natural light photographer

Samuel M. : Newborn

Samuel M. In Home Lifestyle Newborn Session |

Raleigh Birth & Newborn Photographer 

"I hope you don't mind

that I put down in words

how wonderful life is,

now you're in the world"

-Elton John

Samuel M Lifestyle Newborn | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer | Durham Birth Photographer

You may not be an Elton John fan but that song still to this day plays in my head when I photograph newborn sessions. Pretty much any session with babies where it feels like the whole world has just changed because that little one is finally here. Even as a photographer I can feel the shift each time I come into a family's home to photograph the sweet newborn season. Things are quieter, messier and oh so much slower. It's a beautiful thing when a new baby can help a family slow down and take stock of the joy and gifts they have.

Yes of course along with this transition and joy comes exhaustion and change but with Samuel's  Newborn session the main thing I kept thinking was, this little one has brought so much joy and peace. He has filled a space in this home that was once empty. As the bright morning light poured in all around our session, little Samuel dozed off to sleep. It was serene, he wasn't too fussy and he truly wanted simply be close to his mom and dad. It was a beautiful thing to watch. 

Lifestyle Newborn Sessions have such an energy and personality to them and I love that. Everything from the way they decorate their home to their affectionate touches all plays into this beautiful story of their family. These are candid celebrations of who Samuel is and how his joyful childhood will continue and I get to be the first to capture that part of their story. It's a true honor. 

If you'd like more information about booking your Newborn Session simply Say Hello Here

Samuel M Lifestyle Newborn | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer | Durham Birth Photographer
Samuel M Lifestyle Newborn | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer | Durham Birth Photographer
Samuel M Lifestyle Newborn | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer | Durham Birth Photographer
Samuel M Lifestyle Newborn | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer | Durham Birth Photographer
Samuel M Lifestyle Newborn | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer | Durham Birth Photographer
Samuel M Lifestyle Newborn | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer | Durham Birth Photographer
Samuel M Lifestyle Newborn | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer | Durham Birth Photographer
Samuel M Lifestyle Newborn | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer | Durham Birth Photographer
Samuel M Lifestyle Newborn | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer | Durham Birth Photographer
Samuel M Lifestyle Newborn | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer | Durham Birth Photographer
Samuel M Lifestyle Newborn | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer | Durham Birth Photographer
Samuel M Lifestyle Newborn | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer | Durham Birth Photographer
Samuel M Lifestyle Newborn | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer | Durham Birth Photographer
Samuel M Lifestyle Newborn | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer | Durham Birth Photographer
Samuel M Lifestyle Newborn | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer | Durham Birth Photographer
Samuel M Lifestyle Newborn | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer | Durham Birth Photographer
Samuel M Lifestyle Newborn | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer | Durham Birth 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

Rebecca Clair: Headshots

I had the opportunity  a couple weekends ago to photograph another beautiful creative in Kansas City. One of the great perks to be in this amazing creative community is swapping skills and sessions. I mean otherwise professional photographers would never have photos of themselves or of their families with them in it.

It's a crazy surreal feeling though being in front of the camera when you are a photographer. The process of feeling comfortable before a photo session and  yourself in the different poses are all things I ask my clients to just get; but honestly it's a lot harder than it seems. Chris and I are having our own session in a couple weekends and I'm already stressing about what to wear, my hair cut and dumb things like how my closet is organized (as if the whole session will be featuring the closet.)

Rebecca reached out to me a while back and we wanted to do something relaxed, candid and personal for her new headshots. She sent me her website bio and I immediately thought an in home session would be the only way to meet her needs. I wanted her to feel comfortable and relaxed all throughout her session because that's in my experience the best way to get her true personality to shine through in her photos.  I wanted to feature her favorite spots in her home with the things that made her feel natural, her camera, coffee cup and the best of all her little son.

So of course in my family photographer style we included him in about 60% of the session (it looks like more here because I just couldn't get enough, though I promise she got a lot more head shot options) What better way to reflect a stay at home mom/ photographer than to include the little boy her world revolves around (am I right) and I also just can't get enough of that relationship vibe throughout. So my apology for the pseudo mommy and me session mixed with head shots but I just couldn't help myself, their connection is too beautiful. 

Rebecca Clair: Headshots | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City, MO | a beautiful in home session 
Rebecca Clair: Headshots | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City, MO | a beautiful in home session with mother and son reading together
Rebecca Clair: Headshots | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City, MO | a beautiful in home session with mother and son relaxing together
Rebecca Clair: Headshots | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City, MO | a beautiful in home session with mother and son 
Rebecca Clair: Headshots | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City, MO | a beautiful in home session with mother and son cuddles
Rebecca Clair: Headshots | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City, MO | a beautiful in home session 
Rebecca Clair: Headshots | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City, MO | a beautiful in home session | with mother and son fun
Rebecca Clair: Headshots | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City, MO | a beautiful in home session 
Rebecca Clair: Headshots | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City, MO | a beautiful in home session of headshot of another local photographer Rebbecaclairphotography
Rebecca Clair: Headshots | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City, MO | a beautiful in home session 
Rebecca Clair: Headshots | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City, MO | a beautiful in home session 
Rebecca Clair: Headshots | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City, MO | a beautiful in home session 
Rebecca Clair: Headshots | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City, MO | a beautiful in home session 
Rebecca Clair: Headshots | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City, MO | a beautiful in home session 
Rebecca Clair: Headshots | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City, MO | a beautiful in home session