Wow… That was the word that came to mind when I met this Charlotte couple for the first time over coffee to chat about working as their photographer to capture their maternity portraits and baby pictures. What a beautiful, fresh and confident couple! They are clearly enamored with each other, and the idea of becoming parents! We spoke a little about how they met and what they enjoy, and decided to work at a horse farm that they board a horse at. I checked it out in advance and it was a gorgeous location, plus it has sentimental value to them as well.
They had asked about including their horse in their maternity photos. Photographers get asked all the time to include dogs, and sometimes even cats, but this was the first time that I got to include a horse! He is a big part of their family and a very sweet and handsome horse, so he added some depth to their pictures.
The day of our session went perfectly. Camera in hand, I got to bask in the glow of this beautiful couple expecting their first baby. I gave them a few simple suggestions, things to think about and talk about with each other, and the sweetness and emotion that came from them was magic for my camera!
How awesome does this mama to be look?! She needs to be a maternity clothing model or something!
J family, you are beautiful and I cannot wait to meet your baby soon!
To be continued…
I was SO happy to finally be able to connect and photograph this beautiful family! They live in the Davidson area, and just found out they are about to move. So my job as a photographer had a dual purpose– to create magical family pictures that reflect who they are, and also to document the end of their time in Charlotte. This is the place that they began their family and have a lot of wonderful memories here. We chose to work at a nature preserve that is near their Davidson home. This place is special because they have spent lots of time walking the trails and enjoying the park. I know they will be sad to leave but also know that they have so many wonderful memories ahead of them!
The children could not have been sweeter. Especially with each other. Big sister E was always watchful over her little brother, it melted my heart. Some of my favorite photos from their shoot were the ones of the kids together!
I also enjoyed working with mom and dad together. It was wonderful to see their love for each other, and their strength as a couple. They have built a very sweet and loving family.
Thank you so much C family for choosing me to be your photographer. And waiting for me! Your pictures are worth the wait!!!
This is the second time that I’ve had the pleasure of working with the B family. The first time, I was so excited to have met them, to experience their bubbly exuberance and love for each other, and capture little A’s babyhood. Well, at this photoshoot, she is nearing her 1st birthday and cuter than ever! She is the kind of baby that you can’t help but smile when you’re around her. Not just her family and photographer, but anyone that is in her range. She waves at everyone and gives them this incredible smile that is SO big and SO crazy that it would warm the heart of the Grinch himself! There is no way to escape it. The world needs more people in it like Miss A. She makes the world a better, happier place.
I may have mentioned it before but I have an affinity for babies that have a strong spirit. Maybe because my own daughter has always been that way. Maybe because I am so mellow and I wish I was more like that. But little A definitely has this incredibly spunky spirit. She is independent, strong and extremely lovable at the same time. She loves to be outside.. and now that she’s walking, that’s all she wants to do! We tried to get her to go where we wanted and pulled out all of our tricks. It worked beautifully!
The photo shoot ended with a birthday Smash cake. She didn’t quite know what to think at first but once she got a taste for the sugary icing, she was sold, and smashed it like a pro!
I am so grateful to get to know the B family and this wonderful little spark of light in the world!
You are going to LOVE your pictures
Seriously, could this little fellow be any cuter?! He looks like a baby Gap model– those eyes, eyelashes, and little smile. He absolutely stole my heart! When I spoke to pretty Mama J before our photo session, she told me that she wanted to celebrate her baby’s first birthday and wanted to do an outdoor shoot. We truly lucked out for this one! We had perfect Charlotte early-spring weather, beautiful natural light, and a happy little baby to work with!
Dad is a professional basketball player, and this translated to super powers during our shoot! I’m always a very cautious photographer and when I do any “baby on chair” pictures, I normally have the parent hold the baby on one side while I shoot and then switch sides, and I do a composite of the two images in Photoshop to take the parent out. This way, it appears that the baby is sitting by himself in the middle of a field without risking the baby falling out of the chair. Well, with this shoot, mom reminded me of dad’s pro basketball ninja-like skills and he stayed out of the frame. If little I started to wobble, Dad was there in lighting speed to catch him. It was truly remarkable. I think every photographer needs a super power pro basketball player to bring along to baby photo shoots!
I enjoyed this family’s connection. Mom and Dad are such wonderful parents– nurturing and loving and creating a superstar. Baby I, I don’t know what you’ll end up doing with your life. Maybe you have the basketball genes, maybe you’ll be a scientist, or maybe a supermodel, but I know it’s going to be amazing!
One of my most favorite types of people to photograph are brand-spankin’-new people. The past few months I have had the opportunity to meet a few newborns as their families welcome them. One of the greatest joys as a photographer is watching families grow– watching parents go from dreaming what their baby will be like to holding her in their arms. Then watching that tiny little baby go from sleeping to smiling, to getting to know the world around her. Then seeing how she develops into a child, and that family connection deepening even more. Bringing another sibling is another step that I love to be a part of. Watching a little girl that I knew and photographed as a newborn welcome a sibling. Seeing how similar they are and yet how different. How their demeanor even as young as a week old shapes into who they become as a two year old. Babies are magical, it is always such an honor to be asked to photograph these little beings that are so big, so much potential, in this tiny, sweet body. This is something that touches me each time I see a baby.
This is a beautiful Charlotte family that welcomed another baby into their lives. We had a wonderful photo shoot together and their images are lovely.
Thank you so much R family for showing me your love, patience and the beauty of bringing two sweet girls into this world. The world needs more of you!