Raleigh Wedding Photographer | Destination Family Photography | Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon
Lenya and her husband take a trip every year to celebrate their anniversary, and they bring the kids along too!! This inspiring couple is celebrating year 5 with a trip to Italy before baby boy #3 joins the family! Lenya is a florist from California (check out her work HERE) and I'm always so humbled when fellow wedding vendors want to work together. We met at the Spanish Steps, found cute side streets and a Vespa, walked to the Trevi Fountain where lots of coin throwing ensued. Then we found our way to the Pantheon for a crucial gelato break and more water fountain playing. My favorite family sessions are when the kids can just be themselves so I can capture those perfectly candid moments. Lenya and Curtis are so go with the flow, positive, and amazing models for how to travel as a family. Tickles and swinging and racing are my favorites! I love that they value family photos so much, I mean how nice is it that they have non-selfies at these incredible landmarks?! I so treasured spending the afternoon with these incredible parents and their world traveling kids!
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Cake Smash! 1st Birthday Party
When I first met tiny Luna in Coconut Grove, she was cruising around holding onto chairs and low tables. And then, a week later, just in time for her first birthday, she was a walking machine!! I had soooo much fun celebrating with this amazing family. Luna's grandmother and aunt flew in from all over the world to help wish her the happiest first birthday. Her mom and dad are just the most loving. Mom in hospitality and dad is a firefighter. I love that before they even met, they both wanted to name their future daughter Luna. So amazing God brought them together! Luna rocked her flower head band, cake crown, and adorable outfits form Cary's Treasures. I love the look on her face when cake arrives and she did not hesitate to get into that icing. The cake smash was a success! I have my dear friend Ixa to thank for connecting us!! Enjoy these amazing giggles and joyful adorableness!
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North Carolina Spring Time Family Session
If you follow along, you know JC Raulston is my favorite place to shoot! As my move to Miami, Florida gets closer I treasure these wonderful stages on which to place my art. I can't wait to take all that I've learned as a part timer and apply it as a full time photographer and videographer in South Beach! I'm so excited to show off Miami and South Florida weddings. If anyone has favorite photography locations in For Lauderdale, Hialeah, or Hollywood I'd love to hear them!
The arboretum flowers were in full bloom and the cloud cover was just right. Perfect ingredients for another fun Raleigh family session. The Clary's are so amazing. They're warm, gentle, and so much fun! It was so easy to capture the joy in this beautiful family and all the fun candid moments with their little one. Can we all just swoon over his tiny fedora and itty bitty two front teeth too?!
Historic Family Photoshoot
I was so blessed when previous clients love my work so much they refer their friends! The Fan's and the Le's have been friends through high school and college. (You can check out the Fan's family photo shoot at the Museum of Art HERE). I love how these two families prove that friendship lasts through moves, kids, and years. The kids were such a joy. The older siblings loved their little soooo much they have to rotate who gets to sit next to her in the car. Soo cute!
We visited the Historic Oak View Park in southeast Raleigh. (Here's the brochoure) If you haven't been you should check it out! It was a working farm for 150 years and now you can explore cotton fields and pecan groves, check out the historic buildings and agricultural practices, and pet goats!
I hope you enjoy these wonderfully bright photos!
NC Botanical Gardens Fall Family Photos
I had an amazing privilege of getting to hang out with this amazing family!! So much life and love on this fall morning. We ventured to the NC Botanical Garden and found an amazing clearing full of autumn colors and room to run around. As recent transplants to the area, they wanted a "North Carolina" backdrop. I'm so happy our state showed off her brilliance today for this gorgeous bunch :) We threw leaves, ran across bridges, and giggled a ton!
I really like capturing the candid moments and genuine personalities of each member. We got a few nice Christmas Card ready family photos, plus a bunch of unposed glorious moments.
Enjoy the laughter and cuteness overload!
Fall Colors At The North Carolina Art Museum
The Fans are amazing! With our Tar Heel connection firmly established, we ventured to the NC Museum Of Art's park. (You should look at it from the birds eye view in Google Earth and you'll see a hidden message). I love being able to meet new people and talk about life as we explore new places. So it was wonderful getting to know them and hear their stories. Their love for God and family is so contagious and awe-inspiring. It was truly and honor to capture these beautiful people!
I love these four sooooooo much. It's been a dream of mine to photograph in Merritt's Pasture at sunrise. It's no secret that I love Pride & Prejudice and I adore those amazing scenes where Keira Knightly is walking through meadows with dew heavy on the grass and the sun wraps around her gorgeous self. So, that was totally my inspiration for this sun filled family session.
This was actually the third time I've been blessed to take pictures of this amazing family. HERE's the first time at the NC Botanical Garden when Kai was really tiny.
HERE's the second time at Hank Anderson Park when Kai was a little bit older.
Today, he's the best big brother to the super adorable Ezra.
I'm so honored to capture memories for Landon and Jana and their beautiful family over the past 3 years :D
I was sooo happy when Nada contacted me to take portraits of their growing family! We ventured to JC Raulston Arboretum in the morning and all 6 of us chased butterflies and started looking for our first location the vast park.
One thing I've learned about family photography is to always be go with the flow. We planted in the first field we came to and stayed there the whole hour! It turned out perfect. The wise Ahmad and Nada brought snacks and entertainment so we were able to set up a recharge base for the kids which allowed us to get every family member combination. I love how the siblings t-shirts all match!
Ahmad was soo incredibly energetic with his kids, I was so lucky to capture to stunning candids. It's so clear they love their dad! And Nada was positively glowing with her beautiful newborn. Those blue eyes! And her pink dress matched pink flowers we found! My heart.
I love the energy and gentleness this family has. They're my new heroes.
Jessica and her family are beautiful inside and out. I was so happy to be able to take their photos days before they moved to Tanzania. I was so impressed with the grace that this family walked with and the maturity each kid displayed. They were so excited for the new adventure! How strong are they to embrace new experiences?!
We walked around the JC Raulston Arboretum and tried to squeeze in as many photos as possible before a summer storm rolled in. Can't wait to see pictures from their travels!
Go With The Flow
There are a million priceless lessons I've learned from this wise family. One of which is: go with the flow and we'll make it work.
I showed up to Hank Anderson Community Park and tried to capture the adventurous spirit of Kai and the unconditional love his parents have for him. Trying to pose a toddler, to me, is ironic. They're everywhere! Picking up leaves, splashing in water, running in all directions. But isn't that the best?! I'm so blessed Landon and Jana allow me the freedom to capture those candid, pure, story filled moments.
If these three beautiful humans seem familiar it's because I took photos of them back in 2013! Look how much he's grown! (HERE's their other session at the NC Botanical Gardens).
Love y'all ;)
We're international husband & wife team Laura & Drew! We love chasing the sunshine, telling stories, and capturing forever memories with both photo & video! Here on the blog you'll find organic & candid moments Miami, Florida to Raleigh, North Carolina & beyond. Thanks for stopping by & enjoy!