Emily and Lloyd are cat people, and I was told that there would be three cats present at June’s newborn shoot, but that I would likely see only one as the others are skittish. HOWEVER, I appear to be like a calm Cat Pied Piper of Durham, as when I arrive, I became flocked with cats (and with Bongo, in particular, the black and white tuxedo cat who I swear is a distant relative of my own cat Buckles). Anyway, there were three cats, all of whom were fluffy and all of whom I petted with great joy in between photographing the lovely miss June, newborn extraordinaire. Note her incredible tomato hat (knitted by her mom). June is crazy cute (takes after her parents who are just wonderful!), and she is one of the most peaceful babies I’ve had the pleasure of photographing. She only half-cried kind of vaguely once at the very end of her session. The rest of the time she was super chill, sometimes awake, sometimes asleep. I attribute her success to the fluffy presence of the cats somehow… always watching over her, guarding her… gently dusting her, everyone else, and all they see with cat hair. A truly fluffily adorable household.

I’ve been really excited to photograph these guys since they listed Friday Night Lights as the best TV show and Pearl Jam as the best band on the contact form questionnaire. Then I completely even forgot to talk to them about it because I was too wrapped up in their awesome house and incredibly good looking selves. This family is adorable! Even Mason, the dog, is handsome and well behaved. Hannah and Sydney, the twins, are 3.5 and full of spunk and amazing dance moves. They’re fraternal twins instead of identical, but it’s pretty difficult for me to tell them apart, and if I were their parents, I’d definitely be dressing them as the twins from The Shining for every Halloween as long as they’d let me. They have Whitney Houston Wednesdays, where they dance around their living room to Whitney Houston songs, but they made an exception this week and moved it to Saturday. Adam and Rachel put the twins on their shoulders and then did some sort of synchronized dip like Olympic figure skaters and it was pretty amazing. So amazing, in fact, that I forgot entirely to talk to them about Coach Taylor.

This is the 4th time we’ve photographed Annie+Kunal (their last session is here), and it’s an absolute pleasure each time. Annnnd we’ll actually be seeing them again shortly for another session, so at this point I think we could safely move in and no one would notice. But for this session, Annie’s Dad Tim contacted us and wanted to get family photos while everyone was in town together after the holidays. So much has been happening for this family! Tim and his partner Lorre just moved to the area from Tucson, Arizona to be closer to Annie and Kunal, who just gave birth to their second daughter Adhira while keeping up with Aashna, their toddler extraordinaire (and budding chef/baker/soccer player). Lorre’s daughter Brianne just got back in town from some time spent in Japan, and Wanda, Annie’s grandmother, was visiting from elsewhere in NC. Kunal’s parents Mahesh and Rekha flew in from India to be with their kids and grandkids over the holidays, and Kunal’s brother Manu came in from Little Rock. So there was a ton of family, and they were all happy to be together! We were lucky to get to photograph them hanging out at Tim and Lorre’s beautiful home, baking cupcakes and chasing around Aashna. This was the first time we had seen everyone together since Annie and Kunal’s wedding in 2015, and a great time was had by all. :)

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