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:

Chapel Hill Baby Photography

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!

Chapel Hill Baby Photography
Chapel Hill Baby Photography
Chapel Hill Baby Photography

See what I mean about the cheekbones? Gorgeous!

Chapel Hill Baby Photography
Chapel Hill Baby Photography
Chapel Hill Baby Photography
Chapel Hill Baby Photography
Chapel Hill Baby Photography
Chapel Hill Baby Photography
Chapel Hill Baby Photography
I had such a lovely time with this, and am going to figure out an opportunity to do it again… soon! If you’re not already pals with me on Facebook, you can find me here. Come hang out on Pinterest, too… and bring your friends! The more the merrier!
Chapel Hill Baby Photography

xox,

annemie

beth - gorgeous, the purple dress really stands out in the pics.

Nancy - That first picture is an amazing look inside her little baby thoughts. She looks so wise and confident!

Courtney - Absolutely stunning! Love, love, love… :)

Bert - Beautiful. All of them. The first B&W is especially nice. What a sweet Valentine’s day posting.

kate - These are all wonderful. You’ve captured the sweetness of the baby and her mother’s wonder and delight so well. The smiles these pictures provoke make us all winners!

Kathleen - absolutely beautiful!

Daniel - Absolutely beautiful phots of two beautiful people! These photos bring back to the special moments I shared with my children at that age…thank you.

Andy - Such fantastic photos of two beautiful young women.

Annemie - You know, I have to admit that it didn’t even occur to me that I was posting this right before Valentine’s Day, but you’re right: it’s totally appropriate! What love is better?!?!

A Happy Ending | Hillsborough Newborn Photographer

Does everyone remember Beth? Around this time last year, I had the privilege of telling her story. It wasn’t an easy decision, but knowing how many other families go through what she had gone through, she wanted to share her journey in the hopes that it might help breach the silence that too often accompanies loss. (If you haven’t read that entry, you can find it here.)

Today, as I dearly hoped I one day would, I’m thrilled to share a quick glimpse of the very happy ending to that story. Internet, meet Gabriel:

Hillsborough Newborn Photographer
Perfect, beautiful Gabe and his healthy, happy, glowing mama:

Hillsborough Newborn Photographer

xox,

annemie

Nancy Mathias - Annemie,
As you know, this is one of the hardest things I deal with in my chosen profession. I just read a blog post shared on Facebook by another midwife by a mother whose baby was stillborn. I think one of the MOST important things we do as midwives is to support and try to reassure these women that there is nothing they did to cause this and that there was nothing they could do to prevent it. I am so happy for Beth and her family that their Rainbow baby is here but I know she will always grieve the baby that only lives in her heart. Thank you both for sharing.
Nancy

annemie - Nancy – you raise such an important point, and I apologize that I didn’t point it out in my post! Yes, yes, YES: loss is never erased, no matter how much time passes or what wonderful things may come in the interim. When I think of my own losses now, it is always bittersweet – they were both so hard, and yet in the end, they were both necessary to bring me to where I am today. I shouldn’t speak for Beth, though, so if I did, or appeared to, my apologies, again. And Nancy, thank you for ALL that you do in your wonderful, important line of work! XO

Bert - That was such a touching story that you posted previously. Thank you, and Beth especially, for sharing her heartbreaking story and now this heartwarming episode in her life. Congratulations to Beth and her family.

Angela - Annemie and Beth
I’d never been able to find the post about Beth being the technophobic luddite that I am. I’ve finally had a chance to read and view the pictures. You wrote the story beautifully Annemie. The photos of Beth are somewhat haunting but at the same time she looks stunning. And the last two pictures of the girls, well, what can I say? Those eyes!

Kelli & Jeff | Destination Wedding Photographer

This morning, I’m putting the last of Kelli & Jeff’s wedding package in the mail to them, and it’s making me a little sad… theirs was such a special, intimate wedding, and I looked forward to it for so long it’s hard to believe it’s over!

Kelli & Jeff have been together for a long time – they met in Sun Valley Idaho and have since moved to Hilton Head, SC. But did they choose either of those beautiful destinations for their wedding? No way! They pulled out all the stops and headed down to the Dominican Republic for a beautiful Caribbean beach wedding with their nearest and dearest family and friends.

Dominican Republic Wedding Details
Dominican Republic Wedding Details
Dominican Republic Wedding Getting Ready
Dominican Republic Wedding Groom Portrait
Dominican Republic Wedding Groomsmen
Dominican Republic Wedding Groomsmen
Dominican Republic Wedding Groomsmen
Dominican Republic Wedding Bride
Dominican Republic Wedding Bride
Dominican Republic Wedding Flower Girls
Dominican Republic Wedding Flowers
Dominican Republic Wedding Flower Girls
Dominican Republic Wedding Getting Ready
Dominican Republic Wedding Beach
Dominican Republic Wedding Details
Dominican Republic Wedding Officiant
Dominican Republic Wedding Beach
Dominican Republic Wedding Groom
Dominican Republic Wedding Flower Girls
Dominican Republic Wedding Father Daughter
Dominican Republic Wedding
Dominican Republic Wedding
Dominican Republic Wedding Rings
Dominican Republic Wedding Sand Ceremony
Dominican Republic Wedding
Dominican Republic Wedding First Kiss
Dominican Republic Wedding
Dominican Republic Wedding
Dominican Republic Wedding
Dominican Republic Wedding
The one thing about the Caribbean, as anyone who has been there knows, is that the weather can change on a dime. The ceremony was gorgeous – sunny, breezy, perfect – and we got this group shot of all the guests with blue skies in the background… but about three minutes after I took this picture, a huge raincloud appeared out of nowhere and it poured for ten minutes while the whole group took shelter under a nearby overhang:

Dominican Republic Wedding

Then, just as the sun was setting and the amazing full moon was rising, the rain stopped, and Kelli, Jeff and I got to take advantage of the extraordinary light for a short couples’ session before the reception.

Dominican Republic Wedding Beach Portraits
Dominican Republic Wedding Beach Portraits
Dominican Republic Wedding First Dance
Dominican Republic Wedding
Dominican Republic Wedding Cake
Dominican Republic Wedding Toasts
Dominican Republic Wedding
Dominican Republic Wedding
Dominican Republic Wedding
Kelli & Jeff, it was such an honor to be there with you on your big day, with such a fun group, and in such a beautiful location. Keep an eye on your mailbox in the next couple of days:D

Dominican Republic Wedding

xox,

annemie

Erin T - Oh these totally make me want to go South! Love the group shot!

Lou Lou - These pictures are amazing. The colors, the light! I am in awe.

Meg - What a gorgeous collection and a beautiful wedding. I’m so excited for Kelli and Jeff to get their “package” and I don’t even know them, too funny. The group shot in this set is my absolute fav- it really seems to sum up the whole experience and exudes authentic happiness. Love. Thanks for sharing as always.

Kelli - SOOOO AMAZING! They make me so happy everytime I see them! I’m so happy I was able to have a true friend capture every moment of a wonderful week! You are truly talented! Thank you! XOXO

sarah - Reliving the gorgeous wedding while sitting at work on a cold February day, what an amazing trip!

evan - these look great annemie! seems like it was perfect place to relax in the sun and party under the moon. and such a lovely couple, congratulations.

Christy - Beautiful pictures! Anna you did an amazing job capturing the highlights of the event. Congrats again to Kelli and Jeff and thanks for having us along to be a part of your special day!