Category: maternity Photography
So it’s been a while since I have done anything to my photography brand. Each new year, I make a resolution”In January, when it is cold in the Carolinas, and I am traditionally slow, I will work on freshening up my website, updating photos etc”. And for the past 3 years, January has come and gone in a blur and I am gearing up for spring family portrait sessions with the same old website (that was not mobile friendly), kicking myself in the booty. Not this year!!!
Tackling this project has been a lot more time intensive and emotional than I imagined. I had to go back through my catalogue of family, newborn, baby and maternity photography and choose images. I enlisted friends, family, even kids (free labor!), to help me decide what pictures to include. This took a couple of weeks of sifting through Lightroom, labeling and starring images. What makes a good picture? My own child would say any picture that has a dog in it is a good one But really… what is it that draws a viewer to linger on an image when it’s not even their baby or child’s photo. Is it expression, light, composition, subject, gesture? I think it’s all of those. I think it has to be more than the sum of all the technical aspects… it has to tell a story.
I work with some beautiful families that love to express themselves and of course we have that lovely Charlotte weather, scenery and light. Although I had to narrow it down to a very limited number of portraits out of thousands, I feel like what is on the new website is a good representation of my photography. It was so hard to leave some images out, I had at least one image from every photo shoot that I felt was portfolio worthy!
This project gave me some time to reflect on my work over the past few years. Of all of the families that I have photographed. Of the babies that I have seen grow before my camera. Of the kids that fell into fits of giggles with me and left me feeling like I made a new friend at the end of the shoot, smiling ear to ear. What a blessing it is to be a photographer! There is not a job in the world that I would rather do! It fills my heart to document life– the human spirit– the most beautiful thing of all! Not many people can say that about their occupation and I realize this and am grateful every day for it! And grateful to the families here in the Charlotte area that allow me to live my dream.
Anyway… I am just so proud and excited to share my new website, my new baby!
Thank you Charlotte families for allowing me to be creative, allowing me to document your lives, appreciating my art and being open and vulnerable enough to have your portrait made in such a playful, heartfelt way. Life is not always perfect, but it is always beautiful!
Let’s see what happens in 2016!
This stunning mother was an absolute joy to work with. I know that I never looked this good when I was pregnant The wonderful thing is that she was as beautiful on the inside as the outside, and she and her husband could not wait to welcome their baby into the world! I loved being their photographer. We met at a sunlit grove near Charlotte as the sun was beginning to set (photographers like to call this “the golden hour”). I asked them questions about their baby… whose features they hoped he would have, and what they hoped that he would do in life. This got the couple talking and laughing and dreaming and the photography magic happened so naturally! I know that they will treasure these portraits as their baby grows. They are a lovely family! I look forward to sharing their newborn pictures as well!
What struck me the most about this family was how they incorporate their spirituality into their lives and love for each other. There is an aura of loving kindness around them, and it touches everyone that they meet. I really enjoyed getting to know them and find out about their beliefs, which are strong. They are such a gentle and beautiful couple, and brought their baby into the world in the most natural, loving way possible. I enjoyed meeting them for their maternity photo shoot, when we talked about what they imagined for their baby. They didn’t know whether or not they were having a boy or a girl, but had a hunch that she was carrying a boy. They were correct! We chose to work at a Lake Norman beach, to take advantage of the water and the nice day that we had. This is why I love being a Charlotte photographer!! We get nice days all year long!
When we met for their newborn pictures, it was obvious to me as a photographer that their love grew not only to include their baby but for each other as well. It was like their hearts just bloomed open even more! This was just such a beautiful experience for me.
Thank you so much W family. I love your whole family!
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…
This gorgeous mama to be contacted me from Raleigh NC and wanted to do a maternity shoot. She was really in love with the idea of doing a shoot outdoors in natural light but wasn’t sure since it is the dead of winter, if the scenery would look… well… dead of winter-ish. This is where living in the Carolinas really comes in handy. We are so lucky to have the kind of scenery that keeps some green-ness year round. There are little pockets of greenery that photographers know how to find and maximize. Not only that, but we have beautiful light here too.
The day of our shoot, we were blessed with 60-something degree temps which made being outside not only bearable but enjoyable! When I met up with this couple, we chose Davidson NC, because it was the closest outskirt of Charlotte to where they were coming from in Raleigh. I was kind of star struck by how stunning this couple is! They are of Indian/ Botswana descent and were absolutely glamorous-superstar beautiful! Can you even imagine how lovely their baby will be? She brought her mother along, who was visiting until their baby arrives to help out, and she was so incredibly sweet and helpful.
We had such a great shoot and I photographed for nearly 2 hours as our shoot involved a wardrobe and location change. They would tease each other playfully and shared some very sweet moments during the time that we worked together.
Oh this shot has no belly in it but… WOW… I just had to include it!