The Courson Family – Fall 2017 | Milliken Park – Spartanburg, SC | South Carolina Wedding Photographer

I’ve worked with the Coursons a few times now, this was our third session together.  You can view their maternity and newborn/lifestyle sessions HERE & HERE!  This time we were getting new family photos of Ian, Erica, and adorable Rivers in the beautiful fall weather before it go too cold.  Except that day it was pretty windy and the air was a little chilly.  Either way, we worked fast so Rivers wouldn’t get too cold and the little guy was a champ!  And seriously the most adorable baby ever.  I could just squish his little cheeks!

Here are a few favorites from our session together 🙂

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I always love working with Ian, Erica, and Rivers and can’t wait to see them again.  🙂

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The Courson Family – Welcome Baby Rivers | Lifestyle Session – Spartanburg, SC

I just blogged about the Courson’s a few days ago (like I said, I’m catching up, haha) with their maternity session back in December.  You can see that post HERE.  Well Rivers made his appearance in January and Erica contacted me shortly after to make sure we got some photos before he got too big.  I personally don’t care how big they are, it’s important to get photos of your babies no matter what, but that newborn stage is gone before you know it.  They grow up WAY too fast!

Depending on the time of the year, you can get newborn photos outside, but I tend to recommend lifestyle sessions for babies.  They are so small and fragile, and keeping them where they are most comfortable makes for an easier session.  Especially when they get hungry or need a diaper change.  And it’s also a lot easier for the parents as well.  They get to do whatever they like and just be comfy in their own home.

Rivers was fully awake just about the entire time I was there, so we had a wide eyed baby for the session, haha.  And was so happy!  AND all dressed up in Pittsburg Penguins gear…..as you can tell…mom and dad (mostly dad) are fans, haha.  Everything went so easy and I can’t wait to see these wonderful people again 🙂

Here are some of my favorites from The Courson’s Lifestyle session!

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I love watching how the families I photograph grow over time.  It makes me feel like I’m KINDA part of their family by getting to photograph such moments for them.  I will still stand by saying that I think Rivers looks just like Erica, but we shall see how time will fight against me, haha.

Thank you Ian & Erica for allowing me to photograph your family, once again, and I hope to do more so in the future 🙂

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Ian & Erica – Maternity | Glendale Shoals – Spartanburg, SC | South Carolina Wedding Photographer

I knew from the start of our session that I was going to get along with Ian & Erica JUST fine.  They are such a down to earth and fun couple, and I was so happy to photograph this maternity session for them.  They had a request that they bring along their dog, Elvis, which I of course said, “Yes!”.  If it makes you more comfortable, especially if they are part of the family, I always encourage it.  Elvis was more than a pet, he was definitely family to Erica.  She started telling me that these were probably the last photos that they would get of him because it would most likely be the last Christmas (these were taken in early December) he would have.  He was the sweetest dog and was so close to Ian & Erica.  He definitely deserved to be a part of these photos 🙂

Onward!  We went to Glendale Shoals for their maternity session.  It was nice that day and the falls felt perfect.  I wanted to get as much as I could without wearing Erica out too much.  Keeping the pregnant lady happy is the most important, always, lol.

These are my favorites (which I had to narrow down, lol) from Ian & Erica’s (and Elvis!) maternity session 🙂

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I’ve also been thankful enough to photograph The Courson Family once their beautiful boy, Rivers, was born in January.  Unfortunately, Elvis passed away this April, and we will definitely miss his sweet face.  I’ll be sharing their lifestyle shoot very soon and you’ll get to see sweet baby Rivers 🙂

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The Fuqua Family – Spartanburg, SC

I met Nate, Tiffany, and precious Natalie of the Fuqua Family back in July of 2015.  I was then six and a half months pregnant with my son, and to my surprise…they were expecting their next little one as well!  At the time, they hadn’t told anyone except for family, so it was our little secret 🙂  We had a great time that day (except when I fell and hurt my foot.  Yeah, leave it to me to fall and kill myself during a shoot WHILE pregnant, haha) and I said that I couldn’t wait to work with them again.

If you’d like to see their family portraits from last year, you can view them HERE (ONCE I get that session blogged, I’m FAR behind y’all! lol).

Tiffany reached out to me and said that they were looking to get their newest addition, Webb, in some photos as well as some new family portraits and would love if I done them.  I was honored to see and photograph this little guy!

We done a lifestyle session in their home as it hasn’t gotten that warm here yet (but now a week later, it’s literally 80 degrees outside, lol) plus, it would just be easier and more comfortable for everybody.

I love lifestyle shoots, where it may not go as smoothly as most parents would think, the photos are just that.  How you live your life day to day and just going with the flow.  Nothing is ever perfect and that’s how life is seen.  But on the contrary, this little family’s photos turned out fabulous and I couldn’t have asked for anything better!  I just want more people to request lifestyle shoots.  C’mon…..I need this in my life 😉

Without further ado, here are a few photos from the Fuqua family lifestyle session.

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Getting Natalie to sit for a family portrait was a little bit of a challenge as she is 18 months old and just wants to GO, haha.

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So, while Webb was being fed, Natalie had herself a good ‘ol time jumping around on mom and dad’s bed and giving us all panic attacks, haha.

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Sorry mom and dad, Minnie Mouse is more important than these picture taking shenanigans.

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A nice little tidbit of info!  Nate was a football player for the Wofford Terriers and is NOW their coach!  I thought that was SO awesome and they wanted to incorporate his old jersey into Webb’s baby photos.

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I had a wonderful time photographing this beautiful family and I hope there are many more in the future!  Welcome to the world, Webb!  As you can tell your family already loves you greatly!

 

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The Gale Family – Simpsonville, SC

When I first spoke to Mary about this session, I was beyond excited.  She showed so much joy and happiness to have me to come to their home and photograph their beautiful family.  After I got there, I was greeted with puppy loves and giggles from the twins, Emily & Matthew, and Andrew their big brother.  Andrew is four years old and the twins are two years old.  Talk about a handful! Haha.  But these kids were so full of life, so happy, and so well mannered.  Tickled me when they would ask the twins a question and they would lightly just say, “Yessssss”.  It was just so dang cute.

The Gale’s live on a beautiful five acre farm so…who wouldn’t want to take advantage of getting photos there?  The day was full of unexpected turns as they usually do with small children, and we just went with the flow.  I was SO dang lucky to have their nanny there with us that day because she was able to keep the kids smiling and laughing when mom and dad were in front of the camera with the kids.  So yeah….she rocks 😛

Here are just a few (okay, more than a few, lol) of my favorites from my day with the Gale Family 🙂

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