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For Esme, with Love (no squalor) | Chapel Hill Newborn Photographer

Last fall, as I approached 200 "likes" on Facebook, I asked my fans to help me reach that next milestone, and within a matter of hours, not only was I approaching 200, but I was rapidly closing in on 250! I know you guys are the best - I hope I tell you that often enough - but I was really inspired that day and wanted to do something to say thank you, so I decided to give away a portrait session and three gift prints with no strings attached. I put all the names of my facebook fans into a (digital) hat - thank you random.com - and pulled out the name of a wonderful woman I went to high school with! Long story short, she lives out of state and is juggling her own career and her husband's medical school applications, so she graciously offered up her spot. Now, I would've loved to do a shoot with the lovely Courtney and her husband Russ (and I'm not giving up hope that it will one day happen!), but I have to say: it felt a little bit like the stars aligned, because the NEXT woman on the list lives just a few miles from me and - as luck would have it - was due with her first baby about two weeks later. Courtney, I hope you in particular enjoy these... your generosity made them possible :D Internet, meet sweet Esme:

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Isn't she just the perfect little lady? It's amazing how much personality babies acquire in the first few weeks of life! And I think she's the spitting image of her mom... I only hope she's lucky enough to one day have Ali's supermodel cheekbones!

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See what I mean about the cheekbones? Gorgeous!

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xox,

annemie

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Silas | Chapel Hill Family Photographer

I'm packaging up Mandy and Mike's order today, and I have to say: I'm a little sad. I enjoyed every minute of working with this family - from the first phone conversation I had with Mandy when she called to find out about setting a session up, to editing and finalizing the beautiful, dreamy pictures we got at their session. This had to have been one of my favorites of 2011... despite the fact that poor little Silas ran headlong into a doorjamb about five minutes after I arrived! Nothing too forced or posed... just hanging out and doing what they love to do: spend time together. Chapel Hill Family PortraitsChapel Hill Family PortraitsChapel Hill Family PortraitsChapel Hill Family PortraitsChapel Hill Family PortraitsChapel Hill Family PortraitsChapel Hill Family PortraitsChapel Hill Family PortraitsChapel Hill Family PortraitsChapel Hill Family PortraitsChapel Hill Family PortraitsChapel Hill Family PortraitsChapel Hill Family PortraitsChapel Hill Family PortraitsChapel Hill Family PortraitsChapel Hill Family PortraitsChapel Hill Family PortraitsChapel Hill Family PortraitsChapel Hill Family Portraits The best part of this session? That Mike, Mandy & Silas live about 100 yards away from me... and next time I'm bringing my boys so we can get in on the fun, too! How could you not want to spend more time with this guy?

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xox,

annemie

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Big Weekend | Chapel Hill Event Photographer

Two years and a week or so ago, I had my fingers crossed REALLY HARD that the timer on my little bun in the oven would ding in time for Halloween. I wasn't due until the second week of November, but I'd gone into labor a couple of weeks early with Oliver, so I was hoping history would repeat itself to the tune of a Halloween baby. I love Halloween, and have always thought it would be a spectacular time for a birthday - it's a holiday with all the festivity but none of the travel and stress and extended family pressure of other holidays. Judah was apparently in agreement, and made his arrival on October 28th, just in time to dress up as a tiny pea pod and go trick or treating a few days later. I don't have to tell you parents among my readers how quickly those two years have flown, but for those of you who aren't parents, suffice it to say two snuck up on me like a little costumed goblin playing pranks on the neighbors. I am a masochistic idiot when it comes to my children's birthdays... always trying to make everything from scratch and make it super-special, even though there's no chance at all they'll remember 99% of it (really 100%, given that he's TWO). Anyway, given how crazy busy I've been, I limited myself to two attempts at Martha Stewart-dom (both found on Pinterest, btw):

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Chapel Hill Event Photography

Chapel Hill Event Photography(A word of caution about the balloon wreath: the link you'll find in my birthdays board on Pinterest talks about using two 72-count bags of balloons. I don't know what size wreath that woman used, or what size "small" balloons, but I used water balloons on a 14-in styrofoam wreath form, and went through a minimum of a thousand balloons. Thankfully, I used pins rather than floral tacks, though, because I would've spent a fortune!)

(Also: of COURSE I'm not throwing the wreath and all those wasted balloons away... that sucker'll be dragged out for every birthday between now and Judah's 40th, at least!)

We had a party Friday night, which was so lovely - good friends, family and food - my favorite! And Judah was totally awestruck by his cake:

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Chapel Hill Event Photography

(and his Shrek balloon, too)

Chapel Hill Event PhotographyThe night went on so long that we waited until the next morning to open presents. Oliver was very "helpful", getting the paper pre-torn, reading the cards aloud, and making sure all the toys were up to snuff  ;)

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When all the birthday fun was over, we launched directly into Halloween! The balloon wreath came down and the skeleton wreath (not pictured, because it's just a reed wreath with a gumby-style bendy skeleton stuck in the center) went up. We had loads of rain all day Monday until, just in time, the clouds parted for a big night of trick-or-treating. Our friends who live in a neighborhood where the houses are far too far apart for good candy collecting came over, and we hit the streets with a vampire, a butterfly, and a little wingless bee:

Chapel Hill Event PhotographyOliver is so into scary stuff now (but not TOO scary, mind you... the kid is terrified of the tamest of monsters), and this vampire costume suited him perfectly. And as an added bonus, now, after years of silence in the face of the raging Twilight debate, I can officially say I'm on Team Oliver:Chapel Hill Event Photography

xox,

Annemie

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