2017 Babies | Charlotte, NC Family Photographer

Is there anything better than a brand new baby? Those tiny fingers and toes. Chubby thighs. Peach fuzz hair everywhere. Gah! Well I had the pleasure of getting to snuggle a few sweet babies in 2017. My first babies of 2017 were my twin nephews! Remember these sweet little owlets?? I can hardly believe they are coming up on their first birthday...where does the time go!?

In September I got to meet Mr. Magnus, the most adorable Viking you ever did see! He was such a good baby for me, letting me pose him and put silly hats on him! And I loved that I was also able to capture some tender, quiet moments with mommy and daddy...and of course some sweet ones with lil' sis as well! 

My last baby of 2017 was beautiful little Olivia ("Livi"). Unlike Magnus who just wanted to sleep, 8 day old Livi just wanted to look around at her new world. She was the most alert newborn I have ever met! And she didn't cry either...she just looked around at everything and everyone. What a cutie!

I love doing these half posed, half lifestyle sessions. I feel like parents get the best of both worlds that way -- cute close up shots of the baby's features, and also sweet memories of those first few days as a new family. I can't wait to snuggle even more babies in the year ahead! 

Alsup Reunion | Charlotte, NC Family Photographer

In my last blog post, I mentioned I had never done an anniversary shoot before. About a month later, I was asked to do ANOTHER session I had never done before -- a family reunion! I couldn't pass this up for a couple of reasons: 

1. The reunion was being held at Castle Hill in Newport, RI

2. It was a 70th surprise luncheon for my client's mom. So sweet! 

3. IT WAS AT CASTLE HILL! (I love this place and had not had the opportunity to shoot there before.)

This family was so fun. They all grew up coming to Newport every Summer. They live all over the country but came together to celebrate their mom's/grandmother's/friend's special day. Again, what a great idea! Hiring a photographer can be for all those momentous occasions like weddings and newborns...but also the more intimate ones where you just want to make sure someone is there to capture it all. 

Procter Anniversary Session | Charlotte, NC Family Photographer

In May, I was contacted by Lee, who was looking to do a special session to celebrate her and her husband Stew's fifth anniversary. I had never been asked to do such a session...but what a great idea! These two lovebirds showed up and were clearly just as in love as they were on their wedding day. Lee wore the same dress she wore on their wedding day and brought a bag full of sentimental props that I was happy to incorporate. Oh, and she had champs (which they happily shared afterwards to toast a successful shoot)! 

There are so many milestones that clients hire me to capture -- engagements, maternity, births, new baby, annual family pictures, etc. This is one that I think goes overlooked. So to all you couples out there...don't forget to celebrate YOU! 

Mommy & Me Mini Sessions at Wicked Tulip Farm

Last April, I wrote my first guest blog post urging moms to get into more pictures with their kids, which inspired me to offer "Mommy & Me" Mother's Day mini-sessions at Wicked Tulip Farm in Johnston, RI. What a beautiful place. If you haven't been, I strongly urge you to visit this Spring! 

My first mother/daughter duo were mama Hillary and her adorable daughter, Isla. As luck would have it, Hillary is from a town in Michigan named Holland! What are the chances of that? And of course she had a traditional dutch dress for Isla to wear, which just put the cuteness of this session over the top!

Second up were mama Sarah and her awesomely spunky daughter, Avery. These two had such a special bond. It was so sweet to see and was exactly what I was hoping to capture and celebrate with these Mother's Day mini sessions! 

Rock 1st Birthday/Family Session | Charlotte, NC Children Photographer

Driving Miss E!
 
New England weather can be…challenging. When Jess contacted me in February about doing a first birthday/family session, it was unseasonably warm. So we were confident that scheduling a March session would be perfect…and then it snowed and/or rained every. single. weekend in March. So we kept rebooking and finally found a date in April that worked. But as luck would have it, the temperature dropped and the wind picked up significantly on the afternoon of the shoot. I had 15 balloons that I was planning to use as part of a mini hot air balloon prop, but the wind blew the balloons into the sea grass and popped them unceremoniously, one by one. Oy. But the Rocks were such troopers and the light that night, combined with the sweet moments I was able to catch, made it all worth it!
 
But as I started edited the session, I felt bad that poor Miss E didn’t have any special birthday girl shots. It was her first birthday after all! I asked Jess if I could come to their house on a Saturday when they were free, to try and get some birthday shots, and she sweetly agreed. I brought my mini hot air balloon supplies again, and Miss E was NOT having it. I guess I don’t blame her…I doubt she likes being put in her crib, so why would she like being put in a basket? But I couldn’t leave a second time with no birthday shots! As I was kicking around some Plan B options, I saw Miss E getting into her Cozy Coupe and it hit me…baby girl was going to get in the car, with balloons tied to it, and take a birthday joy ride down the street. As you can see from the pictures, she loved driving around and her personality came shining through. Such a sweetie!