documentary family

Jude W. Newborn

Jude W. Newborn 

Hanna Hill Photography | Durham, NC Newborn Photography

These photos have swiftly become some of my favorites. The coziness of this beautiful first time mom snuggled up with her sweet hubby and little boy, melts be every time. I met Lia and Andrew through a mutual friend and super early if I recall in their pregnancy. Lia really wanted to meet and hear details first so she could best choose the perfect session to celebrate her little one. And I loved that, I love being able to grab a cup of coffee and talk babies, birth and photography! 

It ended up being perfect that she chose an at home newborn session. Because soon after little Jude was born they all ended up moving from this sweet first home they shared as a family of three. Getting to celebrate not just those perfect little details but also the place and setting of where the memories were made always brings another level of depth and story to photos.

There was something so timeless about the style of this session, the joy on their faces and the color bring me back to the 1970s/60s and I completely love it. The whole session screams young love, first time parents, first home, and just the beginning of their long and beautiful story. One of my favorites moments (which was really this whole session:P) was when I asked if they wanted to bring little Jude outside, to get a little fresh air and celebrate the sweet season he was born in. They of course were down and those little sweet moments of them as a family of three on the steps of their home bring me so much joy. Those are the moments they will look back on when Jude goes off to college or moves out of their home for the first time. They will revel in the memories of bringing their little baby home and the sleepless nights they shared. They will cry thinking about how tiny he was and how big he has grown to be. They will be so proud to have been his parents! ... it gives me chills :)

 

If you have a little one on the way and want to celebrate with a sweet Newborn session this I would love to hear from you! 

Jude W. Newborn | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
Jude W. Newborn | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
Jude W. Newborn | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
Jude W. Newborn | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
Ok can we talk back up cameras? I am in a constant struggle on what next to invest in, I'd really love a 24-70mm for my Fall season of births and for my vacation to Kenya in December but my back up camera is very poor(like i'm ashamed to even say it :P) Would you invest in a nicer back up camera first? or go with the lens? My Canon 6D is only 2 years old.  Getting the back up seems like the responsible thing to do but the lens seems like the thing I want to do.  I also have big dreams of getting the Mark IV and making my 6D the back up but that wont be for another year or so to save up.  Also if I wanted to get the lens and back up what would be a good camera that runs lower price then the Canon 6D like a nicer crop sensor? would that even be worth it? ugh the debate within me is so real right now
Jude W. Newborn | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
Jude W. Newborn | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
Jude W. Newborn | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
Jude W. Newborn | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
Jude W. Newborn | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
Jude W. Newborn | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
Jude W. Newborn | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
Jude W. Newborn | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
Jude W. Newborn | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
Jude W. Newborn | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
Jude W. Newborn | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
Jude W. Newborn | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer

Milly L. Fresh 48

A Rainy Day First Meeting at Home

| Milly L. Fresh 48 Story

A huge part of a birth story is the moments after. The moments of coming home and meeting the loved ones that will forever surround you. This story seriously melts my heart every time I look through these photos. The moments this little brand new baby girl met her big brother. It was everything you want in a first meeting. 

Amber and Chad were awesome, they got home from the hospital a day or so after bringing this little one into the world. They took the time to wash up relax and introduce little Milly to her new surroundings. And they planned to have little Elias come meet his little sister the following day and have me there to photograph the genuine and real reactions and love that was poured out. Now toddlers are often the hardest kids to react the way you may want. I always encourage parents to have pretty low expectations when it comes to first meetings and fresh 48s because thats just a whole lot of change for little mind. But since Amber and Chad are incredible documentary photographers, they knew exactly what they were getting. They wanted to full joy, crazy antics, tantrums and true life that now being a family of 4 would bring. 

The moment Elias got home he ran straight to his mom, snuggled in on her and asked for a snack. There was no notice of little Milly sitting in the center of the room, he was right in his mode and it was so sweet to see. After getting his chicken nuggets (a must) Chad prompted him a bit to go explore the living room. Those reactions were seriously priceless. He was curious, joyful and a little shocked. When Amber went to feed little Milly, Elias was so focused on her not eating mommy and insisted she eat some of his nuggets. It was seriously the cutest thing, him shoving chicken nuggets towards them, even laying them in her little basinet as a tempting lure away from his mom. 

I think it was important to let Elias do his thing. Find some joy and get back to his energetic self. So we all followed him into his room where we watched him find wonder and normalcy amongst his balloons. The beauty of this moment was watching Chad and Amber in their pure patience. There was no "right" way for Elias to react except the way he did.  

As our session continued there was a serious storm rolling in, clouding up all the windows. in order to get enough light I suggested we take some photos outside while the rain still wasn't coming down. It was peaceful to see the clouds roll in and daddy cuddling his brand new baby. It was also adorable when their sweet neighbor came by to drop of treats and meet their new little girl. We were out there maybe 10 minutes before the wind picked up and swept us back inside but those moments of joy and family sitting on their porch were truly some of my favorites. 

I love this session because it really takes you through the story. The first meeting to the processing little brain of a new big brother. In so many ways Home fresh 48s may be the way to go. Especially when you have older siblings, those moments of first meeting can be all over the place but what better place to do them, than in the comfort of their own surroundings. Letting those new big brothers and sisters work through the change and joy they feel all while surrounded by the normal home they know. 

If you want to see the first part of this story (little MIlly's birth) go check out the story HERE it also includes a short film with clips from this Fresh 48 session! 

Milly L Fresh 48 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photography
Milly L Fresh 48 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photography
Milly L Fresh 48 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photography
Milly L Fresh 48 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photography
Milly L Home Fresh 48 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photography
Milly L Home Fresh 48 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photography
Milly L Home Fresh 48 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photography
Milly L Home Fresh 48 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photography
Milly L Home Fresh 48 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photography
Milly L Home Fresh 48 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photography
Milly L Home Fresh 48 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photography
Milly L Home Fresh 48 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
Hey Starlena,   I hope this message finds you well! I wanted to get back in touch and see if you had any questions about the pricing guide or info I sent over.  I'd love to be apart of telling your beautiful birth story, these moments of parenthood are truly precious and unlike anything else.  Feel free to be in touch whenever you get a chance and congrats again on your pregnancy!  Sincerely, Hanna
Milly L. Home Fresh 48 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photography
Milly L Home Fresh 48 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
Milly L Home Fresh 48 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
Milly L Home Fresh 48 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
Milly L Home Fresh 48 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
Milly L Home Fresh 48 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
Milly L Home Fresh 48 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
Milly L Home Fresh 48 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
Milly L Home Fresh 48 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
Milly L Home Fresh 48 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
Milly L Home Fresh 48 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
Milly L Home Fresh 48 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
Milly L Home Fresh 48 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
Milly L Home Fresh 48 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
Milly L Home Fresh 48 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
Milly L Home Fresh 48 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
Milly L Home Fresh 48 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
Milly L Home Fresh 48 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
Milly L Home Fresh 48 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
Milly L Home Fresh 48 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
Milly L Home Fresh 48 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
Milly L Home Fresh 48 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
Milly L Home Fresh 48 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
Milly L Home Fresh 48 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
Milly L Home Fresh 48 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
Milly L Home Fresh 48 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
Milly L Home Fresh 48 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
Milly L Home Fresh 48 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
Milly L Home Fresh 48 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
Milly L Home Fresh 48 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
Milly L Home Fresh 48 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
Milly L Home Fresh 48 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
Milly L Home Fresh 48 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
Milly L Home Fresh 48 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
Milly L Home Fresh 48 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
Milly L Home Fresh 48 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
Milly L Home Fresh 48 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
Milly L Home Fresh 48 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
Milly L Home Fresh 48 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
Milly L Home Fresh 48 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer

The Motherhood Project: Part One

A Year in the Life of Motherhood Project: Part 1

18 weeks - 24 weeks

As I sit here about to go on call for this little one's birth I am astounded by the story we have created so far. I started this project as a way to cleanse myself creatively, try new things and tell 1 story all the way through. I put this odd dream out into the universe at the End of 2017 with very little expectations or even plans. Just a handful of photos I wanted to take. It then took me months to actually narrow the different moms down and decide finally on working with L. She is the mother of 4 boys, pregnant with her fifth. I've gotten to watch and photograph so many different moments of her motherhood journey since this year began and gotten to learn so many things about who she is.

She is organized, giving and confident in so many ways.

She listens to her children but takes time for herself.

She rarely wears makeup and slays in a bikini. 

She laughs the most at knock, knock jokes and her sweet husband.

She is quiet sometimes but fills the award space with so much warmth.

I'm sure once we finish this series I'll know so many more things. And I'm excited to get to tell all of these stories that add together to create such a complex and strong person. I've had this thought so many times since we started, how awesome it will be for her children to know her in this way when they are older? Know her beyond the caretaker or the nurturer to the raw parts of who she is as she experiences pregnancy then birth and all the months that follow. I also think about how incredible it will be for her to get to know herself one day. When all the kids are grown up and she enters the new season of woman hood. I've had this conversation with my own mother, her pain looking through old videos and old photos because she just can't remember the woman in them. The energy she once had and the purpose. I'm excited for L to have this series as a way to know herself as a mother and a woman and for all who have followed along to get to know her too. I get approached constantly from all different people, they always know about L and her journey, they all make votes about boy or girl and I honestly can not wait to share once, this little one arrives. (seriously any day now)

For Part one I'm sharing the first two sessions we did this year one of vulnerability the other of the motherhood routine. 

The Year in the Life of Motherhood: Part 1 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
The Year in the Life of Motherhood: Part 1 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer

18 Weeks

Throughout the last months there have been days of celebration and days of vulnerability and I think once this little one arrives those days will explode even more. I started the series with L's pregnancy journey at the 18 weeks mark. It was scary to ask someone to be so vulnerable after just meeting but L was incredible. She wanted to celebrate her growing body, acknowledge the joy and stress of mothering not just this little one growing inside but the carrying of her whole family in so many ways. 

The Year in the Life of Motherhood: Part 1 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
The Year in the Life of Motherhood: Part 1 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
The Year in the Life of Motherhood: Part 1 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
The Year in the Life of Motherhood: Part 1 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
The Year in the Life of Motherhood: Part 1 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
The Year in the Life of Motherhood: Part 1 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
The Year in the Life of Motherhood: Part 1 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
The Year in the Life of Motherhood: Part 1 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
The Year in the Life of Motherhood: Part 1 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
The Year in the Life of Motherhood: Part 1 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
The Year in the Life of Motherhood: Part 1 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
The Year in the Life of Motherhood: Part 1 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer

24 Weeks

For this session I just wanted to get to know L in her element. See her day to day and meet the whole family. From an afternoon with just her youngest playing legos, to picking up the older boys, the library, cooking dinner and sharing a meal all together. It was purely documentary and truly set the stage for getting to know L as a mother.

The Year in the Life of Motherhood: Part 1 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
The Year in the Life of Motherhood: Part 1 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
The Year in the Life of Motherhood: Part 1 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
The Year in the Life of Motherhood: Part 1 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
The Year in the Life of Motherhood: Part 1 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
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The Year in the Life of Motherhood: Part 1 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
The Year in the Life of Motherhood: Part 1 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
The Year in the Life of Motherhood: Part 1 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
The Year in the Life of Motherhood: Part 1 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
The Year in the Life of Motherhood: Part 1 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
The Year in the Life of Motherhood: Part 1 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
The Year in the Life of Motherhood: Part 1 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
The Year in the Life of Motherhood: Part 1 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
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The Year in the Life of Motherhood: Part 1 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
The Year in the Life of Motherhood: Part 1 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
The Year in the Life of Motherhood: Part 1 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
The Year in the Life of Motherhood: Part 1 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
The Year in the Life of Motherhood: Part 1 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
The Year in the Life of Motherhood: Part 1 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
The Year in the Life of Motherhood: Part 1 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
The Year in the Life of Motherhood: Part 1 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
The Year in the Life of Motherhood: Part 1 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
The Year in the Life Motherhood Project: Part 1| Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
The Year in the Life Motherhood Project: Part 1| Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
The Year in the Life Motherhood Project: Part 1| Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
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The Year in the Life Motherhood Project: Part 1| Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
The Year in the Life Motherhood Project: Part 1| Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
The Year in the Life Motherhood Project: Part 1| Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer