We had planned…, New Baby Just Laughs At Our Plans

Planned baby, Music man, baby posed on records, Charlotte NC, Fort MIll SC

We had planned…, A New Baby Just Laughs At Our Plans

My fiance and I became engaged on March 13 of this year – literally days before everything crashed down around us. We were just beginning to plan a wedding when we found out I was pregnant in early April. Needless toPilot legacy baby portrait, Charlotte NC, Fort MIll, SC say, plans have changed. We focused instead on buying our dream house and preparing to meet our little boy, Owen. My fiance, Chris, is amazing and has been so excited about this time in our lives!   

   

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

   

I got pregnant much faster than anticipated. My fiance and I agreed I should get off birth control because we knew we were planning to start a family after we were married. I’m 37, so we honestly thought it would be tougher. I got pregnant one month off birth control even though my Dr. prepared us for a long journey. What a surprise! we are so excited. It’s been newborn baby, blue, Charlotte, NC, Matthews NC, Fort Mill, NCa tough pregnancy (Still have morning sickness), but trying to find the joy and embrace this season.   

 

   

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

   

I want him to be HAPPY. I want him to have choices, to know he’s loved, to love others, and to be kind.   

newborn baby, mechanic legacy, Charlotte, NC, Matthews NC, Fort Mill, NC   

What would you like your baby to know about YOU? *   

   

I’d like him to know that I’m not perfect, but am going to try every day to be the best mom possible for him.   

   

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

   

You’re going to be an amazing mom!   

   

What else would you like to share?*   Mom with new baby, Charlotte NC, Fort Mill SC

   

I really want to remember this special time. I know the newborn phase can be crazy and I don’t want to have it go by and only remember it being a haze. I’d love to have photos of this time and always remember this new time for us.   

   

     

   

   

Baby is here!   

   

 

Tell us about the first moments with your baby?   

   

Overwhelming. We had to do a c-section, so the first few moments weren’t exactly as planned but seeing him for the first time made me realize the only thing that matters is having a healthy baby boy. Thankfully my husband was able to be with Owen and hold him until I was out of recovery.   

   

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

Music man, baby posed on records, Charlotte NC, Fort MIll SC   

I truly was not ready for the physical pain of contractions and the emotional pain of my ideal birth scenario going out the window.   

   

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

   

Seeing things through his eyes. Everything is brand new to him. Then there are things that are brand new to both of us, like breastfeeding and just figuring it out together has been amazing.   

   

What’s the hardest part?   

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Worrying that I’m not doing the right thing all the time. There’s so much I don’t know.

 

What did you have planned before your baby arrived? Share in the comments

Notes from a first time Mom: Little Love Stories

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

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

Are you expecting a new baby? I’d love to include you in our little love stories series. Follow this link to get started and learn more.

JOIN THE LITTLE LOVE STORIES

 

Because Moms can be Glamorous too

Why just get your maternity photo simply taken, when you can be pampered like a model on a climate controlled studio…

Posted by Insley Photography on Monday, November 9, 2020

 

Why just get your maternity photo simply taken, when you can be pampered like a model on a climate controlled studio set?

We’re offering an exclusive, editorial-style maternity photo shoot package, so you’ll feel just like you’re posing for a magazine cover! You deserve to celebrate your pregnancy glow and remember this special time with a professional portrait.

There are only ten spots available for this editorial-style shoot. The package includes a professional makeover and pamper session, access to our maternity closet, including designer gowns and wraps, and a fully guided maternity photoshoot experience with Alicia Insley Smith.

Ready to be pampered and have a full day of pregnancy glam? Contact me to reserve your spot today!

Chris, Denisse and Liam – The Story of a Miracle Baby  

miracle baby, lake norman, nc Fort Mill, SC, Charlotte, NC

Once upon a time, Denisse and Chris decided to give themselves the opportunity to find their soulmate through match.com. Chris was living in Florida and Denisse in Costa Rica, after having a long distance relationship for a couple of years Chris proposed at the foot of a waterfall in Asheville, NC, they got married and moved to the Lake Norman area in NC.

After being married for 2 years Chris and Denisse decided to start trying to have a baby. Little did they know that It would take them 3 years of fighting against infertility (3 medicated cycles, 3 IUI and 1 IVF), they went through multiple miscarriages until they were able to conceive a viable pregnancy with their miracle rainbow baby Liam S. McCoy (baby #5). 

miracle baby, fort mill, sc, Lake norman, nc

The pregnancy was smooth and enjoyable for the most part, however during the 1st trimester Denisse experienced multiple bleedings and the last 2 weeks of pregnancy she had high blood pressure, which forced her to delivered her miracle baby at 39 weeks. Liam came to the world after a good and fast labor without any complications.

Liam’s story is the story of a warrior, despite all the odds, 3 years of his parents fighting against infertility and a pandemic in the mix he came to the world at 3am on June 5th. 

Miracle baby boy in blue, Tega Cay, SC, Charlotte, NC, Lake Norman, NC

Denisse said:

The first moments with Liam were magical and unforgettable, happy and joyful tears came out of my eyes when I saw him for the first time, we did skin to skin and I couldn’t stop admiring his cuteness, enjoying his nice smell, looking at his beautiful blue eyes, blonde hair, little hands and feet. I was in complete awe by his perfection.

We are blessed to have Liam in our lives and we are treasuring each minute with him.

We are looking forward to getting to know him, who he becomes, what he likes and dislikes. We would love for Liam to learn about his diverse background (Costa Rican, American, Danish, Scottish and Irish). We would like for him to travel and explore the world, get to know different cultures and ways of living.

Miracle baby boy in blue, Tega Cay, SC, Charlotte, NC, Lake Norman, NC

We would like for him to enjoy this gift called life and have fun throughout the journey.

The best part of being a mom is the unconditional and profound love that you get to feel for a little tiny human and the blessing to enjoy new experiences with my miracle baby boy. The hardest part is to silence all the outside noise of how to raise a child and follow your intuition through this soul journey. I am learning that each day with a newborn is completely different and embracing the learning opportunities that each brings is key.

To all the moms out there “Treasure every moment, every experience, every second with your kids, they are a treasure, they are a miracle. Get to know your kids, have fun learning who they are and what they want to do with the gift you gave to them, the gift called life”

Oh little boy these photos are proof that fairytales come true, looks at us we have YOU. 

Newborn Love Stories: waiting for baby


During this time in your life when things are changing, and your baby is growing inside you, I’m on a mission to capture your true glowing beauty and the beginning of your journey into parenting. I believe all children are miracles and the time you spend waiting for baby should be celebrated and remembered for them and for you. Capturing the pregnancy stage is a wonderful gift for your child showing them how much they are loved, waited for and cherished! It’s also a wonderful way to remember and connect with your child by looking back at a time that went by much too fast.

What would you tell your baby now before she is born about your hopes and dreams for her future?

What do you want to show her as she grows and changes throughout her childhood? 

Andrea participated in the Newborn Love Stories and she had this to say about her journey to motherhood  “She is my dream, my best gift; what I have longed for all my life is my. I’m going to love her forever unconditionally.” Mom is very joyfully waiting for her baby girl to arrive.

She believes beautiful photographs are important for her family “because they are the way to remember a moment that for many will be unique, wonderful and when I felt beautiful and different.” She said her desires for her child’s future are that it would be “Full of blessings, full of the love of God, and for her to be happy and healthy.”

If you are waiting for a baby, I would love for you to apply for the Newborn Love Stories Campaign. In exchange for sharing your story you will receive a complimentary maternity portrait session and your favorite image printed professionally as a thank you for participating. Click here to share your story.



Why you just need to show up and relax

Now I know you are thinking what is she talking about just show up and relax? Im talking about newborn portrait sessions. Moms tell me all the time that they didn’t do newborn portraits because they just kept putting it off or thought it was gonna be a ton of work. I’m here to bust that myth today. I make it easy for moms. All you have to do for great newborn portrait sessions are come with baby and relax.

Ok, ok I know you are saying it can’t be that easy.

And you are right there are a few things we need to discuss before it can be that easy. The day of your session though it really is that easy. Get up, grab baby (maybe feed baby) and then head over. I can literally take care of the rest food, coffee, hair and makeup (ok that’s my awesome make-up artist queens), baby whispering we’ve got all that covered!

Ok so now your asking what do I need to do before the portrait day?

It’s really pretty simple. We have a conversation where I ask a bunch of questions to find out what you really want your portraits to look like, feel like and what medium you will want them displayed in the future. If you choose a home visit I can come and make suggestions for wall art locations, style to fit your home. Portrait needs check

I even help with clothing, color choices and send you a style guide before your session.

If you want to work with a stylist I can arrange for one to come visit your closets. She will help you pick the family’s portrait day outfits. Speaking of clothing we have a closet full of gowns for moms to feel glamorous and not have to buy a dress. How’s that for easy? Clothing check

Spouse and kids, I know you have concerns

I know poor husbands get a bad rap, it’s not their fault really they are trained to act foolish about emotional stuff. Let’s be real portraits are full of emotions and feelings. But don’t fret I’ve got a few tricks in my arsenal for your spouse if they aren’t into long portrait sessions. Most adults can be reasoned with and if that doesn’t work I can always act like a bratty kid and get them laughing. Usually when I explain I need them to smile, participate and have fun for 20 minutes and then they can leave. They almost always agree.

Kids are a bit more complicated than I can explain in this post, but again trust me I’ve got tricks, jokes and last resorts a plenty. It all boils down to planning. I’m gonna ask questions about their ages, likes, personalities etc so I can be ready to get them to participate. Also for newborn sessions with siblings I always have a helper, they make great comedians, tickle monsters, and toddler chasers.

Have more specific questions?

Leave a comment, send me a message or just call 803-336-5125 and I’ve got an answer. Let’s collaborate and make your newborn portrait session perfect for your family. Let’s create a plan. So you can just show up and relax on your new baby’s portrait day.

Event to support the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

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two girls being themselves

“Life should not only be lived, it should be celebrated.” 

You’re their first cheerleader…

Their first friend….

And their biggest supporter, as their mommy.

They are your whole world.

But we moms soon forget that they used to LOVE meowing instead of speaking or had a huge fascination with airplanes. Or that picking out her favorite outfit before school was the best part of her day.

To celebrate the littlest baseball star or tiny fashionista in your family, by creating a fun portrait experience that’s all about them at this stage of childhood. 

I’m working on an event just for kids to raise money for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

For just a $100 donation, you can schedule a 15-minute session on May 18th with me at the studio, and we’ll create great images of your kiddo all about his or her favorite things. 

It’s a bit different than the usual larger session we do every few years, but the focus is just on getting a few images of your child to capture what makes her special.
 

I’ll gift you a metal desktop print of your favorite image from the session.

I only have space to do 12 of these mini-sessions so I wanted to be sure you know before it’s too late.

Call now to book 704.313.5125!

See you soon!

Alicia

PS. Tega Cay Concert Series will have a fun Photo Booth this Saturday 6-10 at Runde park I will be there taking donations for the great cause. Come see me.


Why you should plan a Babymoon

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Congratulations! You’re expecting! Suddenly there is a flurry of activity surrounding the impending arrival. But before you welcome that adorable bundle of joy—that also comes with sleepless nights, zero alone time, and mommy brain—make sure to take some time alone with just the two of you. A “Babymoon”, as it’s been dubbed, is a quiet, romantic vacation you take with your partner as a kind of “lass hurrah!” before your baby arrives.

Celebrate


Let’s admit it, babies take a lot of time and energy and despite your best efforts it will not be easy to fit in alone time. Celebrate your last moments of just the two of you and build up those energy reserves! It doesn’t have to be a super long vacation, maybe just a long weekend away, but make sure that it is as relaxing as possible. Something where you can just kick up your feet and not worry about cooking, cleaning, or entertaining.


For a sweet, charming escape for just a few days, drive up to Asheville and stay in the historic Biltmore Hotel or rent a luxury cabin up in the mountains of Blowing Rock. Visit art galleries, drive the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway, and dine at local foodie spots featuring local produce and meats.

Nearby Babymoon


Or if an ocean breeze is more your style, head down to Charleston and stay in a boutique hotel on King Street and stroll through the historic neighborhoods of grand mansions lit with gas lamps. There is a plethora of cute shops and open air markets and a mouth watering Southern food scene. A little further south you can find relaxing beach cottages for rent on Folley Island or Kiawah Island. Early Fall or late Winter are off peak times so prices are better and you skip the crowds but the weather is still warm
enough to enjoy the scenery.


For longer escapes some ideas include enjoying the temperate weather in Santa Barbara, California, or stay in a charming country bed and breakfast in the mountains of Vermont —especially beautiful in the fall! If you are wanting something a little more exotic but worried about traveling to different countries, the Bahamas is the perfect option. The closes of the Caribbean islands to the U.S., flights are shorter and cheaper, and unlike other Caribbean islands there is a no known risk for the Zika virus there.

Sandals Babymoon

tropical island getaway Babymoon article fort mill, SC Tega Cay, SC Charlotte, NC

My recommendation would be either the Sandals Royal Bahamian or Sandals Emerald Bay All Inclusive Resorts for the ultimate romantic experience. Enjoy the quiet bliss of a kid-less environment while enjoying a virgin daquari under a palm tree on the beach. Both of these resorts feature several restaurants to choose from, sparkling pools, private beach, and a variety of luxurious rooms with soaking tubs, including some that come with your very own Butler. The resorts are scattered with romantic little nooks, hammocks, and swings to lounge around in.


Another great option would be a cruise to the Bahamas. Three to five night itineraries are easy to find at several ports on the East Coast, including Charleston, S.C. This is what we did for our Babymoon back in 2010 before our oldest son was born. These cruises will almost always stop at a private, cruise ship exclusive beach where all you need to do is enjoy the sparkling, turquoise waters. Pamper yourself at the on board spa and soak up time in the adult only pool areas.


These are just a few ideas for a memorable pre-baby vacation. I hope my suggestions help you decide on the perfect destination—remember to enjoy every moment.

Colleen Travel Consultant

Colleen Kuerth is an Independent Travel Consultant with Mystical Dream Travel, which specializes in Disney Destinations, All Inclusive Resorts, and Cruises. Her FEE FREE services help reduce the stress of planning the perfect vacation and gives you the VIP service of a personal planner. From helping you choose the right resort, to booking reservations and special experiences, to rate watching–Colleen treats all of her clients vacations as if they were her own. Contact her at 802-373-4547, or colleen@mysticaldreamtravel.com

One Year Cake Smash Portraits Tega Cay, SC

Fort Mill, SC, Tega Cay, SC, Charlotte, NC real kids baby one year studio portrait

Cake Smash Portraits

These fun themed first birthday sessions always turn out so adorable! I mean who doesn’t love a cute baby, a fancy pink outfit, pearls and a cake! It is truly a recipe for fun and over indulgence.

Birthday Buddies

This little lady and I just happened to share a birthday so of course when her mom mentioned a birthday session I was super excited. I don’t need cake or presents for my birthday just bring your babies over to the studio and let me create a magical portrait session for them! That is the perfect birthday present for yours truly. ;)  Continue reading “One Year Cake Smash Portraits Tega Cay, SC”