Category: maternity Photography
In the first email that this pregnant mama sent me, she mentioned that she was expecting her first baby and then that she already had two “fur babies”.. namely, a dog named Taco, and a rabbit named Mr. Rabbit. I knew immediately that I had to be their family’s photographer! As the mother of a very quirky child (and being a quirky person myself), I appreciate dogs named Taco and pet rabbits! When we spoke about her photo shoot, she mentioned that they live near Freedom Park in Charlotte and often visit the park to walk Taco. I thought it would be fitting to photograph them there, although photo shoots in Freedom Park are tricky because of the plethora of photographers. We chose the perfect date and time of day and I barely had to photoshop joggers and bikers out of their pictures! And come on…. can you even believe these were taken at the busiest park in Charlotte?! I mean really…. they look like they were made in an enchanted elfin forest. Maybe her lovely flower crown has something to do with that magic.
Well… I am so happy with your portraits, C and A! I cannot wait to meet your (human) baby on her newborn portraits!!!
When I met this mama for tea at the Starbucks north of Charlotte, I was really hoping that she would book me as her photographer. Not only is she a jaw dropping gorgeous pregnant mama but she has a vivacious and hilarious personality as well. We decided to work at Jetton Park in Lake Norman, and since it can get so busy on a spring day, we had to make out shoot time pretty early. Well it definitely paid off! What a fun shoot! Mom and dad were so candid and natural for their portraits. They brought his mother along (who I love and wish she would accompany me on every photo shoot that I do because she kept complimenting my photography skills and boosting my ego 😉 They also brought their pup and we got some great photos of him as well!
I cannot wait to photograph their newborn… just imagine how beautiful that baby is going to be!
Thank you M family… I will see you in a few weeks as you welcome your baby!!
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!