Carolyn saw my other maternity sessions and loved them! She was 37 weeks pregnant when she contacted me so we had to move quickly! Together, with Blake, her husband, we planned the session. Luckily they were easy to work with and Blake was game for whatever Carolyn and I came up with. He was just excited about their new baby. As Carolyn and I were planning, I asked her to give me a list of about themselves as I always do with clients in order to customize their session. Come to find out, Carolyn is an OB/GYN. How convenient is that! It gets even better, this will be their first child! I love getting the opportunity to capture people’s big events.

We started our session in the baby’s nursery. I saw that there was a cute knitted giraffe in the crib and Carolyn told me, “my Aunt made it for the baby!” It looked store bought. It was pretty impressive! Of course, I had to include that in photos. As I was going through the items in the nursery, I noticed 3 little baby booties on a small shelf. As Carolyn explained who gave her the booties, one stood out to me, “the white booties on the right were mine when I was a baby, my mom saved them and handed them to me for my baby,” Carolyn mentioned. I was speechless. An OB/GYN their first child, a handmade giraffe by her Aunt and saved baby booties which were still in great condition… I’m loving this session even more!

As we were wrapping up our session at their home, I asked what they normally do. As they demonstrated their usual routine. I was able to capture those moments. One the baby is old enough, she will be able to get a glimpse of what her parents used to do before she was born. As soon as we were done in their home, we packed up and wen to the Tobacco District in Durham, a place that was meaningful to them since they’d spend time there for fun. It was a perfect way to end the session.

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Where should I start, ‘can’t get enough with this family. As I was working with them I felt as though I wanted to stay there all day and just spend time with them, the kids were a blast. I think I won’t mind babysitting for the Whitmores! The kids played their violin for me as I photographed them and half the time I had no idea what they were doing but it made their photos even more interesting and fun, and as we were wrapping it up at the house, I wanted to photograph the kids one more time as a group and I must say, I was NOT expecting them to be such pros for getting their photographs taken, they got it down for sure! Then, sure enough, I have found out that they always get their family portraits done every year, that explains a lot, they are very well trained by the other photographers which made my job a lot easier and just have fun with these kiddos! Caleb and Charlotte are a very down to earth couple, they’re also great in front of the camera, they needed a few headshots done for their company since they both travel to speak for Web Analytics. They recently moved from Seattle to Raleigh and with that in mind, Raleigh has gained another great family, I believe that Raleigh has given them a nice Fall Welcome as we rarely see the trees this colorful! So Welcome Whitmore family, we’ll see you soon!

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Breanna and I met up at Sola coffee shop in Raleigh to talk about the details of her wedding, I think it’s one of the best places to meet up clients (just sayin’!). I believe we ended up talking for hours, I enjoyed hearing Breanna’s stories on how they met, the day they got engaged and the plans for her wedding, we were bouncing off ideas with one another, considering she’s also an artist with clever ideas on how to save money without sacrificing the quality of a great wedding, so with that said, we definitely stayed and chatted for hours until the coffee shop closed. And talked a little more outside the parking lot, we just hit it off! This is one of the things I enjoy as a photographer, getting connected with the bride and just watch them glow with a big smile talking about every women’s dream of planning a wedding. Then I met Brian, he’s like Breanna’s twin but a funny one, he also has his own ideas which made their engagement photos even better! On their wedding day, they both got it down, they were both relaxed and just having a great time with each other and that made my job much easier, I was just shooting away and captured them on how they truly spend time as a couple, they created magic in the air – Ehl-Oh-Vee-Eeh, L.O.V.E.! And of course, as the photographer, I just did my ‘thang’ …and so here they are, just a few of their many wedding memories I was able to capture!

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Brian and Breanna just knew of each other since they went to the same college but they never really interacted with one another. After a few years, they crossed paths again at a friend’s wedding on the west coast and this time Brian finally took the courage and was able to get her phone number from a friend, he called her up and introduced himself and from that moment on, he got her attention, they kept in touch by phone and talked… for hours! They even played games just by talking over the phone, I thought that was pretty clever, creative and a sweet thing to do. When it’s about that time to have their first date, Brian found another creative thing for their first date considering he was living in Indiana at the time, he did some research on what they could do down here in Raleigh and I think he did a pretty good job. Online, he found a “Scavenger Hunt” Adventure, I have lived here for some years now but I never knew they did that. As we were planning for their engagement session, they have mentioned about the fun things they did on their first date so I thought photographing them around downtown would be a good start. As we were walking around the area, we went inside the Capital Building… uhm, again I have lived here for some years now and I finally saw the Capitol from the inside, luckily they have friendly government employees so we got a few great shots. Then as we started to scout around the area again, they explained to me about their “hand sign” sweet gestures to each other… these two lovebirds are just full of ‘sweet creative brain juices’! So as you go through their photos, you will see what we were able to collaborate with their creative ideas and my ‘photographic twist’, we came up with some pretty cool photos. As the day went on, we all just had a great time. Never knew Brian is a funny guy! So here are a few from their engagement session. Enjoy!

 

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I have been meeting a lot of couples that have met through online dating sites, I think whoever came up with that idea is brilliant!… And made a lot of money, ha! That’s how Erica and Will found each other, Will came down to Raleigh to meet up with Erica in person for the first time, they went to a few places in downtown Raleigh and they hit it off, they became two peas in a pod! A few years later, Will had Erica’s cousin to pretend that she needed Erica to babysit for her kids on a Saturday. As they were driving to her cousin’s house, which was actually Erica’s old house, Will pulled into the driveway, and together they walked back to a barn behind it. When they got to the barn, he opened the door and inside were a bunch of flowers, Will started to say a few words of his prepared speech, Erica continued to look around then she saw a sign that said “Will you marry me?”, as soon as Erica realized what he was doing, she started crying then Will suddenly got down on his one knee, then said a few more words, then he finally asked the big question… Such a creative and unique way of proposing! I love hearing stories on how people get creative with their proposals! We did their engagement session at downtown Raleigh, then we have discovered a local restaurant called ‘Brewery Bhavana’, I must say it was such a unique and hip place! They even sell flowers, books and I’ve heard from a friend that they have the best dim sum, took a few more photos around the area then we took a chance and went to a crazy place called the “State Fair”! Took us forever to get in but made it and did a few shots, it was the busiest day to go to such a place, it was crazy but I didn’t let that stop us… We weren’t able to go around all that much, we inhaled all the smoke, smelled all the grilled and deep fried food and made our stomachs growl but finally got a few shots in and posting a few of them on this blog. In spite of the struggles of getting around it was so much fun! I cannot wait to capture your big day next year, Erica and Will!

 

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