Just over a year ago I shot the wedding of Erika and Brenton Irving, a young, Godly couple very much in love. Now, a year and four months into their marriage they have been blessed with a beautiful, healthy baby boy they named Bently. Aside from being ridiculously cute and perfect, he may be a record-breaking size for the hospital he was born in; 10lbs4oz and 23 inches!! He didn’t fit into any newborn clothes or any size 0 diapers. He was born a full-grown man!
I have never seen a newborn baby so alert and curious about life. When you speak to him, he looks you square in the eye as if he completely understands what you’re saying. I was so happy to get to the hospital to photograph his first days of life surrounded by his family and again a few days later when he was home. He is the sweetest boy and was such a joy to photograph as he never cried and happily let me do what I wanted with him, which included lots and lots of snuggle time! Congratulations to the new mommy and daddy! Bently has been born into such a wonderfully, loving family!
This year has gone by way too fast. It can’t possibly have already been 365 days since little Nathaniel was born, could it?! It feels like just a couple months ago he was still a little blob, not able to sit up on his own and now, at one year old he’s not just walking, he’s running around! Completely smitten with his new super power of cruising around on his own. I can’t imagine how Atlanta and Jake feel, knowing their baby is now a
grown man toddler!
Well, we all knew that this cake smash session was going to be epic, because Nate has been enjoying sweets and “grown up” food for months now, always trying to grab handfuls of food off of everyone’s plates. Atlanta came fully prepared with awesome outfits, the cutest backdrop I’ve ever had and the wonderful idea of pictures of him washing off in a galvanized tub afterwards. I loved everything about this photo session, (minus the 1,294 bug bites we all got) including his big sister Sadie getting in on the cake-eating action! Enjoy Nate’s first birthday cake smash session! 🙂
My latest session and newest Coastie family (to be), the Barfoots did their session when Sonja was TEN DAYS from her due date! I’ve photographed a couple at 36 weeks, but never within DAYS of their due date! We picked a date on a weekend that just happened to have some extreme weather coming but obviously we had no choice but to keep it to that weekend, just in case! The day started out nice and warm and just 15 minutes before the session I was outside in a t-shirt. By the time I drove to the beach, the weather had turned from warm and sunny to cloudy, windy, and FREEZING cold! None of us were prepared for this, not to mention the wind on the beach was a little insane. We snapped a few pictures anyways but decided to try again the next day. That Saturday turned out to be even colder but at least the sun was out, so we met at a non-beach location hoping that would help with the wind. Sonja and her husband Scott were troopers to work through the cold without jackets on or gloves! Lord knows my fingers were frozen and I had gloves!
Fast forward a little bit, and I find out that Sonja and Scott delivered their baby girl the very next day on Sunday evening! Talk about great timing! Want to hear something else crazy? She told me afterwards that her water broke 30 minutes before our session on Saturday! And they didn’t tell me!! I even joked with them during the session that it was so close, she could have gone into labor before we could try session #2. They must have looked at each other smiling without me noticing! (Can you tell I’m still in shock?)
Anyways, I’m so happy for you both and wish you the best on this new adventure! If you can endure a photo session partially in labor, you can do anything! 😉 Enjoy!
I know way too many people that are pregnant right now. There must be something in the water. All over the country. But as a photographer it got me really anxious to do a gender reveal photo shoot! Personally, I want to do one when I get that taste of the water and it’s our time for that. I just love the fact that I can be there to capture the raw, genuine emotions of finding out whether it’s a boy or a girl! It’s such a BIG moment in your life! So I met up with Amanda, her husband and their two oldest children; a yellow lab and a boxer, at Poplar Grove Plantation and we had a fun afternoon taking LOTS of different shots of announcing what they’re having! And in true country-boy fashion, her husband did not see the issue with keeping his camo trucker hat on! Enjoy! 🙂
IT’S A BOY! 🙂
I met this family real soon after moving here to Southport. Jeremy works with my husband at the Oak Island CG station and we had a big cookout once we were all settled in. Over the summer our husbands played in a softball league (still trying to forget the embarrassment of that season!) and Alexis and I grew really close during those evenings. During the games we talked the whole time, made fun of our husbands a little bit, and I realized that we were basically meant to be. One day while out to lunch Alexis informed me that her and Jeremy were expecting their second child! So, naturally, I jumped at the idea of a photo shoot with them so they could have some cute pictures to announce that they were pregnant. Little did I know that once I posted those pictures they would go viral! I think that last time I checked, their announcement had over 80 “likes” and had been seen by over 3,500 people! 3,500 people!!!!
So here is the Lake family at Fort Anderson/Brunswick Town and towards the end are a whole slew of ways we posed for an announcement! Love you guys!!!