let them be little

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 Hann Family

The Hann Family | Hanna Hill Photography

This Summer has been crazy for so many reasons and it's felt like maybe a week long at most.  We are presently in the middle of packing up all our things to move in two weeks and I'm doing my best staying on top of everything else in my life. Along with sessions and running my business full time I've added mentorship to my list. It's been an awesome summer of growing up other women in the art of photography. For some it was to help jump start their own small photography business and others just to teach them how to understand their camera more. 

A part of that mentorship was setting up a real session or two just to get behind the camera and show how I like to run my sessions and walk through how to adjust your camera while in a real session. This session was captured with my great friend Lyn of her long time friends the Hann family. It was laid back, fun and centered around capturing the sweet connections of Mom, Dad and their little boy. I loved getting to meet this fun family and just wanted to share some of the shots captured during our mentorship session. 

If you have any questions about photography mentorship I would love to talk, so feel free to email me  here or if you just want to get your family session in before the end of the Season I have a few more slots open and would love to meet your Family this Summer! Also stay tuned for Fall Mini Session dates because I will be back in both October and November to Check in with and photograph my awesome families. 

Little boy sits in mom's lap at the park for family portraits | The Hann Family | Hanna Hill photography | Durham, NC Family Photographer
little boy in mom's lap in the park | The Hann Family | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham, NC Family photographer
Family at the Loose Park portrait | The Hann Family | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham, NC Family photographer
The mom and dad portrait at a family session | The Hann Family | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham, NC Family photographer
family sitting in the grass at the park Loose Park | The Hann Family | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham, NC Family photographer
Mother and son cuddle in the grass at the Loose Park | The Hann Family | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham, NC Family photographer
Family portrait at the park sitting in the grass | The Hann Family | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham, NC Family photographer
Portrait of a little boy at the Loose Park | The Hann Family | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham, NC Family photographer
Father and son moment at the park having fun Loose park | The Hann Family | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham, NC Family photographer
The family by the pond pretending to fish at the Loose Park | The Hann Family | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham, NC Family photographer
Family playing by the pond pretending to fish as a family at the Loose park | The Hann Family | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham, NC Family photographer
Black and white portrait of little boy at the park | The Hann Family | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham, NC Family photographer
Mother and Son moment in the park | The Hann Family | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham, NC Family photographer
Family portrait smiling at the park | The Hann Family | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham, NC Family photographer
Father and son moment at the park in Loose park | The Hann Family | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham, NC Family photographer
Mom and ada portrait at session at Loose Park in Kansas City, MO | The Hann Family | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham, NC Family photographer
 Little boy portrait at Loose Park, Kansas City | The Hann Family | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham, NC Family photographer

The Lewis Family

It was so much fun getting to run around with this little boy and his wonderful family. Sometimes sessions are chaotic but capturing life and the unique joy of every family is definitely what make photography the best job in the world! 

The Lewis Family | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City, MO
The Lewis Family | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City, MO
The Lewis Family | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City, MO
The Lewis Family | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City, MO
The Lewis Family | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City, MO
The Lewis Family | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City, MO
The Lewis Family | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City, MO
The Lewis Family | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City, MO
The Lewis Family | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City, MO
The Lewis Family | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City, MO
The Lewis Family | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City, MO
The Lewis Family | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City, MO
The Lewis Family | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City, MO
The Lewis Family | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City, MO

The Hilt- Gabriel Family

There is so much life and love for this little boy. The Hilt-Gabriel family was so much fun to work with and we all made it our mission to make little Isaiah smile. He was definitely not having it during our session but that never stops a sweet family from getting sweet genuine fits of laughter and candid moments of love. 

The Hilt-Gabriel Family
The Hilt-Gabriel Family | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City, MO
The Hilt-Gabriel Family
The Hilt-Gabriel Family | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City, MO
The Hilt Gabriel Family
The Hilt-Gabriel Family
The Hilt- Gabriel Family
The Hilt-Gabriel Family
The Hilt Gabriel family
the Hilt-Gabriel Family
The Hilt-Gabriel Family
The Hilt-Gabriel Family
The hilt-Gabriel Family
The hilt-Gabriel Family

The Veach Family

The truth is little ones under three are the best and hardest part about being a family photographer. Simply because they are constantly surprising the world around them. It keeps me on my toes and makes my job that much more fun and challenging. Long gone are the days where I can hold a stuffed animal over my head and little ones are distracted into a genuine smile (wait i'm not sure that ever worked now that I think about it)

So for me my goal is always to make my sessions about adventure, letting little ones see and experience the things they want to. As an adult I think we can agree sometimes getting your photo taken just feels awkward and I know kids get that sense too. So letting kids just be themselves has always been my trick for getting genuine moments of joy on little ones faces. Its not because I said "say cheese" its because I let them grab a stick or let them cling to mom if they are feeling unsure. Its definitely always full of surprises and maybe I'm letting a two year old run my session but somehow it always pans out. 

It seriously was such a pleasure getting to go on an adventure with little Leo. He was excited to lead the way immediately and kept me and his sweet parents on our toes as he walked all over the beautiful Black Hoof Park. He was clever and kind and just loved smiling for the camera. I'm sure if I was 2 again he would have been my best friend! 

The Veach Family | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City, MO
The Veach Family | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City, MO
The Veach Family | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City, MO
The Veach family | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City, MOO
The Veach Family | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City, MO
The Veach Family | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City, MO
The Veach Family | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City, MO
The Veach Family | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City, MO
The Veach Family | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City, MO
The Veach Family | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City, MO
The Veach Family | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City, MO
The Veach family | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City, MO
The Veach Family | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City, MO
The veach Family | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City, MO
The Veach Family | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City, MO
The Veach family | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City, MO