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Carlita & DeMarion

Raleigh-Durham Maternity Photographer

Carlita and DeMarion’s Maternity Story at Falls Lake

Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh-Durham Birth and Family Photography

Celebrating the body and beauty in motherhood is one of my favorite things. It’s peaceful, expectant and empowering. To shine a little light on the uniqueness of the pregnant body because it really is so temporary. Your body will not even look the same with the next child, pregnancy is such a powerful way to teach you how to be present and live in the changing moment.

I was honored to get to capture this hilarious and truly connected couple earlier last Summer. Their love, support and strength together was inspiring and translated with perfect ease into their birth space (which I also got to capture and will be sharing that story soon) DeMarion is a joker and so in love with his wife that taking photos of their emotions and excitement was one of my easiest jobs from 2018 :P And Carlita well you can see how stunning and well fitted to her beautiful pregnant body she was. She had a grace and power that just shown through each frame.

They were both open to adventure and wanted to capture the beauty of the bare bump (my favorite thing in all maternity sessions.) We all were battling the water early one Sunday morning (me with my full camera gear, being a risk taker for no reason, waist deep in the water, shorts completely soaked :P) I just wanted us all to feel the water and get a little carried away with the natural setting.

They told me later after I chose this spot, that they had come here countless times before they were married, for dates and long talks. It brought even more significance to the natural beauty of Falls Lake, to know that they had a history here and were making more memories by celebrating their growing little girl here too.

Carlita Maternity Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer | Lifestyle Maternity Photography
Carlita Maternity Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer | Lifestyle Maternity Photography
Carlita Maternity Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer | Lifestyle Maternity Photography
Carlita Maternity Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer | Lifestyle Maternity Photography
Carlita Maternity Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer | Lifestyle Maternity Photography
Carlita Maternity Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer | Lifestyle Maternity Photography
Carlita Maternity Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer | Lifestyle Maternity Photography
Carlita Maternity Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer | Lifestyle Maternity Photography
Carlita Maternity Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer | Lifestyle Maternity Photography
Carlita Maternity Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer | Lifestyle Maternity Photography
Carlita Maternity Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer | Lifestyle Maternity Photography

2018 A Year In Review: Part 2

2018 A year in Review

Part 2

The Year of Commitment

I am not a disciplined person. If you spent a minute to read Part One of this year’s review you’d see I barely scraped by with New year goals for 2018. It’s honestly never even been a goal of mine (to be more disciplined) but here I sit in 2019 and I really need it. Now the word discipline sounds awful to me, very restricting and suffocating so I’m going with Commitment. I’ve let creativity and honesty be my greatest characteristics for so long and while I love those parts about me, it’s starting to feel like I’m not super involved in my happiness. Because I don’t push myself to stay on track or finish a goal, I’m really just letting my days pass by. I want to be more committed this year to more than just my business and husband because i have the capacity for more. I want to fully commit 2019 to achieving personal goals, lifestyle changes and ambitions. I want to feel successful, this time next year and like some or even all of the intentions below were really invested in.

I want to be active and exercise everyday.

I want to eat better and learn more about what my body can handle and can’t.

I want to limit the amount of time I spend watching tv and comparing myself to others on the internet.

I want to be way more selfless to my partner ( like i want to be one of those wives everyone thinks loves their husband TOO much and does TOO much for his arrogant ass) Because that’s not at all me and probably wont ever be but I want to give it a try :P

I want to photograph more and more births, and meet more women who just understand that birth and art can truly be melded together and that it’s worth it to invest in your moments.

I want to meet more people and like more people unconditionally.

I want to learn how to love myself too and be proud of where I am.

I want to get back into my painting, drawing and journaling. That used to be my way of finding peace, calming anxiety and expressing my heart but now a days I just pour a glass of wine and watch the Office and hope the anxiety will go away.

I want to not sleep in so much (even though I love it) a successful person gets up early and I want a little more feeling of that success.

These aren’t really my “goals” per say because I really can’t take another year of feeling like I achieved no personal goals. But they are my ambitions for this coming year and I am speaking it into existence right now that I will be a more committed person. It doesn’t happen overnight and I’m trying to be more gracious about that but I’m also trying to look at the word committed and discipline not as a sentencing to a boring life but to a better and happier life because I’m putting more into it rather than letting it happen to me.

2018 was a happy year. I got to photograph so many stories that have shaped me for the better. My business grew from a little transplanted seedling to a full on garden that is still growing. I traveled and saw elephants, lions, leopards and all the other African animals so many may never see. I created a project I’m so proud of called The Motherhood Project that allowed me to get creative and learn so much more about womanhood and motherhood; thank you Lindsay for making this past year and project so amazing. So please do not misunderstand my goals for 2019, they are coming from a place of wanting to just be committed to the changes I want to see and opening myself to have the capacity to really experience more.

Thank you to all my people and I look forward to another year creating! If you’ve chosen a name for 2019 I would love to hear it so please leave it in the comments!

And of course this collection of images below are my favorites(atleast part two of my favorites), they are full of the raw and powerful quality I want my work to express. There is nudity and there is blood in some of my work, yes, but I think there is so much power and beauty in our bodies and I just couldn’t censor my favorites. All photos have been approved and released by the client for sharing.

2018 A Year in Review | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
2018 A Year in Review | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
2018 A Year in Review | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
2018 A Year in Review | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
2018 A Year in Review | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
2018 A Year in Review | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
2018 A Year in Review | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
2018 A Year in Review | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
2018 A Year in Review | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
2018 A Year in Review | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
2018 A Year in Review | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
2018 A Year in Review | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
2018 A Year in Review | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
2018 A Year in Review | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
2018 A Year in Review | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
2018 A Year in Review | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
2018 A Year in Review | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
2018 A Year in Review | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
2018 A Year in Review | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
2018 A Year in Review | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
2018 A Year in Review | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
2018 A Year in Review | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
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2018 A Year in Review | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
2018 A Year in Review | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
2018 A Year in Review | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
2018 A Year in Review | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
2018 A Year in Review | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
2018 A Year in Review | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
2018 A Year in Review | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
2018 A Year in Review | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
2018 A Year in Review | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
2018 A Year in Review | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
2018 A Year in Review | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
2018 A Year in Review | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
2018 A Year in Review | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
2018 A Year in Review | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
2018 A Year in Review | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
2018 A Year in Review | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
2018 A Year in Review | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
2018 A Year in Review | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
2018 A Year in Review | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
2018 A Year in Review | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
2018 A Year in Review | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
2018 A Year in Review | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
2018 A Year in Review | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
2018 A Year in Review | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
2018 A Year in Review | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
2018 A Year in Review | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
2018 A Year in Review | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
2018 A Year in Review | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
2018 A Year in Review | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
2018 A Year in Review | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
2018 A Year in Review | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
2018 A Year in Review | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
2018 A Year in Review | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer