Raleigh Family Portrait Photographer- An Afternoon at Oak View County Park

February 25, 2016  •  7 Comments

Did you know that before I was a photographer, I spent 5 years as a kindergarten and first grade teacher in Raleigh?  I have always enjoyed working with children.  They are so energizing, fun to be around, and of course, adorable.  I joke with some of the families I work with when they say that I'm patient with kids that it is because I used to be a kindergarten teacher.  It is true.  Teaching a class of kindergartners is like training a room full of puppies.  I have never ending patience for little kids.  As a photographer, this allows me to enjoy my job so much more.  In general, I'm really not an easily frazzled person.  I am very "type B" personality.  There's not much that stresses me out or upsets me.  When I photograph your family, I want you to know that I love the opportunity of working with your children.  If they run away, cry, suck their thumb, cling to your leg, it's all okay.  We'll take our time to let your children get adjusted and start enjoying themselves.  There will be lots of chances for breaks and most shots won't be perfectly posted, but natural and candid.  If you need some tips on making a photography session go smoothly for your young children, click here to read a blog post I wrote.  

I am so excited to share with you one of my very favorite family portrait sessions from this fall.  Historic Oak View County Park is just south of Raleigh and it has become my favorite location for family portraits in the fall.  Everything about this park is amazing.  The autumn colors here are stellar.  There are varieties of trees here that I never see at other parks.  There are old barns, fences, a cotton fields, and even goats.  There are many obviously beautiful areas of the park, but this past fall I was able to discover some little hide outs that no one else was even noticing.  Take a look at this family with their toddlers.  A photography session with two toddlers can be nerve-racking for many parents, but these two were truly well-behaved and cooperative.  They were a little shy, but so adorable.  Below, my favorite from the day.  This family had so much love and this brother and sister adored each other.  

Fall Family Portraits in Raleigh NC.  A brother and sister sit in a field at Oak View County Park.  Fall Family Portraits in Raleigh NC. A brother and sister sit in a field at Oak View County Park. Fall Family Portraits in Raleigh NC. A brother and sister sit in a field at Oak View County Park.

Fall Family Photographer in Raleigh NC captures a brother and sister in a cotton field at Oak View County Park.Fall Family Photographer in Raleigh NC captures a brother and sister in a cotton field at Oak View County Park.Fall Family Photographer in Raleigh NC captures a brother and sister in a cotton field at Oak View County Park. Above and below is the cotton field at Oak View County Park.  I see fields of cotton all over the Raleigh area when I'm out driving, but this is the only spot I know of where you can get up close to some.  It really is an interesting looking plant.  

Raleigh Family Portraits - a little girl stands in a cotton field at Historic Oak View County Park.Raleigh Family Portraits - a little girl stands in a cotton field at Historic Oak View County Park.Raleigh Family Portraits - a little girl stands in a cotton field at Historic Oak View County Park. This little girl was so serious for most of the session, but I love it.  This photo captured a thoughtful, serious moment.  My favorite images of children are ones where they are not smiling.

Raleigh Family Photographer - A little boy in a cotton field at Historic Oak View County ParkRaleigh Family Photographer - A little boy in a cotton field at Historic Oak View County ParkRaleigh Family Photographer - A little boy in a cotton field at Historic Oak View County Park In other areas of the park, beautiful fall foliage and a setting sun make for gorgeous, natural backdrops.  

Raleigh Fall Family Portraits- a family poses at Historic Oak View County ParkRaleigh Fall Family Portraits- a family poses at Historic Oak View County ParkRaleigh Fall Family Portraits- a family poses at Historic Oak View County Park

Raleigh NC Fall Family Portraits- a family poses at Historic Oak View County ParkRaleigh NC Fall Family Portraits- a family poses at Historic Oak View County ParkRaleigh NC Fall Family Portraits- a family poses at Historic Oak View County Park

Raleigh Fall Family Portraits- a family poses at Historic Oak View County ParkRaleigh Fall Family Portraits- a family poses at Historic Oak View County ParkRaleigh Fall Family Portraits- a family poses at Historic Oak View County Park I'm going to leave you with this little cutie at the end of her family's photography session. She may have started out serious, but she sure had the cutest little smile once she started getting comfortable.  This was during a moment of playing tag with her mommy and brother.  

Raleigh Family and Child Photographer - a toddler runs in a field at Historic Oak View County ParkRaleigh Family and Child Photographer - a toddler runs in a field at Historic Oak View County ParkRaleigh Family and Child Photographer - a toddler runs in a field at Historic Oak View County Park This amazing park setting, gorgeous sunlight, and an adorable made this one of my favorite photography sessions of the fall.  If you are interested in booking a portrait session for your family, I would love to help you find a stunning location that is convenient for you.  I serve Raleigh, Cary, Apex, Holly Springs, Fuquay Varina, and surrounding areas.  Click here and send me a message letting me what I can do for your family.  


Comments

7.Ashley(non-registered)
What cute kiddos! Such a pretty session :)
6.Lori(non-registered)
Beautiful! These kids are cuties and you did a wonderful job capturing them!
5.Nadia(non-registered)
What a fun session!
4.Laura(non-registered)
Such a beautiful session! It looks like it was a wonderful session!
3.Clare(non-registered)
These are just adorable! I love the light and colours!
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