family of 5

The Motherhood Project: Part Three

The Year in the Life of Motherhood Project :

Part 3

32 Weeks - 37 Weeks

With every day we get closer and closer to meeting this little one. I go to sleep each night thinking, I may be called at 4:00am to rush to L's side and witness her miraculous birth story. I get a little too invested in all of my clients but this one is tugging at my heart. I want to witness the moment where L says, "it's a girl or boy" and calls this sweet growing baby it's name. I want to experience her strength and witness her Hypno baby ways.

I am also excited to move into this next part of the photo series where its all about the motherhood reality. Pregnancy is inspiring and life changing but pales in comparison to the lifetime of child rearing. I can't wait to document the bringing home of this baby, the sleeping and not sleeping, breast feeding and juggling a million things at once. Not for me but for L. to have this proof of her invincibility and tenderness when faced with 5 little ones. 

Part three is of our last few sessions before their beautiful birth story (which I'll probably do as it's own part all together!) We got to celebrate L. and her sweet marriage, her relaxed moments of solitude waiting for this sweet baby and the chaos of being a very pregnant mom with 4 older boys in the heat of the summer.

The Year in the Life of Motherhood Project: Part Three | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family Photography

32 Weeks

There is something rare and fierce about a couple experiencing a pregnancy together. It shapes you, challenges you and prepares you for together guiding and caring for this little one through life. To do this now 5 times is an incredibly beautiful thing to watch. L. and her husband reflect the joy and courage it takes to bring up 4 boys and still get so excited to talk about baby number 5. For me it was fundamental to the story to get to document their love and intimacy there in their own bedroom and space. 

[ Also that gorgeous land we did the outdoor photos on is their neighbor's back yard. Which seriously has the most lush landscape I've ever seen! ]

The Year in the Life of Motherhood: Part 3 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
The Year in the Life of Motherhood: Part 3 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
The Year in the Life of Motherhood: Part 3 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
The Year in the Life of Motherhood: Part 3 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
The Year in the Life of Motherhood: Part 3 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
The Year in the Life of Motherhood: Part 3 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
The Year in the Life of Motherhood Project: Part Three | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family Photography
The Year in the Life of Motherhood Project: Part Three | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family Photography
The Year in the Life of Motherhood Project: Part Three | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family Photography
The Year in the Life of Motherhood Project: Part Three | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family Photography
The Year in the Life of Motherhood Project: Part Three | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family Photography
The Year in the Life of Motherhood Project: Part Three | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family Photography
The Year in the Life of Motherhood Project: Part Three | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family Photography
The Year in the Life of Motherhood Project: Part Three | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family Photography
The Year in the Life of Motherhood Project: Part Three | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family Photography
The Year in the Life of Motherhood Project: Part Three | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family Photography
The Year in the Life of Motherhood Project: Part Three | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family Photography
The Year in the Life of Motherhood Project: Part Three | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family Photography
The Year in the Life of Motherhood Project: Part Three | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family Photography
The Year in the Life of Motherhood Project: Part Three | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family Photography
The Year in the Life of Motherhood Project: Part Three | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family Photography
The Year in the Life of Motherhood Project: Part Three | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family Photography

32 Weeks

A milk bath session in one of her favorite places in her home. Her remodled bathtub where she goes for rest and empowerment. 

The Year in the Life of Motherhood Project: Part Three | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family Photography
The Year in the Life of Motherhood Project: Part Three | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family Photography
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The Year in the Life of Motherhood Project: Part Three | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family Photography
The Year in the Life of Motherhood Project: Part Three | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family Photography
The Year in the Life of Motherhood Project: Part Three | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family Photography
The Year in the Life of Motherhood Project: Part Three | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family Photography
The Year in the Life of Motherhood Project: Part Three | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family Photography

37 Weeks

Summer is hot for all of us and North Carolina has not been spared the hellish temperatures. But I can't even imagine how it feels to also be really pregnant, have all 4 boys home from school for the Summer and be dealing with the heat. L. of course doesn't ever let it phase her and literally swims in the pool almost every day. When we met for coffee the first time back at the beginning of the year, this idea of her being 37-39 weeks pregnant and chasing her kids around the pool was a memory she never wanted to forget. I could not wait to capture this chaos and joy for their family. It was the perfect way to finish the first half of our series. 

The Year in the Life of Motherhood Project: Part Three | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family Photography
The Year in the Life of Motherhood Project: Part Three | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family Photography
The Year in the Life of Motherhood Project: Part Three | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family Photography
The Year in the Life of Motherhood Project: Part Three | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family Photography
The Year in the Life of Motherhood Project: Part Three | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family Photography
The Year in the Life of Motherhood Project: Part Three | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family Photography
The Year in the Life of Motherhood Project: Part Three | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family Photography
The Year in the Life of Motherhood Project: Part Three | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family Photography
The Year in the Life of Motherhood Project: Part Three | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family Photography
The Year in the Life of Motherhood Project: Part Three | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family Photography
The Year in the Life of Motherhood Project: Part Three | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family Photography
The Year in the Life of Motherhood Project: Part Three | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family Photography
The Year in the Life of Motherhood Project: Part Three | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family Photography
The Year in the Life of Motherhood Project: Part Three | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family Photography
The Year in the Life of Motherhood Project: Part Three | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family Photography
The Year in the Life of Motherhood Project: Part Three | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family Photography
The Year in the Life of Motherhood Project: Part Three | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family Photography
The Year in the Life of Motherhood Project: Part Three | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family Photography
The Year in the Life of Motherhood Project: Part Three | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family Photography
The Year in the Life of Motherhood Project: Part Three | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family Photography
The Year in the Life of Motherhood Project: Part Three | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family Photography
The Year in the Life of Motherhood Project: Part Three | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family Photography
The Year in the Life of Motherhood Project: Part Three | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family Photography
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The Year in the Life of Motherhood Project: Part Three | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family Photography

The Carter Family

The Carter Family: Summer in the Backyard | Hanna Hill Photography | Kansas City, MO

Sometimes you meet a person and they just stick in your mind. I met Shannon (momma of this crazy bunch) while shooting a birth earlier this year. She is an incredible doula, mom and personality. She had mentioned her family of 5 extroverted little ones and her awesome husband who she just couldn't be more thankful for.

I had always wanted to capture the beautiful chaos that comes from a big family. I am one of 6 so the joy and stress and chaos was a very familiar concept. I wanted to document those moments of joy and collision that siblings bring. And I wanted to capture the sweet moments of Summer, being home with everyone having to get your energy out by jumping on a trampoline or running in the yard. It takes me back and I just adore the energy and celebration of life that the Carter family has. they are free of expectations or intense limits. The kids are creative and loud and chaotic together. They were are similar to buzzing electrons around their parents feeding off the energy, attention and love they give off. I just love being able to capture the real emotions, moments and fierceness of everyday life. This is just a small glimpse into what a day is like for the Carter family, its authentic and celebratory. 

Capturing these Summer memories is priceless. This is one of those beautiful seasons of life you will always remember and having photos of the joy and family chaos are irreplaceable. 

Siblings having fun on the trampoline after dressing themselves in their favorite fun outfits.   The Carter Family : Summer in the Backyard | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City, MO | Family photography lifestyle photographer | Wedding photographer Durham North Carolina Raleigh | Birth photographer Documentary 
Kids leave there shoes in the grass while they jump on the trampoline in the Backyard.   The Carter Family : Summer in the Backyard | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City, MO | Family photography lifestyle photographer | Wedding photographer Durham North Carolina Raleigh | Birth photographer Documentary
The family cuddles together on the trampoline, everyone showing their little personalities.   The Carter Family : Summer in the Backyard | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City, MO | Family photography lifestyle photographer | Wedding photographer Durham North Carolina Raleigh | Birth photographer Documentary
The youngest little boy climbs off the trampoline.  The Carter Family : Summer in the Backyard | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City, MO | Family photography lifestyle photographer | Wedding photographer Durham North Carolina Raleigh | Birth photographer Documentary
Dad and all the little boys play with a ball on the trampoline.   The Carter Family : Summer in the Backyard | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City, MO | Family photography lifestyle photographer | Wedding photographer Durham North Carolina Raleigh | Birth photographer Documentary
The only little girl in the family jumps to her hearts content on the trampoline in her favorite pink tutu.  The Carter Family : Summer in the Backyard | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City, MO | Family photography lifestyle photographer | Wedding photographer Durham North Carolina Raleigh | Birth photographer Documentary
The youngest zipping up the trampoline entrance in black and white.   The Carter Family : Summer in the Backyard | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City, MO | Family photography lifestyle photographer | Wedding photographer Durham North Carolina Raleigh | Birth photographer Documentary
Mom watches the kids with her coffee, so much joy in her eyes.  The Carter Family : Summer in the Backyard | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City, MO | Family photography lifestyle photographer | Wedding photographer Durham North Carolina Raleigh | Birth photographer Documentary
Mom and two of her kiddos sitting on the hammock, the young  daughter is explaining something very intense to mom.   The Carter Family : Summer in the Backyard | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City, MO | Family photography lifestyle photographer | Wedding photographer Durham North Carolina Raleigh | Birth photographer Documentary
Mom and daughter cuddle on the hammock in the backyard  The Carter Family : Summer in the Backyard | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City, MO | Family photography lifestyle photographer | Wedding photographer Durham North Carolina Raleigh | Birth photographer Documentary
Siblings fight on the trampoline with so much joy in black and white   The Carter Family : Summer in the Backyard | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City, MO | Family photography lifestyle photographer | Wedding photographer Durham North Carolina Raleigh | Birth photographer Documentary
The young girl playing on the trampoline through the net.  The Carter Family : Summer in the Backyard | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City, MO | Family photography lifestyle photographer | Wedding photographer Durham North Carolina Raleigh | Birth photographer Documentary
The littlest son getting bounced on the trampoline.   The Carter Family : Summer in the Backyard | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City, MO | Family photography lifestyle photographer | Wedding photographer Durham North Carolina Raleigh | Birth photographer Documentary
The oldest son jumping on the trampoline from the angle of the top of the trees.   The Carter Family : Summer in the Backyard | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City, MO | Family photography lifestyle photographer | Wedding photographer Durham North Carolina Raleigh | Birth photographer Documentary
The little girl gets on the trampoline with her siblings.   The Carter Family : Summer in the Backyard | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City, MO | Family photography lifestyle photographer | Wedding photographer Durham North Carolina Raleigh | Birth photographer Documentary
The youngest holds a ball in the backyard protecting it from his siblings, in black and white.   The Carter Family : Summer in the Backyard | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City, MO | Family photography lifestyle photographer | Wedding photographer Durham North Carolina Raleigh | Birth photographer Documentary
Mom gets on the trampoline to jump with her kids.   The Carter Family : Summer in the Backyard | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City, MO | Family photography lifestyle photographer | Wedding photographer Durham North Carolina Raleigh | Birth photographer Documentary
The youngest lays on the trampoline in the middle of his family.  The Carter Family : Summer in the Backyard | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City, MO | Family photography lifestyle photographer | Wedding photographer Durham North Carolina Raleigh | Birth photographer Documentary
The family gathers together on the trampoline laughing about something silly.   The Carter Family : Summer in the Backyard | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City, MO | Family photography lifestyle photographer | Wedding photographer Durham North Carolina Raleigh | Birth photographer Documentary
Jumping from the trampoline in black and white.   The Carter Family : Summer in the Backyard | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City, MO | Family photography lifestyle photographer | Wedding photographer Durham North Carolina Raleigh | Birth photographer Documentary 
The little girl talks loudly as she walks around the trampoline.   The Carter Family : Summer in the Backyard | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City, MO | Family photography lifestyle photographer | Wedding photographer Durham North Carolina Raleigh | Birth photographer Documentary
The family bounces on the trampoline in black and white with their first home in the background.   The Carter Family : Summer in the Backyard | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City, MO | Family photography lifestyle photographer | Wedding photographer Durham North Carolina Raleigh | Birth photographer Documentary
The youngest boy cuddles on the hammock with his brother.   The Carter Family : Summer in the Backyard | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City, MO | Family photography lifestyle photographer | Wedding photographer Durham North Carolina Raleigh | Birth photographer Documentary
The youngest son and his brother cuddle together on the hammock  The Carter Family : Summer in the Backyard | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City, MO | Family photography lifestyle photographer | Wedding photographer Durham North Carolina Raleigh | Birth photographer Documentary
the whole family cuddle together in front of their first home in black and white.   The Carter Family : Summer in the Backyard | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City, MO | Family photography lifestyle photographer | Wedding photographer Durham North Carolina Raleigh | Birth photographer Documentary
The father jokes around with his two oldest sons sitting on their back porch in front of their first home.   The Carter Family : Summer in the Backyard | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City, MO | Family photography lifestyle photographer | Wedding photographer Durham North Carolina Raleigh | Birth photographer Documentary
A father w=hols his little girl affectionately as she looks at the camera with her favorite lip gloss  The Carter Family : Summer in the Backyard | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City, MO | Family photography lifestyle photographer | Wedding photographer Durham North Carolina Raleigh | Birth photographer Documentary
Mom and daughter cuddle together on the back porch in front of their first home in black and white.  The Carter Family : Summer in the Backyard | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City, MO | Family photography lifestyle photographer | Wedding photographer Durham North Carolina Raleigh | Birth photographer Documentary
Daughter puts on lipgloss for her mother in black and white.  The Carter Family : Summer in the Backyard | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City, MO | Family photography lifestyle photographer | Wedding photographer Durham North Carolina Raleigh | Birth photographer Documentary
Mom holds son in a joking baby pose on the backyard porch in front of their first home.   The Carter Family : Summer in the Backyard | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City, MO | Family photography lifestyle photographer | Wedding photographer Durham North Carolina Raleigh | Birth photographer Documentary
Mom's coffee cup  The Carter Family : Summer in the Backyard | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City, MO | Family photography lifestyle photographer | Wedding photographer Durham North Carolina Raleigh | Birth photographer Documentary
Dad cuddles their little wild man son in a mom of calm.   The Carter Family : Summer in the Backyard | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City, MO | Family photography lifestyle photographer | Wedding photographer Durham North Carolina Raleigh | Birth photographer Documentary
The whole family laughs together on the back porch  The Carter Family : Summer in the Backyard | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City, MO | Family photography lifestyle photographer | Wedding photographer Durham North Carolina Raleigh | Birth photographer Documentary
Mom cuddles her son in black and white  The Carter Family : Summer in the Backyard | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City, MO | Family photography lifestyle photographer | Wedding photographer Durham North Carolina Raleigh | Birth photographer Documentary
one son climbing on the hammock with his mother.  The Carter Family : Summer in the Backyard | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City, MO | Family photography lifestyle photographer | Wedding photographer Durham North Carolina Raleigh | Birth photographer Documentary
The Carter Family : Summer in the Backyard | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City, MO | Family photography lifestyle photographer | Wedding photographer Durham North Carolina Raleigh | Birth photographer Documentary
Mom and dad laugh together as their children run around in the backyard.   The Carter Family : Summer in the Backyard | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City, MO | Family photography lifestyle photographer | Wedding photographer Durham North Carolina Raleigh | Birth photographer Documentary
Mom and dad laugh together as their children run around in the backyard.   The Carter Family : Summer in the Backyard | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City, MO | Family photography lifestyle photographer | Wedding photographer Durham North Carolina Raleigh | Birth photographer Documentary 
The youngest son portrait in black and white   The Carter Family : Summer in the Backyard | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City, MO | Family photography lifestyle photographer | Wedding photographer Durham North Carolina Raleigh | Birth photographer Documentary 
Little girl climbing out of the trampoline zipper  The Carter Family : Summer in the Backyard | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City, MO | Family photography lifestyle photographer | Wedding photographer Durham North Carolina Raleigh | Birth photographer Documentary 
A real moment of siblings in black and white  The Carter Family : Summer in the Backyard | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City, MO | Family photography lifestyle photographer | Wedding photographer Durham North Carolina Raleigh | Birth photographer Documentary 
Mom comforts her youngest in the backyard  The Carter Family : Summer in the Backyard | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City, MO | Family photography lifestyle photographer | Wedding photographer Durham North Carolina Raleigh | Birth photographer Documentary 
The little girl jumps high in black and white  The Carter Family : Summer in the Backyard | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City, MO | Family photography lifestyle photographer | Wedding photographer Durham North Carolina Raleigh | Birth photographer Documentary 
The youngest boy plugs his ears amongst the chaotic loudness of his siblings.   The Carter Family : Summer in the Backyard | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City, MO | Family photography lifestyle photographer | Wedding photographer Durham North Carolina Raleigh | Birth photographer Documentary 
Little girl takes her shoes off at the base of the trampoline.   The Carter Family : Summer in the Backyard | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City, MO | Family photography lifestyle photographer | Wedding photographer Durham North Carolina Raleigh | Birth photographer Documentary 
Watching dad jumping on the trampoline.   The Carter Family : Summer in the Backyard | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City, MO | Family photography lifestyle photographer | Wedding photographer Durham North Carolina Raleigh | Birth photographer Documentary 
The two oldest sons running on the trampoline.   The Carter Family : Summer in the Backyard | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City, MO | Family photography lifestyle photographer | Wedding photographer Durham North Carolina Raleigh | Birth photographer Documentary 
A view of the family on the trampoline through the net  The Carter Family : Summer in the Backyard | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City, MO | Family photography lifestyle photographer | Wedding photographer Durham North Carolina Raleigh | Birth photographer Documentary 
The family laughing and cuddling together on the trampoline in black and white.  The Carter Family : Summer in the Backyard | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City, MO | Family photography lifestyle photographer | Wedding photographer Durham North Carolina Raleigh | Birth photographer Documentary