Newborn Baby Girl

newborn baby girl mom's veil treasured portrait

Newborn Baby Girl

Oh My Goodness, I totally loved this session. I mean I knew I would since I would get to catch up with a good friend from college. And get to see her newborn baby girl before any one else! One of the perks of being a newborn photographer, even in the winter I get to see all the babies first. But that is not why it will go down as one of my favorite portrait sessions from this year. 

Why then you ask was I so stoked to photograph this adorable little one? Her mom brought in props. And not just any props. She brought in her wedding veil. Wedding veils are gorgeous of course and this one was no exception. But why was I hyperventilating over a veil. Because my friends props with meaning are the way to my heart strings. Your sweet innocent baby girl photographed on her momma’s wedding veil is going to become a treasured keepsake portrait for generations to come. It will mean just as much to this little girl in 30 years as it does to her momma right now.

Memory Keeper

As a memory keeper this kind of portrait makes my heart skip a beat. Knowing that she has an actual print of her favorite portrait of her baby in her wedding veil just makes my year. Knowing that print will last for 100 years and be viewed and shared with family. This my friends is why I encourage everyone to print their memories. Digital file storage devices have a shelf life of maybe 8 years before the device can corrupt or fail. Prints last a life time. Print your memories or come see me and let me create printed portrait memories for your family.

-alicia

 


Baby N one year old plus cake smash sort of

Nina 1 year old plus cake smash sort of

Oh my goodness we had such a good time during Ms N’s One Year session plus cake smash sort of. She is just such a cutie that I can’t hardly stand it. Those sweet curls and that big old smile. I couldn’t get over how much she had grown since her 9 month session. You just can’t be sad with Ms N in the house! 

But you know when you get so excited about a plan for your little ones and then they have other plans? Oh yes all the moms know what I’m talking about! I was so looking forward to our cake smash at the end of her one year session. As it turns out Ms N is not a fan of cake. Who could have guessed? She wanted absolutely nothing to do with that pretty pink squishy frosting. And the cake she wasn’t even a bit curious about tasting that either. Even when we got her big sister in on the fun, nothing! She just wanted to go play with her cousins and the toys. And so we got big old crocodile tears, which I think are just part of the first year right. And super adorable, but not exactly what we had envisioned in our minds for her cake smash portrait session. Rolling with the whims of your littles is part of my job and when the littles are this cute, man I love this job. What’s your favorite from this session those sweet smiles or those sad yet adorable crocodile tears?

-alicia

Nina’s nine months baby portraits

Oh Miss Nina how fast you are growing and changing. Nine months is such a fun age. Everyone is your friend at this age and getting your sweet smiles out are so effortless. Thanks for that sweet girl. Everything at nine months is a new fun toy to explore, even when it’s just a headband or a coin box or a hair bow! The hard part of a portrait session at this age is keeping myself from taking too many photographs. Moms are always like I want them all. Which I love, and really look at all this cuteness. Who wouldn’t want them all? Sweet Miss Nina’s baby book is gonna be bursting at the seams. This little lady is number four for her momma and I know they all have baby books. Her momma is a rock star. I strive to be more organized every time I see her with the kids! Any who thanks for bringing me all your babies, I appreciate it. I look forward to watching them grow into adults and conquering their dreams! 

If your baby is growing and changing don’t let this time pass you by! Call today to schedule a portrait session. 704-313-5125

-alicia

Baby Girl Fort Mill, SC

Baby Girl photos Fort Mill, SC color neutrals warm living room set

Baby Girl Fort Mill, SC

Sweet Little Lillian came to see me in my studio recently. I met her parents and big brother at our Christmas Card Mini Session back in the fall. This baby girl has such a sweet family.

Look at those sweet baby cheeks and her perfect little nose. Baby Girl Lillian was so much fun to photograph because she was so laid back. Aww man what a treat she was to have in my home portrait studio. I can’t wait to watch her grow up. I’m looking forward to getting her and her big brother in my studio together. Congratulations again to her mom and dad!



 

Newborn Sessions: Oliver 9 days old

Oliver 9 days old newborn sessions indoor baby portrait photo

Oliver 9 days old newborn sessions

Oh my sweet little Oliver. I remember this newborn session like it was yesterday. Nine days old is the perfect age for a newborn photography session because baby is getting real milk (if nursing) and not yet to the growth spurt day. Day ten is a growth spurt day and nursing moms may spend all day cluster feeding. (I probably blocked day ten from my memory on purpose) Oliver was nice and cozy this day.  Just look at those gorgeous rosy cheeks and full red lips. I took a ton of photographs at this session but these three images are my absolute favorites. I couldn’t decide if the last image was better in black and white or color. Comment below if you have a preference.

The why

The neutral tones and textures in this setup were just amazing. His dark hair was the perfect contrast to the light tones. Nine days postpartum was a good day for me. I had enough energy to actually set up a proper backdrop with beanbag for my sweet Oliver. My older son was away for the morning at summer camp and enjoying being with other kids his age. And my sweet baby slept peacefully for a good chunk of time. I love these images and I’m so glad I took the time to make them when my son was 9 days old. He has changed so much since those first few weeks and we can’t go back to that time but I can look at these photographs and remember when he was so tiny and new.

-alicia

 

Nina 3 months

Nina 3 months

Sweet Little Nina seems like you were born just yesterday. You are still a tiny little thing at 3 months old. Your older siblings and cousins will always be there too take care of you and they will teach you to be a strong little bird. You are now smiling and laughing and watching your big sister like she is the most amazing thing in the world. I look forward to watching you grow and mature in front of my very eyes. Being your aunt is a privilege I hold most dear. Next time we meet in the studio you will be sitting up and taking in the world from a whole new perspective. The world is your oyster sweet miss Nina and I cannot wait to see what new tricks you have in store for our next milestone portrait session.

-alicia

DIY clothing rack Tega Cay, SC

DIY clothing rack Coat rack industrial pipes pink rose gold Fort Mill, SC Tega Cay, SC Charlotte, NC

DIY Clothing Rack

As most of you know I have been dreaming about having a separate studio space for photography for years. When we decided to move closer to my dear husband’s job that was a must for the new house. Our new home had a beautiful bright orange office that was almost perfect for my studio. The first thing we did was paint the walls white! I loved the orange but orange baby skin wasn’t gonna work for my clients ha! Then began the task of mentally organizing the space so that I could use and furnish it the right way. I decided we needed a clothing rack to hang the baby blankets, backdrops and props. This makes everything nice and easy to find while also minimizing wrinkles. No more bins for this baby photographer (insert happy dance).

So of course I tried to be frugal at first and bought a nice white one from Walmart. FAIL the thing buckled under the weight of about half my blankets. Then I went back to Pinterest and quite literally the drawing board. After talking it over with my handy DH we decided to DIY and build one. Then he made me draw it out with specs and everything. Wish I had taken a picture for everyone’s amusement. (My drawing ability is nonexistent)

Man did my husband do a great job. It turned out beautiful. It is super sturdy and should last for a long long time. Now everything has it’s place in the clothing rack, no more wrinkles, no more digging for the one I want and It looks great too. Below are a few images of the building process and final DIY clothing rack put together. Thanks again Jeff.

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Nina’s newborn session

newborn session baby girl nina pink

Better late than never

Nina’s newborn session was a little while ago and I am again way behind on blogging. Oops. I would tell you how busy we are but everyone is busy these days. So lets skip the excuses and move on to the beautiful baby girl that is my niece. Nina came in to my studio with her whole family and her grandmother too. She has three older siblings. Plus my two kids were home so we sent the dads outside with the big kids and us moms got to spend some quality portrait session time with Nina in the mostly quiet. (for those of you who haven’t had a newborn portrait session with me before I keep the heater on, a sound machine for white noise and sometimes a radio for the adults. Babies actually sleep better with constant noise. And I knew it wasn’t quiet at Nina’s house)

Nina’s newborn portrait session

Nina’s newborn session went amazingly well. She slept like a newborn (took a break for food of course ). She didn’t seem to mind being changed or having hair bows put on. And she even gave me a couple sweet little smiles! I love the baby smiles don’t you? She is certainly a beautiful baby girl and I look forward to watching her grow into a beautiful adult. Congratulations again to her mom and dad!

-alicia

Newborn Baby Boy

New little man

Sweet Mister P came in for his newborn portrait session and was just a dream to photograph. I can’t get over all his blond hair. I wanted to take him home with me ;) Thanks Barb & Andy for letting me photograph your sweet new little man.
-alicia