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P Family at Childress Vineyards - Greensboro Family Photographer

I love getting to play catch up with past clients and this family is certainly one of my favorites. I cannot believe I have known them for a decade - back when we were both single child families. We met up halfway between Charlotte and Greensboro at Childress Vineyards - what a gorgeous location! If you haven’t visited the grounds at Childress, it’s definitely worth the drive and they have an amazing lunch menu.

Fall Family pictures are some of my favorites and we threw in a first Birthday update this time, too. I have to hand it to this mama because they are always so well coordinated with the outfits! Take note!

Here are some of my favorites from their session on a gorgeous September afternoon.

Greensboro Portrait Photographer ~ Introducing the Simply You session

Coming in 2018 are the Simply You sessions!

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I am so excited to add these sessions to my line-up in the new year.  I adore doing outdoor, scenic portrait sessions.  Everything about them is amazing and so much fun.  But, this past year for me has been about simplifying and finding peace within the chaos of every day life.  Being proactive in seeking out simplicity really forced me to see things in a different light.  One of the things that has been on my heart is getting back to exploring the natural emotions and expressions in people.  I think sometimes we get so caught up in 'trying' to be happy, that we forget to actually let ourselves work through feelings.  Having small children, I am often reminded that we are meant to experience a full plethora of emotions.  My toddler certainly exhibits a range from thrilled to angry to fake sad every single day.  And that right there is what led me to wanting to offer these sessions.

Take away the beautiful trees or cool old buildings or rolling hills.  Look away from the well thought out wardrobe.  Let's get back to basics.  These images are meant to capture the sparkle in your eye.  The expression of being deep in thought.  And even, perhaps, a little bit of annoyance (like the blonde one featured above).  These images will be raw, real and timeless.  All done on a plain white backdrop.  Just you (or your child) and me with my camera.

Portraits at Old Salem - Winston Salem Family Photographer

I was so excited when the H family requested to do their family session at Old Salem in Winston Salem.  I have seen some amazing images come from all the unique little nooks on the grounds.  I will definitely be returning for other sessions!  So pretty and so many different settings to work with.

I met Mrs H at one of the gyms (in Kernersville) where I teach group fitness classes.  Turns out we have three children all roughly the same ages, which immediately bonds two moms together.  We are also both transplants to the Triad area.  It was so fun to meet her entire family and spend the afternoon with them.  They were so chill even though it was windy and freezing outside the day of their session.

 

 

Greensboro Family Photographer ~ The H Family

This family portrait session has been over a decade in the making.  When I was pregnant with my first child, I joined a first time moms forum on Babycenter.com (<--is that still a thing?).  I met an amazing group of women on there and we have all continued to grow our friendships over the past 11 years.  The sweet mama in these images was one of those women.  In fact, her oldest and my oldest have the exact same Birthday!  I really never thought I'd get the chance to meet the entire H family in person.  But, lucky me, this past summer they moved across the country from Washington state to the Raleigh area and one of the first things my friend did was ask if I was still doing family sessions.  Ummm, YES!  So, one gorgeous weekend in October, we met up at Guilford Mackintosh Lake Park in Burlington and were finally able to hug each other in person.

These kiddos had me at hello.  They were so cooperative and the whole family just was genuinely fun to be around for the evening.  I am so glad they live such a short drive away now and can't wait for my own family to meet them! 

 

Greensboro Family Photographer ~ Sweet Baby E

While I don't typically consider myself a newborn photographer, sometimes I make exceptions.  No twisting my arm; hanging out with a sweet baby is relaxing and a great reminder of the good in this world.  I made the drive from Greensboro to Matthews, NC and spent a beautiful Sunday morning with this perfect baby girl and her sweet Mama. It was just what the Dr ordered.  And the peaceful feeling stuck around while I finished up editing this session.

I just know that this little piece of heaven will be a huge blessing to the P family and I cannot wait to watch her grow up. Now, if only they lived a little bit closer to me.

 

Greensboro Family Photographer ~ Boosting Self Confidence in Your Child

Every morning while she eats her breakfast, my toddler stared at the wall in front of her and shouts 'Mama...Dada...Lena...Baby...Dylan.'  At first I thought she was just practicing her new words, but I quickly came to discover that she was telling me that she can see her family in the pictures on the wall.

My son's bedroom floor is sprinkled with half a dozen photo books and scrapbooks that contain all the pictures that tell the story of his parents in college, his Grandparents, his life as a baby and toddler. &nbsp;He turns the pages of those books almost every single night - I gave up on making him put them back on the bookshelf.  I do not consider myself great at home decor - interior decorating just isn't where my talents lie. &nbsp;I do, however, make sure that there are pictures of our family hanging in nearly every room of our home. &nbsp;I know we live in a digital age and everyone wants to share pictures online, but I still firmly stand in the land of the printed image. &nbsp;And based on the reactions my children have and how much they love to look at old pictures, I'm glad I have stuck with the hassle of printing images.  I got my Bachelor's degree in Psychology, so it's not big surprise that I am intrigued by learning the effects of different stimuli on the brain. &nbsp;It's become increasingly interesting to me since I had my children and I am forever trying to make sure they have self confidence and know that they belong in our family. &nbsp;I stumbled upon a few articles recently that discuss how having pictures of themselves hanging on the walls of the home can help boost a child's self esteem.  Judy Weiser, a psychologist and art therapist from Vancouver, says this about displaying pictures in the home, "“They learn their genealogy and the the uniqueness of their own family and its story. When a child sees a family portrait with them included in the photograph they say to themselves:&nbsp; ‘These people have me as part of what they are, that’s why I belong here. This is where I come from. '” &nbsp;Don't we all just want to feel like we belong to someone or something? &nbsp;It's human nature.  &nbsp;“Touching the photograph where a face is smiling or the shoulders, it is the same thing as touching a book when you read it.&nbsp; There’s a lot of stimulation of the brain when you have that sensory experience. That is a bit lost in the move to digital. You are touching a keyboard, mouse or a touchscreen but you are not touching the image," says Craig Steinberg, a licensed psychologist who works with children ages 5-13.    There are so many other experts who have chimed in on this topic, but I have the proof that what they are saying is true living in my own home. &nbsp;This is why I continue to encourage and offer print packages with my sessions. &nbsp;It's tough to build confidence in such a crazy and negative world, but within the walls of our home is where we can have the most impact. &nbsp;Hanging a picture you love is such an easy way to get your family out the door on a positive note.

My son's bedroom floor is sprinkled with half a dozen photo books and scrapbooks that contain all the pictures that tell the story of his parents in college, his Grandparents, his life as a baby and toddler.  He turns the pages of those books almost every single night - I gave up on making him put them back on the bookshelf.

I do not consider myself great at home decor - interior decorating just isn't where my talents lie.  I do, however, make sure that there are pictures of our family hanging in nearly every room of our home.  I know we live in a digital age and everyone wants to share pictures online, but I still firmly stand in the land of the printed image.  And based on the reactions my children have and how much they love to look at old pictures, I'm glad I have stuck with the hassle of printing images.

I got my Bachelor's degree in Psychology, so it's not big surprise that I am intrigued by learning the effects of different stimuli on the brain.  It's become increasingly interesting to me since I had my children and I am forever trying to make sure they have self confidence and know that they belong in our family.  I stumbled upon a few articles recently that discuss how having pictures of themselves hanging on the walls of the home can help boost a child's self esteem.

Judy Weiser, a psychologist and art therapist from Vancouver, says this about displaying pictures in the home, "“They learn their genealogy and the the uniqueness of their own family and its story. When a child sees a family portrait with them included in the photograph they say to themselves: ‘These people have me as part of what they are, that’s why I belong here. This is where I come from.'”  Don't we all just want to feel like we belong to someone or something?  It's human nature.

 “Touching the photograph where a face is smiling or the shoulders, it is the same thing as touching a book when you read it. There’s a lot of stimulation of the brain when you have that sensory experience. That is a bit lost in the move to digital. You are touching a keyboard, mouse or a touchscreen but you are not touching the image," says Craig Steinberg, a licensed psychologist who works with children ages 5-13.

There are so many other experts who have chimed in on this topic, but I have the proof that what they are saying is true living in my own home.  This is why I continue to encourage and offer print packages with my sessions.  It's tough to build confidence in such a crazy and negative world, but within the walls of our home is where we can have the most impact.  Hanging a picture you love is such an easy way to get your family out the door on a positive note.

P FAMILY | Greensboro Family Photographer

My relationship with this family goes way back, actually it goes back an entire decade!  This mama and I met at a Mom and Me class at The Little Gym in Holly Springs, NC when our oldest children were just babies.  We have both lived in several states and homes since then and have added a few more kids to the mix.  Somehow, we ended up back in the same state and close enough that we can still spend some time together on occasion.  Lucky me!

The P family drove up from Charlotte for their session.  We met at the beautiful Magnolia Manor in Colfax.  It's a little, not so hidden treasure I stumbled across and the weather was perfection that afternoon.  Great day to capture these adorable smiles.

Can't wait to meet their new addition this Fall!  You can count on seeing some of that cuteness around these parts in a few months.

On Being a MomTog | Greensboro Family Photographer

Being a photographer with my own children is both awesome and a little frustrating.  If you're a parent, then you can probably relate with me when I say my children are always better behaved for other adults than they are for me.  I have no problem having amazing sessions with other children - I can always manage some smiles and spontaneous fun.  With my own children, however, I just never ever know which attitude they are going to bring to a shoot - if I can even get them out the door.  The plus side, however, is that I can gauge when they might be in a cooperative mood and can head out the door at any given moment with nothing more than my camera and my child.

As I have been getting more acclimated to Greensboro and Winston-Salem, I am finding so many amazing locations for photo sessions.  I stumbled upon this pretty field a couple weeks ago after dropping off a babysitter.  When I saw the trees speckled with all the pretty flowers, I knew it would be the perfect spot for my 7 year old's annual photo shoot.  She's obsessed with pretty flowers so I figured she'd oblige me.  Thankfully, she did not disappoint and I managed to capture who she is at age 7.

World...Meet my sassy SEVEN year old.  I may be biased, but isn't she gorgeous?  (oh, and the almost two year old had to jump in because, helloooooo, matching dresses from Gymboree)