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Jacob and his family came into my Raleigh studio a couple of days ago to have his first photo shoot. His mom was super excited about having his picture taken. He was so cute and a very big boy. I think his mom said he weighed over nine pounds at birth. He has darling round cheeks and you can tell he is going to be very tall like his mom and dad. He also had the funniest cry. Mom said it’s sounds like a baby pterodactyl and I agreed. His big brother Jackson did NOT agree. He went on to inform us that the pterodactyl actually never did exist, just like the brontosaurus. Jackson is seven and super sweet so it was very easy to get sibling shots. He held him and gave Jacob the sweetest kiss. Mom was having a fit in the back ground. I believe she said she had tears in her eyes. I could tell Jackson is going to be a fantastic big brother. He was such a nice little boy, polite and sweet and did not complain about the length of the newborn part of the session. As a treat for his cooperation I took him to the barn to play with Lightning. As we were leaving he said “now I really do love horses.” I bet his mom, who also loves horses will be glad to hear that. I was so happy to meet this wonderful family and I hope to see them a lot in the future. Jacob has a super cute smile.
Michelle is a licensed, insured, award winning and multiple times published Raleigh newborn photographer. Michelle has specialized in the art of newborn photography since 2004 and the newborn babies are her favorite subjects. Michelle’s Raleigh portrait studio is on a beautiful horse farm. The property is landscaped especially for her newborn, baby and children’s portrait work. She also has a special and separate studio just for newborns. Michelle also specializes in children’s portrait work. She has been featured in the News And Observer for her portraits with children and unicorns. Michelle loves the opportunity to also capture high school senior photos. Michelle feels senior photos are very special and likes the adventure that comes along with each new senior. You can best contact Michelle through the contact page of this site, HERE.
The infants that came to have their newborn portraits taken in my Raleigh studio this summer are finally sitting up. This is always the time that I suggest people bring them back for a second photo shoot. As I mentioned in a prior blog post, which you can see HERE, there are so many good reasons to have a photo shoot at this time and not wait until they are a year old. Eliana came in yesterday and she is so cute I just can’t stand it. Like most babies this age she is super chubby because she isn’t old enough to work of the chub yet. This makes the most adorable pictures for mom and dad. Check out those cheeks people. Also like most babies that are in this age range Eliana was super friendly and easy to photograph. Eliana’s parents scheduled a mini session and this was the perfect amount of time for Eliana. She was so easy and sweet that we were able to get a lot of variety in that amount of time. My mini session is very affordable and a great way for parents to get milestone images of their children.
As a Raleigh baby photographer I feel it’s important to be ready for my clients. For me this means that I have several set ups out and available for my clients to look at when they arrive. It also means that I have consulted with my clients so that know what to expect from the session. As an artist I also have a vision for that baby. My vision for Eliana was a cherub portrait and she was such a cute little angel. I also had several flower bonnets set out for mom and dad to see. The purple was my favorite on Eliana but we put several on her because her sweet little chubby cheeks just looked so cute in every single hat. Her mom brought a couple of outfits that were also super cute. Stay tuned to my Facebook page to see some of those posted later this week.
So that was Eliana now and here are a couple from then. These photographs are from her newborn session this summer. Eliana, then and now…
And these are her wonderful parents. I was so happy to meet them and am looking forward to many years of photographing their daughter. We are already talking about her unicorn photo shoot when she is older.
Four years ago I moved my photography studio of 11 years from Holly Springs NC to Raleigh. I loved my Holly Springs studio set up but had no real space to create the outside gardens that I really wanted to have for my newborn work. My set up now is so nice. I hired a contractor to convert a two car stand alone garage into a studio. With his help and the help of friends and family we chemically cleaned the floor, ran additional electricity, insulated, built a faux wall and sheet rocked. We painted and painted, the least favorite job in the process and placed all the mounting required to hold the back drops and equipment. We added a nice walkway and I hung my portraits. From the outside it looks like the garage that matches the house but from the inside it’s just what I needed.
The real fun began with the newborn studio. I have a four bedroom house so I set up one room as a separate studio for newborns. It has a huge closet to store blankets, back drops and props and plenty of wall space for portraits. It’s so nice and cozy and a much more sterile environment for newborns as this special studio for infants does not have the high traffic of children that my bigger studio has. The best part about my newborn studio are the gardens. I call them the Raleigh Fairy Gardens. As I landscaped the areas I had my camera in my hand, always checking through the lens to see what the images will look like as I move flowers, bricks, logs, greenery and flag stone into specific spaces. An artist must first have a vision to be able to create art and I had the vision. The very first thing I saw when I toured the property was the gorgeous grapevine. It’s huge. I have since google mapped the area and it appears to be over 50 years old. One side tipped years ago and forms a triangle kind of entrance into which I can place babies in baskets or bread bowls to get images such as this. Of course I added plenty of flowers to the area under the vine.
The size of the trunk is what tells me the vine is so old. I just love to use it as a back drop for a portrait.
The next step was putting in an area with nice flag stone, plenty of interesting ground cover and flowers, flowers, flowers. Not only did I use my camera as my guide but I made sure to place this in an area that gets shade early in the morning, because I believe that is the best time to photograph newborns and toddlers. I planted plenty of perennial plants and flowers so all through the spring, summer and fall new flowers are popping up. It’s such a nice place to photograph a newborn but large enough for toddlers and young children as well. This was the beginning of the Raleigh Fairy Gardens.
Over on the side of the property I have my ivy garden and tropical garden area. So many people have asked me where in the world I take these images. You will have to book to see, it’s not what you would expect.
New at the end of 2017 and really coming to life in 2018 is my woodland fairy garden. It’s a fantastic place to photograph little boys. The set up is more wooded, logs, ivy and ferns. I just love it and it adds such a nice atmosphere to images. My first portrait in that area was actually published in a photography magazine. Isn’t he just a doll?
I hope to meet lots of sweet new babies this year of 2018. Til the next post…. Michelle Studios
One of the most exciting aspects of being a Raleigh newborn photographer is being able to capture milestone moments with those children as they grow. At the end of every newborn session I let my clients know that the next best time to come in for portraits is about 7 months. I made sure Clara’s parents knew as well. This next best time to photography the baby can of course vary from child to child.I tell clients that it’s when they can sit up well but not walk yet. Sometimes this can be around the beginning of 7 months and other times it can be around 9 months. Clara’s mom called right at six months and I suggested that we wait a month to make sure Clara could sit up really well. It’s really important to make sure they are stable because if they are worried that they are going to fall you can tell in their facial expressions, they look worried. Clara came in for her milestone session and she was such a doll baby. Her dad is from Spain and mom brought the cutest little outfits. The bonnet was just adorable and the outfits and head bands were so delicate and intricate. I was so in love with her sweet baby face and this darling outfit that I entered it into a photography contest and the below image was published in Inspire Fine Art Photography Magazine.
I just love this age and the chubby cheeks, arms and legs. Babies this age can’t get up and move around yet to work it off, this extra shape makes them so adorable for the camera. I was blown away by Clara’s beautiful eyes. Her mom and I are hoping that they stay hazel like mom’s eyes. This image is just stunning to me. I feel like I am looking right into her beautiful, huge eyes. And yes I did make it my screen saver on my computer.
Anyone who follows my page knows I am in love with Dollcake dresses. Clara’s mom loves them too. She was given a beautiful dress when she was born and mom has been anticipating the time when it would fit so that we could take her pictures in it. I have many gorgeous Dollcake dresses available for clients to wear while here at my Raleigh portrait studio. As Clara gets older I hope to see her in many of them. Click HERE if you have never seen the Dollcake website. You are in for a treat. Isn’t Clara gorgeous in this dress?
I also got this amazing new bucket. I just love the color and texture and Clara looks so cute sitting in it.
We got so many great portraits of Clara it is really hard for me to pick a favorite. The one below is a favorite for sure. There is just something about her sweet little facial expression.
I can’t wait for my next session with Clara.
I am so excited to say that I started off 2018 with another publication in Inspire Fine Art Photography magazine. The photo is of baby Clara who is just gorgeous. What a nice surprise.
I am grateful and so pleased to also be listed again in the triangle shopping guide, Expertise, as one of the top newborn photographers in our area. I am very proud because there are many good photographers here in the triangle area.
Although I have always been primarily a children’s photographer I am going to be branching into photographing adults some, specifically ladies. I have been following Sue Bryce and Craig Lamere for over 10 years each and love looking at their images. I have always been very inspired by those two artists so I am going to start offering very tasteful boudior sessions this year for Valentines day. They will be lots of fun. Most shots will be on Vflat back drops which I am in the process of making. It’s been a long time coming as I have been thinking about this for years. The VFlat back drops are interesting because they give the appearance of a wall and allow for standing poses leaning on a wall of sorts. I bought two sets to start and am working on them now. One will be an olive color and the other a rose. There will be more images of the under construction project here at the end of the post. I will also show some images that I am taking over the weekend.
As many of you know I offer unicorn photo shoots with my sweet little Lola from Stampede of Love. I am looking forward to booking with you all this year and your sweet little girls. I have quite a collection of Dollcake dresses now for your children to wear during the photo shoot. My dresses start at size 3 and go up to size 12. I wear a size 5 juniors and the size 12 fits me. smile.
This year I am going to be adding Titan pictured here for my older clients. When you book with me we can discuss if your daughter is old enough to be photographed with Titan.
If your daughters would like to be a princess for the day I will be offering princess sessions again this year. Dollcake dresses and beautiful crowns make the girls all smile and the images are so sweet.
In 2018 I am really going to amp up my high school senior photo sessions for teens in the Raleigh, Cary, Fuquay-Varina, Holly Spring, Garner and surrounding areas. I finally have the Einstein light that I have been needing to really overpower the sun for some dramatic off camera flash. As soon as it warms up I am breaking it out and looking forward to some very dynamic portraits, just right for high school senior sessions.
Here are some under construction and one finished vflat back drop. I can’t wait to get some ladies on this rose one for Valentines Day. Make sure to send me an email if you are interested in booking. What a perfect present for the special men in your lives or just for you girls.
And Easter is early this year, don’t forget to book your bunny sessions…
Happy 2018 everyone.
If you or someone you know is expecting a baby, I would love for you to check out my website. I have specialized in newborn photography in the triangle area for about 14 years. In the past three and a half years I have been working on the gardens at my Raleigh portrait studio. The images of newborns outdoors are my favorite, although I do have a newborn studio in the house and a fully equipped studio for families and children.
I like to call the gardens the fairy gardens because the images are just magical.
And the beautiful gardens are not just for photographing girl babies. Boy babies look so gorgeous there too.
If these types of images are what you have been dreaming about for your newborn give me a call at 919-637-7985 or send me a message through my contact page..
I also have older children play a game while waiting for their siblings to be photographed. They have to find evidence of fairies in the yard. Sometimes it takes a while but it’s an adventure, and horses to pet on the fence line and swing in the old oak tree just add to the fun.
Grandparents are welcome to come and watch, the newborn photography sessions are so much fun. They are long and hot, but fun. I have all kinds of helpful information here to prepare you for your baby’s newborn photo shoot.Young siblings should not come to watch 🙂 , they simply do not have the patience and will prolong the session. I DO photograph siblings with newborns if that is your wish. You can read all about it on my page.
Congratulations if they are in order and thank you to anyone who shares with a friend.
Sincerely, Michelle Prince
I just love specializing in children’s portrait work and baby photography. Lydia came in with mommy and Mimi to have her nine month portraits taken. I have photographed her sweet cousins and well and was so excited to meet her. She was just a little doll baby. She actually has that sweet round face of a Gerber baby. As is most common with babies her age she was super sweet and cheerful. This allowed us to get some cute smiling images as well as some nice images with her just looking at me. She has the most amazing sparkly eyes and they show so nicely in those more serious images.
We just HAd to photograph her as a baby cherub because she fits the bill.
This age, between 7 and 9 months is just the best time to photograph a baby. They are so sweet and the baby weight that they have not been able to run off yet photographs so well. I just love baby photography.
I could not help but put this great bonnet on her. Wow on that sweet face.
And if this is not a Gerber baby face I don’t know what is.
Heather came in for her one year old portraits. She is such a cutie pie with her pretty blond hair and big blue eyes. Mom loves the magical look of portraits done outside in the fairy gardens so that is what we did. Her sweet mommy always has the cutest outfits and beautiful headbands for her precious girls that go so nicely with my outside studio.
Babies are so sweet to photograph, how can anything be any cuter?
The beautiful fairy gardens outside my studio doors are just the right spot to take images of a child this age. We do it early in the morning when the gardens are in shade and the children are fresh and in a great mood. In this first image it looks like maybe she found a fairy in that lantern.
Heather looks gorgeous in the beautiful earth angel wings.
What a sweet baby girl. I love this smile.
Baby Johnny came in last week to have his newborn portraits taken. He is so darling, huge blue eyes, chubby cheeks and lots of rolls. Johnny’s sweet mom Erika really wanted his images to look like newborn images but Johnny will be three months old this week. I gave her some tips for preparing Johnny for his session.
~Keep Johnny up for at least two hours prior to his session.
~ Feed him as soon as you get to the studio.
~Bring a pacifier if you are ok with him using one.
It was a success. I warmed the studio up and mom fed him. We were able to get darling newborn portraits in the studio and also in the fairy gardens outside. I was a bit worried at his age that he might wake up but he didn’t. The images came out so cute. His mom also brought a Bat Man cover up and it ended up being one of my favorite shots from the session. I guess he is destined to be a super hero.
We were so excited about how well Johnny did being much older than the average newborn that I photograph. Hard work on mom’s part to keep him up and just the right set ups allowed us to have a very successful photo shoot.
Omgoodness look at his cheeks.
Johnny has such a pretty mouth. So cute…..
And I am in love with his images in the fairy gardens. Here are a few.
We were able to get so many cute poses that I can’t post them all but if you know his mommy you can ask to see the gallery that will go up in a couple of days with all of his images.
I enjoyed meeting you Johnny.