sweetest baby cheeks + a head full of hair! {south charlotte newborn photographer}

I am seriously dying over this sweet baby girl’s CHEEKS from her session today!  Not to mention her beautiful head full of hair…she is so perfect! Her new family of 3 came to my studio for her newborn photos and she was a dream baby  <3 So chill and relaxed. She was in a sleepy wake state at the beginning – not quite asleep but not exactly alert either. I was able to catch an “eyes open” shot though :) With a little magic she finally drifted off and was a dream baby on the bean bag. Her squishy little lips and tiny hands had me smiling ear to ear. What joy she has brought to her awesome parents. Congrats T family! Here are a few favorites from our session – Enjoy!

sweetest baby cheeks + a head full of hair!  {south charlotte newborn photographer}

sweetest baby cheeks + a head full of hair!  {south charlotte newborn photographer}

sweetest baby cheeks + a head full of hair!  {south charlotte newborn photographer}

sweetest baby cheeks + a head full of hair!  {south charlotte newborn photographer}

sweetest baby cheeks + a head full of hair!  {south charlotte newborn photographer}

sweetest baby cheeks + a head full of hair!  {south charlotte newborn photographer}

sweetest baby cheeks + a head full of hair!  {south charlotte newborn photographer}

sweetest baby cheeks + a head full of hair!  {south charlotte newborn photographer}

sweetest baby cheeks + a head full of hair!  {south charlotte newborn photographer}

sweetest baby cheeks + a head full of hair!  {south charlotte newborn photographer}

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handsome 13 day old baby boy ~ family of 3 {lake wylie newborn photographer}

I am so excited for this new family of 3! This handsome guy is only 13 days old and too cute for words. They came to my studio for baby boy’s newborn photos and even though it was dreary outside we had plenty of smiles inside  <3 Baby S is without a doubt the Carolina Panthers newest, smallest fan! He was flashing smiles throughout the session but we caught the biggest one while he was in his Panthers hat :) His parents are doing an amazing job with him and his mama is absolutely stunning. We did one of my favorite floor shots of mom/baby and I love all the rich tones. Congrats S family! Here are a few favorites from our session – Enjoy!

handsome 13 day old baby boy ~ family of 3 {lake wylie newborn photographer}

handsome 13 day old baby boy ~ family of 3 {lake wylie newborn photographer}

handsome 13 day old baby boy ~ family of 3 {lake wylie newborn photographer}

handsome 13 day old baby boy ~ family of 3 {lake wylie newborn photographer}

handsome 13 day old baby boy ~ family of 3 {lake wylie newborn photographer}

handsome 13 day old baby boy ~ family of 3 {lake wylie newborn photographer}

handsome 13 day old baby boy ~ family of 3 {lake wylie newborn photographer}

handsome 13 day old baby boy ~ family of 3 {lake wylie newborn photographer}

handsome 13 day old baby boy ~ family of 3 {lake wylie newborn photographer}

handsome 13 day old baby boy ~ family of 3 {lake wylie newborn photographer}

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gummy smile baby girl ~ 7 months old {belmont family photographer}

This precious 7 month old baby girl was so cute last night! Her gummy smile is the sweetest :) I am always so honored to have clients come back to see me. It’s great to know that they loved their photos but for me it’s really just wonderful to get to watch their kiddos grow up! I first met this family when I did a 7 month session for their handsome son…now 2.5 years later I get to do the same for his baby sister <3 We started in the studio and Miss A was so incredibly cute. She was just taking it in as all eyes were on her. Her mama sang one of her favorite songs and she came to life! Clapping and clasping her hands and giggling. I loved her soft blush pink tutu…the perfect touch of girlyness. When we went outside we started with the family shot since mom let me know big brother may be a little camera shy. With a little luck (and a few head swaps) I think we got some images that are wall-worthy for sure :) Here are a few sneak peeks from our time together. Enjoy!

gummy smile baby girl ~ 7 months old {belmont family photographer}

gummy smile baby girl ~ 7 months old {belmont family photographer}

gummy smile baby girl ~ 7 months old {belmont family photographer}

gummy smile baby girl ~ 7 months old {belmont family photographer}

gummy smile baby girl ~ 7 months old {belmont family photographer}

gummy smile baby girl ~ 7 months old {belmont family photographer}

gummy smile baby girl ~ 7 months old {belmont family photographer}

gummy smile baby girl ~ 7 months old {belmont family photographer}

gummy smile baby girl ~ 7 months old {belmont family photographer}

gummy smile baby girl ~ 7 months old {belmont family photographer}

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my photography journey ~ beth wade cmpro for clickin moms {charlotte professional photographer}

Guess what?!! I’m sharing my photography journey on the Clickin Moms blog today! :) Check it out!

http://www.clickinmoms.com/blog/the-photography-journey-of-beth-wade/

my photography journey ~ beth wade cmpro for clickin moms {charlotte professional photographer}

baby boy J ~ happy smiles at 8 days new {newborn photographer charlotte nc}

Such a fun photo session yesterday! Happy baby boy J and his family came to my studio for his newborn photos and he was so full of smiles!!  <3 Some babies just have that innate smileyness and I absolutely love catching them at a photo shoot. Baby J’s nursery is a gorgeous mix of grays, white, navy blue and yellow so we had splashes of those colors in his set ups. His big bro H was so proud of his little bro and I love the sibling photo :) Aside from flashing smiles Baby J was also making the sweetest gestures with his hands. The best is capturing babies natural positions that they fall into without me even posing them. He was a great sleeper so at the end we broke baby code and I tried to wake him for an eyes open shot too…he opened them, but only for an instant before drifting back into sleep. So adorable <3 Congrats J family! Here are a few favorites from our session – Enjoy!

baby boy J ~ happy smiles at 8 days new {newborn photographer charlotte nc}

baby boy J ~ happy smiles at 8 days new {newborn photographer charlotte nc}

baby boy J ~ happy smiles at 8 days new {newborn photographer charlotte nc}

baby boy J ~ happy smiles at 8 days new {newborn photographer charlotte nc}

baby boy J ~ happy smiles at 8 days new {newborn photographer charlotte nc}

baby boy J ~ happy smiles at 8 days new {newborn photographer charlotte nc}

baby boy J ~ happy smiles at 8 days new {newborn photographer charlotte nc}

baby boy J ~ happy smiles at 8 days new {newborn photographer charlotte nc}

baby boy J ~ happy smiles at 8 days new {newborn photographer charlotte nc}

baby boy J ~ happy smiles at 8 days new {newborn photographer charlotte nc}

baby boy J ~ happy smiles at 8 days new {newborn photographer charlotte nc}

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happy bright eyed girl ~ 14 days new {newborn photographer north charlotte}

It’s my first official week back from maternity leave and I am so happy to kick it off with this bright eyed baby girl and her family! They came to my studio for her newborn photos and she was such a sweetie at 14 days new!  <3 The family are friends with another of my awesome clients and I knew we would have an amazing session. Baby A has the best HAIR!! I love babies with lots of hair. Not to mention her adorable chubby cheeks…really, she couldn’t be any more perfect :) I love the soft pinks and grays we used for her set ups. So feminine and timeless. Congrats A family! Here are a few favorites from our session – Enjoy!

happy bright eyed girl ~ 14 days new {newborn photographer north charlotte}

happy bright eyed girl ~ 14 days new {newborn photographer north charlotte}

happy bright eyed girl ~ 14 days new {newborn photographer north charlotte}

happy bright eyed girl ~ 14 days new {newborn photographer north charlotte}

happy bright eyed girl ~ 14 days new {newborn photographer north charlotte}

happy bright eyed girl ~ 14 days new {newborn photographer north charlotte}

happy bright eyed girl ~ 14 days new {newborn photographer north charlotte}

happy bright eyed girl ~ 14 days new {newborn photographer north charlotte}

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baby sister F ~ sweet girl 9 days new {newborn photographer ballantyne}

Last week I welcomed one of my favorite clients back to my studio for little sister’s newborn photos. Baby F’s family came to me for newborn photos of their first daughter M and I was so happy to watch her grow up over her first year too. When mom and dad told me that they were expecting again just a few weeks after my own due date I just had to work them in (knowing that a newborn session would be the most feasible type of shoot during my 6 week recovery time frame). Everything worked out perfectly! We were even able to meet for some maternity photos too. Baby F #2 was born on St. Patricks Day so we added a pop of green with a gorgeous wrap in a floor set up. I love the soft pink and purples that her mom picked out as well. Big sister M and her little sis are 22 months apart and lets just say that the stars aligned for us at the shoot…I absolutely adore the sibling shot of the two girls together <3 Congrats F family! Here are a few favorites from our session – Enjoy!

baby sister F ~ sweet girl 9 days new {newborn photographer ballantyne}

baby sister F ~ sweet girl 9 days new {newborn photographer ballantyne}

baby sister F ~ sweet girl 9 days new {newborn photographer ballantyne}

baby sister F ~ sweet girl 9 days new {newborn photographer ballantyne}

baby sister F ~ sweet girl 9 days new {newborn photographer ballantyne}

baby sister F ~ sweet girl 9 days new {newborn photographer ballantyne}

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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}

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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}

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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}

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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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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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