my boy is 4 ~ happy birthday to my son {charlotte child photographer}

By | my boys

My baby is 4 today.  FOUR.  I can’t believe it!  My boys are starting to look (and act) like kids, instead of the babies that I see when I look at them {{sob!}} For Will’s 4th birthday we had all the neighborhood boys over for some play time.  It was raining (again) so we set up the bouncer in our living room, ha!  Take that rain!  The boys had a great time and Will was happier than ever.  🙂

He is such a sweet, shy, silly little boy right now.  It’s funny how he goes through stages of interests too…first it was Hot Wheels, then his Little People farm, Sesame Street and then he hopped on the Thomas train.  But just in the past month or so he (we) discovered Disney Junior and he loveloveloves Mickey Mouse Clubhouse and Jake & the Neverland Pirates.  We try to limit tv time but it’s pretty dang cute to hear some of the stuff he picks up.  My favorite is when we are trying to get something done and he says, “maybe a mousekatool will help! oh, toooooooodles?!”  And on any given day there is a good chance he’s in search of Captain Hook.  <3

I took a boatload of birthday snaps but wanted to share just a few favorite moments from today – with his 2 favorite new gifts, and one of him blowing out his candles.  I also attempted a family photo but it didn’t work out so much (it wasn’t even blogworthy but you can check it out on my instagram feed if you want a good laugh!).  <3 Enjoy!

my baby boy is 4 ~ happy birthday {charlotte child photographer}

my baby boy is 4 ~ happy birthday {charlotte child photographer}

my baby boy is 4 ~ happy birthday {charlotte child photographer}

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Beth Wade Photography is located outside Charlotte, NC in Lake Wylie, SC. Beth Wade is Charlotte’s premier newborn photographer specializing in artistic custom family photography. As a professional photographer, Beth captures maternitynewbornbaby and family portraits in Charlotte, North Carolina, Lake Wylie-Fort Mill-Tega Cay, South Carolina and all surrounding areas.

glowing pregnancy ~ mama of almost 3 {fort mill sc maternity photographer}

By | maternity

I’ve been looking forward to this maternity session for weeks!  I loved meeting this glowing mama of almost 3 last night.  It is amazing that after 2 babies any woman can be this absolutely stunning!  We met at my home on Lake Wylie for this shoot.  After a few studio shots we walked over to the waterfront park by my home.  The light was so warm and I couldn’t have asked for a more naturally gorgeous mama.  We wrapped up some final poses down on my dock – the warm breeze was perfect.  Her baby boy is due this fall and we are doing another special session a bit later on that will beautifully document the last 2 trimesters of her pregnancy.  Excited to share these photos and can’t wait to meet baby boy for his newborn photos in November <3  Enjoy!

glowing mama of almost 3 {charlotte maternity photographer}

glowing mama of almost 3 {charlotte maternity photographer}

glowing mama of almost 3 {charlotte maternity photographer}

glowing mama of almost 3 {charlotte maternity photographer}

glowing mama of almost 3 {charlotte maternity photographer}

glowing mama of almost 3 {charlotte maternity photographer}

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Beth Wade Photography is located outside Charlotte, NC in Lake Wylie, SC. Beth Wade is Charlotte’s premier newborn photographer specializing in artistic custom family photography. As a professional photographer, Beth captures maternitynewbornbaby and family portraits in Charlotte, North Carolina, Lake Wylie-Fort Mill-Tega Cay, South Carolina and all surrounding areas.

late summer pregnancy ~ furry big sis {uptown charlotte maternity photographer}

By | maternity

Ohmigoodness.  Last night I met another beautiful couple for their maternity session!   Baby boy C is due in September and this little mama is absolutely stunning.   These expecting parents just built a gorgeous new house in Dilworth and asked me to come visit them for a special in-home maternity session.  While I was there I also got plenty of sniffs and kisses from Baby C’s furry older sister 🙂  It was truly a treat to take their photographs in such a gorgeous setting!  And you know the saying that some women were just MADE to have babies? Yep, here is your proof – easily one of the most elegant and simply glowing pregnant women I have ever seen <3  Excited to share these photos and can’t wait to meet baby boy for his newborn photos in a few short weeks <3 Here are a few sneak peeks from their maternity shoot. Enjoy!

late summer baby boy ~ almost family of "4" {charlotte maternity photographer}

late summer baby boy ~ almost family of "4" {charlotte maternity photographer}

late summer baby boy ~ almost family of "4" {charlotte maternity photographer}

late summer baby boy ~ almost family of "4" {charlotte maternity photographer}

late summer baby boy ~ almost family of "4" {charlotte maternity photographer}

late summer baby boy ~ almost family of "4" {charlotte maternity photographer}

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Beth Wade Photography is located outside Charlotte, NC in Lake Wylie, SC. Beth Wade is Charlotte’s premier newborn photographer specializing in artistic custom family photography. As a professional photographer, Beth captures maternitynewbornbaby and family portraits in Charlotte, North Carolina, Lake Wylie-Fort Mill-Tega Cay, South Carolina and all surrounding areas.

a day at the beach ~ 2013 family vacation photos {charlotte lifestyle photographer}

By | family, my boys

This year I promised myself I’d do better about taking non-iphone photos of my boys. Of course, our family vacation to the beach is a perfect opportunity 🙂 I was flipping through last year’s family beach trip album and it’s incredible to see how much different the boys are! Charlie was SOO little last year, and still drinking from his baby bottle. This year Will is so much more confident and independent (and potty trained!) which makes for a slightly more relaxing trip. Above all, it is so awesome to watch my boys play together, laugh, share memories and become best friends.

In the spirit of vacation I told myself this year that I would just post my JPEGs instead of trying to process allllllll the RAW files. It’s such a tug of war for me on family vacation photos – I reeealy want them to be super beautiful (my inner perfectionist) yet I’d also like to not spend any more time than I need to behind this dang computer. So my compromise is that I’d use the JPEGs and batch edit them (if needed) with a clean luminosity/saturation action that I created in Photoshop. Thanks to a CWB and ETTR my SOOC shots were pretty spot on. I’m excited with my Day 1 photos at the beach! Here are a few favorites…I still can’t believe my husband and I succeeded in bribing convincing the boys to wear their hats ❤ Enjoy!

a day at the beach ~ family vacation photos {charlotte lifestyle photographer}

a day at the beach ~ family vacation photos {charlotte lifestyle photographer}

a day at the beach ~ family vacation photos {charlotte lifestyle photographer}

a day at the beach ~ family vacation photos {charlotte lifestyle photographer}

a day at the beach ~ family vacation photos {charlotte lifestyle photographer}

a day at the beach ~ family vacation photos {charlotte lifestyle photographer}

a day at the beach ~ family vacation photos {charlotte lifestyle photographer}

a day at the beach ~ family vacation photos {charlotte lifestyle photographer}

a day at the beach ~ family vacation photos {charlotte lifestyle photographer}

a day at the beach ~ family vacation photos {charlotte lifestyle photographer}

a day at the beach ~ family vacation photos {charlotte lifestyle photographer}

a day at the beach ~ family vacation photos {charlotte lifestyle photographer}

a day at the beach ~ family vacation photos {charlotte lifestyle photographer}

a day at the beach ~ family vacation photos {charlotte lifestyle photographer}

a day at the beach ~ family vacation photos {charlotte lifestyle photographer}

a day at the beach ~ family vacation photos {charlotte lifestyle photographer}

a day at the beach ~ family vacation photos {charlotte lifestyle photographer}

a day at the beach ~ family vacation photos {charlotte lifestyle photographer}

a day at the beach ~ family vacation photos {charlotte lifestyle photographer}

a day at the beach ~ family vacation photos {charlotte lifestyle photographer}

a day at the beach ~ family vacation photos {charlotte lifestyle photographer}

a day at the beach ~ family vacation photos {charlotte lifestyle photographer}

a day at the beach ~ family vacation photos {charlotte lifestyle photographer}

a day at the beach ~ family vacation photos {charlotte lifestyle photographer}

a day at the beach ~ family vacation photos {charlotte lifestyle photographer}

a day at the beach ~ family vacation photos {charlotte lifestyle photographer}

a day at the beach ~ family vacation photos {charlotte lifestyle photographer}

a day at the beach ~ family vacation photos {charlotte lifestyle photographer}

a day at the beach ~ family vacation photos {charlotte lifestyle photographer}

a day at the beach ~ family vacation photos {charlotte lifestyle photographer}

a day at the beach ~ family vacation photos {charlotte lifestyle photographer}

a day at the beach ~ family vacation photos {charlotte lifestyle photographer}

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Beth Wade Photography is located outside Charlotte, NC in Lake Wylie, SC. Beth Wade is Charlotte’s premier newborn photographer specializing in artistic custom family photography. As a professional photographer, Beth captures maternitynewbornbaby and family portraits in Charlotte, North Carolina, Lake Wylie-Fort Mill-Tega Cay, South Carolina and all surrounding areas.

summertime pregnancy ~ almost family of 3 {charlotte maternity photographer}

By | maternity

Tonight I met another adorable couple for their maternity session! Their baby girl is due the beginning of August and her little mama is absolutely glowing 🙂  As pregnancy brain would have it, mama accidentally forgot several outfit changes, but we were able to come up with a few other options in the studio that worked perfectly – a silhouette shot is exactly what this gorgeous mama wanted!  I told them this was just good practice for when baby girl arrives – things might not always go as planned with a newborn in tow…so just make it up as you go along <3 These images are SO stunning. She is easily one of the most beautiful pregnant women I have ever seen! After the studio shots we went outside to the field nearby for a few more.  Excited to share the rest with them and can’t wait to meet baby girl for newborn photos in 8 short weeks <3 Here are a few sneak peeks from their maternity shoot. Enjoy!

summertime baby girl ~ almost family of 3 {charlotte maternity photographer}

summertime baby girl ~ almost family of 3 {charlotte maternity photographer}

summertime baby girl ~ almost family of 3 {charlotte maternity photographer}

summertime baby girl ~ almost family of 3 {charlotte maternity photographer}

summertime baby girl ~ almost family of 3 {charlotte maternity photographer}

summertime baby girl ~ almost family of 3 {charlotte maternity photographer}

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Beth Wade Photography is located outside Charlotte, NC in Lake Wylie, SC. Beth Wade is Charlotte’s premier newborn photographer specializing in artistic custom family photography. As a professional photographer, Beth captures maternitynewbornbaby and family portraits in Charlotte, North Carolina, Lake Wylie-Fort Mill-Tega Cay, South Carolina and all surrounding areas.

late spring pregnancy ~ almost family of 3 {charlotte maternity photography}

By | maternity

I can’t think of a better way to spend Mother”s Day than with this happy expecting couple for a  spring maternity session! Baby girl F is due in a few short weeks and I’m so glad that we could sneak some baby belly photos in this weekend 🙂 It’s the best feeling to meet new clients for the first time and just click. I felt like I was meeting old friends again! My maternity minis are always about having fun, getting to know my expecting parents before baby arrives and taking a few beautiful images along the way.  The weather was perfect and I just love the golden, late evening light. We were able to get some studio shots first and took a photo using the gorgeous pink satin ribbon from the couple’s wedding – so special!  Baby F  is one of my First Year clients so I’m thrilled to be taking her newborn, 3 months, 6 months, 9 months and 1 year photos!!  <3   Here are a few sneak peeks from their maternity shoot. Enjoy!

late spring baby girl ~ almost family of 3 {charlotte maternity photographer}

late spring baby girl ~ almost family of 3 {charlotte maternity photographer}

late spring baby girl ~ almost family of 3 {charlotte maternity photographer}

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Beth Wade Photography is located outside Charlotte, NC in Lake Wylie, SC. Beth Wade is Charlotte’s premier newborn photographer specializing in artistic custom family photography. As a professional photographer, Beth captures maternitynewbornbaby and family portraits in Charlotte, North Carolina, Lake Wylie-Fort Mill-Tega Cay, South Carolina and all surrounding areas.

summer due date ~ almost family of 3 {charlotte maternity photographer}

By | maternity

I got to meet another adorable couple tonight for a  spring maternity session! Baby boy H is due the beginning of June and I’m so glad that we could sneak some baby belly photos in this weekend 🙂 It might have been a cloudy day but these two parents-to-be were full of sunshine. We were able to get some outdoor shots before the rain and had some fun with blocks and bitty baby golf shoes back at my studio. Can’t wait to meet Baby H and take his newborn photos in 5 short weeks <3 Here are a few sneak peeks from their maternity shoot. Enjoy!

summertime baby boy ~ almost family of 3 {charlotte maternity photographer}

summertime baby boy ~ almost family of 3 {charlotte maternity photographer}

summertime baby boy ~ almost family of 3 {charlotte maternity photographer}

summertime baby boy ~ almost family of 3 {charlotte maternity photographer}

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Beth Wade Photography is located outside Charlotte, NC in Lake Wylie, SC. Beth Wade is Charlotte’s premier newborn photographer specializing in artistic custom family photography. As a professional photographer, Beth captures maternitynewbornbaby and family portraits in Charlotte, North Carolina, Lake Wylie-Fort Mill-Tega Cay, South Carolina and all surrounding areas.

summertime baby girl ~ almost family of 3 {charlotte maternity photographer}

By | maternity

It was SUCH a perfect weekend for another spring maternity session! Baby girl H is due July 1st and I’m so glad that we could sneak some baby belly photos in a little early 🙂 I had my eye on a few outdoor locations around the neighborhood, just waiting for the blooms to pop. They usually only last a few days…I would have been heartbroken if we had missed this gorgeous setting! Add in one insanely beautiful mama-to-be and a proud daddy? Photographic masterpiece, folks. Can’t wait to take Baby H’s newborn photos soon too <3 Here are a few sneak peeks from their maternity shoot. Enjoy!

summertime baby girl ~ almost family of 3 {charlotte maternity photographer}

summertime baby girl ~ almost family of 3 {charlotte maternity photographer}

summertime baby girl ~ almost family of 3 {charlotte maternity photographer}

summertime baby girl ~ almost family of 3 {charlotte maternity photographer}

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Beth Wade Photography is located outside Charlotte, NC in Lake Wylie, SC. Beth Wade is Charlotte’s premier newborn photographer specializing in artistic custom family photography. As a professional photographer, Beth captures maternitynewbornbaby and family portraits in Charlotte, North Carolina, Lake Wylie-Fort Mill-Tega Cay, South Carolina and all surrounding areas.

papa’s tree ~ cherry blossom in memory {charlotte family photographer}

By | family, my boys

Spring is my favorite season. I love seeing all the new trees and plants in bloom, seeing the new life that comes back each year!  After losing my dad in 2008, I knew that as soon as we found our “forever” home I wanted to plant a tree in his memory.  It took a while to decide which kind, but we chose a cherry blossom tree to honor him.  I think about my dad every day.  But now it feels a little more like he is always with me and my family.  Each year I look forward to watching his tree bloom.  It’s one of the only large things we planted for landscape in our yard and he’s got the best view of the lake (as he would have wanted!).  Last weekend the blooms finally popped so I had to take some photographs. Thought I’d share a few 🙂  Enjoy! ❤

papa's tree ~ cherry blossom in memory {charlotte family photographer}

papa's tree ~ cherry blossom in memory {charlotte family photographer}

papa's tree ~ cherry blossom in memory {charlotte family photographer}

papa's tree ~ cherry blossom in memory {charlotte family photographer}

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Beth Wade Photography is located outside Charlotte, NC in Lake Wylie, SC. Beth Wade is Charlotte’s premier newborn photographer specializing in artistic custom family photography. As a professional photographer, Beth captures maternitynewbornbaby and family portraits in Charlotte, North Carolina, Lake Wylie-Fort Mill-Tega Cay, South Carolina and all surrounding areas.

springtime pregnancy ~ almost family of 5 {charlotte maternity photographer}

By | maternity, twins

So excited to see this wonderful family today for a spring maternity session! Baby girl V is due very soon and this almost family of 5 couldn’t be happier 🙂 Last time I photographed the V family twin big brothers were about 20 months old! I love watching these guys grow up and can’t wait to meet their little sister for her newborn shoot in a few short weeks <3 Here are a few sneak peek maternity photos – enjoy!

springtime baby girl ~ almost family of 5 {charlotte maternity photographer}

springtime baby girl ~ almost family of 5 {charlotte maternity photographer}

springtime baby girl ~ almost family of 5 {charlotte maternity photographer}

springtime baby girl ~ almost family of 5 {charlotte maternity photographer}

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Beth Wade Photography is located outside Charlotte, NC in Lake Wylie, SC. Beth Wade is Charlotte’s premier newborn photographer specializing in artistic custom family photography. As a professional photographer, Beth captures maternitynewbornbaby and family portraits in Charlotte, North Carolina, Lake Wylie-Fort Mill-Tega Cay, South Carolina and all surrounding areas.