Who Needs Sleep?

Chapel Hill Raleigh Newborn Photographer

So I have to tell you something really funny about me – I am the most awkward hugger. like seriously ever. As I’m writing this, I can only see my husband cracking up as he as witnessed me trying to hug someone many times. So anyways, if you need a good laugh, try to hug me next time you see me. Or save me the embarrassment and run the other direction hahahahaha. I have no idea where this comes from and I apologize if I have ever hugged you awkwardly. It’s not you, it’s me. My closest friends make fun of me and hugging, and I totally own it. I just had to share this fact about me because it makes me laugh! Ok, on to the most precious newborn session!

You can’t tell by the images, but this little one was determined to stay awake her entire session. With a lot of soothing, we managed to get her to sleep, but she did not want to miss a thing. She also loved her Grandma holding her hand, which was just so sweet. Her puppies were also hilarious, one letting me know she was boss as soon as I got there, and the other one hovering everywhere we went and wanting to be photographed. What a sweet day photographing this sweet family of three.

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So let me tell you about ordering bananas on Amazon Prime Now. If I order bananas online, it’s usually been through the Harris Teeter online shopping I think, where you add each banana individually. Somewhere in my life I have ordered bananas individually online – ha, I just know it!  I was kind of in a hurry the other day (I order all my Mac Passports usually from prime now. When I’m working and I run out of hard drive space, I need one ASAP) so I’m sure I was like what else do I need, oh a bunch of bananas so 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 or something like that, and BOOM! 6 or 7 bunches of bananas appeared at my door a few hours later. Now a friend of mine had this happen a long time ago and I remember her telling me about all of the banana bread she was going to make, so it looks like I’m going to be doing a lot of baking in the next few days! Banana muffins + banana bread for everyone! (And thank you Jen for bringing over that awesome gluten free sugar free banana muffin the other day, I think I’m going to need the recipe!) I’m 0-2 this week if you read about my fight with coconut oil here.

So back to the topic of this sweet newborn session. I first met this sweet family at their newborn portraits for their first baby girl. We’ve had so many mini sessions together, and so it was so awesome to see the two sisters together. She was just ecstatic to kiss her baby sister – it was adorable! All the smiles you see are right after a big kissing sound! Their parents are just so laid back and go with the flow, and that makes for such a great session. Big sister ate a lot of raisins, her daddy read a lot of Goodnight Moon, and we all laughed a lot! Super fun to photograph these four and was thrilled to capture their newborn portraits.

According to Mom…

What was the first thing you thought when you saw your baby for the first time? Relief that she was okay and joy that my labor was over. And all that hair!

What was your favorite part of our session together? Her big sister had a lot of fun and enjoyed taking pictures with her new sister. The raisins helped.

How did you prepare the baby for our photoshoot? Mani/pedi, blowout, glam squad – the usual.

How was your experience having your newborn photographed? Were you nervous or worried beforehand? I trust Becky to get good shots no matter what happens in real life, so I wasn’t that nervous. It turned out great!

What would be your advice to someone getting newborn photographs taken? Relax.

Do you have other chilren? How did they react to the baby? Normally Giuliana is overly affectionate to the point of injury with her sister, but she did a great job at the photo shoot!

How would you describe your perfect Saturday as a family? No one is sick, we eat pancakes and play outside.

Any advice to other families picking out wardrobe or preparing for a session? Ask Little Apple Styles and invest in a good pair of maternity jeans.

Styled by Little Apple Styles

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One Month To Go

Raleigh Wildflowers Maternity Family Photographer

So one of my friends was chatting about coconut oil and how great it is for your hair. So I tried it a few days ago. I was thinking, oh this is going to help my hair so much. I was actually cooking with coconut oil when the great idea to slather it all over my hair popped into my brain. If you google it, of course, everyone will tell you how wonderful coconut oil is for your hair. So I was like oh, this is great. I’ll do a face mask and then coconut oil in my hair and that’s a super pampering evening. My hair looked like a sopping mess of oil for like ever. I am not even kidding. No one on the wonderful coconut oil is so good for you blogs explained that you might have oily nasty hair for forever. I tried every “remedy’ out there which includes a gallon of dry shampoo, castille soap, and I was about to put eggs in my hair. I was a bit skeptical on that one, but after round six of castille soap, and dry shampoo, there was hope. All this being said, I am not in the coconut oil for your hair bandwagon. So if you were thinking about it, make sure you block out a week of washing your hair and not seeing anyone and probably adding everything back in with all the shampoo and soap to get the oil out. All of this to save everyone else out there from coconut oil drama.And if I photographed your family with oily hair this week, I apologize. At least the oil smells good!

All of that being said, I got to photograph this sweet family a couple of weeks ago. I first met them when they were expecting their first little boy, and was so excited to see them again! We had a gorgeous afternoon, gorgeous light + some beautiful blooms! This little one kept us on our toes and was full of smiles for his family portraits. They only have one month to go until their sweet little one is born! So exciting!

Styled by Little Apple Styles

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The Battle of Guilford Courthouse

Greensboro Reenactment

Owen has been studying the Revolutionary War at school, and has been chatting about it nonstop. When Our State Magazine featured the reenactment, I knew we would have to go. Plus, I grew up in Greensboro so it was cool to learn about. Michael was out of town on a church Men’s retreat and my parents live in Greensboro so win win. I got to spend time with my Mom + the boys got to learn about history. We learned a lot about the actual battles that took place in Greensboro, where they were, and all of the different types of soldiers. Harrison may have even been more fascinated than Owen. We ended up sitting next to one of Owen’s friends from school in Raleigh, which was super fun to run into them. They had a whole tent camp set up for you to wonder through, which was really neat to see. Then, all of the soldiers marched to war and more soldiers joined in the marching. The place was packed out and I ended up standing next to another photographer so we chatted about photographing the whole thing #teamcanon The Battle of Guilford Courthouse was an important part of the war and you can read more about it here. After all the hiking through the park. we headed to Ozzie’s for ice cream. If you live in Greensboro, and haven’t been, it’s delicious! Almost as good as Beaches-n-Cream:)

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The Laundry Room + The Library

Raleigh Photographer

So I rarely photograph bridal portraits, but this was one I could not pass up. We are so thankful for her and how she has loved on the boys so much. They absolutely adore her and she has helped me so much with photographing them, too! I tried to find the picture of Riley with my stroller and a huge teepee headed out to Joyner Park. She also helped me with this epic Halloween shoot.

So you know how North Carolina summers are? A million degrees! (These were taken last summer, and she got married last August. I know, I know, I should have shared sooner..but you have to wait until after the wedding, and by then I just forgot!) Like so so unbearably hot sometimes in the evenings and pretty much all day. With her traveling schedule and when she would be home and then the wedding fast approaching, we had a super small window to take her bridal portraits. To avoid the heat, we looked for something indoors that was also close because the limited amount of time that we had..And what did we end up with?

A laundry room + the library. Yep, that’s where these were taken! I have never photographed anyone in their laundry room so a bridal portrait sounded like the best place to start. The room was just gorgeous and I wish I could find the behind the scenes. Her mom and I were just giggling the whole time. She was such a beautiful bride, and we definitely had so much fun taking these! The library was also thrilled we wanted to use their space. I mean, those windows! So, so pretty! So many memories made this day. We love you, Riley!

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