I had the privilege of being the photographer for both babies in this Charlotte family! When big sis A was born and I got to make her newborn portraits, I fell in love with this family. They are so gentle and kind. She was such a tiny beauty and I was so excited to see her again, now that she has a baby brother! As I have mentioned before on my blog, working with small children on sibling shots can be tricky! Some older siblings want little to do with the new baby, and some can be rough. It takes time and patience to get the perfect shot. Well, this little toddler did not make me work for it AT ALL! She was so interested in her baby brother and so quick to snuggle up on him and give him kisses and hugs. She really made the photo shoot fun! Little E was awesome as well! He looked like he was smiling almost all of the time. He is such an easy going little guy, no wonder why his sister adores him so much!
THANK YOU C family!!! I love you!
If you have been visiting my photography blog for a few years, you will definitely recognize this family! I began making their portraits when their oldest child was a little wee one. And then she became a big sister. And they keep growing up, right before my eyes and camera! It is such a joy to be their photographer. I love how these girls’ personalities have developed through the years. We have many memories together, and they are captured in beautiful pictures!
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 🙂
As a family photographer, when you arrive at your shoot to be greeted with kids screaming your name and running into your arms to give you the biggest “I-haven’t-seen-you-in-months!” hug, you know it’s going to be a great photo shoot! That is exactly what happened when I got to photograph this family. S still had curlers in her hair when she came running out of the van, and her little brother couldn’t wait to show me his loose tooth. These are the moments that make my heart swell and make me SO! GRATEFUL! for the job that I have. I have been working with this family for years and I LOVE every shoot that we do. We always try to “outdo” the last, but we have some traditions that we always do on every shoot that makes it really fun. This is fun because it forces me to be creative and try different things and locations. This time, I decided to work at Jetton Park on Lake Norman because I’ve been working there lately and I really love the scenery. Plus I thought it would be fun to do a summery beach scene with some of the kids’ clothes that mama chose. It worked out perfectly and the weather cooperated!
One of our photo shoot traditions is the last thing that we do is a “tackle mommy” photo. Everyone looks forward to this (well… maybe not mommy but she is such a sweet mama and a good sport that she wouldn’t let on if she didn’t). The whole family gives her the biggest hug ever that usually sends everyone toppling over onto the ground with mom at the bottom of the pile!
We have certain games that we always play, and the kids look forward to those as well. This time, I even found out who has the stinkiest feet in the family. And I will never, ever tell!
After each photo shoot with this crew, I feel like I just hung out and played with long time friends. It is so much fun. And the pictures that result are so authentic and full of love and life, just like these beautiful folks.
Thank you again R family… it is truly an honor to be your photographer!