Holly Springs Family Photographer- A First Birthday at Bass Lake

February 07, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

I met this family in early fall for some family portraits and to celebrate their little girl turning one year old.  We met at Bass Lake Park in Holly Springs.  This is such a pretty spot for family portraits.  It's actually a great park to visit for any occasion and I love to take my kids here often to go for walks and for fishing.  Family portraits can be a little tricky there if you go at a time of day when the park is busy, but on this weekday evening, we had most of the park to ourselves for our photography session.  Although it was late summer/early fall, this evening was so hot and humid.  At the end of this blog post, I would like to give a few tips for preparing for a photography session in the heat.  Sometimes it is just unavoidable.

This little girl was so outgoing and friendly, and she sure loved her mommy and daddy.  She was such a happy baby.   A family photography session in Holly Springs, NC, at Bass Lake Park.A family photography session in Holly Springs, NC, at Bass Lake Park.A family photography session in Holly Springs, NC, at Bass Lake Park.

This was my favorite photo from the evening.  I love the way the colorful canoes are lined up behind her.  It's really cute the way she suddenly turned around to look at us.  Babies can find just about anything to play with and there is so much to discover at Bass Lake.  It is easy to catch little kids doing what they love in nature.  

A little girl sits in a garden at Bass Lake Park in Holly Springs, North Carolina, during a children's photography session.A little girl sits in a garden at Bass Lake Park in Holly Springs, North Carolina, during a children's photography session.A little girl sits in a garden at Bass Lake Park in Holly Springs, North Carolina, during a children's photography session.

I thought her little dress was so beautiful.  What a pretty color for a first birthday photo session.  I think it's so cute how she clasped her little hands together.  This little garden at Bass Lake is fairly new and expanded.  I don't have a green thumb and I have no idea what flowers they planted there, but I love that they stay in bloom well into fall. 

A baby girl and her military daddy pose during family photos at Bass Lake Park in Holly Springs, North Carolina.  Erica Courtine PhotographyA baby girl and her military daddy pose during family photos at Bass Lake Park in Holly Springs, North Carolina.A baby girl and her military daddy pose during family photos at Bass Lake Park in Holly Springs, North Carolina.

This little girl loved her daddy.  There's something really sweet about the contrasting dainty pink dress with a military uniform.  The decks at Bass Lake are a nice backdrop for photos.  They have rocking chairs, a view to the lake, and a clean place for babies to sit, stand, and explore their surroundings.  

family portraits at the decks on Bass Lake in Holly Springs, NC, by  Erica Courtine Photography.A baby girl celebrates her 1st birthday with family portraits at the decks on Bass Lake in Holly Springs, NC, by Erica Courtine Photography.family portraits at the decks on Bass Lake in Holly Springs, NC, by Erica Courtine Photography.

family portraits at the decks on Bass Lake in Holly Springs, NC, by  Erica Courtine Photography.family portraits at the decks on Bass Lake in Holly Springs, NC, by Erica Courtine Photography.family portraits at the decks on Bass Lake in Holly Springs, NC, by Erica Courtine Photography.

As the sun began to set even more, the air finally started to cool off.  The setting sun cast such soft and pretty light across the park.  This little girl was very curious about the docks where she could get a better look at the ducks. What a cute little smile in this shot.  

A baby girl poses with daddy during a family photography session by Raleigh family photographer Erica Courtine.A baby girl poses with daddy during a family photography session by Raleigh family photographer Erica Courtine.A baby girl poses with daddy during a family photography session by Raleigh family photographer Erica Courtine.

Before I close up this post on this cutie's first birthday session, I would love to share a few tips for preparing for a photography session when you know the weather will be very hot.  Let's be honest, summertime in Raleigh can be cruel, but with a little planning, it's really not that bad.  Here are a few things you can do, especially if you have little ones who may not agree with the heat too well.

1.  Dress accordingly.  I love that this little girl had sleeveless, light, and airy outfits for her session.  For a lot of it, we kept her barefoot, too.  Consider your own clothing too.  Short dresses and shorts do not usually photograph as nicely on adults, so try to avoid them if possible.  They make people look choppy and can be distracting.  With little boys and girls, we all know they look adorable in just about anything.  For women, look for a very lightweight, flowy skirt.  Maxi skirts are a great choice.  They are easy to find, comfortable, and can keep you cooler.  For men, thin shirts or shirts without collars are more comfortable.

2.  Consider the time of day.  As a photographer, I will not let you book your session in the middle of the day.  If your photographer lets you book a session at noon, choose a different photographer.  An experienced photographer knows that the lighting during mid-day is awful.  It's unflattering, harsh, and not pretty.  Especially in the summer, I want to book your sesssion in the evening.  This family session was probably started around 6:30 PM.  The other alternative is an early morning session.  There are pros and cons to this.  In order to get the same, soft lighting, you will need to start your session very, very early.  I'm talking like 7 AM.  Not many of my clients are up and ready that early.  Although starting early is nice for beating the heat, the trade off is that the dew hasn't evaporated yet.  The grass, benches, and everything else will be wet.  Walking through a field will soak your shoes and it'll be hard to sit in any of your portraits without using a blanket or getting your clothes wet.

3.  Use bug spray.  I alway bring bug spray with me, but if you have a brand you prefer, bring some of your own.  When the weather is hot, both mosquitoes and gnats will drive us crazy if we don't have bug spray.  For my outdoor newborn sessions, a trick I use is to stuff my pockets with dryer sheets.  I also put dryer sheets at the bottom of any bowls or baskets I use with baby (where they can't touch him) to ward off bugs.  For some reason, they can't stand dryer sheets.

4.  Bring baby wipes.  If the heat is really, really bad, such as triple digits, I'll usually reschedule for you, but if that's not an option and we're on a deadline, baby wipes are nice for wiping away sweat or cooling off.

 

Are you celebrating a first birthday in your family?  Need updated family portraits?  I would love to help!  Check out more of my work at www.ericacourtinephotography.com and email me at erica@ericacourtinephotography.com if there's anything I can do for you.  

  


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