raising children

The Trimble Family

The Trimble Family

Candid Family Session at the Park |

Raleigh Birth and Family

Photography

I had the joy of photographing this sweet family this past Fall. I'm so behind in blogging that their little girl, Marlie, has already arrived and is the cutest thing! But still I wanted to celebrate this sweet season of their family better late than never. 

One of my favorite parts of this session was the Trimble Family's joy and laidback energy. They knew they had a little "almost" toddler who wanted to explore and experience his new surroundings way more than cuddle on a blanket.  And they just went with it. We chased little Jackson all around the Park and captured some of the most infectious giggles I have ever seen. One of my favorite moments was when Karla was snuggling him and his sweet dad was behind the camera dancing and making silly faces. Which made Jackson seriously chuckle out loud with so much laughter I couldn't help but laugh myself.

These are the beautiful moments of family and childhood that I love to capture! It's not just about sitting still or doing things according to a pose list, it's about really bringing out the love and connection each family has with each other! You could definitely see the happiness that this family of three brought each other. I know for certain their home is filled with silly candidness and genuine love even now as they've welcomed their new little girl into the mix. 

To learn more about capturing your family's beautiful story and connection click on the button below! 

The Trimble Family | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
The Trimble Family | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
The Trimble Family | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
The Trimble Family | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
The Trimble Family | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
Hey Amber! Thanks so much for reaching out. I'm unable to take a phone meeting today because I'm actually at a birth :p but if you will send me your email address. I can send you over my welcome and pricing guide as well as connect about setting up a coffee dat or phone chat this weekend. I am available to go on call for the next coming weeks if you did want to book :) Do you know where you are delivering? Hopefully we can connect soon and don't hesitate to send back questions. Sincerely, Hanna of Hanna Hill Photography
The Trimble Family | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
The Trimble Family | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
The Trimble Family | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
The Trimble Family | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
The Trimble Family | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family photography
The Trimble Family | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
The Trimble Family | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
The Trimble Family | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
Hey Amber! Thanks so much for reaching out. I'm unable to take a phone meeting today because I'm actually at a birth :p but if you will send me your email address. I can send you over my welcome and pricing guide as well as connect about setting up a coffee dat or phone chat this weekend. I am available to go on call for the next coming weeks if you did want to book :) Do you know where you are delivering? Hopefully we can connect soon and don't hesitate to send back questions. Sincerely, Hanna of Hanna Hill Photography
The Trimble Family | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family photography
The Trimble Family | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family photography

Mothers Day Special

Motherhood Sessions Special : In Celebration of Mothers Day

Growing up my mom was always the creative type, an artist and nurturer at heart. She always had a paint brush in hand, craft project in process or camera up ready to capture our life. 

She valued documenting our everyday moments before it was even in style. We even have these videos from back in the 90s of when we were all little ones. She would wake us each up with the video camera and capture everything we did in those 24 hours, from potty training to preschool to putting us to bed at night. Her love for just making a record of our family history has been something that has stuck with me my entire life. 

I remember though that while she captured life as art in a beautiful way, she struggled herself to get in front of the camera. She always wanted to be the person taking the photos of our family road trips, spaghetti covered faces and even the one to volunteer to snap the group photo at Disney world. She avoided being in the frame as much as possible.

 She is in no way a rare case and I can admit I’ve gotten that gene too. Once I started to become a photographer it made it that much harder for me to force myself in front of it. It’s weird how walls come up and how safe it feels to be in control of capturing the moment rather than being present in it. I think as women we all have a bit of anxiety when it comes to being seen and photographed. 

Especially as moms, the moments that you are spending with your littles and being present just don’t usually feel like your most glamorous. We can all agree parenthood isn’t perfect, and that mistakes and messes are made. But these seasons of childhood, raising your kiddos and documenting those in between moments have such an importance. Remembering the way you routinely woke your little ones up each morning, the way you took your kiddos to school with coffee in one hand and your youngest sleeping in the carseat, the sweet giggles that fill the house at bath time or the way your kiddos love to play outside until dark.

So for this Mother's Day instead of offering mini sessions or mommy and me sessions I thought I'd offer simply a few new types of Motherhood sessions with a limited time discount in honor of Mother's Day.

$150 off any Motherhood Session

A session that captures your family at it's most comfortable and captures your gifts as a mother at their most vulnerable, real and beautiful.

I'll be offering this limited time discount for my 2 new Motherhood Sessions (listed below) as well as my standard Newborn session and In Home Maternity Session. 

Book Anytime between now and May 13th for the discount! Gift cards are available for those who want to give these precious memories as a gift to the celebrated mother in their life! 

Motherhood Sessions | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family photographer
Motherhood Sessions | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family photographer
Motherhood Sessions Mothers Day Special | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family Photographer

The Day in the Life Session: Capturing 4-5 hours of your day to day life from waking up your littles in the morning to tucking them in at night. This is a chance to get beautiful documentary style photos of this unforgettable season of motherhood.

$750 - Includes 50 fully edited photos with print release 

Motherhood Sessions | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family photographer
Motherhood Sessions | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family photographer
Motherhood Sessions | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family photographer

 

The moments of motherhood Session: Capturing 2-3 hours of your day. In your home or back yard. This is all about comfortable celebration of your candid and beautiful lifestyle. These are perfect for any season, any age and any time of day. 

$400 - includes 30 fully edited images with print release

 

Mothers Day Special | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and Family Photography
Motherhood Sessions | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family photographer
Motherhood Sessions | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family photographer
Motherhood Sessions | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family photographer

Newborn Session: Capturing 1-2hours of that beautiful and unforgettable newborn stage. This can be scheduled anytime between the 1-4 week mark after birth. Celebrating those intimate sweet moments of your family gaining a new little life. These are done all in home. 

$200 - Include 20 fully edited images with print release 

To see what Newborn Sessions are like with Hanna Hill photography check out these recent blogs! 

Motherhood Sessions | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family photographer
Motherhood Sessions | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family photographer
Motherhood Sessions | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family photographer

In Home Maternity & Motherhood Sessions: Capturing 1 hour in your home celebrating that growing baby bump or precious motherhood bond. Perfect for expecting moms, mom's just coming home from their birth who want an intimate picture of their postpartum journey or even moms who just want to celebrate their close bond of breastfeeding or bottle feeding. 

(Herbal & Milk Baths may have an added charge for supplies)

$125 - 10 fully edited images 

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Motherhood Sessions Mothers Day Special | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family Photographer
Motherhood Sessions Mothers Day Special | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family Photographer

All session pricing listed is with discount include. Gift cards are available to be paid in full at purchase and can be used to schedule a session any time within the 2018 calendar year. This discount will only be applied to sessions booked or gift cards purchased between April 10th and May 13th. 

Standard Family Sessions In home and outdoors are $300 for 45 minutes. They include 12 fully edited images and print release! (these sessions can be booked at any time but are not subject to the Mother's Day discount) 

The Meckley Family

The Meckley Family : Durham Nature Preserve Family Photography Session

I love capturing the joy and craziness of siblings. I come from a family of 6 and had one of those beautifully chaotic childhoods and I'm so thankful for it. Having siblings all in your business and always someone to talk to. That's why I really fall in love with sessions that have a few little ones running around with joy. The Meckley family was so much fun to photograph from playing with the sweet older brothers to capturing the sweet snuggles with their little girl. The dynamics of this family are so beautiful. Authentic family moments are my jam, the reason I love what I do.  

dad gives mom a sweet kiss on the forehead during their family portrait session | Durham, NC Family Photography | Hannahill photography | Brumley nature Preserve
a sweet happy family moment trying to get the littlest to laugh | Durham, NC Family Photography | Hannahill photography | Brumley nature Preserve
a family moment shared with laughter during a family portrait session | Durham, NC Family Photography | Hannahill photography | Brumley nature Preserve
The Meckley Family | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and family Photographer
a sweet motherhood moment while kissing her little girl on the forehead| Durham, NC Family Photography | Hannahill photography | Brumley nature Preserve
little girl holding dad finger during the family portrait session | Durham, NC Family Photography | Hannahill photography | Brumley nature Preserve
dad and his little girl have a cuddly moment touching noses | Durham, NC Family Photography | Hannahill photography | Brumley nature Preserve
a sweet mom and daughter moment in front of the sunflare | Durham, NC Family Photography | Hannahill photography | Brumley nature Preserve
little boys running around during their session  | Durham, NC Family Photography | Hannahill photography | Brumley nature Preserve
siblings together | Durham, NC Family Photography | Hannahill photography | Brumley nature Preserve
mom and her boys snuggle together under a big blanket | Durham, NC Family Photography | Hannahill photography | Brumley nature Preserve
mother and daughter wrapped in a beautiful blanket  | Durham, NC Family Photography | Hannahill photography | Brumley nature Preserve
child yawns in moms arms| Durham, NC Family Photography | Hannahill photography | Brumley nature Preserve
mother and child in black and white | Durham, NC Family Photography | Hannahill photography | Brumley nature Preserve

The Hill Family

 Raleigh Birth & Family Photography | Hanna Hill Photography

The Hill Family 

I got to get my brother and his little family in front of my lens last weekend. It's been such a joy moving to North Carolina and being closer to this part of my family. My new little nephew is the sweetest, chubbiest baby angel. He is easy going and smiley, the perfect attributes for any family session. We explored Duke gardens together for the morning and just relaxed as a family capturing the beauty and colors of the garden changing from Summer to Fall. 

I really would not have it any other way than to start of this Family Session season with the people I love. So excited for this October and November and all the beautiful families I'll be capturing! Cheers to Fall, the colors, the family time and praying for cooler weather! 

Click here to Find out how you can book your family session this Season!

Family session at SP Duke Gardens in Durham, NC | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh/ Durham Birth & Family Photographer 
Dad gives baby kisses on the cheek to make him laugh during a family session at SP Duke Gardens in Durham, NC | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and Family photographer
Mom and dad adore their little boy at his 6 month session at SP Duke gardens in Durham, NC | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family photographer
dad looks adoringly at his son during a family session at Duke Gardens Durham, North Carolina | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family photographer
mom and dad love on their little boy during a Fall Family session in Durham North Carolina | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
mom dad and baby having a sweet snuggle moment at the Duke Gardens during a Fall Family Session in Durham, North Carolina | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family photographer
mom and baby having a sweet moment among the grass during a Fall Family session at Duke Gardens in Durham North Carolina | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family photographer
The family smile for a moment during a Fall Family session at Duke gardens in Durham, North Carolina | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
mom and dad and baby walking amongst colorful trees during their Fall family session at Duke Gardens in Durham North Carolina | Hanna Hill photography | Raleigh birth and family photographer
sweet little one with his two fingers in his mouth for comfort during the Fall family session at Duke Gardens | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family photographer
Taking a moment for just mom and dad to have a photo during their Fall family session at Duke gardens in Durham North Carolina | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family photographer
mom and dad have a moment alone during their fall family session at Duke gardens in Durham, North Carolina | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family photographer
The family poses among the bamboo during their fall family session at Duke gardens in Durham, North Carolina | Hanna Hill photography | Raleigh birth and family photographer
The Hill family having a sweet moment where dad kisses mom's cheek during their Fall Family Session at Duke Gardens in Durham, North Carolina | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and Family photographer
the family standing amongst the bamboo with baby sucking his two fingers for comfort at their Fall Family Session in Durham, North Carolina | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family photographer

Santiago : Birth Story

Santiago : A Family Centered Home Birth

Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer

Santiago's birth was one of fierce strength and the epitome of what a family centered birth can really be like. Home birth is such a sacred and incredible way to bring your child into the world. There is just a sense of peace and comfort by being in your own space surrounded by the people you love and the atmosphere you've made home. It's hard to put into words really. Behind every birth there is a lot of fear, anticipation and worry about all the things that may or may not go wrong. It's why most women choose a hospital to bring their little one into the world. In so many ways that makes sense and I love those hospital birth just as much. But home births are in and of them selves accepting that birth is empowering and that you were actually built to handle a birth. That sense of strength and vitality always puts a completely different vibe into the air. A vibe of "you can do it" "you are strong" and "this is a true celebration." 

The morning Santiago came into the world I woke to a text at around 5:00am. I was actually on call as backup for his arrival not the main photographer. In the world of birth photography having a back up is absolutely essential. As much as all of us want to be 24/7 available to out clients, life also happens and births are so unpredictable. I love that in the birthing community there really is a sense of friendship and community because just having someone else that you trust who's art is also beautiful and qualified brings you a sense of peace rather than competition. 

So back to the story I woke up to a text from the main photographer Anna, of Anna Pollit.com, saying mom was in labor and that baby was coming today. Santiago's momma was on her 3rd baby so I knew that meant probably a swift labor but honestly had no idea how quick this little guy would arrive. I woke up showered and waited from a text from the mom to hear how far along things were coming. By the time I was done and dressed she had texted and was seriously ready for me to head that way. When I arrived I was met with the smell of home cooked soup, two sleepy brothers who had just woken up to all the commotion and a momma fiercely laboring. 

She was a true warrior, one minute she was laughing and joking with her two year old son and the second she was peacefully yet intensely working through her contractions. The two big brothers were seriously making us all laugh, they were so incredibly excited to witness and meet their new little brother. The oldest just kept saying, "I'm so excited to meet him." and would run in every once and while to check if his little brother was on his way or not. The family focused vibe was so incredible and beautiful. This momma wanted those she loved to surround her and Santiago with as much relaxed and positive energy as possible. 

I was seriously only there about 2 hours before this little boy was ready to come and see his family. This momma maybe pushed 3 times and he was out and crying, ready to meet his new family. The emotions in the room were uncontrollable, so many tears and laughs filled those first moments. Their oldest son just was over the moon that he now had another little brother to love on and their second son was so curious about how his life had just changed before his eyes.

I got to stay and watch this family of 4 become 5 and it was an incredible sight to see.I got to capture all of those incredible firsts that happen right after he comes into the world from his first feeding to getting his measurements done. It really was such an honor to be apart of this birth and seeing the incredible joy and celebration that comes along with telling birth stories. 

Mom peacefully works through contractions during her water birth | Hanna hill photography | Raleigh birth and family photographer
mother explains to her oldest son about the birth of his new little brother | Hanna Hill photography | Raleigh Birth and family photographer
mom lets out a sigh of joy and relief as she labors during her water birth at home | Hanna hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family photographer
little brother looks on with snack in hand while mother labors during a water birth at home | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family photographer
mom works through a particularly hard contraction during her at home water birth | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family photographer 
mom grips on the edge of the pool during a contraction in her water birth at home | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family photographer
Santiago birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography |  Raleigh birth and family photographer
mother waits in the pool during her water birth at home | Hanna Hill photography  Raleigh birth and family photographer
mother lets out a breath during a contraction while her husband holds her hand during a home water birth | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family photographer
husband comforts his wife through labor during a water birth at home | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family photographer
so much joy and so many sighs of relief after baby is out and happy during a water birth at home | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family photographer
that sweet moment when husband and wife see their baby for the first time during an at home water birth | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
baby's first cries after a swift at home water birth \ Hanna hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family photographer
brother meeting his new little brother moments after baby is born during an at home water birth | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family photographer
introducing the big brother to his new little brother after birth | Hanna Hill photography | Raleigh birth and family photography
a moment of calm after birth in a water birth at home | Hanna hill photography | Raleigh birth and Family Photography
motherhood looks so good on this mom getting to know her little one for the first time during a home water birth | hanna hill photography | Raleigh birth and Family photographer
mother and child having their first moments together during an at home water birth | hanna Hill photography | Raleigh birth and family photography
a close up on baby and his little hands right after being born into the world | Hanna hill photography | Raleigh birth and family photography
so much wonder and love for baby right after he has been born | Hanna hill photography | Raleigh birth and family photographer
the whole family meeting baby right after he was born during an at home water birth | Hanna Hill photography | Raleigh Birth and Family photographer
so much pure joy in this mother hood moment right after giving birth at this at home water birth | Hanna hill photography | Raleigh birth and family photographer
that beautiful moment of motherhood right after you've Brough your baby into the world during an home water birth | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and Family photographer
sweet newborn making the sign for love right after being born during an at home water birth | Hanna Hill photography | Raleigh birth and family photographer
mother and baby resting after a water birth at home | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family photographer
mom hold baby right after birth waiting to cut the cord | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family photographer
a sweet moment with baby and mom right after birth waiting to cut the cord | Hanna hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
mother and baby right after birth relaxing together at home | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family photographer
baby holds mom's finger moments after birth at home | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family photographer
baby lets out a sweet smile and laugh moments after birth at home | Hanna hill photography | Raleigh birth and family photographer
first exam right after baby is brought into the world at home | Hanna hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family photographer
Sweet little baby getting his first exam right after birth at home | Hanna Hill Photography |  Raleigh Birth and family photographer