{Raleigh NC Baby Photographer} A Baby Milestone Session at 9 Months

October 17, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

I've really been enjoying these new baby milestone sessions I've been offering and so have the families that book them.  At only 20 minutes long, they are easy to fit in between nap times.  They are a nice, stress-free way to get some updated portraits of your baby as she grows throughout the first year.  Most families choose to capture stages like tummy time (3-4 months), sitting up (6-9 months) and standing up (9-12 months).  These milestone mini-sessions are only for babies 12 months and younger.  Take a look at this little cutie that came in at 9 months old.  I've been photographing her every few months since her newborn session.  

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9 month old during a baby mini-session with Erica Courtine Photography, Raleigh, NC.9 month old during a baby mini-session with Erica Courtine Photography, Raleigh, NC.9 month old during a baby mini-session with Erica Courtine Photography, Raleigh, NC.

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If you are interested in a baby mini-session at my studio, I would love to help!  Email me and let me know.   Let's start planning a beautiful photography session for your baby.  Send me a message here or email me at erica@ericacourtinephotography.com.

I serve Raleigh, Cary, Apex, Holly Springs, Fuquay Varina, and surrounding areas.  My studio is located in Fuquay Varina.  I look forward to hearing from you!

 


{Raleigh NC Newborn Photography} A Sample Gallery From a Newborn Portrait Session

October 16, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

I thought it would be fun to show an entire gallery from a newborn photography session.  With newborn sessions, each family receives a proofing gallery of 25-35 images to view after the session.  The proofs are emailed to the family in a link where they are uploaded to an online gallery for viewing.  There are four different package choices for newborn sessions.  With the smallest one, the family narrows down the gallery to their favorite five.  Obviously, this is a hard task and this package is rarely chosen.  The next package includes the family's favorite 10 images.  This package is more popular.  The third package, and by far the most popular, includes all of the image, the entire collection of 25-35 images.  The fourth package includes everything that the third package has but also a large canvas.  All packages also include a set of prints and birth announcements, as well as a print release.  

The session I am sharing today is of a family that came to my studio in Fuquay Varina with their brand new baby girl.  Like most newborn photography sessions, we started this one with family poses.  I try to do at least a few of the whole family (sometimes there are older siblings, but for this family, the baby was their first).  I also want to get a few of Mom with the baby and a few of Dad with the baby.  These family portraits usually take up somewhere between 5-10 images in the gallery, depending on what the family requests.  

 

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Mom, dad, and baby girl during a newborn photography session at a studio in Fuquay Varina, just outside of Raleigh, NC.Mom, dad, and baby girl during a newborn photography session at a studio in Fuquay Varina, just outside of Raleigh, NC.Mom, dad, and baby girl during a newborn photography session at a studio in Fuquay Varina, just outside of Raleigh, NC.

Mom, dad, and baby girl during a newborn photography session at a studio in Fuquay Varina, just outside of Raleigh, NC.Mom, dad, and baby girl during a newborn photography session at a studio in Fuquay Varina, just outside of Raleigh, NC.Mom, dad, and baby girl during a newborn photography session at a studio in Fuquay Varina, just outside of Raleigh, NC.

Dad with baby during a newborn photography session in Raleigh, NC. Dad with baby during a newborn photography session in Raleigh, NC. Dad with baby during a newborn photography session in Raleigh, NC.

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I do the family portraits at the beginning of the session for a reason.  First of all, if there are older siblings, especially, it's nice to have the family pictures done early while they are still fresh in their outfit and interested in the photography session.  The other reason is that the room stays very warm.  Newborn babies love the warmth, but it makes everyone else a little uncomfortable.  If we waited until the end of the session to do family portraits, there's a good chance that everyone would be hot and sweaty.  

After family portraits, I usually move on to using a fur or flokati.  These come in a variety of colors and they create a really pretty texture in photographs.  For a lot of sessions, I start with what I call the "sack of potatoes" pose.  This involves swaddling a baby snuggly in multiple fabrics.  We place baby on the flokati and an adult holds her up, so she can't tip over (I later edit out the mom or dad's hands).  For some reason, babies love this pose and it almost always gets them to relax and fall asleep.  After that, I unwrap them until they are left wrapped up in just one piece of fabric.  We take a few more shots on the flokati.  

Progress of a newborn photography session.  Baby girl posed on a flokati at a newborn photography session in Raleigh NC.  Progress of a newborn photography session. Baby girl posed on a flokati at a newborn photography session in Raleigh NC. Progress of a newborn photography session. Baby girl posed on a flokati at a newborn photography session in Raleigh NC.

After this, we usually do some poses on the bean bag, in a few different colors.  When families first book, I either talk with them over the phone or email them a questionnaire to find out what colors they prefer.  I then pick those colors and layer them onto the bean bag.  I then do a few different poses and angles on each color.  For this session, we started with a really pretty pastel orchid color.  

Next, we moved on to a beautiful and dainty pale pink color.  I love the texture of this blanket.  It goes so nicely with all babies.  

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Lastly, we used a pretty minty sage shade of green.  

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Newborn photography session in Fuquay Varina, near Raleigh, NC.  Baby girl on green blanket.Newborn photography session in Fuquay Varina, near Raleigh, NC. Baby girl on green blanket.Newborn photography session in Fuquay Varina, near Raleigh, NC. Baby girl on green blanket. I try very hard to get a lot of variety in newborn sessions.  The goal is to capture every little detail of their adorable little selves.  This sweet baby girl had such long eye lashes, dainty little fingers, and soft head of hair.  Within weeks, babies look so different.  It's important to remember what they were like when they were so brand new.  

Almost every session ends with poses done in a bowl or basket on wooden backdrops.  

Baby girl in a basket at a newborn photography session in Fuquay Varina, near Raleigh, NC.Baby girl in a basket at a newborn photography session in Fuquay Varina, near Raleigh, NC.Baby girl in a basket at a newborn photography session in Fuquay Varina, near Raleigh, NC. Erica Courtine Photography newborn photo session at a studio in Fuquay Varina, NC.Erica Courtine Photography newborn photo session at a studio in Fuquay Varina, NC.Erica Courtine Photography newborn photo session at a studio in Fuquay Varina, NC.

If you are interested in newborn photography, what questions do you have?  Email me and let me know.   Let's start planning a beautiful photography session for your new baby.  Send me a message here or email me at erica@ericacourtinephotography.com.

I serve Raleigh, Cary, Apex, Holly Springs, Fuquay Varina, and surrounding areas.  My studio is located in Fuquay Varina.  I look forward to hearing from you!

 

 


{Raleigh NC Newborn Photographer} 5 Things I want new moms to know

September 05, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

I have been photographing newborn babies and families in the Raleigh area for almost 5 years now (wahoo, I'll have to come up with a way to celebrate this October!).  I've learned so much about becoming a new mom and all of the fears, discomforts, and concerns that go with it.  There are so many things I wish I had the guts to say with my clients who are new moms and are bringing their brand new babies in for their portrait session.  Today, I'd like to share a few of these thoughts I've had over the years.  Maybe they will help put you at ease.

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1.  My studio is a judgement free zone.  It breaks my heart that I've had clients apologize for nursing their baby in front of me or apologize for feeding their baby formula instead of nursing.  Whatever choices you make for your little one, I support you 100%.  I have two kids of my own.  I've been in the trenches of parenting and I know that it's not easy.  We moms can feel so much judgement and guilt for our choices, but in my studio, you'll find none of it.  You are free to nurse your baby in my studio, as much as it's needed.  You can use a cover...or not.  I absolutely will not be offended in the slightest.  Nursing a baby is a beautiful thing and I welcome you do to it during your baby's photography session.  You can feed your baby from a bottle here too.  I believe that babies who are fed formula are just as healthy as the rest of them and I support your decision to feed your baby however you like.  

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2.  There is nothing that can happen during your baby's newborn session that you should feel embarrassed about.  Whether it's leaky boobs, your baby pooping all over me, or anything else, please don't be embarrassed.  I've seen and experienced it all.  You just created a human being, for goodness sakes.  You are a super hero!  You get a free pass for anything embarrasssing that can happen to you here (for the rest of your life).

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3.  Please be in some photographs with your new baby.  You may not feel like it right now, but you are BEAUTIFUL.  I promise you.  All the sleep deprivation in the world cannot distract from the glow you have as a mom to a brand new baby.  The love for that tiny baby shows in your smiles, kisses, and adoring look you give your baby.  Please let me capture that love in your new family.  Don't let this moment pass without being in at least a few shots with your baby.

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4.  Don't panic if your baby is fussy.  There is a reason that I plan for newborn sessions taking 3 hours.  Most of the time is not spent actually photographing the baby.  Newborn babies have their own agenda.  They need time to eat, change diapers, be cuddled, soothed, and rocked to sleep. Sometimes, a baby who is especially fussy leaves a family wondering if we got enough great portraits.  We are both always pleasantly surprised at how the photos turn out.  Almost all babies will settle and be content for a little bit of the session, and it's usually plenty of time to work quickly and capture some beautiful portraits.  In my 5 years of newborn photography, I can only remember one or two newborn sessions where we had to reschedule because the baby was having a bad day.  

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5. Your baby is safe here.  I wrote a blog post recently about all the precautions I take to keep your little one safe, but if you missed it, you can read it here.  I take safety very seriously.  I stay up to date on my immunizations.  My studio is a room in my home, so I make extra sure to stay on top of cleanliness. I clean the studio after every session and keep the door closed.  My family does not go in there.  I even run an air purifier in my home to help keep the air clean.  Luckily, now that my children are a little older (6 and 8), they don't get sick often like toddlers do.  But if they or I get sick and you have a session scheduled here, I will let you know and we'll reschedule.  

I am passionate about brand new babies and their families.  Each and every little baby that comes to my studio is treasured.  Being a newborn photographer isn't only about capturing special moments, but also about building relationships and seeing a family through their journey, creating memories along the way.  If you are interested in newborn photography for your little one, but have questions, you can get in touch with me here.  I'll answer any questions you have.  I serve families all over the Triangle.  My studio is in Fuquay Varina, but I have families come to me from Raleigh, Durham, Cary, Apex, and Holly Springs.  

 


{Holly Springs NC Child Photographer} A Little Girl in Mommy's Wedding Dress

September 01, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

I love when families come to me with really unique and fun ideas for their photography sessions.  I met a family up in Raleigh one time for a global homecoming, family members joining together from countries around the world.  On another occasion, I photographed an elaborately adorable cake smash session for twins with a "Where the Wild Things Are" theme.  On this evening at Sugg Farm in Holly Springs, I met this mom and her beautiful little 5 year old daughter for a special photography session.  The little girl would be photographed in her mom's wedding dress.  She brought all kinds of props, flowers, and family heirlooms.  It was such a beautiful evening and we had a fabulous time.  Take a look at this little girl's photography session.  She could definitely be a child model!

A little girl in her mom's wedding dress during a photography session in Holly springs, near Raleigh NC.A little girl in her mom's wedding dress during a photography session in Holly springs, near Raleigh NC.A little girl in her mom's wedding dress during a photography session in Holly springs, near Raleigh NC.

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Sitting in the grass at Sugg Farm Park in Holly Springs NC outside of Raleigh. Sitting in the grass at Sugg Farm Park in Holly Springs NC outside of Raleigh. Sitting in the grass at Sugg Farm Park in Holly Springs NC outside of Raleigh.

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I really enjoyed doing this photography session.  It was so different from what I normally do.  Late summer can be such a beautiful time of year for photography.  There's something so timeless about the golden glow of the sun setting on a summer evening, just before the fireflies show up.  

If you would like to plan a photography session for your child, please let me know how I can help.  I can help you plan every last detail, from the location, to outfits, and everything in between.  Click here to send me a message.


{Raleigh NC Family Photographer} Diapers for Houston

August 30, 2017  •  1 Comment

We've all been seeing the devastation on the news caused by Hurricane Harvey over the last few days.  The flooding is destroying the city and leaving families fleeing from their homes.  While Houston may seem so far away for many of us, the fact is that the families affected by the hurricane are families just like yours.  Many have babies and young children.  And because disaster relief agencies can't always provide diapers and other necessities to the displaced families and their babies, it creates a need that you and I can help with.  

One of the most beautiful things about owning my own business is that I can use it to help people.  Obviously, as a newborn photographer, babies are near and dear to my heart.  Can you imagine having to leave your home and not having enough clean diapers for your baby?  These babies are confused and scared.  A clean diaper is the least we can give to a little baby going through such a traumatic event.  

The Texas Diaper Bank needs our help.  They don't just provide diapers to families.  They are also needing donations of wipes, formula, baby blankets, adult diapers, etc.  I want to encourage us all to do our part and support Houston while they recover.  Our country is strong, and we're in this as a team.  So let's get started!  

To raise money for the Texas Diaper Bank, I would like to raffle off a full fall family portrait session with my most popular package, a $495 value.  The photography session I am raffling off is my 3rd package and includes:

-A 60 minute outdoor photography session

-A set of 25 full edited digital images and a print release

-A set of 10 beautiful, professional quality prints for you to enjoy in your home

Fall is a beautiful time of year to book a family portrait session anyway.  Why not win a session and support a great cause all at the same time?  And for my families who have already booked their session, don't let that stop you from entering the drawing.  If you win, your session fee will be refunded so you can use the prize session.  

When I dream, I dream big.  My goal is to raise $1000 for the Texas Diaper Bank.  Let's blow this goal out of the water!  Imagine how many diapers and supplies they could buy with $1000!   Let's join together and support Houston today!  

I'll run the raffle for one week.  Next Thursday, I'll close the raffle and notify the winner.  Every single penny collected for the raffle will go straight to the Texas Diaper Bank as quickly as I can possibly get it to them.  

You can purchase your raffle tickets below.  Everything will be managed electronically and you will receive one entry per ticket that you purchase.  Feel free to change the quantity to purchase multiple tickets for multiple chances to win.

 

Thank you so much to everyone who supported the fundraiser.  We raised just under $600!  We'll be announcing the winner on my facebook page.  

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