families

Cuties | Raleigh Family Photographer

Let me introduce you to THE MOST adorable family I’ve ever met….the Chaffee family.

Katie and I met through good ole Instagram a few years ago and were finally able to connect for a session when I was traveling through their lovely hometown of Richmond, Virginia a few weeks ago. The weather might have turned on us, and the mosquitos might have been out in full force (keeping our session to more a mini session), but there was cuteness galore. And this session has me itching for all of my upcoming family sessions (and mini sessions) this fall here in Raleigh! I’m pretty sure in-home family sessions will always have my heart, but there sure is something pretty special about flowering trees, yummy light and outdoor spaces!

If you’re interested in scheduling a FULL or MINI session this fall, I have just a few spots left! Family sessions can take place at your home or an ourdoor location of your choice! Fall mini sessions are scheduled in 20 minute blocks on October 26, 2019! Call or email me for session details (or just click this link right here).

The Story of Us | Holly Springs Family Photographer

I have had so many in home family sessions this year and my heart is so happy. The vibe of a family session at home is so totally different than an outdoor family session. Both are wonderful and both make for such beautiful pictures, but there’s just something about capturing a family in their happy place.

Being at home allows everyone to take a collective sigh of relief and just relax. It makes everyone loosen up a little and really settle into that normal rhythm of a family.

And don’t worry! In home sessions also include a mix of outdoor images as well! You don’t need a local park or random field to create beautiful outdoor images. My focus is always on the love, emotion and connection of a family and I can capture that just about anywhere!

If you’re interested in scheduling a session in 2019, I have just a few spots left! Most family and newborn sessions are done in your home + fave places...we usually always venture outside around your home to play (weather permitting). Some folks like to do just their house and yard, some folks like to do just one room of their house and their favorite park up the road. We're not meeting in some random park or place you've never been before. These are the places that matter most to you. This stage/house/moment you're at right now will be totally different and changed and just "where in the world did time go?" a year from now. Take the time to capture your here and now. I promise you will NEVER regret preserving those in-between moments. Call or email me for session details (or just click this link right here).

Sweet Giggles | Charleston Family Photographer

Most of my sessions are booked in Raleigh, NC, but whenever I get a chance to travel, I am packed and ready in no time! This dreamy lifestyle family session was in Charleston, SC during my April Feels Like Home event! The house was so perfect and the Anderson family were all smiles and giggles (as you will see below)!

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SO WHAT’S A SESSION WITH ME LIKE, ANYWAYS?

If you’ve ever had a newborn or family session with me, you know that I am a good mix of hands on and hands off! My inner kid basically wants to just chat and play with your children the entire time (and I make LOTS of little friends I would love to put in my pocket and take home), but the photographer in me steps in here and there to make sure we are getting in the right light, the right position and are getting those moments I know your family wants so much!

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FIRST THINGS FIRST

My sessions typically start with getting what I call the “grandma photos” out of the way! I’ve learned that I basically have about 3.5 minutes while your kids are still a little unsure of me to snag the family photos and the mom/kids and dad/kids portraits. After those 3.5 minutes everything is probably about to get a little crazy and corralling everyone together and getting everyone to LOOK at me is going to be more challenging, so I get those portraits out of the way right in the beginning.

THEN THE FUN BEGINS

Now that those family portraits are out of the way, it’s time to have some fun! Again, I am a mix of hands on and hands off and will usually set you and your family up in a certain place with beautiful light and then take a step back and become an observer. I’m always watching for how moms and dads interact with each other and the children and am trying to capture those “in-between” moments.

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BUT IT FEELS SO WEIRD TO BE PHOTOGRAPHED

I get it. I totally do. Being in front of the camera can feel so incredibly awkward! You wonder if you’re doing the right thing or facing the right way and then your mind gets the best of you and you don’t even know what to do anymore! I promise I'll be there to guide you! I always make sure to encourage you and tell your family how amazing they are - and if I’m not saying anything or giving you any tips, then you are doing EVERYTHING you are supposed to be doing. By this time in a session, everyone has relaxed a little and those “natural” moments will come easier for you. You will start settling into your “normal” interaction with your hubby and babies and the magic will happen. It always does.

Interested in scheduling a session in 2019? Most family and newborn sessions are done in your home + fave places...we usually always venture outside around your home to play (weather permitting). Some folks like to do just their house and yard, some folks like to do just one room of their house and their favorite park up the road. We're not meeting in some random park or place you've never been before. These are the places that matter most to you. This stage/house/moment you're at right now will be totally different and changed and just "where in the world did time go?" a year from now. Take the time to capture your here and now. I promise you will NEVER regret preserving those in-between moments. Call or email me for session details (or just click this link right here).

Sweet Summertime | Raleigh Family Photographer

This Raleigh lifestyle family session was FULL of sunshine, smiles, popsicles and sprinklers. I mean, can you think of a better way to spend any day, much less a day of a family photography session? The Edwards have been clients of mine for years and I am so incredibly grateful I’ve been able to watch and document their family grow and change! Their two oldest babies were teeny tiny for our first session - and they’ve added one more to the mix since then! It truly is an unbelievable honor to grow with a family!

When we were planning the session, mama Danielle really wanted to these photos to be all about SUMMER and the idea just made my heart skip a beat! Being able to capture a family in their own home doing what they do everyday already is a true blessing! Throw in bathing suits, cute tushes and popsicles and I’m like a kid in a candy store!

Check out a glimpse of our fun afternoon family session below! And if you’re interested in capturing your family as you are NOW, I would love to chat with you! The goal with all of my sessions is to bring you more than just pretty pictures where everyone is smiling at the camera (don’t worry, we’ll do those too). I want to give you a glimpse of how beautiful your everyday truly is! I promise these are the moments that will bring tears to your eyes years down the road! Call or email me for session details (or just click this link right here).

Heart + Soul | Raleigh Family Film Photographer

I may be a lifestyle family and newborn photographer, but do you know what? Yesterday I created our 2018 photo book and I realized something as I was making the album… I AM ONLY IN LIKE 3 PHOTOS. What in the world?? 3 photos people!! And one of those was a “selfie”.

Clearly I am the one always behind the camera, but us mamas have to make a point to get in the frame. To show our babies we were there. To give them snuggles, tickles and love on them while someone else captures these moments. Yesterday hit home HARD for me. It made me realize how no one is going to point a camera at me and suggest I get in the frame. I have to make it happen. I have to set my camera up, get it all ready and pass it off to my husband or a stranger to “hopefully” get me in the frame, lo. And I have to book my own photography session because I want to put on something pretty and snuggle on my babies and have something more than just snapshots. So this is your friendly reminder, mamas, to MAKE SURE YOU ARE IN THE FRAME. It is so important for so many reasons. You will thank me.

And now on to the adorable Harrison family, who I am a tad bit obsessed with…… They had so much heart and soul for each other and being able to capture them as a family was just the best ever.

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Interested in scheduling a session in 2019? Most family and newborn sessions are done in your home + fave places...we usually always venture outside around your home to play  (weather permitting). Some folks like to do just their house and yard, some folks like to do just one room of their house and their favorite park up the road. We're not meeting in some random park or place you've never been before. These are the places that matter most to you. This stage/house/moment you're at right now will be totally different and changed and just "where in the world did time go?" a year from now. Take the time to capture your here and now. I promise you will NEVER regret preserving those in-between moments. Call or email me for session details (or just click this link right here).

Sunrise in Charleston | Charleston Family Photographer

Sunrise in Charleston | Charleston Family Photographer

A beautiful sunrise session in Charleston, SC.

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Their Beach | Destination Film Photographer

Their Beach | Destination Film Photographer

Making magic on a deserted beach in Long Island, NY.

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Motherhood Portraits | Raleigh Family Film Photographer

Motherhood Portraits | Raleigh Family Film Photographer

Mama - the glue that keeps everything together.

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Doser Family | Wake Forest Family Photographer

Doser Family | Wake Forest Family Photographer

The most adorable family ever in our Wake Forest, NC studio!

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Mama's World | Destination Film Photographer

Mama's World | Destination Film Photographer

The sweetest morning with the sweetest trio.

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Saying Goodbye | Raleigh Family Film Photographer

Saying Goodbye | Raleigh Family Film Photographer

A sweet friend moves from Hillsbourough, NC to California with her family.

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5 Reasons to Book a Studio Session | Raleigh Family Film Photographer

5 Reasons to Book a Studio Session | Raleigh Family Film Photographer

Five reasons to book a studio session..

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Their Now | Raleigh Family Film Photographer

Their Now | Raleigh Family Film Photographer

As a family waits for a new baby girl to arrive, they capture some sweet moments in their first home before moving to the next.

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Party of Five | Raleigh Newborn Film Photographer

Party of Five | Raleigh Newborn Film Photographer

A growing family of five welcomes baby Henry.

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Be the light | Raleigh Family Film Photographer

Be the light | Raleigh Family Film Photographer

A dreamy sunset session with three sisters and two loving parents in Raleigh, North Carolina.

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