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When my husband and I were looking to buy a new house, Holly Springs was at the top of our list for so many reasons. It’s a perfect little town in the suburbs of Raleigh North Carolina, with lots of family fun, manageable traffic (at the time) a great school system, and according to Forbes magazine as one of the safest cities! The Town of Holly Springs actually has a link directing you to all of the different awards this town has won. HERE

One of the things that we really didn’t know anything about was how connected the town is with the residents. One of the many great ways the town stays connected is through the Holly Springs North Carolina Chamber of Commerce.

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I have been a photographer in this area for almost 5 years now. And For the past three years, being a photographer is my full time and only job, besides being a mother of course. I have always had a passion for small and local businesses. I believe it is the heart of what makes a community amazing. This year I made a change and decided to join the Holly Springs North Carolina Chamber of Commerce. It has been one of the most rewarding choices I have made in building T&T Photography and making it a Holly Springs brand.

It was my pleasure to document this year’s Chamber of Commerce Appreciation Day. It was filled with local “celebrities”, fun activities for the children, food, and a preview of the beautiful venue, the Leslie Alford Mims House. One of the famous celebrities from here in Holly Spring, is none other than “Cinder”. Cinder is the Holly Springs Fire Department’s  mascot and I am sure is loved by every child and family in this community!! You have to be honest, Cinder is adorable and so photogenic!! It also looks like Cinder is very excited in a justly awaiting the opening of Mama Bird’s Ice Cream, another local favorite here in Holly Springs.

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The food (Burgers and hotdogs) were cooked by Scott Manning, the president and CEO of the Holly Springs Chamber of Commerce. Not only did Scott cook, but he was the DJ too!! Scott is a man of many talents and another proud figure that we have here in this town.

There were plenty of activities for the entire family. With the plethora of food and music, there was also plenty of corn hole, jump house from Tucano Rentals, and dressing up.. Fun for the whole family. It was so much fun!!

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Raleigh NC Newborn Photography | Lil Mr. Ward’s Sneak Peek

This adorable newborn baby boy came into the world to join us a little bit early. I met his mommy just days before he decided to make his entry when I was photographing wedding in Chapel Hill North Carolina. Mommy looked absolutely amazing at the wedding… I mean glowing with a flawless completion and a smile ear to ear!  Needless to say was no surprise to me when she looked just as beautiful a few short days after having a baby.

Family photography of mommy and her two boys from a newborn session

During the first part of the newborn session, big brother participated in the photo shoot. He was still grasping the idea of what it is to be a big brother. He was a bit unsure of his ability to hold his little brother, but you could tell he’s going to warm up to the idea quickly, and he will soon be showing his little brother the ropes.

After big brother was done with his portion of the newborn photography session, he and Daddy packed in the car to go find something fun to do while we continued with the newborn session. They did what men do.. They went to Home Depot!

The newborn session had a bit of a rough start. Baby Brooks was wide awake and very very hungry. He was also a light sleeper. This made it very interesting for us all. But we did not give up! We continue to let them eat as he wished, moved him when we needed to, in took as many pictures as we could when he finally fell asleep.

When he fell asleep, and we started getting those shots we wanted, mommy checked her phone to find out that big brother had fallen and Daddy had taken him to Urgent Care. Daddy gets tons of kudos for the “Don’t freak out” text message while he handled it and big brother ended up with 4 stitches. I think big brothers first lesson for his little brother is how to be tough!!

We were able to finish the session, and everybody went home for a well-deserved evening of rest.

It was very hard to find just a few photos for the sneak peek.. But I made it happen!

Check out more photos in this little video.

Raleigh NC First Birthday Photography | Hill Cake Smash Sneak Peek

I was so thankful that this family came all of the way from the Fayetteville, North Carolina area to have me capture this special Ryker’s 1st birthday milestone.  Although this family was missing Ryker’s big sister, I insisted they had a couple of family pictures before his cake smash. This birthday boy’s daddy is getting ready to deploy with the United States Army.

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After a few family shots it was time to dive into the football birthday cake that mommy made in the wee hours of the morning. It was such a cute chocolate frosted cake made in the shape of a football. For her first time making a cake like this, she did an awesome job! If only Ryker liked cake… or frosting!! Ha ha ha!

Even though Ryker wasn’t a fan of the cake, he still had fun with it! And made a beautiful mess! He was just a laid back little man. I cannot wait to work with him and his family in the future!

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I always make sure parents come into a cake smash photography session knowing that there are many possibilities when it comes to this adventure… Yes, the cake smash is always an adventure. Sometimes the birthday smashers love everything about the cake while others take their sweet sweet time. 😉 Then there are the smashers that aren’t fans of sweets, yet. We still make sure the session produces great photos that can allow the parents to share this special milestone with loved ones.

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As always, it was hard to select just a few photos for the sneak peek. I have to say this guy made the picks hard! He was SO cute with his Texas Tech outfit bowtie, black suspenders and a red diaper cover.

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Extended Family Photography | Raleigh, NC | The Mendiratta Family

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Going to grandma and grandpa’s house seems to be so much fun… Not only because these grandparents love their grandchildren so much but because they have a swing in the living room! I don’t know about you, but this makes me want to hang a swing in my living room, or somewhere in our home. I just loved it! And it was so elegantly decorated dangling flowers and bells.

Extended family photography indoors

These sisters are so beautiful, fun, sweet and full of life. They made me want to be silly.. Well, who am I kidding, I was silly!

Sisters for family photography session

The weather on the day of their extended family session was not very cooperative and quite unpredictable actually. On this day, we had sunny sky breaks after torrential downpours and the humidity was off of the charts. We really didn’t know what to expect from one minute to the next. Fortunately the weather held off long enough for our session, including the ability to kick our shoes off and take some of the family portraits outdoors.

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Although our primary focus for the session was supposed to be the grandparents and grandchildren, but I am thrilled we were able to get photos of a daddy and his daughters. The love, admiration and bond is so strong! Isn’t there something special between a father and his daughters?

Sisters during family photography session

As I mentioned in the blog earlier that day the weather wasn’t looking so good because of the significant amount of rain. But these girls were so brave and didn’t mind sitting down, even if there was a little rain left on the steps. They were so carefree at this point and having a great time. At first they were a bit apprehensive about the “woman who came to take photos” but by the end the oldest wanted me to stay. It is truly one of the biggest gifts about being a photographer.

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