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First Birthday Cake Smash Session | Maxwell | Blue Cake Smash

First birthday cake smash sessions are, without a doubt my absolute favorite sessions. I have photographers say to me on a regular basis, “I don’t know how you do so many cakes sessions. I really don’t like them at all. They are too stressful”. I always respond with “that is why I don’t do your type of photography.” I truly believe that we all have our talents and our favorite sessions, I find it hard to understand how this much cuteness isn’t fun for others. I mean, look at Maxwell’s cake smash! Look how cute he is.

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Just like almost all babies who start out on their cake smash session, he was slow to get into it. But once he got into it he was a natural… And he ate as much as his cheeks couldn’t hold.

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Isn’t that bowtie so precious on him?? He got through the whole cake smash without even getting a crumb on it. I am not sure exactly how he did it, magic, I guess… because he got cake every where else… especially his toes.

Boy cake smashMany times during the first birthday cake smash session, it is almost  rite of passage to have their tiny toes covered in frosting. Once that happens, the baby becomes one with the cake and then it is smooth sailing from that point forward.

I really loved the shades of blue both on this delicious looking cake with the banner. It helped contrast the blue and marry them together. This cake was designed, baked and delivered by a local Holly Springs baker, Baked by Billie. I frequently work with this baker because she offers the delivery service and uses local farmed eggs and the finest ingredients in every item she makes. She also works hard to make sure we are all on the same page with colors to be able to have the sessions look as great as this.

Rustic Boy Cake Smash | Cody’s First Birthday Photography | Apex, NC

 

This adorable rustic boy cake smash session was designed for Cody for his first birthday photography session. With a rustic backdrop, no banner, a wooden cake stand and linen pants we were able to take this cake smash from an idea to a reality. Sometimes a boy’s cake smash is harder to pull together, so many times we stick with the color blue, or a sailor or nautical theme cake smash.

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Cody is beyond handsome. His brown hair and captivating brown eyes worked perfectly with the dark wood backdrop. The cuteness was even better those black suspenders. They were a little too big for him but I think that made it even cuter!

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At the start of his cake smash session, he was more interested in flirting with me and hamming it up for the camera…. and there are no complaints on this end with how it started. After he realized he had my undivided attention, he slowly started to dive into the smash cake.

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The cake was made by a local baker, Wendy’s Confections Cake Shop, located here in the Apex, NC area. I love the real leaves she included on the cake. This helped us bring a little color and a little more life to the cake smash session. Not only did she make a beautiful cake for this session but she also delivered the cake to help mommy out the morning of the session. I mean, who really wants to drive around with a beautiful cake and risk it tipping over before the session. This is a real struggle and I love that Wendy helps address the issue with this option.

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Cody ate quite a bit of his cake… and when he was all done, he let us know when he smiled big and crawled off the set. It was a clear sign that he was done. Luckily, mommy was able to enjoy the rest of the cake at home for dessert.

Bhulabhai Lifestyle Newborn Photography | Holly Springs, NC Photographer   | North Hills, Raleigh

Lifestyle newborn photography is such a beautiful way to document the arrival of a brand newborn baby. A lifestyle newborn photography session takes place in the comfort of your home. This is especially helpful for moms who crave staying home after the delivery and offers a photojournalistic/candid take on newborn photos rather than overly posed.

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There are so many benefits to having a lifestyle newborn photography session. One reason my clients choose a lifestyle session is because it can be much easier for first time parents who may feel reluctant to get out on the roads so soon after having a baby. The session is about an hour long, which is much shorter than a studio newborn session. This allows new parents to spend that additional time at home, as a family.

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Having an in home newborn photography session  tends to be easier for moms as well. They can feel less rushed and during the session, have more time to bond with their baby. It also gives us the opportunity to document that precious bonding time.

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A lifestyle newborn session tends to allow dads to feel more relaxed as well. After the arrival of a newborn there is a long list of things that have to get done…. including laundry, washing surfaces, running to the store to get supplies, and cooking. Having an in home session allows us to take photos in an order in which parents can still feel productive and can be more present in the moments.

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This session was so easy and we were able to get many pictures of mom and dad both with their brand new baby boy, many photos of just mommy and the baby as well as just photos of daddy and their handsome newborn baby.

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This lifestyle session was a photographers lighting dream. There was a ton of natural light in the baby’s nursery, which affords us balanced light to give us bright and vibrant colors. Additionally the room was all white.. which allows us to capture the contrast even better. I hope you enjoyed this as much as I did.

 

Baby Photographer Raleigh | Studio Baby Milestone Photography Session | Holly Springs, NC

I love being a baby photographer here in the Raleigh area! Especially when I get to work with the cutest babies in the area. Check out this cutie pie! He came into the studio for the first time for his 7 month baby session. He was in such  great mood and was so very happy for his session, he got to wear three outfits and we had several background changes.

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The navy blue backdrop was at the top of my list for favorite backgrounds for this session. The blue in the backdrop really made the blue in his captivating eyes even bluer… if that is even a word. Haha.

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My absolute favorite backdrop for this baby milestone session was the faux bed set up. He really liked it too. What was funny was as soon as he played down he started to get tired and sleepy. It is almost as if he knew that the set up was a bed. He could have totally fallen asleep right there in that spot… chances are that I would have kept photographing him and then just sat there and stared at him… and ALL of his cuteness.  But he didn’t get to sleep.

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This cute romper was adorable… especially with the “H” that was embroidered on it for his name, Henry. He was so comfy in that outfit.
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It’s standard to put a baby in a basket or bucket…. so we did just that. We put him in this basket that he fit into perfectly. He seemed pretty excited about being in it… can’t you tell by the smile on his face?
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I just loved working with Henry for this session. The best part is that I get to work with him again in just a couple of months for his 1st birthday and cake smash session.

 

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Extended Family Photographer | Raleigh NC | McCay Family

 

This session is from a  recent extended family photography session in Fuquay Varina, NC. Extended family portraits typically include an immediate family and grandparents, like it was for this lovely family session.

 

People tend to forget how important sessions like these are to have. Grandparents with their grandchildren…. there os no better gift for a grandparent that that. And no better gift for the grandchildren as well. I still hold on to the photos I have with my grandfather, and they are so very cherished.

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The family has a beautifully manicured lawn with beautiful light to work with. It was a little warm but not as warm as it had been for several days leading up to the session. Being able to photograph this family in the shade helped us out a lot. Being in the shade makes so much of a difference.
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We started the with just the granddaughters. We got some cute ones of them together and them separately. We also got the whole family that included grandparents. parents and children. On top of that we got shots of the grandparents and parents as well.

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This extended family session seemed to go by so quickly. I was so surprised to realize that we had run out of time. But the girls were so well behaved we were able to get all of the shots that we wanted to and then some. Lifestyle family photography Raleigh NCHolly Springs NC PhotographerHolly Springs NC Photographer

 

If you have been considering an extended family session, I would love to hear from you. These are some of life most beautiful moments and they really should be captured. Let me know if you have any questions.

Cake Smash Session | First Birthday Photography | Raleigh NC Family Photographer

Cake smash sessions have been keeping the studio busy, sweet and sticky! It sure has been fun. Usually I find myself in a series of one gender of cake smash sessions then it fades into the other gender. In recent weeks I have had a great combination of boy or girl cake smash. This was a fund theme, that I have done before, but this “banner” isn’t like any other banner I have had during a cake smash session. First Birthday PhotographerRaleigh Cake Smash PhotographerCake Smash Photographer

This “Wild One” banner was very detailed and so hard to get positioned. The letters kept turning as soon as they would settle into position. Then they would twist. We tried to resolve the issue for at least a half hour before we figured it out. I was thrilled with it as soon as it started to work out.

We were shocked at how long he kept his crown on. Mommy was not sure that he was going to keep the hat on at all… but he did for most of his session. In the photos below you can see what happened when he took his crown off after eating some cake. He got cake and frosting in his silky brown hair.

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At the start of the session, he was a little nervous about what to do. At times he was far more concerned with the crown but we were able to distract him enough with the cake that we made it through.

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This session was called a “Cake Splash”. The first birthday cake smash is followed by a fun bath… with a bubble machine and rubber ducks. You could tell that he enjoyed splashing around in the tub. Look at those dimples!!!! And those cute teeth!

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Theme: Wild One

Land Maternity Sneak Peek | Award Winning Raleigh Maternity Photographer

 

T&T Photography is an award winning photographer based in the Raleigh area. In 2017 and 2018, we received the Expertise Top 10 Raleigh Maternity Photographers. It was such an honor to receive this award… what makes it amazing, is that it’s merely because I love my job. I especially love maternity photography. This sneak peek of the Land family maternity session is the result of the love I have for maternity photography.

 

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This is another family that I have been working with for a long time. I was there to video their wedding day, the maternity session for baby boy # 1 (Braxton), Braxtons newborn photos, baby photos for Braxton and now these…. and soon I will be able to meet Bryson, and take his newborn photos. It is such an honor to be a part of a families journey, especially this one.

It’s not news that this summer has been especially hot and so very humid here in Raleigh. As hopeful as I was for a cooler maternity session for this family, we didn’t get it. In fact, it make have been the hottest and most humid day of the summer. Between the heat, the sweat and the little bugs, it made for a very interesting and eventful maternity session.

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I mean, look at this mama!! She was flawless! Some women are just born with it. Regardless of how sticky and hot Aubrey was, you could never tell. Her makeup didn’t smudge. Her hair remained is pristine condition… and that was all the way until it looked like the key was ready to dump buckets on her. She never complained. She was just so happy to be having the photos.

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We can’t wat to meet you Bryson! You have a big brother to help show you the ways of the world. AND you have a mommy and daddy that will provide you a wonderful loving family life.