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Rainbow Baby Cake Smash | Raleigh Lifestyle Photographer

These cake smash photos were so fun to capture. Isla loves almost nothing as much as she loves food.  There is a bit of sadness connected to them though.  I hesitated on how to write this post, if I should should write this post, what should I include, and in the end I decided I wanted to share the significance of the rainbow on Isla’s cake, the rainbows on the pants she wore in all of her monthly photographs.

On May 5, 2015 I was making an appointment for outpatient surgery due to an incomplete miscarriage discovered when I was nine weeks along at a routine ultrasound.  On May 6, 2015 the doctor held my hand and told me that next time I’d be on the fourth floor in labor and delivery.  As if it was fated, on May 5, 2016, half an hour after the sun rose, there was a rainbow in the sky as I gave birth to my rainbow baby.  On May 6, 2016 I was indeed on the fourth floor, holding my brand new baby girl. It came full circle so perfectly, as if it was always meant to be that way.  It does not erase the loss or the memory of the baby that might have been.  I’ll never get back the months I lived through in a fog.  It was devastating to me and heart breaking in a way I find hard to explain.  I was the only one who experienced the physical side of it, but all three of us were affected.  I will never ever be able to forget three year old Evie telling me a worm she was playing with was pregnant, and in almost the same breath, “Her tummy baby is leaving!  It hurts!  She needs to rest!”   I know how extremely lucky we all were that there was such a light at the end of it all for us.

Isla is truly the rainbow after the storm.  I was anxious and scared the entire time I carried her and it’s as if she absorbed all those emotions and transformed it into joy times a million.  She is the smiliest, chuckliest, grinniest baby.  She almost seems to be bursting with joy at times.  She is delighted by everyone and everything and her good humor is infectious.  She has made our family and our hearts complete.  A few weeks ago I commented that Isla was just what our family needed.  Her wiser-than-her-years older sister replied, “Yeah, to make our family bigger and to make it a bigger heart.  Because that’s love!”

We love you very much Isla.  Like a fat kid loves cake.






Harry Potter Birthday Party | Raleigh Lifestyle Photographer

I was so excited to be back with the Myers Family this year as they celebrated the twins turning the big 1-0!  They requested Harry Potter, tacos and to be surprised.   In response, their mom, Sunny, pulled a Mrs. Weasley and went above and beyond to deliver an epic celebration.  Guests were transported to a new world as soon as they walked in.  Truly, the only thing more amazing than how everything looked was that Sunny is a Harry Potter neophyte.  Having only seen the first movie and visited Harry Potter World, she recreated Hogwarts in astonishing detail.  From the entrance through Platform 9 3/4, floating candles in the great hall, to chocolate frogs and butter beer in Hogsmeade Village.  Tacos Costa Grande was right outside the venue serving up incredible food faster than you could say, “Accio Taco!”.  Of course, it’s not Hogwarts without a little magic and the night closed out with a super fun magic show performed by Magic By David.  The audience was spellbound, but by their reaction when he apparated a snake, I don’t think anyone in that room spoke parsel tongue.  I had so much fun capturing this event, what a fantastic theme!  It gave me a great excuse to play around and add a little “magic” of my own to a few of the images.  Sunny and Isaac, it was a joy to be back with your wonderful family again this year.  Thank you so much for letting me preserve these memories for you.  A very happy birthday to Nakato & Wasswa!

Venue: The Cottage at Anderson Point Park

Catering: Tacos Costa Grande

Entertainment: Magic By David



Personal: Isla Rose

What a difference a year makes!  It has really gone by so fast and even though she’s a poor second child, I wanted to give little Isla a moment in the sun on her first birthday.  These photos are a small sample of the many, many, many images captured over the past year.  These are the ones that caught my eye as I quickly went through them during the rare time I have to myself, drinking coffee and binge watching Bosch while she naps and her older sister plays in her room. I could share photos for weeks and still not get to all of my favorites.  These aren’t all “technically perfect”, some of them I snapped on my iPhone, but they are all representative of an amazing year.  Moments we took to be in a photo with just her.  Photos with her siblings who love her dearly, even as she steals toys and pulls on tails.  They show what a happy, silly, amazing little girl she has turned into over the past 12 months of milestones, trips, family and love.  She is just what we needed and wanted to complete our little family and I’m so glad she’s on this adventure with us.







The Johnson Family {Maternity Session}

I had a great time photographing Liz and Chris whose first child is due on March 17th, an auspicious date indeed with a long history of being associated with luck, magic and green beer.  Pretty much the three things required to survive parenthood! (Beer color optional)  I am  little nervous writing this blog post because Liz is a 10th grade english teacher.  Hopefully she’ll forgive me when I undoubtedly misplace commas and end a sentence with a preposition, whatever that means.  We ventured out the last weekend in January in which most other places is the dead of winter.  Luckily the dead of winter in North Carolina means mild temperatures, blue skies and beautiful light and we had a great afternoon.  Liz and Chris were game for whatever I suggested, even when it didn’t work and there was much hilarity.  Whether this little one arrives on St. Patrick’s Day or not it will be a very lucky baby to be born into a family so full of love, humor and the perfect amount of sarcasm.  I truly love these moments before these two become a family of four (doggy not pictured).  Congratulations and Good Luck!










Portraits: The Varnell Family

I first met Kara when I stopped by a yard sale in my new neighborhood and gave her my number in an attempt to pick up a new mom friend.  Two years later and we have both gone from one kid to two and I was thrilled she asked me to photograph little Eliza and their newly expanded family just in time for the holidays.  Older brother Luke was very sweet with his sister and the promise of a candy cane brought out some serious male modeling skills.  This was a great session and as a bonus it came with  a hot cup of coffee for me.  As the mother of two kids including a baby myself, I’ll take all the caffeine I can scrounge!  Wishing this family a very merry first Christmas as a family of four 🙂


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