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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,

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Caroline the Videographer

In case you wanted the transcript- because it's funnier when you understand what she's saying:

"Dad there ya are, right there.
Sissy, sissy, sissy, sissy.
There she is, Emily, I see you. She's crawling thare. Your little tiny eyes are in the picture. You see that? 
No, Emily!
You see it, you see her? You see? That's your face! It's your face all messy. 
Allllll riiiiight. Say cheeeeese.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Almost there, baby

Eleven months. We're almost there, baby. With you being my second somehow I really did believe this go around that we'd never reach this moment in time. That you'd never turn one. Instead, you'd always be my baby. Squirmy, cuddly, mama obsessed baby Emily Kate. But now, somehow, you're supposed to move from baby Emily Kate to toddler Emily Kate. Okay, who am I kidding. You're already toddling. But I refuse to admit it till October 15th. 

All the signs are there. You're big enough to give my feet an ache when I wear you on my back. And at 23 pounds and the 90th percentile for height you can almost wear your big sister's 3 year old wardrobe. You have your first pair of shoes and you sit on the step while I place them on your feet before leaving the house. You walk down the street holding on with just one hand for steadiness. You're less and less a baby. But somehow, you don't feel any less a baby to me than the day you were born. 

The way you look when you fall asleep in my arms. The sweet scent of your head. The happy humming you do when you eat. Your fascination with your big sissy. How life stands still when I let you fall asleep next to me and I watch you sleep. Everything about your babyhood will always feel like only yesterday. It's been bliss. A very, very, very tired bliss as you're not particularly found of sleeping. But a sweet and precious bliss nonetheless. 

You'll always be my baby. Always. 

Thursday, August 20, 2015

This Little Piggy Dance

Caroline is my little dancer through and through. I've got all these videos on my phone of her dancing around anywhere music is playing. Here's Caroline's original choreography for This Little Piggy Went to Market from Sesame Street. If nothing else, skip to 1:50 to watch the grand finale...she does quite the yoga lunge jazz hands finale.

If you're wondering why she dances in front of the oven it's so she can watch herself in the reflection. Self confidence is not lacking in this house clearly. 

Monday, August 10, 2015

Still Catching Up

Here's a little taste of a few fun photo sessions I did from the past year that fell through the need to be blogged cracks until now...

Such a fun family portrait session at American Tobacco Campus.

I've had the joy of photographing this family two years in a row. And my how little O has grown in just a year.

This little boy's two year photos were so much fun. It was a cold late autumn day but he was such a trooper and we had such fun. Added bonus photographing in late fall might mean getting to play in a pile of leaves. You better believe if there are piles of leaves nearby I'll be doing that again for fall photos

 And this sweet baby boy's newborn pictures. I've enjoyed getting to know his mama and big sis on many playground dates.

It's always a joy to be chose to capture precious moments and memories for families. It's a responsibility I don't take lightly and one that will never lose it's magic. Thanks to these sweet families for letting me be a part of capturing moments and memories for them. 

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