What a joy to photograph this family. Baby Caroline arrived just before the new year and is absolutely the calmest, happiest little lady. Big sister Cathryn was full of kisses and hugs and yet also, at times, totally uninterested in little sis. Completely normal and perfect in every way.
Geez! Almost three months since my last blog post. Spring has been full of shooting, editing, mothering, building a house and finding time for myself here and there too. Not to mention a jaunt to New Orleans for an incredible learning experience with some of the most talented photographers in the country. I don't want anymore time to pass though without sharing a few recent family sessions that completely fill my heart. This is one of them.
I photographed this beautiful family a few weeks ago in Tarboro shortly after welcoming their second baby boy into the world. We had a perfect, easy morning together.
I met and photographed adorable baby Jack at just three weeks old. I've known his mama for a long time which made our session extra special. We shared a lot of laughs which is basically just the only sensible way to handle life with a newborn. It was a great afternoon.
Ahhh six months old is such a wonderful little age. Thomas has so much personality and the best expressions. His parents love him so dearly and they are quickly becoming one of my favorite little families to photograph. We had such a good morning together.
This pretty mama was literally glowing the other night during our maternity session. I met her and her husband Kevin at the art museum in Raleigh and we had the best time together. Pregnancy is one of my most favorite seasons to document.
An adorable baby, a sweet dog and a gorgeous light-filled home are what make my job not a job. New parents madly in love with their fresh little boy creature are the icing on top. I love everything about this beautiful newborn session.
There's nothing I love more than photographing a family over and over as each year brings so much change and new growth. Being invited into a home to document real life, especially in the early days with a new baby, is a huge privilege. Here's a peek at my morning with Jennifer, Tripp and their little ones Evelyn and Parker.
A crazy happy baby in a room full of sunlight is pretty much the best thing ever. Throw in two well-behaved dogs, a cat and a sweet mama and there's really nothing better. I photographed Courtney and her seven-month-old daughter Bonnie several mornings ago and everything about everything was a-okay.
I love the connection that comes from photographing a family multiple times. It's always an honor to be asked back even once. This was my fourth time photographing Elise and Mitch's family - but my first for their new addition Adelaide. She was an absolute doll and already very very well loved - especially by big brother Webb.
What an incredible year. Close to 60 families invited me into their homes (or similarly special places) to document their laughter, new babies, favorite toys, vegetable gardens, pets and, most importantly, their love for one another. My goal with every family session is to capture these ordinary things in the most real and beautiful way I know how. Often that means showing the wrinkles, messy playrooms and scabs. Authentic storytelling is my jam and I am eternally grateful to the people, my clients and friends, who trust me with their stories. Here's a smattering from this past year's family sessions.
I spent a recent afternoon with Jenn and Davis and their new fella Curren at their home on the Tar River. They're all pretty in love with each other and rightfully so.
This sweet couple welcomed baby Charlie just a few weeks ago and, naturally, are completely in love with him. Lucky me got to capture all the newborn goodness through my lens.
I met Katie, Kyle and their newly minted one-year-old Evie a couple weeks ago in Raleigh at Katie's childhood home. The light in Katie's old bedroom was perfection so that's where we started. We then ventured down the street towards Shelley Lake in search of more good light. It was a morning well spent...
The little man is five months today and it's blowing my mind. I want to remember everything that's so perfect and terrible and messy and precious about this stage of life. The rolling over, the sitting up, the two bottom teeth, the way he laughs at the dogs and lights up at his dad and me. Even the tears! I want to remember them too. It's all pretty beautiful.
I love this little family so much. Ryce and Matt welcomed baby John Matthew to the world and celebrated their first wedding anniversary just weeks apart. Talk about a beautiful year! It was such an honor and joy to document a slice of their sweet new chapter.
I photographed (and swapped stories with) Mary Elizabeth, Alex and their new little love James a few weeks ago in their beautiful light-filled Raleigh home. Their first child, Duncan, kept a close eye on us and the proud new grands joined for a few photos as well. I loved my afternoon with them!
Jessie, Brack and big sis Mackenzie welcomed baby Brinlee to their family last month. She's just precious and has made herself right at home!
I had the pleasure of photographing Merrill, Travis and nine-month-old Brinson a couple weeks ago in Greenville. I photographed baby Brinson when she was first born so it was great fun to see her again and ohh and ahh over how much she's grown in just a matter of months.
Well, my little guy turned a month old yesterday and I'm patting myself on the back for managing to not share all 8,000 photos I've taken since day one. It's been an amazing journey to say the least and we are still in awe of every sneeze, burp, hiccup and grunt. He's walked through the woods and along the ocean, met two of his four great-grandparents, and brought me to tears just looking at him. As they say, he's a keeper.