The Blinn-Spears Family

The Blinn Spears Family: Downtown Durham Family Photography Session

Across the board family sessions are chaotic. Especially when you have a gaggle of little ones who you are trying to direct and capture. that's why I love families who are up for something different, something fun and something kid focused. They aren't insisting that everyone be perfect, they delight in capturing their family as it really is.

Bridget contacted me and told me she wanted something downtown that ended with ice cream. From that first moment I knew we would capture something energetic and colorful. Her four kids were full of personality and energy. We wandered through downtown Durham and captured memories not just poses. We photographed until we had almost zero light cause it was just so much fun to watch their family find so much joy with one another. My favorite part was definitely when we relaxed at The Parlour to get messy with chocolate ice-cream cones. I love being able to bring something special and unique to each family I work with. Each family has a story and I love being the person to tell it. 

If you are looking for a family photographer to capture the crazy beautiful story of your family then definitely say hello, I'd love to work with you!

family enjoys life in downtown Durham during their family photo session | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family photographer
sweet little girls dancing on the street in Downton durham family session | Hanna Hill photography | Raleigh birth and family photographer
two sisters standing in downtown durham during their family photography session | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family photographer
the oldest son walks along the parking deck during a  downtown durham, NC | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family photographer
Daddy and his daughters in downtown durham, NC | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family photographer 
mother and sons in downtown durham, NC family photography session| Hanna Hill photography | Raleigh birth and family photographer
the siblings sitting on a window sill during their downtown durham, NC family photography session | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family photographer
the siblings sit on a window sill during a downtown family session in Durham, NC | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family photographer
a little boy portrait during his downtown durham, NC family photography session | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family photographer
daddy and daughter exploring downtown durham, NC in their family photography session | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family photographer
siblings sitting on a window sill during their family photography session in downtown durham, NC Hanna Hill photography | Raleigh birth and family photographer
two sisters sitting on a window sill during their downtown durham, NC family photography session | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family photographer 
sweet sister moment on a window sill during their downtown durham, NC family photography session | hanna Hill photography | Raleigh birth and family photographer
a sweet dad moment during their downtown durham, NC family photography session | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family photographer
a sweet full family moment on the streets of downtown durham, NC during a fun family photography session | Hanna Hill photography | Raleigh birth and family photographer
the kiddos sitting in the ice cream parlor waiting for their ice cream cones during their downtown family photography session | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family photographer
little boy enjoying his ice cream cone at the parlour ice cream shop in downtown durham, NC | Hanna Hill photography | Raleigh birth and family photographer
the kids enjoy their ice cream cones at the parlous ice cream shop in downtown durham, NC | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family photographer 
siblings eating ice cream though the window at the Parlous ice cream shop during their downtown durham, NC family photography | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family photographer 
family getting ice cream shot through the window at the parlour ice cream shop in downtown durham, NC | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family photographer
the siblings all enjoy their ice cream in front of the window during their downtown durham family photography session | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family photographer 
little girl eating her ice cream standing in front of a window during her downtown durham, NC family photography session | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family photographer
little boy eating ice cream during a downtown durham, NC family photography session | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family photographer
sweet little girl eating ice cream in front of the window during a downtown durham, NC family photography session | hanna Hill photography | Raleigh birth and family photographer
little boy eating ice cream in front of the window during a downtown durham, NC family photography session | hanna Hill photography | Raleigh birth and family photographer
father and son cuddle moment in front of the window during a downtown durham, NC family photography session | hanna Hill photography | Raleigh birth and family photographer
little girl spinning at the community garden during a downtown durham, NC family photography session | hanna Hill photography | Raleigh birth and family photographer
sweet family moment at the community park during a downtown durham, NC family photography session | hanna Hill photography | Raleigh birth and family photographer

Ethan J: Newborn

Ethan J.: Lifestyle Newborn Session 

The joy on this little baby's face says it all. I can't get over the love and comfort I felt when I walked into the Jones home. Those first couple weeks after baby is welcomed home are exhausting, hard and new but being able to capture their love for little Ethan was totally worth it. I love lifestyle newborn sessions because they really are all about capturing mom, dad and baby in their element during some of the most vulnerable and joyful weeks of their life. You don't want to miss a single giggle from baby and you live so presently to all of their needs. I love how photography can be there to celebrate the present. To help you take a breath and see the beautiful parts of the life you're living. Even when it's exhausting and new there is so much to cherish. 

If you are looking to capture these precious first weeks after your little one arrives with laid back celebration feel free to reach out! I'd love to capture your story!

Click here to Inquire for a Newborn Session

baby lets out a sweet smile during his in home newborn session with new mom and dad | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Chapel Hill Birth Family and newborn photographer 
Little baby toes during a sweet in home newborn session | Hanna Hill photography | Raleigh birth family newborn photographer
new daddy gives a sweet kiss on his little newborn's head during an in home newborn session | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth family newborn photographer 
new mom and dad look sweetly at their little yawning newborn during their in home newborn session | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth family photographer
mom and dad look adoringly at their little newborn during an in home lifestyle newborn session | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth family newborn photographer
sweet moment with Dady and baby hands during an in home newborn session | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth family newborn photographer
mom and dad adoring their newborn during their in home newborn session | hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family photographer
Sweet snuggly moment with dad and baby during an in home newborn session | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family photographer | Raleigh newborn photogrpaher
baby yawns while in daddy's arms during an in home lifestyle newborn session | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family photographer Raleigh newborn photographer
baby toes during an in home lifestyle newborn session | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family photographer Raleigh newborn photographer
sweet baby looking around in wonder during his in home newborn session | hanna Hill photography | Raleigh Newborn Photographer | Raleigh birth and family photographer
baby's little outfit for his session with his nickname little peanut | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family photographer | Raleigh newborn photographer
mom holding her sweet newborn during their in home newborn session | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family photographer | Raleigh newborn photographer
sweet baby hair and motherhood moment during an in home newborn session | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family photographer | Raleigh newborn photographer 
a sweet moment with dad and baby during an in home newborn session | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and a family photographer | Raleigh newborn photographer
sweet little newborn on the bed staring at the camera during an lifestyle in home newborn session | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family photographer | Raleigh newborn photographer

The Hill Family

 Raleigh Birth & Family Photography | Hanna Hill Photography

The Hill Family 

I got to get my brother and his little family in front of my lens last weekend. It's been such a joy moving to North Carolina and being closer to this part of my family. My new little nephew is the sweetest, chubbiest baby angel. He is easy going and smiley, the perfect attributes for any family session. We explored Duke gardens together for the morning and just relaxed as a family capturing the beauty and colors of the garden changing from Summer to Fall. 

I really would not have it any other way than to start of this Family Session season with the people I love. So excited for this October and November and all the beautiful families I'll be capturing! Cheers to Fall, the colors, the family time and praying for cooler weather! 

Click here to Find out how you can book your family session this Season!

Family session at SP Duke Gardens in Durham, NC | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh/ Durham Birth & Family Photographer 
Dad gives baby kisses on the cheek to make him laugh during a family session at SP Duke Gardens in Durham, NC | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and Family photographer
Mom and dad adore their little boy at his 6 month session at SP Duke gardens in Durham, NC | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family photographer
dad looks adoringly at his son during a family session at Duke Gardens Durham, North Carolina | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family photographer
mom and dad love on their little boy during a Fall Family session in Durham North Carolina | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
mom dad and baby having a sweet snuggle moment at the Duke Gardens during a Fall Family Session in Durham, North Carolina | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family photographer
mom and baby having a sweet moment among the grass during a Fall Family session at Duke Gardens in Durham North Carolina | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family photographer
The family smile for a moment during a Fall Family session at Duke gardens in Durham, North Carolina | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
mom and dad and baby walking amongst colorful trees during their Fall family session at Duke Gardens in Durham North Carolina | Hanna Hill photography | Raleigh birth and family photographer
sweet little one with his two fingers in his mouth for comfort during the Fall family session at Duke Gardens | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family photographer
Taking a moment for just mom and dad to have a photo during their Fall family session at Duke gardens in Durham North Carolina | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family photographer
mom and dad have a moment alone during their fall family session at Duke gardens in Durham, North Carolina | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family photographer
The family poses among the bamboo during their fall family session at Duke gardens in Durham, North Carolina | Hanna Hill photography | Raleigh birth and family photographer
The Hill family having a sweet moment where dad kisses mom's cheek during their Fall Family Session at Duke Gardens in Durham, North Carolina | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and Family photographer
the family standing amongst the bamboo with baby sucking his two fingers for comfort at their Fall Family Session in Durham, North Carolina | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family photographer

Santiago : Birth Story

Santiago : A Family Centered Home Birth

Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer

Santiago's birth was one of fierce strength and the epitome of what a family centered birth can really be like. Home birth is such a sacred and incredible way to bring your child into the world. There is just a sense of peace and comfort by being in your own space surrounded by the people you love and the atmosphere you've made home. It's hard to put into words really. Behind every birth there is a lot of fear, anticipation and worry about all the things that may or may not go wrong. It's why most women choose a hospital to bring their little one into the world. In so many ways that makes sense and I love those hospital birth just as much. But home births are in and of them selves accepting that birth is empowering and that you were actually built to handle a birth. That sense of strength and vitality always puts a completely different vibe into the air. A vibe of "you can do it" "you are strong" and "this is a true celebration." 

The morning Santiago came into the world I woke to a text at around 5:00am. I was actually on call as backup for his arrival not the main photographer. In the world of birth photography having a back up is absolutely essential. As much as all of us want to be 24/7 available to out clients, life also happens and births are so unpredictable. I love that in the birthing community there really is a sense of friendship and community because just having someone else that you trust who's art is also beautiful and qualified brings you a sense of peace rather than competition. 

So back to the story I woke up to a text from the main photographer Anna, of Anna Pollit.com, saying mom was in labor and that baby was coming today. Santiago's momma was on her 3rd baby so I knew that meant probably a swift labor but honestly had no idea how quick this little guy would arrive. I woke up showered and waited from a text from the mom to hear how far along things were coming. By the time I was done and dressed she had texted and was seriously ready for me to head that way. When I arrived I was met with the smell of home cooked soup, two sleepy brothers who had just woken up to all the commotion and a momma fiercely laboring. 

She was a true warrior, one minute she was laughing and joking with her two year old son and the second she was peacefully yet intensely working through her contractions. The two big brothers were seriously making us all laugh, they were so incredibly excited to witness and meet their new little brother. The oldest just kept saying, "I'm so excited to meet him." and would run in every once and while to check if his little brother was on his way or not. The family focused vibe was so incredible and beautiful. This momma wanted those she loved to surround her and Santiago with as much relaxed and positive energy as possible. 

I was seriously only there about 2 hours before this little boy was ready to come and see his family. This momma maybe pushed 3 times and he was out and crying, ready to meet his new family. The emotions in the room were uncontrollable, so many tears and laughs filled those first moments. Their oldest son just was over the moon that he now had another little brother to love on and their second son was so curious about how his life had just changed before his eyes.

I got to stay and watch this family of 4 become 5 and it was an incredible sight to see.I got to capture all of those incredible firsts that happen right after he comes into the world from his first feeding to getting his measurements done. It really was such an honor to be apart of this birth and seeing the incredible joy and celebration that comes along with telling birth stories. 

Mom peacefully works through contractions during her water birth | Hanna hill photography | Raleigh birth and family photographer
mother explains to her oldest son about the birth of his new little brother | Hanna Hill photography | Raleigh Birth and family photographer
mom lets out a sigh of joy and relief as she labors during her water birth at home | Hanna hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family photographer
little brother looks on with snack in hand while mother labors during a water birth at home | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family photographer
mom works through a particularly hard contraction during her at home water birth | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family photographer 
mom grips on the edge of the pool during a contraction in her water birth at home | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family photographer
Santiago birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography |  Raleigh birth and family photographer
mother waits in the pool during her water birth at home | Hanna Hill photography  Raleigh birth and family photographer
mother lets out a breath during a contraction while her husband holds her hand during a home water birth | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family photographer
husband comforts his wife through labor during a water birth at home | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family photographer
so much joy and so many sighs of relief after baby is out and happy during a water birth at home | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family photographer
that sweet moment when husband and wife see their baby for the first time during an at home water birth | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
baby's first cries after a swift at home water birth \ Hanna hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family photographer
brother meeting his new little brother moments after baby is born during an at home water birth | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family photographer
introducing the big brother to his new little brother after birth | Hanna Hill photography | Raleigh birth and family photography
a moment of calm after birth in a water birth at home | Hanna hill photography | Raleigh birth and Family Photography
motherhood looks so good on this mom getting to know her little one for the first time during a home water birth | hanna hill photography | Raleigh birth and Family photographer
mother and child having their first moments together during an at home water birth | hanna Hill photography | Raleigh birth and family photography
a close up on baby and his little hands right after being born into the world | Hanna hill photography | Raleigh birth and family photography
so much wonder and love for baby right after he has been born | Hanna hill photography | Raleigh birth and family photographer
the whole family meeting baby right after he was born during an at home water birth | Hanna Hill photography | Raleigh Birth and Family photographer
so much pure joy in this mother hood moment right after giving birth at this at home water birth | Hanna hill photography | Raleigh birth and family photographer
that beautiful moment of motherhood right after you've Brough your baby into the world during an home water birth | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and Family photographer
sweet newborn making the sign for love right after being born during an at home water birth | Hanna Hill photography | Raleigh birth and family photographer
mother and baby resting after a water birth at home | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family photographer
mom hold baby right after birth waiting to cut the cord | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family photographer
a sweet moment with baby and mom right after birth waiting to cut the cord | Hanna hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
mother and baby right after birth relaxing together at home | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family photographer
baby holds mom's finger moments after birth at home | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family photographer
baby lets out a sweet smile and laugh moments after birth at home | Hanna hill photography | Raleigh birth and family photographer
first exam right after baby is brought into the world at home | Hanna hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family photographer
Sweet little baby getting his first exam right after birth at home | Hanna Hill Photography |  Raleigh Birth and family photographer

Luke A. : Fresh 48

Luke A. : Fresh 48 | Greenville, SC | Hanna Hill Photography

It's been a crazy year for my best friend Kimmy. She and I share a birthday and have tried over the last years to celebrate together in some form each year. Right around our 25th birthday last November we found out she was expecting. It was truly a crazy emotional time. It was not the way she would have planned it but none the less this year of knowing Luke was on his way changed everyone she met.

With my whole heart I wanted to be there by her side to capture the birth of this little boy. He had meant so much to me, even from the second we knew he existed. But Luke had a different plan. I was flying down for a week a little before the due date till a little after. You'd think I would know how completely unpredictable birth is by now but still I wanted so bad to be able to fly there and plan it out. Of course he decided to come the night before I was meant to be there, no flights available to change it and while I threw around the idea of driving all night, my husband told me that was crazy. So I showed up right before he had his second day in the hospital and stayed with them for their second sleepless night and got to cuddle him on and off every couple hours so Kimmy could get some rest. The next morning I woke up and the sun came into the room with so much life. I seriously just had to capture this precious morning. 

These moments were about capturing motherhood and that indescribable bond being formed. They were about seeing Kimmy change into a mom before my eyes. They were about seeing Luke as a human not just a thing in my imagination but actually here with a personality and adorable face. I wanted to remember the peace of that morning with him just laying in his basinet looking directly at me and the way Kimmy looked at him like she saw a glimpse at her life in a whole new and beautiful way. 

I'm so thankful I was allowed to enter this sacred space and capture this beautiful hour there in the hospital. Before they even went home and started life. The fresh 48 session captures that small window of time that without a few photos might have been forgotten. 

Luke A.: Fresh 48 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family Photography
Luke A. : Fresh 48 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family photography
Luke A. : Fresh 48 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family Photography
Luke A. : Fresh 48 | Hanna hill photography | Raleigh Birth and Family photography
Luke A. : Fresh 48 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
Luke A. : Fresh 48 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
Luke A. : Fresh 48 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
Luke A. : Fresh 48 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
Luke A. : Fresh 48 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family Photography