When I came to Charleston last spring to apartment hunt, my hosts gave me the best east-of-the-Cooper tour. As soon as I saw Alhambra Hall, I knew it would become a favorite location for mini sessions. The light is truly dreamy as the sun lowers over the water. The sea grasses drink up the golden tones and create a soft, warm backdrop. I just love it!
I hadn’t worked with twins in a little while – well – not two active, identical boys – but, of course I am always game to wrangle kiddos. Mom mentioned she tried to take a family picture on her own for the family’s annual Christmas card before reaching out to me. She was ready for a pro to take over! We met at Alhambra Hall, one twin happy (and told so!) the other, less than enthused. While the boys needed a few minutes to get some wiggles out, their older sister, Rowan, happily took some solo portraits. She was a total pro! It’s not often I don’t need to prompt or make silly noises to get a child’s attention, it was awesome! LOL
The ‘S’ family looked great in their coordinating outfits. Not too matchy, and just enough Holiday color.The boys were all about running and exploring the marshy grounds. When kids need to do their own thing between posing, it gives me an opportunity to capture genuine smiles and interactions, so I don’t object.
We wrapped up with some family cuddles and lollipops. Because sometimes lollipops are necessary, haha. By the end, even Declan, who started off unimpressed, was having fun!
Thank you ‘S’ family! I can’t wait to do it again!
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As I sit here in my Mount Pleasant apartment watching the snow fall…yes, SNOW is falling in Charleston today for the first time in about 8 years…I figure this is an appropriate time to share some favorite images from my Christmas Tree sessions in NJ.
This past November I traveled up north, and was lucky enough to see so many of my favorite families again. I caught up with 11 of my past newborns, met one new family, learned that 4 of my mama’s are expecting again and received lots of hugs and did lots of gushing.
Once again, Wolgast Christmas Tree Farm hosted us. The trees looked even better this year and I’m so grateful for their hospitality!
My favorite girl and her Mama.
Some families get a little more into photos than others. Lol.
Baby Poppy was my last newborn in NJ just a few short months before.
Why wait for the holiday season to book a family session? It’s always a good time to head outdoors to capture sweet family memories here in Charleston. Send me an email to receive details on 2018 sessions!
I first photographed Mackenzie as a newborn last November, and I was so happy to see her again as a smiley, fun one-year-old. I traveled from Charleston up to NJ this Fall and saw several clients, but this session is probably my favorite! We started with a pretty purple cake smash session, then headed out to a park for family photos. The light was gorgeous, baby was in a great mood, and Mom&Dad were all in!
Mackenzie loved her cake, although it may have been mostly frosting 🙂
The weather this particular weekend wasn’t the best, but the sun did cooperate long enough for some pretty flare.
I always think of mothers looking back on these images with their babies 16 or so years from now. It’s so important to be IN images with your children.
We didn’t want to feature the NYC skyline, but it is hard not to be tempted at least a little.
Thank you again, ‘F’ family!
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Renee and Joe helped me illustrate the style of maternity photography I enjoy with this romantic couples session. While waiting to photograph their newborn daughter, I was also trying to find my happy place with maternity sessions. I asked and they were game!
There are many ways to approach maternity sessions, but what I love most is natural evening light and real emotion. Bringing couples outdoors to my favorite locations works for me.
I like to make maternity sessions about connection first and the bump as a sweet secondary element. Sort of the icing on the cake.
This light was perfection!
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Ahh, Charlotte, the cutest little newborn bunny you ever did see! She arrived JUST in the nick of time and was (bittersweetly) my last NJ newborn.
I arrived for her session on her 5th day (thank you, Mama!) and she was a little angel! Mom requested a bucket setup, and I just love how tiny and sweet Charlotte looks in it. Mom also wanted to incorporate a bunny theme into a few images, so we used my little knit bonnet (one of my favorites) and a cute plush from her nursery. I really love this session not only because the images are personalized and pretty, but because I had such a wonderful time getting to know Charlottes parents and grandmother. It’s a special one 🙂
Be sure to scroll all the way to the end to catch that smile she threw for mommy!
I think that’s an “almost” smirk above.
Look at this eye contact! Charlotte was so good awake…for a while, haha.
You can always get a sense of the newness and smallness of a baby in Daddy’s hands. So sweet. And how amazing is that grin she gave in Mama’s arms?!
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Taylor was such a gorgeous sweetie. Her parents should be models, so it’s no surprise, lol. Her mom mentioned ahead of time that she wanted to incorporate her own childhood ballet slippers and a tutu into her little newborn ballerina’s session. Little keepsakes like this create an even more personalized set of images, and that’s what it’s all about!
Mom and dad didn’t hover while I worked with their little dumpling, which was wonderful for me because then I can just do my thang. Taylor did take some time to settle, so I think her parents were happy to sit back and relax with some music while I worked. Since they didn’t watch, when I came back for their ordering appointment, they were surprised and delighted with every image. It was a lot of fun for all of us.
Taylor is one of my 2017 favorites, and I can’t wait to see her for a one year session in the spring!
That gorgeous pout and cheeks, couldn’t you just squeeze her!? haha
Mom’s ballet shoes and a newborn sized tutu will serve as a keepsake as Taylor grows, and maybe loves ballet for herself in a few years.
I love girls in shades of blue, too. It’s not just for the boys!
Think she’s dreaming of becoming a ballerina? Thanks again, K family!
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Love is Love, y’all! I was lucky enough to meet baby Ava and her two sweet moms before I left NJ this summer. She put up a little bit of a fight at first, but of course…we won, haha.
To honor Pride month (Ava was born in June), we decided to do a rainbow setup. Ava was happy to be curled up like a little bug and I’m so happy with the way it turned out.
We had such a nice time chatting and getting to know each other, I just love being welcomed into my clients homes. 🙂
I always bring a good collection of colorful wraps, this time I used them to make a rainbow. Ava was very alert during this setup, but she was content all curled up, too sweet.
This is how she was happiest, curled up as if she were still in the womb. I love that 🙂 And look at those amazing cheeks! So squeezable! lol
Congrats again, A+K!
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I can’t believe I haven’t shared Arabella’s session yet! She was a sweet military newborn client way back in April of this year. Mama wanted to incorporate some of daddy Army gear into a few images, and I’m so pleased with the way it turned out. I love how soft and feminine Arabella is against her Dad’s worn camouflage jacket, it’s just the sweetest thing. It will be fun to compare how big she is with this jacket at one year.
She was pretty content during our session. I say it all the time, but being calm and relaxed during a newborn session (along with having a full baby) is a huge part of the success.
We had quite a few chuckles, a poo explosion, and a chorus of dogs in the background, lol. It was really a pleasure to work with them! I know her mom lovvvves the images and she has a beautiful album to remember how tiny her girl was.
Is there anything cuter than newborn baby toes? Nope! She looks so perfect on the pink fabric, too. I love the girly images.
Macro images of lips, and lashes make wonderful keepsakes. And look at that little smile Arabella gave all wrapped up on the flokati!
Fun fact – dad was giving mom a hard time during this shot and I was cracking up! Hey, whatever it takes to get a natural smile works for me!
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This little lady was one of my most anticipated babies of the year. She belongs to my very good friends (and my dentists) in Jersey City, Dr. Jen and Dr. Ari. Lucia is six weeks old today (thanks for the post, Mama) and since I’m finally settled here in Charleston, it’s time to share this girl in blue.
Lucia was a little feisty at first, but once baby girl finally dozed off, she let me do my thing and even gave up a cute smirk! She does have some amazing dimples, but of course, decided to keep those major dimple smiles for between setups. That’s ok, I take what I can get, haha.
My personal favorites from her session are this awake image on the blue flokati, and the bear bonnet further down. Actually, I have about 5 faves! Eye contact from a newborn is always a big hit with parents and grandparents 🙂
I’m a known sucker for babies in bear bonnets! And yes, I made that one myself.
There’s that little smile. Mom didn’t want to go over-the-top girlie, but we had to have some pink. Of course!
I’m sad I can’t barge…errr….pop in and see my friends now that I’m 800 miles away, but I HAVE to photograph Lucia before Christmas, so visits are mandatory 🙂 Love you Jen&Ari!
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This session will be special to me for a long time – it was my first in Charleston! The sunset in Mount Pleasant that evening was perfection, and the family was absolutely wonderful! Gorgeous colors and views like we had that evening at Alhambra Hall are just part of the reason I decided to relocate.
While apartment hunting back in June, I was able to do a session with the ‘A’ family. We had lots to chat about, and the kiddos were adorable. I really had a great time getting to know them, Cole and Caitlin had a great time playing near the water.
Alhambra Hall is going to be one of my favorite locations – with it’s view of the Ravenel Bridge, opportunity for dolphin sightings, and just enough tree cover, what’s not to love? Of course, who can resist a little wading in the water? By the end, little Miss Caitlin was ankle deep, hehe. I can’t wait for the next one!
Grandma even got in on the fun.
These moments were unplanned, and natural. Cole was so doting and caring towards his sister, you can’t fake a moment like this.
Light quality is another major key in my photography style – sunset or bust!Cole actually went to take a huge stick out of his little sisters hands before she hurt herself or fell in. What a good big brother!A little aside; people keep asking me why I up and moved to Charleston, so, in a nut shell, I simply wanted a quieter, warmer (beachier), friendly place to call home. I think this is going to be a great fit. The timing is right, I’m very excited to start fresh and even though I’ll have to do some rebuilding for my business, but it’s going to be worth it. I think my style of family and newborn photography will find its’ own niche, no problem.
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