Team Emmerika has been gracing our blog for quite a while and we are ever thankful for them being clients but also our friends. And now, in addition to their fur family, they have added a little boy named Felix, who we couldn’t be more excited for. He doesn’t quite know it yet, but he has the BEST parents. And by the best parents, I mean THE BEST. Geoff was out of town for work one weekend and they came over to our house with bags of food and made me dinner, dessert, and left me snacks (they’re aware of the fact that I’m helpless at cooking and came to rescue me). They are so sweet and thoughtful but also make the best food imaginable and I’m convinced they could take over the Raleigh culinary circuit if they tried. Erika, in addition, regularly makes the best cupcakes for every conceivable occasion and to this day makes the best gluten free cupcakes I’ve ever tasted.

Generous doesn’t really even begin to describe them, but it’s a start. They’re also loyal and caring and constantly positive, and both of them have the most adorable smiles of all time. We love them. They are so cute. So Felix, you don’t know this yet, but you lucked out big time. Your parents are going to kick ass. They are going to teach you all about comic books and good movies and pop culture and you’re going to eat the best food and they’re going to be so fun and we are SO EXCITED FOR YOU. Also, you have a great extended family and friend group (Grandma Helen and Aunt Kacie pictured here!) and an adorable group of furry siblings. You’re going to have the best life, and we can’t wait to see what’s in store for you, but we are 100% sure it’s all good.

GUYS remember Annie+Kunal’s engagement session from way back in 2014? We went to Bean Trader’s and then to downtown Durham where Annie and Kunal would frequent. Then they got married and left us for Albuquerque where, apparently, Kunal grew his hair down to his lower back and we are SO UPSET THAT WE DIDN’T GET A CHANCE TO SEE THIS. In addition to growing his hair and Annie doing doctory things, Annie and Kunal also had their first child, sweet Aashna, who is a bundle of energy and almost-two-year-old joy. She enjoys sunglasses and foiling all of her parents’ plans by already being able to spell some food items that they try to discuss in secret. Recently Annie, Kunal, and Aashna all moved back to the Triangle area (YAY!) and are now expecting their second baby due this winter! So for this our-family-right-now/kinda-maternity session, we visited their old haunts from their engagement session, now complete with an Aashna. Also complete with the BEST HALLOWEEN COSTUMES EVER (that Annie handmade!!!) and I swear if Kunal doesn’t answer the door to their newborn session dressed as a rocket I will be so, so deeply disappointed. Love working with this family as always, and so excited to meet their new little one soon!

My notes going into this session said: “Elaine is good at finding four-leaf clovers, hates zombies. Henry = possible lead singer of Journey cover band? Charlotte likes to sing.” Turns out that Charlotte DOES like to sing and dance, and she prefers both of those things to be done to Hall & Oates and/or the Beastie Boys. I’ve never seen anyone dance so dramatically around a living room to “She’s Gone” besides myself. In a rainbow tutu nonetheless! John Oates would be so proud. We had a lot of activities to do on our roster, so unfortunately we did not get to hear her sing “Sabotage,” but maybe in the future (one can dream!). Charlotte is an outrageously smiley adorable small child who I want to scoop up and pat on the head.

Her parents are equally as adorable by themselves and together, but I cannot scoop either one of them up because they’re taller than me. Elaine did not spot a four-leaf clover during our shoot, but to be fair, we did not have her look for any. She was kept safe from any and all zombies. Henry, it turns out, was not a lead singer of a Journey cover band, but instead pretended he was for many years, just subtly and occasionally and vaguely enough to fool everyone around him. This went on for long enough that by the time people found out, they liked Henry despite the fact that he was never in a Journey cover band, and he got away with it. I’m taking notes on this plan of deception. Together, all three of these humans are really, really great and make a terrific marching band.