everlasting baby gift ~ 3 generations of women {charlotte newborn photographs}

If you want to know what the most everlasting baby gift is, look right here. This little girl’s grandmother contacted me months ago to set up this session as a gift to her daughter, son-in-law and granddaughter. I am so happy I could include her in a portrait of the 3 generations of women when they came to my studio yesterday! What a special memory for them all. Baby girl F was a dream and her newborn session was a breeze. Her family was a bit worried that she wouldn’t sleep but she was out the entire time for me. :) She even flashed me a sweet little smile at the end! I love catching those while babies are sleeping ~ such a happy child already! Congrats to Baby F’s new parents and grandparents, I hope you cherish these images for many years to come <3 Here are several favorites from our time together – Enjoy!

everlasting baby gift ~ 3 generations of women {charlotte newborn photographs}

everlasting baby gift ~ 3 generations of women {charlotte newborn photographs}

everlasting baby gift ~ 3 generations of women {charlotte newborn photographs}

everlasting baby gift ~ 3 generations of women {charlotte newborn photographs}

everlasting baby gift ~ 3 generations of women {charlotte newborn photographs}

everlasting baby gift ~ 3 generations of women {charlotte newborn photographs}

everlasting baby gift ~ 3 generations of women {charlotte newborn photographs}

everlasting baby gift ~ 3 generations of women {charlotte newborn photographs}

everlasting baby gift ~ 3 generations of women {charlotte newborn photographs}

everlasting baby gift ~ 3 generations of women {charlotte newborn photographs}

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happy 11 day old baby girl {south charlotte new born photography}

Oh HAPPY day! What a fun newborn session yesterday with this smiley 11 day old baby girl and her family! They came to my studio and she was absolutely perfect. We started with some individual photos since she was super sleepy when they arrived. Her nursery is in pale pinks, neutral ivorys and light gray so we used some of those colors in our set ups. When we got to the family shots she flashed us the BIGGEST smile. Talk about grinning ear to ear! Clearly when you’re happy and you know it…you smile! even at less than 2 weeks old :) Her parents are absolutely smitten with her (and I was too ;))! Congrats B Family! Here are a few favorites from our time together – Enjoy!

happy 11 day old baby girl  {south charlotte new born photography}

happy 11 day old baby girl  {south charlotte new born photography}

happy 11 day old baby girl  {south charlotte new born photography}

happy 11 day old baby girl  {south charlotte new born photography}

happy 11 day old baby girl  {south charlotte new born photography}

happy 11 day old baby girl  {south charlotte new born photography}

happy 11 day old baby girl  {south charlotte new born photography}

happy 11 day old baby girl  {south charlotte new born photography}

happy 11 day old baby girl  {south charlotte new born photography}

happy 11 day old baby girl  {south charlotte new born photography}

happy 11 day old baby girl  {south charlotte new born photography}

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sweet alice jane ~ our girl is 11 months old {lake wylie baby photographer}

Holy one month away from A YEAR OLD. Alice is 11 months old. Fastest.year.ever! This time last year I was waddlng around the streets of New York City with Amy getting ready to do the most amazing maternity session EVAH with Meg. One day I’ll be able to tell Alice about the gorrrgeous skyline, freeeeeezing temps, begging for forgiveness…ha! and whistles from all the kind New Yorkers. Little did we know she would arrive 4 weeks later!  Happy 11 months Alice Jane, you have some pretty wicked high heel shoes stored away for you someday. <3

For this shoot I have her in another vintage dress I have been saving, waiting for her to fit into and the little booger was snug around the middle! Whew. Sooooo glad I didn’t miss it because this one has been stashed away for yeeeears of me thinking “what if we have a girl?” :)

I have taken Alice’s newborn1 month2 month3 month 4 month5 month6 month7 month8 month9 month and 10 month photos along with a short list of things she’s doing/personality at the ages.

Here we are at 11 months! Some of her milestones are:

  • taking her FIRST STEPS
  • top teeth (snaggletooth) coming in
  • first “word” is DaDa (of course! ;))
  • she started making this face I call “ugly face” but I havent gotten a good video of it yet…coming soon! ha.

She has changed so much already! Here is our baby girl:

sweet alice jane ~ our girl is 11 months old  {lake wylie baby photographer}

sweet alice jane ~ our girl is 11 months old  {lake wylie baby photographer}

sweet alice jane ~ our girl is 11 months old  {lake wylie baby photographer}

sweet alice jane ~ our girl is 11 months old  {lake wylie baby photographer}

sweet alice jane ~ our girl is 11 months old  {lake wylie baby photographer}

sweet alice jane ~ our girl is 11 months old  {lake wylie baby photographer}

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baby girl makes 4 ~ winter pregnancy {charlotte maternity photographer}

This maternity session absolutely made my evening! There is a sweet baby girl on the way this winter ~ she is a blessing. The last time I saw the almost family of 4 was when their son was just 6 days old! I also did their maternity photos then so it was an honor they asked me to capture this special time again. <3 Big brother E was a fall baby so the weather was nice and warm when we met…a complete 180 from the 38 degree winter temps yesterday. :-p BUT, as always we made the most of every shot. We started in the studio with some dreamy light, fabric wraps and dresses. I love using this lighting set up! After that we went outside for a few brief family photos. Thankfully the sun was shining bright which helped keep us warm. Finally we went back to the studio so I could get the lake area ready. I recently designed a raft for my clients to use during the colder months. It is fantastic because I’m the only one who has to get in the water and we can still get those gorgeous lake photos at sunset <3 I am thrilled to be able to work with the S family again! Sooooo excited to see them back in a few weeks for their baby girl’s newborn session! :) Here are a few favorites from our time together <3  Enjoy!

baby girl makes 4 ~ winter pregnancy {charlotte maternity photographer}

baby girl makes 4 ~ winter pregnancy {charlotte maternity photographer}

baby girl makes 4 ~ winter pregnancy {charlotte maternity photographer}

baby girl makes 4 ~ winter pregnancy {charlotte maternity photographer}

baby girl makes 4 ~ winter pregnancy {charlotte maternity photographer}

baby girl makes 4 ~ winter pregnancy {charlotte maternity photographer}

baby girl makes 4 ~ winter pregnancy {charlotte maternity photographer}

baby girl makes 4 ~ winter pregnancy {charlotte maternity photographer}

baby girl makes 4 ~ winter pregnancy {charlotte maternity photographer}

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baby g ~ my stunning best friend + her beau {north carolina maternity photographer}

Oh.mi.goodness. It makes me BEYOND excited to share these special photos. This is my stunning best friend and her beau. They are expecting a precious baby boy next month!! Maternity sessions are always fun, but this session was incredibly meaningful as well. If there was anyone in the world who was meant to be a mother it is this pretty lady. She was made for the job and found the most perfect man to share parenthood with! They waited a long time for Baby G. He is SO loved. Pregnancy isn’t always the easiest thing to go through, but my hope is that I was able to show my sweet friend how GORGEOUS she is! <3 I am thrilled to be able to come back to Raleigh/Durham for their newborn photos in a few short weeks.  Congrats Mr. and Mrs. G (and big sister Tay!) ~ I love you all more than words. Thank you for sharing this special time with me!! <3

baby g ~ my stunning best friend + her beau  {north carolina maternity photographer}

baby g ~ my stunning best friend + her beau  {north carolina maternity photographer}

baby g ~ my stunning best friend + her beau  {north carolina maternity photographer}

baby g ~ my stunning best friend + her beau  {north carolina maternity photographer} baby g ~ my stunning best friend + her beau  {north carolina maternity photographer}

baby g ~ my stunning best friend + her beau  {north carolina maternity photographer}

baby g ~ my stunning best friend + her beau  {north carolina maternity photographer}

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happy new year ~ baby girl 8 days old {charlotte newborn photography}

Happy 2016!!  This morning I got to snuggle with the sweetest baby girl, just 8 days new. What an amazing way to kick off this year! I have been counting down the days to meet this beautiful girl since meeting her family at their gorgeous autumn maternity session a few weeks ago. Today was freeeeezing cold outside but it was nice and cozy in my studio. Baby R’s nursery is decorated in soft pink and green so we used some of those colors in her floor set ups. I love the flower crowns her parents picked out to use too ~ perfect for a little fairy princess <3 Towards the end of the session I could tell she was in a really deep sleep. The kind where babies tend to smile…and I caught a little grin from her :) Congrats R family!! So happy I could spend my first session of 2016 with you!  <3 Here are several favorites from our time together – Enjoy!

happy new year ~ baby girl 8 days old  {charlotte newborn photography}

happy new year ~ baby girl 8 days old  {charlotte newborn photography}

happy new year ~ baby girl 8 days old  {charlotte newborn photography}

happy new year ~ baby girl 8 days old  {charlotte newborn photography}

happy new year ~ baby girl 8 days old  {charlotte newborn photography}

happy new year ~ baby girl 8 days old  {charlotte newborn photography}

happy new year ~ baby girl 8 days old  {charlotte newborn photography}

happy new year ~ baby girl 8 days old  {charlotte newborn photography}

happy new year ~ baby girl 8 days old  {charlotte newborn photography}

happy new year ~ baby girl 8 days old  {charlotte newborn photography}

happy new year ~ baby girl 8 days old  {charlotte newborn photography}

happy new year ~ baby girl 8 days old  {charlotte newborn photography}

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22 day old baby boy ~ furry big brother {plaza midwood newborn photographer}

Today I had my last session of 2015 and it was absolutely perfect. I met 22 day old Baby boy L and his family at my studio for his very first photo session. As you can see, he has a verrrry protective big brother :) But behind that fierce look is a sweet little pup who didn’t make one single ruff at the shoot. We met a bit later than I usually do for newborns but Baby L was fantastic! In fact, he was so sleepy that we went against baby code at the end and tried to wake him up for a few wide eyed shots…nada peep. He gave us the cutest POUT though. Look at that lip! *Never wake a sleeping baby* ;) Still, I think it’s safe to say we got some pretty sweet images (I always say they are sweetest when they are sleeping <3). I’m so thankful each year for all the wonderful families who trust me to photograph their most precious gift. What a great way to wrap up 2015!! Congrats L family on your newest addition!  <3 Here are some favorites from our time together – Enjoy!

22 day old baby boy ~ furry big brother {plaza midwood newborn photographer}

22 day old baby boy ~ furry big brother {plaza midwood newborn photographer}

22 day old baby boy ~ furry big brother {plaza midwood newborn photographer}

22 day old baby boy ~ furry big brother {plaza midwood newborn photographer}

22 day old baby boy ~ furry big brother {plaza midwood newborn photographer}

22 day old baby boy ~ furry big brother {plaza midwood newborn photographer}

22 day old baby boy ~ furry big brother {plaza midwood newborn photographer}

22 day old baby boy ~ furry big brother {plaza midwood newborn photographer}

22 day old baby boy ~ furry big brother {plaza midwood newborn photographer}

22 day old baby boy ~ furry big brother {plaza midwood newborn photographer}

22 day old baby boy ~ furry big brother {plaza midwood newborn photographer}

22 day old baby boy ~ furry big brother {plaza midwood newborn photographer}

22 day old baby boy ~ furry big brother {plaza midwood newborn photographer}

22 day old baby boy ~ furry big brother {plaza midwood newborn photographer}

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little brother ~ 8 day old baby boy {palisades newborn photographer}

Oh BOYS!! I am so excited to see this sweet family again! You may recognize them from one of my favorite newborn photos of all time. I have this image hanging on canvas in my studio too. It’s pretty special when I get to photograph my newborns with their baby siblings :) Baby boy B #2 was the sweetest little guy today! Time has flown by since his big brother’s newborn session. It’s amazing to see the resemblances the boys have to each other though. The dark hair and something about their eyes looks so much alike. Baby B’s mama, dad and big brothers are so proud. Congrats y’all!! So happy for the newest addition to your family!  <3 Here are several favorites from our time together – Enjoy!

little brother ~ 8 day old baby boy {palisades newborn photographer}

little brother ~ 8 day old baby boy {palisades newborn photographer}

little brother ~ 8 day old baby boy {palisades newborn photographer}

little brother ~ 8 day old baby boy {palisades newborn photographer}

little brother ~ 8 day old baby boy {palisades newborn photographer}

little brother ~ 8 day old baby boy {palisades newborn photographer}

little brother ~ 8 day old baby boy {palisades newborn photographer}

little brother ~ 8 day old baby boy {palisades newborn photographer}

little brother ~ 8 day old baby boy {palisades newborn photographer}

little brother ~ 8 day old baby boy {palisades newborn photographer}

little brother ~ 8 day old baby boy {palisades newborn photographer}

little brother ~ 8 day old baby boy {palisades newborn photographer}

little brother ~ 8 day old baby boy {palisades newborn photographer}

little brother ~ 8 day old baby boy {palisades newborn photographer}

little brother ~ 8 day old baby boy {palisades newborn photographer}

little brother ~ 8 day old baby boy {palisades newborn photographer}

little brother ~ 8 day old baby boy {palisades newborn photographer}

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my family ~ happy holiday photos {lake wylie baby photographer}

This year has been a wild ride. A whirlwind really. Lots of wonderful things happened, lots of stressful things too. But at the end of the day we are all here, relatively healthy and extremely lucky to be able to breathe in every day. Life with 3 kids is crazy, messy, chaotic and yet still endearing. Those in between moments in the day when we get to see the 3 of them interact, help each other, laugh with each other and just BE with each other – those moments soften the blow of all the want-to-rip-my-hair-out moments. Ha.

Besides Alice’s first year milestones, I haven’t done much photographing of my own family this year. Only on special occasions (beach week, thanksgiving) do I bring my big camera along. But I want to make a goal each year of getting at least one or two good family photos. It is no small task…the stars have to align perfectly (and at least 3 or 4 head swaps later) for us to accomplish this. There has been so much rain in the last few months that I was starting to think we would run out of chances! I did a few photos of the kids and one family photo in the studio a few weeks before Thanksgiving thinking I could use those if we couldn’t get outside. I LOVE the studio shots. Almost more than the outdoor images! I’m glad to have both background and used them all on our card this year.

Last weekend Alice turned 10 months old. Unreal! I was hoping to get a few holiday themed photos too. The boys pjs came last minute this year but I have been saving the pretty white vintage nightgown Alice will be wearing (or not wearing…) Christmas morning. <3 Charlie was up in the studio “helping” me and so I got him into his pjs. The shot of him and Alice is one of my favorite images in a while. It’s so them. Their expressions and connection is just right. They are my sweet blue eyed babies :) Will came up with a ridiculous light up Santa hat we’ve had (it moves AND plays music…) and all the sudden everyone stopped moving. Bless the Santa hat for its magical powers!

I am still scheming for a photo of the kids in their pjs by the tree but that might have to wait for Christmas Eve. Either way, I love these images and my family. Excited to share them, Happy Holidays and enjoy! <3

my family ~ happy holiday photos {lake wylie baby photographer}

my family ~ happy holiday photos {lake wylie baby photographer}

my family ~ happy holiday photos {lake wylie baby photographer}

my family ~ happy holiday photos {lake wylie baby photographer}

my family ~ happy holiday photos {lake wylie baby photographer}

my family ~ happy holiday photos {lake wylie baby photographer}

my family ~ happy holiday photos {lake wylie baby photographer}

my family ~ happy holiday photos {lake wylie baby photographer}

my family ~ happy holiday photos {lake wylie baby photographer}

my family ~ happy holiday photos {lake wylie baby photographer}

my family ~ happy holiday photos {lake wylie baby photographer}

my family ~ happy holiday photos {lake wylie baby photographer}

my family ~ happy holiday photos {lake wylie baby photographer}

my family ~ happy holiday photos {lake wylie baby photographer}

my family ~ happy holiday photos {lake wylie baby photographer}

my family ~ happy holiday photos {lake wylie baby photographer}

my family ~ happy holiday photos {lake wylie baby photographer}

my family ~ happy holiday photos {lake wylie baby photographer}

my family ~ happy holiday photos {lake wylie baby photographer}

my family ~ happy holiday photos {lake wylie baby photographer}

my family ~ happy holiday photos {lake wylie baby photographer}

my family ~ happy holiday photos {lake wylie baby photographer}

my family ~ happy holiday photos {lake wylie baby photographer}

my family ~ happy holiday photos {lake wylie baby photographer}

 

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sweet alice jane ~ our girl is 10 months old {lake wylie baby photographer}

Double digits! It is hard to believe Alice is 10 months old. She is truly the sweetest girl and we love her so much! <3 She is still cutting teeth but seems to be tolerating it better. We are giving her Motrin and she has an amber necklace that I think is helping too. Last month we were joking that she would be walking by Christmas but she is actually soooooooo close! The boys didn’t walk until 13 months so this is new to us. Ha! Heh. That came fast! I am having so much fun dressing her in vintage and girly things. Sounds silly but it’s a dream come true. <3

I have taken Alice’s newborn1 month2 month3 month 4 month5 month6 month7 month8 month and 9 month photos along with a short list of things she’s doing/personality at the ages.

Here we are at 10 months! Some of her milestones are:

She has changed so much already! Here is our baby girl:

sweet alice jane ~ our girl is 10 months old {lake wylie baby photographer}

sweet alice jane ~ our girl is 10 months old {lake wylie baby photographer}

sweet alice jane ~ our girl is 10 months old {lake wylie baby photographer}

sweet alice jane ~ our girl is 10 months old {lake wylie baby photographer}

sweet alice jane ~ our girl is 10 months old {lake wylie baby photographer}

sweet alice jane ~ our girl is 10 months old {lake wylie baby photographer}

sweet alice jane ~ our girl is 10 months old {lake wylie baby photographer}

sweet alice jane ~ our girl is 10 months old {lake wylie baby photographer}

sweet alice jane ~ our girl is 10 months old {lake wylie baby photographer}

sweet alice jane ~ our girl is 10 months old {lake wylie baby photographer}

sweet alice jane ~ our girl is 10 months old {lake wylie baby photographer}

sweet alice jane ~ our girl is 10 months old {lake wylie baby photographer}

sweet alice jane ~ our girl is 10 months old {lake wylie baby photographer}

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