Oliver 7 days fresh

Oliver 7 days fresh

Baby Oliver 7 days fresh here and I was not really ready for a whole newborn session on my own. However I could not let my sweet baby boy get any bigger before capturing those tiny little details. Those perfect little fingers and tiny little toes. And look at all that dark hair I love it. Lets hope it doesn’t all fall out. Don’t you just love those squishy little kissable lips? Swoon. I am so in love with this little guy I cannot stand myself. I spend most of our day holding and loving on this little fellow. We are grateful for his safe and healthy arrival. I appreciate all the warm wishes and understanding after we had to close during my pregnancy. It was worth everyday I spend in bed. Isn’t he just perfect? More baby Oliver newborn portraits will be coming soon. Enjoy the details for now.

-alicia

Oliver 7 days fresh newborn baby boy sepia collage

Baby Dominic 4 days new

Baby Max 4 days new color blue boy

Baby Dominic 4 days new

Baby Dominic I was super excited when I first heard your mom was expecting. Having a friend expecting at the same time as you is great because you have someone to share all the good things and also some of the not so fun stuff with too. Already being in love with big brother Vince, I knew little Dominic would be just as much fun. I did not realize until meeting him that he would be the spitting image of his big brother. These two are obviously brothers. Having two very handsome little guys in my home studio was a dream.

Baby Dominic was the perfect newborn baby model as you can see below. He slept almost the whole portrait session. Such a sweet and handsome little one. I cannot wait to see him again. Congratulations again Emily and Matt you have a beautiful baby boy.

-alicia

 

Beautiful Pregnancy

Beautiful pregnancy

Beautiful Pregnancy

This is something I have been thinking about adding to my pregnancy portrait portfolio for a little while. First I had to find the right Mommy-to-be to want these type of poses. Not every women likes this style or even feels comfortable posing for a beautiful pregnancy photograph. Then I had to get the lighting and pose just right to bring these beautiful pregnancy photographs to my audience. Nude portraits have always been controversial and sharing them with the world can be risky. These beautiful pregnancy portraits are meant to be empowering to the mom. They give Moms-to-be the opportunity to show the world just what she can do with grace and beauty. Creating and caring for a precious new life is awe inspiring. I believe pregnancy should be portrayed in this way. I know I have said this before but I think all pregnant women are stunning. The beauty and strength demanded of the human body to carry a baby is the most precious miracle I can capture as a portrait artist. This avenue is something I wish to continue to grow and develop in my personal and professional photography. Thanks for letting me share my vision.

-alicia

 

Liam 10 days new a beautiful baby boy

Liam 10 days new newborn beautiful baby boy baby boy black and white model call

Liam 10 days new

Oh baby Liam I was waiting for you to arrive with baited breath. I had a feeling you would be a beautiful baby boy and I was so right. This little one was a dream to work with. Thank you to his parents for working with my schedule and bringing him out to our little home studio.

It was obvious to me that little Liam will be loved and cherished by his family. And anyone who sees these family images can see it too. Congratulations to his mom and dad. He is such a beautiful baby boy. I cannot wait to see him grow over this next year.

-alicia

Look who’s One year old!

One year old! baby girl

Look who’s one year old! I know it was a little while ago that she turned one. Sorry miss E this photographer has been busy playing mommy. However late I still feel like she deserves a blog post for such a fun cake smash birthday session. Miss E is such a beautiful baby and that playful smile gets me every time. Can you even believe her blue eyes are real? I promise no eye color enhancements or even extra blue were added here, this is au natural. I have really enjoyed watching her grow over the last year, best part of my job. Seeing those little personalities develop is just amazing.

Miss E always looks portrait ready. Her mom does a wonderful job with styling. That dress is perfect and those tiny little shoes are just adorable. Mom even made her beautiful cake. What more could a One year old ask for? Thanks again to mom for bringing her out to my home studio. I can’t wait to see how this wall collage looks hanging in her room! Happy 1st birthday sweet baby girl.

For a look back here is her newborn session http://insleyphoto.com/8-days-new-baby-girl/

-alicia

3 year old head shots

3 year old head shots

My sweet three year old boy in his handmade vest. Doesn’t he look handsome for his 3 year old head shots? Grammy made the vest for him of course. And he just loves to wear anything made by Grammy! I have to do some more portraits of him soon since he got glasses a few weeks ago. I just couldn’t not post these for the Grandparents to see how handsome he is. Gosh I could just eat him up with a spoon. He certainly keeps things entertaining around here. He wanted to take pictures of me while I photographed him. Silly boy didn’t understand why I wouldn’t let him cover his face with a camera the whole time.

-alicia

 

It’s a boy! | Gender Reveal

It's a Boy

Can you all believe this crazy snow storm that just came through? This is still North Carolina right? Having a helper snowed in at our home, I had time to create this adorable gender reveal series. My son even cooperated for the most part 😉 I am really excited to announce to the world we will be having a boy in early June. Our son is really thrilled to be having a little brother and I think he will be an awesome big brother. Of course there will be more pregnancy self portraits coming soon. Have a great Monday!

 

-alicia

 

 

Newborn Baby Girl Sawyer

Newborn Baby Girl

Newborn Baby Girl

Baby Sawyer gave her mommy quite the time with her pregnancy. But man was she worth the wait and all the scares. She is just perfect and apparently just likes to make a dramatic entrance. Maybe she will be famous on the stage one day in the far off future. She was the perfect little model for our newborn baby portrait session. I of course got in my snuggle time. Thank you to my dear friends for allowing me to take over your home for a portrait session of your beautiful baby girl.

Also a special thank you to Tammy Bowden for providing all the handmade hats and accessories. You do beautiful work and I cannot wait to see more. They really made her images special.

-alicia

My First Maternity Self Portrait Charlotte Maternity Photographer

Maternity self portrait black and white

 

My first maternity self portrait

For those of you who regularly read my blog ramblings you know that I never had my pregnancy photographs taken with my first child. I had a photographer hired and ready to take my portraits originally at 32 weeks. She ended up having a conflict and was unable to reschedule until I would have been 36 weeks. Ordinarily with a first time mom this would not have been a problem, as many first time moms actually deliver after their due date. However our dear son had other plans in mind.

We lovingly refer to him today as our early bird 😉 He arrived at 35 weeks and a few days. And the only pregnancy photograph I have from his time were taken at my baby shower. Let me just say that not having a full length mirror at home was a terrible mistake for my non-fashion conscious self. No one will see those photographs but my kiddos. This self portrait will hopefully be my first of several maternity self portraits. I have grand plans to take many. I will also be hiring a maternity photographer to photograph the whole family well in advance of this child’s arrival.

Technical details

For those that are interested in how I accomplished this maternity self portrait. I have a large sliding glass door in my home studio space. I covered the doors with sheer white curtains and played with my camera settings until I was happy with the results. Landing on an aperture setting of f/4.5 and exposing at 1/100 of a second. Then I set up my tripod and set my camera to self timer.

I really do love technology. It took a few takes to get my pose and place set be myself. After I had all the images I thought I would need I edited them to black and white in Adobe Lightroom. I think they turned out alright for my first try. I did decide I need a new dress or two for my later photographs. If anyone has any recommendations on where to find beautiful maternity dresses please send them along. Thanks for letting me share.

-alicia

 Maternity self portrait black and white

Before and After: Charlotte NC Maternity Portrait Photographer

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Before : a maternity portrait session

Miss A called me just before her son was due to arrive. She said “I just came across this Before and After image of a pregnant mom and then the same mom with her baby. She of course included an image example. Any chance we can do this before he arrives?” having already photographed miss A’s maternity session very early in her pregnancy I said of course I can. So without further ado here are some of her Before images from this second maternity portrait session.

There will be more to come from this family in the next week or so. Miss A delivered a beautiful baby boy the following day. I cannot wait to meet him and of course take his first professional baby portraits. I just loved this idea for a before and after composite and the final product should be just as beautiful as these before portraits did.

Please don’t wait until 40 weeks

Just a word of caution while we are on the topic of maternity portraits. Please don’t wait until the last minute to contact your maternity portrait photographer. You could miss your chance just like I did with my first pregnancy.  It’s best to contact your maternity photographer during your second trimester. Maternity portraits are best created between 28-32 weeks

Also if you have ideas about your final images please don’t hesitate to share your ideas. As an artist I love to be inspired and to know what you love too. stay tuned.

-alicia