A Look At A Session Slideshow | Raleigh Newborn Photographer

March 21, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

I wouldn’t be in this business if I didn’t absolutely adore newborn sessions.  From these sessions come some of the sweetest images that I can imagine.  And what better way to present them than as a video slideshow?  So, I’ve begun putting together slideshows for all of my newborn clients as a fun way to introduce them to their images. I just love watching my clients as they watch the slideshow and see their newborn photos for the first time.  Here’s one of my recent favorites!



Vacation | Raleigh Newborn Photographer

February 02, 2017  •  1 Comment

For the next week, I’m going to be off the radar.  I’m heading out on vacation (just wait, I promise I’ll tell you all about it).  I’m technically away for two weeks, but one week will be a true VACATION while the other one will be more of a working week out of town.  I’m excited.  I’ll be taking photos of my family and of nature and I can’t wait to share them with you! 

It’s been a long time – too long really – since I’ve been forced to be AWOL from the Internet.  Often when I’m on vacation, I try to take a bit with me, catch up on this or that or the other thing, and I end up sitting on a couch playing games or browsing Facebook and Instagram.  I mean, it’s really addictive, right?  Of course, I’ve taken ‘social media breaks’, but breaks in name only – I have a hard time truly walking away. 

I’ve taken some social media breaks, but I won’t really have a chance to check my phone, email, Facebook or Instagram for the next seven days.  I’m super-excited about this trip, guys! 

So, I’ll miss you, but I’ll have some fabulous things to share when I get back.  We’re going to be doing great things and taking great photos, guys!

(In the meantime, check out one of my two favorite models!)


Mommy and Me Mini Session! | Raleigh Family Photographer

January 26, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

This weekend I'm going to be photographing mommy and me mini sessions at Grow, the Family Boutique.  I often spend January gearing up for the spring season and getting my samples organized, my taxes ready and my ducks in a row for the year.  It's a time to focus on my goals, both personal and business, and try to get myself a bit more organized than I am (Um, in full disclosure, it's probably going to take me at least until February to get all the things done that I was hoping to do).  But guess what?  I still am a photographer and I still love actually doing photography best of all!  So, I was browsing my photos for my family's personal albums and noticing how few photos I was actually in.  I realized that I wanted to take some gorgeous images of mamas and babies and children all together looking beautiful.  And I couldn't quite wait until May to make this happen (hint hint - Mother's Day special spoiler alert!).  So I reached out to my fabulous friends over at Grow and we decided to set up this event.  

Mini sessions are unique because they only happen a few times per year.  These 20 minute mini-sessions are going to be twenty minutes long and come with a fabulous 8x10 image as well as a Facebook profile picture (because who doesn't want a fabulous photo on your social media accounts?).  I'm going to be offering a special menu featuring gift prints, and a few other fun items, and of course, my main product catalogue will be available as well.  I'm going to bring a few outfits along for people as well, and for girls ages 2-7 (trust me, I've got some great kids looks - have you seen the amazing lace and tulle on my Instagram feed?)  This is a great opportunity to come by and get in on the picture. 


Introducing Juanita | Raleigh Family Photography

January 19, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

If you've had a session with me, you may have met one of my fabulous occasional assistants, Juanita, who has been helping me with sessions for a little while now.  A while ago, I had a message in my inbox asking me if I was interested in mentoring someone.  This had been the first time anyone had ever asked me to give them advice in a professional capacity (I hope to have a more official mentor program by the end of 2017) and I told her that I wasn't sure what good I would be, but that she would be welcome to come assist with sessions and ask questions and I would do my best to answer them.  And just like that, we became friends.  Juanita has been around for many maternity dress tosses and newborn sessions, herding and posing children and spotting babies and there is a good possibility you might get a chance to meet her!

Juanita is a fantastic assistant as well as being crazy busy!  Not only does she work twelve hour shifts, but she’s also working on her Associates degree at Wake Tech.  And, most importantly of all, she’s mom to three beautiful girls and one angel baby.  Juanita is a photographer as well, and she particularly loves candid photography.  You can find her on Facebook at Eagle Eye Photography (although she hasn’t updated in a while, hint, hint!).  So when she asked me if I could photograph a family session, I was, of course, completely enthusiastic!  And thus this beautiful session was born.  

On top of all her amazingness, her middle child, Leilani, was born with microcephaly.  This inspired her to create a website called Miracles Happ3n, a website devoted to generating awareness of microcephaly, as well as supporting and connecting parents with children born with microcephaly and other special needs.  Microcephaly affects between 2-12 babies in 10,000 live births in the United States.  Microcephaly occurs when a baby’s head is smaller than expected, sometimes due to restricted brain growth or brain damage.  It can range from relatively mild to severe and can be linked to several medical delays and conditions.  There is no singular cause for microcephaly, but it is linked to a number of various factors.  Leilani is nothing short of a miracle, from her birth throughout her life, she’s broken down and surpassed every expectation that doctors have placed in her way.  Leilani’s joy in life is palpable and meeting her will brighten anyone’s day!  


So head on over to Miracles Happ3n to read more of Leilani’s story and connect with Juanita!


8 Things to bring to your newborn session | Raleigh Newborn Photographer

January 16, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

One question I am often asked is "What should I bring to my newborn session.  Hopefully, this blog post will help somewhat. 

Here at Aurora D Photography, I try to make everything really easy for you.  I want you to come to your session, relax, browse the internet, have a snack, maybe even catch up on some sleep and leave the work of photography to myself and my assistant.  Even so, there are a few things you might want to throw into that diaper bag before the session.

  1. A buttoned or zipped up outfit for your baby.  Why?  Well, we try to keep a very calm, quiet studio, and it’s much easier to take an outfit off of your little one when we don’t have to take it off over his or her head.  Don’t have one?  Don’t worry, it’s not a deal breaker (not many of these things are), but if you have one, now is a great time to break it out!
  2. A Pacifier.  This one is definitely contentious.  My own babies wouldn’t have taken a pacifier (it would have been launched unceremoniously across the room).  However, if you have one, bring it along.  Even if you think your newborn won’t use it, you might be surprised.  I’ve convinced many a baby to use a pacifier for ten minutes or so (except, apparently, my own).
  3. Extra Diapers. I keep extra diapers just in case, so if you forget this one, I’ve got you covered.  But if you have a sensitive baby or are cloth diapering, don’t forget to bring a few extras along.  Speaking of diapers, if baby poops on my props, don’t panic, yours will neither be the first or the last!
  4. Extra bottles.  If you’re nursing, you’ve got this one covered, but if you are bottle feeding at all, be sure to bring extra along.
  5. A plain black or white shirt for dad.  Or bring one of each!  I prefer dads wear a plain t shirt or go topless.  It’s a nice, clean look, and easy to wash if baby has an accident. 
  6. Clothing for your family. This one isn’t always necessary.  I have a great collection of maternity and new mom clothing to choose from as well as some gorgeous outfits for siblings.  But if you have something specific you want to wear, bring it along.  If using my outfits, mom should bring a nude bra and underwear as undergarments.
  7. Special props. Do you have a special prop you want to include in your photo?  Bring it along. But be sure to let me know beforehand so that I can plan our sets accordingly. 
  8. Makeup and hair accessories. Even better, ask me about my amazing hair stylist who can come and pamper you while you relax before it’s time for your close up!

Preparing for your newborn session is really very easy.  Once you arrive, I provide snacks, extra diapers, extra wipes, and almost anything else you are going to need.  And don't worry, we will have plenty of opportunities before your session to discuss and plan your session.