Remember Amanda, Joe, Michael, Lucien, and Aria from this summer? Amanda was pregnant then, and the boys were so excited. They didn’t know if they’d have a new sister or brother, but they were cool with either, and just so excited to help their mom and dad. Amanda and Joe planned a home birth, and Michael was to announce the sex of the baby. But, as it often does, life got a little bit in the way: a bad house flood caused by a hot water tank that happened while they were on vacation put a damper on things, causing the family to have to live elsewhere during home repairs while 36-40 weeks pregnant. However, a family friend quickly and successfully fixed their home good as new (including beautiful new hardwood floors!) and Fiona, their new baby girl, was born on September 15th successfully at home on the morning of Hurricane Florence. Michael was indeed able to announce to everyone that they had a new little sister, and now another girl joins the ranks of the household, evening up the numbers to 3 girls and 3 boys (yes, of course I am counting Aria the Husky as a member of the family). So happy for all of them! It was so fun to document them again. They’re such a tight knit group, and the boys are obsessed with their little sister! We had a great time taking some updated shots around the house (Amanda was especially interested in documenting the family dynamics pre and post new baby), and then walking along the beautiful greenway near their home where Amanda, a super talented photographer herself, often likes to shoot. Such a great time working with this fabulous family again!

Ya’ll know these guys so they don’t really need any introduction, but we will say that meet a lot of people on this job, but Jo, Brad, Laurel, and Sam are some of our favorites. They’ve kept in touch with us and invite us to their lake house and cook us dinner and let us play with their french bulldog and send us text messages when Carrie Fisher dies. We love them, and they are near and dear to our hearts. We photographed them last year with Frank, their newly adopted French Bulldog who has become, perhaps, the most babied and spoiled of the family and is possibly the favorite child (I know Laurel and Sam won’t be offended by this statement but will likely agree with me, so I feel like it’s fine to put that out there). They LOVE him, and how could you not, given that face!? And lucky for Frank, he was adopted into a family who took their adoption of him seriously, and so they are doing everything they can to get Frank back on a path to health and wellness after some pretty devastating news. Frank was diagnosed with Granulomatous Meningoencephalitis. Essentially, it’s an autoimmune disease brought on by a bad reaction to a vaccination. He’s had seizures and pneumonia, as well as other significant reactions to the disease and the drugs used to treat it. Currently, he is doing quite well on chemo and is a very strong, brave little pup. He is on the upswing and his family is taking great care of him in conjuncture with the NC State Veterinary Hospital Neurology Team.

So this year – we did their family pictures at the arboretum, but Frank was recovering at this current juncture from a recent hospital stay, so he was only able to join us for half of the pictures. He has since made significant strides and we are so happy for him! He is still sporting his veterinary hospital haircut in these pictures but also sporting a cool French t-shirt to represent his heritage. We’re so glad that Frank has this wonderful family in his life, and WE’RE so happy to have this wonderful family in OUR lives. Sam and Laurel remain two of our most favorite children, and they just keep getting funnier and more amazing as they get older. Probably because they have some pretty great parents whom we adore. Happy to photograph this family once again!

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.