighting, composition and interact with families in completely different ways.
The shoot went really well. Baby P was super cooperative and we managed to get lots of really sweet shots of C with his little sister. The surprise came when we decided that we would try to get their pup in some photos. They warned me that she was not a well behaved dog for photographers. I think the stars aligned because we got SO MANY CUTE photos of this dog with his fur-less siblings! It was amazing! Photographing dogs is always tricky. It’s hard to explain to them what you want them to do. “Not too much tongue… smile with your eyes”… haha! This pup worked my camera!
There was another really sweet moment where Dad was reading to C in his room and he almost fell asleep! I was thinking that if he did fall asleep, we could pose him like a newborn and that would have been a first for me!
The whole family was so pleased at the outcome of their photo shoot. So am I. Thank you SO much G family….
The first time that I photographed this family was after their first daughter’s birth. I was thrilled to hear that they were expecting another baby and wanted me to be their newborn photographer again. Each time I work with newborns that have toddler aged siblings, I say a little prayer before the photo shoot. It can be difficult to get two year olds to cooperate. I do have several tricks that I use (and I am not above bribery when it comes to getting the perfect shot either, and have even resorted to photoshop magic once). For this photo shoot, no bribery or photoshop magic was necessary! Big sister was absolutely sweet and cooperative. We got some of the most beautiful pictures of the sisters together. It made my heart happy.
When photographing newborn babies with an older sibling, I always feel like it is so important to make the older child feel so important. I was a big sister once and I know how it feels to have people come and fawn all over the new baby. I make sure to fuss over them first, and then when the time is appropriate, enlist their “help” in photographing the baby. They love this! Sometimes, there are these magical moments when things just really click. This photo shoot is a perfect example!
Thank you I family 🙂
What a sweet family this was to work with! I can’t resist posting from both their maternity photo session and their newborn shoot as well. I love the connection of a couple expecting a baby. We met one summer day in Lake Norman where I made their maternity portraits. They have such a sweet connection and I could tell they are such good friends. Once their baby arrived, I was really excited to be their newborn photographer. They had me come to their Charlotte home where I got to meet their beautiful baby girl. She has the most adorable dimples, like her mama! We had to schedule their shoot before dad had to leave for Navy duty, which was only a little over a week after his baby was born. This made me appreciate this family even more. I could tell how in love with his new baby he was and imagined how difficult it would be for him to leave them. It made me feel so grateful for him and for all the families that do what he does, leaving the ones they love to do their duty.
I love these pictures and I hope they love them too!
And then came baby…
What a fun couple! I loved meeting this beautiful couple that is expecting their first baby. I cannot wait to meet their newborn! It was HOT the day of their photo shoot. And Charlotte NC heat has been no joke this summer! In my 10 years of living in the Carolinas, this is the hottest summer that I have felt I think. This sweet mom was a trooper. And as pretty as could be, despite the heat. Dad kept us laughing which kept us distracted from the heat. And we did end up getting some absolutely beautiful maternity pictures!
I met this family a couple of months ago at their maternity session where we wandered around Freedom Park in Charlotte in the evening light and grabbed beautiful pictures of them and their dog, Taco. They were so excited about meeting their baby girl. I was too! How time flies…. before you know it, I was at their house, camera in tow and their family of two (plus two fur babies!) had become a family of three! Little V was a joy to work with. She is going to be such a special little girl– a superstar! I have to share these lovely portraits…