Charlotte NC Photographer Can You Believe Baby Kameron is one!

 

Baby Kameron is one year old!

Below are questions I asked his mom after one year of creating baby portraits for Kameron about what this journey has been like for her.

 

Congratulations Mom baby Kameron is one year old. What was this year like for you? Physically, emotionally or mentally. (remember there are no right or wrong answers)

It was a whirlwind! Overall things got easier with time. I think every stage has its highlights and challenges. Since he’s been walking it’s definitely been more physically challenging than anything.

newborn baby photography, black and white portrait, Fort Mill, SC, Charlotte, NC, Tega Cay, SCCharlotte Baby, Baby Kameron is oneWhat has been your favorite part of this stage now that baby kameron is one?

Kam is starting to talk more, play independently and develop his personality (including likes and dislikes). My favorite thing has been watching his habits like ALWAYS putting his cup in the cupholder, needing two of whatever he’s eating (one for each hand) and moving his chair to the perfect angle before sitting down.

Tell us about your child, what’s his personality like so far? What’s he up to at this stage? 

He is a jokester. Example….offers you food to share. You go to take a bite and he pulls it away quickly and takes the bite himself, laughing at you. We love how goofy he is but know he will continue to be the wild child. 

Charlotte Baby Photograph, kameron is one

He’s also getting into everything. Nothing is safe if he can reach it or open it.

Has this first year of motherhood changed you? 

My husband says I’ve gotten calmer and more patient LOL. I think it’s helped me to become softer in some ways. I’ve always been the independent I can do it all type, but now I’ve learned to lean on support systems and that it’s alright to not do it all.

In what ways do you think Kameron is like you? And what about your partner?

I think he is like me in the way he’s social and meets no stranger. He also loves soccer which was my sport growing up. I’m also particular…and he is too (ie, the cup needing to be in the cupholder).

He is like his dad for his love of music, all other sports and super active. He also can be impatient and insist on getting what he wants which his dad admits is all him 😉

Fort Mill SC Baby Kameron is oneWhat was the most useful baby product you loved?

Halo swaddle. The Velcro was the only thing keeping him swaddled

What was the least useful baby product you tried?

For us baby wearing products. He didn’t like it.

Any advice for fellow moms or moms to be? What is the best advice you have received on your journey?

Enjoy the different stages. Be prepared but be prepared to change plans 

Tega Cay SC, One year old boy How are you feeling about the little love stories journey? The one year baby portrait process? Anything I can do to change or improve the experience?

We’ve really loved every session! And getting to capture all the baby milestones I don’t think we would have without it.

 

Ready to learn more about our little love stories portrait sessions to capture baby’s first year? Get in touch here.

Expecting a newborn? Just want to get more baby fixes? Check out my friends blog all about newborn detail portraits not to miss during the newborn stage https://oliviaactonphotography.com/baby-details-janesville-wi-newborn-photographer/?fbclid=IwAR3ZN-890fYD-kL8fLSXgF7_FV4aB-zrTuN6-SeOt9_InhZYsSEjRl_otUg

 

Rock Hill SC Cake Smash Photographer | Parker Turns One

baby's first year, Rock Hill South Carolina, Charlotte North Carolina, Cake smash

 

Photographing baby’s first year

What’s better than photographing a newborn? Having the honor of photographing her throughout her first year of life. Photographing baby’s first year is a wild ride watching them grow and learn, seeing those little personalities emerge. It’s such a cool experience for me and for mom and dad also. At no other time during life do we grow and change so much in such a short time. 

baby's first year, cake smash, fort mIll scInterview with Mom:

What has been your favorite part of your baby’s first year?

My favorite part has been the cuddles. She now shows affection and it’s the best.

Tell us about your baby girl, what’s her personality like so far? What’s she up to at this stage? 

Her personality is kind of all over the place. She’s such a calm kid but when she wants something she demands it right then and there.

How has motherhood changed you over baby’s first year ? 

Motherhood hasn’t changed me much. I still like to stay home and still like to go to bed early

In what ways do you think she is like you? And what about your partner?

Everything! The way she side eyes, demanding, she’s also laid back and silly.

What was the most useful baby product you loved?

Kangaroo pouch! When I need to get things done and all she wants is to be held I just put her on and do what I have to do

What was the least useful baby product you tried?

Socks! She will not keep them on…

Any advice for fellow moms or moms to be? What is the best advice you have received on your motherhood journey?

Don’t worry so much! Your baby develops in their own way. Only read the books so you know what to expect and take them with a grain of salt. Everyone has their own opinions on how children should grow just have yours.

How are you feeling about the little love stories journey over her first year? The one year baby plan portrait process? Anything I can do to change or improve the experience?

parker turns one, cake smash, tega cay sc, babys first yearLove it! Have for sure been the best experience. I look back and am so happy we did this!

Looking for a fun super hero themed cake smash idea for your baby’s first year? Check out this awesome super hero session for inspiration!

 

Ready to chat about your baby plan portrait series to capture your baby’s first year? Let’s connect click here

Fort Mill SC Miracle Rainbow Baby Plus 3 Things You Should Know When Booking A Newborn Photographer

Charlotte Newborn Miracle Rainbow baby girl, Fort Mill SC, portrait

3 things you should know when booking a newborn photographer

  1. First does your photographer have safety training and lots of experience with newborns? Here is the hard truth newborns aren’t intuitively easy to pose. It may look effortless on Instagram but in real life new babies are like all people they have opinions about what you do to them. Some babies love being on their belly others don’t. The question really is does your photographer know enough about babies and their cues to tell the difference? Does he or she know what poses are not safe to do with out a composite? (fyi a composite is where a photographer makes a beautiful image from 2 or more images in post processing) This is the only way to create poses like the froggy or say one where you see an elephant holding a newborn. If your photographer is trying to do these things in one image with one hand run for the hills. That person is putting your child at risk of injury.
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  3. Second does your photographer have examples of a full newborn session? Not just a few amazing images online. You want to know exactly what to expect from this person for your new baby. Seriously it’s just like when you were looking for a wedding photographer you wanted to see a full wedding album not just the instagram highlight reel. Again if you want to have enough images of your new baby for a portrait album you need to know they can deliver enough beautiful portraits for your album. 
  4. And finally does your photographer sanitize and wash everything your baby touches between sessions? This one gets me fired up. I am a card carrying germaphobe. But especially since the pandemic started they need to be washing all the blankets not just the machine washable ones. We don’t want to be sharing germs and I’m not just talking about viruses in the news. Without a doubt if your photographer photographs babies without diapers on those blankets, backdrops and wraps need to be washed each and every time. because I’m here to tell you babies are messy and naked babies are extra messy, cute as those naked bums are 😉 Also, in case you are wondering if it doesn’t make it through the wash in my newborn studio I just toss it. Not only that, I even wash the little felt rainbows from this rainbow baby session! 

Rainbow Baby Interview With Her Momma:

  • I would love to hear about your pregnancy journey. Have you had any surprises along the way?
    This is my rainbow baby (it’s a girl) after a miscarriage in May 2020.
  • What do you like to imagine for your child’s future? Tell me all your dreams for baby.
    Happy, healthy, well-mannered, well-rounded, and all the photos of her we can handle!
  • What would you like your baby to know about YOU (their beautiful mama!)?
    How very much in love I am with her already. I have prayed for this child for many years.
  • Why are beautiful photos important for you and your family right now?
    Precious and irreplaceable memories in the years to come.

 

And because you are checking out this newborn blog, I thought you might also like a good birth story. All expecting moms like happy ending birth stories (or is that just me?) Anyhow check out Murphy’s story here. 

Ready to book your newborn portrait session? Give me a call 803-336-5125 or head over to the contact form

Fort Mill SC Newborn Photographer | New Baby Wyatt

 

 

Tell us about the first moments with your new baby?

I don’t know how to describe it other than indescribable. I was so overwhelmed with love for him and love for my husband as I watched him become a father. It’s a surreal experience seeing the product of months of pregnancy and in that moment every expectation and hope you have is surpassed.

New Baby Wyatt, album page, newborn, Fort Mill SC, Charlotte NC New Baby Wyatt, album page, newborn, Fort Mill SC, Marvin NCAny surprises in labor and delivery? Anything you didn’t expect?

Well, I was induced at 37 weeks, spent 3 days in labor and it ended in an emergency C section so that was a surprise. Wyatt’s heart rate kept dropping and there was some concern, but luckily the cord was not wrapped and he was healthy.

What’s the best part of being a new mom?

Getting to love on your new baby

New Baby Wyatt, album page, newborn, Fort Mill SC, Rock Hill SCWhat’s the hardest part of life with a new baby?

Definitely the lack of sleep. Your whole world turns upside down in moments and you just have to find that new normal.

 

What surprises has this month brought you with your new babe?

Mainly how natural this whole parenting thing has come. You really don’t know what you are doing but somehow you just figure it out.

Waiting for your own new baby to arrive? Check out these Folio Boxes!

Thinking about what to order for your newborn session. This momma chose an album of course, but what if you aren’t into albums for your new baby? Check out this alternative folio boxes. My friend Tasha made a great post about them read it here.

I love folio box for parents who want multiple images but don’t want an album or a wall collage. These are also perfect for small spaces, perfect for a book shelf display, a coffee table display or for moms of multiples who need to keep portraits out of reach of wild toddlers 😉 Let me know what you think of these.

-alicia

 

Charlotte Newborn Photographer Little Love Stories: Kelly & Alyssa Dream Baby

Dream Baby, newborn girl, pink, Indian Land sc, Marvin NC, Pineville NC

Interview Before Her Dream Baby Arrived

Tell me your family story!

  • We were surprised to find out we were expecting but are patiently awaiting the arrival of our sweet princess. Earlier this year our three year old told us she met her sister in her dream but she wasn’t real yet. She would not be real until later. About two months later I found out I was pregnant with a little girl.

Describe your pregnancy journey. Have you had any surprises (good or bad)?

  • The pregnancy overall was a surprise but thankfully we are both healthy. COVID has definitely changed things a lot and no one knows I’m pregnant except my immediate family.

What do you like to imagine for your child’s future? 

  • I know this little girl is going to be a light in this world because she has already been such a light during this dark year.

What would you like your baby to know about YOU (their beautiful mama!)? 

  • How much I adore her, how I didn’t plan for her but she is anything but an accident.

Finish this sentence. Motherhood is … 

  • You are beautiful and stronger than you even know

Why are beautiful photos important for you and your family?

  • They are so important to capture these moments in time.

Interview After Alyssa arrived

Tell us about the first moments with your baby?

  • Our first moments with Alyssa were so precious. After she was born they had to take her to NICU to monitor her so initially we could only see her for a second but I was just amazed at how beautiful and little she was. I just kept saying she looks just like me.

Any surprises in labor and delivery? Anything you didn’t expect?

  • The entire experience was very dramatic. I fainted after my anesthesia, Alyssa had turned unexpectedly and labor was delayed and she didn’t cry immediately. I just kept praying let my baby be ok. For our last child, she definitely had a very dramatic entrance.

What’s the best part of being a new mom?

  • The best part of this birth was just meeting the little person that kicked me for nine months. Also learning what people meant by not realizing how much this new addition completed our family.

What’s the hardest part?

  • Making sure everyone feels important and loved.

What surprises has this month brought you?

  • Just so much joy and excitement to a year that carried a lot of uncertainty and hardships.

 

Can you imagine a sweeter story of a dream baby? Me either, Are you expecting? I’d love to help you capture your dream baby’s newborn stage. I’m now booking newborn love stories sessions during the last trimester of pregnancy. If you are expecting a baby now is the time to get in touch. Drop me your contact information below

 

 

Already thinking you’d like a newborn portrait session Check out my friend’s newborn portrait prep guide. It’s a short and sweet article that will help you feel more prepared for your session. Read her article here 

Charlotte Baby Photographer Little Love Stories: Baby Kam is 2 months old

2 months old, mommy and me, baby boy, Charlotte, NC, Tega Cay, SC, Fort MIll, SC

Katie and Kameron Two Months Old

Congratulations Mom your baby is two months old. How are you feeling after this last month? Physically, emotionally or mentally. (remember there are no right or wrong answers)

  • We are starting to get the hang of his routine! Since he’s sleeping more we’re better rested physically. Now that we’re more confident as parents since we’ve learned his hunger/sleep/I want to play cues it’s easier to handle the ups and downs of the day.

What has been your favorite part of this month with baby?

  • How playful he’s getting and interacting with toys. He looks forward to tummy time and gets frustrated if we pick him up when he isn’t ready for it to be over.

What has been a struggle? Was it a surprise or expected?

  • His two month growth spurt was HORRIBLE. It was a surprise because out of nowhere our happy chill baby was gone. Nothing we did for three days could help console him. He spent a majority of the time swaddled, snuggled, sleeping or eating.

How has your relationship changed over the last few months?

  • Now that Kameron is older and able to go longer without naps and is sleeping better at night, we’re able to do things as a family or just the two of us a lot easier. When my husband gets off work it’s no longer “can you please hold the baby so I can shower/use the bathroom”. We also recognize the need for just the two of us date nights, so we decided we need to do something at least once a month baby-free.

What would you tell a brand new mom about the first months with baby?

  • Don’t be discouraged if something you figured out stops working. Babies change so much from week to week something they like/dislike one day could be the opposite the next. Also parental instincts are real. If you sense you should/shouldn’t do something follow your gut. You might be tempted to ask people but you’ll get 10 different opinions anyways 🙂

 

Curious about the little love stories series learn more here The little love stories series is a great way to celebrate your new baby and capture all those sweet moments during baby’s first year! We book little love stories session during the last trimester of pregnancy. If you are expecting a baby now is the time to get in touch. 

 

Expecting a baby read here on my friend Nani’s blog about Newborn Safety and what professional baby photographers want you to know Read Her Article Here

Charlotte NC Maternity Photographer | Intimate Couples Portraits: Artist Project Two

I turn forty in just over a week and I want to celebrate the love and compassion I’ve been shown as an artist with some fun artist projects. So these are a double win, I get to feed my creative side and you get a great piece of artwork for your home. 

Project Two: Intimate Couples Maternity Portraits

This is an idea I’ve been wanting to offer for a bit. Here is my vision. Black and white intimate couples portraits, think partner poses that leave no question how you got to this point. Think Hot and Emotional. Most importantly these will be tasteful.  I’ve created images with a similar feel before but always in color that didn’t translate to the black and white medium. 

Here is a Pinterest board I created as inspiration ideas

Check these out and see if this is something you and your partner would love

https://www.pinterest.com/ainsleyphotography/artist-project-inspiration/

Have you always wanted to have an intimate couples maternity portrait? Yes, let’s do this. Fill out the form below and I will give you a call to get started. Have questions, fill out the form and ask them, I’m happy to answer them all.

-thanks for sharing in my fun birthday project.

Alicia

 

as always if you know someone who this would be perfect for please share

 

Expecting a little one check out my friend Olivia’s tips for your newborn session here!

Charlotte NC Maternity Photographer: Want to have the most amazing maternity portrait session? Here is How to prepare

 most amazing maternity portrait session?

 

  1. Hire a professional maternity photographer like me. Someone who takes care of everything that’s important to you and your family.
  2. Let me help you with your vision. If you want the beautiful flow dress you can wear one of your choosing either from our client closet or something you have from home. If you want a casual family session or an intimate couples maternity shoot I can help you decide what everyone should wear.framed print, maternity portraits, playful, Fort mill sc, charlotte nc
  3. Hire a professional hair and makeup artist to get you photoshoot ready before your amazing maternity portrait session. Everyone feels like a queen when a pro handles their hair and makeup.makeup application
  4. Get a great night’s sleep knowing you are ready and the professionals will take care of the rest!
  5. behind the scenes at a new mom portrait makeup artistHave a large breakfast of your favorite foods because you are expecting and not counting calories hooray!
  6. Have a fabulous photoshoot day!

getting her hair done up

 

 

 

 

Want to find out more about a maternity portrait session with me? Fill out the contact form Click Here

 

 

 

 

Minneapolis MN Newborn Photography | Why Hire a Professional Newborn Photographer

Expecting a little one? Check out this short article from my friend Tasha explaining why to hire a professional newborn photographer here.

Charlotte Newborn Photographer | Little Love Stories: Navigating A Pandemic Pregnancy

navigating a pandemic pregnancy, newborn with family, Fort Mill, SC, Charlotte NC

 

What was it like navigating a pandemic pregnancy?

  • I found out I was pregnant right when everything began to shut down which was very hard for me.  My first OB appt to confirm mysweet newborn, Charlotte NC, Marvin NC pregnancy was over the phone which really messed with me. I was finally able to go in for my 12 week appt but my bf was not allowed to come in to see our baby on the screen. Due to COVID he is still unable to come to my appts and has only seen pictures of our child.  I had a minor scare with placenta previa but I was cleared after a few weeks.
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  • What do you like to imagine for your child’s future? *
  • I want my son to be great at whatever he wants to do.
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  • What would you like your baby to know about YOU (their beautiful mama!)? *
  • I want him to know that I love him and I’ve been waiting my whole life to meet him.
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  • Is there an encouraging message you would like to share with other mothers navigating their own pandemic pregnancy? 
  • new mom with smiling newborn baby, Charlotte NC Indian land, SCYou can do this! Your body was made for this!
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  • Why are beautiful photos important for you and your family? *
  • This is my first child and I want to have beautiful memories of this experience.

 

 

After his arrival, can you share about your first moments with baby?

  • The first moments with Cameron were very precious. I didn’t cry or anything I just looked at the amazing little human we had created.
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  • Any surprises in labor and delivery? Anything you didn’t expect?
  • Nothing went according to my birth plan due to my water breaking and only being 1cm dilated. They had to administer medication. Thisnew family, baby, Charlotte NC, Tega Cay, SC prohibited me from laboring in the tub at planned and I was unable to walk around because they were monitoring him. I ended up getting an epidural because I was hungry and tired but everything worked out.
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  • What’s the best part of being a new mom?
  • The best part baby snuggles and knowing I get a chance to mold him into a great person
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  • What’s the hardest part?
  • The hardest part right now is breastfeeding.

 

 

 

 

Want to learn more about the Little Love Story series? Your next step is to get in touch…  Click Here

 

Rock Hill SC Newborn Photographer | Notes from a first time Mom: Little Love Stories

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Notes while waiting for her baby girl…

First time mom here. I really don’t know what to expect…. I feel like it has been a very easy pregnancy from what I’ve read.

What do you like to imagine for your child’s future? *

For her to have two supportive parents that can also help her have a love and understanding for others. To help her get through her trials by helping her understand ours.

What would you like your baby to know about YOU (their beautiful mama!)? *

Her moms have worked a long time to get where we are today.

Is there an encouraging message you would like to share with other mothers? *

You’ve got this! Don’t get discouraged everything will be alright! Enjoy the highs and hope the lows go by fast.

Why are beautiful photos important for you and your family? *

I want to capture moments with my child instead of just of my child.

 



First time mom notes from the first week

Tell us about the first moments with your baby?new mom with baby  mom, Rock Hill SC, Charlotte NC, newborn baby girl

The first moments with her were….. mystifying. It was like nothing I’d ever experienced before. I know this sounds dramatic but, it was that and so much more. Taken over with emotions I’ve never felt, relief, and wonder. It seemed like such a dream.

Any surprises in labor and delivery? Anything you didn’t expect?first time mom, Fort Mill SC, Waxhaw NC, newborn baby girl

I had a very easy labor and delivery. That surprised me because, EVERYONE said the first delivery would be the hardest. I got so many stories of 24-30 hours of labor. I was only in active labor for four hours.

What’s the best part of being a new mom?first time mom, Fort Mill SC, Waxhaw NC, newborn baby girl

The best part of being a new mom is, all of it; the sleepless days and nights, the smell of baby, the cuddles. The fact that the baby wants no one else. To see your baby with your spouse and how they start to grow the bond you have.

What’s the hardest part?

first time mom, Fort Mill SC, Waxhaw NC, newborn baby girlThe hardest part of being a new mom is trying to figure out what works for you and your baby while trying not to linger on the thoughts of someone else’s opinions and “advice” wondering if your doing everything right and keeping your baby healthy.

What surprises has this month brought you?

We have no surprises yet…. She seems pretty perfect

Any feedback from your first little love stories portrait session? Anything I can change to make it better?first time mothers, Fort Mill SC, Waxhaw NC, newborn baby girl

I feel like our first session was amazing! We are very reserved people and you were able to get us out of our shell enough to catch it on camera.

PS Notes from a first time mom after one month with her newborn

“Hey Alicia,first time mom, Rock Hill SC, Charlotte NC, newborn baby girl

I looked back at my new mom questionnaire and wanted to change the answer to a question. Parker was only 8 or 9 days and I don’t feel like I was able to properly answer the question. Since Parker will be a month old on Tues. Now I can accurately answer “what surprises has this month brought”?

The surprises this first month has brought were the things no one tells you to expect. Of course the sleepless nights, the sweet cuddles, the love you would feel are what everyone mentioned.

They don’t mention some days in the beginning you’ll forget to eat. You will want to nap when baby sleeps but your brain doesn’t shut off. You’ll be following safe sleep but still wake up with every little noise to make sure your baby is okay. You will not know what to do when your told to take a little time for yourself. Just know it will all be okay! Don’t stress yourself out. Love yourself momma!

I know it’s long but I had to let new moms know how it is. That it is ok for it to be stressful but it will be okay.”

Amber

first time mom, Fort Mill SC, Waxhaw NC, newborn baby girl

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