Wednesday, January 27, 2016

A Birth Story | Such a Strong Mama | Burlington NC / Durham/ Chapel Hill NC Birth Photographer

The big B word. BIRTH. It is an adventure, never a dull moment, and no matter how many you have been to they always get ya! Watery eyes and all!

My dear friend Sarah has waited so patiently for her daughter and after two gorgeous little rough and tumble boys, who could blame her!? The excitement was palatable. The love that Sarah and William have to share with this child and their whole family was on full display.

I arrived after getting my crew situated and arrived at 5:50 pm. I cut it close lets just say that. But Sarah knew being a wife and Mom of 6 that those things come first. I am so honored to have watched and witnessed her birth. She showed such strength, courage, selflessness and strength.

Annabella Susan Stanley entered the world at 651pm on her late Grandmother Susan's birthday. What a special day for them to cherish for years to come.

**DISCLAIMER**

The images below are real. There is no pretty pink bow placed strategically to hide portions of what we photographed that night. But then again there is no need for that. The taboo of birth, breastfeeding and being a Mother has become so sad, it is time to tear away those walls. The strength Sarah shows below brought tears of joy to my eyes and I shouted and encouraged her from my place in the room. We all did. She ran a marathon and received the most amazing gold medal. So as you view these images do not laugh, poke fun, and make rude comments to make your squeamishness feel better. Do not hide behind the veil of ignorance. But take the time to appreciate the miracle of birth. Take the time to cheer this Mamma and family on!

With all of my love,

Leslie

















Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Newborn Session| A Little Snow Princess | Burlington NC Newborn & Baby Photographer

North Carolina weather is the most unpredictable thing in the state I do believe! We had 75 degree temps for Christmas and then three weeks later it snows and ices and the schools and shops are closed for 5 days! Go figure!

I do love the white stuff though. Spending time with my littles and of course I take my camera out with us. Today I got to capture a sweet Mother - daughter moment with a dear friend of mine and her sweet Annabella. We already shot AB's newborn portraits at 4 days old, she is now 2 weeks old and her big brothers got to come! We saved a little sweetness for the end!

Enjoy!



Monday, January 25, 2016

Newborn Session| Annabella | Burlington NC Newborn & Baby Photographer

Well, well she has finally decided to grace us with her presence. I remember when her Mommy called me frantic that she thought she was pregnant, we were already conspiring for a girl in the midst of all of our boys! And I know I have two girls of my own but they are not babies anymore :( So when a dear friend is expecting a girl you cherish it right along with her!

I have been so lucky to have met Sarah and her clan. Living beside one other in Graham was a blessing and the Lord has given us an amazing friendship over the last couple of years!

Love you baby A!




Maternity Session| A Snowy Experience| Burlington NC Maternity & Birth Photographer

I cannot say it enough, but I have the best friends around! Seriously friends that turn into clients and then will stand in the snow and ice and brave 30 degree weather to achieve this:




Saturday, January 23, 2016

Newborn Session| First Twins of the New Year| Burlington NC Fine Art Newborn & Baby Photographer

I have said it a hundred times but one more certainly won't hurt, There is something incredible about twins! I absolutely love them , everything about them. Every since my twin boys were born in 2007, I have become enamored with the ins and outs of the science of twins. It is an amazing miracle!

Meet Jameson & Julianna. These two were so soft and squishy and two very easy to deal with babies. Thank you to their Mama for bringing them into the studio at just 9 days new!






Monday, January 18, 2016

Newborn Session| They Added a Girl! | Burlington NC Newborn and Baby Photographer

This little cutie belongs to a friend of mine from High School. We have had a huge surge in newborns from that group of ladies, class of 1999! The H family already has a handsome boy that I photographed 2 years ago. You can see his newborn session HERE.

And now they add a girl. Precious Miss P. Adorable as ever and an amazing model for me!

Enjoy H Family!






Baby Session| A Cute Salute to 6 Months | Burlington Baby & Child Photographer

Woohooo! Look is already 6 months old! It seems like yesterday she was born. and the day before that her Mommy's maternity photos were made! Miss Loren's smile lights up an entire room. Her family is smitten with her and I could not be more happy with her session than if it were my own baby! Love you sweet L!



Friday, January 8, 2016

Newborn| Olivia| Burlington NC Newborn Photographer

What a sweet little nugget! Olivia and her family came to the studio recently for her newborn session. My normal set up is about 3 backdrops on the beanbag and 1 or 2 props, but this little girl made my job so easy that even at 2.5 hours I kept working once we had everything I normally had!

Such a sweet baby that let me do about whatever!

Enjoy!





Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Birthday Session| Tucker is ONE! | Burlington Baby & Child Photographer

You guys know I always love new faces! And I should have known these faces being that we attend the same church, at least in passing right!?! But that is okay, I am honored to have gotten the opportunity to work with them and see this cuties smile!

Happy Birthday Tucker! I *hope* eventually you will love cake!














Child Session| Valentine Littles| High Point / Greensboro/ Burlington NC Children's Photographer

These sweet cuties modeled one of my upcoming Valentine's Day Mini sets. I have to say they are one of my favorites and I love them dearly. So them modeling Valentines is perfect! My little cupids!