Sweet Caroline… {Waxhaw, NC Newborn Lifestyle Photographer}

It’s been such a joy to watch these sweet friends welcome their first baby girl in July of 2012 and then document their newest little girl, Caroline who was born last month. Daddy is definitely out numbered in this house (they even have a female dog) but they sure know how to make him smile. I just love watching a father with his daughter…. From the way he looks at her to the way he talks to her and everything in between. It gets me every time!

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2014-08-21_0012Such a proud big sister! Took her awhile to join in on the fun but when she did it was just perfect!

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Cousins {Charlotte, NC Children’s Photographer}

It was so nice to finally meet all five of these kids! I’ve heard so many wonderful things about them since their aunt is a very good friend of mine. When she told me that her sister and her two children (the oldest and the youngest) were coming all the way here from Lusaka, Zambia for vacation and one of the things they wanted to do while they were visiting was to have pictures taken of all the cousins together since they hadn’t had “professional” pictures done before, I couldn’t wait. I loved that they had complete trust in me and let me take the kids away from where they were so I could just have fun with them. I would say it worked pretty well and breaking a sweat was totally worth it!

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I absolutely LOVE this image for so many reasons…. so much joy in this capture!

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I was told big brother was going to be a tough cookie…..

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Mac is 9 Months {Charlotte, NC Children’s Photographer}

If this handsome little boy looks familiar its because I just saw him a few months ago for his Christening pictures. Isn’t it crazy how much a child grows in the first year! At our last session Mac wasn’t even completely sitting up yet and now he’s almost walking! A couple times during this session, his mom and I thought he was going to take a first step! I’m pretty sure he’ll be running when I see him in the Fall.

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Love his chubby little baby feet and how he crunched his toes to grip the floor when he pulled himself up.

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His eyes are the prettiest shade of blue!

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Miles makes Four! {Charlotte, NC Newborn Lifestyle Photographer}

Could this image get any sweeter? I remember talking to Tish on the phone a few weeks before Miles was due to discuss the details for our session and like most expectant mothers that already have some kiddos at home, she was concerned about how Max would act during the shoot. If he would cooperate, listen, follow directions and so on. I told her that it was important that we made Max feel special from the beginning and I let her know that when I got to her house I wouldn’t go right to the new baby but instead “hang out” with Max. I also suggested that we let things “unfold naturally” rather than feel like we had to stick to a very structured agenda for the shoot. Lucky for me, this wasn’t the first time Max and I met. I actually photographed Max when he was a few days old, but I’m pretty sure he didn’t remember who I was. However, I must say he warmed up to me very quickly (wink, wink). ENJOY!2014-07-23_00102014-07-23_00112014-07-23_00122014-07-23_00092014-07-23_00082014-07-23_00062014-07-23_00072014-07-23_00042014-07-23_00052014-07-23_00032014-07-23_00022014-07-23_00012014-07-23_00182014-07-23_00162014-07-23_00142014-07-23_00152014-07-23_00132014-07-23_0017

Field of Dreams 2014 {Waxhaw, NC Family Photographer}

I can’t even begin to tell you what an impact this event had on my heart. When Julie with Old South Studios asked me to be a photographer for this years Field of Dreams event and share these memories with these very special families going through some very difficult times I gladly said yes.

Julie started Field of Dreams in July of 2011. She invites any family in NC or SC experiencing childhood cancer to join us for one night in her amazing sunflower fields for complimentary, professional family portraits. As Julie explains it so perfectly , “For just one night, we want to reclaim the JOY cancer has attempted to steal. We were able to produce beautiful family portraits at a time many families would shy away from the camera.  But, we know this is a defining moment in their history, a chapter in their journey that deserves honor.”

I had the pleasure of meeting and photographing 3 very special families that night and I couldn’t be more excited to be apart of this awesome event next year!

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2014-08-26_0005This mother and daughter who assisted me during the night were so AWESOME! They carried my gear, brought me water and kept giving me the sweetest compliments! You girls were the best:)

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