new little sister ~ baby girl 17 days old {newborn photographer south charlotte}

I truly love what I do. I love my JOB. If you can really even imagine that doing something THIS wonderful for others can be called a job. :) This beautiful family came to me as a last minute referral from another maternity+newborn client and I am so glad I could squeeze them in! We met yesterday when their baby girl was 17 days old and even outside that 2 week window she was absolutely amazing. She kept teasing us with little half smiles and other sweet faces. Her big brother was adorable! At age 2 I still can’t believe we got him to lay down and hug his little sister…she is so loved and protected. <3 I love that the family brought a beautiful green and gold sari to use in the session too. I always try to incorporate items with special meaning (especially when it’s gorgeous fabric like this!! yay!) ;)

I haven’t talked about it much in my posts, yet it usually comes up while I’m talking to clients during a session – how I got started specializing in newborn photography. I was talking to her mama about my start, how I had helped photograph a few weddings early on, but I realized my heart just wasn’t “in it” like it is with babies. Yes, a wedding is a special day. But the birth of a child?? Epic. To me it is monumental. Your wedding is one day. Your child is your EVERY day. For a lifetime. THAT is why I love what I do so much. The tiny human I get to photograph becomes a precious little person and you forget how small they were! Our session isn’t just for the parents, it’s for the baby too. Your kids get to look back and not only see how small they were but also what their parents looked like (and how much they loved them). Gah! Ok, I could go on forever. But really, it’s these moments that I treasure. <3 Congrats G family! I’m so glad I could capture this special time for you. Here are a few favorites from our session – Enjoy!

new little sister ~ baby girl 17 days old {newborn photographer south charlotte}

new little sister ~ baby girl 17 days old {newborn photographer south charlotte}

new little sister ~ baby girl 17 days old {newborn photographer south charlotte}

new little sister ~ baby girl 17 days old {newborn photographer south charlotte}

new little sister ~ baby girl 17 days old {newborn photographer south charlotte}

new little sister ~ baby girl 17 days old {newborn photographer south charlotte}

new little sister ~ baby girl 17 days old {newborn photographer south charlotte}

new little sister ~ baby girl 17 days old {newborn photographer south charlotte}

new little sister ~ baby girl 17 days old {newborn photographer south charlotte}

new little sister ~ baby girl 17 days old {newborn photographer south charlotte}

new little sister ~ baby girl 17 days old {newborn photographer south charlotte}

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beautiful expecting mama ~ baby girl due {charlotte maternity photographer}

I’ve been on a streak of maternity sessions lately! We met another beautiful expecting mama and her husband last night. They have a baby girl due this summer and are so excited for her! I am always honored to work with referrals and this sweet couple are friends with one of my newborn clients and another gorgeous mama that I just did maternity photos for last month. We met at my studio and mama-to-be has the most perfect tiny baby bump! The full length turquoise fabric wrap shot we did is a new favorite – perfect! We went up to the gardens and walked around for a bit. I love all the warm colors and romantic feel from this session. I’m looking forward to meeting their little girl in a few weeks for her newborn photos. Here are a few favorites from our session – Enjoy!

beautiful expecting mama ~ baby girl due  {charlotte maternity photographer}

beautiful expecting mama ~ baby girl due  {charlotte maternity photographer}

beautiful expecting mama ~ baby girl due  {charlotte maternity photographer}

beautiful expecting mama ~ baby girl due  {charlotte maternity photographer}

beautiful expecting mama ~ baby girl due  {charlotte maternity photographer}

beautiful expecting mama ~ baby girl due  {charlotte maternity photographer}

beautiful expecting mama ~ baby girl due  {charlotte maternity photographer}

beautiful expecting mama ~ baby girl due  {charlotte maternity photographer}

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baby girl due summer ~ almost family of 5 {lake wylie maternity photographer}

I had another gorgeous maternity session last night! This almost family of 5 has a baby girl due this summer. They are so excited for #3 :) While I love the beautiful scenery that summer brings, the one thing that is always a wild card is the weather…ahhh, lovely summer rain. Right before we were set to meet there was a severe storm watch and we had one of those rainy/sunny afternoon showers. Fortunately it passed right over us and the sun came back out for this fun session. We met at my studio and then we made our way up to the gardens. My favorite places are finally in bloom and it was the perfect setting. Baby girl is going to have two adoring big sisters! Her parents are so much fun and I can’t wait to see them again soon for their little girl’s newborn photos. Here are a few favorites from our session – Enjoy!baby girl due summer ~ almost family of 5  {lake wylie maternity photographer}

baby girl due summer ~ almost family of 5  {lake wylie maternity photographer}

baby girl due summer ~ almost family of 5  {lake wylie maternity photographer}

baby girl due summer ~ almost family of 5  {lake wylie maternity photographer}

baby girl due summer ~ almost family of 5  {lake wylie maternity photographer} baby girl due summer ~ almost family of 5  {lake wylie maternity photographer} baby girl due summer ~ almost family of 5  {lake wylie maternity photographer} baby girl due summer ~ almost family of 5  {lake wylie maternity photographer}

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sweet alice jane ~ our girl is 3 months old {lake wylie baby photographer}

Our sweet Alice Jane is almost 3 months old (I’m 2 days early, wow!) ;) The months are flying by and I can’t seem to ever have enough time. Between a full schedule of client sessions, teaching my CM business classes and getting used to life with 3 kids…well, most days I am lucky to get out of bed. I won’t say things are easy, but life is GOOD. I feel SO lucky to have this girl in our life. She is everything (and more) <3

Of course with all else going on I have been feeling horrrrrible that I haven’t made any time to take photos of the boys anymore…I can barely keep up with Alice’s monthly milestones. But she is our LAST baby. Which means that I am forcing myself to take time and try to not work on the weekends, because my weekdays are already packed full as it is – but it.is.so.hard. Yet I know that I can not get this time back with her, the boys and my husband. Which means I am committing to that! and also to getting a photo of the 3 kids for Alice’s 3/6/9/12 month milestones. There is noooo way I can get the boys to do it every month (it’s like pulling teeth with them…) so every 3 months it is ;)

I also just went back and added the few images that I took of Alice’s 1 month and 2 month photos, along with a short list of things she’s doing at the ages. Lord knows if I can keep up with this for her entire first year it will be a MIRACLE. Pray for me. Please!

Here we are at 3 months! Some of her milestones are:

  • cooing!
  • gurgling and spitting bubbles
  • sweet laughs and smiles (except of course not usually for the camera…PCS!)
  • recognizes herself in the mirror (and in reverse camera phone ;))
  • chews on her fingers
  • spits out her paci
  • makes the sweeeetest POUTY LIP!
  • likes to kick her feets
  • sits in the bumbo for short spans
  • loves to watch her brothers
  • first bathing suit (at south point beach)
  • first trip to the pool
  • wakes up 1x at night
  • still has daddy’s blue eyes

She has changed so much from her newborn1 month and 2 month photos! Here is our baby girl and her big brothers:

 

 

sweet alice jane ~ our girl is 3 months old  {lake wylie baby photographer}

sweet alice jane ~ our girl is 3 months old  {lake wylie baby photographer}

sweet alice jane ~ our girl is 3 months old  {lake wylie baby photographer}

 

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summer surprise pregnancy ~ pink or blue {ballantyne maternity photographer}

Last night I had another stunning maternity session!  This fabulous couple are expecting a little surprise baby this summer. We are all anxious to find out if they have a pink or blue bundle on the way :) We met at my studio first to go over wardrobe options. Not only is this mama-to-be insanely gorgeous but she also has done some modeling and was SO much fun to photograph! I love seeing expectant mothers who are comfortable in their own skin and embracing their new curves. Our bodies are truly amazing and I am always honored to capture the beauty of pregnancy for my clients. We finished down in the lake and the sunset was magical! Lots of pinks and blues in the sky and reflecting on the water – lighting perfection. Can’t wait to see these soon-to-be parents again for their baby’s newborn photos soon

summer surprise pregnancy ~ pink or blue  {ballantyne maternity photographer}

summer surprise pregnancy ~ pink or blue  {ballantyne maternity photographer}

summer surprise pregnancy ~ pink or blue  {ballantyne maternity photographer}

summer surprise pregnancy ~ pink or blue  {ballantyne maternity photographer}

summer surprise pregnancy ~ pink or blue  {ballantyne maternity photographer}

summer surprise pregnancy ~ pink or blue  {ballantyne maternity photographer}

summer surprise pregnancy ~ pink or blue  {ballantyne maternity photographer}

summer surprise pregnancy ~ pink or blue  {ballantyne maternity photographer}

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beautiful baby girl ~ bed of roses {concord newborn photographer}

Sometimes there just aren’t any words to truly describe a photo. This beautiful baby girl came to my studio for her newborn photos yesterday with her mother, grandmother and aunt. Although I know you’ll do a double take because this little girl’s grandmother is absolutely stunning ~ the photo of her with her daughters and granddaughter takes my breath away!  <3 Baby G is SO incredibly loved. We had an amazing session and I am honored that I could capture this special time for their family! Her nursery is gorrrgeous in soft pale pink and calming light gray. I love all the tones from the session! We used one of my favorite blankets and Baby G was so sweet and peaceful laying on a bed of roses. She even gave us a big smile too :) Congrats G family! Here are a few favorites from our session – Enjoy!

beautiful baby girl ~ bed of roses  {concord newborn photographer}

beautiful baby girl ~ bed of roses  {concord newborn photographer}

beautiful baby girl ~ bed of roses  {concord newborn photographer}

beautiful baby girl ~ bed of roses  {concord newborn photographer}

beautiful baby girl ~ bed of roses  {concord newborn photographer}

beautiful baby girl ~ bed of roses  {concord newborn photographer}

beautiful baby girl ~ bed of roses  {concord newborn photographer}

beautiful baby girl ~ bed of roses  {concord newborn photographer}

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precious 7 day old baby boy ~ family of 3 {newborn photographer fort mill sc}

Oh this precious 7 day old baby boy! I have been excited to meet him since his family came to my studio for their maternity shoot. It was one of the last sessions that I did before my maternity leave and I was so anxious to do his newborn photos once I started back in April. Well of course, as babies do, he decided to come a week after he was due and made all of us wait for a little longer. But he was worth every extra minute and more

precious 7 day old baby boy ~ family of 3  {newborn photographer fort mill sc}

precious 7 day old baby boy ~ family of 3  {newborn photographer fort mill sc}

precious 7 day old baby boy ~ family of 3  {newborn photographer fort mill sc}

precious 7 day old baby boy ~ family of 3  {newborn photographer fort mill sc}

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precious 7 day old baby boy ~ family of 3  {newborn photographer fort mill sc}

precious 7 day old baby boy ~ family of 3  {newborn photographer fort mill sc}

precious 7 day old baby boy ~ family of 3  {newborn photographer fort mill sc}

precious 7 day old baby boy ~ family of 3  {newborn photographer fort mill sc}

precious 7 day old baby boy ~ family of 3  {newborn photographer fort mill sc}

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baby girl makes 4 ~ summer pregnancy {mooresville maternity photographer}

I am so thrilled to be starting maternity sessions back again. Summer pregnancies mean gorgeous flowers in bloom and of course the lake <3 This family is expecting a baby girl soon and are great friends with one of my newborn clients. I was excited to have them as a referral! The best part of my clients sending their friends my way is that I know before we even meet that they will be fantastic to work with and this family is no exception. We met at my studio and used some of my favorite fabrics for wraps. Then we walked over to the park and big brother S was ahhhhmazing. He was so cooperative and well behaved! I can’t wait to see what he is like around his little sis. No doubt he will adore her <3 I love the shot of him hugging his mama’s belly! Mama-to-be is stunning and I love the soft sunset on the lake shot too – perfection! Can not wait to see this family of almost 4 again soon for their little girl’s newborn photos <3  Here are a few sneak peeks from our session – Enjoy!

baby girl makes 4 ~ summer pregnancy  {mooresville maternity photographer}

baby girl makes 4 ~ summer pregnancy  {mooresville maternity photographer}

baby girl makes 4 ~ summer pregnancy  {mooresville maternity photographer}

baby girl makes 4 ~ summer pregnancy  {mooresville maternity photographer}

baby girl makes 4 ~ summer pregnancy  {mooresville maternity photographer}

baby girl makes 4 ~ summer pregnancy  {mooresville maternity photographer}

baby girl makes 4 ~ summer pregnancy  {mooresville maternity photographer}

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baby boy on the way ~ spring pregnancy {fort mill maternity photographer}

Friday was my first spring maternity session back since my own due date came and we had an amazing shoot! It’s the perfect time of year to be pregnant. This handsome couple have an adorable (furry) baby girl and are so happy to have a baby boy on the way this summer. We met at my studio so mama-to-be could get her hair and makeup done first. After some indoor shots we went outside and took advantage of the gorgeous weather! It has been raining like crazy lately so we were all thankful to see the sunshine. It was even warm enough for us to get back into the lake for some of my favorite photos. I won’t say the water was warm, but once we got in it was really not bad at all. ;) And of course, it’s always worth the final image <3 So excited to see them again for their little guy’s newborn photos <3  Here are a few sneak peeks from our session – Enjoy!

baby boy on the way ~ spring pregnancy  {fort mill maternity photographer}

baby boy on the way ~ spring pregnancy  {fort mill maternity photographer}

baby boy on the way ~ spring pregnancy  {fort mill maternity photographer}

baby boy on the way ~ spring pregnancy  {fort mill maternity photographer}

baby boy on the way ~ spring pregnancy  {fort mill maternity photographer}

baby boy on the way ~ spring pregnancy  {fort mill maternity photographer}

baby boy on the way ~ spring pregnancy  {fort mill maternity photographer}

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lash love ~ 6 month old baby boy {rock hill child photographer}

So much changes in 6 months! It was great to see one of my favorite newborn clients again last night for his next milestone session – such a handsome boy!! He has mastered sitting up and is already on the move :) When his family first arrived he was just waking up and trying to figure out what was going on. He had those big gorgeous brown eyes locked on me – ohmigoodness, what a little heartbreaker! When I saw this family for their holiday photos I noticed how LONG his lashes had gotten so I was anxious to see him again…and yep, his lashes are to die for gorgeous! We started in the studio and got some bare bum photos before heading outside. Nothing sweeter than baby cheeks

lash love ~ 6 month old baby boy {rock hill child photographer}

lash love ~ 6 month old baby boy {rock hill child photographer}

lash love ~ 6 month old baby boy {rock hill child photographer}

lash love ~ 6 month old baby boy {rock hill child photographer}

lash love ~ 6 month old baby boy {rock hill child photographer}

lash love ~ 6 month old baby boy {rock hill child photographer}

lash love ~ 6 month old baby boy {rock hill child photographer}

lash love ~ 6 month old baby boy {rock hill child photographer}

lash love ~ 6 month old baby boy {rock hill child photographer}

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