baby alice jane wade 2015 ~ our girl is here {lake wylie newborn photographer}

Our baby GIRL is here! We are SO in love <3 Alice Jane was born on 2.19.15, 5:31pm, 7lb 13oz, 21 inches, and she is perfect :) Of course I am biased but seriously…she is. She’s a good sleeper, good eater, only fussy when her belly is empty and she loves to SMILE. I’ve been posting a ton of her sleepy newborn smiles to my instagram feed (#alicejane219) and even caught a few in the studio shots. Now that she is 2 weeks old the smiles are getting fewer and far between, yet I have to believe she’s just that HAPPY <3 Our family is thrilled to be adding a sweet girl to the mix! The boys are absolutely smitten with their little sister. It truly feels like our family is now complete ~ an absolute blessing.

In my last maternity photo post I mentioned that she was scheduled for delivery at the end of the month (the 24th). But at my last dr appointment my body was showing signs of preeclampsia. I was very fortunate this pregnancy to not have any complications from my autoimmune issues (and had actually been taking a baby aspirin daily to help prevent preeclampsia), but as soon as my ob saw my platelet count drop she brought me in for my c-section the same day. I’m incredibly thankful to have had a safe and smooth delivery! Aside from my immune system coming back with a vengeance :(  both Alice and I are doing well <3

Our time spent at Presbyterian Main was great. My good friend and amazing photographer Amy Kolodziej came to capture Baby Alice’s first hours – the hospital photos she took are absolutely priceless to me! I feel so blessed to have had her take them for us <3 We came home on Day 3 and I felt just well enough to make a first attempt at Alice’s newborn photos. I knew that there was no way I would be able to do a full session with her. Instead I did 1 or 2 set ups and tried to shoot every other day between day 3 and 14 of her life. I’m excited with the shots I was able to get! The one of she and I together was one of the hardest photos I’ve ever tried to take with a tripod…yet so worth it :) I know I’ll be taking more over the next month while I am out on maternity leave but here are my favorites from the first 2 weeks of her life. Enjoy!

~ 3 days old ~

baby alice jane wade 2015 ~ 3 days old {lake wylie newborn photographer}

baby alice jane wade 2015 ~ 3 days old {lake wylie newborn photographer}

~ 5 days old~

baby alice jane wade 2015 ~ 5 days old {lake wylie newborn photographer}

baby alice jane wade 2015 ~ 5 days old {lake wylie newborn photographer}

baby alice jane wade 2015 ~ 5 days old {lake wylie newborn photographer}

baby alice jane wade 2015 ~ 5 days old {lake wylie newborn photographer}

baby alice jane wade 2015 ~ 5 days old {lake wylie newborn photographer}

baby alice jane wade 2015 ~ 5 days old {lake wylie newborn photographer}

baby alice jane wade 2015 ~ 5 days old {lake wylie newborn photographer}

baby alice jane wade 2015 ~ 5 days old {lake wylie newborn photographer}

~ 7 days old ~

baby alice jane wade 2015 ~ 7 days old {lake wylie newborn photographer}

baby alice jane wade 2015 ~ 7 days old {lake wylie newborn photographer}

baby alice jane wade 2015 ~ 7 days old {lake wylie newborn photographer}

~ 8 days ~

baby alice jane wade 2015 ~ 8 days old {lake wylie newborn photographer}

baby alice jane wade 2015 ~ 8 days old {lake wylie newborn photographer}

baby alice jane wade 2015 ~ 8 days old {lake wylie newborn photographer}

baby alice jane wade 2015 ~ 8 days old {lake wylie newborn photographer}

baby alice jane wade 2015 ~ 8 days old {lake wylie newborn photographer}

baby alice jane wade 2015 ~ 8 days old {lake wylie newborn photographer}

baby alice jane wade 2015 ~ 8 days old {lake wylie newborn photographer}

baby alice jane wade 2015 ~ 8 days old {lake wylie newborn photographer}

baby alice jane wade 2015 ~ 8 days old {lake wylie newborn photographer}

baby alice jane wade 2015 ~ 8 days old {lake wylie newborn photographer}

baby alice jane wade 2015 ~ 8 days old {lake wylie newborn photographer}

baby alice jane wade 2015 ~ 8 days old {lake wylie newborn photographer}

baby alice jane wade 2015 ~ 8 days old {lake wylie newborn photographer}

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~ 10 days old ~

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~ 12 days old ~

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~ 14 days ~

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baby wade 2015 ~ winter blues {lake wylie maternity photographer}

Wow wow wow. I can’t believe that it’s almost time to meet our last little babe. I’m 37.5 weeks and my maternity leave started this past Monday…even though I have still got lots to do before baby gets here! The past month has been a fantastic whirlwind. I just finished another sold out run of my Internet Marketing class with Clickin Moms, wrapped up 9 photo shoots and flew to New York for a dream maternity shoot with the incredible Meg Bitton. I still don’t know how all that happened in such a short time (or how I got so lucky) but I am feeling pretty blessed right now to have a big, healthy baby on the way.

I’m measuring 2 weeks ahead so baby has a scheduled delivery at the end of this month…only 13 more days (if I can make it that long)! I decided that I’m going to do “seasons” for the baby’s room – my maternity photos in the lake for summer, family and belly photos from last November for autumn, then another shoot for winter in Jan/Feb. I was reeeeally hoping we’d get some snow but decided not to wait on that wishful thinking and went ahead with taking the winter landscape shot below. Then I’ll take the final photo when he/she arrives for spring.

It’s pretty insane that the next session I’ll be doing is for our very own newborn! I’m guessing that it won’t be a “session” as much as it will be taking a few shots whenever I have the energy ;) but still. I can’t wait <3 These are likely the last belly images that I’ll be taking before baby comes – outdoor was 36 weeks, indoor studio are 37 weeks. So thankful for all my amazing clients who have been beyond supportive and understanding during this crazy pregnancy! And very grateful for this life, the new life we are about to meet and making our family complete.

baby wade 2015 ~ winter blues  {lake wylie maternity photographer}

baby wade 2015 ~ winter blues  {lake wylie maternity photographer}

baby wade 2015 ~ winter blues  {lake wylie maternity photographer}

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happy 1 year ~ silly little guy {fort mill baby photographer}

Last night was my last shoot before going on maternity leave! I can’t think of a better way to wrap up than with one of my handsome newborns and his family! It is hard to believe that this silly little guy is already 1 year old! We lucked out because the weather was beautiful – 60 degrees and sunny in January…I’ll take it :) Still we started with a few photos of the boys in my studio. I wasn’t sure how long they would last before needing to run around, but they did great! I caught a few smiles from them both and little bro A was so adorable smiling with his tongue. Besides smiling, I actually think that he must be using it to balance (based on the sweet photos that I captured of him walking, ha!). Loved seeing the H family again and these boys are the cutest!  Here are a few sneak peeks from the session. Enjoy!

happy 1 year ~ silly little guy {fort mill baby photographer}

happy 1 year ~ silly little guy {fort mill baby photographer}

happy 1 year ~ silly little guy {fort mill baby photographer}

happy 1 year ~ silly little guy {fort mill baby photographer}

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happy couple ~ spring baby boy {indian trail maternity photographer}

We had such a fun maternity session last night with this happy couple. They are expecting a baby boy this spring and I can’t wait to meet him :) We met at my studio and did several set ups inside where it was nice and warm. The February weather in Charlotte is always a little fickle…and while the sun was bright and warm, the wind was still pretty chilly! But we still braved the outdoors and I am so glad we did. Love the warm winter tones from this session! Can’t wait to see them for their newborn photos in a few weeks <3  Here are some sneak peeks from our session – Enjoy!

happy couple ~ spring baby boy  {indian trail maternity photographer}

happy couple ~ spring baby boy  {indian trail maternity photographer}

happy couple ~ spring baby boy  {indian trail maternity photographer}

happy couple ~ spring baby boy  {indian trail maternity photographer}

happy couple ~ spring baby boy  {indian trail maternity photographer}

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little sister on the way ~ spring baby girl {ballantyne maternity photographer}

I was so happy to meet this adorable family of almost 4 last night! They have been a client of mine since I met to do their sweet girl’s maternity photos a few years ago. Now Baby M is going to have a little sister because they are expecting baby girl #2 towards the end of March :) When they told me they were expecting at M’s 1 year session I knew it would be a tight squeeze to fit them in before my own due date came, but I’m SO glad that we made it work! We met at my studio and I adore the shot of M hugging her mama’s belly <3 Baby girl #2 will be here before we know it! So excited for her newborn photos <3  Here are a few sneak peeks from our session – Enjoy!

little sister on the way ~ spring baby girl  {ballantyne maternity photographer}

little sister on the way ~ spring baby girl  {ballantyne maternity photographer}

little sister on the way ~ spring baby girl  {ballantyne maternity photographer}

little sister on the way ~ spring baby girl  {ballantyne maternity photographer}

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blue eyed baby girl ~ happy 1 year {lake wylie child photography}

Ohmigoodness. Loved seeing this gorgeous blue eyed baby girl at my studio last night for her 1 year photos! I had the honor of doing first year pictures for her older brother too and knew she would be the cutest thing ever. <3 Since it’s pretty cold outside these days we did most of the session indoors. I absolutely love doing the little bare belly shots at this age! Bare feet, bloomers and a big belly are the sweetest wardrobe for any baby (in my opinion ;)). We went outside for more photos and got a few adorable smiles from her – those two bottom teeth she has peeking through…gah! <3 Here are a few sneak peeks from our time together. Enjoy!

blue eyed baby girl ~ happy 1 year {lake wylie child photography}

blue eyed baby girl ~ happy 1 year {lake wylie child photography}

blue eyed baby girl ~ happy 1 year {lake wylie child photography}

blue eyed baby girl ~ happy 1 year {lake wylie child photography}

blue eyed baby girl ~ happy 1 year {lake wylie child photography}

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identical twin boys! 18 day old brothers {lancaster sc newborn photographer}

I was so excited to finally meet these precious identical newborn boys!! The sweet twin brothers came to my studio all the way from Lancaster. I am SO honored to be able to capture this special time for them and their awesome family! Their parents are the cutest couple and we had such a gorgeous maternity shoot. I knew we would have an amazing day again. They are doing a fabulous job with these two boys. We started as usual with family photos and they totally nailed every shot :) I had a few set ups for the siblings together after that before doing some individual poses of each twin. So happy for these new parents and their baby boys! <3 Here are a few sneak photos from our time together. Enjoy!

identical twin boys! 18 day old brothers {lancaster sc newborn photographer}

identical twin boys! 18 day old brothers {lancaster sc newborn photographer}

identical twin boys! 18 day old brothers {lancaster sc newborn photographer}

identical twin boys! 18 day old brothers {lancaster sc newborn photographer}

identical twin boys! 18 day old brothers {lancaster sc newborn photographer}

identical twin boys! 18 day old brothers {lancaster sc newborn photographer}

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sweet chubby baby boy ~ almost 1 year old {matthews baby photographer}

Ohmigoodness. Last night I met the sweetest chubby baby boy! He is about to turn 1 year old and was absolutely adorable at his shoot. With cold winter weather in full effect we decided to start out with some photos in my studio. His parents were all set with everything for his cake smash and then Baby P decided to surprise us all….and have absolutely zero interest in eating his cake. Heh! We were all pretty shocked because, as you might be able to tell from those precious rolls, this cutie likes to eat…just not cake ;) So! We all had a good laugh and made the most of our time together <3 It was great to meet this awesome family!  Here are a few sneak peeks from the session. Enjoy!

sweet chunky baby boy ~ almost 1 year old {matthews baby photographer}

sweet chunky baby boy ~ almost 1 year old {matthews baby photographer}

sweet chunky baby boy ~ almost 1 year old {matthews baby photographer}

sweet chunky baby boy ~ almost 1 year old {matthews baby photographer}

sweet chunky baby boy ~ almost 1 year old {matthews baby photographer}

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happy baby girl ~ 6 month old cutie {south charlotte child photographer}

I had the most fun last night with this adorable baby girl and her family! Baby D is one of my newborn clients and now she is 6 months old – such a cutie!! She has already mastered sitting up and she is borderline on the move :) I always tell parents that we just go with the flow for this age shoot because babies have a tendency to expire…quickly. But she was ALLLLL smiles and giggles the whole time! Absolutely loved every minute with adorable family <3 Here are a few sneak peeks from our time together. Enjoy!

happy baby girl ~ 6 month old cutie {south charlotte child photographer}

happy baby girl ~ 6 month old cutie {south charlotte child photographer}

happy baby girl ~ 6 month old cutie {south charlotte child photographer}

happy baby girl ~ 6 month old cutie {south charlotte child photographer}

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awesome couple welcome baby girl {newborn photographer south charlotte nc}

Ohmigoodness. Another sweet baby girl came to my studio for her newborn photos yesterday! What a fabulous start to 2015  <3 I had so much fun meeting her awesome parents for their maternity photos and I just knew she was going to be a fantastic baby  <3 After filling up her belly she had a little alert time, wide awake but full and happy as can be :) But I finally got her back into a dreamy sleep and she was too sweet. I was soooo so excited for these daddy-daughter shots too…love love love being able to incorporate his gorgeous tattoos into their photos <3 And Baby M looks just like her mama – beautiful and I even caught the sweetest smile while she was in her mother’s arms…absolute perfection. Congrats M family! Here are a few sneak photos from our session – Enjoy!

awesome couple welcome baby girl {newborn photographer south charlotte nc}

awesome couple welcome baby girl {newborn photographer south charlotte nc}

awesome couple welcome baby girl {newborn photographer south charlotte nc}

awesome couple welcome baby girl {newborn photographer south charlotte nc}

awesome couple welcome baby girl {newborn photographer south charlotte nc}

awesome couple welcome baby girl {newborn photographer south charlotte nc}

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