It’s only been a few months since I photographed these dear friends of ours, but a lot has happened since November! Jen, Jon, Declan and family doggo extraordinaire SamSam welcomed baby Rhett into the family in April! He is adorable and a very good baby indeed. He stayed awake most of the time I was there; Jen and I presumed it was because he recognized my voice from all of our themed horror movie nights that involve good snacks, and figured good snacks would be involved. SamSam, doggo extraordinaire, knew good snacks would be involved (at least for her), and she was right. Declan wasn’t sure if there would be snacks or not, but he took great delight in alternatively watching big trucks on their road doing construction and running up and down the hallway calling Jon by his first name after he heard me say it. When he wasn’t doing those two things, he was being a phenomenal older brother to Rhett, whom he loves dearly. Declan is genuinely excited to have Rhett around and his spirits aren’t dampened one bit (I’m assuming because Rhett doesn’t know how to operate Declan’s mini Target shopping cart yet). I’m so happy for this new family of 5 and can’t wait to get to know Rhett!
I’ve known Lacie for years through my work with the Downtown Raleigh Alliance, and she’s one of the happiest, bubbliest humans I’ve had the pleasure to know. I’m always excited to see her whenever I do work for the DRA or whenever I randomly run into her in downtown Raleigh. I had met her husband Adam during one of these random run-ins (I believe outside of The Pour House, which he owns), but I was excited to spend more time getting to know him during his and Lacie’s newborn shoot with their son Desmond. Turns out that Adam is equally as amazing as Lacie, and also has very incredible hair. Desmond has a little bit of hair, but I’m kind of surprised that he didn’t come out with some sort of flowing mane as a nod to both his parents. He does, however, have baby eyebrows! Adorable. He was very excited and interested in what we were doing, so he wasn’t a big fan of sleeping except for a.) when he was held or b.) whenever Adam would put on Surfer Rosa by The Pixies. I have 100% confidence that he’s going to be a super cool kid because his parents are, plus he’ll be attending a lot of shows at The Pour House sporting his adorable baby headphones. A huge congratulations to Lacie and Adam, and a big welcome to the world to little baby Desmond (also a big big pet and a “WHO’S A GOOD BOY” to doggo Mud).
I went to Corey and Joe’s house to photograph the arrival of their newborn baby girl Harper, and arrived to find an elated set of parents, one very beautiful girl, and two VERY EXCITED DOGGOS! Corey told me that she’s always wanted to be a mother and it shows! She was surprisingly awake and looking fabulous and I think she was running on 100% excitement. And AS SHE SHOULD BE because Harper is a little bundle of adorable joy. She was a trooper through the entire session and multiple costume changes, and also gets along well with her two doggo siblings, Sandy and Bailey. Harper is the proud owner of a little dreamboat of a nursery – completely with sweet wooden toy camera! – that her parents put together for her, as well a series of what I’ve determined to be extremely cute baby clothes (there were too many that I wanted to put her in, and while we didn’t get to all of them, we DID get to the fox pants, thank goodness). Joe was also super excited to have a baby girl, and together him and Corey make a great couple and great parents (Joe was super sweet to make sure Corey was eating during the session, but then I promptly took her breakfast and put it in the closet, sorry). Can’t wait to see what adventures await Harper, and what a fierce little photographer she may become.