Erica Courtine Photography: Blog https://www.ericacourtinephotography.com/blog en-us (C) Erica Courtine Photography (Erica Courtine Photography) Mon, 16 Mar 2020 07:26:00 GMT Mon, 16 Mar 2020 07:26:00 GMT https://www.ericacourtinephotography.com/img/s/v-12/u826863049-o631904025-50.jpg Erica Courtine Photography: Blog https://www.ericacourtinephotography.com/blog 120 80 {Raleigh NC Newborn Photography} Two times the charm https://www.ericacourtinephotography.com/blog/2018/3/-raleigh-nc-newborn-photography-two-times-the-charm 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.

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(Erica Courtine Photography) fuquay varina holly springs newborn photographer portraits raleigh studio https://www.ericacourtinephotography.com/blog/2018/3/-raleigh-nc-newborn-photography-two-times-the-charm Wed, 07 Mar 2018 22:00:00 GMT
{Fuquay Varina NC Newborn Photographer} Perfectly Fall Baby Portraits https://www.ericacourtinephotography.com/blog/2018/3/-fuquay-varina-nc-newborn-photographer-perfectly-fall-baby-portraits 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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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!  

 

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(Erica Courtine Photography) baby fuquay varina holly springs newborn photographer portraits https://www.ericacourtinephotography.com/blog/2018/3/-fuquay-varina-nc-newborn-photographer-perfectly-fall-baby-portraits Mon, 05 Mar 2018 16:00:00 GMT
{Raleigh NC Maternity Photography} A fall maternity session on the farm https://www.ericacourtinephotography.com/blog/2018/3/-raleigh-nc-maternity-photography-a-fall-maternity-session-on-the-farm 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.  

 

 

 

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(Erica Courtine Photography) holly springs maternity photographer portraits raleigh https://www.ericacourtinephotography.com/blog/2018/3/-raleigh-nc-maternity-photography-a-fall-maternity-session-on-the-farm Thu, 01 Mar 2018 15:12:29 GMT
{Raleigh NC Senior Portrait Photographer} https://www.ericacourtinephotography.com/blog/2017/11/-raleigh-nc-senior-portrait-photographer 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!

 

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{Raleigh NC Newborn Photographer} A Very Special Baby Boy https://www.ericacourtinephotography.com/blog/2017/11/-raleigh-nc-newborn-photographer-a-very-special-baby-boy 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. 

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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!

 

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(Erica Courtine Photography) fuquay varina newborn portraits raleigh studio https://www.ericacourtinephotography.com/blog/2017/11/-raleigh-nc-newborn-photographer-a-very-special-baby-boy Wed, 01 Nov 2017 17:15:00 GMT
{Raleigh NC Baby Photography} A Milestone Mini-Session with a Three Month Old https://www.ericacourtinephotography.com/blog/2017/10/-raleigh-nc-baby-photography-a-milestone-mini-session-with-a-three-month-old 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!

 

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(Erica Courtine Photography) baby fuquay varina mini-sessions photographer raleigh studio https://www.ericacourtinephotography.com/blog/2017/10/-raleigh-nc-baby-photography-a-milestone-mini-session-with-a-three-month-old Sun, 29 Oct 2017 17:00:00 GMT
{Raleigh NC Newborn Photography} Neutral Colors and a Baby Girl https://www.ericacourtinephotography.com/blog/2017/10/-raleigh-nc-newborn-photography-neutral-colors-and-a-baby-girl 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!

 

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(Erica Courtine Photography) fuquay varina newborn photographer photography raleigh https://www.ericacourtinephotography.com/blog/2017/10/-raleigh-nc-newborn-photography-neutral-colors-and-a-baby-girl Thu, 26 Oct 2017 04:30:00 GMT
{Raleigh NC Newborn Photography} And Baby Makes Three https://www.ericacourtinephotography.com/blog/2017/10/-raleigh-nc-newborn-photography-and-baby-makes-three 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!

 

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(Erica Courtine Photography) fuquay varina newborn photographer raleigh studio https://www.ericacourtinephotography.com/blog/2017/10/-raleigh-nc-newborn-photography-and-baby-makes-three Tue, 24 Oct 2017 04:15:00 GMT
{Raleigh NC Baby Photographer} A Baby Milestone Session at 9 Months https://www.ericacourtinephotography.com/blog/2017/10/-raleigh-nc-baby-photographer-a-baby-milestone-session-at-9-months I've really been enjoying these new baby milestone sessions I've been offering and so have the families that book them.  At only 20 minutes long, they are easy to fit in between nap times.  They are a nice, stress-free way to get some updated portraits of your baby as she grows throughout the first year.  Most families choose to capture stages like tummy time (3-4 months), sitting up (6-9 months) and standing up (9-12 months).  These milestone mini-sessions are only for babies 12 months and younger.  Take a look at this little cutie that came in at 9 months old.  I've been photographing her every few months since her newborn session.  

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If you are interested in a baby mini-session at my studio, I would love to help!  Email me and let me know.   Let's start planning a beautiful photography session for your 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!

 

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(Erica Courtine Photography) baby milestone mini-sessions photographer portraits raleigh https://www.ericacourtinephotography.com/blog/2017/10/-raleigh-nc-baby-photographer-a-baby-milestone-session-at-9-months Wed, 18 Oct 2017 04:00:00 GMT
{Raleigh NC Newborn Photography} A Sample Gallery From a Newborn Portrait Session https://www.ericacourtinephotography.com/blog/2017/10/-raleigh-nc-newborn-photography-a-sample-gallery-from-a-newborn-portrait-session I thought it would be fun to show an entire gallery from a newborn photography session.  With newborn sessions, each family receives a proofing gallery of 25-35 images to view after the session.  The proofs are emailed to the family in a link where they are uploaded to an online gallery for viewing.  There are four different package choices for newborn sessions.  With the smallest one, the family narrows down the gallery to their favorite five.  Obviously, this is a hard task and this package is rarely chosen.  The next package includes the family's favorite 10 images.  This package is more popular.  The third package, and by far the most popular, includes all of the image, the entire collection of 25-35 images.  The fourth package includes everything that the third package has but also a large canvas.  All packages also include a set of prints and birth announcements, as well as a print release.  

The session I am sharing today is of a family that came to my studio in Fuquay Varina with their brand new baby girl.  Like most newborn photography sessions, we started this one with family poses.  I try to do at least a few of the whole family (sometimes there are older siblings, but for this family, the baby was their first).  I also want to get a few of Mom with the baby and a few of Dad with the baby.  These family portraits usually take up somewhere between 5-10 images in the gallery, depending on what the family requests.  

 

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Mom, dad, and baby girl during a newborn photography session at a studio in Fuquay Varina, just outside of Raleigh, NC.Mom, dad, and baby girl during a newborn photography session at a studio in Fuquay Varina, just outside of Raleigh, NC.Mom, dad, and baby girl during a newborn photography session at a studio in Fuquay Varina, just outside of Raleigh, NC.

Mom, dad, and baby girl during a newborn photography session at a studio in Fuquay Varina, just outside of Raleigh, NC.Mom, dad, and baby girl during a newborn photography session at a studio in Fuquay Varina, just outside of Raleigh, NC.Mom, dad, and baby girl during a newborn photography session at a studio in Fuquay Varina, just outside of Raleigh, NC.

Dad with baby during a newborn photography session in Raleigh, NC. Dad with baby during a newborn photography session in Raleigh, NC. Dad with baby during a newborn photography session in Raleigh, NC.

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I do the family portraits at the beginning of the session for a reason.  First of all, if there are older siblings, especially, it's nice to have the family pictures done early while they are still fresh in their outfit and interested in the photography session.  The other reason is that the room stays very warm.  Newborn babies love the warmth, but it makes everyone else a little uncomfortable.  If we waited until the end of the session to do family portraits, there's a good chance that everyone would be hot and sweaty.  

After family portraits, I usually move on to using a fur or flokati.  These come in a variety of colors and they create a really pretty texture in photographs.  For a lot of sessions, I start with what I call the "sack of potatoes" pose.  This involves swaddling a baby snuggly in multiple fabrics.  We place baby on the flokati and an adult holds her up, so she can't tip over (I later edit out the mom or dad's hands).  For some reason, babies love this pose and it almost always gets them to relax and fall asleep.  After that, I unwrap them until they are left wrapped up in just one piece of fabric.  We take a few more shots on the flokati.  

Progress of a newborn photography session.  Baby girl posed on a flokati at a newborn photography session in Raleigh NC.  Progress of a newborn photography session. Baby girl posed on a flokati at a newborn photography session in Raleigh NC. Progress of a newborn photography session. Baby girl posed on a flokati at a newborn photography session in Raleigh NC.

After this, we usually do some poses on the bean bag, in a few different colors.  When families first book, I either talk with them over the phone or email them a questionnaire to find out what colors they prefer.  I then pick those colors and layer them onto the bean bag.  I then do a few different poses and angles on each color.  For this session, we started with a really pretty pastel orchid color.  

Next, we moved on to a beautiful and dainty pale pink color.  I love the texture of this blanket.  It goes so nicely with all babies.  

Pale pink in a newborn photography session with a baby girl in Raleigh, NC.  Pale pink in a newborn photography session with a baby girl in Raleigh, NC. Pale pink in a newborn photography session with a baby girl in Raleigh, NC.

Lastly, we used a pretty minty sage shade of green.  

Newborn photography session in Fuquay Varina, near Raleigh, NC.  Baby girl on green blanket.Newborn photography session in Fuquay Varina, near Raleigh, NC. Baby girl on green blanket.Newborn photography session in Fuquay Varina, near Raleigh, NC. Baby girl on green blanket.

Newborn photography session in Fuquay Varina, near Raleigh, NC.  Baby girl on green blanket.Newborn photography session in Fuquay Varina, near Raleigh, NC. Baby girl on green blanket.Newborn photography session in Fuquay Varina, near Raleigh, NC. Baby girl on green blanket. I try very hard to get a lot of variety in newborn sessions.  The goal is to capture every little detail of their adorable little selves.  This sweet baby girl had such long eye lashes, dainty little fingers, and soft head of hair.  Within weeks, babies look so different.  It's important to remember what they were like when they were so brand new.  

Almost every session ends with poses done in a bowl or basket on wooden backdrops.  

Baby girl in a basket at a newborn photography session in Fuquay Varina, near Raleigh, NC.Baby girl in a basket at a newborn photography session in Fuquay Varina, near Raleigh, NC.Baby girl in a basket at a newborn photography session in Fuquay Varina, near Raleigh, NC. Erica Courtine Photography newborn photo session at a studio in Fuquay Varina, NC.Erica Courtine Photography newborn photo session at a studio in Fuquay Varina, NC.Erica Courtine Photography newborn photo session at a studio in Fuquay Varina, NC.

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!

 

 

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(Erica Courtine Photography) fuquay varina newborn photographer photography portraits raleigh studio https://www.ericacourtinephotography.com/blog/2017/10/-raleigh-nc-newborn-photography-a-sample-gallery-from-a-newborn-portrait-session Mon, 16 Oct 2017 15:16:20 GMT
{Raleigh NC Newborn Photographer} 5 Things I want new moms to know https://www.ericacourtinephotography.com/blog/2017/9/-raleigh-nc-newborn-photographer-5-things-i-want-new-moms-to-know I have been photographing newborn babies and families in the Raleigh area for almost 5 years now (wahoo, I'll have to come up with a way to celebrate this October!).  I've learned so much about becoming a new mom and all of the fears, discomforts, and concerns that go with it.  There are so many things I wish I had the guts to say with my clients who are new moms and are bringing their brand new babies in for their portrait session.  Today, I'd like to share a few of these thoughts I've had over the years.  Maybe they will help put you at ease.

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1.  My studio is a judgement free zone.  It breaks my heart that I've had clients apologize for nursing their baby in front of me or apologize for feeding their baby formula instead of nursing.  Whatever choices you make for your little one, I support you 100%.  I have two kids of my own.  I've been in the trenches of parenting and I know that it's not easy.  We moms can feel so much judgement and guilt for our choices, but in my studio, you'll find none of it.  You are free to nurse your baby in my studio, as much as it's needed.  You can use a cover...or not.  I absolutely will not be offended in the slightest.  Nursing a baby is a beautiful thing and I welcome you do to it during your baby's photography session.  You can feed your baby from a bottle here too.  I believe that babies who are fed formula are just as healthy as the rest of them and I support your decision to feed your baby however you like.  

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2.  There is nothing that can happen during your baby's newborn session that you should feel embarrassed about.  Whether it's leaky boobs, your baby pooping all over me, or anything else, please don't be embarrassed.  I've seen and experienced it all.  You just created a human being, for goodness sakes.  You are a super hero!  You get a free pass for anything embarrasssing that can happen to you here (for the rest of your life).

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3.  Please be in some photographs with your new baby.  You may not feel like it right now, but you are BEAUTIFUL.  I promise you.  All the sleep deprivation in the world cannot distract from the glow you have as a mom to a brand new baby.  The love for that tiny baby shows in your smiles, kisses, and adoring look you give your baby.  Please let me capture that love in your new family.  Don't let this moment pass without being in at least a few shots with your baby.

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4.  Don't panic if your baby is fussy.  There is a reason that I plan for newborn sessions taking 3 hours.  Most of the time is not spent actually photographing the baby.  Newborn babies have their own agenda.  They need time to eat, change diapers, be cuddled, soothed, and rocked to sleep. Sometimes, a baby who is especially fussy leaves a family wondering if we got enough great portraits.  We are both always pleasantly surprised at how the photos turn out.  Almost all babies will settle and be content for a little bit of the session, and it's usually plenty of time to work quickly and capture some beautiful portraits.  In my 5 years of newborn photography, I can only remember one or two newborn sessions where we had to reschedule because the baby was having a bad day.  

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5. Your baby is safe here.  I wrote a blog post recently about all the precautions I take to keep your little one safe, but if you missed it, you can read it here.  I take safety very seriously.  I stay up to date on my immunizations.  My studio is a room in my home, so I make extra sure to stay on top of cleanliness. I clean the studio after every session and keep the door closed.  My family does not go in there.  I even run an air purifier in my home to help keep the air clean.  Luckily, now that my children are a little older (6 and 8), they don't get sick often like toddlers do.  But if they or I get sick and you have a session scheduled here, I will let you know and we'll reschedule.  

I am passionate about brand new babies and their families.  Each and every little baby that comes to my studio is treasured.  Being a newborn photographer isn't only about capturing special moments, but also about building relationships and seeing a family through their journey, creating memories along the way.  If you are interested in newborn photography for your little one, but have questions, you can get in touch with me here.  I'll answer any questions you have.  I serve families all over the Triangle.  My studio is in Fuquay Varina, but I have families come to me from Raleigh, Durham, Cary, Apex, and Holly Springs.  

 

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(Erica Courtine Photography) cary fuquay varina newborn photographer raleigh https://www.ericacourtinephotography.com/blog/2017/9/-raleigh-nc-newborn-photographer-5-things-i-want-new-moms-to-know Tue, 05 Sep 2017 18:57:34 GMT
{Holly Springs NC Child Photographer} A Little Girl in Mommy's Wedding Dress https://www.ericacourtinephotography.com/blog/2017/9/-raleigh-holly-springs-nc-child-photographer I love when families come to me with really unique and fun ideas for their photography sessions.  I met a family up in Raleigh one time for a global homecoming, family members joining together from countries around the world.  On another occasion, I photographed an elaborately adorable cake smash session for twins with a "Where the Wild Things Are" theme.  On this evening at Sugg Farm in Holly Springs, I met this mom and her beautiful little 5 year old daughter for a special photography session.  The little girl would be photographed in her mom's wedding dress.  She brought all kinds of props, flowers, and family heirlooms.  It was such a beautiful evening and we had a fabulous time.  Take a look at this little girl's photography session.  She could definitely be a child model!

A little girl in her mom's wedding dress during a photography session in Holly springs, near Raleigh NC.A little girl in her mom's wedding dress during a photography session in Holly springs, near Raleigh NC.A little girl in her mom's wedding dress during a photography session in Holly springs, near Raleigh NC.

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Sitting in the grass at Sugg Farm Park in Holly Springs NC outside of Raleigh. Sitting in the grass at Sugg Farm Park in Holly Springs NC outside of Raleigh. Sitting in the grass at Sugg Farm Park in Holly Springs NC outside of Raleigh.

A little girl at Sugg Farm Park in Holly Springs NC outside of Raleigh.Fall summer family and child photographyA little girl at Sugg Farm Park in Holly Springs NC outside of Raleigh.Fall summer family and child photographyA little girl at Sugg Farm Park in Holly Springs NC outside of Raleigh. Fall summer family and child photography

I really enjoyed doing this photography session.  It was so different from what I normally do.  Late summer can be such a beautiful time of year for photography.  There's something so timeless about the golden glow of the sun setting on a summer evening, just before the fireflies show up.  

If you would like to plan a photography session for your child, please let me know how I can help.  I can help you plan every last detail, from the location, to outfits, and everything in between.  Click here to send me a message.

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(Erica Courtine Photography) holly springs photographer portraits raleigh https://www.ericacourtinephotography.com/blog/2017/9/-raleigh-holly-springs-nc-child-photographer Fri, 01 Sep 2017 13:57:11 GMT
{Raleigh NC Family Photographer} Diapers for Houston https://www.ericacourtinephotography.com/blog/2017/8/-raleigh-nc-family-photographer-lets-help-houston We've all been seeing the devastation on the news caused by Hurricane Harvey over the last few days.  The flooding is destroying the city and leaving families fleeing from their homes.  While Houston may seem so far away for many of us, the fact is that the families affected by the hurricane are families just like yours.  Many have babies and young children.  And because disaster relief agencies can't always provide diapers and other necessities to the displaced families and their babies, it creates a need that you and I can help with.  

One of the most beautiful things about owning my own business is that I can use it to help people.  Obviously, as a newborn photographer, babies are near and dear to my heart.  Can you imagine having to leave your home and not having enough clean diapers for your baby?  These babies are confused and scared.  A clean diaper is the least we can give to a little baby going through such a traumatic event.  

The Texas Diaper Bank needs our help.  They don't just provide diapers to families.  They are also needing donations of wipes, formula, baby blankets, adult diapers, etc.  I want to encourage us all to do our part and support Houston while they recover.  Our country is strong, and we're in this as a team.  So let's get started!  

To raise money for the Texas Diaper Bank, I would like to raffle off a full fall family portrait session with my most popular package, a $495 value.  The photography session I am raffling off is my 3rd package and includes:

-A 60 minute outdoor photography session

-A set of 25 full edited digital images and a print release

-A set of 10 beautiful, professional quality prints for you to enjoy in your home

Fall is a beautiful time of year to book a family portrait session anyway.  Why not win a session and support a great cause all at the same time?  And for my families who have already booked their session, don't let that stop you from entering the drawing.  If you win, your session fee will be refunded so you can use the prize session.  

When I dream, I dream big.  My goal is to raise $1000 for the Texas Diaper Bank.  Let's blow this goal out of the water!  Imagine how many diapers and supplies they could buy with $1000!   Let's join together and support Houston today!  

I'll run the raffle for one week.  Next Thursday, I'll close the raffle and notify the winner.  Every single penny collected for the raffle will go straight to the Texas Diaper Bank as quickly as I can possibly get it to them.  

You can purchase your raffle tickets below.  Everything will be managed electronically and you will receive one entry per ticket that you purchase.  Feel free to change the quantity to purchase multiple tickets for multiple chances to win.

 

Thank you so much to everyone who supported the fundraiser.  We raised just under $600!  We'll be announcing the winner on my facebook page.  

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(Erica Courtine Photography) fall family photographer photography portraits raleigh https://www.ericacourtinephotography.com/blog/2017/8/-raleigh-nc-family-photographer-lets-help-houston Wed, 30 Aug 2017 14:54:17 GMT
{Fuquay Varina Baby Photographer} A Milestone Mini-Session https://www.ericacourtinephotography.com/blog/2017/8/-fuquay-varina-baby-photographer-a-milestone-mini-session I love offering mini-sessions in my studio for babies.  I've been doing this since last winter and it's so much fun.  I really enjoy the chance to see the babies I photographed as newborns.  Most of my clients who use the milestone mini-sessions schedule them around 6 or 9 months old.  It's a great, affordable way to document the milestones in a baby's first year of life, such as holding up their head, smiling, sitting up, crawling, and standing.  The mini-sessions can only be scheduled for babies 12 months and younger due to the limited space in the studio.  More information on the mini-sessions can be found here

I've been photographing this little girl since she was born last October.  Her family signed up for the Baby's First Year package, which includes sessions at birth, 6 months, and 12 months.  They chose to add on a mini-session at 9 months.   Take a look at this little cutie, showing off her crawling skills! 

Milestone baby mini-sessions at a studio in Fuquay Varina, outside of Raleigh NC. Milestone baby mini-sessions at a studio in Fuquay Varina, outside of Raleigh NC. Milestone baby mini-sessions at a studio in Fuquay Varina, outside of Raleigh NC.

 

Milestone baby mini-sessions at a studio in Fuquay Varina, outside of Raleigh NC. Milestone baby mini-sessions at a studio in Fuquay Varina, outside of Raleigh NC. Milestone baby mini-sessions at a studio in Fuquay Varina, outside of Raleigh NC.

 

A baby crawling during a baby milestone mini session at Erica Courtine Photography studio in Fuquay Varina NC.A baby crawling during a baby milestone mini session at Erica Courtine Photography studio in Fuquay Varina NC.A baby crawling during a baby milestone mini session at Erica Courtine Photography studio in Fuquay Varina NC.

 

A baby crawling during a baby milestone mini session at Erica Courtine Photography studio in Fuquay Varina NC.A baby crawling during a baby milestone mini session at Erica Courtine Photography studio in Fuquay Varina NC.A baby crawling during a baby milestone mini session at Erica Courtine Photography studio in Fuquay Varina NC.

 

A baby crawling during a baby milestone mini session at Erica Courtine Photography studio in Fuquay Varina NC.A baby crawling during a baby milestone mini session at Erica Courtine Photography studio in Fuquay Varina NC.A baby crawling during a baby milestone mini session at Erica Courtine Photography studio in Fuquay Varina NC.

I have been serving families in the Raleigh area for 5 years and would love to photograph your little one.  If you are interested in the Baby's First Year plan or milestone mini-sessions, click here and send me a message.  I'd love to get to know you and answer any questions you have!

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(Erica Courtine Photography) baby fuquay varina milestone mini photographer portraits raleigh sessions https://www.ericacourtinephotography.com/blog/2017/8/-fuquay-varina-baby-photographer-a-milestone-mini-session Mon, 28 Aug 2017 20:45:00 GMT
{Raleigh Family Photographer} A Little Boy Turns One https://www.ericacourtinephotography.com/blog/2017/8/-raleigh-family-photographer-a-little-boy-turns-one They told me that their little boy was so serious.  "Don't be surprised if he doesn't smile," they said.  Children this age are unpredictable and sometimes a challenge to photograph.  It's a challenge I'm always up for.  One year olds are out to explore their world.  With their new ability to walk and climb, they can't be held back from exploring nature.  Every path, every field, every stick and rock is a wonder in their eyes.

I met this family at Sugg Farm in Holly Springs, just outside of Raleigh, NC.  We had beautiful weather that evening.  As the sun was setting, the lighting was perfect and created a nice soft glow for our portraits.  Although this sweet little boy took a few minutes to warm up to me, he quickly opened up and smiled and giggled the rest of the hour... except when we tried to take away the stick he had found.  He became quite attached to it and so it ended up in quite a few of our shots. 

A one year old's first birthday photography session in Holly Springs, NC.A one year old's first birthday photography session in Holly Springs, NC.A one year old's first birthday photography session in Holly Springs, NC.

 

A one year old's first birthday photography session in Holly Springs, outside of Raleigh NC.A one year old's first birthday photography session in Holly Springs, outside of Raleigh NC.A one year old's first birthday photography session in Holly Springs, outside of Raleigh NC.

 

A family photography session in Holly Springs, outside of Raleigh NC.A family photography session in Holly Springs, outside of Raleigh NC.A family photography session in Holly Springs, outside of Raleigh NC.

Sugg Farm is such a great place to take children for a photography session.  There are rarely any other people there and it's nice and safe and fun to explore for a little kid.  

 

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A little boy on his daddy's shoulders during a family photography session at Sugg Farm in Holly Springs, near Raleigh, NC.A little boy on his daddy's shoulders during a family photography session at Sugg Farm in Holly Springs, near Raleigh, NC.A little boy on his daddy's shoulders during a family photography session at Sugg Farm in Holly Springs, near Raleigh, NC.

 

A little boy and his mother during a family and first birthday photography session- Raleigh, Cary, Apex, Holly Springs, Fuquay Varina.A little boy and his mother during a family and first birthday photography session- Raleigh, Cary, Apex, Holly Springs, Fuquay Varina.A little boy and his mother during a family and first birthday photography session- Raleigh, Cary, Apex, Holly Springs, Fuquay Varina.

Towards the end of the evening we did an outfit change for the little boy.  He looked so cute in his bow tie and suspenders.

A little boy and his mother during a family and first birthday photography session- Raleigh, Cary, Apex, Holly Springs, Fuquay Varina.A little boy and his mother during a family and first birthday photography session- Raleigh, Cary, Apex, Holly Springs, Fuquay Varina.A little boy and his mother during a family and first birthday photography session- Raleigh, Cary, Apex, Holly Springs, Fuquay Varina.

At the end of the session, we walked across the wide open field at Sugg Farm back towards the parking lot.  The little boy hitched a ride on Daddy's shoulders. 

A little boy on his dad's shoulders during a family photo shoot in Holly Springs NC.A little boy on his dad's shoulders during a family photo shoot in Holly Springs NC.A little boy on his dad's shoulders during a family photo shoot in Holly Springs NC.

With fall coming up, I love to remind families in southern Wake County of Sugg Farm in Holly Springs.  It's a great park for photography sessions and it's so close to where many of my clients live.  It has such a unique look to it.  I look forward to meeting families here this fall.  If you are interested in booking a fall family photography session this fall, I would love to hear from you.  Let me help you plan out the family portraits that you dream about.  Click here and send me a message.  I would love to be your photographer this fall!

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(Erica Courtine Photography) holly springs photographer raleigh https://www.ericacourtinephotography.com/blog/2017/8/-raleigh-family-photographer-a-little-boy-turns-one Fri, 25 Aug 2017 20:30:00 GMT
{Raleigh NC Newborn Photography} Twin Girls In-Home Session https://www.ericacourtinephotography.com/blog/2017/8/-raleigh-nc-newborn-photography-twin-girls-in-home-session I love photographing multiples.  I don't get the opportunity very often, maybe once or twice a year.  Oddly enough, all of the sets I had photographed before this set were twin boys.  I met this wonderful family at their home in Raleigh.  The girls were so adorable and petite, even though they were born right on time.  It was so much fun to see how different they were in personality.  Mom told me that Nora, shown below, was the calm, laid-back, easy baby.  She mostly slept and barely made a peep the whole time I was there. 

A twin newborn baby photo session in Raleigh, NC. A twin newborn baby photo session in Raleigh, NC. A twin newborn baby photo session in Raleigh, NC.

Twin baby girl during her newborn photography portrait session at home in Raleigh, NC.Twin baby girl during her newborn photography portrait session at home in Raleigh, NC.Twin baby girl during her newborn photography portrait session at home in Raleigh, NC.

Her sister, Ani, on the other hand, had some spunk and loved to be more alert and watchful.  She did fall asleep for quite a bit of the session, but she didn't appreciate being moved or handled.  

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Ani had quite a head of hair for a newborn baby.  Mom said that all of the babies born in the family (these girls have a big brother and sister) came with a head full of hair.  I loved that their mom loved keeping a very simple style with the girls.  We only used a few hats and headbands, and for the most part photographed the girls with a very simple style.  

While I love the traditional little newborn poses that show off their cute little features, sometimes it's nice to photograph newborn babies more simply.  During this part of the session, we let the girls curl up in their own positions, relax, and move how they wanted.  

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Big brother and sister were busy as can be during their little sisters' photography session.  They looked on quietly and came and went to play with their toys and eat lunch.  When it was their turn to pose with their sisters, we used a spare bed in the home.  These siblings were so little themselves, but they did such a great job holding their sisters.  

Siblings during a twin girl newborn photography session in Raleigh NC.Siblings during a twin girl newborn photography session in Raleigh NC.Siblings during a twin girl newborn photography session in Raleigh NC.

My past experience with twins had been that they tend to calm down quickly when they are placed together.  Not true for these girls.  They wanted their space and didn't always want to pose together.  Here they are swaddled and relaxing together for a few minutes before one of them woke up.

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A portion of the girls' newborn photography session was done outdoors at a Raulston Arboretum in Raleigh.  This beautiful garden near the fairgrounds was in full bloom.  We immediately found a beautiful patch of echinacea. 

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This newborn photo session was so much fun.  Everything, from the beautifully simple colors and poses to the more vibrant portraits done in the garden, came together so nicely.  

My passion is for newborn photography.  I have been serving families in the Raleigh area for 5 years.  If you are interested in a newborn portrait session, click here and send me a message.  Let me know what questions you have, what plans you have, and how I can help.  I can't wait to hear from you!

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(Erica Courtine Photography) newborn photographer raleigh https://www.ericacourtinephotography.com/blog/2017/8/-raleigh-nc-newborn-photography-twin-girls-in-home-session Wed, 23 Aug 2017 19:42:23 GMT
{Raleigh Newborn Photography} Keeping Your Baby Safe During Photography Session https://www.ericacourtinephotography.com/blog/2017/8/-raleigh-newborn-photography-keeping-your-baby-safe-during-photography-session Keeping your baby safe during a newborn photography session raleigh cary apex holly springs fuquay varina nc newborn photographersKeeping your baby safe during a newborn photography session raleigh cary apex holly springs fuquay varina nc newborn photographersKeeping your baby safe during a newborn photography session raleigh cary apex holly springs fuquay varina nc newborn photographers

There is something so amazing to me about newborn babies.  Each one is a beautiful little miracle, a little blessing to their family.   I have been photographing newborn babies in the Raleigh area for almost 5 years now.  I take my job seriously and want to give each and every one of them the best care possible. 

The babies I meet can be younger than a week old when they complete their portrait session.  Their little immune systems aren't fully developed and they can be sensitive to things that older children and adults come in contact with every day.  

During all of my photography sessions, I take several precautions to make sure that your baby is kept completely safe:

1.  I am fully vaccinated.  My doctor knows that I work with newborn babies and has advised me on immunizations that are most important.  Most importantly, I stay up to date on whooping cough (pertussis) and I get a flu shot every fall.

2.  I will not conduct photography sessions if I, or anyone in my family, is sick.  If there is any chance at all that I could be ill, I will let you know and we will work to schedule a new session date. 

3.  I wash my hands before every single session and use hand sanitizer during the session when needed.  

4.  My studio room has a door that stays closed.  Although it's in my house, it's not a room used by my family.  The door stays closed when not in use, so that pets and children stay out.  After each use, it is thoroughly cleaned.

5.  Every single blanket, fabric, hat, outfit, and headband that touches your baby is washed immediately after the session.  I do my laundry with dye free, fragrance free soap.  Currently, I use this brand.  It's an all natural, earth friendly and chemical free soap. If anything is soiled badly, I'll usually just toss it.  Most of my props and outfits are homemade by me, so I don't mind having to do this.

6.  Safety during posing is a priority.  I'll often ask parents to help by sitting next to the baby and spotting him or her.  I often have parents help support the baby's head.  Any poses that you see on my website that look like the baby is balancing or sitting up are created by composites, meaning that in the original image, a parent is holding onto the baby so they can't tip over.  The hands are then removed in editing.  Take a look at the photo below for an example of how we accomplish this.  First, I have the mom or dad hold and support the baby's wrists and arms.  I quickly take a few pictures.  While still holding the arms, I have them use their other arm to hold the head securely.  I then have the mom or dad let go of the arms but keep their hand really close just in case more support is needed.  In that second or two while they've let go of the arms (but not the head), I take a few more shots.  In editing, I combine the left photo and the right and it lets me show the baby without any hands on him.  Pretty neat trick, eh?  

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7.  The baby's needs are most important.  I'll never force a baby to do something that they clearly don't want to do.  Although patience is sometimes required to help a baby settle into a pose or position, if a baby seems uncomfortable, unhappy, or needs a break to eat, I make sure that we stop what we are doing to make sure the baby receives what he or she needs. 

8.  The studio is kept nice and warm.  Although it is sometimes uncomfortable for the parents and me, babies need warmth.  They cannot regulate their temperature well and are used to being in a womb...which is a toast 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit.  Keeping the studio this warm usually helps the baby sleep because they are so comfortable.  

Beautiful portraiture of your newborn baby is my specialty, but safety comes first.  I will never attempt any type of pose that is not safe and secure for your baby.  If you are searching for a photographer for your baby's first portrait session, make sure that your photographer does these 8 things, at a minimum.  

Are you expecting a new baby?  I would love to be your photographer!  I serve the Triangle area of North Carolina, including Raleigh, Cary, Apex, Holly Springs, Fuquay Varina, and surrounding areas.  I strive for a simple and classic style.  If you want portraits of your baby surrounded by soft colors and neutrals, we might be a great match!  Click here and send me a message.  Let me know what questions you have about newborn photography!

 

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(Erica Courtine Photography) newborn safety photographer raleigh https://www.ericacourtinephotography.com/blog/2017/8/-raleigh-newborn-photography-keeping-your-baby-safe-during-photography-session Mon, 14 Aug 2017 19:25:09 GMT
{Fayetteville NC Newborn Photographer} Pretty in Pink https://www.ericacourtinephotography.com/blog/2017/7/fayetteville-nc-newborn-photographer-pretty-in-pink This adorable baby girl and her family drove up from Fayetteville to my studio outside of Raleigh for her photography session one day recently.  My studio is in Fuquay Varina, which is nicely convenient to both Raleigh and Fayetteville.  Many newborn babies sleep a lot, but this little girl was so awake and alert.  I actually loved it because for the most part, she was pretty happy, and it was nice to be able to see her eyes.  A few things can make it tricky for a photographer when a baby is wide awake:

-Newborn babies can't see well, so they don't typically make eye contact with a camera, at least not on purpose.  Usually, if they are awake, they are looking off in the distance.

-Newborn babies love to have their hands up by their face when they are awake.  It can make it hard to capture good images of the baby's face when it's being covered up by their little fist.

-Newborn babies make some really interesting facial expressions when they are awake.  Some are really cute, but sometimes they are a little awkward looking and parents don't tend to want to keep those.  

This newborn baby girl, although she was awake, was very calm and content.  She was simply curious about her surroundings and didn't want to miss anything.  I loved working with her and capturing all her adorable little facial expressions.  Towards the end of her session she did eventually take a nap.  Take a look at this beautiful little baby. 

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I love capturing baby yawns.  The simplicity of this image really shows off the baby.  I think we took this right before she started to fall asleep.  

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If you are interested in a newborn portrait session for your little arrival, I offer sessions like this both at my home studio as well as in your own home.  I serve Raleigh, Cary, Apex, Holly Springs, Fuquay Varina, and surrounding areas of the Triangle.  Email me at erica@ericacourtinephotography.com and I'd be happy to answer any questions you have about a photography session. 

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(Erica Courtine Photography) cary fayetteville fuquay varina holly springs photographer photography portraits raleigh https://www.ericacourtinephotography.com/blog/2017/7/fayetteville-nc-newborn-photographer-pretty-in-pink Mon, 24 Jul 2017 19:43:55 GMT
{Raleigh NC Photographer} 10 Tips for Dressing for Your Fall Family Portraits https://www.ericacourtinephotography.com/blog/2017/7/-raleigh-nc-photographer-10-tips-for-dressing-for-your-fall-family-portraits Maybe it's the crazy humid heat wave we're in, but this week I've been thinking a lot about fall and Christmas.  I contacted my buddy Santa Claus to see if he would help me with some Christmas mini-sessions just for kids this November.  I've also been dreaming of the fall temperatures and beautiful fall leaves.  I've had a few families book fall sessions, so maybe that's another reason I've got fall on my mind.  In thinking of fall, I'm already brainstorming fall pictures for my own family.  I try to switch around with what time of year I have our portraits done.  It's nice to mix it up.  Last year, we did family portraits at the beach in August.  They were so beautiful, but since the boys have changed so much I'm going to have them done again.  

In no particular order, here are my tips for dressing for your fall family portrait session.

 

1.  Check the weather.  

We all know how unpredictable Raleigh weather is.  October and November can bring a huge variation of temperatures.  Some years, I've done fall mini-sessions in short sleeves.  Others, I've had to work around a layer of snow on the ground.  Of course, you don't want to wait until a few days before your session to start planning and shopping.  I always, always recommend dressing in layers because of this.  Layers are important because if it gets hot or cold, you can adjust what you are wearing to stay comfortable.

 I especially recommend this for children, who react a little more to getting too cold or too hot.  Some suggestions for boys:  a thin button down collared shirt and a sweater or cute jacket to go on top.  For girls, tights, skirts, and layers with sweaters or vests look really cute.  I also love it when families bring a cute hat for their baby.  It's so easy to find a nice warm, but adorable hat to put on a baby if it gets chilly.  

How to dress comfortably for a fall family portrait session in Raleigh, NC.How to dress comfortably for a fall family portrait session in Raleigh, NC.How to dress comfortably for a fall family portrait session in Raleigh, NC.

This family was dressed beautifully for fall family portraits.  The little boy is sporting a warm flannel shirt and a cozy red vest on top.  Mom and Dad are looking stylish too.  I loved how they didn't try to match each other.  Outfit choices like this always look great.  

2.  Consider colors that pop.  

Like I mentioned above, don't try too hard to make everyone match.  Not only will your family look unnatural if every single one of you is dressed in navy, but your portraits will lack interest and dimension.  Instead, pick maybe one color that everyone has a little bit of, or let everyone pick colors that are all different, yet look good together.  

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3.  Pinterest is Your Friend

Pinterest is such a great tool for gathering inspiration for your next family portrait session.  Need a place to get started?  Check out the board I have on my Pinterest page with lots of great ideas for outfit choices.  You can search for outfits that have bold colors, outfits that are mostly neutral, outfits that are comfortable or ones that are a tad more dressy.  

4.  Treat Your Feet

Unless you are planning a shoot with a special stylized look, skip the high heels.  You'll be doing a bit of walking and to be honest, high heels look out of place in a park setting.  A better choice is boots.  Tall riding boots are comfortable and can also keep you warm if it's chilly.  Ankle boots look adorable and are a perfect pick for fall.  A pair of simple flats can also look adorable.  For kids, opt out of having them wear their school sneakers.  The neon colors on Johnny's favorite pair of running shoes just aren't something you want to look at on a giant canvas.  Loafers, boots, or a cute pair of Converse sneakers is a better choice.  For little girls, it can be too chilly for anything open toed, so choose a comfortable flat boot, flats, or more casual choice.  Men look great are easy- look for dress shoes or loafers.  If you want to try something different, rain boots or duck boots can be a really cute choice for anyone.  

 

Fall family portraits can be a great opportunity to treat you and your family to new outfits that you feel beautiful in.  Don't hesitate to shop around and pick out new outfits that you will make you smile every time you look past the photos hanging on your walls.  Fall is just around the corner (hopefully...ha ha).  The peak time for fall portraits is from the last week in October through Veterans Day.  During these weeks, the leaves are changing and look magnificent.  Weekend afternoons book up the fastest, but I still have many open.  Spaces are limited, since the fall leaves only look nice for so long.  If you are thinking of booking a fall session for your family, it's not a good time of year to wait til the last minute.  I recommend that families book in August and September to get the date they want.  In another blog post coming up, I'll delve into my favorite locations in the Raleigh area for fall family portraits.  If you are interested in securing a photography session this fall, please email me at erica@ericacourtinephotography.com. I'd love to help you start planning your dream session!

 

 

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(Erica Courtine Photography) autumn cary fall fuquay varina holiday holly springs photographer photography portraits raleigh https://www.ericacourtinephotography.com/blog/2017/7/-raleigh-nc-photographer-10-tips-for-dressing-for-your-fall-family-portraits Wed, 19 Jul 2017 19:45:00 GMT
{Raleigh NC First Birthday Cake Smash Photographer} A Birthday at Raulston Arboretum https://www.ericacourtinephotography.com/blog/2017/7/-raleigh-nc-first-birthday-cake-smash-photographer-a-birthday-at-raulston-arboretum I've been lucky enough to meet this little guy a few times over his first year of life.  The first time was last spring when he was born and I photographed his newborn portraits.  He was so adorable and fun to work with.  In the fall, I got to see him again for a fall mini session at Sugg Farm.  And most recently, we met at Raulston Arboretum to celebrate his first birthday.  We walked around the garden letting him explore, which meant picking up all sorts of rocks and twigs.  He even brought his new pillow chair from home.  Towards the end of the session, we set him down with a delicious banana flavored cake.  It's hard to tell what he liked better, the cake or his balloons.  As you can see he made quite a mess, but had a lot of fun! A little boy celebrating his first birthday with a photo session at Raulston Arboretum in Raleigh, NC.  A little boy celebrating his first birthday with a photo session at Raulston Arboretum in Raleigh, NC. A little boy celebrating his first birthday with a photo session at Raulston Arboretum in Raleigh, NC. There was a big grassy field lined with flowers that was perfect for the cake smash.  Both the balloons and cake were a hit.  Dad was happy that some of the cake survived the cake smash because he wanted to try a little bit of the banana flavor. Luckily, there was a whole side of the cake that had gone untouched. 

A baby boy with a blue themed cake smash at a garden in Raleigh NC, by photographer Erica Courtine. A baby boy with a blue themed cake smash at a garden in Raleigh NC, by photographer Erica Courtine. A baby boy with a blue themed cake smash at a garden in Raleigh NC, by photographer Erica Courtine.

I love the last image where the little boy turns his back to the cake and decides that the balloons are way more fun.  For a few pictures, we ended up taking away the balloons so he was willing to give the cake a try.  

When it was time to clean up, it was a little cumbersome trying to figure out the best way to clean up this messy little guy.  We had baby wipes, water, and towels on hand to get the job done.  I love these shots of Dad picking him up, blue frosting and all.  He came to the session straight from work and you can tell that he's trying his best not to get blue frosting all over his clothes.  The little boy thought is was a fun game. 

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I had such a fun time doing this cake smash and photography session.  Is your little boy or girl about to have their first birthday?  Unlike indoor cake smashes with overdone props, I much prefer simple cake smashes, like this one, done outdoors.  A simple blanket and set of balloons are really all you need. My first birthday sessions are not limited to only your baby.  I'm happy to do some family and sibling portraits as well, for no additional charge.   If you are interested in a photo session to celebrate a first birthday, I would be honored to help.  Email me at erica@ericacourtinephotography.com and we'll start planning your dream photography session.

 

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(Erica Courtine Photography) cake smash first birthday photographer photography portraits raleigh https://www.ericacourtinephotography.com/blog/2017/7/-raleigh-nc-first-birthday-cake-smash-photographer-a-birthday-at-raulston-arboretum Mon, 17 Jul 2017 20:15:00 GMT
{Raleigh NC Newborn Photographer} A Baby Girl In the Studio https://www.ericacourtinephotography.com/blog/2017/7/raleigh-nc-newborn-photographer-a-baby-girl-in-the-studio I had such a lovely morning recently photographing this adorable newborn baby girl recently at my studio in Fuquay Varina, just outside of Raleigh.  She brought her mommy, daddy, and big brother along.  She was such a happy baby and was so alert for the first part of the session.  She wanted to see everything that was going on.  

One of my favorite parts of this session, though, was the family poses.  I love that this baby girl's mom and dad were willing to participate in some portraits with their little girl.  Maybe big brother was not quite as willing, but he did an awesome job regardless.  

A family poses with their newborn baby girl during a photography session at a studio in Fuquay Varina, just outside of Raleigh, NC.A family poses with their newborn baby girl during a photography session at a studio in Fuquay Varina, just outside of Raleigh, NC.A family poses with their newborn baby girl during a photography session at a studio in Fuquay Varina, just outside of Raleigh, NC.

A mom and dad pose with their newborn baby girl during a photography session at a studio in Fuquay Varina, just outside of Raleigh, NC.A mom and dad pose with their newborn baby girl during a photography session at a studio in Fuquay Varina, just outside of Raleigh, NC.A mom and dad pose with their newborn baby girl during a photography session at a studio in Fuquay Varina, just outside of Raleigh, NC.

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Her mom and dad brought some really cute Chicago Cubs props to the session.  The idea popped into my mind to use a mitt in one of the poses, so I snuck downstairs and found my husband's old baseball mitt.  I guess that's a perk of having your photography studio in your house.  Actually, my husband and kids had the day off so they were downstairs.  When my husband discovered that I was doing baseball themed images, he brought up all kinds of gear...a bat, ball, and batting helmet...none of which we got a chance to use, but it was really sweet that he found those for us.  

A newborn baby girl poses with chicago cubs baseball themed props during a newborn photography session in Raleigh, NC.A newborn baby girl poses with chicago cubs baseball themed props during a newborn photography session in Raleigh, NC.A newborn baby girl poses with chicago cubs baseball themed props during a newborn photography session in Raleigh, NC.

A newborn baby girl poses with chicago cubs baseball themed props during a newborn photography session in Raleigh, NC.A newborn baby girl poses with chicago cubs baseball themed props during a newborn photography session in Raleigh, NC.A newborn baby girl poses with chicago cubs baseball themed props during a newborn photography session in Raleigh, NC. Other than the baseball themed portraits, it was all dainty for this little girl.  She looked so pretty in pastels, like this blue and lavender. Pastel blue and lavender during a baby girl newborn photography session in Raleigh, NC. Pastel blue and lavender during a baby girl newborn photography session in Raleigh, NC. Pastel blue and lavender during a baby girl newborn photography session in Raleigh, NC. Even though it tends to be a tad easier to photograph a newborn baby when they are asleep, I always love it when I get a chance to see the eyes wide open like this.  Most babies can't really make eye contact like this.  She was so interested in what I was doing.  

A wide eyed alert newborn baby girl during a photo session in Fuquay Varina, outside of Raleigh, NC.A wide eyed alert newborn baby girl during a photo session in Fuquay Varina, outside of Raleigh, NC.A wide eyed alert newborn baby girl during a photo session in Fuquay Varina, outside of Raleigh, NC. This wide awake behavior didn't last.  She spent most of the session doing what brand new babies do best...sleep.  She even let us put her in this cozy bucket, surrounded by soft lavender blankets.  

A baby in a metal bucket during a newborn photo session in Raleigh, NC.A baby in a metal bucket during a newborn photo session in Raleigh, NC.A baby in a metal bucket during a newborn photo session in Raleigh, NC.

Since it was such a pretty day we ended the morning with a few poses outdoors.  I had a plan to finally grow some beautiful flowers in my yard so I can take some newborn photos outdoors.  Unfortunately, I don't have a green thumb, so we didn't have much to work with.  Since this session, though, I've managed to grow quite a pretty bed of zinnias in my yard.  

Outdoor newborn portraits photography at a studio in Fuquay Varina, outside of Raleigh, NC.Outdoor newborn portraits photography at a studio in Fuquay Varina, outside of Raleigh, NC.Outdoor newborn portraits photography at a studio in Fuquay Varina, outside of Raleigh, NC. Outdoor newborn portraits photography at a studio in Fuquay Varina, outside of Raleigh, NC.Outdoor newborn portraits photography at a studio in Fuquay Varina, outside of Raleigh, NC.Outdoor newborn portraits photography at a studio in Fuquay Varina, outside of Raleigh, NC.

If you are interested in a newborn portrait session for your little arrival, I offer sessions like this both at my home studio as well as in your own home.  I serve Raleigh, Cary, Apex, Holly Springs, Fuquay Varina, and surrounding areas of the Triangle.  Email me at erica@ericacourtinephotography.com and I'd be happy to answer any questions you have about a photography session. 

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(Erica Courtine Photography) fuquay varina girl holly springs newborn outdoor photography portraits raleigh https://www.ericacourtinephotography.com/blog/2017/7/raleigh-nc-newborn-photographer-a-baby-girl-in-the-studio Thu, 13 Jul 2017 19:45:00 GMT
{Fuquay Varina Newborn Photographer} An adorable baby girl visits the studio https://www.ericacourtinephotography.com/blog/2017/7/-fuquay-varina-newborn-photographer-an-adorable-baby-girl-visits-the-studio This was such a fun newborn session for me!  This beautiful baby girl came to see me recently and boy was she a cutie.  With those cheeks and her head full of hair...we had a lot of fun styling her and posing her.  She was such an easy baby, too.  She barely made any fuss the entire time and was only awake for a few minutes.  She was so sleepy and comfortable and let us do all kinds of poses with her.  Her big sister was so excited to be there, and for being so little herself, she did an amazing job listening to directions.  She posed so sweetly, cuddling with her new sister and loving every moment of the special attention she got.  

Aren't they so cute together?  You can already tell that they will be best friends.  I love the little coordinating dresses that they wore. 

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Newborn baby girl in rose pink during a portrait session at a studio in Fuquay Varina with digital packages with print release by photographer Erica CourtineNewborn baby girl in rose pink during a portrait session at a studio in Fuquay Varina with digital packages with print release by photographer Erica CourtineNewborn baby girl in rose pink during a portrait session at a studio in Fuquay Varina with digital packages with print release by photographer Erica Courtine Newborn baby girl in rose pink during a portrait session at a studio in Fuquay Varina with digital packages with print release by photographer Erica CourtineNewborn baby girl in rose pink during a portrait session at a studio in Fuquay Varina with digital packages with print release by photographer Erica CourtineNewborn baby girl in rose pink during a portrait session at a studio in Fuquay Varina with digital packages with print release by photographer Erica Courtine Newborn baby girl in rose pink during a portrait session at a studio in Fuquay Varina with digital packages with print release by photographer Erica CourtineNewborn baby girl in rose pink during a portrait session at a studio in Fuquay Varina with digital packages with print release by photographer Erica CourtineNewborn baby girl in rose pink during a portrait session at a studio in Fuquay Varina with digital packages with print release by photographer Erica Courtine Newborn baby girl in rose pink during a portrait session at a studio in Fuquay Varina with digital packages with print release by photographer Erica CourtineNewborn baby girl in rose pink during a portrait session at a studio in Fuquay Varina with digital packages with print release by photographer Erica CourtineNewborn baby girl in rose pink during a portrait session at a studio in Fuquay Varina with digital packages with print release by photographer Erica Courtine A newborn baby during a photography portrait session in Fuquay Varina, NC. A newborn baby during a photography portrait session in Fuquay Varina, NC. A newborn baby during a photography portrait session in Fuquay Varina, NC.

A baby girl on white during a natural, organic, beautiful newborn portrait session with digital packages, by award winning photographer.A baby girl on white during a natural, organic, beautiful newborn portrait session with digital packages, by award winning photographer.A baby girl on white during a natural, organic, beautiful newborn portrait session with digital packages, by award winning photographer.

A baby girl during a newborn photo shoot by a photographer outside of Raleigh, NC. A baby girl during a newborn photo shoot by a photographer outside of Raleigh, NC. A baby girl during a newborn photo shoot by a photographer outside of Raleigh, NC.

This baby girl did such an amazing job for her first portrait session.  Her photos are some of my favorite ever.  If you are interested in a newborn portrait session for your little arrival, I offer sessions like this both at my home studio as well as in your own home.  I serve Raleigh, Cary, Apex, Holly Springs, Fuquay Varina, and surrounding areas of the Triangle.  Email me at erica@ericacourtinephotography.com and I'd be happy to answer any questions you have about a photography session. 

 

 

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(Erica Courtine Photography) baby family holly springs infant newborn photographer photography portraits raleigh https://www.ericacourtinephotography.com/blog/2017/7/-fuquay-varina-newborn-photographer-an-adorable-baby-girl-visits-the-studio Tue, 11 Jul 2017 19:11:34 GMT
{Fuquay Varina Head Shot Photographer} Now Booking Head Shot Mini-Sessions! https://www.ericacourtinephotography.com/blog/2017/6/-fuquay-varina-head-shot-photographer-now-booking-head-shot-mini-sessions Professional head shot mini-sessions held in downtown Fuquay Varina by photographer Erica Courtine in August 2017.Professional head shot mini-sessions held in downtown Fuquay Varina by photographer Erica Courtine in August 2017.Professional head shot mini-sessions held in downtown Fuquay Varina by photographer Erica Courtine in August 2017.

Are you an entrepreneur or professional wanting unique head shots to convey your branding?  If your branding is fun, creative, and authentic, these mini-sessions are the perfect way to promote your business.  These will be held in the beautiful downtown Fuquay Varina, in southern Wake County.  Streets lined with shops, brick walls, and unique architectural features make your head shots interesting and beautiful.

A head shot mini-session is a convenient and affordable way to get your business off the ground in the right direction.  Professional head shots make such an impact when your clients are considering working with you.  Make sure that you are portraying yourself exactly how you want.  

With two choices of dates and 8 time slots to choose from, you are sure to be able to fit one into your busy schedule.  Choose from either a morning session on Tuesday August 22, 2017 or an evening one on Thursday August 24, 2017.  

Each mini-session is 10 minutes long, plenty of time to get 8-10 amazing shots.  These are delivered to you via a private online gallery as proofs.  You can view your proofs within 48 hours of the mini-session.  Choose your favorite 3 images to be retouched and delivered to you electronically in high resolution form.  You will also receive a release so that you are able to use them in print, social media, and on your website.  Need more than 3 head shots?  Feel free to purchase additional digital images for $30 each or your entire proof gallery for $100.  

Tuesday sessions will be held in the morning.  We will meet in front of Stick Boy Bakery.  Thursday sessions will take place in the evening and we will meet in front of the Mill Coffee Shop.  

If you are ready to book your session, choose a time slot below and you'll be directed to pay for your session via PayPal.  I will then email you to give more information and to see if there is anything I can help with in the planning of your session).

If you have any questions are mini-sessions, please email me at erica@ericacourtinephotography.com

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(Erica Courtine Photography) fuquay varina head shots photographer raleigh https://www.ericacourtinephotography.com/blog/2017/6/-fuquay-varina-head-shot-photographer-now-booking-head-shot-mini-sessions Mon, 26 Jun 2017 15:16:09 GMT
{Raleigh NC Family Photographer} A Beautiful Baby Girl at Raulston Arboretum https://www.ericacourtinephotography.com/blog/2017/6/-raleigh-nc-family-photographer-a-beautiful-baby-girl-at-raulston-arboretum It's no secret that JC Raulston Arboretum is one of my favorite locations to use in the spring.  What I love the most is that every time I go, something different is blooming.  When I can, I try to arrive early and walk around the arboretum, just enjoying the plants before I meet my clients.  It's a wonderful place and I've been visiting the gardens for over 15 years.  

Of all the sessions I love to do at Raulston, my favorite has to be babies, especially those that are sitting up.  This is a great spot for 6 month sessions.  There are plenty of clean and beautiful little paths, benches and other things for babies to sit on, crawl on, and explore.  There are plenty of low growing flowers that can be photographed with the baby.  I also like it because it's stroller friendly and doesn't require a lot of walking.  

Take a peek into this adorable little girl's session.  We had her newborn session back in October and did this session when she turned 6 months in the spring.  She was such a happy baby.  I really enjoyed getting to see her and her family again.  

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Raleigh Cary Apex Holly Springs Fuquay Varina Spring Baby Photography Session at Raulston Arboretum.  Raleigh Cary Apex Holly Springs Fuquay Varina Spring Baby Photography Session at Raulston Arboretum. Raleigh Cary Apex Holly Springs Fuquay Varina Spring Baby Photography Session at Raulston Arboretum.

Raleigh Family Photographers - A brother and sister sit in the grass during a family portrait session.Raleigh Family Photographers - A brother and sister sit in the grass during a family portrait session.Raleigh Family Photographers - A brother and sister sit in the grass during a family portrait session.

Raleigh NC Family Photographer - a baby sitting among flowers during a photo session at Raulston Arboretum.Raleigh NC Family Photographer - a baby sitting among flowers during a photo session at Raulston Arboretum.Raleigh NC Family Photographer - a baby sitting among flowers during a photo session at Raulston Arboretum.

Raleigh NC Family Photographer - a baby sitting among flowers during a photo session at Raulston Arboretum.Raleigh NC Family Photographer - a baby sitting among flowers during a photo session at Raulston Arboretum.Raleigh NC Family Photographer - a baby sitting among flowers during a photo session at Raulston Arboretum.

A family during a photography session in Raleigh NC. A family during a photography session in Raleigh NC. A family during a photography session in Raleigh NC.

A family during a photography session in Raleigh NC. A family during a photography session in Raleigh NC. A family during a photography session in Raleigh NC.

Raleigh Family Photographer digital packages with print release - a brother and sister at Raulston ArboretumRaleigh Family Photographer digital packages with print release - a brother and sister at Raulston ArboretumRaleigh Family Photographer digital packages with print release - a brother and sister at Raulston Arboretum

It is always a great pleasure and honor to photograph babies throughout their first year of life.  If you'd like more information on a Baby's First Year package, click here or send me an email at erica@ericacourtinephotography.com.  I serve families in the Raleigh, NC area, including Raleigh, Cary, Apex, Holly Springs, and Fuquay Varina.  

 

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(Erica Courtine Photography) Ralston photographer photography raleigh https://www.ericacourtinephotography.com/blog/2017/6/-raleigh-nc-family-photographer-a-beautiful-baby-girl-at-raulston-arboretum Tue, 20 Jun 2017 22:30:00 GMT
{Raleigh NC Family Photographer} Summer Evenings at Sugg Farm in Holly Springs https://www.ericacourtinephotography.com/blog/2017/6/-raleigh-nc-family-photographer-summer-evenings-at-sugg-farm-in-holly-springs Sugg Farm is a little hidden treasure tucked away in Holly Springs, a suburb of Raleigh, NC.  I've been shooting sessions here for quite a few years.  There was a period where I had stopped doing sessions there.  Construction of a neighborhood adjacent to the park had eliminated several of the most beautiful spots in the park.  It made me sad and I grew bored of the park.  But one evening I was at the park with my son taking pictures of him for his 6th birthday and it was like we had rediscovered the beauty of the park.  We explored all kinds of paths and nooks and corners of the park that I had never seen another photographer venture into.  It's now one of my spots for photography sessions.  

In the summer, I especially love the park because during certain months, there are meadows of grasses and wildflowers that grow.  It's hard to tell when you will find them there but from what I've noticed, they seem to get mowed some time each June.  I was lucky on this evening to find the tall grasses growing in a field, moving gently to the breeze.  

The family I met is one of my favorite families that I met about a year ago when I did a newborn session for their little boy.  A year later, here he is turning a year old and full of energy.  He was such a happy little guy and seemed to enjoy all the special attention.  Big sister shared the session because she was celebrating her 3rd birthday around the same time.  

A family photo session at Sugg Farm in Holly Springs, just outside of Raleigh NC. A family photo session at Sugg Farm in Holly Springs, just outside of Raleigh NC. A family photo session at Sugg Farm in Holly Springs, just outside of Raleigh NC.

The old fences and farm fields make Sugg Farm a unique, rustic setting. The sunset that evening created such soft and beautiful lighting.  

A Raleigh NC family photographer shares a photo session at Sugg Farm in Holly Springs. A Raleigh NC family photographer shares a photo session at Sugg Farm in Holly Springs. A Raleigh NC family photographer shares a photo session at Sugg Farm in Holly Springs.

This little boy and his sister sure enjoyed playing at the park.  There were plenty of little flowers to pick and fun things to climb on.  The meadows were so much fun to run through.  

A meadow in Sugg Farm in Holly Springs outside of Raleigh NC by a family portrait photographer.A meadow in Sugg Farm in Holly Springs outside of Raleigh NC by a family portrait photographer.A meadow in Sugg Farm in Holly Springs outside of Raleigh NC by a family portrait photographer.

A meadow in Sugg Farm in Holly Springs outside of Raleigh NC by a family portrait photographer.A meadow in Sugg Farm in Holly Springs outside of Raleigh NC by a family portrait photographer.A meadow in Sugg Farm in Holly Springs outside of Raleigh NC by a family portrait photographer.

This has been one of my favorite outdoor family sessions so far this summer.  If you are interested in a family portrait session or a session to celebrate your little one's first birthday, I know many beautiful locations just like this in the Raleigh area.  I book family portrait sessions year round, and am now booking summer and fall sessions.  I serve families in Raleigh, Cary, Apex, Holly Springs, Fuquay Varina and surrounding areas.  Do you have questions about family portraits?  Send me an email at erica@ericacourtinephotography.com and we'll discuss your vision and what package might be best for you.  

 

 

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(Erica Courtine Photography) Farm Sugg holly springs photographer raleigh https://www.ericacourtinephotography.com/blog/2017/6/-raleigh-nc-family-photographer-summer-evenings-at-sugg-farm-in-holly-springs Sat, 17 Jun 2017 22:40:09 GMT
{Raleigh NC Newborn Photographer} An in-home session for a baby boy https://www.ericacourtinephotography.com/blog/2017/6/-raleigh-nc-newborn-photographer-an-in-home-session-for-a-baby-boy What can I say about this baby boy?  He is absolutely perfect and has the most adorable head of hair.  He came to the studio recently and was so laid back.  This family was so beautiful.  I'm so glad that they decided to have a few family portraits done.  I always encourage parents to be in some of the pictures with their new baby.  

Raleigh NC newborn photographer - a family poses at a studio in Fuquay Varina with their newborn baby boy. Raleigh NC newborn photographer - a family poses at a studio in Fuquay Varina with their newborn baby boy. Raleigh NC newborn photographer - a family poses at a studio in Fuquay Varina with their newborn baby boy.

A daddy and his new baby boy during a newborn photography session in Fuquay Varina, outside of Raleigh NC. A daddy and his new baby boy during a newborn photography session in Fuquay Varina, outside of Raleigh NC. A daddy and his new baby boy during a newborn photography session in Fuquay Varina, outside of Raleigh NC.

Raleigh newborn baby photographer - a baby boy during his newborn photo session in Fuquay Varina.Raleigh newborn baby photographer - a baby boy during his newborn photo session in Fuquay Varina.Raleigh newborn baby photographer - a baby boy during his newborn photo session in Fuquay Varina.

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Raleigh newborn photographer - a baby boy on a tan blanket during a newborn photo session in Fuquay Varina.Raleigh newborn photographer - a baby boy on a tan blanket during a newborn photo session in Fuquay Varina.Raleigh newborn photographer - a baby boy on a tan blanket during a newborn photo session in Fuquay Varina.

Newborn baby photographer in Raleigh nc. A baby boy on a tan blanket during a photo session in Fuquay Varina. Newborn baby photographer in Raleigh nc. A baby boy on a tan blanket during a photo session in Fuquay Varina. Newborn baby photographer in Raleigh nc. A baby boy on a tan blanket during a photo session in Fuquay Varina.

Raleigh NC affordable newborn photographer with digital packages and print release.Raleigh NC affordable newborn photographer with digital packages and print release.Raleigh NC affordable newborn photographer with digital packages and print release.

A newborn baby boy in a basket during a photography session in Fuquay Varina, outside of Raleigh NC.A newborn baby boy in a basket during a photography session in Fuquay Varina, outside of Raleigh NC.A newborn baby boy in a basket during a photography session in Fuquay Varina, outside of Raleigh NC.

We had a fun morning taking pictures of this sweet little guy.  If you are interested in a newborn portrait session for your little arrival, I offer sessions like this both at my home studio as well as in your own home.  I serve Raleigh, Cary, Apex, Holly Springs, Fuquay Varina, and surrounding areas of the Triangle.  Email me at erica@ericacourtinephotography.com and I'd be happy to answer any questions you have about a photography session. 

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(Erica Courtine Photography) fuquay varina newborn photographer raleigh studio https://www.ericacourtinephotography.com/blog/2017/6/-raleigh-nc-newborn-photographer-an-in-home-session-for-a-baby-boy Tue, 13 Jun 2017 19:00:00 GMT
{Raleigh Newborn Photographer} Pretty Girl in Lavender https://www.ericacourtinephotography.com/blog/2017/6/-raleigh-newborn-photographer-pretty-girl-in-lavender I am so excited to share this beautiful baby girl's session.   She was such a doll and so easy to work with.  She came to the studio for her newborn session with her mommy and daddy from Cary.  She was such a pretty little baby and very easy going.  We had a lot of fun using lavender and sea foam colors during her session.  

A family poses during a newborn photo session at a studio in Fuquay Varina, outside of Raleigh, NC.  A family poses during a newborn photo session at a studio in Fuquay Varina, outside of Raleigh, NC. A family poses during a newborn photo session at a studio in Fuquay Varina, outside of Raleigh, NC.

Lavender was such a pretty color for this baby.  We wrapped her up in a fabric with a deeper shade of lavender and put a fancy little headband on her.  

Raleigh NC Affordable Newborn Photographers a baby girl on a lavender float during a photo session. Raleigh NC Affordable Newborn Photographers a baby girl on a lavender float during a photo session. Raleigh NC Affordable Newborn Photographers a baby girl on a lavender float during a photo session.

Raleigh Cary Apex Holly Springs Affordable Newborn Baby Photographer - A baby girl on a lavender fur smiling during a photo shootRaleigh Cary Apex Holly Springs Affordable Newborn Baby Photographer - A baby girl on a lavender fur smiling during a photo shoot. Raleigh Cary Apex Holly Springs Affordable Newborn Baby Photographer - A baby girl on a lavender fur smiling during a photo shoot

Raleigh Holly Springs Fuquay Varina NC Newborn Photographer Photographers with Digital Packages - A baby girl wrapped up in lavender during her photo session.Raleigh Holly Springs Fuquay Varina NC Newborn Photographer Photographers with Digital Packages - A baby girl wrapped up in lavender during her photo session.Raleigh Holly Springs Fuquay Varina NC Newborn Photographer Photographers with Digital Packages - A baby girl wrapped up in lavender during her photo session.

Continuing on with the theme of pretty pastel colors, I love teal/aqua/seafoam, whatever you want to call it.  This color looks perfect with both boys and girls.  

Newborn photographers in the Raleigh area - a baby girl in teal during a newborn photography session in Fuquay Varina. Newborn photographers in the Raleigh area - a baby girl in teal during a newborn photography session in Fuquay Varina. Newborn photographers in the Raleigh area - a baby girl in teal during a newborn photography session in Fuquay Varina.

Raleigh NC newborn and family photographers - a baby girl during a newborn photo session. Raleigh NC newborn and family photographers - a baby girl during a newborn photo session. Raleigh NC newborn and family photographers - a baby girl during a newborn photo session.

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Reasonably priced newborn photographer serving Raleigh, cary, holly springs, apex, Fuqua varina, nc.Reasonably priced newborn photographer serving Raleigh, cary, holly springs, apex, Fuqua varina, nc.Reasonably priced newborn photographer serving Raleigh, cary, holly springs, apex, Fuqua varina, nc.

Newborn Photographers in Raleigh, Cary, Holly Springs, Fuquay Varina, Apex, NC. Newborn Photographers in Raleigh, Cary, Holly Springs, Fuquay Varina, Apex, NC. Newborn Photographers in Raleigh, Cary, Holly Springs, Fuquay Varina, Apex, NC.

Newborn baby girl on yellow. Raleigh NC Newborn Photographers.Newborn baby girl on yellow. Raleigh NC Newborn Photographers.Newborn baby girl on yellow. Raleigh NC Newborn Photographers.                  A baby girl in a basket during a newborn photography session at a studio in Fuquay Varina, outside of Raleigh, NC. A baby girl in a basket during a newborn photography session at a studio in Fuquay Varina, outside of Raleigh, NC. A baby girl in a basket during a newborn photography session at a studio in Fuquay Varina, outside of Raleigh, NC.

    Smiling baby girl during a newborn photography session in Fuquay Varina outside of Raleigh NC.  Smiling baby girl during a newborn photography session in Fuquay Varina outside of Raleigh NC. Smiling baby girl during a newborn photography session in Fuquay Varina outside of Raleigh NC.

We had a wonderful morning taking pictures of this little cutie.  If you are interested in a newborn portrait session for your little arrival, I offer sessions like this both at my home studio as well as in your own home.  I serve Raleigh, Cary, Apex, Holly Springs, Fuquay Varina, and surrounding areas of the Triangle.  Email me at erica@ericacourtinephotography.com and I'd be happy to answer any questions you have about a photography session.  

 

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(Erica Courtine Photography) fuquay varina newborn photographer raleigh studio https://www.ericacourtinephotography.com/blog/2017/6/-raleigh-newborn-photographer-pretty-girl-in-lavender Fri, 09 Jun 2017 18:02:18 GMT
{Raleigh NC Newborn Photographer} An in-home session for a family of five https://www.ericacourtinephotography.com/blog/2017/6/-raleigh-nc-newborn-photographer-an-in-home-session-for-a-family-of-five I love my new studio, don't get me wrong.  But sometimes, it just makes more sense to pack up my equipment and travel to a family's house.  Take this family, for example.  With 3 children under the age of 6, life is pretty busy.  Sometimes, I can understand why families would rather have me come to them than load up a few little kids and newborn baby into a car to visit a photography studio.  Not sure whether a studio or in-home session is best for your family?  Read about some advantages to each right here.  

This baby girl was the third baby for this family.  I absolutely loved working with not only her, but her entire family.  I cannot even express how adorable and well-behaved her big brother and sister were.  They did such a great job taking turns holding her, being gentle, and doing whatever poses we asked of them (candy bribery is always helpful).  Their home in Cary, NC, offered such beautiful natural sunlight.  This photo below of all three children was taken in the living room where the morning sunlight was pouring in.  

A newborn photographer in Raleigh nc visits a home in cary for a baby photography session with 2 older siblings.A newborn photographer in Raleigh nc visits a home in cary for a baby photography session with 2 older siblings.A newborn photographer in Raleigh nc visits a home in cary for a baby photography session with 2 older siblings.

These cute little kiddos got a little silly, but it was so adorable.  This was one of my favorite ones.  I loved how they showed off their little personalities. 

A newborn photographer in Raleigh nc visits a home in cary for a baby photography session with 2 older siblings.A newborn photographer in Raleigh nc visits a home in cary for a baby photography session with 2 older siblings.A newborn photographer in Raleigh nc visits a home in cary for a baby photography session with 2 older siblings.

I always encourage family photos during a newborn photography session.  Family portraits are so important to have when a new baby arrives.  One of the things I really like about sessions done in a baby's home is that you can capture some more natural, unposed moments because the family is in their everyday surroundings.  These guys cuddled up on the couch for some family shots. 

A family poses during a newborn photo shoot in cary, nc with Erica Courtine photography outside of Raleigh, nc.A family poses during a newborn photo shoot in cary, nc with Erica Courtine photography outside of Raleigh, nc.A family poses during a newborn photo shoot in cary, nc with Erica Courtine photography outside of Raleigh, nc.

A family poses during a newborn photo shoot in cary, nc with Erica Courtine photography outside of Raleigh, nc.A family poses during a newborn photo shoot in cary, nc with Erica Courtine photography outside of Raleigh, nc.A family poses during a newborn photo shoot in cary, nc with Erica Courtine photography outside of Raleigh, nc.

After we were finished photographing the baby with her parents and siblings, we set up the posing bean bag and lighting equipment in the family's sitting room.  For years, I used only natural light from windows, but my world has been changed by purchasing a studio light.  Now, I don't have to worry about how small your windows are, whether your house is shaded by trees, or about the bright yellow color of your neighbor's house casting a yellow tint through  the window onto your baby's skin (yes, it's happened!).  Now, I'm able to do a newborn session on the most cloudy of days in any room of your house.  It makes life a lot easier for everyone. 

This is a favorite pose to start with during a newborn session.  I call it the "sack of potatoes" pose.  It looks funny, but it's really cute.  I think what is appealing about it is that this pose places baby's face in an upright, vertical position.  It's not natural for a baby.  We are used to seeing them on their side.  But our eyes are actually more used to seeing and processing faces in an upright position.  The other reason I do this pose, and start with it, is because babies love it.  It's apparently very comfortable and makes them nice and sleepy and cozy.  

The potato sack pose during a newborn photo session by Raleigh nc photographer done in a home in Cary, NC.The potato sack pose during a newborn photo session by Raleigh nc photographer done in a home in Cary, NC.The potato sack pose during a newborn photo session by Raleigh nc photographer done in a home in Cary, NC.

After this pose, we lay the baby down and take a few more pictures.  Then, I usually start to unwrap the fabric and get a few different angles.  I love shadows, especially when they pass over the side of a baby's face like this.  It really accentuates a baby's little features, like their button nose and pouty little lips.

A baby all in white during a newborn photo session by Raleigh nc photographer done in a home in Cary, NC.A baby all in white during a newborn photo session by Raleigh nc photographer done in a home in Cary, NC.A baby all in white during a newborn photo session by Raleigh nc photographer done in a home in Cary, NC.

This little girl was such a great sleeper and so easy to work with.  Not every baby sleeps during their newborn session, but it makes it easier on me when they sleep for at least part of the time.  First of all, newborn babies love to have their hands in their faces when they are awake. It can be hard to get a good shot of a baby's face when they have their hands covering most of their face.  Another reason is that newborn babies make some very...interesting...facial expressions.  They can't always make eye contact (when they do, it's gold!) and some of the stranger expressions can be a little awkward looking.  

A baby girl on a pink blanket with her toes sticking out during a newborn photo session in Raleigh, NC with Erica Courtine PhotographyA baby girl on a pink blanket with her toes sticking out during a newborn photo session in Raleigh, NC with Erica Courtine PhotographyA baby girl on a pink blanket with her toes sticking out during a newborn photo session in Raleigh, NC with Erica Courtine Photography

I just love this peachy shade of pink.  It's so soft and pretty for baby girls.  I love the speckled texture of this blanket, too. 

A newborn baby girl during a newborn photo shoot in Cary, outside of Raleigh, NC.  Digital images, prints, and birth announcements are included in all newborn sessions.  A newborn baby girl during a newborn photo shoot in Cary, outside of Raleigh, NC. Digital images, prints, and birth announcements are included in all newborn sessions. A newborn baby girl during a newborn photo shoot in Cary, outside of Raleigh, NC. Digital images, prints, and birth announcements are included in all newborn sessions.

She was born on St. Patrick's Day, so I made sure to bring over a green blanket.  This soft sage color is perfect for both boys and girls.  A small floral headband is just the right touch.  

A baby girl born on St. Patrick's Day during a newborn portrait session in Cary, outside of Raleigh NC with Erica Courtine Photography.A baby girl born on St. Patrick's Day during a newborn portrait session in Cary, outside of Raleigh NC with Erica Courtine Photography.A baby girl born on St. Patrick's Day during a newborn portrait session in Cary, outside of Raleigh NC with Erica Courtine Photography.

This newborn portrait session was so much fun.  I love that I was able to blog about this session to show you an example of what happens during an in-home session.  This little girl was such a pretty little baby.  It was a pleasure to meet and photograph her. 

If you are expecting and are interested in newborn photography, what questions do you have?  Send me an email and I would be honored to help you plan out your dream portraits.  I have a home studio in Fuquay Varina, but also serve Raleigh, Cary, Apex, Holly Springs, and the surrounding areas.  

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(Erica Courtine Photography) cary holly springs in-home newborn photographer raleigh https://www.ericacourtinephotography.com/blog/2017/6/-raleigh-nc-newborn-photographer-an-in-home-session-for-a-family-of-five Tue, 06 Jun 2017 15:37:51 GMT
{Raleigh NC Family Photographer} A Little Girl Turns One! https://www.ericacourtinephotography.com/blog/2017/5/-raleigh-nc-family-photographer-a-little-girl-turns-one I absolutely love it when I get to see the tiny babies that I photograph over the course of their childhood.  Last year, I got to meet this adorable baby girl.  She was born right around Easter and we had so much fun using soft, pastel colors and live flowers during her newborn session.  A year later, she is a smart and active little girl.  

Baby girl during newborn photo session in Fuquay Varina, NC. Baby girl during newborn photo session in Fuquay Varina, NC. Baby girl during newborn photo session in Fuquay Varina, NC.

We started this session at my studio in my home in Fuquay Varina.  I had just bought an adorable watercolor floral backdrop and was dying to try it out.  The colors were perfect for spring.  

Baby's first birthday session at a studio in Fuquay Varina, just outside of Raleigh, NC.Baby's first birthday session at a studio in Fuquay Varina, just outside of Raleigh, NC.Baby's first birthday session at a studio in Fuquay Varina, just outside of Raleigh, NC.

Baby's first birthday session at a studio in Fuquay Varina, just outside of Raleigh, NC.Baby's first birthday session at a studio in Fuquay Varina, just outside of Raleigh, NC.Baby's first birthday session at a studio in Fuquay Varina, just outside of Raleigh, NC.

Baby's first birthday session at a studio in Fuquay Varina, just outside of Raleigh, NC.Baby's first birthday session at a studio in Fuquay Varina, just outside of Raleigh, NC.Baby's first birthday session at a studio in Fuquay Varina, just outside of Raleigh, NC.

Baby's first birthday session at a studio in Fuquay Varina, just outside of Raleigh, NC.Baby's first birthday session at a studio in Fuquay Varina, just outside of Raleigh, NC.Baby's first birthday session at a studio in Fuquay Varina, just outside of Raleigh, NC.

She was such a happy little baby, always smiling and interacting with me.  Sometimes babies this age can be a little shy, but she was so friendly and seemed to love being the center of all the attention.  After we finished up at the studio, we drove down the road a few minutes to Bass Lake Park in Holly Springs.  It was a gorgeous, warm evening.  Although there wasn't much in bloom yet, the park is always pretty with the decks and lakes to explore.  

A baby girl walks around the decks at Bass Lake Park in Holly Springs, NC, during her photography session.A baby girl walks around the decks at Bass Lake Park in Holly Springs, NC, during her photography session.A baby girl walks around the decks at Bass Lake Park in Holly Springs, NC, during her photography session.

A baby girl walks around the decks at Bass Lake Park in Holly Springs, NC, during her photo session.A baby girl walks around the decks at Bass Lake Park in Holly Springs, NC, during her photo session.A baby girl walks around the decks at Bass Lake Park in Holly Springs, NC, during her photo session.

A sunset baby photo session at bass lake park in holly springs, nc.A sunset baby photo session at bass lake park in holly springs, nc.A sunset baby photo session at bass lake park in holly springs, nc.

This was such a fun session to do.  She had the cutest little outfits and was such a smart girl, using some signs to talk with her mama.  

If you have a little one who is about to celebrate their first birthday, I would love to do a photography session for you.  Not only is it fun to commemorate the special birthday, but photos from the session can be used in birthday invitations and party decorations if the session is booked early enough.  If you'd like more information on photography sessions, feel free to email me at erica@ericacourtinephotography.com

 

 

 

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(Erica Courtine Photography) bass lake park first birthday holly springs photographer raleigh studio https://www.ericacourtinephotography.com/blog/2017/5/-raleigh-nc-family-photographer-a-little-girl-turns-one Fri, 26 May 2017 17:44:16 GMT
{Raleigh NC Newborn Photographer} Putting Myself Out There https://www.ericacourtinephotography.com/blog/2017/5/-raleigh-nc-newborn-photographer-putting-myself-out-there head shots of Raleigh based photographer Erica Courtine Photographyhead shots of Raleigh based photographer Erica Courtine Photographyhead shots of Raleigh based photographer Erica Courtine Photography

I can't believe I am writing this blog post.  I mean, I came up with this idea a long time ago when a business savvy friend suggested I use my head shot as my profile pic on my Facebook page.  On the outside, I agreed with her.  I'm sure my future clients want to see what I look like.  But on the inside I groaned.  Because I went into this business so I could stay behind the camera, not in front of it!  Yet, when I put myself in your shoes, if I were hiring a photographer and entrusting him or her with my brand new baby or my own children, I would absolutely want to get to know him or her a bit.  

Normally, when I know I want to have pictures taken of myself, I give myself months, if not years to prepare.  I've got to get in shape first, cut out the sugar, get a hair cut, go shopping for some nicer outfits, explore different backdrop and lighting techniques, the most flattering poses, etc.  It's quite a process.  Sigh...but I'm not doing that here.  I decided this morning, on a whim, to take head shots of myself.  I could have dressed up.  I have some really pretty dresses that I could have worn.  But I wanted to keep this as true to myself as I could and the truth is, I'm sort of a tom boy.  I'm more comfortable in a shirt and jeans.  This shirt I'm wearing is nothing special, but it sums up my style... casual, comfortable, natural, and I love wearing it.  

The whole idea of posting head shots on a blog post or anywhere else is a little difficult for me.  Like almost all women, I'm critical of the way I look.  But today I'm going to put that aside. 

Sure, a picture is worth a thousand words, but just for fun, here are a few interesting facts about me.  

  • I love my family.   My husband, Dan, is my greatest supporter.  There's no way I could run a business without his love and support.  I have two little boys, Jameson and Rhys.  We love to read books, do puzzles, build Legos together, go for hikes, hunt for bugs, and camp out in the backyard.  
  • I'm an introvert.  When I get into a situation and I sense that everyone else is shy too, I'll pop out of my shell and play the extrovert.  I'd rather put other people at ease even if it doesn't come natural to me.
  • I love to sing.  When I'm working from home, I sing all the time.  It's a good thing no one is home, though, because I am awful at it.  I love 80's music and Christian music, whatever suits my mood.  I like to dance too, but I'm just as bad at dancing as I am at singing.  Oddly, I also love peace and quiet.  I love listening to music but after an hour or so, I'm ready for quiet.
  • I can't stand to be the center of attention.  I'll speak up for a second if I need to, but I'd rather observe everyone else than have everyone watching me.  To be honest, I don't even know if I'll have the nerve to click "publish" after I type out this blog post.
  • I'm an undying optimist.  Sometimes it's a good thing, but sometimes it's not.  Maybe I'm too trusting at times.  I believe that the world is a beautiful place and I choose to focus on the positive stories in life.  There is so much to love about life and I believe there are still plenty of good people in the world.  
  • I am a follower of Jesus.  I am very quiet, very reserved about my faith in God.  I may not be very vocal about it, but it's an important part of my life. 
  • I have loved art and creating for as long as I can remember.  When I was little, I'd spend hours drawing pictures of our family.  I was always trying to build and make pretty things.  I loved to paint, sneak into my mom's sewing room, make things out of clay.  I made my own paper dolls, 3D pop out books, and even movies.  
  • Before I was a photographer, I was a teacher.  I taught kindergarten for 4 years and first grade for one.  I love kids.  I loved teaching and I actually miss it a lot.  I sometimes substitute teach (I love subbing in my kids' classes).  Being a teacher allowed me to be creative.  My favorite activities were centers and craft time. Being a teacher also taught me patience.  Maybe I enjoy photographing babies and children so much because they never stress me out or make me frazzled.  
  • I really struggle to focus.  I'm not sure if it's being a mom and trying to run a business at the same time, but I've learned that I have to rely on schedules, deadlines, and lists to get everything done.  I get sidetracked very easily.  
  • I love to cook and I especially love to try new recipes from other countries.  But I'm a terrible cook.  Things go wrong when I get too impatient to read the recipe thoroughly.  

I am passionate about photography, but I'm even more passionate about people.  I care about families, their children, and their memories.  If you'd like me to help capture the beautiful moments in your family's life, I would love to hear from you.  Now that you've gotten to know me a little bit, let me get to know your family and how I can serve you.  

 

 

 

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(Erica Courtine Photography) head shots photographer raleigh https://www.ericacourtinephotography.com/blog/2017/5/-raleigh-nc-newborn-photographer-putting-myself-out-there Thu, 25 May 2017 20:25:47 GMT
{Raleigh-NC-Newborn-Photographer} Meeting the New Baby Brother https://www.ericacourtinephotography.com/blog/2017/5/-raleigh-nc-newborn-photographer-meeting-the-new-baby-brother I met this family a few years ago (what seems like yesterday) when they signed up for a fall mini-session in Raleigh.  The photos from their session back then are still some of my favorites and can be found in my portfolio.  I was so excited when I heard from them this winter that they were expecting their second baby, a little boy.  I couldn't wait to meet him. 

A mom and her baby girl at Historic Oak View County Park in Raleigh, NC during a fall family portrait session.A mom and her baby girl at Historic Oak View County Park in Raleigh, NC during a fall family portrait session.A mom and her baby girl at Historic Oak View County Park in Raleigh, NC during a fall family portrait session.

He was such a beautiful and calm little guy.  He was so easy going and was so sleepy for his newborn portrait session.  We did the session at my new studio in Fuquay Varina.  He was just as cute as his sister and a joy to work with.  Of course, it was also fun to see his parents again and get to chat with them during the session.  Big sister wasn't able to come to the newborn session, but I got to see her a couple of months later so they could get some shots of the two children together.  

A newborn baby boy during his portrait session with Erica Courtine Photography at a studio in Fuquay Varina, NC, just outside of Raleigh.A newborn baby boy during his portrait session with Erica Courtine Photography at a studio in Fuquay Varina, NC, just outside of Raleigh.A newborn baby boy during his portrait session with Erica Courtine Photography at a studio in Fuquay Varina, NC, just outside of Raleigh.

This little pose is fun to do with babies.  It looks so funny to see them sitting up like this, but I start with this shot during many sessions mostly because babies usually love it.  I think it has something to do with being wrapped up in layers of fabric, but babies get so comfortable when wrapped like this. Don't worry, this baby is actually being supported by mom's hand.  It's just not visible because it is edited out afterwards.  It's not safe to position a baby like this without keeping a hand on him.

A newborn baby boy during his portrait session with Erica Courtine Photography at a studio in Fuquay Varina, NC, just outside of Raleigh.A newborn baby boy during his portrait session with Erica Courtine Photography at a studio in Fuquay Varina, NC, just outside of Raleigh.A newborn baby boy during his portrait session with Erica Courtine Photography at a studio in Fuquay Varina, NC, just outside of Raleigh.

We wanted to use some shades of blue and green with this little guy.  I love this shade of green with babies.  It's so soft and light.  If you look closely, it looks like he's going to have red hair, just like his sister.  I also love using soft blue with babies.  This little guy barely made a peep the whole time he was in the studio.  

A swaddled baby boy during a newborn photo session outside of Raleigh nc.A swaddled baby boy during a newborn photo session outside of Raleigh nc.A swaddled baby boy during a newborn photo session outside of Raleigh nc.

A swaddled baby boy during a newborn photo session outside of Raleigh nc.A swaddled baby boy during a newborn photo session outside of Raleigh nc.A swaddled baby boy during a newborn photo session outside of Raleigh nc.

A newborn baby on blue during a photography session in Fuqua varina outside of Raleigh nc.A newborn baby on blue during a photography session in Fuqua varina outside of Raleigh nc.A newborn baby on blue during a photography session in Fuqua varina outside of Raleigh nc.

We had a wonderful morning taking pictures of this little cutie.  If you are interested in a newborn portrait session for your little arrival, I offer sessions like this both at my home studio as well as in your own home.  I serve Raleigh, Cary, Apex, Holly Springs, Fuquay Varina, and surrounding areas of the Triangle.  Email me at erica@ericacourtinephotography.com and I'd be happy to answer any questions you have about a photography session.  

 

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(Erica Courtine Photography) fuquay varina newborn photographer raleigh studio https://www.ericacourtinephotography.com/blog/2017/5/-raleigh-nc-newborn-photographer-meeting-the-new-baby-brother Thu, 25 May 2017 19:15:50 GMT
{Raleigh NC Family Photographer} Nominate a Mother to Win a Free Mini-Session! https://www.ericacourtinephotography.com/blog/2017/4/-raleigh-nc-family-photographer-nominate-a-single-mom-to-win-a-free-mini-session  

Raleigh newborn and family photographer offers spring mini-sessions with a Mother's Day mini-session giveaway 2017Raleigh newborn and family photographer offers spring mini-sessions with a Mother's Day mini-session giveaway 2017Raleigh newborn and family photographer offers spring mini-sessions with a Mother's Day mini-session giveaway 2017

Spring mini-sessions are right around the corner, on May 6th.  If you haven't booked yours yet, click here and read all about it.    I am so excited to be able to offer these at Raulston Arboretum.  It is such a beautiful garden in the spring and I know that there will be all kinds of flowers in bloom for us to enjoy.  If you want a unique way to celebrate Mother's Day this year, these mini-sessions make a wonderful early gift.  All of us moms deserve celebration for the hard work that we do day after day, and this year, I'd like to take an opportunity to encourage a special mother and help her feel loved.  I need your help.

If you know a mama in your life who deserves a special gift this year, you can nominate her by leaving a comment below.  Maybe you know a single mom just trying to make it through the day or a foster mom saving the world.    Maybe you know an adoptive mom or a mom whose husband is deployed.  Maybe you know a mom who would never be able to afford a photography session for her family.  Or maybe you know a mom who overcame a difficult obstacle recently and could use some encouragement.  Whatever the reason, I want to know who you think deserves this special gift.  

Contest Rules:

-To enter, comment on this blog post with your nomination and tell me in a sentence or two (or more) why you think your nomination deserves this prize.  You don't need to give your nomination's name in the comment.  I can get it from you later if she wins (in case you are concerned for her privacy).  Feel free to nominate more than one mother.  Please make sure that a correct email address is entered when you submit your comment so that I can contact you if your nomination wins.  

-All nominations must be received by Sunday April 23rd.  

-The winner will be announced and notified in the week after and must be available on Saturday May 6th in the evening for their mini-session.  If they are not able to participate, another winner will be chosen.  

-The winning mother will receive a free 20 minute photography session held at Raulston Arboretum in Raleigh on Saturday May 6, 2017, along with 10 digital images and a print release.  But that's not all!  The person who nominated her will receive a $50 print credit for a future photography session!

-The winning mom must sign a session agreement and follow all policies of Erica Courtine Photography.  

I can't wait to hear all about the amazing mamas out there.  Good luck to everyone!

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(Erica Courtine Photography) Day Mother's mini-sessions photographer raleigh https://www.ericacourtinephotography.com/blog/2017/4/-raleigh-nc-family-photographer-nominate-a-single-mom-to-win-a-free-mini-session Wed, 12 Apr 2017 17:36:46 GMT
{Raleigh Family Photographer} Spring Mini-Sessions Are Here https://www.ericacourtinephotography.com/blog/2017/3/-raleigh-family-photographer-spring-mini-sessions-are-here Spring mini-sessions 2017 in Raleigh nc Spring mini-sessions 2017 in Raleigh nc Spring mini-sessions 2017 in Raleigh nc

I wrote in a recent newsletter that I was going to be holding mini-sessions again at the WRAL Azalea Garden this spring.  The strangely warm, and then cold winter that we had affected the garden and I've been very hesitant to plan the sessions.  I've been in touch with the manager at the garden and although most of the flowers survived the cold spell we had, even though some had started blooming, it's looking like the garden might actually bloom later than normal this year.  This is a problem because all of my weekends in mid to late April are booked.  On top of that, Easter is right in the middle of April this year and I can't do them that weekend either (and most of you are probably hosting family or traveling).  I really loved doing the azalea mini-sessions last year, but I just could not figure out a day to set them up.  I've decided instead to offer spring mini-sessions in early May, perfect for Mother's Day.  I think these will be so much fun.  Last year, the day of the azalea mini-sessions was frigid and windy.  April weather can be a little unpredictable, but by May it's a little more consistently warm.  I've also decided that instead of using the WRAL Azalea Garden, we'll have these at JC Raulston Arboretum.  This garden is so beautiful and will have all kinds of flowers and trees blooming.  

Spring mini-sessions are great for all kinds of families and celebrations.  Maybe you missed out on fall sessions and really want to update your family's photos. Maybe you just moved into a new home and would love some artwork for your walls.  Maybe you have a baby that is celebrating a milestone, like a first birthday.  These mini-sessions are open to all families and make an excellent Mother's Day gift.  

The mini-sessions will be held on Saturday May 6th from 5:30 to 7:30 PM.  Raulston Arboretum is on Beryl Road in Raleigh, very close to the NC State Vet School and the fairgrounds.  

 

Each mini-session is $95 and includes the following:

-A 15 minute photography session on Saturday May 6, 2017 at JC Raulston Arboretum in Raleigh, NC.

-A private online gallery of 10 photo proofs.  You choose your favorite 3 photos to receive as a digital download.  You will receive each of your 3 photos in full resolution color, black and white, and a low resolution copy for using on the internet, making a total of 9 digital files.

-A print release so that you can make your own prints.

-Additional image files and prints may be purchased but there is no obligation to do so. Additional edited images are $30 each or you can purchase all of your remaining images for $100.  Prints start at $15 and have a quick turnaround time, perfect a gift for Mother's Day.  

Mini-sessions are booked on a first paid, first booked basis.  In order to make the process of booking mini-sessions easier, I am giving clients the ability to select and pay for their mini-session directly through my website.  

 

New to mini-sessions?  Here's how it works:

1.  Mini-sessions only take place at the designated location and date.  Select the time that you'd prefer and pay for your session.  

2.  Once your mini-session is selected and paid I will get in touch with you so we can also discuss ages and the number of family members participating in the session, tips on what to wear, and answer any questions that you have.  I will also send you a session agreement to sign, which outlines details of how mini-sessions work.  

3.  Two days before the session, I will send you an email reminding you of your mini-session time.  Mini-sessions must start and end on time.  If you arrive late, it will shorten your session.  I suggest arriving a few minutes early to make sure you are ready.  Remember, mini-sessions are only 15 minutes to begin with, so being on time is important.

4.  On the date of the session, we will meet, have a fun time taking pictures of your family and individual children, and enjoy some lovely spring weather.  If it is raining on the date of the mini-sessions I will call you in the morning and let you know that the mini-sessions will be canceled.  We will then find a time to reschedule.

 

Choose your time slot and book your session here:

 

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(Erica Courtine Photography) Raulston arboretum photography raleigh https://www.ericacourtinephotography.com/blog/2017/3/-raleigh-family-photographer-spring-mini-sessions-are-here Fri, 31 Mar 2017 15:09:20 GMT
{Raleigh NC Newborn Photographer} A New Baby Boy https://www.ericacourtinephotography.com/blog/2017/3/-raleigh-nc-newborn-photographer-a-new-baby-boy I had such a fun morning meeting this family in the studio a few weeks ago.  This wasn't just any session, though.  The family not only came in for newborn portraits, but to be filmed in a new promotional video that I'm having made.  One of my adorable little newborn clients from two years ago has a daddy who is a videographer and he is working on creating an amazing video to show families what goes into the creation of newborn portraits.  I can't wait to see it and share it with you all when it's finished.

This sweet little boy was so good for his session, even though he spent part of it fighting sleep.  He gave us some adorable and hilarious little facial expressions and we even got some shots of him looking right at the camera, which is also so cute.  

A mom and dad hold their newborn son during a photography session at a studio in Fuquay Varina, outside of Raleigh, NC. A mom and dad hold their newborn son during a photography session at a studio in Fuquay Varina, outside of Raleigh, NC. A mom and dad hold their newborn son during a photography session at a studio in Fuquay Varina, outside of Raleigh, NC.

A dad cuddles his newborn son during a photography session in Fuquay Varina, outside of Raleigh, NC.A dad cuddles his newborn son during a photography session in Fuquay Varina, outside of Raleigh, NC.A dad cuddles his newborn son during a photography session in Fuquay Varina, outside of Raleigh, NC.

These are some of my favorite parent poses ever.  I love using the new studio because it has this great, neutral colored wall.  It works so well.  This little guy sure loved cuddling with his mom and dad. 

A baby boy sleeps during his newborn photo session in Fuquay Varina, outside of Raleigh NC. A baby boy sleeps during his newborn photo session in Fuquay Varina, outside of Raleigh NC. A baby boy sleeps during his newborn photo session in Fuquay Varina, outside of Raleigh NC.

I love using soft and neutral colors with baby boys.  This session shows some of my favorite shades of green, yellow, and blue.  I also love using white.  It's a great choice for any baby.  

Do you like soft colors and natural newborn photography?  Do you want to capture and remember all the adorable little details of your baby's first days?  I would love to help set up a newborn photography session for you.  I serve Raleigh, NC and the surrounding areas and have a home studio in Fuquay Varina.  I also offer the option of in-home sessions.  

If you have any questions about newborn baby photography, email me at erica@ericacourtinephotography.com

 

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(Erica Courtine Photography) fuquay varina newborn photography portraits studio https://www.ericacourtinephotography.com/blog/2017/3/-raleigh-nc-newborn-photographer-a-new-baby-boy Wed, 29 Mar 2017 20:10:26 GMT
{Raleigh NC Newborn Photographer} Beautiful Custom Albums Available https://www.ericacourtinephotography.com/blog/2017/3/-raleigh-nc-newborn-photographer-beautiful-custom-albums I am so excited to share these beautiful albums that I now offer as an add-on with newborn photography sessions. For years, I've been torn about the popular idea of selling large canvas prints.  They are so beautiful and I do own a few myself, but part of me felt like buying a bunch of canvas prints from a newborn session just isn't that practical.  What happens to those canvases when the baby turns 6 months and has his next photography session?  Or a year old?  Or two years old?  How many giant canvases can you possibly have and store in your house?  

Enter this heirloom quality album.  I can design these in several sizes starting in 8x8".  I love the look of a square album, but rectangular ones are available as well.  

A photo album available as an add-on service to a newborn photography session with erica courtine photography in raleigh nc.A photo album available as an add-on service to a newborn photography session with erica courtine photography in raleigh nc.A photo album available as an add-on service to a newborn photography session with erica courtine photography in raleigh nc.

There are a variety of cover options available. My favorite is this linen cover.  For my sample, I used peach, but many other colors are available.  They can be designed with or without the photo window on the front.  I can even have your baby's name embossed on the front cover.

The pages of the album are thick, like a toddler's board book, ensuring their sturdiness.  You'll be able to enjoy your album for decades.  Each photo inside is printed on Kodak Professional Endura Premier Paper, designed to hold color and detail for at least 100 years.  

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I'm able to design the pages with collages, as well as two-page spreads, creating a more appealing design.  

A photo album from a newborn photography session in raleigh nc.A photo album from a newborn photography session in raleigh nc.A photo album from a newborn photography session in raleigh nc.

A photo album from a newborn photography session in raleigh nc.A photo album from a newborn photography session in raleigh nc.A photo album from a newborn photography session in raleigh nc.

A photo album from a newborn photography session in raleigh nc.A photo album from a newborn photography session in raleigh nc.A photo album from a newborn photography session in raleigh nc.

I love how this album can stand up on its own.  It would be such a beautiful addition to display in a nursery or any room of the house.  If you don't want to display it, you can always keep it in the beautiful, sturdy linen covered box that it comes in.  

I think what I love most about this album is that it takes the task of storing your images off your plate.  My sons are 6 and 7 and I still haven't gotten a chance to create photo albums for them.  It is so hard for us moms to take the time to organize our photos, find a template, figure out how to design the album (those popular album sites are not usually user friendly), and then have it printed.  Not to mention that those photo book companies do not design their books to last for decades.  You'll see wear and tear.  Your baby's album should be not only beautiful, but last generations so that she can share it with her own grandchildren one day.  Instead of trying to create your own, why not have me do all the work for you?  I'll send you drafts to approve and once we finalize and I place your order, it will be here within 2-3 days.  

The pricing for these albums is somewhat complicated, so it is difficult to list a price here, but an 8x8" album with 10 pages starts at $325.  Many factors can change your price, including:

-Size of album.  They can be ordered in 8x8", 10x10", 12x12", 8x10", and 8x12"

-Number of pages- The best price includes 10 pages, which is enough for most newborn sessions, depending on layout.  My sample has 12 pages.

-The cover choice.  Linen comes standard because it's my favorite, but the cover can be upgraded to leather.  Name embossing on the cover and the photo window are two other available upgrades. 

Next time you're in the studio, take a look at the sample album.  Hold it and turn its pages to get a feel for the amazing quality.  If you've had a newborn portrait session (or any session!) in the past and would like me to design an album for you, just let me know.  These can be created from past sessions as well as for current clients.  I am also happy to create a registry or sell gift certificates so these albums can be given as gifts. 

If you have questions, email me at erica@ericacourtinephotography.com and I'll help you plan your beautiful album.

 

 

 

 

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(Erica Courtine Photography) https://www.ericacourtinephotography.com/blog/2017/3/-raleigh-nc-newborn-photographer-beautiful-custom-albums Wed, 08 Mar 2017 21:42:30 GMT
{Raleigh NC Baby Photographer} Announcing Milestone Mini-Sessions https://www.ericacourtinephotography.com/blog/2017/3/-raleigh-nc-baby-photographer-announcing-milestons-mini-sessions

Your baby starts out so small.  Their entire 7 pound body fits perfectly into your arms.  From their tiny hands to fuzzy head of hair, babies change and grow so quickly.  Before you know it, she's smiling, holding her head up, sitting up, crawling, and then standing.  Milestone mini-sessions are the perfect way to capture these exciting moments in your baby's first year. 

Mini-sessions are held in my studio in Fuquay Varina and are for any baby from 3 months old up to one year.  With a 20 minute long session, you'll be able to view 10-15 proofs from your session and choose your favorite 5 that you'd like digital copies of, along with a print release.  Prints and additional images are available to purchase as well.  The session fee for each mini-session is $150 for new clients and $125 for families that had their newborn portraits done by me.  If this is you, just email me and I'll make sure you get the discount.

I am so excited to start offering these to families in the Raleigh area.  If you have any questions at all or would like to schedule a session, please email me at Erica@ericacourtinephotography.com or click here to send me a message.  

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(Erica Courtine Photography) baby milestone mini-sessions photography https://www.ericacourtinephotography.com/blog/2017/3/-raleigh-nc-baby-photographer-announcing-milestons-mini-sessions Fri, 03 Mar 2017 20:51:58 GMT
{Raleigh NC Newborn Photographer} Pros and Cons of a Studio and In-home Newborn Sessions https://www.ericacourtinephotography.com/blog/2017/2/-raleigh-nc-newborn-photographer-pros-and-cons-of-a-studio-and-in-home-newborn-sessions I just finished up writing a blog post about my new studio space.  Want to see pictures?  Click here!  I've been using it for a few months now, and after doing only in-home newborn portrait sessions for the last 4 years, I've made some interesting observations about the advantages and disadvantages of both.  Not sure which setting you would like for your baby's newborn portrait session?  Let me help you decide what might be best for your family.

Studio vs. home newborn photography session in Raleigh nc.Studio vs. home newborn photography session in Raleigh nc.Studio vs. home newborn photography session in Raleigh nc.

 

Advantages of a Studio Session

1.  More variety.  At the studio, we have access to every prop and piece of equipment I own.  I can easily do portraits of baby alone on a blanket on the bean bag, baby in a bowl or basket, and baby being held by her parents.  With a home session, I have to leave a lot of it behind.  I can only bring my bean bag and blankets.  It's not feasible to bring my wood floors and bowls. 

2.  A quicker and more efficient session.  I can set everything up before you get here, so we can get started right away.  When I come to your home, it takes me at least 15 minutes to set everything up and pack it all back up at the end.  You don't need to worry about cleaning your house, moving furniture, or finding room for the equipment.  You don't have to worry about heating up your home and making everyone sweat for the sake of a happy baby.

3.  A less stressful session.  This one really surprised me.  I hesitated on creating a studio because I always felt that having a session in a client's home would be less stressful for them.  But strangely, I've noticed that parents seem much more relaxed in the studio.  Maybe it's a relief to get out of the house.  Maybe it's because they don't have to worry about cleaning or how their house looks.  Maybe it's being away from the distraction of everything that needs to get done at home.  I'm not sure, but it's clear that parents seem less stressed out when they come to the studio.

4.  A less expensive cost.  In-home sessions cost $100 more than a studio session, to cover the time it takes to pack up, drive, unpack, etc.  Coming to the studio is a much more budget-friendly option.

 

Advantages of an In-home Session

1.  No need to leave the house.  With an in-home session, you get to stay put.  You can be in your pajamas and eating a bowl of cereal while I photograph your baby (I do need one adult to stay with me to lend a helping hand).  I've had moms go off to shower, nap, pump, or just relax during the photography session. 

2.  It's easier on older siblings.  If you have other children, I often recommend an in-home session, especially if the big brother/ sister is a toddler.  The studio is small (and boring) for a little kid to hang out in for 3 hours.  At home, they can participate in a few family shots and then be on their way to eat, nap, and watch Paw Patrol.  Families with multiple children are welcome to come to the studio, but it's asked that a parent or relative take the sibling home after the family portion is finished.  I've had older siblings, like 7, 8, and 9 year olds come to the studio for the whole time and they've done great. 

3.  A better option for a rough recovery.  If you have a c section or are having a difficult recovery, an in-home session can be the better option.  My studio is on the second floor of my home.  I've had several mamas come to the studio who had c sections, but if you're not recovering well or want to take it easy, it might be best to stay home. 

4.  More candid family portraits.  Depending on your style, you may like that the family and sibling portion of the newborn session are more candid and "photojournalistic" in style.  I don't bring backdrops or props for family and sibling shots.  Instead, we may have you all cuddle together on a couch, bed, or out in your yard on a nice day.  A baby's nursery is always a great option to get those family portraits. 

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(Erica Courtine Photography) fuquay varina home photographer raleigh studio https://www.ericacourtinephotography.com/blog/2017/2/-raleigh-nc-newborn-photographer-pros-and-cons-of-a-studio-and-in-home-newborn-sessions Mon, 20 Feb 2017 19:03:25 GMT
{Raleigh NC Newborn Photographer} Welcome To My New Studio https://www.ericacourtinephotography.com/blog/2017/2/-raleigh-nc-newborn-photographer-welcome-to-my-new-studio For the last four years of having my photography business, I've been doing all of my newborn portrait sessions in my clients' homes.  I loved that I could offer this to my families so that they could stay home and relax.  But of the last year or so, I started to notice how very limiting it is to work out of my clients' homes.  Not only that, but as I got busier, it became absolutely exhausting to pack up my equipment and drive to every session.  Between packing, driving, and the session itself, I would come home in the mid to late afternoon absolutely exhausted, so tired that I didn't have the energy to do much of anything the rest of the day.  I just couldn't sustain it any longer. 

I talked with my family about possibly using a room in our house.  My 7 year old son's room was the perfect choice.  I had attempted newborn sessions in our dining room right inside the front door, but because of our open concept design and small size, it was very, very hard to heat and not ideal for sessions.  My son's room, on the other hand, is upstairs (where all our heat inevitably floats to) and is on the south side of the house.  The room gets so toasty and bright that I almost don't even need a space heater, even in the winter.  It's not a large room, but somewhat big for a bedroom.  It's around 11x13', a humble studio.  But when your subjects only weigh 7 lbs, you really don't need that much space. 

Take a look at my new space.  I still have a few decorative touches to add, but I think it has a nice, comfortable feel to it. 

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I went to work painting over the bright teal left over from my son's nursery.  The color I picked is a calming, neutral shade of beige.  It's called "almond wisp" from Behr.  I bought furniture and decorated the room with some fun accents.  My husband loves woodworking, so he built me a large white storage shelf for all of my backdrop fabrics.  Above it hangs a chicken wire frame that he also made me, and it holds head bands and little hats to use during sessions.  I really like a clean, uncluttered look, so the rest of my props, including an assortment of flokati rugs, swaddle wraps, bowls, and baskets stay in the closet when they aren't being used. 

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Another change in my photography has been the switch to studio lighting.  I have been so anti-studio lighting for years.  I'll admit, I can be so stubborn about learning new things, especially when it comes to expensive electronics that I can easily break!  Studio lighting felt so intimidating, but it really wasn't hard to learn how to use.  I think it helps a lot that I've already been photographing newborn babies for years and have learned so much about using light.  Using a studio light was just like a big window that I can move around.  I've fallen in love with the light.  Ever since I got it, my photography has been so much more consistent and editing is much easier for me. 

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One thing I love about my studio is that it really shows you what my style is like.  As you can see, I'm a minimalist.  I appreciate a classic and timeless style over one that might feel a bit dated in a few years.  I love color, but prefer soft, pastel, earth tone, and often neutral colors.  While I absolutely love working in my studio, I do still offer newborn sessions in home.  Not sure which location is right for you?  Read the pro's and cons of each right here

Erica Courtine Photography is located in Fuquay Varina, outside of Raleigh, NC.  Interested in newborn photography?  I'd love to hear from you.  Click here to get in touch with me. 

 

 

 

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(Erica Courtine Photography) fuquay varina holly springs newborn portraits studio https://www.ericacourtinephotography.com/blog/2017/2/-raleigh-nc-newborn-photographer-welcome-to-my-new-studio Mon, 20 Feb 2017 19:02:30 GMT
{Raleigh NC Newborn Baby Photographer} A Baby Girl in the Studio https://www.ericacourtinephotography.com/blog/2017/2/-raleigh-nc-newborn-baby-photographer-a-baby-girl-in-the-studio I am really loving my new studio.  It's a humble little space, really just a spare bedroom in my house, but I repainted it, decorated it, and outfitted it to be comfortable and private for newborn portrait sessions.  Although it's not a large space, it can also accommodate baby sessions, head shots, and even maternity sessions.  I was so happy to have this little girl come to the studio right after Christmas.  She was such a petite little thing and slept so well.  She barely made a peep and we were actually able to do the session fairly quickly because of it.  Take a look at some of her beautiful newborn portraits.  We loved using a lot of lavender and green.  Ever since I started using my studio and my new studio light, I've rediscovered my love for shadows.  I love how the lighting  can really define the beautiful features of a baby.  

A baby girl during a newborn portrait session in a Fuquay Varina studio with Erica Courtine Photography.  A baby girl during a newborn portrait session in a Fuquay Varina studio with Erica Courtine Photography. A baby girl during a newborn portrait session in a Fuquay Varina studio with Erica Courtine Photography.

This was probably my favorite image from the session.  I thought it was absolutely adorable that this little girl found her thumb and went right to sleep once she figured out how to suck on it.  It is so much fun to capture sweet little moments like this one.  

A newborn baby sucks her thumb during a newborn baby photography shoot with Erica Courtine Photography.A newborn baby sucks her thumb during a newborn baby photography shoot with Erica Courtine Photography.A newborn baby sucks her thumb during a newborn baby photography shoot with Erica Courtine Photography.

A baby girl during a newborn photo shoot with Erica Courtine Photography in Fuquay Varina outside of Raleigh NC. A baby girl during a newborn photo shoot with Erica Courtine Photography in Fuquay Varina outside of Raleigh NC. A baby girl during a newborn photo shoot with Erica Courtine Photography in Fuquay Varina outside of Raleigh NC.

A baby girl during a newborn photo shoot with Erica Courtine Photography in Fuquay Varina outside of Raleigh NC. A baby girl during a newborn photo shoot with Erica Courtine Photography in Fuquay Varina outside of Raleigh NC. A baby girl during a newborn photo shoot with Erica Courtine Photography in Fuquay Varina outside of Raleigh NC.

A sweet baby girl sleeps during a newborn photography session with Erica Courtine Photography in Raleigh NC. A sweet baby girl sleeps during a newborn photography session with Erica Courtine Photography in Raleigh NC. A sweet baby girl sleeps during a newborn photography session with Erica Courtine Photography in Raleigh NC.

Newborn photography is my passion.  Most of the newborn babies you see in my blog and on my website are under 2 weeks old.  They are so brand new and will quickly change.  Many times, I get to see these little babies a few weeks after the session and it's marvelous how much they've changed, just in a few weeks.  Newborn portraits like these are treasured for years.  More more information on newborn portrait sessions, click here or email me at erica@ericacourtinephotography.com .  I'd love to help you plan out a session for your new baby.  

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(Erica Courtine Photography) fuquay varina newborn studio https://www.ericacourtinephotography.com/blog/2017/2/-raleigh-nc-newborn-baby-photographer-a-baby-girl-in-the-studio Fri, 17 Feb 2017 16:13:02 GMT
{Raleigh NC Newborn Photographer} A Baby Boy With Beautiful Fall Colors https://www.ericacourtinephotography.com/blog/2017/2/-raleigh-nc-newborn-photographer-a-baby-boy-with-beautiful-fall-colors I knew from the moment I drove into this family's neighborhood that I wanted to do the family portrait section of their photography session outside.  It was a gorgeous, warm, fall day and the leaves were at their peak of color.  Not only that, but this family lives in one of Raleigh's more established neighborhoods, with giant oak trees lining the streets.  I stumbled upon a little park in the neighborhood, perfect for family portraits.  We wrapped up baby boy in a muted mustard colored swaddle and headed outside. 

A new mom and dad pose with their newborn baby boy among beautiful fall leaves in Raleigh NC during a newborn photography session.A new mom and dad pose with their newborn baby boy among beautiful fall leaves in Raleigh NC during a newborn photography session.A new mom and dad pose with their newborn baby boy among beautiful fall leaves in Raleigh NC during a newborn photography session.

After capturing some sweet moments of cuddling in the park, we drove the quarter mile back to the family's home where we finished off this baby boy's first photography session.  It was fun to use some bold and softer colors.  This little guy was so easy to work with.  He slept almost the entire time but did open his eyes for a few minutes, long enough to get some really cute wide-eyed shots. 

I love using color in newborn portraits, but I always prefer softer, more subdued colors that you'd find in nature.  I love the teals, yellows, and browns that we used with this little boy.  With every session, I always try to do some of the photos with white or cream.  It gives photos a timeless, pure look and puts all of the focus on the baby.  I love how these turned out. 

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Looking back at this little boy's newborn portraits, it's hard to believe that so quickly afterward, he's completely changed.  They are truly only this fresh and new for a short while.  Soon enough, every baby will grow and change.  Every new milestone makes a baby's newborn portraits even more treasured than the day before.  I love that I can help capture these fleeting moments in a family's journey. 

If you are expecting a baby and are interested in freezing this precious time, I would love to talk with you about your newborn portrait session.  Whether it's in your home or in my studio, whether this is your first or your third baby, we'll collaborate to make it special.  Contact me here and let me know what questions you have. 

 

 

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(Erica Courtine Photography) in-home newborn photographer photography portraits raleigh https://www.ericacourtinephotography.com/blog/2017/2/-raleigh-nc-newborn-photographer-a-baby-boy-with-beautiful-fall-colors Wed, 01 Feb 2017 19:22:20 GMT
{Raleigh NC Newborn Baby Photographer} A New Little Sister https://www.ericacourtinephotography.com/blog/2017/1/-raleigh-nc-newborn-baby-photographer-a-new-little-sister I had so much fun photographing this sweet family in Apex around Christmas time.  The beautiful new baby girl has two big sisters who absolutely adore her.  It's always fun to meet a new baby and her siblings.  Many times, you can already tell who in the family they resemble.  This little cutie already looks a lot like her oldest sister.  Her mom showed me the oldest sister's newborn pictures and the resemblance is so close.  The two little girls cautiously held and cuddled their new sister.  

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I love the colors that this family chose to wear.  Neutrals, particularly creams, always look so pretty, but I love how they also tied in a beautiful shade of blue.

Two little girls cuddle with their newborn baby sister during a photography session in Apex, NC. Two little girls cuddle with their newborn baby sister during a photography session in Apex, NC. Two little girls cuddle with their newborn baby sister during a photography session in Apex, NC.

White and cream look great with any newborn baby.  I love the adorable little smile she made during this shot.

A newborn baby girl smiles during a photography session in her home in Apex, outside of Raleigh, NC. A newborn baby girl smiles during a photography session in her home in Apex, outside of Raleigh, NC. A newborn baby girl smiles during a photography session in her home in Apex, outside of Raleigh, NC.

A newborn baby girl wrapped in green fabric during her newborn photo shoot outside of Apex, NC. A newborn baby girl wrapped in green fabric during her newborn photo shoot outside of Apex, NC. A newborn baby girl wrapped in green fabric during her newborn photo shoot outside of Apex, NC.

I have really come to love pastel colors used during newborn sessions.  They always look great in a nursery and are so timeless and classic.  Lavender is one of my favorites.

A little baby curled up in a womb pose during her newborn portrait session in her home in Apex, NC. A little baby curled up in a womb pose during her newborn portrait session in her home in Apex, NC. A little baby curled up in a womb pose during her newborn portrait session in her home in Apex, NC.

A newborn baby girl sleeps during a newborn photo session near Raleigh, NC, with Erica Courtine Photography.A newborn baby girl sleeps during a newborn photo session near Raleigh, NC, with Erica Courtine Photography.A newborn baby girl sleeps during a newborn photo session near Raleigh, NC, with Erica Courtine Photography.

This adorable little baby was so easy to work with.  It will be a lot of fun to see how she grows up and how much she looks like her big sisters.  I'm so glad that I got the chance to meet her this December.  

If you are expecting and are interested in a newborn photography session, I offer these both in my home studio and in your own home.  If you'd like some information on pricing, click here.  Please email me if you have any questions and let me know how I can help you!  I can be reached at erica@ericacourtinephotography.com .  

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(Erica Courtine Photography) apex girl in-home newborn photography portraits https://www.ericacourtinephotography.com/blog/2017/1/-raleigh-nc-newborn-baby-photographer-a-new-little-sister Mon, 02 Jan 2017 18:00:00 GMT
{Raleigh NC Maternity Photographer} A Maternity Portrait Session at Sugg Farm https://www.ericacourtinephotography.com/blog/2016/11/-raleigh-nc-maternity-photographer-a-maternity-portrait-session-at-sugg-farm I was so excited to hear that this lovely family was expecting their second baby.  I remember meeting their little girl two years ago for her newborn session and it didn't feel like it could have possibly been over 2 years ago.  She's going to be such a wonderful big sister.  I know that this family is so excited to meet the new baby.  The gender is a surprise, so no one knows if it will be a boy or a girl.  Here are a few favorite shots from their maternity session.  These were taken at Sugg Farm Park in Holly Springs, outside of Raleigh.  Although we had to reschedule a few times due to the hurricane this fall, I'm glad that we waited and were able to have such a beautiful sunset during the session.  

A mother in a white dress during a maternity portrait session at Sugg Farm outside of Raleigh NC with Erica Courtine Photography.A mother in a white dress during a maternity portrait session at Sugg Farm outside of Raleigh NC with Erica Courtine Photography.A mother in a white dress during a maternity portrait session at Sugg Farm outside of Raleigh NC with Erica Courtine Photography.

It was so cute when the little girl stole her mom's hat and insisted on wearing it.  She was so shy, but this hat somehow made her more brave.  

A little girl wears her mom's hat during a maternity and family photography session at Sugg Farm outside of Raleigh NC with Erica Courtine Photography.A little girl wears her mom's hat during a maternity and family photography session at Sugg Farm outside of Raleigh NC with Erica Courtine Photography.A little girl wears her mom's hat during a maternity and family photography session at Sugg Farm outside of Raleigh NC with Erica Courtine Photography.

It's also nice to be able to capture some more candid images, like the family looking at Mama's belly or giving big sister a break to read a story with Daddy.  

A family awaits a new baby during a maternity photography shoot in Holly Springs, NC with Erica Courtine Photography.A family awaits a new baby during a maternity photography shoot in Holly Springs, NC with Erica Courtine Photography.A family awaits a new baby during a maternity photography shoot in Holly Springs, NC with Erica Courtine Photography.

A daddy and little girl read a book during a maternity photography shoot with Erica Courtine Photography in Holly Springs, NC. A daddy and little girl read a book during a maternity photography shoot with Erica Courtine Photography in Holly Springs, NC. A daddy and little girl read a book during a maternity photography shoot with Erica Courtine Photography in Holly Springs, NC.

I think it's clear that this little girl has a strong bond with her mama.  She always wanted to be by her mommy's side.  

A mother and daughter walk together during a maternity photography session in Holly Springs NC. A mother and daughter walk together during a maternity photography session in Holly Springs NC. A mother and daughter walk together during a maternity photography session in Holly Springs NC.

A little girl hugs her mom during a maternity portrait session at Sugg Farm in Holly Springs NC. A little girl hugs her mom during a maternity portrait session at Sugg Farm in Holly Springs NC. A little girl hugs her mom during a maternity portrait session at Sugg Farm in Holly Springs NC.

Maternity sessions are such a wonderful way to remember a special time in a family's story.  Maternity sessions can be booked with newborn sessions to save money.  If you'd like more information about booking a maternity session, click here. Maternity session are usually done at outdoor locations in the Raleigh area, but I can also do these at my new home studio as well or in your own home.   

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(Erica Courtine Photography) holly springs maternity sugg farm https://www.ericacourtinephotography.com/blog/2016/11/-raleigh-nc-maternity-photographer-a-maternity-portrait-session-at-sugg-farm Wed, 30 Nov 2016 16:00:00 GMT
{Cary NC Newborn Photographer} A Sweet Baby Boy https://www.ericacourtinephotography.com/blog/2016/8/-cary-nc-newborn-photographer-a-sweet-baby-boy This has been one of my favorite sessions this year.  I was so excited when I found out these friends were expecting.  My husband and I met this wonderful couple years ago when we all went on a mission trip to the Ukraine.  These were our fearless leaders.  They have such a heart for missions, especially with orphans.  We were all thrilled when they were finally able to bring home their daughter from an orphanage in the Ukraine a few years ago.  And now they have a beautiful little boy too.  This little cutie had a head full of hair and the sweetest little eyes.  It was easy to see how much he looked like his mom and dad. 

We did the newborn session in their Cary home, and I was happy that they had such beautiful natural light and large windows.  This baby boy was awake for a little bit at the beginning and then quickly dozed off for the rest.   cary nc newborn photographer family poses during a newborn photography session.cary nc newborn photographer family poses during a newborn photography session.cary nc newborn photographer family poses during a newborn photography session.

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This little boy's big sister just loves soccer, so we got some great ideas on incorporating soccer into the sibling shots.  Maybe this baby boy will be a future soccer star.  

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The family dog was so interested in what was going on.  It was so nice being able to get him into a few photos too.

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It has been fun sharing this sweet little guy's photos from his session.  If you are looking for a photographer to capture your baby's first days, I would be honored to do a newborn portrait session for you.  Your newborn session is done in your own home- no need to go to a studio.  I bring everything I need, including backdrops, blankets, and props. If you have any questions about newborn photography, please send me an email by clicking here.  

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(Erica Courtine Photography) cary in-home newborn photography https://www.ericacourtinephotography.com/blog/2016/8/-cary-nc-newborn-photographer-a-sweet-baby-boy Mon, 22 Aug 2016 19:50:33 GMT
{Holly Springs Baby Photographer} A Wild Things First Birthday Cake Smash https://www.ericacourtinephotography.com/blog/2016/8/-holly-springs-baby-photographer-a-wild-things-first-birthday-cake-smash These adorable little boys have been such a joy to photograph throughout their first year.  You can look back at their newborn session here.  I've been meeting them every few months to capture their milestones through the Watch Me Grow program.  This includes sessions done as a newborn, 3 months, 6 months, and 12 months.  It is so much fun to see babies grow up during their first year.  They change so much.  As a photographer, it was also nice to photograph them throughout the different seasons.  

When we were planning the twins' first birthday session, their mom told me that they were planning a birthday party with the theme of Where the Wild Things Are.  Everyone loves this classic book and I couldn't wait to see the photo session come together with the same theme.  I can't take any credit for the amazing props in this session.  Between these little boys' parents and grandma, they put it all together themselves.  I was completely impressed by the little white costumes (complete with furry tails) and crowns that their grandma made for the photos.  They were absolutely perfect.  

We met for the session at Sugg Farm in Holly Springs.  This a very pretty location that is quiet and tucked away.  We thought going down a woodsy path would be a perfect place to set up.  We started by capturing some poses of the boys in their costumes playing with their tent.  It was inevitable that they discovered some pine cones and tried to munch on them.  Yucky!  We were surprised that they didn't really show any interest in crawling off the blanket and into the woods.  The boys were happily entertained by their tent, blocks, and logs.  Despite a forecast for a very hot day, we were able to start so early in the morning that the boys were pretty comfortable even with the long sleeved costumes. 

A baby's first birthday cake smash photo session with a Where the Wild Things Are theme at Sugg Farm in Holly Springs, NC.A baby's first birthday cake smash photo session with a Where the Wild Things Are theme at Sugg Farm in Holly Springs, NC.A baby's first birthday cake smash photo session with a Where the Wild Things Are theme at Sugg Farm in Holly Springs, NC.

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These mossy logs were the perfect prop.  They gave the twins something to stand up and lean against, creating a better variety of images.  This little guy took some convincing to stand up on his own, even though on any other day he's cruising constantly.  

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Isn't he the cutest little "wild thing?"  

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I think I've enjoyed photographing these little guys so much because they are always so happy and have the most adorable facial expressions.  This little guy holds up his hand, like he's announcing that he's the king.  

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After a little bit of playtime, the boys were ready for their cakes.  I love how mom and dad brought little cuts of log to place the cakes on.  A local grocery store gives free cake smash cakes to babies on their first birthday.  What a treat!  a vanilla cake went perfectly with the neutral colored theme.  

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It didn't take long at all for them to discover the deliciousness that is birthday cake.  I think they were a little surprised by the wet, sticky texture, though. 

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Nom nom nom nom nom.  Once they really dug in, we stood back nervously watching them, wondering went to cut them off before they overloaded on sugar.  It was only 8:00 in the morning, after all.  

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Just look at these faces.  Clearly, they enjoyed themselves.  

 

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This was such a fun session to do.  I am truly going to miss seeing these little guys every few months, but hopefully I'll still get to see them occasionally. The Wild Things theme was such a creative idea and the family did an awesome job putting it all together.  

If you have any interest in a photography session to celebrate a first birthday or have questions about the Watch Me Grow plan, you can get in touch with me here.  I  am always ready to help you plan the photography session you've been dreaming of!

 

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(Erica Courtine Photography) birthday cake smash holly springs photographer raleigh sugg farm https://www.ericacourtinephotography.com/blog/2016/8/-holly-springs-baby-photographer-a-wild-things-first-birthday-cake-smash Thu, 18 Aug 2016 20:41:31 GMT
{Raleigh NC Newborn Photographer} Baby's In-home portrait session https://www.ericacourtinephotography.com/blog/2016/7/-raleigh-nc-newborn-photographer-babys-in-home-portrait-session On of my favorite things about my photography business is my ability to travel to clients' homes.  It can be challenging to pack up all of my equipment and drive, but I've figured out a way to organize my things to keep the process going to smoothly.  I'm able to visit homes all over the Raleigh area.  This in-home newborn session was in the suburb of Cary.  As a photographer, it is always fun getting to meet a family's new baby, and I love it even more when there is family visiting.  During this session, grandma was visiting from across town.  She was so helpful.  Between the two of us working with the baby, mom was able to take a little break.  

I love when my clients request neutral colors.  I've never been a big fan of overly gendered newborn images.  I think there will be plenty of time for tutus and bow ties during their childhood.  It's nice to have portraits that truly focus on how brand new the babies are, without making such a statement about the baby being a boy or a girl.  I do love incorporating pastel and earth tones, too.  This baby girl was absolutely adorable and slept so soundly during her session.  

We started with photos shot on a nice, soft flokati rug.  I always start newborn sessions with the baby wrapped up in some fabric.  It always makes them so warm and comfortable.

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I love how one little foot is sticking out and she's grabbing the other foot with her hand.  She also had the softest, prettiest head of hair on a newborn baby. 

A baby girl in neutral colors during her newborn photography session in Cary, outside of Raleigh NC.A baby girl in neutral colors during her newborn photography session in Cary, outside of Raleigh NC.A baby girl in neutral colors during her newborn photography session in Cary, outside of Raleigh NC.

A baby girl in neutral colors during her newborn photography session in Cary, outside of Raleigh NC.A baby girl in neutral colors during her newborn photography session in Cary, outside of Raleigh NC.A baby girl in neutral colors during her newborn photography session in Cary, outside of Raleigh NC.

A baby girl in pink during her newborn photography session in Cary, outside of Raleigh NC.A baby girl in pink during her newborn photography session in Cary, outside of Raleigh NC.A baby girl in pink during her newborn photography session in Cary, outside of Raleigh NC.

A baby girl curled up in a wooden bowl during her newborn photography session in Cary NC.A baby girl curled up in a wooden bowl during her newborn photography session in Cary NC.A baby girl curled up in a wooden bowl during her newborn photography session in Cary NC.

A baby girl curled up in a wooden bowl during her newborn photography session in Cary NC.A baby girl curled up in a wooden bowl during her newborn photography session in Cary NC.A baby girl curled up in a wooden bowl during her newborn photography session in Cary NC.

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Have I mentioned how much I love when my clients have personal items to use as props.  We used this family quilt with the baby girl.  She obviously thought it was nice and comfortable.  

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We were also lucky to get a few shots of baby girl with her mommy.  This tiny newborn phase doesn't last long, so it's important to capture some family portraits during the photography session.  The window light looked so natural and pretty.  

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This was such a fun session to do.  I truly love my job and consider myself to blessed to get to photograph babies and families. Sometimes I have to pinch myself to make sure it's real.  

Want to read more about what sets Erica Courtine Photography apart.  Check out this blog post about what makes Erica Courtine Photography tick.  

If you are interested in booking a newborn photography session for your baby, I would love to hear from you.  You can get in touch with me by clicking here and sending me a message.  I book indoor newborn sessions throughout the year and outdoor sessions can be done usually from April through September, and even sometimes in October and November.  I conduct all newborn sessions in-home, so I bring everything to you.  There's no need to travel to a studio.  Interested in pricing?  Click here to get details on how sessions are priced.  

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(Erica Courtine Photography) cary in-home neutrals newborn photography raleigh https://www.ericacourtinephotography.com/blog/2016/7/-raleigh-nc-newborn-photographer-babys-in-home-portrait-session Wed, 27 Jul 2016 16:23:20 GMT
{Raleigh NC Maternity Photographer} A Spring Evening at Raulston Arboretum https://www.ericacourtinephotography.com/blog/2016/7/-raleigh-nc-maternity-photographer-a-spring-evening-at-raulston-arboretum JC Raulston Arboretum outside of Raleigh is like a little paradise tucked away by the railroad tracks in a part of town where you would never expect to find the beauty of nature.  The garden is a project of NC State University, and I always enjoy going there for all kinds of photography sessions.  We ended up doing this couple's newborn portrait session at Raulston Arboretum as well.  The variety of plants and architecture makes it a unique spot.  Read here to find out about my other favorite locations for portrait photography in the Raleigh area.

I absolutely love doing maternity portrait sessions.  I have to confess that when I first started my photography business, I wasn't so sure how I felt about pregnancy photography.  After the first maternity session, though, I was hooked.  The love and anticipation that a couple feels before their child is born is so evident in photos.  In the case of this maternity session, rain had caused us to reschedule several times before finally finding a sunny evening.  

This maternity session is a prime example of why I only offer outdoor photography sessions very early in the morning or in the evening.  As your photographer, it's my duty to guide my clients and help them get the very best images possible.  I believe that although you can get images that are okay (mediocre), I am not happy with "good enough" for my clients.  I want their images to be the very best, the most stunning, and the highest quality that I can possibly provide.  The sunlight in the early morning or evening is so soft and beautiful.  It's easier to work with and makes your family look amazing (you won't be squinting or have harsh shadows in the evening).  

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Coming up this week I'll be blogging about their adorable baby boy that we photographed at the same garden.  In the warm months I offer outdoor newborn portraits and this little guy adored being outside.  I can't wait to share those with you.  

If you are interested in booking a maternity or newborn photography session for your baby, I would love to hear from you.  You can get in touch with my by clicking here and sending me a message.  I book maternity and newborn sessions throughout the year and outdoor newborn sessions can be done usually from April through September, and even sometimes in October and November.  I conduct all indoor newborn sessions in-home, so I bring everything to you.  There's no need to travel to a studio.  Interested in pricing?  Click here to get details on how sessions are priced.  

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(Erica Courtine Photography) cary fuquay varina holly springs maternity photographer photography portraits pregnancy raleigh https://www.ericacourtinephotography.com/blog/2016/7/-raleigh-nc-maternity-photographer-a-spring-evening-at-raulston-arboretum Mon, 25 Jul 2016 19:07:08 GMT
{Raleigh NC Maternity Photographer} Maternity Portraits at Historic Yates Mill County Park https://www.ericacourtinephotography.com/blog/2016/7/-raleigh-nc-maternity-photographer It was such a pretty morning when this mama and I met at Historic Yates Mill County Park just outside of Raleigh, NC.  If you haven't been to this park, it is a little treasure to explore and has some amazing backdrops for maternity portraits.  There are so many little spots in this park that are perfect for photography.  This mama contacted me for a maternity session just before her little boy was due to arrive, so we had to work quickly.  It was so much fun meeting her and then getting to meet her little boy just a few weeks later.  It was great to be able to capture some memories of her pregnancy.  

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I love all the different textures and foliage at Yates Mill.  There is a cobblestone path, stone walls, bridges, flowering trees, and so many other pretty features.  This location is beautiful year-round and is a great place to photograph pregnancy, children, and families.  

If you are interested in booking a maternity or newborn photography session for your baby, I would love to hear from you.  You can get in touch with my by clicking here and sending me a message.  I book maternity and newborn sessions throughout the year and outdoor newborn sessions can be done usually from April through September, and even sometimes in October and November.  I conduct all indoor newborn sessions in-home, so I bring everything to you.  There's no need to travel to a studio.  Interested in pricing?  Click here to get details on how sessions are priced.  

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{Raleigh NC Newborn Photographer} How to Dye a Flokati Rug https://www.ericacourtinephotography.com/blog/2016/7/-raleigh-nc-newborn-photographer-how-to-dye-a-flokati-rug I decided to write this blog post for my fellow photographers who are like me and enjoy making their own props.  A little known fact about my photography business is that I make almost every prop that I use.  The only thing I buy is the backdrop fabric and an occasional wrap and blanket here and there.  Just about everything else I make myself.  

One of my favorite props to make is colored flokati rugs.  A flokati rug is made with long wool shag fibers.  The texture of it is a little rough, so I never put babies on it without a layer of fabric in between, but flokati has such an interesting texture and looks very pretty when used in newborn photography.  There are many amazing vendors out there who sell beautiful flokati rugs in all different shades, and I'll admit that if you want a more full, lush looking rug, you may want to buy one from a vendor, like Luneberry.  These are much fuller and more lush than the ones from Rugs USA that I dye, but if you are just starting out or enjoy DIY projects, read through this tutorial for some tips on the process of dying one yourself.  I've dyed many flokatis and even occasionally sell them.  

You'll need to buy a flokati in natural white.   I buy them from Rugs USA when they are 70% off.  This makes a 3x5' rug cost about $55.  Shipping is free and usually very quick.  

Before you start, gather your supplies.  I do almost all my flokati dying outdoors whenever it's possible so that I don't have to worry about accidentally getting dye on something inside our house.  I use our yard and I wait for a nice warm day.  

For dye, use Rit dye, but definitely buy the liquid kind.  Don't buy the powder.  It doesn't dissolve well and will create blotches of color.  I buy the bottles of dye at Walmart.  They seem to have the best price, even if you have a coupon to a craft store.  I keep a stock of basic colors and I combine them to make any shade I want.  Have a few old buckets handy too. 

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You'll also need a hair brush.  I just bought a cheap one from the dollar store.  You'll use it to brush the flokati.

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You'll need something to hang the rugs on while they dry.  I stole these plastic saw horses from my husband.  I always hose them off before using them.  You don't want dust and dirt getting on your rug.  

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Other things you'll need:

-a garden hose with a sprayer.  You'll need hot water to dye the flokati, so here's a little trick I do for an easy way to get hot water.  In the morning, I turn on my hose and let the hose fill up with water.  I then place it in the sun where the water will warm up.  Of course, it has to be hot outside, but I only dye flokati when it's hot and sunny outside.  Not only so the water in the hose gets hot, but also so the flokati can air dry fairly quickly.  If it dries too slowly, it'll get a mildew smell and you don't want that.

-a pot of boiling water

-about a cup of vinegar

-a tablespoon or two of laundry detergeant

-a long stick for stirring, one that you don't mind getting dyed

-a huge plastic tub

-a pair of rubber gloves so your hands don't get dyed

 

Step 1: 

Now that you have the supplies you'll need, get some water boiling on the stove.  While it's warming up, go outside and prepare your flokati.  I lay mine out flat in my driveway.  The first thing you need to do is brush it.  This releases loose fibers.  Whatever fibers get stuck to the hair brush, keep them.  You'll need them later to test the color of the dye.  Brush the entire flokati.  Leave it alone for a few minutes.

Next, get your giant tub ready.  We need to fill it up with nice hot water.  The water should not be so hot that you can't touch it, though.  This is the point when I fill it with my hose, which is hopefully full of hot water from sitting in the sun.  I then get the pot of boiling water and dump that in too.  Depending on how full the tub is at that point and how hot it is, you can either fill it the rest of the way with the hose, or go get some hot water in buckets from a shower in your bathroom.  You want the tub filled most of the way.  The flokati will need to be able to fit inside it, be completely covered in water, and not be too crowded.  After you have a tub that's mostly full of nice, hot water, dump in the vinegar and laundry detergent.  It should look like this.  In this picture, my tub isn't filled nearly to the top because on this day I was dying a smaller sized flokati.  The photo is deceiving- it was still at least half full.  

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Step 2: 

Go back over to your flokati and give it a good hose down.  It needs to be wet before you can dye it.  But it can't be soaking, dripping wet.  Go spray it thoroughly.  While you are mixing the dye, the flokati will have a few minutes to lose the excess water.  I had my favorite 5 year old helper do this part for me.  He loves using the hose.  As you can see from the photo, water is already draining off the flokati and running down the driveway.  I used to do this step while hanging the flokati on the saw horses.  But I quickly realized that because of gravity, the top of the rug would dry off and the bottom would be soaking wet.  If the rug is extremely unevenly wet, it could affect how evenly it dyes.  So now I wet it on my slightly inclined driveway.

 

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Step 3:

It's time to get the dye to the right color that you want.  At this point, I take the extra fiber that I brushed off of the flokati and put it in a small pale of water.  I'll use little blobs of it to test my dye to see if it's the right color.

There is no perfect recipe of dye to get the exact color you want.  You just have to experiment.  I don't like bright, bold colors, so I've never made a rug by simply pouring in a single bottle of dye and being happy at that.  On this day, I was going for a muted sage sort of color.  I believe the colors I combined were green, blue, and brown.  Start with less dye than you think you'll need.  You can hold a blob of the fibers into the dye for a minute or so and then pull it out to get an idea of how your dye will turn out.  Here is my son holding a ball of fiber after texting it.  The color looks good to me!

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This is important:  Keep in mind that the loose fibers that you brushed out to use for testing do not hold dye as well as the flokati itself.  They are good for testing the shade, but not the darkness.  Your flokati will dye quite a bit darker and fuller than the loose fibers you tested.  Err on the side of a lighter shade.  You can always add more dye later.

Step 4:

When you think you have the color that you want, pick up your wet flokati and give it a little shake to get out any excess water.  Place it in the tub and stir gently.  Do not stir vigorously or you could felt the rug, which will ruin it.  Keep the rug moving by stirring it around in the tub, but just do it somewhat slowly.   raleigh nc newborn photography how to dye a flokati rugraleigh nc newborn photography how to dye a flokati rugraleigh nc newborn photography how to dye a flokati rug

It only take a minute to a few minutes to dye it.  You can test the color by pulling out a part of the rug and squeezing the dye out.  That should show you approximately what it will look like when dry.  Try not to panic and take the rug out too fast.  If you only let it sit in the tub for a few seconds, the dye will not have enough time to be absorbed evenly and you'll end up with light and dark blotches on your rug, instead of a uniform color.

Step 5:  

When your rug looks like the color you want, carefully take it out (don't splatter dye on yourself) and drape it over the saw horses.  Spray it down with the hose until the water dripping off of it is perfectly clear.  This takes a lot of spraying.  When you are finished, you'll need to leave it to dry.  I recommend putting it in a nice sunny place so it dries quickly.  I check on mine periodically and fluff up the fibers.  That seems to help it dry faster.  Here is my rug drying.  I love the color- it ended up as a sort of muted seafoam/sage color.   raleigh nc newborn photography how to dye a flokati rug dryingraleigh nc newborn photography how to dye a flokati rug dryingraleigh nc newborn photography how to dye a flokati rug drying

Did I mention to wear gloves?  I discovered right before dying my rug that we had run out of rubber gloves, so I had to do without.  Yikes!

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One helpful hint if you do accidentally dye your hands like this...go to a pool if you have access to one.  Taking a shower seems to do nothing, but spending an hour swimming at a pool seems to take almost all the dye off.  It's the only thing I've found that works.  Must be the chlorine in the water. 

A few days later, I used my new flokati for a newborn portrait session.  Here is my new flokati in action.  

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I hope you enjoyed this tutorial.  Good luck and happy dying!

 

 

 

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(Erica Courtine Photography) cary diy flokati newborn photographer raleigh tutorials https://www.ericacourtinephotography.com/blog/2016/7/-raleigh-nc-newborn-photographer-how-to-dye-a-flokati-rug Tue, 19 Jul 2016 18:55:27 GMT
{Raleigh NC Newborn Photographer} A Sleepy Baby Boy in Cary NC https://www.ericacourtinephotography.com/blog/2016/7/-raleigh-nc-newborn-photographer-a-sleepy-baby-boy-in-cary-nc I had such a fun morning with this adorable baby boy and his family a few weeks ago.  I do all of my newborn sessions in my client's homes, so I drove up to their home in Cary.  This is so nice for families, especially families like this one who have other children.  Bringing along a two year old and a one week old to a studio could seem a little daunting.  I use all natural light and this family's home had a large window that brought in amazing sunlight.   The new baby boy was so sleepy and was so easy to work with during his first photo session.  I enjoyed using soft colors and neutral tones during his session.  It was so adorable how he curled up with his legs up on his chest.  He was so comfy and slept almost the entire time I was there.  

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This little boy was so beautiful, from his tiny little fingers and toes to his perfect little eyelashes and lips.  It was easy to see how well loved he is, not only by his parents, but also by his big sister.  Those two are going to be the best of friends.  

If you are interested in booking a newborn photography session for your baby, I would love to hear from you.  You can get in touch with my by clicking here and sending me a message.  I book indoor newborn sessions throughout the year and outdoor sessions can be done usually from April through September, and even sometimes in October and November.  I conduct all newborn sessions in-home, so I bring everything to you.  There's no need to travel to a studio.  Interested in pricing?  Click here to get details on how sessions are priced.  

 

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(Erica Courtine Photography) cary fuquay varina holly springs newborn photographer photography portraits raleigh https://www.ericacourtinephotography.com/blog/2016/7/-raleigh-nc-newborn-photographer-a-sleepy-baby-boy-in-cary-nc Tue, 19 Jul 2016 16:03:00 GMT
I dropped my son off at kindergarten...now what? https://www.ericacourtinephotography.com/blog/2016/7/i-dropped-my-son-off-at-kindergarten-now-what            Ah, the first week of school.  While many parents are seasoned pros who have had kids in school for years, we should all take a moment of silence for the moms and dads out there who are sending off their babies for their first day of kindergarten.  It's rough, I tell you.  I am now the proud mama of a first grader and a kindergartener.  I feel like I'm an empty nester, like I can now buy an RV and tour the country living off steak and red wine.  No wait, I can't do that quite yet. 

          I dropped Rhys off this morning for his first day and he was so excited and gave his teacher big hugs.  Hats off to the kindergarten teachers, by the way, for keeping parents in the room for a few minutes to fill out paperwork.  This is smart.  It gets the paperwork done for the teachers and gives the parents an excuse to hang out for just a few minutes without feeling like a hot mess of a helicopter parent who doesn't want to let go and leave their baby with total strangers. 

          I told Rhys's teacher that he's my last baby to go off to school.  She complimented me that I was handling it so well, keeping the sobbing to a minimum.  I was tempted to ask her for a sticker or gold star for my shirt but I thought that might be taking it a little too far.  Then she asked me a question I've been hearing many times over the last few weeks..."what are you going to do with all your time now that your kids are both in school?"  Well, for those of you who are interested, I've done some thinking and here's how I plan on spending my new found freedom.

 

6:30 Wake up early and lay in bed scouring Pinterest for bento box ideas.  Because this is going to be the year that I finally have time to make beautiful lunches for my kids.  Even if it kills me.  Plus, I need to redeem myself for the marshmallow fluff sandwiches I sent in during the last 2 weeks of school in June.  Ooohhh, organic cherry tomatoes and brussel sprouts on cute plastic skewers.  My kids will eat that right up!

 

7:00  Time to get up and really start my day.  Now that I have two kids in school, I better up my game with healthy, filling breakfasts.  I start by cooking up some whole wheat blueberry pancakes.  Since I've got some extra time and ingredients, I'll triple the batch and bake enough for the whole week.  When you're a mom of elementary students, you need to think ahead like that.  Except, I didn't account for my younger son eating 8 pancakes in one sitting, so maybe they will only last until Wednesday...if I'm lucky.

 

7:30  The boys need to leave pretty soon, so I better get going with those bento lunches.  Darn, all I have in our fridge is some peanut butter, some cheddar cheese, and a container of olives.  Oh wait, I found an old jar of pickles in the back.  Does that count as a veggie?  I'll chop up this peach, throw in some pirate booty and call it a day.  I better make a note to run to the store later and get some better lunch ingredients.

 

9:00 Drop off time.  My first grader is too cool for school and probably won't want me to walk him to his classroom, so I give him a fist pump in the hall and send him on his way.  My kindergartener still lets me hold his hand so I walk him down to his room.  I keep my sunglasses on because, apparently it's trendy, and it'll also hide my tears if I do lose it.  But since I'm a cool mom, I'll only walk my kindergartener in for a few days and then it will be time for him to gain some independence and go in on his own.

 

9:15  I am kid free!  I start off this glorious morning by heading to Starbucks because, well, there's no one in the car to rat me out and tell my husband that I spent $5 for a cup of coffee.   I should be kind to myself for this transition I'm enduring, so grande mocha latte with whipped cream it is.  Holy moly, I just realized that since there are no kids in the car, I don't need to use the drive thru!  I park and go inside to enjoy my coffee.  So this is what the inside of Starbucks looks like.  The nice, quiet atmosphere makes it a great time to peruse Pinterest some more for fun after school snacks that I can have ready the minute my kids get home. 

 

10:00  With all this Pinterest browsing, my shopping list in Google Keep is getting quite long.  Time to head to Aldi.  I wander the store aimlessly until I start to get on people's nerves.  I never realized how crowded that store gets.   Or how large the shopping carts are.  It hits me that Rhys and I always used to go to Aldi together and I reminisce about how much he loved that store.  No wait, he hated that store.  I'm pretty sure he's glad not to be with me.

After Aldi, I absolutely have to go to Target.  I need to find the perfect bento boxes, a thermos so I can send hot lunches, and those adorable silicone cupcake liners.  Nothing says bento lunch like silicone cupcake liners.  Since I'm sans kids, I get a little carried away with my shopping and make a few extra purchases, including a pimped out raft for the pool that comes with a detachable floating cooler!  Now that my kids are in school, I can go to the pool alone and just float around in sweet bliss, not having to worry about my kids drowning.  I've been waiting 7 years for that moment.   

I push my cart into the checkout line.  One glance at my cart and I realize that maybe I'm going over budget just a tad.  Hmm, Dan may not be happy about my $39.95 inflatable raft purchase.  I better run back and get a few bags of potato chips to even the score. 

 

12:00  My errands are done and it's time to head home and get to work.  When "Fight Song" comes on the radio in the car, I get to belt it out as loud as I want because there's no one in the back seat yelling, "MAMA, your singing hurts my ears!"  I love this song.  "This is my fight song!  Take back my life song!"  This can be my new theme song for the year.

 

1:00  Now that my kids are in school, I have plenty of time to focus on my photography business.  Let's see, I'll start with some editing work.  Only, it's just not the same trying to edit photos without a little person shoving LEGO pieces into your face, saying "Mama I can't take these apart!"  Editing will have to wait.  I just can't focus under these quiet conditions.  I spend the next few minutes logging on to Class Dojo, hoping my first grader has stirred up some drama to entertain me.  Nope.  His score is all green.  Darn first born rule follower.

 

3:00  Cleaning and cooking is exchausting.  After cleaning the kitchen and baking up some delicious white chocolate chip cookies, I decide to take a much needed break.  The cat and I lay down to watch a little Netflix.  I can only watch one show because I really do have other important things to do.  Awwww, but they have Kindergarten Cop on Netflix!  This reminds me of my sweet little boy and I need a good cry.  I call a friend to vent about how it feels like just yesterday I was bringing home my boys from the hospital blah blah blah and look how big they are now. 

 

4:00 Where did the day go?  The boys just walked through the door and go straight for the freshly baked cookies.  I get handed beautifully labeled plastic folders that I can't wait to get my hands on so I can read all the papers inside, chock full of information about volunteering, homework procedures, and teacher wish lists.  On second thought, reading three whole pages about the new behavior reward system is too overwhelming to read right now, nor am I ready to pour over a brochure on getting my kindergartener up to speed on his phonemic awareness skills.  It'll have to wait.  I'd rather enjoy the rest of the afternoon playing with these little boys that I've missed so much.   Being the involved mom that I am, I ask them how their day was and what they did all day, to which they reply, "fine" and "not much,"  before asking for a glass of milk to go with the cookie.  I say back, "yeah, me too" and pour us all some nice cold milk.

 

Okay, maybe this isn't really how I have my days planned, but it could become a sad reality on some days.  What am I really going to do now that my kids are in school?  I'm going to grow my photography business to be more full-time, with more times available for photography sessions.  I'm going to do some work as a substitute teacher in our town's schools (in my pre-mom life I was a kindergarten teacher, so this will suit me perfectly).  I'm hopefully going to volunteer in my kids' classrooms.  I'd also like to get more involved with a ministry in our town that deals with pregnancy crisis.  Other than that, maybe my house will be a little cleaner from now on...but I'm not making any promises. 

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(Erica Courtine Photography) cary holly springs life momprenuer personal photographer photography raleigh small business https://www.ericacourtinephotography.com/blog/2016/7/i-dropped-my-son-off-at-kindergarten-now-what Thu, 14 Jul 2016 23:43:19 GMT
{Raleigh NC Newborn Photography} An Unforgettable Christmas Surprise https://www.ericacourtinephotography.com/blog/2016/7/-raleigh-nc-newborn-photography-an-unforgettable-christmas-surprise This sweet little girl's mama and I met 2 years ago on a mission trip to Belize.  I was so excited when I found out that she and her husband were expecting.  I couldn't wait to meet her and take her newborn portraits.  We met at her home in Raleigh.  I do all my sessions in my clients' homes, which makes it very convenient for families. My friend had such an amazing space that I wanted to buy her house and turn the room into a studio!  We joked about me renting it out.  She had a separate suite above her garage and it had gorgeous natural light.  I don't have a studio, but in my dreams, I would love to have a home studio, a place that's on my property (I would love a few acres) and that's separate from my house.  I could write a whole blog post about my dream studio, but we'll save that for another day.  Even if I do have a studio someday, I will still always offer in-home sessions.  It's just such a nice option for parents to have. 

My friend's little girl came a little bit early and surprised everyone by being born on Christmas Eve.  She gives a new and special meaning to the holiday.  I was so excited to hear when she had been born.  We talked about how my little boy had had a similar story.  He wasn't due until early January, but had a scheduled c section on December 28th.  It turned out that he hadn't wanted to wait that long, and came the day after Christmas.  I always joke that when I went into labor on Christmas Day I told my son that he better stay in there a little longer because I didn't want him to be born on Christmas.  I always love meeting other babies who are born around Christmas.  

This little girl had one of the sweetest little faces I've ever seen.  Such beautiful little features.  

raleigh fuquay varina holly springs nc newborn photography session for a christmas baby girl.raleigh fuquay varina holly springs nc newborn photography session for a christmas baby girl.raleigh fuquay varina holly springs nc newborn photography session for a christmas baby girl.

raleigh fuquay varina holly springs nc newborn photography session for a christmas baby girl.raleigh fuquay varina holly springs nc newborn photography session for a christmas baby girl.raleigh fuquay varina holly springs nc newborn photography session for a christmas baby girl.

raleigh nc newborn photographer baby girl in a white bonnet during a newborn portrait session.raleigh nc newborn photographer baby girl in a white bonnet during a newborn portrait session.raleigh nc newborn photographer baby girl in a white bonnet during a newborn portrait session.

raleigh nc newborn photographer baby girl in a white bonnet during a newborn portrait session.raleigh nc newborn photographer baby girl in a white bonnet during a newborn portrait session.raleigh nc newborn photographer baby girl in a white bonnet during a newborn portrait session.

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raleigh nc newborn portrait photographer a baby girl in red for christmasraleigh nc newborn portrait photographer a baby girl in red for christmasraleigh nc newborn portrait photographer a baby girl in red for christmas If you are interested in booking a newborn photography session for your baby, I would love to hear from you.  You can get in touch with my by clicking here and sending me a message.  I book indoor newborn sessions throughout the year and outdoor sessions can be done usually from April through September, and even sometimes in October and November.  I conduct all newborn sessions in-home, so I bring everything to you.  There's no need to travel to a studio.  Interested in pricing?  Click here to get details on how sessions are priced.  

 

 

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(Erica Courtine Photography) Christmas cary fuquay varina holly springs newborn photographer photography portraits raleigh https://www.ericacourtinephotography.com/blog/2016/7/-raleigh-nc-newborn-photography-an-unforgettable-christmas-surprise Wed, 13 Jul 2016 12:17:46 GMT
{Raleigh Senior Photographer}2016 Senior Portrait Mini-sessions! https://www.ericacourtinephotography.com/blog/2016/6/-raleigh-senior-photographer-2016-senior-portrait-mini-sessions 2016 Senior Portrait Mini-Sessions

senior portrait mini-sessions in raleigh fuquay varina holly springs nc 2016senior portrait mini-sessions in raleigh fuquay varina holly springs nc 2016senior portrait mini-sessions in raleigh fuquay varina holly springs nc 2016 I am so excited to announce that I am offering these very special mini-sessions this summer only.  To kick off senior year for the class of 2017, I am offering senior portrait mini-sessions on August 23rd and 26th.  If you are not able to do a full session or are excited to get your senior portrait session done early, this is a wonderful opportunity.  

 

These senior portrait sessions are all digital and include the files from your session along with a print release, so that you can use the images for announcements, yearbook, sharing online, and making prints.  I am also offering my prints for sale for 20% off for anyone who books a mini-session.  If you would like heirloom quality prints, I can help you with ordering everything from wallet size all the way up to canvases. 

 

These mini-sessions are $125 each and include the following:

-20 minute session with one outfit.  Due to the length of the sessions, there will not be time to change clothes.

-An online, private proofing gallery of 15 images.  You choose your favorite 10 for me to edit fully and deliver to you electronically.  Additional images can be purchased but you have no obligation to do so.

-A mobile app where you can view your portraits and show them to friends and family.

-Seniors who book a mini-session will be eligible for a rewards program where they can earn rewards by referring their friends to book full sessions during the 2016-2017 school year. 

 

The sessions will be held in the evenings and there will be four time slots available per date:

Tuesday August 23rd: (Sugg Farm in Holly Springs)

6:30-6:50

6:55-7:15

7:20-7:40

7:45-8:05

 

Friday August 26th (Downtown Fuquay Varina- historic Varina district)

6:30-6:50

6:55-7:15

7:20-7:40

7:45-8:05

New to mini-sessions?  Here's how it works:

1.  Mini-sessions only take place at the designated location and date.  Select the time that you want and pay for your session.  Sessions are booked on a first paid, first booked basis.

2.  Once your mini-session is selected and paid,  you will be directed to the session agreement for you to read and sign electronically.  Only an adult 18 years or older can legally commit to a contract, so a parent signature may be required.  The session agreement is part of the booking process and sessions are not officially booked until this step is completed.  I will get in touch with you after booking so we can discuss ideas, style, outfit tips, and answer any questions you may have.

3.  Two days before the session, I will send you an email reminding  you of your time.  Mini-sessions must start and end on time.  If you arrive late, it will cut into your session.  I suggest arriving a few minutes early to make sure that you are ready.  

4.  On the day of the mini-session, we will meet, have a fun time taking pictures that capture your style, and enjoy a lovely summer evening.  If it is raining on the date of the mini-sessions, I will call you in the morning and let you know that they have been postponed.  We will then find a time to reschedule.  

Ready to book your mini-sessions?  Choose a date and time to reserve:

Tuesday August 23rd: (Sugg Farm)

Available Time Slots

 

Friday August 26th:  (Downtown Fuquay Varina- historic Varina district)

Available Time Slots
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(Erica Courtine Photography) cary fuquay varina holly springs mini-sessions portraits raleigh senior https://www.ericacourtinephotography.com/blog/2016/6/-raleigh-senior-photographer-2016-senior-portrait-mini-sessions Mon, 27 Jun 2016 19:39:34 GMT
{Raleigh NC Family Photographer} The Gardens of JC Raulston Arboretum https://www.ericacourtinephotography.com/blog/2016/6/-raleigh-nc-family-photographer-the-gardens-of-jc-raulston-arboretum 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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(Erica Courtine Photography) baby milestone months raleigh raulston six https://www.ericacourtinephotography.com/blog/2016/6/-raleigh-nc-family-photographer-the-gardens-of-jc-raulston-arboretum Tue, 14 Jun 2016 19:45:00 GMT
{Raleigh NC Newborn Photography} A Baby Girl in Neutral Colors https://www.ericacourtinephotography.com/blog/2016/3/raleigh-nc-newborn-photography-a-baby-girl-in-neutral-colors I had such a fun time meeting this sweet little newborn baby for her photography session in Holly Springs recently.  She was so easy to work with and slept almost the entire time.  I loved using some nice earth tone colors for her session.  They always photograph so beautifully with a baby.  I use only natural light and do all of my newborn sessions in my clients' homes.  I was really lucky that this family had a nice bright window.  

I love to knit and make my own props for sessions, so I knit up this plum colored blanket and matching hat.  The yarn was such a unique color and perfect for fall.   Sweet baby girl in neutral colors during a newborn portrait session in Holly Springs, NCSweet baby girl in neutral colors during a newborn portrait session in Holly Springs, NCSweet baby girl in neutral colors during a newborn portrait session in Holly Springs, NC

Newborn baby girl during a photography session in Holly Springs, NC, by Erica Courtine Photography Raleigh NCNewborn baby girl during a photography session in Holly Springs, NC, by Erica Courtine Photography Raleigh NCNewborn baby girl during a photography session in Holly Springs, NC, by Erica Courtine Photography Raleigh NC I love using such soft and neutral colors.  It's amazing how flexible new babies are.  They always love having their feet up by their faces.  This is one of my favorite ways to pose a little baby.

Raleigh NC Newborn Baby Photographer featuring in-home and outdoor newborn portrait sessions.Raleigh NC Newborn Baby Photographer featuring in-home and outdoor newborn portrait sessions.Raleigh NC Newborn Baby Photographer featuring in-home and outdoor newborn portrait sessions.

Raleigh NC Newborn Baby Photographer featuring in-home and outdoor newborn portrait sessions.Raleigh NC Newborn Baby Photographer featuring in-home and outdoor newborn portrait sessions.Raleigh NC Newborn Baby Photographer featuring in-home and outdoor newborn portrait sessions.

Raleigh Cary Apex Holly Springs Fuquay Varina NC newborn photographer- all newborn sessions include digital files and birth announcements.Raleigh Cary Apex Holly Springs Fuquay Varina NC newborn photographer- all newborn sessions include digital files and birth announcements.Raleigh Cary Apex Holly Springs Fuquay Varina NC newborn photographer- all newborn sessions include digital files and birth announcements.

By far, my favorite color to use with newborn portraits is cream or really, any shade of white.  It looks great with both boys and girls. 

Raleigh Cary Apex Holly Springs Fuquay Varina NC newborn photographer- all newborn sessions include digital files and birth announcements.Raleigh Cary Apex Holly Springs Fuquay Varina NC newborn photographer- all newborn sessions include digital files and birth announcements.Raleigh Cary Apex Holly Springs Fuquay Varina NC newborn photographer- all newborn sessions include digital files and birth announcements.

Raleigh Cary Apex Holly Springs Fuquay Varina NC newborn photographer- all newborn sessions include digital files and birth announcements.Raleigh Cary Apex Holly Springs Fuquay Varina NC newborn photographer- all newborn sessions include digital files and birth announcements.Raleigh Cary Apex Holly Springs Fuquay Varina NC newborn photographer- all newborn sessions include digital files and birth announcements.

Raleigh Holly Springs Fuquay Varina NC newborn baby photography A simple newborn portrait using white and other neutral colorsRaleigh Holly Springs Fuquay Varina NC newborn baby photography A simple newborn portrait using white and other neutral colorsRaleigh Holly Springs Fuquay Varina NC newborn baby photography A simple newborn portrait using white and other neutral colors

I always encourage parents to be photographed with their new baby.  I never charge extra for parents, siblings, grandparents, pets, or any other family members to be photographed with the baby.  I usually bring a neutral colored backdrop, like this one, for families that want more of a studio look instead of using a part of their house.  Raleigh Holly Springs Fuquay Varina NC newborn baby photography A family's very first portrait on a mocha seamless paper backgroundRaleigh Holly Springs Fuquay Varina NC newborn baby photography A family's very first portrait on a mocha seamless paper backgroundRaleigh Holly Springs Fuquay Varina NC newborn baby photography A family's very first portrait on a mocha seamless paper background

If you or someone you know is expecting, I would be honored to capture your baby's first portraits for you.  I serve Raleigh and it's surrounding suburbs, particularly the southern half of Wake County:  Cary, Apex, Holly Springs, and Fuquay Varina.  If you would like more information, please get in touch with me by clicking here.  

 

 

 

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(Erica Courtine Photography) cary fuquay varina holly springs newborn photographer photography portraits raleigh https://www.ericacourtinephotography.com/blog/2016/3/raleigh-nc-newborn-photography-a-baby-girl-in-neutral-colors Tue, 29 Mar 2016 18:17:11 GMT
{Raleigh Family Photographer} Azalea Garden Mini-Sessions https://www.ericacourtinephotography.com/blog/2016/3/-raleigh-family-photographer-wral-azalea-garden-mini-sessions-2016 raleigh newborn maternity and family photographer mini-sessions at WRAL azalea garden spring 2016raleigh newborn maternity and family photographer mini-sessions at WRAL azalea garden spring 2016raleigh newborn maternity and family photographer mini-sessions at WRAL azalea garden spring 2016 I am so excited to offer my first annual mini-sessions available at one of Raleigh's most enchanting locations, the WRAL Azalea Gardens.  This gorgeous garden contains 45 varieties of plants, including azaleas in just about every shade of pink that you can imagine.  It's a wonderland of color for small children.  The beautiful fountains, stone paths, and benches make a unique backdrop for portraits.  On a normal year, I'm only able to photograph a few families at this location while the azaleas are in bloom.  After visiting a few years and taking note of when the flowers peak, I have decided to offer mini-sessions on Saturday April 9, 2016.  

The garden is located behind WRAL, on Western Blvd in Raleigh, almost right across the street from NC State.  These mini-sessions are open to everyone, although my opinion is that because of the nature of the park's design, it would be especially good for a family with young children.

Here is something a little extra special about these mini-sessions.  It occurred to me that for the past 2 years, I haven't really gotten a chance to photograph any families at the gardens while the azaleas are in bloom (last year I got one session in while they were finishing up blooming). For the past 2 years in mid-April, I've gone on mission trips to Belize.  Sadly, this year, I'm not able to go.  The same group of women who have gone to Belize are now going to Costa Rica to serve in a part of the world that needs more help than ever.  I thought, since I can't go on the trip, I would like to help the group.  So for the first person who books a mini-session, I am going to give that session fee to the mission trip to use however they need to serve the women in Costa Rica.  

 

Each mini-session is $125 and includes the following:

-A 20 minute photography session on April 9, 2016

-A private online gallery of 15 proofs.  You choose your favorite 8 to receive as a digital download.  You will receive each of your 8 photos in full resolution color, black and white, and a low resolution copy for using on the internet.

-A print release so that you can make your own prints.

-Additional digital files and prints may be purchased but there is no obligation to do so. 

Mini-sessions are booked on a first paid, first booked basis.  In order to make the process of booking mini-sessions easier, I am giving clients the ability to select and pay for their mini-session directly through my website.  

 

New to mini-sessions?  Here's how it works:

1.  Mini-sessions only take place at the designated location and date.  Select the time that you'd prefer and pay for your session.  

2.  Once your mini-session is selected and paid, you will be directed to the session agreement for you to read and sign electronically.  I will get in touch with you so we can also discuss ages and the number of family members participating in the session, tips on what to wear, and answer any questions that you have.

3.  Two days before the session, I will send you an email reminding you of your mini-session time.  Mini-sessions must start and end on time.  If you arrive late, it will shorten your session.  I suggest arriving a few minutes early to make sure you are ready.  Remember, mini-sessions are only 20 minutes to begin with, so being on time is important.

4.  On the date of the session, we will meet, have a fun time taking pictures of your family and individual children, and enjoy some lovely spring weather.  If it is raining on the date of the mini-sessions I will call you in the morning and let you know that the mini-sessions will be canceled.  We will then find a time to reschedule.

Choose your time slot and book your session here:

 
Available Time Slots
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(Erica Courtine Photography) cary fuquay varina holly springs mini-sessions photographer portraits raleigh spring https://www.ericacourtinephotography.com/blog/2016/3/-raleigh-family-photographer-wral-azalea-garden-mini-sessions-2016 Mon, 14 Mar 2016 18:57:52 GMT
Raleigh Family Portrait Photographer- An Afternoon at Oak View County Park https://www.ericacourtinephotography.com/blog/2016/2/raleigh-family-portrait-photographer-afternoon-at-oak-view-county-park 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.  

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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.

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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.  

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(Erica Courtine Photography) children fall family historic oak view county park photographer portraits raleigh https://www.ericacourtinephotography.com/blog/2016/2/raleigh-family-portrait-photographer-afternoon-at-oak-view-county-park Fri, 26 Feb 2016 01:23:38 GMT
Raleigh Newborn Photography- Neutral and Natural Colors for a Newborn Portrait Session https://www.ericacourtinephotography.com/blog/2016/2/raleigh-newborn-photography--neutral-and-natural-colors-for-a-newborn-portrait-session This is one of my favorite newborn portrait sessions that I've done recently.  This baby boy was so easy to work with.  He slept the entire time and barely made a peep.  I do all my newborn baby photography sessions in-home, so I met this family at their home  in Holly Springs, NC.  It was clear to see just how loved this little guy is.  

I'm sure I've mentioned before how much I love neutral and light colors.  They always complement babies so well and look so beautiful in print.  For this baby's portraits, I used gray, green, blue, and cream.  

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This baby boy had such adorable little features.  As a photographer, it is always fun to capture all the tiny details of a brand new baby, from their little fingers and toes, to their little puckered lips and long eyelashes. 

Raleigh Cary Holly Springs Fuquay Varina NC Newborn Photography Baby Boy Sleeping Soundly Raleigh Cary Holly Springs Fuquay Varina NC Newborn Photography Baby Boy Sleeping SoundlyRaleigh Cary Holly Springs Fuquay Varina NC Newborn Photography Baby Boy Sleeping Soundly Raleigh Cary Holly Springs Fuquay Varina NC Newborn Photography Baby Boy Sleeping SoundlyRaleigh Cary Holly Springs Fuquay Varina NC Newborn Photography Baby Boy Sleeping Soundly Raleigh Cary Holly Springs Fuquay Varina NC Newborn Photography Baby Boy Sleeping Soundly Here is another soft color that is nice to use with newborn babies... mint green.  This is a nice gender neutral hue.  
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Simple and beautiful newborn baby portraits provided in your own home by Raleigh area photographer. Simple and beautiful newborn baby portraits provided in your own home by Raleigh area photographer. Simple and beautiful newborn baby portraits provided in your own home by Raleigh area photographer. White and cream are my absolute favorite colors for newborn portraits.  I always include a cream backdrop during my portrait sessions.  The white reflects onto the baby and brightens up the skin.  Such a light color really brings out the details in the photo.  Below, a warm gray looks so pretty and soft.  

Simple and beautiful newborn baby portraits provided in your own home by Raleigh area photographer. Simple and beautiful newborn baby portraits provided in your own home by Raleigh area photographer. Simple and beautiful newborn baby portraits provided in your own home by Raleigh area photographer. Simple and beautiful newborn baby portraits provided in your own home by Holly Springs area photographer. Simple and beautiful newborn baby portraits provided in your own home by Holly Springs area photographer. Simple and beautiful newborn baby portraits provided in your own home by Holly Springs area photographer. There are so many ways to photograph a brand new baby's face.  Each angle focuses on something different. 

Simple and beautiful newborn baby portraits provided in your own home by Fuquay Varina area photographer. Simple and beautiful newborn baby portraits provided in your own home by Fuquay Varina area photographer. Simple and beautiful newborn baby portraits provided in your own home by Fuquay Varina area photographer.

Neutral and natural newborn portrait photography black and white photo by Erica Courtine Photography serving Raleigh Cary Apex Holly Springs Fuquay Varina NCNeutral and natural newborn portrait photography black and white photo by Erica Courtine Photography serving Raleigh Cary Apex Holly Springs Fuquay Varina NCNeutral and natural newborn portrait photography black and white photo by Erica Courtine Photography serving Raleigh Cary Apex Holly Springs Fuquay Varina NC Do you like black and white photography?  I tend to prefer color, but occasionally a black and white photo captures a moment even better.  This baby boy posed himself like this, curling up his feet and resting his hand on his chest. If you look closely, you can see details like flaky skin, so common in newborn babies.  

If you've enjoyed these newborn photos, please visit my website to see more of my portfolio at www.ericacourtinephotography.com .  Are you expecting a baby yourself and interested in newborn photography?  I serve Raleigh, Cary, Apex, Holly Springs, Fuquay Varina, and surrounding areas.  Click here to send me a message.  I would be happy to help any way that I can.  

 

 

 

 

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(Erica Courtine Photography) baby boy cary fuquay varina holly springs newborn photographer photography photos portraits raleigh triangle wake county https://www.ericacourtinephotography.com/blog/2016/2/raleigh-newborn-photography--neutral-and-natural-colors-for-a-newborn-portrait-session Mon, 22 Feb 2016 22:09:08 GMT
5 Unique Ways That I Serve Your Family {Holly Springs Fuquay Varina NC Newborn Photographer} https://www.ericacourtinephotography.com/blog/2016/2/raleigh-newborn-photography-what-makes-my-newborn-portraits-different raleigh cary holly springs fuquay varina newborn photography 5 unique ways that I serve your familyraleigh cary holly springs fuquay varina newborn photography 5 unique ways that I serve your familyraleigh cary holly springs fuquay varina newborn photography 5 unique ways that I serve your family

I've been wanting to write this blog post for a few weeks, ever since a recent newborn portrait session in Raleigh where I was talking to a client about how I make almost all the props in my portraits and she commented that she didn't know any other photographers that do that.  Take a minute to think of all the friends you have who are photographers or want to be photographers.  I wouldn't be surprised if you counted at least five, depending on where you live.  I am a member of a few Facebook groups for Cary, Apex, Holly Springs, and Fuquay Varina moms.  Any time someone asks for recommendations for a newborn photographer, there are easily 50 comments made.  As a photographer, as with any business owner, I have to find ways to set myself apart from the hundreds of other photographers in my area.  I thought it would be a good idea to spell it out, really give a clear explanation of what is different about my photography.  

1.  All of the packages that I offer include both digital files and professional quality prints.  I don't know of any other photographers that offer both.  Most either give you a CD or USB with only digital files or they do not include digital files at all and you have to purchase prints (or you can buy digital files a la carte at a very high price).  Why do my packages include both?  I believe both are important.  Whenever I make a decision for my business, I think to myself, "what would I want if I were the customer?"  I often ask my friends the same thing to get their feedback.  Almost everyone wants digital files of their portraits.  This makes sense.  You want to have a digital back up of your images.  You want to be able to view them on your devices, share them easily with family, and make your own prints throughout the years.  Many families think they don't need to purchase prints or don't feel that having both from the photographer is important.  My years of experience in newborn and family photography have told me that most families who only get digital files never get around to printing those images.  Having a new baby in the family is such an adjustment.  Many families just won't find the time to get photos printed.  Some do, but of those, many wait months.  If you are investing in portraits of your family or newborn baby, don't you want to enjoy them right away?  It is wonderful to enjoy the photos on devices, but trust me, it is such a joyful feeling to walk down your hallway or over your mantle and see portraits hanging on your walls of your beautiful children.  This is also the reason why all newborn packages include 25 birth announcements.  When you are sleep-deprived from taking care of your new baby, it's nice to get all the help you can get.  Let me take care of your birth announcements.  I have hundreds of templates to choose from.  I'll design them (with your input, of course), order them, and get them to you quickly.  My announcements are printed beautifully too.  I love the feel of the thick card stock and the rich colors.  I include prints not only for your convenience, but also because I want you to see how a well-done print should look.  Your portraits are artwork, and prints from the drug store down the street will not show them nearly as well or hold color as long as a professional lab.  

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2.  I do all newborn portrait sessions at clients' homes.  This is a really nice feature and I've had clients tell me that they specifically searched for a photographer who traveled.  Having a studio has its benefits, and I'm hoping to have one someday, but even when I do, I will always offer at home sessions as a service.  At home sessions are such a nice option right after having a baby.  When I had c sections with my two boys, even things like climbing into a car took a deal of effort and pain.  You may also be concerned with germs or there may be parts of your home that you'd like photographed, such as the nursery.  When I come to your house, you can dress in pajamas if you want to, use the time to take a nap, or just relax.  I had a newborn portrait session recently where the grandma and I worked through the session and the mom took a break to pump.  It is nice for me to have someone to help with the baby during the session, so it's really nice to have a husband, grandma, auntie, or anyone else over who wouldn't mind occasionally snuggling a baby.  

3.  Almost all of the props I use during your newborn portrait session are handmade by me and are truly unique.   I love doing this for my clients.  Did you know with just about every session, I make a new item to use so that your portraits are unique and creative?  I've found that store bought headbands and hats are often too big for newborns, even if they are newborn sized.  I think this is because they are made to last several weeks.  Since I only use my hats on babies that are only a few weeks old, I make them small.  They fit snugly and don't swallow up the baby.  I taught myself how to knit when I first started my business and since then, almost every little hat that I bring to newborn sessions is made by me.  I am always learning new stitches and I love picking out high-end luxuriously soft yarns, like angora, mohair, and merino. I have all kinds of colors and patterns for hats and headbands.  If you see something you like on my website, just ask me, and I can probably bring it.  I make sure to ask all families if there are any particular colors they love.  With that information, I can make sure I have props and blankets that match your style.  Most of my clients love neutral colors and so do I.  Babies look beautiful on white, cream, tan, brown, and gray and these colors are so easy to decorate with.  A framed portrait will look good in any room.  I do love color, though especially pastels and earth tones.  Below is a cream colored bonnet I knit in a delicate stitch with angora yarn, a heavenly soft fiber.  

Below, a peach romper outfit and matching bow that I made for a friend's baby

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4.  I offer outdoor newborn portrait sessions.  I absolutely love that I started offering this service last year.  Although outdoor newborn photography is gaining popularity in other parts of the country and the world, there are very few photographers in North Carolina who will do an entire session outdoors.  Some will offer a pose or two outside of their studio, but I have the ability to conduct an entire newborn portrait session outdoors.  What's more, I have a list of the best spots in the Triangle area that I've found for doing these sessions.  Quite a few of them are little tucked away spaces with beautiful features for photography.  Outdoor newborn sessions are so much fun.  I can offer these during the warm months, typically from April or May through October.  Outdoor newborn photography is so special because the focus is still on your beautiful baby, but you also get to capture the beauty of nature.  Below are a few examples from last summer.  

This baby looks so comfortable on a warm summer evening, resting among some zinnias.  This session was done in a private garden that I have access to.

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This baby was photographed in April.  Some days in April are warm enough and some aren't.  In this session, I had to bundle him up a little bit in the shade.

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This little guy was photographed even earlier in the year, when the pear trees were blossoming.  He was kept nice and bundled on this cool afternoon.

This little boy was photographed at a very popular local park in Cary, just a few feet off the jogging trail.  Outdoor newborn photography is all about finding beautiful spots that are easily accessible.  

 

5.  I work my hardest to best meet the needs of your family.  Sometimes you will find that photographers limit who can participate in a photography session.  For example, many charge more for parents or siblings to be photographed during a newborn session.  Others charge more for extended family to join a family session.  Others even charge extra if you have twins!  I never do this.  You are welcome to have yourself, your children, your parents, your uncle, even the family dog photographed during any session.  In fact, I encourage this.  I absolutely love newborn sessions where grandparents are present and want to be in a few portraits with the new baby.  There is nothing quite as much fun as cousins, aunts, uncles, and grandparents getting together to celebrate an anniversary with family portraits.  This family was so much fun to photograph.  The grandpa reminded me so much of my own dad, full of humor and personality.

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Don't forget your furry family members.  They are always welcome too!

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I hope that you enjoyed this blog post about the photography services I offer.  If you are looking for a photographer for an upcoming newborn or family portrait session, I would be honored to serve your family.  To see more of my work, please visit my website at www.ericacourtinephotography.com and email me at erica@ericacourtinephotography.com with any questions you have. 

 

 

 

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(Erica Courtine Photography) cary child family fuquay varina holly springs newborn photographer photography portraits raleigh https://www.ericacourtinephotography.com/blog/2016/2/raleigh-newborn-photography-what-makes-my-newborn-portraits-different Tue, 16 Feb 2016 02:24:46 GMT
Fuquay Varina Family Photographer- A Little Girl's Paradise https://www.ericacourtinephotography.com/blog/2016/2/fuquay-varina-family-photographer-a-little-girls-paradise I was so excited when I heard from a former colleague (back from my teaching days) that she wanted to book a portrait session for her two granddaughters.  I was thrilled to hear that she wanted to have the pictures taken on her own property, two acres that included woods, gardens, and a pond.  I met her and her two granddaughters an a warm summer evening.  Summers in Raleigh can be very hot, but we lucked out and the weather was very nice.  The two little girls were 4 years old and one year old and they took a bit of convincing to get in front of the camera.  I think these pictures captured their cute little personalities.  

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I made a little floral crown for this little girl's portraits.  It took a lot of persuading to get her to try it, but I think she liked it. 

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Here is a more serious face.  She wasn't so sure about meeting a new person.  Her grandma had a really neat old shed with cedar siding on the property. 

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Little sister did not want anything to do with having her picture taken for at least the first half our.  A lot of photographing little kids is having the patience to let them warm up to me and letting them get comfortable at their own pace.  I never rush them.  This little cutie loved her grandma so much that she didn't want to leave her side for any pictures.  She eventually became comfortable and even started to have fun.  

Baby playing in the yard during a portrait session by raleigh family photographer Erica Courtine.Baby playing in the yard during a portrait session by raleigh family photographer Erica Courtine.Baby playing in the yard during a portrait session by raleigh family photographer Erica Courtine.

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What a bright, sweet little face she had.  There is so much to explore at grandma's house, from flowers to leaves, and even a pond.  I'll let you in on a little secret.  In some photos, like this one, you may wonder if it was safe.  There are many ways to take photos of children and keep them safe.  I didn't want this little girl to sit out on the dock alone, especially with it being a few feet above the water.  Her aunt, who helped us during the session, was actually sitting right next to her on the dock, but you can't see her in the final edit.  This is true of many newborn portraits too- there is usually a parent right next to the baby or even touching the baby, but you don't see them in the final edited version.

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Summer is often overlooked as a great time to have family or children's portraits done.  The colors of summer are so beautiful, and it is such a special time of year for kids, a time when they can spend more time outdoors exploring.  Although the days are often hot, I do all of my sessions either early in the morning or in the evening before sunset.  Most of the time, the temperature is very comfortable.  

If you would like to see more of my work, head on over to my website at www.ericacourtinephotography.com .  If you have any questions about booking a session, just send me an email at erica@ericacourtinephotography.com and I'll help however I can!

 

 

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(Erica Courtine Photography) cary children family fuquay varina holly springs kids photographer photography photos portraits raleigh https://www.ericacourtinephotography.com/blog/2016/2/fuquay-varina-family-photographer-a-little-girls-paradise Tue, 09 Feb 2016 22:03:14 GMT
Holly Springs Family Photographer- A First Birthday at Bass Lake https://www.ericacourtinephotography.com/blog/2016/2/holly-springs-raleigh-family-photographer-first-birthday-at-bass-lake 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.

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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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Natural and Neutral Newborn Baby Twins {Fuquay-Varina portrait photographer} https://www.ericacourtinephotography.com/blog/2016/2/natural-and-neutral-newborn-baby-twins-fuquay-varina-portrait-photographer The more newborn portrait sessions that I do, the more I have honed in on my personal style and art.  I just love babies with neutral, natural and soft colors.  I think they look the best against a baby's beautiful skin tones and help keep the focus on the baby.  I love color as much as the next person, but when it comes to a baby's first portraits, there is nothing more delicate and dreamy than using whites, creams, grays, and pastels.  I've always used props minimally.  Today I would like to share a photography session that I did with newborn twin boys.  Oddly, every set of twins I have ever photographed has been twin boys.  Someday, that trend will break, but interestingly, I have yet to photograph twin girls.  

I adore photographing twins.  Every set I have had the pleasure to work with has been so easy.  Twins often come a little early, so they are sometimes smaller, more sleepy, and don't mind being posed at all.  In my experience, they seem to be easily calmed by simply placing one near their sibling.  It is fascinating to me how twins can sense each other and are instantly comforted by each other.  These infant boys that were so wonderful for me definitely had their own personalities.  I had so much fun photographing and cuddling them.  

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Cream is probably my favorite color to use.  It is so soft and dreamy and when you consider displaying your newborn portraits in your home, it is a wonderful color that goes well with just about any decor.  

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Soft, neutral colors really help bring out a baby's sweet little features.  I love how you can see their blonde hair in this one, as short and fuzzy as it is.  Newborn twins sure love to snuggle with each other.

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It is always special to catch a newborn baby smiling, but isn't is extra adorable when you catch two?  These two boys and their gentle smiles show that they are cozy together.  Gray is one of my favorite shades for baby boys.  I have quite a few gray backdrops, blankets, and hats to use as props.  I knit these little gray merino bonnets myself. 

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I love this angle.  It shows the sweet profiles of these little boys.  These beautiful boys were a dream during their session and I'm not sure they ever even opened their eye! 

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Are you expecting a baby (or two)?  Click here to see more of my newborn portrait work.  I serve Fuquay Varina, Holly Springs, Apex, Cary, and Raleigh areas.  I am an on-location photographer and I bring my studio to you, so that you can have your session done in your home.  If you have any questions about newborn photography sessions, please reach out to me.  I would be honored to help however I can!

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How to Prepare for Your Newborn Portrait Session https://www.ericacourtinephotography.com/blog/2016/2/how-to-prepare-for-your-newborn-portrait-session-baby-photographer-raleigh-nc How to Prepare Your New Baby For His First Portrait Session

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I am sure that I have quite a few clients who get a little worried before their session, wondering if their baby will cooperate at all.  It is hard to know exactly how a newborn session works when you've never been through one before.  When I show up, I look like I'm moving in.  I bring in so many boxes and props and equipment.  Try not to feel overwhelmed.  In the end, it's your baby who's in charge of the photography session.  In my 4 years of doing newborn photography sessions, it is very rare for a baby to be miserable and cry the entire time.  Most sleep and don't bat an eye at all the camera clicking.  There are some things that you can do to help things go smoothly.  The main theme here is getting the baby to fall asleep.  That is the goal.  Sleeping babies are happy, comfortable, and easy to work with.  Here are a few tips to consider on the morning of your session:

Please, please, please do not feel like you need to clean up your entire house for your newborn session!  You have better things to do than clean for a newborn session.  Trust me, as a mom myself, I understand what it’s like to bring a newborn home.  Just a little preparation is needed to have a successful session.  I recommend enlisting a family member or friend to do the work for you.

 

Before the session:

-Find a room that has a door so that we can trap heat in the room easily.  It doesn't have to be a huge room.  A bedroom usually works fine.  

-Clear major furniture from this area, if needed. We’ll need a space that’s about 5x8 ft or larger to set up our “portable studio,” which includes things like a bean bag chair and a backdrop stand. 

-Gather any family heirlooms, such as special quilts, blankets, bonnets, etc that you’d like your baby photographed in.  This is not required.  I bring plenty of props.  

-If possible, try to play with your baby and have him or her awake up until the session.  One trick for getting baby awake and alert is with a bath about an hour before I'm due to arrive.  We want him to be awake with you so that by the time I get there, he's tired and ready to eat and fall asleep.

-Right before the session, or while I’m setting up, feed the baby.  Babies sleep best on a nice full belly.

-Make your home nice and toasty.  Somewhere around 80 degrees is ideal.  It might seem hot to us, but babies don’t like having their clothes off unless it’s very warm.  Only the area where we’ll be working needs to be super warm.  I will bring a space heater just in case it is needed. 

-Since it’ll be so warm, dress accordingly, although in most cases I do family portraits at the end so we can turn the heat down for that part.  If you’d like to be photographed with your baby, I recommend solid, neutral colored clothing (grays, creams, tans, but not bright white).  You might want to have two outfits picked out (see warning below about naked babies and pooping/peeing!) 

-Portraits of you with your baby can be taken on a bed in your home, on the living room couch, in the nursery, on the front porch, etc.  Have an area in mind.  It doesn’t have to be spick and span, but it’s nice to remove any distracting objects from the area. 

 

While I set up: 

-When I first arrive, it’ll take about 15 minutes to get the equipment set up.  This is a great time to feed the baby and take off all clothes other than a diaper.  Full belly= sleepy, cooperative baby.  It also helps to loosen the diaper slightly so that it doesn’t leave lines on the skin if we have to take it off.

 

During the session:

-Newborn sessions can be messy.  It’s almost guaranteed that someone or something will get pooped or peed on.  I’m prepared for this.  I wash all props, blankets, and wraps before and after every session.    

-Have some extra baby wipes handy.  I will have lots and lots of burp clothes and rags handy also.

-Because safety is my top priority, I will often need someone to watch the baby during the session.  Dad or another family would be a great helper (while Mommy goes off to take a nap).  

-Patience is key with newborns.  There will be times when your baby will let us know that he or she needs a break.  This is OKAY.  We will take our time and take breaks to comfort or feed the baby.  Posing a newborn is a very time-consuming process.  Be prepared for a session that’s at least 2 hours long and possibly up to 4 hours long.

 

Last of all, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask.  Even if it's the day before or the morning of your session, give me a call or send an email if you have any questions.  My number is (919) 346-4723.  

 

 

 

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(Erica Courtine Photography) baby cary family fuquay varina holly springs newborn photographer photography portraits pregnancy raleigh https://www.ericacourtinephotography.com/blog/2016/2/how-to-prepare-for-your-newborn-portrait-session-baby-photographer-raleigh-nc Tue, 02 Feb 2016 00:01:55 GMT
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Erica Courtine Photography presents

The Sweet Dreams Newborn Baby Portrait Session Giveaway

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Thank you for participating in the giveaway.  This contest is now closed.  Congratulations to Mary Eftekar for winning her newborn portrait session!

I am so excited to announce my 2016 newborn portrait session giveaway. This contest is open to expecting mamas who are due before October 31, 2016 and subscribe to my email newsletter.   The contest will run from February 2nd through February 26th.  Good luck to everyone!

 

The prize for the contest includes:

-A portrait session for a newborn baby (must be younger than 3 weeks old unless there is a NICU stay)

-Collection of 15 fully edited digital images

-A print release

 

The newborn portrait session can take place at your home within 15 miles of my home in Fuquay Varina.  This includes pretty much all of the southern half of Wake County and northern Harnett county (Cary, Apex, Raleigh, Holly Springs, Fuquay Varina, Angier, Garner, etc.)  If you live outside of this radius, you are still welcome to enter!  If you are due in the warm months, we can meet at a beautiful outdoor location to give you unique outdoor newborn portraits.  If you are due in the winter or early spring and need a session at your home, but live outside of the radius, a travel fee may apply.  If you are already a client who has booked a newborn session, you are also welcome to enter.  If you win, your deposit can either be returned to you and you can use the prize instead.   This prize is non-transferable and must be used by the winner herself.

How to enter:  

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2.  Would you like bonus entries (who doesn't?)  If you'd like to earn 5 extra entries, share the contest on Facebook.  Click on the share button below and let your friends know about the contest.  Let me know that you did this by commenting below and telling your name on Facebook so I can check it out.  Make sure the name you give me in the comment matches the one you gave me in the email subscription so I can give you credit. 

 
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Beautiful Family Portraits at OakView County Park {Raleigh NC Family Photographer} https://www.ericacourtinephotography.com/blog/2016/1/beautiful-family-portraits-at-oakview-county-park-raleigh-nc-family-photographer Of all the beautiful locations in our area for family portraits, I think Historic Oakview County Park might just be my favorite.  It has so much to offer with it's rich history and amazing natural features.  I love to explore parks and find the hidden areas that are not photographed as often.  This park has so many little spots.  I met this family on a warm summer evening in September and I was so happy that they were able to bring their dogs along.  Their little girl was so well behaved, yet curious and adventurous.  I had so much fun photographing her.  Have you ever seen such blue eyes and adorable curls? 

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Take a look at this little girl and her new friend.  Can you find him?  She was so interested in that baby toad and she was determined to catch him.  I love how children have such a strong interest in nature.  Oakview County park has some resident goats that children love to visit.  We also saw a snake that evening.  Snakes have never really bothered me, and this little girl didn't mind him either.  I'm sure she would've gone after him if we let her.

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Here are a few more family portraits from the evening.  The family dogs seemed very happy to come along.  

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This photo of the little girl and her dog is my favorite.  She sure loved giving her doggy big hugs. 

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The cotton fields at Oak View County Park are always fun for children to explore.  Soft yet prickly, such an interesting texture, and I love how it photographs.  

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If you are looking for a photographer for your family, I would love to meet you at Oak View County Park or one of the many other amazing locations in our area.  If you need help finding one, I can help you find one near where you live.  For more information on family portrait sessions, email me at erica@ericacourtinephotography.com

 

 

 

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My Style of Photography in Pictures {Raleigh NC Newborn Photography} https://www.ericacourtinephotography.com/blog/2016/1/sweet-baby-girl-raleigh-nc-newborn-baby-photography I've gotten a little behind with blogging about recent photography sessions.  The fall is always my busiest time of year.  I get so caught up in photography sessions and getting my clients their portraits quickly that it doesn't leave much time for blog it.  I can't believe that it's already January.  2015 was such a great year.  I have had my photography business for a little over 3 years and I am still so surprised when I think about how much growth I've seen over time.  What I really have enjoyed over the past year has been working on finding a style of photography that I love and that families can enjoy and appreciate.  In this industry, where there are many photographers to choose from, it can be a challenge to discover how I stand out.  I love to receive emails from expecting moms saying that they love newborn portraits that are natural, soft, neutral.  They tell me how they found my website and think I'm a perfect fit.  It feels good when families see the same things in my style that I do. 

What is your style of photography?  When you think of portraits for your family, do you love neutral colors?  Soft, earth tone colors?  Few props and more of a focus on your children?  If so, we probably share a vision.  Maybe this newborn session of a one week old baby girl will show what I mean by neutral and soft colors.  

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I love cream.  By far, my favorite color to put against a newborn baby is any shade of white.  It's soft, it's pure, it's timeless, and it allows all the tiny details of your brand new baby to be emphasized.  Look at her tiny fingernails and those cute little lips.  I have a wide assortment of props that I use (you don't have to provide a thing).  Not only do I love fabrics and blankets that are white, but notice the soft, delicate and pretty texture of this knit blanket.  It's not distracting but adds interest.  I love texture in photography, but only as long as it's not distracting.   newborn props baby photographer raleigh cary apex holly springs ncnewborn props baby photographer raleigh cary apex holly springs ncnewborn props baby photographer raleigh cary apex holly springs nc

I am also very particular when it comes to little headbands for baby girls.  What parent doesn't love collecting baby headbands?  You are welcome to have some ready for your session (I often use a baby's own headbands for her session), but you don't need to if you don't want to.  I have a whole collection.  I like headbands that are earthy, soft, and small.  Did I mention that almost every headband you'll see in my photographs is made by me?  I'll be writing another blog post just about my obsession with creating baby props.   I also knitted the pink mohair blanket that is wrapped around her.  I'm a girl of many hobbies, as you can see.  

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I'm also a firm believer in getting lots of shots without headbands or hats.  Some of my favorite newborn portraits are those where you cannot tell whether the baby is a boy or girl.  I believe that every single baby is beautiful.  There will be plenty of time to break out the tutus, sports jerseys, bright pink, and bright blue.  Enjoy the first few days of your baby's life and celebrate their beautiful details.  I love how this little baby has a swirl in her hairline.  Can you find it?  My oldest son has the same thing in his hair, and I think it's so cute.  It is details like this that you will want to capture in your newborn portraits so you can look back one day and admire your sweet baby. 

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It's so much fun to pose little babies into adorable positions that show off their cute little features, but nothing beats capturing a little bit of a baby's personality.  This little girl loves to sleep with her arms up. 

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The more babies I photograph, the more I discover that I really love monochromatic props.  This portrait, for example, features purple on purple.  I like to have multiple fabrics or props of the same color, varying in hue.  I believe that it brings focus to the baby while still including pretty, soft colors. 

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Peach is one of my favorite colors and this baby girl is laying on some soft peach wool batting.  It brings such pretty texture to newborn portraits.  It is as soft as a cloud, and babies adore snuggling up to it.  

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Another example of a homemade headband, soft textures, and monochromatic color palettes.  I love putting together combinations of fabrics, backdrops, headbands, hats, and other little props for your newborn portrait session.  But I also love receiving input from my clients.  I always ask families if there are colors that they especially love or ones they'd rather not include.  Sometimes, it's nice to coordinate a few portraits with the baby nursery.  By far, the most common answer I get when I ask about color choices is a preference for neutral colors...white, cream, gray, beige, oatmeal, taupe, brown, etc.  Some colors can be tricky to use with newborns because their skin tones vary so much.  Some babies are slightly yellow from being jaundice.  Others are very red or even purple, but neutral tones always seem to look beautiful next to a brand new baby.  

If you are expecting a little baby in your family soon, I would love to create beautiful newborn portraits for you.  Email me at erica@ericacourtinephotography.com and I would be happy to send you more information.  

 

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Outdoor Newborn Photography- A Summer Evening At Bond Park {Raleigh Cary Newborn Photographer} https://www.ericacourtinephotography.com/blog/2016/1/outdoor-newborn-photography-a-summer-evening-at-bond-park Fred G. Bond Metro Park in Cary, NC is one of my favorite locations for family portraits, especially in the fall.  I'm not sure why, but the fall color in this park always seems exceptional.  This park is a little tough to use for photography because it's so well loved by the local residents that it is almost always busy.  On a warm summer evening, doing a newborn photography session outside is such a treat.  As you can see, this little one week old was so comfortable and happy in nature.  

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He is so context curled up in a basket among the grass.  This baby boy barely made a peep.  

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Bond Park has a beautiful lake that makes a very nice backdrop for photography.  It also has wooded areas that are so pretty.  The sun setting in the evening created some soft, beautiful light.  

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This baby boy was even happy to curl up and nap on a log.  We had plenty of blankets under him to make it soft and comfortable. 

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If you are interested in a unique type of newborn portraits, I conduct outdoor newborn portrait sessions during the warm months, typically from April through October.  I serve Raleigh, Cary, Apex, Holly Springs, Fuquay Varina, and surrounding areas.  If you would like more information on newborn portraits, please email me at erica@ericacourtinephotography.com

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(Erica Courtine Photography) baby cary family fuquay varina holly springs natural nature organic photographer photography portraits raleigh unique https://www.ericacourtinephotography.com/blog/2016/1/outdoor-newborn-photography-a-summer-evening-at-bond-park Tue, 12 Jan 2016 20:26:47 GMT
Softproofing: What is it and what does it mean to you? https://www.ericacourtinephotography.com/blog/2016/1/softproofing-raleigh-cary-holly-springs-fuquay-varina-newborn-photographer As a photographer and business owner, I am constantly trying to find way to provide better service to my clients.  This seems to be my theme for the year for all the goals I have for my business.  My clients are very important to me and I try to treat them how I would want to be treated.  This takes hard work and requires me to have the perspective that there is always room for growth.  One change that I am making to how I run my business is that I am going to start implementing something called "softproofing."  

What is softproofing?  

Softproofing is simply the idea of showing you, the client, your photos from  your session before they are fully edited.  

In the past, when you had a photography session with me, you had to wait until about 2 weeks after your session before you got to see your photos.  I would take those 2 weeks to edit the best 25 images from your session and upload them into an online gallery.  From there, you had one week to view the proofs in the gallery and choose your package.  After that week, I ordered your prints, got your digital files on a USB, and delivered them to you.  If you were a newborn portrait client, I also designed your birth announcements and had them printed during that time.  By the time all of the editing, birth announcement designing, printing, and delivery were finished, sometimes the baby was well over a month old before the parents received birth announcements.  For the family sessions I do in the fall, time is also critical because of Christmas cards and gifts.  

With softproofing, I come home from your session, narrow down all of the photos to the best 25 and make about half of the adjustments to them that are needed.  I can do this part of the editing quickly because I try to get my photos as close to perfect right out of the camera when it comes to things like exposure and white balance.  The adjustments I need to make are usually minor and can be done on several photos at a time, speeding up the process.  A few days after your session, I am able to send you your "soft proofs," the photos from your session in their semi-edited form.  

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Above:  This photo is an example of a soft proof.  I tried to find a photo that needs a lot more work in Photoshop.  Most photos don't have such obvious issues to be fixed.  Notice the distracting edge of the blanket in the top right and the wrinkles in the blanket.  But if you can look past those parts of the photo, you can see the adorable little baby.  Other than the wrinkles and top right corner, this photo will not look substantially different when it is fully edited.  

What does this mean to you?

Because you will be seeing your photos before the editing is finished, you will get to see them much sooner, but you will also have to overlook aspects of your photos that will be fixed after you choose your package.  On newborn babies, this could mean that their skin still has little scratches or rashes that haven't yet been removed.  It may mean that you see a wrinkle in a blanket that shouldn't be there.  With softproofing, you need to be able to see past these details and look at your beautiful new baby to decide if it's a photo that you'd like to include in your package.  Once you receive your gallery of soft proofs, you have one week to choose your package, just like before.  Once you let me know which package you'd like, I then can focus on editing your images completely.  Also, I will always edit a few photos to show you with your soft proofs.  That way, you can see what to expect when the photos are finished.  

What does this mean to me?

Softproofing allows me to work smarter, not harder.  Most clients end up choosing every image in their gallery (Collection III is the most popular, by far), but occasionally a client only needs a smaller package.  Instead of spending 2 weeks editing all the photos for that client, I can wait and edit only the ones they choose.  By doing this, you don't have to wait as long for your photos and I can spend more time on other aspects of my customer service, like getting ahead with designing your birth announcements or Christmas cards.  

If you have any questions about softproofing, please send me an email at erica@ericacourtinephotography.com.  I'm happy to answer any questions you have!

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(Erica Courtine Photography) baby cary family fuquay varina holly springs newborn photographer photography portraits raleigh https://www.ericacourtinephotography.com/blog/2016/1/softproofing-raleigh-cary-holly-springs-fuquay-varina-newborn-photographer Tue, 12 Jan 2016 20:08:43 GMT
{Apex NC Fall Family Photographer} Downtown Apex and Seagroves Farm Park https://www.ericacourtinephotography.com/blog/2016/8/-apex-nc-fall-family-photographer-downtown-apex-and-seagroves-farm-park Fall is my favorite time of year for family portraits.  The weather is cooling off and the leaves are so pretty.  One of my favorite locations that I've mentioned before in a past article, "Raleigh's Best Places for Family Portraits," is downtown Apex and Seagroves Farm Park.  These two locations are so close to each other that I usually pair them up and use both during a single photography session.  The Raleigh area has so much to offer during the fall season, but this pairing is unique for a few reasons.  Downtown Apex offers a different feel, with it's tree lined streets, cute shops, and assortment of architecture.  Tucked behind the fire department is a parked trolley, a fun spot to use with kids.  Seagroves Farm Park is just up the street and has a beautiful little pond, pretty wooden bridges, and unique paths and grassy fields.  It's a small park, but I've found plenty of variety there.  And it's so convenient to my clients who live in Apex.  

This session took place on a chilly morning during the peak of the leaf season.  Just look at how vibrant the colors of the leaves are.  If you would like a family session during the peak of the leaves, I have this down to a science and can tell you the best week to book your session.  

A fall family portrait session featuring downtown Apex, NC, by Erica Courtine Photography. A fall family portrait session featuring downtown Apex, NC, by Erica Courtine Photography. A fall family portrait session featuring downtown Apex, NC, by Erica Courtine Photography.

A fall family portrait session featuring downtown Apex, NC, by Erica Courtine Photography. A fall family portrait session featuring downtown Apex, NC, by Erica Courtine Photography. A fall family portrait session featuring downtown Apex, NC, by Erica Courtine Photography.

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Seagroves Farm Park outside of Raleigh, NC, has a pretty wooden bridge, perfect for family pictures in the fall. Seagroves Farm Park outside of Raleigh, NC, has a pretty wooden bridge, perfect for family pictures in the fall. Seagroves Farm Park outside of Raleigh, NC, has a pretty wooden bridge, perfect for family pictures in the fall.

Even though it was cold that morning, we still had so much fun.  This adorable little boy was nicely bundled up and had on a cute fuzzy hat to keep his head warm.  After it warmed up a tad we were able to take it off for just a few pictures.  I loved his red hair!

Seagroves Farm Park outside of Raleigh, NC, has a pretty wooden bridge, perfect for family pictures in the fall. Seagroves Farm Park outside of Raleigh, NC, has a pretty wooden bridge, perfect for family pictures in the fall. Seagroves Farm Park outside of Raleigh, NC, has a pretty wooden bridge, perfect for family pictures in the fall.

A little boy on a stump at Seagroves Farm Park in Apex, NC, during a family photo session.A little boy on a stump at Seagroves Farm Park in Apex, NC, during a family photo session.A little boy on a stump at Seagroves Farm Park in Apex, NC, during a family photo session.

A family at Seagroves Farm Park in Apex, NC, during a family photo session.A family at Seagroves Farm Park in Apex, NC, during a family photo session.A family at Seagroves Farm Park in Apex, NC, during a family photo session.

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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'd be happy to advise you on location, the best time of day for your session, and even outfit choices.  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.  

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(Erica Courtine Photography) apex autumn fall family nc photographer raleigh seagroves https://www.ericacourtinephotography.com/blog/2016/8/-apex-nc-fall-family-photographer-downtown-apex-and-seagroves-farm-park Fri, 27 Nov 2015 20:00:00 GMT
Raleigh NC Fall Mini-sessions at Oak View County Park https://www.ericacourtinephotography.com/blog/2016/7/raleigh-nc-fall-mini-sessions-at-oak-view-county-park I don't hid the face that Historic Oak View County Park is my absolute favorite location for fall family portraits.  Just outside of Raleigh, this park is an old farmstead.  It features old barnes, fields, groves of pecan trees, rustic fences, and even a muscadine vineyard.  I love finding my own beautiful spots at park, little nooks to make my portraits unique, since many other photographers use this park too.  If you'd like to witness a little bit of Raleigh's history, come visit this amazing park, or better yet, book a fall family portrait session here.  

The weather was beautiful this afternoon with a perfect temperature for fall family portraits.   

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Fall is my favorite time of year for family portraits.  The weather is so pretty and the leaves changing colors make such an impact.  My mini-sessions are all-inclusive.  This year's mini-session package included 10 images in digital form, 25 holiday cards printed on durable thick cardstock, 2 5x7" prints, and 2 vintage style wooden frames to give as gifts.  I even packaged up the framed prints so that they were ready to give as gifts.  I wanted to create a mini-session package that would help alleviate a little of the craziness of the holidays by helping with cards and gifts.  

Fall mini-sessions typically open up for booking at the end of August and are made available first to past clients and email subscribers.  Very few, if any spots, are usually left for non email subscribers.  If you'd like to get on the email list so you can be one of the first to book, click here.  I promise I don't spam my subscribers.  You'll hear from me once a month, maybe twice if there's a great special that I need to tell you about (such as specials for booking full sessions), and you can unsubscribe at any time.  I'd love to see you and your family this fall.  

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(Erica Courtine Photography) fall family mini-sessions oak view, raleigh https://www.ericacourtinephotography.com/blog/2016/7/raleigh-nc-fall-mini-sessions-at-oak-view-county-park Fri, 27 Nov 2015 15:45:00 GMT
{Holly Springs Newborn Photographer} Halloween Baby Boy https://www.ericacourtinephotography.com/blog/2016/7/-holly-springs-newborn-photographer-halloween-baby-boy Fall is my absolute favorite season, and I had such a fun time incorporating fall and Halloween colors into this baby boy's newborn portrait session.  I do all of my newborn sessions at my clients' homes, which makes it nice for families because they don't need to pack up and go to a studio.  I'm actually hoping to have a studio in the next year or two, but even when I do, I will always offer the option to have your session in your own home.  I was lucky to not only photograph this baby boy, but his big sister was home too and got to post in some beautiful sibling portraits.  She was such a good helper too!  She helped me during the posed portion and helped hold blankets, move props, etc.  She was so fun to have around.  Before my life as a photographer, I used to be a teacher, so I really enjoy being around kids that age.   

This little guy was born on Halloween, so we had to use some fun Halloween colors and props.  He slept so well that we were even able to take him outside for a few shots.  I adore everything about fall and we had so much fun incorporating pumpkins, Halloween costumes, shades of yellow, red, and orange.  

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I get to see some really amazing nurseries while I photograph newborn babies, but this little guy's nursery was so beautiful and unique.  I loved the theme and colors they used. 

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Baby boy  during fall newborn photography session in holly springs nc.Baby boy during fall newborn photography session in holly springs nc.Baby boy during fall newborn photography session in holly springs nc. This might be my favorite.  Babies love to be curled up, and it's so sweet how he has his little hand up by his face.  He slept during the entire session.  He was so easy to work with.  

Baby boy posing during newborn photography session in holly springs, outside of raleigh nc.Baby boy posing during newborn photography session in holly springs, outside of raleigh nc.Baby boy posing during newborn photography session in holly springs, outside of raleigh nc. Dark yellow is another favorite color to use in the fall.  He looks so peaceful sleeping in the woods. 

A baby poses in the woods with a pumpkin during his newborn portrait session outside of raleigh nc.A baby poses in the woods with a pumpkin during his newborn portrait session outside of raleigh nc.A baby poses in the woods with a pumpkin during his newborn portrait session outside of raleigh nc. If you are interested in booking a newborn photography session for your baby, I would love to hear from you.  You can get in touch with my by clicking here and sending me a message.  I book indoor newborn sessions throughout the year and outdoor sessions can be done usually from April through September, and even sometimes in October and November.  I conduct all newborn sessions in-home, so I bring everything to you.  There's no need to travel to a studio.  Interested in pricing?  Click here to get details on how sessions are priced.  

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(Erica Courtine Photography) fuquay varina holly springs newborn outdoor photographer photography portraits raleigh wortham https://www.ericacourtinephotography.com/blog/2016/7/-holly-springs-newborn-photographer-halloween-baby-boy Thu, 26 Nov 2015 13:00:00 GMT
Digital Photography Basics for Moms https://www.ericacourtinephotography.com/blog/2015/9/digital-photography-basics-for-moms-raleigh-nc-photographer photography workshop for moms raleigh nc family photographerphotography workshop for moms raleigh nc family photographerphotography workshop for moms raleigh nc family photographer

Our children grow up so quickly.  If you're like me, you want to capture every moment of their lives.  Whether it's falling asleep on the couch with a sibling, playing their very first soccer game, or just catching them in all their cuteness, we want to freeze time and record the moments that melt our heart.  If you purchased a D-SLR camera with the hope that it would help you take better pictures of your children but you're overwhelmed with all the buttons, features, and functions, this workshop is for you.  

In this small group workshop, you and a handful of other moms will join together with our cameras to learn the basics of digital photography.  Maybe you've always used the auto mode and would like to branch out.  Maybe you are frustrated by your photos turning our blurring.  Or maybe you'd just like some hands-on practice.  During this workshop, we'll tackle these topics and others in a friendly, safe, and fun environment in terms that you can understand:

-What do all these buttons do?  Learn about a few of the helpful modes and settings on  your camera

-Shopping for equipment- What to look for in cameras, lenses, and other gear so that you can take good photos of your kids and have fun.

-Troubleshooting- Why, oh why, are all my photos blurry?

-The basics of exposure- Learning just enough for you to improve your pictures without your head spinning from the technical terms

-Photographing children- tips on posing, angles, and getting them to cooperate

-Hands-on practice- an ample portion of the workshop at the end will be used to practice taking photos in natural light. 

 

This workshop is for beginners.  It is highly recommended that you own a D-SLR camera first (even if you bring it still in its box!).  Bring your camera and some empty cards so that you can practice.  This workshop will focus on using natural light.  We will not discuss using flashes or other external lighting.  The maximum number of participants allowed will be 5 so that we can all ask plenty of questions and get enough hands-on practice.  

Details of this workshop:

Date:  Saturday October 10, 2015 9:30 AM-12:30 PM

Location:  Holly Springs Cultural Arts Center.  Room number TBA.

Price:  $50 per person

Tickets Available:  5 participants, in order to keep a small group environment

 

If you'd like to attend the workshop and reserve your spot, you may purchase your ticket through Paypal here.  Still have questions?  I'm glad to answer them.  My email address is erica@ericacourtinephotography.com

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(Erica Courtine Photography) cary family fuquay varina holly springs lessons moms photographer photography portraits raleigh workshop https://www.ericacourtinephotography.com/blog/2015/9/digital-photography-basics-for-moms-raleigh-nc-photographer Wed, 16 Sep 2015 01:37:02 GMT
A Warm Summer Evening Maternity Session {Cary NC Maternity Photographer https://www.ericacourtinephotography.com/blog/2015/8/a-warm-summer-evening-maternity-session-cary-nc-maternity-photographer I'd like to take a moment to say just how thankful I am for my clients.  When I started my newborn and family photography business almost 3 years ago, I read over and over again how likely I was to fail.  I still wanted to give it a try.  I'm glad I did.  I get to meet the nicest people, like this sweet couple and I get to see their lives change as they prepare for and finally meet their first baby.  Not only that, but I absolutely love being outdoors, so spending a summer evening, with the warm glow of the setting sun, walking around a park doing a maternity session is about as good as it gets.  I really do have a dream job.  This maternity session was done at Sugg Farm in Holly Springs, NC.  It is a beautiful park that resembles an old farmstead.  

The old fencing, the rusty gates, old shady trees, and lush meadow were such treats for our time at the park.  This mom and dad are big fans of UNC, and when you see their newborn portraits, you'll see how we incorporated pale blue into that session too.  

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I just love this grassy meadow.  It's a beautiful spot for any kind of portrait.  I wish I had had the time to go back to that spot with my own children and family.  I've been shooting at this park for about 2 years and from what I can tell, this grass is pretty much only here for about 1-2 months of the year.  I supposed it's harvested for hay, but it sure has a pretty texture to it while it grows.   maternity portraits in a grassy meadow at sugg farm in holly springs.  holly springs maternity and newborn photographermaternity portraits in a grassy meadow at sugg farm in holly springs. holly springs maternity and newborn photographermaternity portraits in a grassy meadow at sugg farm in holly springs. holly springs maternity and newborn photographer maternity portraits in a grassy meadow at sugg farm in holly springs.  holly springs maternity and newborn photographermaternity portraits in a grassy meadow at sugg farm in holly springs. holly springs maternity and newborn photographermaternity portraits in a grassy meadow at sugg farm in holly springs. holly springs maternity and newborn photographer

After we got everything we wanted at Sugg Farm, we took a trip down the road just a bit to Bass Lake Park.  The two parks actually back up to each other, but I still haven't found a quick way to walk from one park to the other.  There is a beautiful trail connecting them, but it would just involve too much walking and take up too much time.  Bass Lake features a gorgeous lake, with docks, decks, beaches, and paths.  The sun setting over the lake created a dreamy look to the maternity portraits.   a maternity portrait session at bass lake park in holly springs nc.  erica courtine photographya maternity portrait session at bass lake park in holly springs nc. erica courtine photographya maternity portrait session at bass lake park in holly springs nc. erica courtine photography a maternity portrait session at bass lake park in holly springs nc.  erica courtine photographya maternity portrait session at bass lake park in holly springs nc. erica courtine photographya maternity portrait session at bass lake park in holly springs nc. erica courtine photography The weeks leading up to the arrival of your baby are such a special time.  I don't think I fully understood it until I started doing maternity portraits for my clients.  I look back at the images from the session and you can see the love and anticipation in the couples' faces.  Some day, they will look back and remember just how exciting it was getting ready for that first child.

If you are expecting and you are interested in documenting your pregnancy with maternity portraits, I would love to help you with a maternity photography session.  I serve Raleigh, Cary, Apex, Holly Springs, and Fuquay Varina, and surrounding areas.  For more information, visit my website at www.ericacourtinephotography.com or email me at erica@ericacourtinephotography.com

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(Erica Courtine Photography) apex cary family fuquay varina holly springs maternity newborn photographer photography photos portraits pregnancy raleigh https://www.ericacourtinephotography.com/blog/2015/8/a-warm-summer-evening-maternity-session-cary-nc-maternity-photographer Mon, 17 Aug 2015 19:34:16 GMT
Raleigh's Best Places for Family Portraits- Part 2 {Raleigh Family Photographer} https://www.ericacourtinephotography.com/blog/2015/7/raleighs-best-places-family-portraits--raleigh-cary-apex-family-photographer Back in 2013, I wrote this blog post about my favorite locations for family portraits.  After almost three years in business, I wanted to give an update on this list, adding to it, and giving a little more information about each location.  One of the first questions I get asked by families is "where should we have our family portraits done?"  We are blessed to have such a wide variety of locations in the Raleigh area.  We have urban backdrops, small towns, farms, historic buildings, gardens, woods, and everything in between.  Whether you are centrally located in Raleigh or live out in Holly Springs or Fuquay Varina, there is something for every style.  I live in Fuquay Varina and do most of my sessions in the central, southern, and western parts of Wake County, so you will not see locations on my list in northern Wake County.  Not only do I want to let you in on some great ideas for locations, but I'll share with you what times of year these locations have the most to offer.  I should add that I do have a handful of locations that I won't put on this list.  Every photographer has to keep a few secrets, but I do know of a few "off the beaten path" locations that I share with only my clients.  

And here they are, my favorite locations in the Raleigh area.  

Central Raleigh Area:

1.  Historic Oak View County Park

This beautiful park is like taking a step back in time.  The buildings on the property are old and white washed.  I love the stone walls, brick paths, and old fencing.  A grove of pecan trees is such a romantic setting.  

Best time of year to go:  I love this location year round.  Winter, spring, summer, or fall, it's always amazing.  I think it's an exceptional fall location because of some of the bright yellow maple trees and the cotton field with its bright white cotton balls.  

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2.  JC Raulston Arboretum

This beautiful garden is part of NC State and is like a little paradise.  It contains an enormous variety of trees and flowers, as well as pretty gazebos, stone walkways, fountains, and sculptures.  As beautiful as this garden is, it's important to note that the purpose of the garden is to educate the public about different species of plants.  We are not allowed to walk through the garden beds, climb the trees, or pick any of the plants.  

Best time of year to go:  This is probably my favorite place to do sessions in the winter.  Because of all the evergreen trees there and architectural features, it remains just as pretty when the leaves fall off the trees.  I've even been in the garden for a session with snow on the ground.  I also love this park in the spring, however, when there are many varieties of flowers in bloom.  

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Another beautiful garden, the WRAL Azalea Gardens are also located close to NC State.  There is 3/4 of an acre of nothing but azalea blooms.  It's a small park, but it's an excellent little location.  I believe this location is best if you are interested in a session for a baby or child.  

Best time of year to go:  The azaleas are typically in bloom from about mid-April through the end of April or early May.  Aside from the gorgeous azaleas, there isn't a whole lot there, so I recommend this as only a spring location.

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4.  Lake Benson

This park features wide open spaces, large fields, woodsy trails, and a beautiful lake.  You'll find old wooden fences, beautiful trees, and a fun playground to play on after your session.  

Best time of year to go:  Lake Benson has many pretty features, such as the fields and lake, that don't rely on foliage, making it a nice location for winter sessions.  There are no flowers at Lake Benson, so it may not be the best location for spring or summer.  

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5.  White Deer Park

White Deer Park is located almost right across the street from Lake Benson, so it is very feasible to use both locations during your family portrait session.  White Deer Park has a playground made from natural materials, like wood, rock, and plants.  This makes it a really interesting backdrop for a child's session.  It also has flowers, a covered deck, and paths.  

Best time of year to go:  White Deer Park is a fairly woodsy park and would make a great location for fall portraits and summer and spring portraits.  

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6.  Historic Yates Mill County Park

Yates Mill is undoubtedly a beautiful park and location for family portraits.  I've done many sessions here and love visiting the park throughout the year with my own family.  There are several beautiful features, such as the mill and bridge, that all photographers use.  I have also found a few additional spots that are more off the beaten track.  If you are willing to walk a little bit, this park has so much to offer.

Best time of year to go:  I should say that there is really only a bad time of year to go and that is the fall.  I rarely go to Yates Mill in the fall anymore.  If I do, it has to be on a weekday and not during the peak of the leaf season.  Honestly, this park has become so popular in recent years for fall family portraits, that I feel that I'm not giving my clients a unique experience when I go there.  Not only that, but it is so crowded that it becomes unpleasant sometimes for my clients to have to work around so many families.  I want my clients to have the very best experience possible, and because of this, I discourage using this location in the fall.  My favorite time to go to Yates Mill is the spring and summer.  The lake is very pretty and there are several areas of flowers.  

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Cary/ Apex Area

7.  Fred G. Bond Metro Park

This park is a well kept secret.  It's a wonderful park to simply visit with children.  I used to live very close to this park years ago and visited it almost daily.  It holds a special place in my heart.  If you are looking for a park in Cary with natural beauty, this park is a great location.  It features wooded paths, a pretty lake, trails, and fields.  

Best time of year to go:  I love Bond Park any time of year.  It may not be a great choice for a winter session because its beauty relies on natural features.  My absolute favorite time of year to visit is the fall.  The fall foliage here is exceptional.  There is a wide variety of trees that create a wonderful range of colors.  

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8.  North Cary Park

Another beautiful park in northern Cary, I rarely visit this park anymore because it is so far from my home in southern Wake County.  I am willing to travel to this park, however, and have done several sessions here.  My favorite features of this park are the large grass field, the majestic oak trees scattered in the field, and a bridge that goes over a stream.  There is a small travel fee for sessions at North Cary Park. 

Best time of year to go:  I love going to North Cary Park in the fall because the leaves change so beautifully there.  It is a very woodsy park and it's just stunning in October and November.  I also believe it's a nice spring and summer location because of all the shade.  

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9.  Downtown Apex

If you like the idea of having a more urban feel to your portraits, downtown Apex is the perfect location.  The buildings that line the streets have interesting and colorful features.  In the heart of downtown is a parked train caboose that is a lot of fun for children to climb on.  There are also brick walls that make for an interesting backdrop. 

Best time of year to go:   Downtown Apex is a very nice location year round.  Urban settings like this are a nice choice when the weather is cold and there are no leaves on the trees.  

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Seagroves Farm Park is a little park just a few minutes from downtown Apex.  I typically allow families to choose this location and downtown Apex in the same session because they are so close together.  Seagroves Farm Park is a sweet little spot for family portraits because of its old barns, large trees, pond, and neat little bridges. 

Best time of year to go:  My favorite time of year to visit this park is the fall.  It's fairly woodsy and the pond looks gorgeous with the colorful leaves reflecting into it.  

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Holly springs/ Fuquay Varina

11.  Sugg Farm

Sugg Farm is a pretty location in Holly Springs that features old farm fencing, wide open fields, and old trees.  This used to be a favorite location of mine, however I may need to stop doing locations there because some of the prettiest parts of the park are being ruined by subdivisions.  Instead of seeing beautiful trees, eventually we will be looking at the backs of houses.  In the meantime, I still do sessions there and there are a few hidden parts of the park that are still amazing for photographing families.  

Best time of year to go:  My favorite times of year to visit Sugg Farm are in the summer and fall.  The fall color is very pretty and the green fields are so lush and pretty.  Sometimes, they let the grass grow long and the park has a meadow that creates a very pretty texture for portraits.

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Bass Lake is a lesser known site for photography sessions, but it has a lot to offer.  The park features a beautiful lake, woodsy trails, decks overlooking water, paths, and a new flower garden. 

Best time of year to go:  

I love visiting Bass Lake in spring, summer, and fall.  In the fall, the foliage of the trees reflects off the lake and looks so pretty.  The woodsy trails become filled with color.  In the summer, this is an ideal location because there is plenty of shade and an air conditioned building to escape heat.  The flower garden is beautiful, but not large.  It is perfect for children's portraits.  

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Being a photographer for families around the triangle is such a privilege.  I enjoy serving all families and helping them find the perfect, unique location to match their style.  If you have any questions about these locations, please ask.  As I said previously, I didn't list ALL my favorites here.  I have to keep a few secret so I can offer a style of family portraits that is unique and fresh.  If you need a photographer for your next family portrait session, I would love to help you.  I can be reached at erica@ericacourtinephotography.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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(Erica Courtine Photography) apex cary fall family fuquay varina garner holly springs photographer photography portraits raleigh session https://www.ericacourtinephotography.com/blog/2015/7/raleighs-best-places-family-portraits--raleigh-cary-apex-family-photographer Tue, 21 Jul 2015 01:01:36 GMT
2015 Back to School Mini-sessions {Raleigh NC Family Photographer} https://www.ericacourtinephotography.com/blog/2015/6/2015-back-to-school-mini-sessions-raleigh-nc-family-photographer

I am so excited to announce this year's Back to School mini-session event.  It's been a few years since I offered these, but felt that it would be fun to bring them back.  My oldest son is starting kindergarten in July and I am so excited for his new journey into elementary school.  He seems too little to be going to school, yet is so ready to learn.  I know it's going to be a year of amazing growth.  I know many other moms see the school experience the same way.  I hope you'll join me this summer to mark this special occasion.  

These mini-sessions are for children only, ages 2 and up (preschool age and older).  Each mini-session fee is for one child.  Additional siblings are $10 each, with a maximum of 3 children per mini-session.  Adding siblings will not increase the length of your time slot, nor necessarily give you more proofs.  If you are concerned that 15 minutes isn't enough time for all of your children, you are welcome to book multiple time slots.  

The mini-sessions will be held on Sunday July 12th and Sunday August 30th, catering to families on both the year-round and traditional school schedules.  

The Back to School mini-sessions will feature simple props, such as an antique desk, books, and chalkboards.  Please feel free to bring a favorite book, your child's backpack, or anything else you'd like to add as a prop to help your family remember this time. 

Here are the details of the mini-sessions: 

-Mini-sessions are $75 for one child (add $10 for siblings, with a maximum of 3 children per session) and include the following:

-A 15 minute session at a set location (will most likely be Sugg Farm in Holly Springs)

-A private online gallery of 8-10 edited proofs

-3 high resolution digital files, chosen from your 8-10 proofs, available for download.  Additional images may be purchased for $25 each or the entire gallery for $100.  

-A print release to allow you to make prints

-Ability to purchase professional quality prints and canvases

Mini-sessions are booked on a first paid, first booked basis.  In order to make the process of booking mini-sessions easy, I am giving clients the ability to select and pay for their mini-session directly through my website.

New to mini-sessions?  Here's how it works:

1.  Mini-sessions only take place at the designated location and dates.  Select the date and time that you'd prefer and pay for your session.  Only available time slots will show in the menu.  Time slots that do not show up have already been booked.

2.  Once your mini-session is selected and paid, I will email you the session agreement for you to read and sign electronically.  We will also discuss ages of your children participating, tips on what to wear, and answer any questions that you have.

3.  Two days before the session, I will send you an email reminding you of your mini-session date and time.  Mini-sessions must start and end on time.  If you arrive late, it will shorten your child's session.  Remember, mini-sessions are only 15 minutes to begin with, so being on time is important.  It is recommended that you arrive a few minutes early to make sure that your child is ready.  

4.  On the date of the session, we will meet, have a fun time taking pictures of your child, and enjoy the warm summer evening.  If it is raining on the date of your mini-session, I will call you in the afternoon and let you know that we need to cancel the mini-sessions.  We will then find a time to reschedule.

Book a Back to School Mini-session:

Sunday July 12, 2015 (Perfect for year-round students)

Sunday July 12, 2015
 

 

Sunday August 30, 2015 (Perfect for students on traditional schedule)

Sunday August 30, 2015

 

 

 
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(Erica Courtine Photography) apex cary fuquay varina holly springs mini photographer portraits raleigh school sessions https://www.ericacourtinephotography.com/blog/2015/6/2015-back-to-school-mini-sessions-raleigh-nc-family-photographer Thu, 11 Jun 2015 15:04:51 GMT
{Raleigh Baby Photography} A Morning at Raulston Arboretum https://www.ericacourtinephotography.com/blog/2016/4/-raleigh-baby-photography-a-morning-at-raulston-arboretum I met this baby girl and her family at Raulston Arboretum in Raleigh for her 6 month milestone session.  Aside from newborn babies, I think this age is my favorite.  Babies are learning to sit up, which is adorable, but they are so easy to work with because they are usually very happy and smiley.  This little cutie was no exception.  She loved exploring the garden.  

Raulston Arboretum is one of my favorite locations.  This large garden has so much interest...from beautiful blooming plants, grassy fields, arbors, stone walls and paths, to fountains and ponds.  It's a location that I love bringing all kinds of clients to:  families, expecting mothers, babies, and couples.  It's beautiful year round, too.  Many times, I can go in the winter and still find beautiful green or even blooming plants.  

Anyway, back to this adorable baby and her sparkling blue eyes.  Take a look at some of my favorites from that morning.  She had such cute outfits, too!

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I love this part of the garden shown below because there are stone pillars, walls, and a path and there is so much greenery.  The plants growing here are so lush and beautiful, almost like you are in a jungle and not in Raleigh, NC.

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Babies this age are more interested in their surroundings than a camera.  Most will try to pick up things off the ground and put them in their mouths.  There are so many fun things to explore for this baby girl.  

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(Erica Courtine Photography) cary fuquay varina holly springs photographer photography portraits raleigh raulston https://www.ericacourtinephotography.com/blog/2016/4/-raleigh-baby-photography-a-morning-at-raulston-arboretum Wed, 10 Jun 2015 17:15:00 GMT
Spring Newborn Session on the Farm {Raleigh NC Newborn Photographer} https://www.ericacourtinephotography.com/blog/2015/6/spring-newborn-session-on-the-farm-raleigh-nc-newborn-photographer I met this family for the first time this winter when we did their maternity session on the family farm outside of Raleigh, NC.  We were lucky to get a break in the cold weather that day.  The dad had the coolest Farmall antique tractor.  It was so much fun to use during the maternity session that we decided to use it again with their little boy's newborn session.  

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I absolutely love taking newborn portraits outdoors when the weather allows.  The weather on the morning of the newborn session was beautiful, but a little cool.  The texture of the cover crop and the trees on the edge of the farm created really beautiful images of this little guy.  The red of the tractor really pops and I love that this will match his red tractor themed nursery perfectly.  

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I love using gray during newborn sessions because it is such a soft, neutral color.  I wanted to make sure we incorporated some gray in this session to match some of the gray decor in the nursery.  This light cream color, however, is also one of my favorites.  This sweet baby boy was such an easy little guy to photograph.  The poor guy took a while to fall asleep, but once he did, he was so comfortable during the rest of his portrait session.  I love how the sunlight from the window hits his little facial features.  

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If you'd like information on photography sessions, please visit my website at www.ericacourtinephotography.com.

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(Erica Courtine Photography) cary family fuquay varina holly springs maternity natural newborn outdoor photographer photography portraits raleigh unique https://www.ericacourtinephotography.com/blog/2015/6/spring-newborn-session-on-the-farm-raleigh-nc-newborn-photographer Thu, 04 Jun 2015 19:48:14 GMT
Baby Boy {Apex NC Newborn Photographer} https://www.ericacourtinephotography.com/blog/2015/5/baby-boy-apex-nc-newborn-photographer April brought a surge of newborn baby boys that kept me busy right up until my trip to Belize.  This little guy was so sweet and cuddly when I met him at his home outside of Raleigh, in Apex.  He tried to put up a good fight against sleeping, but he quickly wore himself out.  He was such a pleasure to meet and photograph.  He also had one of the coolest nurseries I've ever seen.  It was modern, rustic, and a really neat room for a little boy to grow up in.  

I had to laugh when I saw these first images from the beginning of the session.  Most of my newborn sessions start with a baby who claims that he doesn't want to fall asleep.  This doesn't worry me at all.  Newborn babies have their own rules and will do whatever they please.  My job as a photographer involves a lot of patience and I love it.  I could probably create a collage like this of babies with these same expressions from many of my sessions.  

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Normally, I keep my editing very simple and natural.  With the image below, though, I kept wondering what it would look like had he been on a solid black background.  With a little editing fun, I was able to create a very different look.  Which one do you prefer? newborn baby boy photographer serving raleigh cary holly springs apex ncnewborn baby boy photographer serving raleigh cary holly springs apex ncnewborn baby boy photographer serving raleigh cary holly springs apex nc newborn baby boy photographer serving raleigh cary holly springs apex ncnewborn baby boy photographer serving raleigh cary holly springs apex ncnewborn baby boy photographer serving raleigh cary holly springs apex nc

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(Erica Courtine Photography) apex baby cary child family fuquay varina holly springs natural newborn organic photographer photography portraits raleigh unique https://www.ericacourtinephotography.com/blog/2015/5/baby-boy-apex-nc-newborn-photographer Mon, 18 May 2015 17:26:04 GMT
WRAL Azalea Garden Child Portrait Session {Raleigh NC Child Photographer} https://www.ericacourtinephotography.com/blog/2015/5/wral-azalea-garden-child-portrait-session-raleigh-nc-child-photographer We are lucky here in Raleigh to have so many amazing locations for photography sessions.  One of my favorites is the WRAL Azalea Garden near NC State University.  This garden is small but contains many varieties of azaleas.  Unfortunately, it is only in bloom for a few short weeks in mid to late April. By the time I returned from my trip to Belize, I only had a few days before they were finished blooming.  

The weather in Raleigh has been beautiful this spring.  Even on this April evening, it was plenty warm for an outdoor photography session.  This little girl was so much fun to meet.  She is three years old and full of personality.  Three years old is one of my favorite ages.  It can be a little challenging (some say it's harder than the terrible twos).  By three years old, little kids really start showing their own personality and sense of humor.  This little girl had such a great sense of humor.  She knew how to be silly but was also so well-behaved.  It was a pleasure to meet her and take photographs of her.  I thought it would be fun for her to hold a few flowers, so I picked some azaleas from my own yard and brought them to the garden.  Sometimes it can really help young kids to have something in their hands during the session.  

As you can see, the lighting that evening so soft and lovely trickling in through the leaves of the trees as the sun set on the horizon.  To get amazing lighting like this, it's important to start a session late in the day.  This can be challenging because it's getting close to most kids' bedtimes, but the end result is worth staying up a little late.  

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If you are interested in a photography session for your child or family, I would love to help you.  Please visit my website at www.ericacourtinephotography.com or email me at erica@ericacourtinephotography.com and ask me any questions you have about portrait sessions.  I have many other beautiful locations just like this that will be in bloom all summer!

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(Erica Courtine Photography) apex cary family fuquay varina holly springs photographer photography portraits raleigh https://www.ericacourtinephotography.com/blog/2015/5/wral-azalea-garden-child-portrait-session-raleigh-nc-child-photographer Wed, 13 May 2015 15:11:14 GMT
Easter Portrait Session {Raleigh NC Yates Mill Park Family Photographer} https://www.ericacourtinephotography.com/blog/2015/4/easter-portrait-session-yates-mill-raleigh-nc-family-photographer I have been waiting weeks for the weather to break and for the green to finally return to nature.  This session was my first outdoor session of the spring and it was so nice to finally see some change in the weather.  We lucked out for this session and had a fairly warm day at Yates Mill County Park in Raleigh, NC.    I met this baby boy's family around Christmas for their Christmas card family portraits.  I think he has a future career in modeling.  He has the sweetest little personality.  Six to seven months is such a fun milestone to photograph because babies around that age have learned to sit up.  They are easy to work with because they can't walk or run off yet and they are so interactive and happy.  This little boy gave so many smiles that would melt anyone's heart.  

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If you or someone you know is interested in a child or family portrait session and have questions about sessions, I am always happy to help and can be reached at erica@ericacourtinephotography.com or (919) 349-6322.  I serve Raleigh, Cary, Apex, Morrisville, Holly Springs, Fuquay Varina, and surrounding areas.  

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Sweet Baby Boy Newborn Session {Raleigh NC Newborn Photographer} https://www.ericacourtinephotography.com/blog/2015/4/boy-newborn-session-raleigh-nc-newborn-photographer I am not sure what is happening this spring, but newborn boys are far outnumbering baby girls with my sessions.  I don't mind at all.  Baby boys hold a special place in my hear, maybe since I have two little boys of my own.  This little guy was such a joy to meet and photograph.  His family was a lot of fun too.  I found out that we go to the same church and they also live only a few minutes from my house.  Most of my clients live up in Raleigh or Cary, so it's a treat when I get clients who live so close to me.  

The first thing I noticed about this beautiful baby boy was his gorgeous hair.  Isn't it adorable?  For this session, we used mostly neutral colors, with a touch of aqua.  He was such an easy baby to photograph and barely made a peep for the entire session.

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(Erica Courtine Photography) cary child family fuquay varina holly springs newborn photographer photography portraits raleigh https://www.ericacourtinephotography.com/blog/2015/4/boy-newborn-session-raleigh-nc-newborn-photographer Tue, 21 Apr 2015 17:23:52 GMT
Tips for Choosing a Newborn Photographer {Newborn Photography Raleigh NC} https://www.ericacourtinephotography.com/blog/2015/3/tips-for-choosing-a-newborn-photographer-newborn-photography-raleigh-nc newborn photography raleigh ncnewborn photography raleigh ncnewborn photography raleigh nc

This topic has been on my mind for a while.  There are so many photographers in my area, and I'm sure this is the case just about everywhere in the country where there is an abundance of young families.  Hiring a newborn photographer can be a little overwhelming.  There are so many styles.  There are so many packages.  And there are definitely a wide variety of prices!  I get a lot of emails every week from expecting mothers, asking questions about how sessions work, what the pricing looks like, and other questions.  I've compiled some tips on what to look for, what to consider, and what to ask any photographer you are considering hiring.  

1.  First, decide what is important to you.  Do you absolutely have to have the digital files?  Some families have relatives overseas and emailing pictures from a session is easier.  Other families want to be able to create albums or greeting cards. Still for other families, they don't have time to make their own prints and they want a photographer who has access to a professional quality print lab to provide beautiful prints, canvases, and other products.  Many photographers include either prints or digital files, but not both.  I feel that both are important so my packages include both.

2.  Decide what style you like.  One way to do this is to search Pinterest, your friends' newborn portraits, or other places to see what you are drawn to.  Some newborn photographers dress up your baby in little outfits or costumes.  Others keep it minimal and photograph newborn babies mostly naked.  One thing I tell people to consider when looking at the props is how their images will look in a few years.  Will cute little animal hats still be in style or will they look silly?  Will you still enjoy your images or will you cringe at the props that were so trendy when your baby was born?  A simple portrait of a baby will always look beautiful.

Now it's time to look at individual photographers in your area that match your style and fit your needs.

3.  Look at each photographer's website.  There should be a portfolio with a variety of babies in the images.  Take a look at the consistency of skills.  Everyone with a camera can get a good picture once in a while.  You need to hire someone who consistently takes good pictures.  Look at every picture and evaluate....are the eyes of the baby in focus?  If they are blurry, move on.  Every photographer should have images that are in focus.  Period.  Is the color correct?  If the baby's skin looks orange or some other unnatural skin color, move along.  Color balance is a learned skill and orange, gray, or purple skin tones are a sign of someone who needs more experience.  Check the exposure.  Are the images too dark?  Are they overexposed, with white areas that look so bright that they are glowing?  Look at the posing and composition.  Do the babies in the portfolio look safe, happy, and comfortable?  

Once you've found a few photographer websites that you like, it's time to get in touch and ask the photographer a few questions.  Here are a few things you may want to ask.  

1.  Is the photographer vaccinated?  Anyone who works with newborn babies should have an up to date flu shot (in flu season, of course) and a Pertusis vaccine (whooping cough).   These two illnesses can cause serious problems for babies.  Other vaccines are also important, so ask about any that you are concerned about.  A photographer should never agree to do a session for you while they are sick.  A few other safety rules your photographer should follow:  washing hands before handling your baby and washing every blanket or prop the baby touches.  

3.  Is the photographer insured?  Is safety important to the photographer?  Insurance is important for obvious reasons.  Accidents can happen, although being informed on newborn safety is the best way to prevent problems.  Ask the photographer how they keep baby safe.  Is she trained to pose babies safely?  Does she know how to do a composite?  If she does posed newborn sessions and doesn't know what a composite is, that's a red flag.  A composite is an editing technique to remove hands that are supporting and spotting the baby.  

4.  What is the turn around time for your images?  It makes me so sad and angry when I hear stories about families paying photographers and having to wait a year to get any images.  Like everything else, you get what you pay for.  If you are only paying $100 for your newborn photographer, that's not enough motivation for them to finish your images in a timely manner.  If your images can't be ready in 2-4 weeks, choose someone else.  The exception to this is if you need to order a custom item, like an album that takes extra time to design and print.

5.  How much does the newborn session cost?  This, of course, is the biggest question on many families' minds.  Just be careful, because cheaper isn't always the best option.  In fact, when it comes to photography, a cheap price can be a red flag.  If the price sounds to good to be true, there's a good chance that the photographer is not a professional and is not set up as a legal business.  Yikes!  Do you really want to hand over your baby to a stranger who hasn't even bothered to get a business license or pay sales taxes?  You only get one chance at capturing your baby while he or she is brand new.  Don't trust just anyone just because they're "affordable."

6.  What do the packages look like?  Photography pricing shouldn't be too complicated, although there are many ways of structuring prices.  Two common models are "all inclusive" and "session+package."  An all inclusive photographer will charge you a single price up front and give you a CD, flash drive, or download of all your edited images on a disk.  I used to offer this and included 4x6" prints too.  This is a nice, simple way to price, but I've found that it has its drawbacks.  Last time I checked, having a baby keeps you pretty busy.  You might not have time to get your images printed.  I once had someone tell me that the CD her photographer gave her was still in the same drawer a whole year later.  Her baby was a year old and she still never printed the images.  That made me really sad.  What a waste of money and memories if you don't have time to make prints.  Other photographers will break up payment into a session fee (used to secure your date) and then a package fee.  I switched to this model this year for a few reasons.  First, it lets people see their images before purchasing them.  They can decide how many they want to keep and choose the package that fits.  All my packages include some digital files and some prints, because I think families should walk away with both. I like to give families at least a few prints in case they do get busy and can't do it themselves.  Likewise, I also include birth announcements.  I feel that birth announcements are something that all families want but most don't ever find the time to order and send out.  I do it for them.  Other photographers build their packages to include other products.  There is no right or wrong way.  Find a photographer who fits your needs.

Good luck in your search for your newborn's first portraits!  This is an exciting time and I hope that these tips will help you choose the best photographer for you.  If you are expecting and have any questions about newborn photography, I am always happy to answer questions, give advice, or help in any way I can.  We have some amazing talent in our area, and I'm sure you'll find just the photographer you are looking for!

 

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(Erica Courtine Photography) cary fuquay varina holly springs newborn photographer photography portraits raleigh https://www.ericacourtinephotography.com/blog/2015/3/tips-for-choosing-a-newborn-photographer-newborn-photography-raleigh-nc Fri, 06 Mar 2015 16:10:24 GMT
Sweet and Sleepy Baby Boy {Newborn Photography Raleigh NC} https://www.ericacourtinephotography.com/blog/2015/2/sweet-and-sleepy-baby-boy-newborn-photography-raleigh-nc We had to wait a little extra for this little guy to arrive, but once he did, I was so excited to meet him for his newborn portraits.  When I first arrived to his home in Raleigh, he had just finished eating and was very alert and awake.  It soon became clear, though, just how sleepy he really was.  As a newborn photographer, I try to have a few tricks for making newborn babies so comfortable that they usually fall asleep.  Just a few minutes swaddled up in one of my blankets and he was sound asleep.  He did such a great job, snoozing most of the time.  

I get funny looks like this a lot from the babies I photograph.  "Who are you and why do you have me swaddled up so tightly?"

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(Erica Courtine Photography) apex cary family fuquay varina holly springs natural newborn organic photographer photography portraits raleigh https://www.ericacourtinephotography.com/blog/2015/2/sweet-and-sleepy-baby-boy-newborn-photography-raleigh-nc Thu, 26 Feb 2015 14:59:00 GMT
Introducing the Erica Courtine Photography Referral Program {Raleigh Newborn Photography} https://www.ericacourtinephotography.com/blog/2015/2/erica-courtine-photography-referral-program-raleigh-newborn-photography A referral is the greatest compliment you can give me.  Like most small businesses, my photography business relies on and thrives on word of mouth referrals.  Every time you tell a friend about your beautiful portraits, it helps me tremendously.  I have been working on creating a referral program that will help you earn credits towards free sessions.  I've tried to create a few ways for you to earn credits, while still keeping it simple and easy to understand.  Here are three ways for you to earn credits towards a future session.  

1.  Receive a $25 credit when you refer a friend to Erica Courtine Photography who books their first full session.  

After every session, I will create a blog post sharing several images from your session.  I will email you the link and you may share it with friends and family.  There will be two ways to use your blog post to earn credits.

2.  Receive a $25 credit when 50 of your friends click the "like" button in the top right corner 

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3.  Receive a $25 credit when 25 of your friends write a comment on your blog post.  

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Here are the rules about the referral program: 

1.  Referral credits cannot be redeemed for cash.  You will not receive cash.  I will keep track of your referrals for you.  

2.  Referral credits are not retroactive.  They can only be used on future sessions.

3.  You can refer as many friends as you like.  There is no limit to the number of credits you can earn.  You can cash them in whenever you want or they can be saved up and used to cover an entire min-session or full session!

4.  Referral credit is not given until the referral client has paid for their full session.  If they cancel, you will not receive a credit.

5.  If two clients refer the same new referral, only the first person will receive a referral credit.  Try to remind your friend to mention your name when they book.  

6.  To receive referral credits from your blog post, you have one month from the time it is published.  After a month, I will stop keeping track.  

 

I'm very excited to offer this referral program as a way to grow my business and reach more families in our area.  Photography is my passion and I am looking forward to meeting all of your friends and family members!  If you have any questions about the referral program, you can email me at erica@ericacourtinephotography.com .  

 

 

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(Erica Courtine Photography) apex cary discount family fuquay varina holly springs natural newborn organic photographer photography raleigh https://www.ericacourtinephotography.com/blog/2015/2/erica-courtine-photography-referral-program-raleigh-newborn-photography Mon, 23 Feb 2015 14:15:00 GMT
Baby Boy Newborn Session {Apex NC Newborn Photographer} https://www.ericacourtinephotography.com/blog/2015/2/baby-boy-newborn-session-apex-nc-newborn-photographer I wanted to do something a little different with this blog post.  I recently did this session for a family in Apex, NC for their sweet little 12 day old newborn baby boy.  Although the style of my newborn portrait sessions is typically posed, babies need to be sleeping for that and once in a while, sleep doesn't happen.  If you are considering a newborn portrait session some time in the future, I want you to see what happens when a baby doesn't sleep for much of the session.  

I do not want parents to feel stressful about their newborn sessions.  In the end, the baby is in charge and we grown ups just have to roll with it.  I want you to know that alert babies are just as much fun for me to photograph.  I don't dread sessions like this and I absolutely do not consider them "sessions gone wrong."  A big part of being a newborn photographer is being patient and flexible.  These sessions can involve a lot of waiting, soothing, feeding, and more waiting.  When I get a newborn session where the baby isn't interested in sleep, I'll often turn it into a lifestyle newborn session, where we work to capture more candid moments of the family in their home.  

Most alert babies are happy being held by mom or dad, so even if they are not sleeping, I can capture beautiful images showing the love and connection in the family.  Many families actually prefer this style of session.  Although it's not typically what I do or show on my website, these are some of my favorite sessions.  Once you meet this little guy, you'll see why I had so much fun with him.  I mean, look at that little face.  

Newborn baby boy wide awake for his newborn portrait session in Apex, NC.Newborn baby boy wide awake for his newborn portrait session in Apex, NC.Newborn baby boy wide awake for his newborn portrait session in Apex, NC. Below is one of my favorite images ever.  I caught this shot mid-yawn, but he looks like he's yelling something at us!

Newborn baby yawns during a newborn portrait session in Apex, NC.  Newborn baby yawns during a newborn portrait session in Apex, NC. Newborn baby yawns during a newborn portrait session in Apex, NC.

This is about the point in the session where we realized he wasn't going to sleep at all.  We decided to completely turn things around.  Look what happened.  A sweet little newborn enjoying the comfort of his mommy and daddy.  

Newborn portrait session in Apex, NC.Newborn portrait session in Apex, NC.Newborn portrait session in Apex, NC.

 

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Newborn portrait session by professional photographer at a home in Apex, NC. Newborn portrait session by professional photographer at a home in Apex, NC. Newborn portrait session by professional photographer at a home in Apex, NC.

Newborn portrait session by professional photographer at a home in Apex, NC. Newborn portrait session by professional photographer at a home in Apex, NC. Newborn portrait session by professional photographer at a home in Apex, NC.

Newborn portrait session by professional photographer at a home in Raleigh, NC. Newborn portrait session by professional photographer at a home in Raleigh, NC. Newborn portrait session by professional photographer at a home in Raleigh, NC.

Daddy holding newborn son during professional photography session in home outside Raleigh, NC. Daddy holding newborn son during professional photography session in home outside Raleigh, NC. Daddy holding newborn son during professional photography session in home outside Raleigh, NC.

Daddy holding newborn son during professional photography session in home outside Raleigh, NC. Daddy holding newborn son during professional photography session in home outside Raleigh, NC. Daddy holding newborn son during professional photography session in home outside Raleigh, NC.

Mommy holding newborn son during professional photography session in home outside Raleigh, NC. Mommy holding newborn son during professional photography session in home outside Raleigh, NC. Mommy holding newborn son during professional photography session in home outside Raleigh, NC.

Mommy holding newborn son during professional photography session in home outside Raleigh, NC. Mommy holding newborn son during professional photography session in home outside Raleigh, NC. Mommy holding newborn son during professional photography session in home outside Raleigh, NC.

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Family holds new baby during newborn portrait session in Apex NC.Family holds new baby during newborn portrait session in Apex NC.Family holds new baby during newborn portrait session in Apex NC.

At the end of the session, this little guy finally fell asleep for a few minutes.  It didn't last, but we did get a shot of him sleeping soundly. He looks so peaceful.  

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If you are looking for a photographer to capture your baby's first moments, I would love to help you.  I specialize in newborn portraits and serve Raleigh, Cary, Apex, Holly Springs, and surrounding areas.  If you need any information on newborn sessions, please contact me by clicking here.  

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(Erica Courtine Photography) apex cary fuquay varina holly springs natural nc newborn organic photography raleigh https://www.ericacourtinephotography.com/blog/2015/2/baby-boy-newborn-session-apex-nc-newborn-photographer Thu, 05 Feb 2015 15:27:41 GMT
Senior Portraits on a Farm {Raleigh Fall Family Photographer} https://www.ericacourtinephotography.com/blog/2015/2/senior-portraits-on-a-farm-raleigh-fall-family-photographer I recently had the opportunity to photograph my first senior portrait session.  Senior portraits are one of those genres of photography that I've always admired but never tried.  I've been so busy with newborn photography, but was very excited for the opportunity to do a senior session this fall outside of Raleigh, NC.  This senior girl was such fun to work with.  She had the best outfits and amazing ideas.  It was almost like working with a professional model.  My favorite part of this session was the variety of backdrops that we were able to use.  Part of the session was done at a local park and another part was done on a farm in the area.  

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This park is one of my favorite locations because of the unique colors and textures that can be found there throughout the year.  This cobblestone walkway is a favorite spot.

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Raleigh NC family photographer photographs a senior at Yates Mill County Park.Raleigh NC family photographer photographs a senior at Yates Mill County Park.Raleigh NC family photographer photographs a senior at Yates Mill County Park. Have you ever seen someone on a farm in such a glamorous dress?  This dress was my client's idea and I thought it was a great one.  It is not the type of outfit you'd ever expect to see on a farm, and that's what makes it work so well.  Plus, the champagne color of it is beautiful.  

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Raleigh NC family photographer photographs a senior with an old truck on a family farm.  Raleigh NC family photographer photographs a senior with an old truck on a family farm. Raleigh NC family photographer photographs a senior with an old truck on a family farm.

We really were lucky to have such great weather that evening and beautiful lighting as the sun began to set.  We are very lucky in Raleigh to have beautiful, mild weather in the fall.  I love that we also have such a wide variety to settings for portraits.  

If you are interested in a senior portrait session or family portrait session, I would love to help you.  I serve Raleigh, Cary, Apex, Holly Springs, and surrounding areas.  If you'd like to get in touch with me about your ideas for a session, please click here.  

 

 

 

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(Erica Courtine Photography) apex cary family fuquay varina holly springs newborn photographer portraits raleigh https://www.ericacourtinephotography.com/blog/2015/2/senior-portraits-on-a-farm-raleigh-fall-family-photographer Mon, 02 Feb 2015 19:14:28 GMT
Fall Family Portraits {Raleigh NC Family Photographer} https://www.ericacourtinephotography.com/blog/2015/1/fall-family-portraits-raleigh-nc-family-photographer Fall is a very busy time of year for photographers.  The weather here in Raleigh is mild and the leaves are beautiful.  It is the most popular time of year for families to have their portraits done.  Yates Mill County Park is probably the most popular location close to where I live.  It is beautiful, but sadly, I will probably not be using this location anymore, at least not during the peak of the leaf season.  It's popularity has grown to an extent that I feel that I cannot give my clients a unique experience there.  I don't want them to be inconvenienced at that park by having to wait their turn while other families are photographed by their photographers.  It is important to me that I create images for your family that are different from all your friends.  

Luckily, this beautiful family visited me at the park before the peak of the madness.  There was hardly anyone there, even though it was a weekend, and we had a wonderful time.  Although the peak of the leaf season here is around the first and second week of November, mid to late October can be just as pretty, the weather is warmer, and the crowds aren't out yet. 

This 3 year old little girl is about to be a big sister.  She was such a sweet little girl with a great little smile and personality.  

Three year old little girl during a family portrait session at Yates Mill County Park in Raleigh, NC.Three year old little girl during a family portrait session at Yates Mill County Park in Raleigh, NC.Three year old little girl during a family portrait session at Yates Mill County Park in Raleigh, NC.

A family sits in the woods at Yates Mill County Park in Raleigh, NC during a family portrait session.  A family sits in the woods at Yates Mill County Park in Raleigh, NC during a family portrait session. A family sits in the woods at Yates Mill County Park in Raleigh, NC during a family portrait session.

A family on at Yates Mill County Park in Raleigh, NC during a family photography session with Erica Courtine Photography.A family on at Yates Mill County Park in Raleigh, NC during a family photography session with Erica Courtine Photography.A family on at Yates Mill County Park in Raleigh, NC during a family photography session with Erica Courtine Photography.

A family on at Yates Mill County Park in Raleigh, NC during a family photography session with Erica Courtine Photography.A family on at Yates Mill County Park in Raleigh, NC during a family photography session with Erica Courtine Photography.A family on at Yates Mill County Park in Raleigh, NC during a family photography session with Erica Courtine Photography.

A mother and daughter during a family photography session with Erica Courtine Photography in Raleigh, NC. A mother and daughter during a family photography session with Erica Courtine Photography in Raleigh, NC. A mother and daughter during a family photography session with Erica Courtine Photography in Raleigh, NC.

A family walking on cobblestone at Yates Mill County Park during a family session with Erica Courtine Photography in Raleigh, NC. A family walking on cobblestone at Yates Mill County Park during a family session with Erica Courtine Photography in Raleigh, NC. A family walking on cobblestone at Yates Mill County Park during a family session with Erica Courtine Photography in Raleigh, NC.

A father and daughter sit at Yates Mill County Park in Raleigh, NC during their family session with Erica Courtine Photography.A father and daughter sit at Yates Mill County Park in Raleigh, NC during their family session with Erica Courtine Photography.A father and daughter sit at Yates Mill County Park in Raleigh, NC during their family session with Erica Courtine Photography.

If you are interested in a family portrait session this fall and want to use a beautiful location like this, I highly recommend having your session in October.  There are so many interesting areas in Yates Mill County Park.  As you can see, there are many different textures and colors that give a really neat touch to family portraits.  

Raleigh, Cary, Apex, and the surrounding areas have an abundance of beautiful locations for your family session.  If you need help choosing a location, let me help you.  I have a long list and can help you based on your vision.  Do you want a farm-like setting?  A garden?  Something more urban?  I have many ideas and even some that are off the beaten trail.  

I have been serving families in the Raleigh, Cary, Apex, Holly Springs, and surrounding areas since 2012.  If you are interested in a family session, please visit my website at www.ericacourtinephotography.com or send me a message here.

 

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(Erica Courtine Photography) cary family fuquay varina holly springs newborn photographer portraits raleigh https://www.ericacourtinephotography.com/blog/2015/1/fall-family-portraits-raleigh-nc-family-photographer Fri, 16 Jan 2015 16:44:14 GMT
Sweet Little Baby Girl {Cary NC Newborn Photographer} https://www.ericacourtinephotography.com/blog/2015/1/sweet-little-baby-girl-cary-nc-newborn-photographer I recently met this baby girl for her newborn session.  I was lucky to be able to fit her in at the last minute.  She was just about two weeks old for her session and she slept so soundly.  She barely made a peep the entire time.  She was the sweetest little thing, with head full of strawberry blonde hair.  I enjoy picking out colors for my session that coordinate well.  Although I like the color pink, I love photographing baby girls with other colors too.  I try to keep my style natural and organic, focusing on the baby.  I don't use large, overwhelming, flowery head bands or hats and I love using a few neutral colors in all my sessions.  

For this newborn portrait session, I used teal, brown, purple, and a touch of pink.  This baby girl was as cozy as can be.  I love using white.  It creates such pure, natural newborn images. 

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A newborn baby girl during a newborn photography session in Cary NC with pure, organic, natural style.  A newborn baby girl during a newborn photography session in Cary NC with pure, organic, natural style. A newborn baby girl during a newborn photography session in Cary NC with pure, organic, natural style.

I love capturing tiny details with newborns, such as their adorable little hands and feet.  These little toes won't be this little for much longer.

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This dark teal fabric is one of my favorites.  I love the color, especially with baby girls.  

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A natural, organic, pure newborn portrait of a baby girl on a teal blanket raleigh cary newborn photographerA natural, organic, pure newborn portrait of a baby girl on a teal blanket raleigh cary newborn photographerA natural, organic, pure newborn portrait of a baby girl on a teal blanket raleigh cary newborn photographer

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Raleigh Cary NC newborn photographer with a pure, organic, natural style.  Raleigh Cary NC newborn photographer with a pure, organic, natural style. Raleigh Cary NC newborn photographer with a pure, organic, natural style.

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Sometimes it is fun to let a newborn pose themselves.  You can tell how relaxed and cozy this little baby was.  

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This newborn session was definitely one of my favorites from the fall.  If you are expecting and are interested in a newborn photography that is unique and timeless, I would love to help you with a session.  I serve Raleigh, Cary, Apex, Holly Springs and surrounding areas.  Your baby will only be this small for a short time.  A custom newborn photography session is a way to capture your brand new baby during this moment in time.  If you would like more information about my photography sessions, please email me at erica@ericacourtinephotography.com or visit my website at www.ericacourtinephotography.com .  

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(Erica Courtine Photography) cary fuquay varina holly springs natural newborn organic photographer portraits raleigh https://www.ericacourtinephotography.com/blog/2015/1/sweet-little-baby-girl-cary-nc-newborn-photographer Fri, 09 Jan 2015 01:14:48 GMT
Newborns and Nature https://www.ericacourtinephotography.com/blog/2015/1/newborns-and-nature I'd like to take a moment to share this sweet little guy's session from earlier this fall.  Last year, I discovered that not only to I have a passion for photographing newborns, I discovered how much newborn babies love being photographed outdoors.  I have always loved the outdoors.  Nature offers such unique backdrops for newborn portraits.  The colors and textures just cannot be replicated in a studio (although I also love studio sessions for other reasons).  Outdoor newborn photography is a growing trend.  Many photographers are realizing the beauty that comes from a newborn sleeping in the shade of a willow tree on a warm summer morning or a newborn in slumber in the woods, soothed by a gentle warm breeze.  If you are looking for a different kind of newborn portraiture experience, something different, something breathtaking to fill the walls of your home, then consider an outdoor newborn session.  

Without further ado, let me introduce you to this sweet little boy.  We completed this outdoor session at Crowder District Park in Apex, NC.  I was immediately drawn to this patch of ivy.  It gives the image a stunning green color as well as amazing texture.  

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The little grayish brown blanket in these images is one of my new favorites.  It is from my friend Kristel's shop.  She owns Toppled Turtle, a shop where she sells her knits, including soft, cozy props for newborn photography.  

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Oh no, someone decided to wake up!  I love newborn images where you get to see those beautiful eyes.  

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I'm kind of proud of this little bonnet and pants set.  I knitted it myself (without a pattern too!), from the softest yarn I think I've ever felt.  I believe it's baby alpaca wool and it's divine.  

cary apex nc newborn photographer takes portraits of newborn babies outdoors at crowder park to create a natural, organic style of newborn portraiture. cary apex nc newborn photographer takes portraits of newborn babies outdoors at crowder park to create a natural, organic style of newborn portraiture. cary apex nc newborn photographer takes portraits of newborn babies outdoors at crowder park to create a natural, organic style of newborn portraiture.

If you are expecting and are interested in a unique look for your maternity and newborn sessions, I would love to provide a session for you.  I am able to do outdoor sessions typically from April through October.  It needs to be at least in the 70s so that baby is warm and comfortable.  Outdoor newborn sessions are typically done at local parks, but if you have a garden or patch of greenspace on your property, I am always happy to come to your home and do a combined indoor and outdoor session.  I can be reached at erica@ericacourtinephotography.com . 

 

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(Erica Courtine Photography) cary fuquay varina holly springs natural newborn organic outdoor photographer portraits raleigh unique https://www.ericacourtinephotography.com/blog/2015/1/newborns-and-nature Tue, 06 Jan 2015 16:08:27 GMT
Late Summer Outdoor Newborn Session {Fuquay Varina Newborn Photographer} https://www.ericacourtinephotography.com/blog/2014/11/late-summer-outdoor-newborn-session-fuquay-varina-newborn-photographer Strangely enough, I met this fun family several years ago when they bought a puppy and hired me to help pet sit during the work day.  Since they live right in my neighborhood, it was a fun way to get out of the house in the middle of the day.  Have I ever mentioned that I love animals?  I was so excited when I found out one day that they were expecting their first baby, a little boy.  

I met this little cutie when he was about a week old.  He had such blonde hair, something that seems sort of rare in newborns.  Although I live in a subdivision, I am lucky to have a little area practically right outside my house that provides such a beautiful backdrop for outdoor newborn portraits.  I am in love with images of newborns in nature, enjoying the fresh air, surrounded by soft, cuddly blankets.  The warm months give the perfect setting for an outdoor newborn portrait session, and this day in early September was no exception.  

This is probably my favorite image from the session.  He looks so serene, sound asleep in his basket.  I love the textures of the rocks and moss below.  

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A Tonka dump truck was purchased for this baby right before the session. The parents wanted a few pictures of him sleeping in it.  The quilt belonged to the baby's mama when she was little.  

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Did I mention that this little guy was awake for a good part of his session?  We was so curious.  He just had to know what was going on.  Newborn sessions are best done when the baby is less than two weeks old, but even then, many newborn babies like to be awake sometimes.  

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A beautiful new family outside, enjoying the warm, fresh air.  

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Some of my favorite newborn portraits are those taken outside.  If you're concerned that your new baby would be uncomfortable outdoors, you might be surprised.  The fresh, warm air and natural sounds can be very comforting.  These unique newborn sessions can be done during the warm months, typically April through October.  In this session, we did about half the session inside and half outside.  If you are interested in booking a newborn portrait session, please email me at erica@ericacourtinephotography.com .  I can provide the information you need and answer and questions you have.  I am a natural light photographer serving Raleigh, Cary, Apex, Holly Springs, and surrounding areas.

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(Erica Courtine Photography) cary holly springs natural organic outdoor photographer portraits raleigh unique https://www.ericacourtinephotography.com/blog/2014/11/late-summer-outdoor-newborn-session-fuquay-varina-newborn-photographer Sun, 16 Nov 2014 00:00:46 GMT
Lifestyle Newborn Session {Fuquay Varina Newborn Photographer} https://www.ericacourtinephotography.com/blog/2014/10/raleigh-unique-outdoor-newborn-photographer I had to wait over 3 weeks to meet this adorable little fella for his newborn session.  I normally recommend doing newborn sessions before a baby is two weeks old, but we had trouble finding a day that worked.  On my way to this session, I got an idea of a new pose and I couldn't wait to try it out.  I think the effect of the lighting turned out to be very interesting and dramatic.  

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This family had decorated a beautiful nursery for their new son, and I loved using it as the setting for the rest of their session.  One of my favorite parts of the nursery was a wall where they had written his name.  The teal walls reminded me of the same color that I had used when my own son was born.  This new daddy is so excited to hold his new son.

 

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lifestyle newborn session raleigh newborn photographerlifestyle newborn session raleigh newborn photographerlifestyle newborn session raleigh newborn photographer This little guy was so alert and happy during his session.  I love when babies stare like this.  He seems quite at home in his new room.

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If you are interested in a newborn portrait session, I would love to help.  Newborn sessions take place in the comfort of your own home.  I bring everything we'll need for your session.  I serve the Raleigh, Cary, Holly Springs, and Fuquay Varina areas.  If you'd like more information, email me at erica@ericacourtinephotography.com .  

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Celebrating a First Birthday {Raleigh Family Photographer} https://www.ericacourtinephotography.com/blog/2014/10/raleigh-family-photographer-first-birthday I met this beautiful family at Yates Mill County Park in Raleigh during the summer to photograph their little girl for her first birthday.  Even though we met at what is normally the hottest point in the summer, we really lucked out with a nice, mild morning.  Early morning is definitely the best time of day for summer sessions so that you can avoid the heat and the bugs.  This birthday girl was so sweet and one of the easiest babies I think I've ever photographed.  She loved to smile, giggle, and even danced a few moves during the session.  First birthday sessions are so special and fun because they mark so much change in a family over just one year.  It is a great opportunity to celebrate not only the baby, but the entire family. 

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This little girl had not trouble getting around.  She had already learned to walk and was even able to run.  One year olds love to explore, and Yates Mill has so many interesting features for small children to check out. 

I enjoyed capturing the love in this family.  You can tell just how much they adore their little girl.  All three of them also looked like they just stepped out of a magazine.

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One of my favorite features of Yates Mill is the cobblestone walkway.  It offers an interesting backdrop to family portraits. 

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All kids seem to love the pond at Yates Mill and peeking through the railings to look for turtles and ducks and investigating all the beautiful flowers at the park. 

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If you have a little one in your family who is about to have a first birthday and you live in the Raleigh, NC area, a family portrait session can be a fun way to celebrate.  I've done first birthday sessions with cake smashes, which can be a fun (and messy) way to celebrate, but a simple family session can be just as special.  I serve Raleigh, Cary, Holly Springs, Apex, and surrounding areas.  If you are interested in a portrait session to mark a special occasion, please email me at erica@ericacourtinephotography.com .  I would be happy to get you any information you need or answer any questions you have.  

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Seven Quick Tips to Budget For Your Newborn Photography Session {Raleigh NC Newborn Photographer} https://www.ericacourtinephotography.com/blog/2014/9/budget-for-your-newborn-photography-session-raleigh-nc-newborn-photographer

Your friends are all having babies and you've seen their gorgeous newborn portraits hanging on the walls of their homes, on their birth announcements, or on their Facebook pages.  You know that your tiny baby will only be fresh and brand new for such a short time, but you're worried about the price of a newborn photography session. 

First, let me assure you that you are not alone.  Second, let me assure you that newborn photographers are not making grand salaries from their sessions or driving around in expensive luxury cars.  A newborn portrait session is a custom experience.  Unlike a chain studio, I bring all of my equipment and props to your home.  You can wear your pajamas or nap through your newborn's session, if you wish.  I spent many hours after your session editing your portraits to make them look their very best.  I take the time to give your family individual attention and create a product that your family will cherish for many years. 

A newborn portrait session can be a serious investment, but it is an important one.  There are many things in life that you can save up for and buy whenever you want.  If you've ever seen a baby, you know that they grow quickly, so you have to take advantage of the opportunity for newborn portraits while you still can.  The best time to do newborn portraits is before your baby is two weeks old. 

If investing in portraits for your newborn is overwhelming to you, here are 7 tips that will show you that you can have beautiful portraits made of your newborn baby.

1.  Decide early.  One mistake I see many new parents make is that they don't realize how important portraits are to them until after their baby is born and they fall in love with that adorable 7 pound bundle of joy and all her beautiful features.  By the time you get home from the hospital, you are already running out of time.  Two things can happen.  One, you won't even be able to find a photographer who is available on such short notice.  Two, you won't be able to cover such a sudden expense.  By the beginning of second trimester, begin to do your research and find a photographer who matches your style.  Our area has such amazing talent when it comes to newborn portraits.  Do you like whimsical, bright colored portraits where your baby will wear a cute hat that looks like an owl?  Or do you prefer a more simple style with minimal props?  Find your photographer, know her pricing, and begin to save up for your session.

2.  Ask about payment plans.  Most photography sessions do not need to be paid for entirely up front.  Many photographers ask for a session fee to book and then prints are purchased after the session.  My pricing is simple.  I have one set price for newborn portraits that includes digital files and a 4x6" print of each image.  To book a session, clients pay half before the session and half by the day of the session.  Other payment plans can sometimes be worked out to space out the cost.

3.  Create a registry for your newborn portrait session.  Many family members are more than happy to contribute to newborn portraits.  It's a unique gift, something you can't pick out in a store.  If you'd like me to set up a gift registry for your newborn session, just ask!

4.  Make some sacrifices.  Whenever something is valuable to us and we need to save up to buy it, sacrifices often need to be made.  Luckily, we're talking about a newborn portrait session and not a new car.  Simply eating out 1-2 times less per month over the course of your pregnancy can be a substantial help, if not cover the entire expense.

5.  Refer your friends.  This might not help with your newborn portrait session, but it will help you with other sessions down the road.  Did you know that I have a referral program and offer special perks to clients who refer me to their friends?  If all of your friends are having babies, refer them to your photographer.  Who knows, that 6 month session may end up being free.

6.  Consider Packages.  If you know that you'd also like maternity portraits or would also like pictures taken of your baby when he hits 6 months old or a year old, consider a package.  Not only is it less work for you to have to remember to find a photographer every time your baby reaches a new milestone, packages can save you money.  I offer two packages.  The Belly to Baby Package includes a maternity session and a newborn session.  The Watch Me Grow Package includes a newborn session and a session at 3 months, 6 months, and the first birthday. 

7.  Become an Email Subscriber.  As part of my business, I have an email newsletter that I send out monthly.  Like many photographers, I occasionally have promotions that are available only to email subscribers.  Subscribers are the first to access mini-sessions and the first to hear about giveaways.  Find out if your photographer has an email newsletter.  If so, subscribe to it. 

I hope that these tips help you prepare for your newborn session and make you realize that newborn portrait sessions aren't only for the rich.  I've done several newborn sessions in apartment homes, for families who knew that photography was important to them and that their tiny baby would only be tiny for a short time. 

If you are still in search of a newborn photographer, visit my website at www.ericacourtinephotography.com .  I serve Raleigh, Cary, Apex, Holly Springs, and surrounding areas.  My pricing is easy to understand and tailored to busy families who want digital copies of their images, while still enjoying heirloom quality prints.  If you have any questions about newborn photography in general, I am always happy to answer any questions or guide you in the direction of the perfect photographer for you.  I can be reached at erica@ericacourtinephotography.com

A newborn baby girl sleeps in a basket in a grassy field during her outdoor newborn photo session in Holly Springs, outside of Raleigh, NC.A newborn baby girl sleeps in a basket in a grassy field during her outdoor newborn photo session in Holly Springs, outside of Raleigh, NC.A newborn baby girl sleeps in a basket in a grassy field during her outdoor newborn photo session in Holly Springs, outside of Raleigh, NC.

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(Erica Courtine Photography) cary fuquay varina holly springs newborn outdoor newborn photographer photography portraits raleigh https://www.ericacourtinephotography.com/blog/2014/9/budget-for-your-newborn-photography-session-raleigh-nc-newborn-photographer Wed, 10 Sep 2014 20:27:36 GMT
Beautiful One Month Old Portraits {Raleigh Newborn Photographer} https://www.ericacourtinephotography.com/blog/2014/9/beautiful-one-month-old-portraits-raleigh-newborn-photographer This pretty little baby was another one of my favorite sessions from over the summer.  She was about a month old when we did her session, so she wasn't quite in that brand-new newborn phase anymore.  Normally, newborn sessions take place when a baby is about a week old, but not over 2 weeks old.  I met this little girl and her family a few weeks after that.  Although, a session with a one month old looks a lot different than one with a one week old, they are still just as much fun.  By one month old, most babies spend more of their day awake and alert, looking around at the world around them.  I just love the eye contact you can get with them.  She's looking at my camera suspiciously in this first picture.  

A baby girl looks at the camera during her newborn photography session in Raleigh, NC.A baby girl looks at the camera during her newborn photography session in Raleigh, NC.A baby girl looks at the camera during her newborn photography session in Raleigh, NC.

I also also loved this session because this baby's grandparents were visiting from India and wanted to participate in the newborn photo session.  I absolutely love including grandparents, parents, and siblings in newborn sessions.  These grandparents were so excited to welcome a new baby into the family.  

A grandmother holds her newborn granddaughter during a newborn photo session in Raleigh, NC.A grandmother holds her newborn granddaughter during a newborn photo session in Raleigh, NC.A grandmother holds her newborn granddaughter during a newborn photo session in Raleigh, NC.

Being the first child in the family, these parents will no doubt enjoy the excitement of this baby girl joining their family.  They enjoyed cuddling her and giving her kisses during her newborn photo session.  Raleigh summers can be notoriously hot, but as long as you can find shade, babies don't usually mind it, since they are accustomed to being so warm.  The backyard was a great location for beautiful photos.  

A new couple holds their newborn baby during their newborn portrait session in Durham, NC. A new couple holds their newborn baby during their newborn portrait session in Durham, NC. A new couple holds their newborn baby during their newborn portrait session in Durham, NC.

A new couple holds their newborn baby during their newborn portrait session in Durham, NC. A new couple holds their newborn baby during their newborn portrait session in Durham, NC. A new couple holds their newborn baby during their newborn portrait session in Durham, NC.

A  new mother holds her newborn daughter during a newborn photo session in Durham, NC.A new mother holds her newborn daughter during a newborn photo session in Durham, NC. A new mother holds her newborn daughter during a newborn photo session in Durham, NC.

A newborn baby lies on a pink bed during her newborn portrait session in Raleigh, NC.A newborn baby lies on a pink bed during her newborn portrait session in Raleigh, NC.A newborn baby lies on a pink bed during her newborn portrait session in Raleigh, NC.

Most newborn photography sessions take place when a baby is around a week old, but that doesn't mean you can't have a session done with your baby at any time.  I am a photographer who serves families in the Raleigh, Cary, Durham, Apex, and Holly Springs areas.  If you are expecting a baby soon, I would love to help you.  All newborn photography sessions (except outdoor newborn sessions) take place in the comfort of the client's home.  I bring all props and equipment to you, so that you can relax and be comfortable.  If you are interested in a newborn portrait session or have any questions, please email me at erica@ericacourtinphotography.com

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Watch Me Grow First Birthday Portraits {Raleigh Child Photographer} https://www.ericacourtinephotography.com/blog/2014/9/watch-me-grow-first-birthday-portraits-raleigh-child-photographer I was so excited to meet this sweet little girl for her first birthday session.  She was my first "Watch Me Grow" client.  The "Watch Me Grow" package includes a newborn session, a 3 month session, a 6 month session, and a first birthday session.  First birthdays are so much fun to photograph.  Every moment is an adventure, especially when they know how to walk.  This little girl was a pro at walking.  In fact, she spent a good part of her session running and trying to give her parents and me a heart attack. 

A baby girl stands by a farm fence in Garner, NC at Lake Benson Park during her first birthday photography session. A baby girl stands by a farm fence in Garner, NC at Lake Benson Park during her first birthday photography session. A baby girl stands by a farm fence in Garner, NC at Lake Benson Park during her first birthday photography session.

This session took place at Lake Benson park and White Deer Park in Garner, near Raleigh, NC.  These two parks are fun to visit with your family, but they also have areas that are wonderful for portraits.  I've been to Lake Benson for photography sessions several times before and always enjoy the scenery.  

A little girl stands by a wooden farm fence at Lake Benson Park in Garner, NC during her first birthday photography session.  A little girl stands by a wooden farm fence at Lake Benson Park in Garner, NC during her first birthday photography session. A little girl stands by a wooden farm fence at Lake Benson Park in Garner, NC during her first birthday photography session.

Her little smile is so sweet, yet mischevious.  Photographing children of this age can be a fun challenge.  The trick is to be quick.  Find a way to get them to take a break from moving.  Take a few pictures and then keep on moving.  You can't tell a one year old where to go or where to look.  You just have to be quick and catch their adorable personalities.  This little dare devil thought she was so clever standing up on a park bench.  

A little girl stands on a bench at Lake Benson in Garner, NC during her first birthday photography session.A little girl stands on a bench at Lake Benson in Garner, NC during her first birthday photography session.A little girl stands on a bench at Lake Benson in Garner, NC during her first birthday photography session. A little girl walks through the forest at Lake Benson near Raleigh, NC during her first birthday photography session.A little girl walks through the forest at Lake Benson near Raleigh, NC during her first birthday photography session.A little girl walks through the forest at Lake Benson near Raleigh, NC during her first birthday photography session.

After visiting at Lake Benson for a while, we moved to White Deer Park, which is almost directly across the street from Lake Benson Park.  This park has unique playgrounds and very pretty scenery for family portraits.  In a rare moment, this little girl sat on a little bench and stayed there long enough to snap a picture.  This ended up being one of our favorites. 

A little girl sits on a bench at White Deer Park near Raleigh, NC during her first birthday photography session.A little girl sits on a bench at White Deer Park near Raleigh, NC during her first birthday photography session.A little girl sits on a bench at White Deer Park near Raleigh, NC during her first birthday photography session.

A little girl plays at White Deer Park in Garner, near Raleigh, NC during her first birthday photography session.A little girl plays at White Deer Park in Garner, near Raleigh, NC during her first birthday photography session.A little girl plays at White Deer Park in Garner, near Raleigh, NC during her first birthday photography session.

A little girl stands by a beautiful stone wall at White Deer Park in Garner, near Raleigh, NC during her first birthday photography session.A little girl stands by a beautiful stone wall at White Deer Park in Garner, near Raleigh, NC during her first birthday photography session.A little girl stands by a beautiful stone wall at White Deer Park in Garner, near Raleigh, NC during her first birthday photography session.

This was such a fun session, and even though it was done during our normally hot Raleigh summer, we actually had some really nice mild weather that morning.  I'm looking forward to seeing this little lady again.  I can't wait to see what new skills she's learned.  

 

Are you expecting a little addition to your family soon in the Raleigh area?  A Watch Me Grow package might be just what your family needs.  It's an easy way to plan ahead for capturing those fun milestones of the first year.  If you are interested in a session for your child, I would love to help!  Feel free to email me at erica@ericacourtinephotography.com for more information.  I serve families in Raleigh, Cary, Apex, Garner, Holly Springs, and surrounding areas.

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Fall Family Portraits: How to choose between a full session and a mini-session https://www.ericacourtinephotography.com/blog/2014/9/fall-family-portraits-how-to-choose-between-a-full-session-and-a-mini-session Fall mini-sessions will be announced this week and will book up very quickly.  Fall mini-sessions are popular with all photographers and families.  There are some very good reasons why, but is a fall mini-session the right choice for your family?  If you are considering having family portraits done this fall, here are a few things to consider before choosing which type of session to book.

Family portraits in the beautiful fall foliage at Yates Mill County Park in Raleigh NC during a fall family mini-session.Family portraits in the beautiful fall foliage at Yates Mill County Park in Raleigh NC during a fall family mini-session.Family portraits in the beautiful fall foliage at Yates Mill County Park in Raleigh NC during a fall family mini-session.

Mini-sessions

My mini-sessions are $100 and include a 25 minute session at a set location on a set date.  I edit the best 10-12 images and upload them to a private gallery for your to view.  You choose your favorite 3 images and I send you a link to download them to your computer, along with a print release.

 

Consider booking a mini-session if...
-Your weekends are fairly open and are able to schedule one of the set dates.  Mini-session will only be booked on Saturday October 25th (Oak View County Park) and Sunday November 9th (Sugg Farm, Holly Springs)
-You have an infant who tires easily or needs to nap often.  Mini-sessions are 25 minutes long.
-You only need a few images.  Mini-sessions include 3 digital files that you choose from your 10-12 proofs.
-You love technology and don't mind receiving your images electronically.  While full sessions include a CD and 4x6" prints, mini-sessions include 3 digital images downloaded via Dropbox (you may purchase the extras if you like).  You receive a print release so that you can have prints made on your own.

 

Full Sessions

My full sessions are a more complete and customized experience.  You choose your location from the many beautiful spots in the Raleigh, NC area.  I can help you find a location that is sure to have beautiful fall foliage and is also close to your home.  Full sessions are up to 90 minutes long and are a much more relaxed pace.  Feel free to bring an outfit change to add variety to your session, as well as a snack for your children.  The session fee for a full family session is $350 and includes all of the edited images (25) in color, black & white, and low resolution, along with a print release.  But because many families are busy, I also include a 4x6" color print of each of your image, printed on heirloom quality paper from my professional lab. 

 

Consider booking a full session if...

-You are busy and need to fit your session into your own schedule.  I can schedule full sessions any day of the week, morning or afternoon. 
-You want a truly unique location.  I know many lesser known locations that are stunning in the fall.
-You have children who are shy or need time to warm up to a camera.  Mini-sessions don't always work well for very shy children because by the time they become comfortable, the session is over.
-You want to use multiple outfits.  
-You want a full collection of images to print to decorate your home, make holiday cards, give as gifts, make an album, etc.  With a full session, you will receive 25 images instead of three. 

 

 

There are many things to consider when booking your family portraits this fall.  I keep my pricing nice and simple.  A set price includes everything you need.  I don't make you order a certain amount in prints or sit through a sales session.  If you have any questions about any kind of session, please email me at erica@ericacourtinephotography.com .  I am always happy to answer any questions you have!

Three sisters stand among beautiful fall foliage during a family portrait session in Raleigh, NC. Three sisters stand among beautiful fall foliage during a family portrait session in Raleigh, NC. Three sisters stand among beautiful fall foliage during a family portrait session in Raleigh, NC.

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Great Expectations {Raleigh NC Maternity Photographer} https://www.ericacourtinephotography.com/blog/2014/9/great-expectations-fuquay-varina-maternity-photographer I have a confession to make.  When I first started my photography business almost two years ago, I didn't "get" maternity photography.  When I was pregnant with my two sons, I don't think I would have been interested in having pictures taken of myself with my belly.  I didn't feel particularly pretty or glamorous, especially towards the end.  This attitude quickly changed when after my first few maternity sessions.  It is a time of great expectations, a time when a couple is about to welcome a new life into their family.  You can see in their eyes how much they already love this little person, who they haven't even met yet.  The sparkle in an expecting mama's eyes shows the great excitement about meeting the new baby.  Moms aren't the only ones who get excited.  Many daddies come with little props or ideas for poses that they want.  They are so excited about this new chapter in their life.  Maternity portraits are a great way to remember what life was like right before baby. 

I met this wonderful couple early in the summer at one of my favorite Raleigh locations, J. Raulston Arboretum.  I love this location because of the beautiful flowers and architecture.  I love the little props that this couple brought to their session... little booties and letters to spell the baby's name.

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I went to NC State, so I had to forgive them for bringing these blue booties to the session.  I have to admit, they are pretty cute!

  An expecting couple sits on a bench during their maternity photography session at J. Raulston Arboretum in Raleigh, NC. An expecting couple sits on a bench during their maternity photography session at J. Raulston Arboretum in Rale