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Friday, January 15, 2016

Robertson Family

I could not have had more fun photographing the sweet Robertson family at the home. It was such a wonderful time I really did not want the session to be over. I could have kept photographing till the sun completely set on us. Thanks, Robertson family for letting me be a part of capturing your family memories! 







Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Elsa Portraits

I've mentioned before I think I have the dream job- being able to photograph so many sweet families and have a blast playing with their little ones while snapping photos- who could ask for more? But I think I've realized a new dream: meeting a queen and photographing her! 

Here's a look at an amazingly fun Queen Elsa portrait session I got to do for a dear, dear friend of mine...








Thank you so so much, Rachel, for allowing me to photograph your little queen. It was a dream come true!


Interested in having photos of your little girl in her favorite dress up outfit? Send me an e-mail and let's dream it up! schneiderbethany@gmail.com OR send me a message via my photography page here

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Cashwell Family Portraits

Having the opportunity to photograph a family more than once is so much fun- getting to capture their growing kids. Having that family be a friend is even better. But when that family happens to be close friends and friends who you've been photographing since your kids were babies- honestly it just makes me truly believe I have the dream job. 

Ashley and I had babies just 10 days apart and walked through our first year of motherhood hand in hand. I don't know what I would have done without such a loyal friend during my side that year. She has been a gift in every way I friend can be. Now before I get all weepy with mama joy let's jump into some of my personal favorites from their family Christmas card session...









Thank you, Cashwell family, for giving me the joy of photographing your family again!


To see their other family photo sessions click here and here for a look at their urban inspired family photos in Downtown Durham.



Saturday, November 28, 2015

Family Portraits in Chapel Hill

This fall has been a busy one for us. We moved and I've had the opportunity to photograph lots of sweet families for their Christmas cards. But needless to say I'll be playing catch up in blogging all the photo sessions. Here's a little taste of the Omland family's session in gorgeous Chapel Hill... 






My favorite images often end up being the accidental photo op. Like this one I took during a juice break. You gotta do what you gotta do to keep the little ones happy during a photo session whether it's juice boxes or jelly beans or promises of a movie after. When it comes to family photos bribery never fails!




Thank you so much sweet Omland family for choosing me to capture images for your Christmas cards this year!



Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Caroline, today you are three.

"I guess that I can hold you one more time before you grow.
And tell you that I love you so that you will always know.




Please let me tie your shoe again. 
One day you'll tie your own.
And when you think back to this time I hope it's love I've shown.






Can I help you put your coat on? 
Can I please cut up your meat?
Can I pull you in the wagon? 
Can I pick you up a treat?



One day you just might care for me so let me care for you.
I want to be a part of every little thing you do.



Tonight could I please wash your hair?
Can I put toys in your bath?
Can I help you count your small ten toes before I teach you math?



Let's take another space ship ride up to the planet Zoor,
before our cardboard rocket ship doesn't fit us anymore.




Please let me help you up the hill, while you're still too small to climb.
And let me read you stories while you're young and have the time.



I know the day will come when you will do these things alone.
Will you recall the shoulder rides and all the balls that we have thrown?



So will you let me carry you?
One day you'll walk alone.



I cannot bear to miss one day from now until you're grown.

(poem by Brad Anderson)

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Emily Kate's First Year

Happy first birthday, Emily Kate. We love every little bit of you from the top of your head to the tip of your toes. You're a handful. You're a complete joy. You're the perfect little Emmy and add just the right sugar and spice to our family.


You're in to everything. You climb everything. And that giggle and grin that takes over your little face the moment you realize I've spotted your mischief makes me smile every time no matter the mischief. 


You possess one of those rare smiles that exudes true, pure, absolute joy every single time. Your smiles are the richest treasures I could spend a lifetime gathering.


You rarely sleep and hate naps. You've taught me that I could withstand more than I imagine. And you maybe taught me to become a tad bit dependent on dark chocolate to make it through my days.


You are an unexpected combination of can't sit still long enough to read a book, yet can't get enough of mommy snuggles and kisses. Oh and your cuddles and kisses are the sweetest gifts. Slobbery baby kisses and scrumptious cooing cuddles. I love every single one of them because I love every bit of you. 


You are such a mama's girl and always have been. You are ever crawling after me saying "mamamamamamamama" until I pick you up and tote you around the house with me. Your requests for a nurse are so sweet, a whiny "mamama nununu" followed by a little giggle. 


You love food. You can eat. It's so much fun to watch you munching your food and saying "mmmmmm" almost the entire time you're chewing. And you've been out eating your sister almost since the day you started solids. 


You are a wonder through and through. And I wouldn't change a single thing about you.

All my love,
 Mamamamamamama