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Photo Shoot for a Beautiful Charlotte Baby Girl

I am always so honored when someone chooses me to photograph their baby. There are a lot of great photographers in Charlotte NC, and being asked to document this special time in a family’s life is something that I do not take lightly. My favorite baby photo session location is to work in their own home, both for newborn babes and 6 month olds, or once baby starts to sit up unassisted. There are so many expressions and fun things to do with that age.

I have had people ask me my favorite age of babies to photograph, and I have to say that newborn, or under 2 or 3 weeks, then around 6 months, and again around a year. Each age has its unique qualities for photography. Newborns are just amazing because they are SO little, and grow by the hour it seems. It is special to me, as a photographer, to capture newborns with their families, the way mom and dad look at their new baby, and how baby follows the sound of their parents’ voices. The connection with older siblings and family pets is also so sweet to document. I love posing sleepy newborns and getting the perfect posed shots as well. My style is more organic, so I don’t like to do anything too crazy or unnatural with poses, but come on… sleepy newborns are adorable! And then there are the six to nine month old ranges that are equally fun to photograph, but in a different way. These babies are full of expressions… smiles, pouts, and make gestures that are so great to capture. Once the teeny tiny teeth start coming in… watch out for cuteness overload! I can’t really choose a favorite age between these two, they are both so amazing in different ways.

Here are some photos from an almost-one-year-old cutie taken in her home, with a modern lifestyle flavor. She was full of bright expressions and completely stole my heart. I love getting shots of her in her crib. And the sink bath!!! My heart is so full when I see these pictures, and I know that her family will treasure them forever.

Cutest baby expressionBaby in Sink Bath

Beautiful Charlotte Newborn Baby Photo Shoot

It’s been a while since I’ve blogged, but I have several sessions that I really want to share. I had the opportunity to photograph this Charlotte family as they welcomed their first baby… an adorable newborn with lots of hair! This is one of the rare families that is actually from Charlotte. They are kind and loving parents and have big dreams for their baby. They couldn’t resist including their dog in their family photos… after all, she is part of the family too!

It was so much fun to work on this shoot. And check out how strong this baby is… he was holding up his head to look around at a week old!

A Perfect Maternity Photo Shoot

I LOVE it when I get a call from a pregnant mama that tells me they want to have maternity portraits done but that the dad hates having his picture taken and is less than thrilled. You know why?? Because those dads end up being so much fun to work with. Before we begin our shoot, I set the expectation… be ready to be silly, have fun, and trust me that your pictures will turn out ok. I also tell them not to look at me unless I ask them to. Then the fun starts. While we are shooting, I like to give a lot of direction. I feel like it actually makes people feel more relaxed. If I told them “pretend that I am not here”… well… that is kind of difficult and awkward when there’s a photographer with a big lens pointed at you. It’s really hard to pretend I’m not there! Plus, everyone wants to look their best in pictures, so if your neck is doing something wonky, or you are positioned in a way that is not flattering, I feel like it’s my job to be the eyes that keep everyone looking gorgeous. And also having fun! We do a lot of games during my family and maternity photo shoots. I ask questions such as “What is the best breakfast in Charlotte?” and have them decide. Or…. “whose sense of humor do you hope your baby gets”. Being a yoga teacher, I think this helps me to get people to relax in front of the camera, even if it’s guiding them through some breath work as I photograph them. Everyone looks more relaxed and radiant on a deep exhale. During maternity photo shoots, there is always a moment where the connection between the parents is so palpable, and the photos that result are magical.

I really enjoyed working with this couple. The “I don’t want to have my picture taken” awkwardness dissipated within seconds and we had a great time. I am so thankful for the chance to work with you K family Maternity Photo Shoot KissPregnancy photo shoot Charlotte NCBaby bump photographyMaxi dress maternity photo shoot Charlottepregnant Charlotte mom photographyExpecting Charlotte couple photography

Really fun newborn shoot with two mamas

I first met this family when I worked on little G’s 18 month portraits, a couple of years ago. They ended up being some of my favorite photos of all time and all over my website. I couldn’t get over her little cupid’s bow mouth and whimsical adorableness. Fast forward two years and I hear that they are expecting again and want me to document their growing family! I was so curious if there would be a boy added to the mix, as it had been 3 girls! And…. it’s a boy! And what a darling boy he is too!

Newborn photo shoots tend to take a while, with a lot of feeding breaks and diaper changes and spit ups, so I get to spend some time getting to really know the family. We talked about how it is to have two moms raising children. In some of the more conservative communities in Charlotte, same sex couples are out of the ordinary, and they get inquisitive looks when meeting their neighbors for the first time. But there are huge advantages too… they parent equally with that nurturing sense that two mothers have. They take turns getting up at night, changing diapers, caring for their babies. Of course, I have seen lots of dads that can be just as involved, not to take away from them. They said that the disadvantage for having lesbian mothers, especially for their little boy, is that when he falls in love one day, it may scare his future wife to know that she has two mother in laws… one can be intimidating enough! 🙂

These portraits are full of love and openess that their family embodies. My favorite photos are the ones of big sister G with her baby brother. How she holds him, looks at him. She is so gentle with him and absolutely adores him. Each time I sat down to edit these photos, I couldn’t help but smile.

THANK YOU S and V for having me document your beautiful, growing family.

XO
Becca

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Commercial Photo Shoot with Bella Tunno

There is another side to Becca Bond Photography besides the family/ baby/ maternity work that I do. There is also a commercial side to my photography business, and gives me a lot of joy in different ways. The family stuff is the heart and soul of BBP, but the commercial work gives me the chance to be creative in a way where I am collaborating with various businesses. It’s interesting because not many people know that I got my start as a commercial photographer. After college, I lived in NYC and worked with a photographer there that mainly shot child and baby commercial and editorial fashion. I still have some old magazines where my work was published (Earnshaws.. back when I had my maiden name of Price 😉 So… I picked up a lot of tricks from working with kids and babies on our shoots and also how to properly light products for photography.

One of the businesses that I have been working with for the past 3 years is Bella Tunno. We shoot their spring catalogue in the fall and fall catalogue in the spring each year. They are based out of Charlotte, Matthews actually, but their products go all over the country, and beyond. Their style is bright, colorful and clean and a little bit sassy. During our shoot weeks, we usually spend one or two days just shooting products, and then photographing models! It is SO much fun!! The women of Bella Tunno are creative, smart, and I feel like we make such a great team as we collaborate on shoots together. Sometimes photographing 15 or so babies in one day is exhausting, but the great thing is, if one of them is upset, we can replace that baby with a happy one until he or she calms down! I wish I could do that with my own kid sometimes!

Over the years, I’ve grown to really admire the company, and their mission. Not only are their products well made and high end and a joy to work with, but their mission is one that I am so proud to be a part of. For every item that they sell, they donate a meal to a child in need. They have generated over 880,000 meals. I have heard the owner’s story, and it is so inspiring and made me love them even more.

Anyway, here are some of the MANY great photos from our Fall 2017 shoot. How adorable are these babies?! We had a super easy shoot this time, all the babies that we worked with were so happy and easy to photograph. And ADORABLE!!!!!

Bella Tunno Boss Bag and braceletsTeething jewelryCute baby with wonder bibBaby with PaciProb-Llama teetherBaby with owl loveyTeething necklaceCute and sassy babyCharlotte commercial photographerBaby tickled on bedPretty mama with her sonAdorable baby girl with paciBoss bag as backpackCutie pattotie with teetherShy baby girl with toyBaby with rainbow leggingsHappy knees on crawling babyBaby looking at kneesBaby boy with teether toy ram

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