Oh what a blessing it is to have the privilege of documenting all kinds of precious milestones in a couple’s life. I recall my very first meeting with Chris and Kelsey, at a Starbucks in the University area of Charlotte! Chris had driven all the way from work in Greensboro to meet Kelsey and I for coffee to discuss the possibility of me and Brian capturing their wedding day. Needless to say, we did (and you can view their engagements, bridal portraits and wedding images all on our blog). And we were blushing with expectancy of our first baby Avonlea as we shot their wedding!
And now here we are, just over two years later, capturing the next major milestone in Chris and Kelsey’s journey together! Their first child, sweet Baby Aubrey Denise. She is the spitting image of her Daddy, and shares her father’s adoration of her mother.
When Kelsey contacted me soon after Aubrey’s birth, it was actually to ask if I knew of any newborn photographers in the Greensboro, NC area! When I mentioned that we offer lifestyle newborn/ family sessions, she quickly responded asking to set a date! As we wrapped up their session, Chris gave us an incredible compliment: he said that as soon as Kelsey had informed him that we offered a newborn session and could capture their sweet new family of three, his response was, “Let’s do it! We already know the photos will be great.”
What an honor it was to be invited into their home… into the sweet, precious little moments of snuggles, coos, face-making and hand-holding. And what an honor it was to see their walls covered end to end with our previous work! Frames of every size held engagement, bridal and wedding photos on every wall, and it was such a sweet reminder of how much we love what we do!
Enjoy some of our favorites from Chris and Kelsey’s lifestyle newborn session with their precious Aubrey. There is nothing quite like the newness of parenthood, and getting to know the soul that brought it about in your life.
Wow… Looking back on this and our last several blog-posts, it blows our minds how bad we were about blogging this past fall! Sorrry, everyone, for depriving you all from this ADORABLE family/lifestyle session of Brian’s brother, Kevin, and Kevin’s sweet little family!
We met Kevin, our sister-in-law, Beth, and our two incredibly cute nieces, Olivia (4) and Isabella (2, 1/5) in a field the day before Thanksgiving at sunset to try to accomplish that which, until that day, had not been accomplished before: capture some really amazing images of the four of them as a family! Ever since Bella was born, Kevin and Beth’s lives have been pretty jam-packed! Shortly after Bella was born 16 weeks early at 15.5 oz and was kept in the hospital for the first 4 months of her life, Olivia was diagnosed with high-functioning autism. So… they’ve been a little busy : )
Isabella, who goes by “Bella,” is just a little natural in front of the camera. Girl knows how to “work it,” and pose and smile! She has a big heart, which is just so full that very often she needs to let out a good squeal. So precious and adorable in photographs!
Before Olivia’s autism was confirmed, we’d tried a few times to take more formal portraits of her and didn’t do so hot. Not to say, at all, that Olivia didn’t do well in front of the camera- Brian and I just had no idea that taking photos of Olivia would need to be approached in a slightly different way than would photographing a child without autism. Because of her brilliant scientific mind and her passionate love for her family, she likes to be the one taking photos and telling people to “say cheese” if ever she lays eyes on a camera. She loves to experiment, figure out what all of the buttons do and see the immediate fruition of creating a photograph ; ) We did a little research beforehand this time, and discovered that there are actually photographers out there who’s sole subjects are children with special needs, because it is such a specialized demand. We read up and found out more about how to capture Olivia’s strengths and her sweet spirit on-camera in a more autism-compatible way, and the session went beautifully!
These images are a series we’re totally proud of, celebrating these girls’ curiosity and enthusiasm for life and the love within their family. They were a blast to capture! Check out a few of our favorites from Kevin, Beth, Olivia and Isabella’s family/lifestyle session!
This was something fun that we’d been wanting to for a long time- we take a lot of engagement portraits, but we’ve been dying to capture an actual engagement happen! When our wonderful intern, Christyn, told us that her sister, Amber’s boyfriend was planning on proposing to Amber, we had our opportunity : ) Rodney asked his immediate family and Amber’s family to decorate their favorite Starbucks with pictures of them together, as well as flowers and candles in Amber’s favorite color! Oh ya, and did we mention that it was Amber’s birthday? When Rodney and Amber entered the Starbucks and Amber saw all the decorations and their families yelled “Surprise!,” she assumed it was some sort of surprise birthday celebration. And then she turned around to find Rodney on his knee with a ring box! It was a fun, beautiful and emotional moment and we’re so glad we were asked to capture it!