The Raleigh Skyline

Downtown Raleigh Family Photography

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It just seems like things have been crazy busy lately, from a super busy spring with my dad’s surgery straight into summer. With having both kids at home, things are definitely a lot busier. And I love summer so much, so I love soaking up summer….one thing I am especially loving right now is the Sunflowers. Ericka had to drag me out on Sunday kicking and screaming because I would have stayed there all night – ha! They are just so beautiful and so fun to shoot in. (We have one more night of minis tonight!) I may or may not have gone back last night just for fun. I will be so so sad when they are gone! I’m just so glad that the City of Raleigh planted them somewhere else this year, and we can all enjoy them. So, back to the topic of being busy, ha! I try to keep editing + getting photos out to clients at the top of my priority list so sometimes blogging gets pushed back, and I loooove blogging my sessions. This evening really just turned out to be perfect. It was one of those great weather days in the middle of unbearable days. We really lucked out, and the kids were just so happy and relaxed. It was such a fun time downtown while this family said goodbye to Raleigh with one more photo session.

According to Mom..

What’s your favorite family activity? We have a weekly “movie night” with candy and popcorn. Everyone looks forward to it.

Who are the members of your family and a quick fact about each one!

Bryon (Husband and Dad): He likes brewing beer, is one of five boys, and enjoys international travel.
Leslie (Wife and Mom): She loves CrossFit, playing with her kids, and recently became a massage therapist.
Oliver (6 years old): He is a sweet boy that loves snuggles, pudding, and his little sister. 
Evelyn (4 and a half years old): She loves playing with Mom and Dad, watching “shows” on her iPad, and going to gymnastics. She wants to learn to ski, to ice skate, and to dance.

What was your favorite part of our session together? It was a beautiful day without a lot of humidity. Becky always makes the session so laid back. There is never any pressure to finish up the session quickly. My favorite part was seeing how much Evelyn loves her brother and how much of a ham she is for the camera.

Tell me about the outfits you wore to the session. Bryon’s clothes were in his wardrob already. I bought Oliver and Evelyn’s at Target. My clothes I bought at Kohl’s. I wanted everyone to be comfortable especially since the session was at a park. The kid’s clothing colors complimented each other, so Bryon and I tried to coordinate.

Did anything eventful happen during your session? Only that Evelyn LOVED being photographed.

Were you worried about any parts of the session beforehand? The only worry was whether or not it would be too hot during the session.

What are some words of wisdom you have for other families preparing for a session? Decide on your clothing well in advance. Also, reach out to Becky and her team if you have any questions about wardrobe or other things.

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First Birthday

Raleigh Family Mini Sessions Photographer

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We have had a lot of Spring + Summer minis this year (Sunflower minis are happening this week!) The images in this post were from our Family Minis at the Little Herb House. We loved this venue so much, and the kids did, too! There were chickens and cows and just all kinds of beautiful backgrounds everywhere around the grounds. It was a fun evening sweating in the heat for some beautiful images. This sweet family was celebrating their baby boy’s first birthday – the last time I photographed them, his Mama was about to have him any day. It was so sweet to see his curls and what a sweetheart he is. He was not interested in his cake at all, but we got some cute pictures of him with it.

We’ve been getting a lot of questions about when fall mini dates will be announced, and the answer is SOON. When sunflower minis are finished, Ericka and I will have a planning meeting and finalize all dates. We have a few on the calendar and some new super cute ideas for this year. (So so excited!) Some will have a holiday theme + some will be more neutral, but so much cuteness! We will also be doing a model call sometime this week for a preview of one of the sessions so keep your eyes glued to facebook and instagram. It’s going to be a super fun holiday season this year!

Styled by Little Apple Styles

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Friday Faves

Holden Beach Family Photographer

A few favorites from this week…

If you have any early reader, I highly recommend the Usborne for Kids Very First Reading Box Set. I was gifted this by my sister-in-law, and Harrison has looooved reading these books. They are similar to the You Read to Me, I’ll Read to You books that I love so much. (There are a lot of those on amazon) The boys have also loved reading How to Babysit a Grandpa with my dad going through so much lately. They think this book is hilarious, and it’s a pretty cute book. (He is doing really great now. Wow, what a journey it has been the last few months!)

Target also has some great sight word puzzles in the one spot this week. One great thing about back to school coming up is all the neat educational stuff that will be out there.

I tried a few new spots at Holden Beach – the Ahora coffee cafe, super yum! Betty’s Waterfront restaurant reopened with new owners and it’s awesome. And…I tried the veggie taco (and I added shrimp) at The Cove. Super yummy. Another new fave is the Bagel Dock Cafe in Shallotte. After going to NYC so much the past few years, oh my, I am hooked on bagels, and these are delicious. My dad and I were laughing about how when we first started coming to Holden there was one restaurant. I just love Holden so much, and love that it really can’t get much bigger. Also, if you want your favorite ice cream at Beaches-n-Cream, you can order it a few days in advance. Awesooome.

So if I had to describe my personality, it would be that I am an over preparer. I think 5 1/2 years of teaching elementary school totally changed that about me. (Planning every minute of every day and even extra activities ha!) I know I stress Ericka out with how I want to over prepare for our mini sessions…So along those lines, I’m totally taking 300 bags to the beach, and you don’t even want to see how I pack for Disney, but I have been trying to to tone it down and become more minimalist. (which is really hard for me not to pack every sock I own when going on vacation) Good article here for those of you who also have this problem.

It’s summer, and we’ve already been to the beach, and you would think I have read all these amazing books, but I honestly have not liked anything on all these recommended summer reading lists. (Send good suggestions please!!) Most of the time, I just make myself keep reading and finish the book. Oh, but I did like the book Crazy Rich Asians which is coming out as a movie in August.

Seeing my boys just light up playing in the ocean. Harrison just loves the waves so much, and giggles and giggles. And I was thankful to squeeze in a few days with one of my BFFS. We have been friends since college, and it was so so great to see her. Friendship has always been important to me, and I’m so thankful when I get time with one of my buddies. It is one of those things that can be really hard to make time for, but I’m just so grateful when it happens.

I’ve been in more of a minimalist mindset, especially since Corinne helped me declutter stuff I didn’t even realize I needed to declutter last September. (PS she is amazing. Not only is she phenomenal at organizing, but at decorating, too. See her website here) We’ve also been focused more on challenges lately like the no spend month which can be tough but also fun. Type Dave Ramseyinto Pinterest and all kinds of amazingness pops up to read. With our Disney annual passes this year, I’m always looking for ways to save so that we can go back.

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Coastal Minis Are Coming Soon! 

Holden Beach Family Photographer

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    We have been hosting Coastal Minis for several years now, and they are one of my favorite parts of the year. So many sweet memories made. And the little ones usually just have so much fun running around, getting messy, wind in their hair, splashing, just happy. We’ve had big groups and small families, and just a really good time at the beach. We’ve even had turtles hatch during one of our sessions. Our Coastal minis are always at Holden Beach. We have a nice quiet spot where there usually isn’t a ton of people in the background which can be frustrating during a photo session. There’s also parking, which can sometimes be hard to find at the beach. If you’re interested in family photography at Holden Beach the week of July 4th, Contact us ASAP. We always have our minis the week of July 4th, and they book up quickly.

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The Purple Flowers

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Ok, I don’t know what these purple flowers were called, and I’m sure there was a label, but I didn’t take a second to see what they are called, but ok, I LOVE THEM. This is a definitely a favorite little spot, and they didn’t bloom long, but I’m going to try to come back to this spot again next year, because you know, love, love, love. This session was before all the extreme heat that’s been going on outside right now. (I don’t even want to go outside at all, not even for short walks from the car to the store entrance. I need one of those clip on fans that you wear at Disney World.) It had been a year since I photographed this sweet family, and I was so excited to meet baby sister. She was just precious, and both of them were just so chill and happy the whole session. Who doesn’t love to explore a garden and stop and smell the flowers?

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