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{Cary NC Newborn Photographer} A Sweet Baby Boy

August 22, 2016  •  6 Comments

This has been one of my favorite sessions this year.  I was so excited when I found out these friends were expecting.  My husband and I met this wonderful couple years ago when we all went on a mission trip to the Ukraine.  These were our fearless leaders.  They have such a heart for missions, especially with orphans.  We were all thrilled when they were finally able to bring home their daughter from an orphanage in the Ukraine a few years ago.  And now they have a beautiful little boy too.  This little cutie had a head full of hair and the sweetest little eyes.  It was easy to see how much he looked like his mom and dad. 

We did the newborn session in their Cary home, and I was happy that they had such beautiful natural light and large windows.  This baby boy was awake for a little bit at the beginning and then quickly dozed off for the rest.   cary nc newborn photographer family poses during a newborn photography session.cary nc newborn photographer family poses during a newborn photography session.cary nc newborn photographer family poses during a newborn photography session.

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This little boy's big sister just loves soccer, so we got some great ideas on incorporating soccer into the sibling shots.  Maybe this baby boy will be a future soccer star.  

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The family dog was so interested in what was going on.  It was so nice being able to get him into a few photos too.

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It has been fun sharing this sweet little guy's photos from his session.  If you are looking for a photographer to capture your baby's first days, I would be honored to do a newborn portrait session for you.  Your newborn session is done in your own home- no need to go to a studio.  I bring everything I need, including backdrops, blankets, and props. If you have any questions about newborn photography, please send me an email by clicking here.  


{Holly Springs Baby Photographer} A Wild Things First Birthday Cake Smash

August 18, 2016  •  2 Comments

These adorable little boys have been such a joy to photograph throughout their first year.  You can look back at their newborn session here.  I've been meeting them every few months to capture their milestones through the Watch Me Grow program.  This includes sessions done as a newborn, 3 months, 6 months, and 12 months.  It is so much fun to see babies grow up during their first year.  They change so much.  As a photographer, it was also nice to photograph them throughout the different seasons.  

When we were planning the twins' first birthday session, their mom told me that they were planning a birthday party with the theme of Where the Wild Things Are.  Everyone loves this classic book and I couldn't wait to see the photo session come together with the same theme.  I can't take any credit for the amazing props in this session.  Between these little boys' parents and grandma, they put it all together themselves.  I was completely impressed by the little white costumes (complete with furry tails) and crowns that their grandma made for the photos.  They were absolutely perfect.  

We met for the session at Sugg Farm in Holly Springs.  This a very pretty location that is quiet and tucked away.  We thought going down a woodsy path would be a perfect place to set up.  We started by capturing some poses of the boys in their costumes playing with their tent.  It was inevitable that they discovered some pine cones and tried to munch on them.  Yucky!  We were surprised that they didn't really show any interest in crawling off the blanket and into the woods.  The boys were happily entertained by their tent, blocks, and logs.  Despite a forecast for a very hot day, we were able to start so early in the morning that the boys were pretty comfortable even with the long sleeved costumes. 

A baby's first birthday cake smash photo session with a Where the Wild Things Are theme at Sugg Farm in Holly Springs, NC.A baby's first birthday cake smash photo session with a Where the Wild Things Are theme at Sugg Farm in Holly Springs, NC.A baby's first birthday cake smash photo session with a Where the Wild Things Are theme at Sugg Farm in Holly Springs, NC.

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These mossy logs were the perfect prop.  They gave the twins something to stand up and lean against, creating a better variety of images.  This little guy took some convincing to stand up on his own, even though on any other day he's cruising constantly.  

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Isn't he the cutest little "wild thing?"  

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I think I've enjoyed photographing these little guys so much because they are always so happy and have the most adorable facial expressions.  This little guy holds up his hand, like he's announcing that he's the king.  

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After a little bit of playtime, the boys were ready for their cakes.  I love how mom and dad brought little cuts of log to place the cakes on.  A local grocery store gives free cake smash cakes to babies on their first birthday.  What a treat!  a vanilla cake went perfectly with the neutral colored theme.  

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It didn't take long at all for them to discover the deliciousness that is birthday cake.  I think they were a little surprised by the wet, sticky texture, though. 

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Nom nom nom nom nom.  Once they really dug in, we stood back nervously watching them, wondering went to cut them off before they overloaded on sugar.  It was only 8:00 in the morning, after all.  

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Just look at these faces.  Clearly, they enjoyed themselves.  

 

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This was such a fun session to do.  I am truly going to miss seeing these little guys every few months, but hopefully I'll still get to see them occasionally. The Wild Things theme was such a creative idea and the family did an awesome job putting it all together.  

If you have any interest in a photography session to celebrate a first birthday or have questions about the Watch Me Grow plan, you can get in touch with me here.  I  am always ready to help you plan the photography session you've been dreaming of!

 


{Raleigh NC Newborn Photographer} Baby's In-home portrait session

July 27, 2016  •  6 Comments

On of my favorite things about my photography business is my ability to travel to clients' homes.  It can be challenging to pack up all of my equipment and drive, but I've figured out a way to organize my things to keep the process going to smoothly.  I'm able to visit homes all over the Raleigh area.  This in-home newborn session was in the suburb of Cary.  As a photographer, it is always fun getting to meet a family's new baby, and I love it even more when there is family visiting.  During this session, grandma was visiting from across town.  She was so helpful.  Between the two of us working with the baby, mom was able to take a little break.  

I love when my clients request neutral colors.  I've never been a big fan of overly gendered newborn images.  I think there will be plenty of time for tutus and bow ties during their childhood.  It's nice to have portraits that truly focus on how brand new the babies are, without making such a statement about the baby being a boy or a girl.  I do love incorporating pastel and earth tones, too.  This baby girl was absolutely adorable and slept so soundly during her session.  

We started with photos shot on a nice, soft flokati rug.  I always start newborn sessions with the baby wrapped up in some fabric.  It always makes them so warm and comfortable.

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I love how one little foot is sticking out and she's grabbing the other foot with her hand.  She also had the softest, prettiest head of hair on a newborn baby. 

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Have I mentioned how much I love when my clients have personal items to use as props.  We used this family quilt with the baby girl.  She obviously thought it was nice and comfortable.  

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We were also lucky to get a few shots of baby girl with her mommy.  This tiny newborn phase doesn't last long, so it's important to capture some family portraits during the photography session.  The window light looked so natural and pretty.  

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This was such a fun session to do.  I truly love my job and consider myself to blessed to get to photograph babies and families. Sometimes I have to pinch myself to make sure it's real.  

Want to read more about what sets Erica Courtine Photography apart.  Check out this blog post about what makes Erica Courtine Photography tick.  

If you are interested in booking a newborn photography session for your baby, I would love to hear from you.  You can get in touch with me by clicking here and sending me a message.  I book indoor newborn sessions throughout the year and outdoor sessions can be done usually from April through September, and even sometimes in October and November.  I conduct all newborn sessions in-home, so I bring everything to you.  There's no need to travel to a studio.  Interested in pricing?  Click here to get details on how sessions are priced.  


{Raleigh NC Maternity Photographer} A Spring Evening at Raulston Arboretum

July 25, 2016  •  8 Comments

JC Raulston Arboretum outside of Raleigh is like a little paradise tucked away by the railroad tracks in a part of town where you would never expect to find the beauty of nature.  The garden is a project of NC State University, and I always enjoy going there for all kinds of photography sessions.  We ended up doing this couple's newborn portrait session at Raulston Arboretum as well.  The variety of plants and architecture makes it a unique spot.  Read here to find out about my other favorite locations for portrait photography in the Raleigh area.

I absolutely love doing maternity portrait sessions.  I have to confess that when I first started my photography business, I wasn't so sure how I felt about pregnancy photography.  After the first maternity session, though, I was hooked.  The love and anticipation that a couple feels before their child is born is so evident in photos.  In the case of this maternity session, rain had caused us to reschedule several times before finally finding a sunny evening.  

This maternity session is a prime example of why I only offer outdoor photography sessions very early in the morning or in the evening.  As your photographer, it's my duty to guide my clients and help them get the very best images possible.  I believe that although you can get images that are okay (mediocre), I am not happy with "good enough" for my clients.  I want their images to be the very best, the most stunning, and the highest quality that I can possibly provide.  The sunlight in the early morning or evening is so soft and beautiful.  It's easier to work with and makes your family look amazing (you won't be squinting or have harsh shadows in the evening).  

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Coming up this week I'll be blogging about their adorable baby boy that we photographed at the same garden.  In the warm months I offer outdoor newborn portraits and this little guy adored being outside.  I can't wait to share those with you.  

If you are interested in booking a maternity or newborn photography session for your baby, I would love to hear from you.  You can get in touch with my by clicking here and sending me a message.  I book maternity and newborn sessions throughout the year and outdoor newborn sessions can be done usually from April through September, and even sometimes in October and November.  I conduct all indoor newborn sessions in-home, so I bring everything to you.  There's no need to travel to a studio.  Interested in pricing?  Click here to get details on how sessions are priced.  


{Raleigh NC Maternity Photographer} Maternity Portraits at Historic Yates Mill County Park

July 23, 2016  •  4 Comments

It was such a pretty morning when this mama and I met at Historic Yates Mill County Park just outside of Raleigh, NC.  If you haven't been to this park, it is a little treasure to explore and has some amazing backdrops for maternity portraits.  There are so many little spots in this park that are perfect for photography.  This mama contacted me for a maternity session just before her little boy was due to arrive, so we had to work quickly.  It was so much fun meeting her and then getting to meet her little boy just a few weeks later.  It was great to be able to capture some memories of her pregnancy.  

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I love all the different textures and foliage at Yates Mill.  There is a cobblestone path, stone walls, bridges, flowering trees, and so many other pretty features.  This location is beautiful year-round and is a great place to photograph pregnancy, children, and families.  

If you are interested in booking a maternity or newborn photography session for your baby, I would love to hear from you.  You can get in touch with my by clicking here and sending me a message.  I book maternity and newborn sessions throughout the year and outdoor newborn sessions can be done usually from April through September, and even sometimes in October and November.  I conduct all indoor newborn sessions in-home, so I bring everything to you.  There's no need to travel to a studio.  Interested in pricing?  Click here to get details on how sessions are priced.  

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