{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!

 


{Raleigh NC Baby Photography} A Milestone Mini-Session with a Three Month Old

October 29, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

I have a confession to make.  Up until recently, I hadn't really found my groove when it came to three month old babies and photography.  I've photographed several over the years but struggled with poses.  They don't stay asleep like a newborn and they can't sit up like a 6-7 month old.  Three month olds can't really do much...or so I thought.  Then I met this adorable little guy who changed everything.  Unlike most other three month olds I'd met, this guy LOVED being on his tummy and he could hold up his head really well.  Also, he was very smily.  Most babies I've photographed at this age are able to smile, but don't smile very often.  This boy was such a ham and smiled and babbled at me the entire time.  He was so friendly and animated.  I discovered a few new poses for 3 month olds.  If you missed out on newborn portraits for whatever reason, doing a session at three months old is a great alternative.  Take a look at this handsome little baby's mini-session.

 

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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 Photography} Neutral Colors and a Baby Girl

October 25, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

The theme of this photography session was neutral.  I loved that parents requested neutral colors and not a lot of headbands and hats on their baby girl.  They wanted the focus to be on their beautiful little girl.  

Although I normally do use props, like headbands, hats, and outfits, I love keeping it simple and timeless.  Newborn portraits that have too many props tend to look outdated quickly and can't be enjoyed for generations.  Do you know anyone who got in on the Glamour Shots trend back in the 80s and 90s?  Case in point.  Are they still displaying their photographs?  Probably not.  More likely, they are hidden away and only pulled out for a good laugh.  Ten years from now, giant flowery headbands and crazy crochet hats will be out of style, so let's not include them in your baby's photography session if you want to enjoy these photographs years from now.  Keep it simple and beautiful.  That's my motto.  

This family was adorable and this baby girl is clearly cherished.  Take a look at how we were able to use neutral colors and simplicity to really celebrate the baby and not props.

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Aside from having an adorable baby girl, I truly enjoyed working with this mom and dad.  They were so sweet with each other, working like a real team to take care of the baby.  It was really sweet to witness.  

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A simple little bonnet is a sweet way to add a little touch of pretty to a newborn portrait.  Bonnets like this one have been worn by babies for decades.  I love the little toes peeking in this one. 

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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.  My passion is for newborn baby photography.  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} And Baby Makes Three

October 23, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

I met this family at my studio outside of Raleigh recently and they had the most beautiful little baby boy.  He was so cute.  He spent a lot of his photography session sleeping, but was also alert for a bit of it.  He was so calm and looked right at the camera, which is always adorable.  Some of my favorite portraits of newborn babies are ones where they have their eyes open.  

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You could tell just how loved this tiny baby boy was.  His mom and dad loved snuggling with him for pictures.  He loved sleeping soundly in daddy's arms too.

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The The last poses we did during this little guy's newborn photography session were of him with two very different football helmets.  Apparently, mom and dad root for different football teams.  One went to Michigan State and the other went to Carolina. Sports themed football newborn photography portrait with unc football helmet.  raleigh cary apex holly springs fuquay varina nc newborn photographerSports themed football newborn photography portrait with unc football helmet. raleigh cary apex holly springs fuquay varina nc newborn photographerSports themed football newborn photography portrait with unc football helmet. raleigh cary apex holly springs fuquay varina nc newborn photographer

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!