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Family Photography Spotlight | The Burgess Family

This week’s family photography spotlight features the Burgess family! Many of my clients are repeat clients. I have been working with them year after year, for each important family milestone and then some. I call them my legacy clients. The Burgess family is one of my legacy clients. I have been photographing this family since their oldest daughter, Callie celebrated her first birthday. You can see her debut in this photo below.

Cake smash photography

Callie’s first birthday session was not only a cake smash session but a family photography session at Sugg Farm in Holly Springs. She started off shy and has grown to be a poser and so fun and easy to photograph since.

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First Birthday Photography

Family photography spotlight burgess

Portraits

I was thrilled to hear back from this family again just a few months later to schedule Callie’s 2nd birthday photos as well as make an announcement that they were expecting another baby. It was at that time that Callie understood she was going to be promoted to big sister and she couldn’t wait for the arrival of this baby. The whole family was excited.

Family photography spotlight burgess

Maternity Photography

Family photography spotlight burgess

Maternity Photography

Family photography spotlight burgess

Newborn Photography

Then we all got to meet again when this little newborn baby girl, Aubrie, arrived. She looked so much like her big sister that I kept calling them by the wrong names. This certainly made it more challenging to photography the family photography session below. Haha! I loved the grey and yellow that mom picked out for the session.

Family photography spotlight burgess

Family Photography

Family photography spotlight burgess

Mom and Dad

Every family photography session includes photos of just mom and dad. These can be so fun.

Family photography spotlight burgess

Family Photography

 

Can I just say how much I appreciate dad in these sessions? His name is Joe. We ALL know that family photography sessions are not his favorite thing to do any day of the week. But every single time, he shows up, participates and makes to best of it. But let’s be real, these little girls keep Joe on his toes… and they are wrapped around his finger.

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Children’s Portraits

 

It has been so much fun working with the Burgess family, year after year.

 

I love my job any day. But I really love it when I get to work with some of my favorite families in the community. This Holly Springs family is one my favorites.. well, maybe my favorite – and they know it.

Holly Springs Family Portraits
Family Portraits

All too often families think that once the children in the family have grown and gone off to college, you don’t have to get family portrait sessions. This just isn’t the case. Having family portraits with grown children is just as important as getting family portraits when the kids are little. And here is a little secret… it’s a lot easier at this stage in your kids’ lives to get family portraits.

Family Portraits

I have had the privilege of getting to know this family for about 3 years now. They are and have been involved in Holly Springs for over 20 years. The “kids” have grown up in Holly Springs and graduated high school right here in Holly Springs. They have all since gone off to college, one went to ECU and two have gone to Methodist and played lacrosse. All three “kids” have all opted for careers in the medical and healthcare fields. Not only are these “kids” smart and attractive, but they are so kind-hearted.

Family Portraits

Behind every great “kid” are great parents. There is no exception to that rule with this family. Mom and dad have taught that family is a priority. When they go out, they are usually out as a family. Whether that’s shopping, grabbing dinner or attending local events if you see one Mayefskie, there is another one close by.

Family Portraits
Family Portraits
Family Portraits
Family Portraits
Family Portraits

I wanted to give a special thank you Sean and Trish for making me laugh through your session. It was cold and you all made the best of it. I did decide to not share any of the silly outtakes but remember that I still have them. LOL! Thanks for sharing your Holly Springs family!

You can book your family portrait session HERE.

This fun racing cake smash was super fun. Not because Max smiled a ton, because HE DID NOT, but the simplicity and his rather apathetic demeanour around the whole thing. Yall, seriously, he didn’t smile.

Racing Cake Smash
Cake Smash

His big brother, William, had his cake smash back in 2018. He made a mess with his blue frosted dinosaur cake. But just like his big brother did, he stared into the camera and we were able to get some great photos of his beautiful eyes.

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Cake Smash

This cute racing-themed banner was a great purchase by Maxwell’s mommy off of Etsy. Man, does Etsy have every single thing you can imagine or what? I had to peek over that the online Etsy shop where it was purchased and there are tons of banners to choose from. You can see more from the stores banners, here.

Race themed cake smash
Cake Smash

The cake for this racing cake smash was made by Wendy’s Confections & Cake Shop. In the last racing cake smash session I worked on, we used a checkered ribbon banner. This fondant checkered banner was perfect. I was a little nervous that the banner would start to fall apart when Max kept knocking the cake over, but it stayed together perfectly!

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Cake Smash

I can’t help but get lost in those beautiful eyes he has. You cannot yet tell what color they will be. They are blue, grey, green and even a little hazel. In every photo from this cake smash session I zoomed in and tried to see them even more. They are truly magical eyes. They are sure to charm someone for some candy in the future! Haha!

Raleigh first birthday photographer
Cake Smash

It’s kind of funny. Prior to every session, I have a consultation with my clients so they know what to expect. I always tell the parent, usually mommy, “your little one will send us cue’s as to when they are all done. They are usually about the same.” Well, this was his cue to us letting us know he was officially done. Right after this photo, he crawled off the setup.

If you have a little one getting ready to celebrate a first birthday, you can book your session online HERE.

Brooks had an adorable simple boy cake smash theme. True to my style, I believe less is more when it comes to cake smash sessions. This is just one example.

Simple boy cake smash
Raleigh NC Cake Smash

With a simple set up, we were able focus on him and all of his cuteness, his smile, his brown hair, and his chubby baby rolls. I mean check them out!

Simple boy cake smash
Raleigh NC Cake Smash

I mean, don’t we all secretly wish that we could shove our face with cake and let our belly hang out all over?

Its super hard to believe that this little man is already turning one. It seems like a couple months ago I was at his house wrapping him up and working on his newborn session.

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Raleigh Newborn Photography

When I was skimming through his newborn session I found this adorable photo of his feet. Which is kind of funny because I got a photo of his feet again during the cake smash session. Check out this before and after..

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Raleigh newborn photography
Simple boy cake smash
Raleigh NC Cake Smash

Aren’t baby feet so stinkin’ cute? All cute but no “stink”… yet! Hahaha! If you would like to check out more from his newborn session, you can catch that blog post HERE.

When he arrived for his cake smash he was just a little sleepy from snoozing on his way here, but once he got to the studio here in Holly Springs, he was wide awake and ready to watch me closer. But once he started to get into the cake he let his guard down and let the sugar into his system.

Simple boy cake smash
Raleigh NC Cake Smash

We played some music and he got to business. I loved watching his transition to apprehensive about what was happening to having fun. It was fun to watch, and you can watch too because we recoded the cake smash and uploaded it to Facebook. You can watch the video HERE.

Simple boy cake smash
Raleigh NC Cake Smash
Simple boy cake smash
Raleigh NC Cake Smash

As you can see this simple boy cake smash really allowed us to capture his personality, and it kept him engaged in the process.

If you have a little one turning one, or know someone who does have a little one getting ready to celebrate thietheirr first birthday, you can book your own cake smash session HERE.

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Senior Portraits

27540 Senior Portraits

Working with high schoolers for senior portraits is a break from my typical daily grind. I am so used to chasing toddlers to get the shot, or begging for a smile. It’s strange when its really easy. I mean, I ask someone to smile and they do. I give a little bit of instruction and it works. Haha!

Senior Portraits

We were supposed to have this shoot in early October, but due to illness and a very busy dance schedule, we pushed it back to the end of October. I think it worked in our favor because at the end of October we were able to see the leaves changing colors, which is exactly what this Holly Springs High School senior wanted. Her favorite time of the year is fall. There were a couple of trees that were already completely yellow.

There are so many beautiful places on the greater Raleigh area to have senior portraits done. The top requested location for senior portraits is the stunning Sarah P Duke Gardens in Durham. As you can see in this senior portrait session, it is a lovely location that has so much to offer.

However, being that this young woman is about to be a Holly Springs graduate, Holly Springs is where she wanted to have her session. We picked a new location for me, Veterans Park. It has a small pond, beautiful tree lines and a newly paved walkway that affords us lots of great options for a natural backdrop.

I loved working with Jess and her mom to decide on a senior portrait session that best spoke to who Jess is. If you have been putting off senior portraits, I still have plenty of availability to get them back in time for graduation.

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Wizard of Oz Cake Smash
Wizard of Oz Cake Smash

For the first time ever, we had a Wizard of Oz Cake Smash photography session in the studio and I couldn’t have been more excited about it, and Delaney looked really excited too. Again, I love being able to take some inspiration or an idea and make it a reality. Especially when it’s not a cake smash theme that I have done before.. then add that there aren’t that many ideas out there because others haven’t done one either.

Wizard of Oz Cake Smash
Wizard of Oz Cake Smash

She was slow to try and a little nervous even… but she sure did like this cake.

Ah, let’s talk about this fun and different cake. It was made by the very talented Baked By Billie. We wanted to incorporate rainbows (obviously a play of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow) but didn’t want to overpower the set up with rainbows. By adding the rainbows to the cake it allowed us to keep the same clean, baby focused cake smash session that all of my clients love.

Wizard of Oz Cake Smash
Wizard of Oz Cake Smash

With this cake smash session, I was able to also use this cake stand that I have been able to use only one other time…. the cake stand went perfectly with the ruby red shoes.

Wizard of Oz Cake Smash
Wizard of Oz Cake Smash
Wizard of Oz Cake Smash
Wizard of Oz Cake Smash

She melted my heart with this unexpected pose. She is adorable and she knows it. I can’t stop looking at Toto in the basket too. It was a perfect way to help bring in all of the elements without making the setup too busy.

Wizard of Oz Cake Smash
Wizard of Oz Cake Smash

Feature number 6,508 that I love about this cake smash session is how blue Delaney’s eyes are. There wasn’t any editing on her baby blue eyes at all. I think the blue in the dress helped make her eyes pop even more.

If you have a fun cake smash idea, make sure you book your session so we can make it a reality.

Newborn Photography Cary NC

Newborn Photographer Raleigh NC
Newborn Photography

This sweet newborn baby girl didn’t want to take her eyes off of me, even for a second. She fought hard to avoid snoozing during the session. And when I said fight, she made mommy and daddy tired in the battle. She also had us all sweating like we were working in an oven. She would start to fade away to LaLa Land and the slightest movement or sound woke her back up. She was always aware of where her mommy was. As long as mommy was in the room and she could smell her, she did just fine.

Newborn Photography Cary

Newborn Photographer Raleigh NC
Newborn Photography

Before we start a newborn photography session I always check the lighting in the various potential rooms. At this family’s home, the best light was absolutely, without any doubt in the guest bedroom. And to be honest, I love the antique white bed with gold accents. An all white room, with white furniture, white bedding and a lot of natural light is a photographers paradise.

Newborn Photographer Raleigh NC
Newborn Photography

Even though she spent almost all of her time staring at me, she didn’t seem very comfortable in that cute southern scalloped dress she was wearing. We weren’t sure if she was feeling too hot or if the dress was a little scratchy on her.. but I can tell you as soon as we took it off, she was happy. So happy!

Newborn Photographer Raleigh NC
Newborn Photography

She sure got happy and far more comfortable once we took off her dress. Seriously, shouting for joy!

Newborn Photographer Raleigh NC
Newborn Photography

She didn’t even want to have a headband on for her newborn photography session.

Newborn Photography Cary
Newborn Photography

And we got the best toothless grins from her too. There are not many things in this world cuter than a newborn baby smiling, even if it is by accident.

Sugg Farm Spring Mini Sessions are booking. (So are Spring Mini Sessions at other locations, you can see them on the website HERE). If it has been a while since you have updated your family portraits OR if you just want great photos of the kids, this is a great time to book your session.

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Sugg Farm Spring Mini Session

These little girls have grown up so fast. The last time I saw them was 2 years ago when we met at Sugg Farm in Holly Springs, in a completely different field, and it was gloomy, cold and damp. We were all on edge being worried about if the girls would get some of that good ole North Carolina mud (orange clay) on their white tights. This time around it was nice and dry, even a little hot out.

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Sugg Farm Spring Mini Session

I loved being able to get photos of the girls with their parents individually. All too often mothers are not getting great photos with their children. There is a reason for that – they are usually the ones behind the camera trying to get pictures of the children. So during every family session, I am sure to get photos of mom and the kids…. because not only does mom deserve to be in the photos but the kids need photos with their mom.

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Sugg Farm Spring Mini Session

Do you know what other shots are important during a family session? Shots of mom and dad together. Let’s be honest, mom and dad are the foundation of every family. They are important to the dynamics of the family in so many ways. The love between mom and dad is the love that children define their future relationships. I love to get a picture of mom and dad laughing and truly enjoying each other rather than just posing them to the point in which they feel awkward.

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Sugg Farm Spring Mini Session

No, I didn’t forget about a photo of dad and his girls. I mean, he is in a household full of girls. He deserves that portrait.

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Sugg Farm Spring Mini Session

Motown Cake Smash | Cake Smash Photographer Raleigh
Cake Smash Photography

I had a blast working on this Motown Magic Cake Smash session for this handsome fella.

Let me be honest, I have never heard of Motown Magic before. But when mom brought this up to me, I dove right into my research. I loved reading this article in Rolling Stone Magazine about it. What an absolutely adorable television show for babies, toddlers and young children alike. Maybe it’s my deep rooted love for soul music, maybe it’s my love for lots of vibrant colors, or maybe it’s my love for cartoons.. Maybe it’s a little bit of everything. But lets be real, this surely made for a cute cake smash idea.

Motown Magic Cake Smash | Cake Smash Photographer Raleigh
Cake Smash Photography

Just like most of the little ones, he started off really slow with the cake. He was interested, very interested (I think it was because the cake looked too perfect to want to mess up) but was very slow to eat it. But ones he opened his heart, and mouth, it was on! The first place he wanted to store some was his hair! I mean, why not?

Motown Magic Cake Smash | Cake Smash Photographer Raleigh
Cake Smash Photography

We got down to business after the sugar started to get digested. He really liked the colorful sprinkles we put on top as well.

Motown Cake Smash | Cake Smash Photographer Raleigh
Cake Smash Photography

He started to dance when we put on the Motown Magic show on phone. The first song we listened to was from Jackson Five. He stopped in his tracks, tuned in extra close to the song and started to dance, laugh and eat more cake.

Motown Cake Smash | Cake Smash Photographer Raleigh
Cake Smash Photography

It really was adorable!! I wish we would have gotten it on video so I could share this pure joy with all of you.

Motown Cake Smash | Cake Smash Photographer Raleigh
Cake Smash Photography

I mean look at this smile? How can you not just fall in love with all of this cuteness.

A special thank you to his mommy who wanted to do something so different with this Motown Magic Cake Smash.

If you are interested in booking a cake smash session first birthday photography session for your little one, you can do that HERE.

Ohio State Cake Smash
Cake Smash

Logan had a great Ohio State cake smash to help celebrate his first birthday. He liked some cake but really liked flirting with the camera more.

Raleigh NC First Birthday Photographer | Ohio State Cake Smash for Logan

It is so hard to believe that this little boy is actually turning one already! I mean totally mind-blowing!! It feels like just a few months ago we were photographing his newborn photos after this little miracle arrived. I also remember the day his mom and dad got married, because I was there to photograph that special day too. You can see some of those photos HERE. Watching Logan’s parents work through so many obstacles to conceive was so hard for me to watch. But when they got pregnant and were finally able to hold their baby, was such a beautiful site.

Ohio State Cake Smash
Cake Smash

Seriously, aren’t his little fat rolls on his wrist so sweet? The there are his legs that you cant see in his session because he is wearing pants, but you can tell by looking at his chubby feet and curled over baby toes. It made me want to snuggle this baby boy all day.

Ohio State Cake Smash
Cake Smash
Ohio State Cake Smash
Cake Smash
Ohio State Cake Smash
Cake Smash

The cake was designed, made and delivered by Baked by Billie. She always does such a fantastic job at taking an idea and making it into a cake. In this instance, she knew that it would be an Ohio State cake smash session, but we didn’t want to use too much red coloring. We don’t recommend red because the dye is so harsh and many babies are allergic to it. Red frosting is also very hard to clean because it dyes the skin too. And let’s be honest, you can see a bunch of red around the mouth without thinking of the Joker from Batman.

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Meera is absolutely adoreable and even cuter for her cake smash session.

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First Birthday | Cake Smash

Making sure that all cake smashes are different is my goal in every session. Thankfully, her outfit was so cute and different. The lace on the shoulders and bottom of her linen romper was so sweet and delicate, but what I really loved is the blush colored feathers across the chest of the outfit. It really brought in an element of chic and uniqueness that I have not photographed before. The headpiece included some more of those feathers. Initially I was a little worried that the feathers on her head would not go over really well. But she didn’t see phased by it at all. She even left it on for the whole time.

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First Birthday Cake Smash

Making each session different can be a challenge, but luckily I help my clients meet the best bakers to ensure their work isn’t overly done as well. With this cake we stuck with the common naked cake but used some white, cream and blush flowers with gorgeous greenery to add some “pop”. This cake was designed, made and delivered by Baked By Billie.

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First Birthday Cake Smash

This photo above made me laugh. When she started to eat some of the cake she acted as if she wasn’t supposed to be eating it. Almost like she was wondering if she would really get away with eating cake for breakfast. After lots of coaching and laughing with her she got more comfortable and started to enjoy it more.

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First Birthday Cake Smash

And I cannot end the blog with talking about how cute her dimples were. She has such an infectious smile. You cannot look at her real smile and not smile yourself.

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First Birthday Cake Smash

Happy first birthday Meera! Thank you for sharing your special morning with me.

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Best cake smash in the studio yet! And that says a lot because I have done over 350 cake smash sessions to date and almost all of them, right here in Holly Springs at my home studio. This one isn’t awesome just because the smash cake from Baked by Billie was amazing. It wasn’t that the set up and backdrop from Intuition Backgrounds helped us pull in a boho feel. Yes, I have been designing boho styles cake smash sessions for a while, you can even see the first like it HERE. It was all about the star of the show, Millie.

Raleigh Cake Smash Photographer
Cake Smash Photography

When Millie first sat down for her cake smash she was in good spirits and al least curious about that was about to happen. She went in for her first bite of this gorgeous naked cake accented with peonies, and it was all smiles, happiness and joy from that bite out. I cant even tell you how many times her mommy and I laughed at her reactions.

Raleigh Cake Smash Photographer
Cake Smash Photography

Then she quickly realized she could eat as much of it as she wanted. And she ate more cake than any birthday baby has yet. One fist full after the other.

Raleigh Cake Smash Photographer
Cake Smash Photography
Raleigh Cake Smash Photographer
Cake Smash Photography

This photo above could be any one of our faces, particularly those of us who love cake. (And for those of us who have had the happiness from Baked by Billies cakes… you can totally relate too!)

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Cake Smash Photography

She really enjoyed herself! And every single bite she took.

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Cake Smash Photography

While she continued to grab a handful of cake, she stood up. Maybe it was the sugar starting to flow, or maybe she just got so excited about this new and exciting experience. She didn’t miss a beat or a bite, she just grabbed for more. And ate that bite too! I will be honest, I thought, maybe we should call it a wrap being that she ate so much. But she was having such a great time and there wasn’t that much sugar because the cake didn’t have that much frosting. So we let her eat until she was all done.

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Cake Smash Photography

I am so so happy that this first birthday cake smash session was such a hit with Millie. She did a great job!

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Cake Smash Photography
Best cake smash
Cake Smash Photography

Now you can see why I said this was the best cake smash ever!

Being able to do what I love in the area that I call home, newborn photography Raleigh NC , is the greatest gift. And having absolutely beautiful families as clients is a photographers dream. I mean look at this beautiful family!

newborn photography Raleigh NC
Newborn Photography

You can totally see how in love they all are with each other. Watching new parents gaze at their newborn baby to look for the resemblance of themselves and watch the parents fall in love with each other all over again. It’s truly one of the most beautiful forms of love on this planet.

newborn photography Raleigh NC
Newborn Photography

These parents welcomed this sweet baby boy, Malcom into their homes, lives and hearts in September. They got settled in and got a “schedule” before scheduling the session. It’s so funny because Malcom woke up early that morning and he ended up staying awake for almost his entire newborn session. He was a little off his schedule and was maybe even a little confused as to why he was getting a bath so early AND getting his hair done. Speaking of his hair….
Y’all……..

newborn photography Raleigh NC
Newborn Photography

Have you ever seen a newborn baby boy with so much hair? I can tell you have have worked with a newborn baby girl (see her session HERE) with a ton of hair, but never a boy. We are all loving it. This hair did come at a cost to mommy….. during her pregnancy she had a ton of heartburn. So it must be that the old wives tale is true. His hair has so much color and dimension that it makes it hard to say what color it is. In some light it looks brown. Then in other light it has red tones. Switch the lighting again and you can see blond. I cant wait to see what happens with it!

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Newborn Photography
newborn photography Raleigh NC
Newborn photography

Here are a few more shots from Malcoms Newborn Photography Raleigh NC session.

newborn photography Raleigh NC
Newborn photography
newborn photography Raleigh NC
Newborn photography