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The Brandon Family | Raleigh Lifestyle Photographer

I spent a perfect fall morning recently with the Brandon family, capturing their little family in not only their new home, but their new state!  This session had a super fun Halloween twist, which I loved.  It’s not every day you get to blow bubbles and tell silly jokes with a dinosaur and peacock.   I was also happy to discover that I am not the only mother of an 18 month old that has their own opinion about when they will or will not pose for photos!  Kids will be kids after all and I think that is what makes these sessions all the better, because it makes them a little slice of real life.  There are smiles and tears and giggles and sass, and it can be exhausting, yes, but also wonderful.  Thank you so much for letting me be a part of your morning and I hope you are all settling in nicely.  Welcome to the south, y’all!

 

Mila and Zoe’s 3rd Birthday | Raleigh Lifestyle Photographer

I love my strange little niche market that I’ve found, photographing twin birthday parties for the second year in a row!  I was happy to be present to capture the day as Mila and Zoe were ushered into Threenagerdom with a Peppa Pig themed bounce party at The Little Gym Raleigh/Cary.  It’s amazing to see how much they’ve grown in just a year.  The girls are typical three year olds, wanted nothing to do with the camera and everything to do with the cake 🙂  They had a great time bouncing and dancing and playing with all of their friends and family, before finally getting to dig into their promised cake.  Happy birthday ladies!

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

 

 

Isla Rose Year One | Raleigh Lifestyle Photographer

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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