{Raleigh NC Newborn Photography} Two times the charm

March 07, 2018  •  4 Comments

If there is one thing that is true about newborn babies, it's that they are unpredictable.  Working with newborn babies day in and day out requires compassion and patience with these brand new little people.  Even when babies get a little fussy, I never get flustered with them during a newborn session.  With a little preparation, like a good feed beforehand, most babies zonk out during most of their portrait session.  Once in a while, though, I do catch a baby on an off day.  Sometimes babies get belly aches or are going through a growth spurt and need to eat more than normal.  This little gal came in one morning for her newborn session and was having such a sad day.  It was obvious that something was bothering her.  Since her family lived so close by, I offered to let them come back on another day to see if maybe it was just that one day when she wasn't feeling 100%.  Sure enough, she seemed so much more comfortable the second day.  She slept most of the time and barely made a peep.  

She was such a pretty little baby and had the cutest head of hair.  Here are a few that we got on the first day.  Even if she was a little unhappy, just look how cute she is!  

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On the second day that we met, she went right to sleep and was so happy and cozy the entire time.  I loved working with her.  She let us pose her in all kinds of colors and cute props.

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This little girl was such a sweet little thing and was so much fun to work with.  I am so glad that she and her family were able to come into the studio.  If you are expecting and are interested in newborn portraiture, I'd love to chat with you.  I strive to provide a completely thorough experience and I help you every step of the way from your pre-consultation to delivering your wall art for your home.  If you have questions about booking, please email me at erica@ericacourtinephotography.com or send me a message here.


{Fuquay Varina NC Newborn Photographer} Perfectly Fall Baby Portraits

March 05, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

It's no secret that fall is my favorite season, with spring coming in a close second (maybe I'm just a fan of mild weather).  I love everything about fall... the weather, the colors, the holidays, and the food (give me anything pumpkin).  I always have a little extra fun with my fall babies.  For this session, I loved using neutrals, but included some of my traditional soft colors as well as some really cute fall props.  I few days before this session, I had taken my two little boys to the Raleigh farmer's market and we picked out a few of these mini pumpkins.  I grabbed a couple off our porch to use as props.  I really like the way they turned out.  

This baby boy is an extra special addition to this family. I photographed big brother when he was born 4 years prior and he was such a sweet little guy.  Just for fun, I dug up the blog post from big brother's session:  http://www.ericacourtinephotography.com/blog/2013/7/4th-of-july-newborn-session

We started this session with parent poses.  I usually try to get these completed first so parents can relax for the rest of the session. 

 

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Even though I do like to incorporate seasons and holidays into a few portraits, I really like to keep most of the session classic and timeless, so that the images can be displayed year-round in all areas of the house.  For this little guy, we pulled out blue, cream, and yellow to tie into the colors in his nursery.

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A newborn baby photoshoot with neutral and soft colors in Raleigh, Cary, Holly Springs, Fuquay Varina NC.  A newborn baby photoshoot with neutral and soft colors in Raleigh, Cary, Holly Springs, Fuquay Varina NC. A newborn baby photoshoot with neutral and soft colors in Raleigh, Cary, Holly Springs, Fuquay Varina NC.

I just loved this sweet little boy's features.  He had a perfect head of hair and the most adorable little eyelashes.  He was so so good during his session, too.  He didn't make a fuss the whole time and pretty much slept and ate the whole time.  Towards the end of this session, we used some really rich, beautiful earth tone colors to tie into fall.  

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I really enjoyed meeting this little cutie and working with his family again.  Fall babies will always have a special place in my heart.  If you are expecting a little one and are interested in creating gorgeous newborn portraits for your home, I would love to chat with you and answer any questions you have.  This is such a special time for your family.  Don't let it slip away!  

 


{Raleigh NC Maternity Photography} A fall maternity session on the farm

March 01, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

I was so thrilled when this family let me know that they were expecting their second child a few months ago.  We met a few years ago for a fall family portrait session on their farm in Holly Springs. Their property is gorgeous, a photographer's dream.  We met on a fall day for the maternity session and luckily had some beautiful weather and sunset.  Big sister was so excited to be a part of it.  She had changed so much over the past two years from when I met her the first time.  She had been so shy, but now was a big girl and excellent helper.  

We started the session in the back yard, which is actually a pasture beside some woods.  It was a bit rough to navigate, with thistles and bugs in the tall grass, but it was so pretty that it was definitely worth the trek.  

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We then walked down the driveway to get some portraits done there.  I really like the curves and hills in the driveway.  It's so pretty lined with old oak trees.

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The farm's pond is always beautiful at sunset, with reflections of the trees in the water.  

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As the sun faded behind the trees, we were able to capture some last beautiful portraits back in the field.  I loved the idea of wearing a cowboy hat with a dress.

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This was definitely one of my favorite maternity portrait sessions I've ever done.  I love doing these kind of portraits outside in nature, and a farm is the perfect setting.  If you are expecting and are interested in maternity portraits during your pregnancy, I strongly recommend capturing this special time for your family.  The session is best done between 28 and 34 weeks pregnant.  If you have any questions about maternity photography or would like to set up a session, please email me at erica@ericacourtinephotography.  

 

 

 


{Raleigh NC Senior Portrait Photographer}

November 03, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

A few weeks ago, I got to meet this beautiful family at Sugg Farm in Holly Springs for a senior portrait session.  Fall is not only a popular time for family portraits, but also senior portraits, as high school seniors are getting ready to graduate.  

I don't often book senior portrait sessions because my specialty is newborn photography, but it's always nice to change it up and do something different.  In a lot of ways, senior portraits are a lot easier than newborn babies.  You can't dress them up in cute outfits or put little knit hats on their heads, though...

Anyway, I thought I would do something different with this blog post.  Instead of showing photos individually, I thought I'd put them in a slide show to share.  Check out this wonderful family celebrating their son's awesome accomplishment.  

If you are interested in photography for your family, what questions do you have?  Email me and let me know.   Let's start planning a beautiful photography session for you.  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} A Very Special Baby Boy

November 01, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

This was a very special newborn photography session, for a few reasons.  First of all, this wonderful family is near and dear to our hearts.  You see, this little boy's mama has been both of my boys' first grade teacher.  Our first son was in her class last year and this year, our younger son is lucky enough to have her as a teacher too.  It was such an honor to meet little Myles, a long awaited baby.  He was such a dream to work with.  Not only was he cute as can be, but he was so laid back.  I'm not sure if I ever saw him awake.  I think he slept the entire time, completely content with me taking pictures of him.  I got so many beautiful portraits of him and we still finished early. 

Family portraits during a newborn photography session in a Fuquay Varina studio, just south of Raleigh, NC.Family portraits during a newborn photography session in a Fuquay Varina studio, just south of Raleigh, NC.Family portraits during a newborn photography session in a Fuquay Varina studio, just south of Raleigh, NC.

Mama and baby during a newborn photography session in a Fuquay Varina studio, just south of Raleigh, NC.Mama and baby during a newborn photography session in a Fuquay Varina studio, just south of Raleigh, NC.Mama and baby during a newborn photography session in a Fuquay Varina studio, just south of Raleigh, NC.

I normally don't show black and white photos on my website or blog, but I thought it would be fun to share what some look like in black and white.  They can be just as beautiful.  I most often prefer color, but with the shadowing, both are so nice to have.  

This daddy was such a champ at holding his little boy.  Little Myles is so comfy sleeping in daddy's arms.  

This pose below is one I often start the baby portraits with, once family portraits are finished.  For whatever reason, babies love being wrapped up like this. The little smile just melts your heart.

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Funny story.  This baby boy's nursery is decorated with a "Where the Wild Things Are" theme.  Months ago, Mama ordered a crown and a few other props to do go with the newborn photo session.  For some reason, the order was never delivered.  I felt badly that they didn't have the props they wanted for the session, so I decided to try to make something myself.  I created this furry crown to use during the session.  Truth be told- I tried making a little monster stuffie too, but that thing didn't come out quite right and looked way too creepy to give a baby. 

Anyway, I added a quote from the book to this cute little pose with Myles wearing the crown.  

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Keeping with the neutral colors theme, I pulled out this pretty plaid blanket with fall colors on it.   Raleigh nc newborn photography fall baby portraits at a studio in fuquay varinaRaleigh nc newborn photography fall baby portraits at a studio in fuquay varinaRaleigh nc newborn photography fall baby portraits at a studio in fuquay varina

Here his is, curled up in a little wooden bowl, kept comfy by some rustic wool batting.   Raleigh nc newborn photography fall baby portraits at a studio in fuquay varina baby in a bowlRaleigh nc newborn photography fall baby portraits at a studio in fuquay varina baby in a bowlRaleigh nc newborn photography fall baby portraits at a studio in fuquay varina baby in a bowl Raleigh nc newborn photography fall baby portraits at a studio in fuquay varina baby in a bowlRaleigh nc newborn photography fall baby portraits at a studio in fuquay varina baby in a bowlRaleigh nc newborn photography fall baby portraits at a studio in fuquay varina baby in a bowl

Sweet little Myles was such a joy to photograph.  I am so honored to have had the opportunity to work with him.

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!