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Yet another family mini session is in the books! And I can’t even begin to tell you how much I love everything about this family photography session! From the colors, to the smiles, to the love and even the drool. It surely made the family photography session a lot more bearable considering it was so hot and humid.

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All too often I think that families tend to forget how important these sessions are. Through the years, more children are added to the family and those children grow and get older… But not the parents of course…. we just keep getting younger, right? 😉

But one of the things that one of the things that also changes is the relationship between the parents and children. As the children grow and change, what they need from their mothers and fathers changes as well. This session was for Layla’s first birthday session. You can see how much she needs her mommy and daddy for everything.. food, helping her walk, teaching her how to be a little lady… But the one thing that doesn’t change… the way she will look up to her mommy for love, guidance and reassurance.

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Through all of these stages in life, it is important to document them all. Not just as parents, but for the children. They want to see how they have changed. They want to admire the relationships they have with their parents. They would like to be able to look back and see the love through the years. This helps make them better parents when it is time for them to have children. It is a visual reminder… what could be better than that?

 

Can you imagine how Layla will love this photo of her and her daddy on her wedding day?

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Or how much her mommy snuggled and loved on her.

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Or how much she will look at those chubby baby legs and think about how cute they were.

 

My point is simple.. get your family photos. They matter.

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I love my job! I get to work with the Raleigh area’s most adorable babies, and capture the special moments like a first birthday! And the best way to do this is through a fun and colorful cake smash session.

I love so many things from this cake smash session. Clearly, that list of things I love starts with how adorable Layla is. Those chubby cheeks, big brown Bambi eyes and those baby rolls that I just want to squeeze….. but of course, I don’t!

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I loved the colors that her mommy picked out. Pink, gold and this beautiful mint color. At first I was a little concerned with how the mint colored tutu may photograph, but it was awesome!! The fluffier the tutu the better!

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Each cake smash session is different… not just the way we design it… but the way that the baby takes to this fun shoot. You can watch how this cake smash went down from the Facebook live video we took. You can check that out HERE. We wanted to make sure we streamed this so mommy could watch while she was out of town on a business trip. One of the things so many people commented about what how sweet her daddy was. He is clearly the apple of his eye.

After getting Layla comfortable in the studio in front of the cake, she took to the smash perfectly… and enjoyed every bite she could fit into those cheeks of hers. Sometimes even smashing the cake into her mouth. Haha!

 

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I always tell my clients that I know when the little ones are done with the cake smash session… they make it pretty obvious that they are done.. Layla was no exception to this point. When she was all done she through her chubby arms in the air! Really, how cute is this?

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A special shout out to Baked by Billie for this adorable cake!

 

Want to see another recent first birthday, cake smash session? Check it out HERE. 

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I was so excited for this family when the contacted me to tell me that baby number two was going to be coming into the world. I was so excited for Rose, who I knew would be a great big sister. In fact, she seems to be wearing the title like a badge of honor. She didn’t even mind sharing the spotlight. I am so very proud of her.

 

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This family is going clllllllll-right!

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I loved this mommy and baby boy photo. It is so very peaceful and special. Being that Wes slept for his entire session, getting these beautiful newborn shots was easy as pie.

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He was so sleepy and snuggly, and he was so very agreeable to me moving his hands around.

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A sleep hat was perfect and an absolute must for this sleepy baby.

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If you are interested in affordable newborn photography, make sure you contact us to schedule your session.

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I could not be happier for this soon to be mommy and daddy. I have been working with them over the last few years starting with engagement photography and now maternity photos! They are going to make such wonderful parents in the most loving way imaginable.

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In the summer months, we never know how hot it may be for an outdoor session. And we really never know if its going to rain, especially this summer. But the weather held out for us for this session and we hung out in the shade the entire time.

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Mommy to be was just glowing… between her skin and her smile… she helps define that term pregnancy glow. That glow really helped the color of her maternity dress pop. It paired perfectly with the navy blue that soon to be daddy was wearing.

 

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It is so hard to believe or maybe hard to imagine that these little shoes will be filled with tiny baby toes in just a few weeks. But he won’t be in those shoes for long…. and before you know it he will be following his daddy’s football footsteps.

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Rachel and Anthony have such a special relationship. They have so much love, respect and adoration of each other that it makes it so lovely to be around them… even in the hot heat of the summer.

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This daddy cannot wait to meet his little man!

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Rachel and Anthony will love this baby like nothing they have ever experienced.

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But, then there is this…. I am not sure how this is going to all work out when it comes to football season. It looks like UNC and NC State play later this fall on November 24th… we should all check on them and ask for updates. I wonder how many quick jersey changes will happen when one of these parents is out of the room. Haha!

 

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Holly Springs NC Photographer | Family Photography | Mommy and Me Session

Mother & Daughter sessions are now available. This is a perfect way to document the special bond between a mother and child. As a Holly Springs NC photographer, I have the pleasure of working with many families over the course of several years. This family is no exception to the rule. What made this photo shoot different is that this was a mommy and me session. Well, this one I call a Mother & Daughter Session.

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These sessions are a little smoother than most family sessions… not only because there are less people, but because there is an overall feeling of peace and joy. It allows me to focus on the natural beauty of the unique bond. There was laughter, joy, love and red lipstick!

We photographed this beautiful session in the late afternoon at Sugg Farm, located in Holly Springs, NC. This is one of my favorite locations… and for a long list of reasons. A lot of it has to do with the beautiful natural and charming landscapes. I loved that we were able to take advantage of the high grass area for some of our session.

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After we were all done playing in the high grass area… mommy broke out the red lipstick. It seems like the lipstick made everything brighter! The red lipstick matched the red dresses perfectly. Almost as if they were made for each other. I am kind of obsessed with these shots I took as mom applied the red to her daughters lips.

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As soon as the red lipstick was on, the whole mood changed… I mean, what girl doesn’t feel amazing in red lipstick?

I am hopeful that this mother and daughter will forever cherish not only these portraits but the memories they made during the session. I know I will forever remember it.

 

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Yes, that is 100% pure cuteness! Talk about a girl cake smash y’all!!

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Everything about Hannah’s cake smash session was girly and beautiful! Everything from the blush pink dress with a precious puffy tutu skirt, to the satin sash on her belt that matched the satin ribbon placed on the cake, to the fancy silver cake stand with jewels draping on the side, to the ombre pink and cream buttercream frosting on the cake, to the pinks and textures in the banner… it was wonderful!

 

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This cake smash session was inspired by a previous cake smash session I did a few months ago. That session can be found here. The cake for the smash session was made by the same baker, Baked by Billie. The difference in the cakes is merely a different bow.

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The other striking feature this sweet little girl has are those piercing blue eyes. Not one of these photos included any editing of the eyes. They are just that blue .And her eyelashes go on for miles.

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One of the funniest things was when she would lose a chuck of cake that she had grabbed from the cake in the tutu. Its didn’t stop her from grabbing another handful and trying again.

 

I had so much fun documenting this first birthday with this cake smash session for this little girl.

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Maternity Photographer | Holly Springs NC | Sugg Farm

I have been swooning over this maternity photography session. The weather head up for us as much as it could have. It was really hot and muggy out but we made it and the final maternity photos made all that sweating well worth it.

These expecting parents can’t wait to meet their son who will be here any day now. He is going to be surrounded by love. When you look at these photos, you see love… you feel love. Dad in completely in love with the mommy and you can see in his eyes how in love with mommy he is.

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I loved how down to earth this mommy is. She is truly so sweet. There is no doubt this totally in love couple will make wonderful parents.

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Maternity Session Details

We had this session in the evening. Scheduling the session for this time of day allows us to take advantage of some beautiful light. It also gets us some slightly cooler temperatures, usually a little breeze that makes everything so much more manageable. Another great aspect of having the session during the golden hour is that we can pretty much stay in the shade for the majority of the shoot.

We shot this session at Sugg Farm in Holly Springs, NC. Holly Springs is located about 20 minutes south west of Raleigh, NC. Being that these expecting parents and I both reside in Holly Springs, it only made sense to schedule the session so we could all stay local.

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I thought that the photo above was great. mom picked some newborn shoes that coordinate perfectly with what mommy and daddy were wearing for the session.

Now that the maternity session is all set, we are all waiting for your arrival little man! I cannot wait to have him in my arms to snuggle for his highly anticipated newborn session after he gets here.

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First birthday and cake smash photography is a specialty here at T&T Photography. They are fun. And I have made the process so easy, that my clients hire me to do all of their children cake smashes.

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2 years ago I photographed this little guys big brother, William… Now it’s Flynn’s turn! And he showed off with his cake smash cuteness… just a little bit.

Just like most cake smashes sessions start, he was a little confused but very intrigued with this idea of eating this delicious cake. Once he got into it, he wanted to share…. which is one of the cutest things the little ones do. They are too young to be stingy with that deliciousness. It was really funny when he grabbed a handful of cake and moved his full hand towards me. I think he really wanted me to eat it. Haha!

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We kept Flynn’s cake smash simple, with just using orange and navy blue. As you can see he started the cake smash with a bowtie but it kept falling off, so we took it off for the rest of his first birthday cake smash session. It’s almost as if the bowtie was a distraction, because once the bowtie came off, the party started. He got into it.

I thought it was especially cute when he walked towards me with a big flirty smile and a handful of cake. And he tried to work his blue eyes on me too.

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Sometimes there isn’t any cake left to send back home… Luckily, Flynn didn’t damage his cake so much that he couldn’t take some home for his brother who didn’t come to the session. I am sure that William appreciated it once he got home from school. I was hopeful we could send some home, but it was ultimately up to Flynn and how much of an appetite he had.

 

 

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As soon as I heard about this fun cake smash theme that mom shared with me… I jumped with excitement. I couldn’t wait.

The teepee in this session was the same teepee we used for her lifestyle newborn session a year ago!

Logistically, this cake smash was a little harder to figure out. I was very concerned that the cake could ruin the teepee and I surely didn’t want that to happen. It is a big prop to be used in the cake smash session, again, something I was a little worried about. But I never had any doubt that it would be able to be done and done well.

I think that mommy did a great job making this light pink cake. Mom was confident that she was going to be able to make the cake and get it here to the studio. Luckily, they live in Holly Springs and there was not a long transport of the cake. With that pink cake, I knew we needed to have some pink flowers. I spent a great deal of time looking for flowers that would match her floral headband. After 2 hours of searching, I picked these up at Micheals. In my search, I found this beautiful garland that you can see at the very top of the opening of the teepee.

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Each and ever cake smash and first birthday session is different. I try and get a clear understanding of moms (or in rare cases dads) vision to help come up with something unique. A different twist, whether its with different flowers, cakes or combinations, every experience is different.

If you have a little one getting ready to celebrate a first birthday, make sure you consider a 1st birthday cake smash session  session for them. You won’t regret it… but you will probably regret not doing it.

 

 

 

 

 

Headshots | Raleigh, NC | Woomer Insurance

Headshots are so important to update on a regular basis. Your professional headshots are, many times, the first time your customer sees you. You wouldn’t want them to see a 20 year old headshot of you and be surprised or taken aback when you don’t look like your photo said you did. By having an updated headshot, you are starting out with honesty about who you are and what to expect.

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Whether are you are starting your own business, rebranding your current business, looking for career opportunities, or speaking as an expert in your field, there are many reasons to update your headshots. The great news is they don’t have to be a hassle and don’t have to take a lot of time. Most of my headshot sessions are done within 30 minutes. It is because I help plan your headshot session ahead of time. I help understand  your brand or the way you plan on using your headshot to give you direction on what to bring.

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I had the pleasure of working with Brian Woomer and his Woomer Insurance team in downtown Apex, NC. They have a quaint, industrial feel business office on Salem Street. It is decorated with watercolor canvases from a local artist of popular landmarks in the community. The texture of the water marks goes beautifully with the exposed brick on the walls. The front of the office looks onto the street downtown. Brian and his team help bring a very personal touch back into the insurance industry. It offers such a unique insurance experience.

If you are in need of a headshot update and are not looking forward to it, let me help! Together we can make the experience way easier and better than it seems. So whether you are rebranding, updating or expanding, let me help you update those professional headshots!

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It is so hard to believe that Claire’s first birthday photography session is all done. I remember her newborn session like it was just a month ago…. but it hasn’t been. It’s been well over a year since the newborn session!

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Just like most cake smash sessions, Claire started out very apprehensive of what she was supposed to do with this cake, and the flowers on top of the cake. The cake is called a naked cake, it was designed and delivered by Holly Springs baker, BillieJo Cochrane with Baked by Billie.

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Once Claire got more comfortable with the cake smash set up, she quickly realized that cake is delicious and this session was going to be so much fun… and… well CAKE!!

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I didn’t know what to expect, considering she hadn’t had cake and the flowers on top of the cake could be a distraction. The hope, was sincerely, that she wasn’t going to prefer to eat the flowers over the cake. Although she thought the flowers were interesting, she was wanted to fill up on them. Haha!

Claire didn’t mind keeping the beautiful floral crown on during most of her cake smash. She was quick to let us know when she was all done wearing it though.

Then, it was time to clean up!

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Most babies at this age love a bath….. but again, they are not used to having a bath in front of someone AND a camera. But once we started the bubble machine she was ready to have some more fun. She splashed around and giggled.

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As soon as Claire was comfortable she was reaching for all of the bubbles and even giving us some adorable belly laughs. You can’t deny that a baby’s belly laugh makes you laugh too.

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