{Raleigh NC Family Photographer} The Gardens of JC Raulston Arboretum

June 14, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

Whenever I get an email from a client asking for a garden location for their child's photography session, there are two locations that immediately come to mind.  Many families ask me to do a session at Duke Gardens.  I love Duke Gardens and it's like a little paradise there, but because it's a private garden, it is very expensive to get a photography permit.  It's hard to justify the additional cost, so I always recommend Raulston Arboretum instead.  Many families doesn't even know it exists and that it's much closer to home than Duke Gardens.  Raulston is a little urban paradise, located outside of Raleigh near the NC State Fairgrounds.  It is one of my favorite locations in the spring because of all the beautiful blooming flowers and trees.  This adorable little girl's session was to celebrate her 6 month milestone as part of her Baby's First Year Package.  She was sitting up so well and was such a happy baby.  Aside from newborn babies, this is my favorite age to photograph.  Babies this age are always so happy and are so interactive and curious.  

A baby girl sits on a path at raulston arboretum in raleigh nc for her 6 month milestone photography session. A baby girl sits on a path at raulston arboretum in raleigh nc for her 6 month milestone photography session. A baby girl sits on a path at raulston arboretum in raleigh nc for her 6 month milestone photography session.

A baby girl sits among purple irises at raulston arboretum in raleigh nc during her 6 month photography session.A baby girl sits among purple irises at raulston arboretum in raleigh nc during her 6 month photography session.A baby girl sits among purple irises at raulston arboretum in raleigh nc during her 6 month photography session.

A family sits on a path at raulston arboretum in raleigh nc during a family portrait session.A family sits on a path at raulston arboretum in raleigh nc during a family portrait session.A family sits on a path at raulston arboretum in raleigh nc during a family portrait session.

A baby girl sits on a bench at jc raulston arboretum in raleigh nc during her 6 month photography session with Erica Courtine Photography.A baby girl sits on a bench at jc raulston arboretum in raleigh nc during her 6 month photography session with Erica Courtine Photography.A baby girl sits on a bench at jc raulston arboretum in raleigh nc during her 6 month photography session with Erica Courtine Photography.

A baby girl sits on a bench at jc raulston arboretum in raleigh nc during her 6 month photography session with Erica Courtine Photography.A baby girl sits on a bench at jc raulston arboretum in raleigh nc during her 6 month photography session with Erica Courtine Photography.A baby girl sits on a bench at jc raulston arboretum in raleigh nc during her 6 month photography session with Erica Courtine Photography.

A baby girl in a pink dress sits next to a potted plant at raulston arboretum in raleigh nc during a photo session with erica courtine photography.A baby girl in a pink dress sits next to a potted plant at raulston arboretum in raleigh nc during a photo session with erica courtine photography.A baby girl in a pink dress sits next to a potted plant at raulston arboretum in raleigh nc during a photo session with erica courtine photography.

A baby girl smiles for a picture during her 6 month old photo session with Erica Courtine Photography.A baby girl smiles for a picture during her 6 month old photo session with Erica Courtine Photography.A baby girl smiles for a picture during her 6 month old photo session with Erica Courtine Photography.

This little girl was such a happy little baby.  It was so much fun to see how much she had grown in just a few months.  If you are looking for a great location for your baby's photography session, Raulston Arboretum is a great choice.  It's small, so there isn't too much walking, there are plenty of pretty paths and benches for your baby to sit on and explore, and the flowers are beautiful.  

If you are interested in documenting your baby's milestones, there are two package options that include sessions during a baby's first year.  You can read all about them here.  It's a great way to make sure that you don't miss a moment during that first year and it also offers significant savings over booking each one separately.  


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