baby girl due autumn ~ precious mama {north carolina maternity photographer}

Last night’s maternity session was faaaabulous! I know this precious little mama from our days at Wake Forest (freshman year Collins dorm 3C, ohyeah!). She came up all the way from Atlanta for her shoot and I am SO honored. Her family has another baby girl due this autumn. I can’t wait to meet her husband and 2 other kiddos soon. Yep, that’s right. It is baby #3 for her and she looks THIS GOOD. We met at my studio so she could be pampered a bit right before the session. As usual, Erin turned up the glam factor with some gorgeous makeup for her! Mama said she loves plums and purples (a girl after my own heart <3) so we used a lot of those tones in her wardrobe too. We went up to the gardens and found some new areas in bloom. Then we went and tried out a new location I’ve been wanting to go to – I have radar for any pretty landscapes around here :) Of course we wrapped up down by the lake. The water is soooooo low right now but I am kinda loving it because I’m not only getting to shoot my usual spot but also walk out and shoot into the sunset. The sky was ONFIYAH! I love both views of the lake and couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful maternity client. Thank you for coming to Lake Wylie and spending your evening with us! So thrilled I will be able to meet the B family, party of 5, in a few short weeks  <3  Here are a few sneak peeks from our session – Enjoy!

baby girl due autumn ~ precious mama {north carolina maternity photographer}

baby girl due autumn ~ precious mama {north carolina maternity photographer}

baby girl due autumn ~ precious mama {north carolina maternity photographer}

baby girl due autumn ~ precious mama {north carolina maternity photographer}

baby girl due autumn ~ precious mama {north carolina maternity photographer}

baby girl due autumn ~ precious mama {north carolina maternity photographer}

baby girl due autumn ~ precious mama {north carolina maternity photographer}

baby girl due autumn ~ precious mama {north carolina maternity photographer}

baby girl due autumn ~ precious mama {north carolina maternity photographer}

baby girl due autumn ~ precious mama {north carolina maternity photographer}

baby girl due autumn ~ precious mama {north carolina maternity photographer}

baby girl due autumn ~ precious mama {north carolina maternity photographer}

baby girl due autumn ~ precious mama {north carolina maternity photographer}

 

 

 

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sweet siblings ~ family of 4 {north carolina child photographer}

I can’t believe another year has gone by since I met this family for their little guy’s 1 year photos. Time flies! He is one of my newborns and I absolutely love being able to watch him grow up every year! They are in Durham and so I get to meet them when I come in town for my rheumatologist appointments at Duke. We lucked out this year because the weather was GORGEOUS. And it wasn’t scorching hot either (even though I was a dusty, sweaty mess by the end of the session)! We met down by the Eno and went to the area by the old mill. Such a pretty location. Plus, lots of room to run and play :)  I’m so glad to see this sweet family again! Here are a few sneak peeks from our time together. Enjoy!

sweet siblings ~ family of 4 {north carolina child photographer}

sweet siblings ~ family of 4 {north carolina child photographer}

sweet siblings ~ family of 4 {north carolina child photographer}

sweet siblings ~ family of 4 {north carolina child photographer}

sweet siblings ~ family of 4 {north carolina child photographer}

sweet siblings ~ family of 4 {north carolina child photographer}

sweet siblings ~ family of 4 {north carolina child photographer}

sweet siblings ~ family of 4 {north carolina child photographer}

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sweet brothers ~ family of 4 {lake wylie baby photographer}

Oh BOYS! I’ve been looking forward to last night’s session for months and we had such a great time! This adorable family lives in my neighborhood and have kids around the same age as ours. Big brother E is 4 and his little bro T just turned 9 months old! It’s kinda a boys club here because there are SO many but not as many little girls.  We joked that adorable Baby T is going to be Alice’s future boyfriend :) …well, that’s if her overprotective big brothers allow it, ha! We started out in my studio. Their mama brought some precious outfits for the brothers. Both boys have the cutest smiles! Little T’s eyes are so gorgeous – brown with a slight glimmer of blue in his right. I caught some sweet head shots inside and then we moved outside to the beach. What’s the best way to make boys smile? Let them run, climb, get dirty and play in the water. <3 I was so happy that his mom told me she wanted some photos in the lake too! There is nothing sweeter than a bare bummed baby and his beautiful mama in the water, add in a happy big brother, the warm, golden light just before sunset – it was perfection. Here are a few sneak peeks from our time together. Enjoy!

sweet brothers ~ family of 4 {lake wylie baby photographer}

sweet brothers ~ family of 4 {lake wylie baby photographer}

sweet brothers ~ family of 4 {lake wylie baby photographer}

sweet brothers ~ family of 4 {lake wylie baby photographer}

sweet brothers ~ family of 4 {lake wylie baby photographer}

sweet brothers ~ family of 4 {lake wylie baby photographer}

sweet brothers ~ family of 4 {lake wylie baby photographer}

sweet brothers ~ family of 4 {lake wylie baby photographer}

sweet brothers ~ family of 4 {lake wylie baby photographer}

sweet brothers ~ family of 4 {lake wylie baby photographer}

sweet brothers ~ family of 4 {lake wylie baby photographer}

sweet brothers ~ family of 4 {lake wylie baby photographer}

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handsome 13 day old baby boy {ballantyne newborn photographer}

I loved meeting this handsome 13 day old baby boy yesterday morning! We have been anxiously waiting for him since I met his family for their maternity photos last month.  We had planned to meet earlier in the week but his mama wasn’t feeling well. I try to make sure clients feel their best at a session. Baby D was so sweet and cozy swaddled when we started out. His big brother O is super shy and wasn’t so sure about posing with his little bro. <3 After a good feeding Baby D feel back into a deep sleep and was so cute and snuggly for his shoot :)  Congrats D Family! Here are a few favorites from our newborn session – Enjoy!

handsome 13 day old baby boy  {ballantyne newborn photographer}

handsome 13 day old baby boy  {ballantyne newborn photographer}

handsome 13 day old baby boy  {ballantyne newborn photographer}

handsome 13 day old baby boy  {ballantyne newborn photographer}

handsome 13 day old baby boy  {ballantyne newborn photographer}

handsome 13 day old baby boy  {ballantyne newborn photographer}

handsome 13 day old baby boy  {ballantyne newborn photographer}

handsome 13 day old baby boy  {ballantyne newborn photographer}

handsome 13 day old baby boy  {ballantyne newborn photographer}

handsome 13 day old baby boy  {ballantyne newborn photographer}

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sweet alice jane ~ our girl is 6 months old {lake wylie baby photographer}

Our sweet Alice Jane turned 6 months old today! ;) This month FLEW by. As I’m looking back at my previous post for her 5 month photos I realize that we are still living in the same chaotic water damage mess that we were a month ago…ha! Wow. Well even though our living conditions haven’t changed, our baby girl sure has. She is just about sitting up on her own and I can not wait to take her out to do some “sitter” photos soon! I’ve been anxiously waiting for this milestone :) Stay tuned for those in the next few weeks. <3

I have taken Alice’s newborn1 month2 month3 month 4 month, and 5 month photos, along with a short list of things she’s doing/personality at the ages.

Here we are at 6 months! Some of her milestones are:

She has changed so much already! Here is our baby girl (and her big brothers):

sweet alice jane ~ our girl is 6 months old {lake wylie baby photographer}

sweet alice jane ~ our girl is 6 months old {lake wylie baby photographer}

sweet alice jane ~ our girl is 6 months old  {lake wylie baby photographer}

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almost party of 5 ~ baby boy on the way {north carolina maternity photographer}

I am absolutely thrilled to share last night’s maternity session! This almost family of 5 travelled all the way down from Washington, DC to see me. What an honor to be asked to capture their baby boy on the way!  Mama-to-be is so kind and beautiful. We met at my studio so she could have her hair done right before the session. As usual, Lindsay created some gorgeous, old hollywood curls – so pretty! Baby boy F has an older brother and sister who are too cute. They are super excited about his arrival and let me know as soon as they walked through the door that “mommy was having a baby boy” :) I adore the dresses mother and daughter wore – the one on little sister M was handmade by her mama! and the stunning “princess” dress on mama is the same kind I wore for my family’s fall maternity portraits, only hers is a soft, pretty baby blue – LOVE. We walked through the gardens, enjoyed the scenery and the kids even spotted a butterfly. Then we came back down to the lake for sunset. Big brother W could.not.wait to get in! I love the photo of mom in the lake with her babies – perfection. Congrats F family! Thank you for spending your Friday evening with us!  <3  Here are a few sneak peeks from our session – Enjoy!

almost party of 5 ~ baby boy on the way {north carolina maternity photographer}

almost party of 5 ~ baby boy on the way {north carolina maternity photographer}

almost party of 5 ~ baby boy on the way {north carolina maternity photographer}

almost party of 5 ~ baby boy on the way {north carolina maternity photographer}

almost party of 5 ~ baby boy on the way {north carolina maternity photographer}

almost party of 5 ~ baby boy on the way {north carolina maternity photographer}

almost party of 5 ~ baby boy on the way {north carolina maternity photographer}

almost party of 5 ~ baby boy on the way {north carolina maternity photographer}

almost party of 5 ~ baby boy on the way {north carolina maternity photographer}

almost party of 5 ~ baby boy on the way {north carolina maternity photographer}

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my birthday gift ~ mommy and me photos {lake wylie baby photographer}

Today is my birthday. As I get older there are a few trends that seem to continue: 1) time is not on my side :-/ 2) neither is my body! and 3) I really don’t need much. An appropriate birthday gift in my mid-thirties might be a small home appliance, or…sleep.  :) Since I have all the appliances we can handle and sleep is kinda like wishing for a shooting star I thought I would ask for something I really wanted: photos of me and my girl. <3

Actually. Maybe I do need them! I have tried to do my best to capture Alice’s first year and I can’t believe we are almost halfway there. I did seasons (summer, fall, winter and spring) for my 1st-4th trimesters with her and I knew I wanted to do another sunset shoot in the lake around her 6 month milestone, just like we did last fall for my first maternity photos. I wanted Alice to be bare bum with a pretty flower crown I got for her (which she also ate 3 flowers off of in this shoot…oops) but I was trying to decide what I should wear for them. I’m still not back to pre-baby ‘me’ so I thought of doing a wrap somehow. I couldn’t figure out the best way to tie it and hold her so I said screw it and went with the same thing I wore in the maternity shoot last fall. Like I mentioned, my body is not on my side anymore (between my autoimmune issues and good ol’ aging). But, the one thing I’m pretty proud of about my body is still being able to grow this gorgeous child of ours. She is happy and sweet and beautiful and PERFECT. And that is pretty amazing. So I decided to celebrate it and hope that when I look back at these photos in 30 years I’ll be glad I did.

My incredible husband took these photos for me. They are exactly what I wanted. And needed. Thank you to him for this priceless gift on my birthday. :)

A few favorites:

my birthday gift ~ mommy and me photos {lake wylie baby photographer}

my birthday gift ~ mommy and me photos {lake wylie baby photographer}

my birthday gift ~ mommy and me photos {lake wylie baby photographer}

my birthday gift ~ mommy and me photos {lake wylie baby photographer}

my birthday gift ~ mommy and me photos {lake wylie baby photographer}

 

my birthday gift ~ mommy and me photos {lake wylie baby photographer}

my birthday gift ~ mommy and me photos {lake wylie baby photographer}

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cheeky 14 day old baby girl {south charlotte newborn photographer}

I met the sweetest cheeked baby girl yesterday! We have been waiting to find out if Baby M was a boy or girl since I last saw this family for their beautiful maternity session. When they came to my studio for her newborn photos yesterday she was 14 days old and absolutely perfect! She stayed nice and cozy swaddled for the family photos. Then once I moved her to the floor we had a little “awake time”. I caught the most adorable wide eyed shot! After a nice feeding (or two ;)) she got in to a deep sleep and started flashing smiles on the beanbag. I caught several and absolutely love when that happens <3 Congrats M Family! Here are a few favorites from our session – Enjoy!

cheeky 14 day old baby girl {south charlotte newborn photographer}

cheeky 14 day old baby girl  {south charlotte newborn photographer}

cheeky 14 day old baby girl {south charlotte newborn photographer}

cheeky 14 day old baby girl {south charlotte newborn photographer}

cheeky 14 day old baby girl {south charlotte newborn photographer}

cheeky 14 day old baby girl {south charlotte newborn photographer}

cheeky 14 day old baby girl {south charlotte newborn photographer}

cheeky 14 day old baby girl {south charlotte newborn photographer}

cheeky 14 day old baby girl {south charlotte newborn photographer}

cheeky 14 day old baby girl {south charlotte newborn photographer}

cheeky 14 day old baby girl {south charlotte newborn photographer}

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expecting couple ~ precious baby boy {myers park maternity photographer}

What an incredible maternity session we had last night! I am so happy for this precious expecting couple. They have a sweet baby boy on the way, due in a few short weeks. Mama-to-be is absolutely gorgeous at 35 weeks pregnant! We started at my studio and then made our way outdoors. They brought their pup Fionn and he had a blast! After we got a few family photos we wrapped up down at the lake. While we were watching the sunset and taking in the last light of day we brought Fionn down with us and his dad played fetch with him. He was in puppy heaven :) Thankfully the rain passed over us and the night turned out to be perfect. Congrats G family – we are excited to see you for your little guy’s newborn photos soon!!  <3  Here are a few sneak peeks from our session – Enjoy!

expecting couple ~ precious baby boy {myers park maternity photographer}

expecting couple ~ precious baby boy {myers park maternity photographer}

expecting couple ~ precious baby boy {myers park maternity photographer}

expecting couple ~ precious baby boy {myers park maternity photographer}

expecting couple ~ precious baby boy {myers park maternity photographer}

expecting couple ~ precious baby boy {myers park maternity photographer}

expecting couple ~ precious baby boy {myers park maternity photographer}

expecting couple ~ precious baby boy {myers park maternity photographer}

expecting couple ~ precious baby boy {myers park maternity photographer}

expecting couple ~ precious baby boy {myers park maternity photographer}

expecting couple ~ precious baby boy {myers park maternity photographer}

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surprise baby ~ little sister or brother {charlotte maternity photographer}

Hello August! I got to kick off this month last night with a gorgeous maternity session. This family of 3 has a surprise baby on the way. Keeping gender a secret is so much fun! They only have about 7 weeks left until their adorable daughter finds out if she is getting a little brother or sister. Mama thinks it’s a girl, Daddy is pulling for a boy. But either way, they are so excited for their new bundle of joy. We started at my studio and went up to the gardens so their girl H could stretch her legs. At 16 months old she loves to adventure :) After that we went down to the lake to wrap things up. The sunset and lighting was perfect! Congrats again R family!!  <3  Here are a few sneak peeks from our session – Enjoy!

surprise baby ~ little sister or brother {charlotte maternity photographer}

surprise baby ~ little sister or brother {charlotte maternity photographer}

surprise baby ~ little sister or brother {charlotte maternity photographer}

surprise baby ~ little sister or brother {charlotte maternity photographer}

surprise baby ~ little sister or brother {charlotte maternity photographer}

surprise baby ~ little sister or brother {charlotte maternity photographer}

surprise baby ~ little sister or brother {charlotte maternity photographer}

surprise baby ~ little sister or brother {charlotte maternity photographer}

surprise baby ~ little sister or brother {charlotte maternity photographer}

surprise baby ~ little sister or brother {charlotte maternity photographer}

surprise baby ~ little sister or brother {charlotte maternity photographer}

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