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Fleeting | Durham Family Photographer

Most of the time, people call me to schedule portrait sessions to mark some kind of occasion - a birth or a birthday, a pregnancy, an engagement, etc. I do love making portraits just for fun, though, and was so happy when Chrissy and Jose called about doing just that - celebrating this one, fleeting moment in the life of their little family... just because. Durham Children PhotographyDurham Children PhotographyDurham Children PhotographyDurham Children PhotographyDurham Children PhotographyDurham Children PhotographyDurham Children PhotographyDurham Children PhotographyDurham Children PhotographyDurham Children PhotographyDurham Children PhotographyDurham Children PhotographyLife with little kids can be tough at times... I think it's easy to romanticize it when you're looking forward to it or perhaps back on it, but when you're in the middle of it all, it's a lot of work, and between that and the pressures of life and jobs and all the annoying responsibilities of adulthood, you can quickly start to lose focus on the beauty and the joy that makes it all worthwhile. What I loved most about my time with Chrissy & Jose was that they seemed perfectly at peace with the chaos - appreciated it, even - and through it all, had so much fun with each other.

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xox,

annemie

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Angels | Emerald Isle Newborn Photographer

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Angels | Emerald Isle Newborn Photographer

Last week, I drove down to Emerald Isle for an extended family/newborn session scheduled for Friday morning. I'll be honest: I was a little nervous... not because I wasn't super-excited about the shoot, but because there were several factors over which I had no control that had the potential to cause a bit of trouble. Number one, the weather was very iffy: 50% chance of thunderstorms at dawn when we were supposed to be getting beautiful sunrise photos on the beach; number two, my time was more limited than I like it to be when I'm shooting newborns, since with newborns there's never a guarantee that things will go quickly and/or easily. But someone was watching out for us, and dawn broke over a gorgeous, breezy, deserted beach...

Emerald Isle North Carolina Family Photographer

We took advantage of the fact that Melissa's parents and sister were in from Kentucky to get the extended family portraits that Melissa & Mike never got at their wedding...

Emerald Isle North Carolina Family Photographer

...then we went back to the house to photograph a baby whose face and disposition make me understand where people came up with the idea of cherubs. Those LIPS!

Emerald Isle North Carolina Newborn Photographer

*Sigh.*

Melissa & Mike, thank you so much for inviting me down to photograph your family. I had a lovely time, not only working with you but seeing the beach one last time before winter sets in. I know you're making your long drive today, so I imagine you'll see these first on the less-than-ideal screens of your cell phones, but I wanted to get them to you as a little taste of some of the amazingness coming your way! Safe travels!

Emerald Isle North Carolina Family Photographer

xox,

annemie

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Home Birth | Chapel Hill Birth Photographer

A couple of months ago, I had the honor of photographing the home birth of Heather & Robby's beautiful daughter, Lindye. Birth is always a tricky thing to photograph - it requires being on-call for weeks at a time; it's highly emotional and extremely personal; there is a lot of waiting involved, followed by a few, often unpredictable moments that absolutely cannot be missed; you don't know ahead of time whether you'll be working in the middle of the day with lots of light or the middle of the night with almost none at all, and - at least in my opinion - it's not the sort of event that you want to disrupt with flashes and lights. For all the challenges, though, it is an extraordinary experience, and one of the final frontiers of true photojournalism: there is no posing, no staging, no re-shoots, and no more honest, raw human emotion. It's like being a war photographer, except the opposite: no depression, danger, or death... just a huge dose of adrenaline, joy, and personal and professional gratification. Lindye's birth was a long-awaited, middle-of-the-night affair, but once she was ready, she came quickly and (relatively) easily. Heather was amazing: supported by her husband Robby, her midwives Deb O'Connell and Ashley Marshall, her doula Christina Flaherty, her parents, and - too excited to sleep - her two year-old son Ethan, she labored beautifully and quietly, and delivered little Lindye in the water at 3:07am.

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Custom Print Presentation BoxCustom Print Presentation BoxCustom Print Presentation BoxCustom Print Presentation BoxHeather and Robby, thank you again. It was such a pleasure getting to know you and being a part of your birth day... I'm looking forward to seeing you again soon!

xox,

annemie

 

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