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letters to my daughters: february | raleigh baby and child photographer

Today you are YOU,
that is truer than true.
There is no one alive who
is YOUER than YOU.
~ Dr. Seuss

My darling Claire,

In only ten more days, you’ll celebrate a milestone birthday. You are turning FIVE, one whole hand!

Since the day you were born, I’ve been amazed daily at the depth of love that lives in my heart for you. To be honest, before you were born, I was a bit nervous that I could love my second child as much as my first. But from the moment I heard your first cry, the moment they put you in my arms, there was  never any doubt that you belong here, with us, to complete our family of four in the perfect way that only you could.

I LOVE being your mom. You are the sweetest child, so sensitive to those around you. Always willing to jump in and help, always there to offer a kind word or smile to someone who is hurting. And affectionate! Every day we are all bombarded with Clairey kisses, and there are plenty to go around. Your sister likes to pretend that she doesn’t like your hugs and kisses, but don’t let her fool you. You have a way of making everyone around you feel so loved and special.

You have given me so much, more than I feel I can ever return. I just know that you inspire me every day to be the very best mom I can be, to live up to the mother that you deserve to have guide you as you grow.

Know that you are light. You are love.

Happy birthday, my darling girl.

I love you more than you will ever know.

xoxo,
mommy

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This post is part of a year-long project I’m under-taking with some other very talented photographers and mothers around the country. Click to see what Kristy Dooley has written to her sweet Allie this month!

Be True Image Design specializes in newborn, baby, maternity, and family photography in Raleigh
and surrounding areas including but not limited to Wake Forest, Durham, Rolesville, Cary, and Knightdale.

Letters to my Daughter {February 2014} » {the thomason diaries} - […] the blog circle by heading over to the incredibly talented Christy Johnson’s blog to read her letter and see her gorgeous […]

Alana Rasbach - These are so soft and beautiful!

candice - Sooooooo beautiful!!!

Samantha Covert - Happy birthday to your lovely daughter! What a lovely series of images :))

Vironica - Gorgeous girl and beautiful photos! I love your letter too!

Denise - oh my goodness. everything about these is gorgeous. she is stunning… her eyelashes!!!

Jennifer - Love her expressions….especially the second photo! So cute. :0)

Danielle - Ah Christy, these are so sweet. I LOVE her jacket, too! Adorable. Your letter is so beautiful. She sounds like such a great little person.

Mickie - What a beautiful letter that she will love to read when she is older! Love the photos!!!

Tricia - Oh, Christy, these are such beautiful images! I love all the light, of course, but most of all, I love how much of her personality you’ve captured… just beautiful. <3

Nicole - Happy Birthday Claire! Such gorgeous images and a beautiful letter. I have a five-year-old girl, too. :)

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That Pregnant Glow | Raleigh Maternity and Newborn Photography

How about a little sunshine on this gloomy day? This beautiful maternity photo session took place back in one of my favorite fields in Wake Forest way back in October – I’m so far behind on blogging!

The beautiful mama-to-be and her handsome hubby are new to the Raleigh area, and were expecting their first child, a baby boy. We met up at sunset to capture some photos to document this time in their lives, the last few months that it would be just the two of them, before life changes forever.

I love that you can see how much they genuinely enjoy each other in these images. Their cuddles and laughter together really inspired me during the session. I think they are going to be great parents!

During a quick outfit change, the sun dropped super fast. I’m so glad we were able to capture those last few lovely photos. The very last one in this post is an all-time favorite – I just adore the love and connection that shines through!

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I loved this session so much that I ordered an album of all of the images to keep in the studio as a sample. Let me know if you want to come by to see it or the many other items we’ll have on display!

Be True Image Design specializes in newborn, baby, maternity, and family photography in Raleigh
and surrounding areas including but not limited to Wake Forest, Durham, Rolesville, Cary, and Knightdale.

Beira - Lovely work! The light is so pretty and only accentuates her beautiful pregnant glow.

Willie Kers - Such a gorgeous images! And what a beautiful mama to be! Love the light <3

Lindsey Burnett - Absolutely gorgeous images of a stunning mama-to-be. That is bound to be one beautiful baby!

Samantha Covert - Beautiful work! What a gorgeous family!

Lisa Holloway - Wow – what a gorgeous couple!! Absolutely stunning images!

Mara - They are just stunning! And I love love love the last one!

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raleigh newborn photographer | love you forever

I’ll love you forever,
I’ll like you for always.
As long as I’m living,
My baby you’ll be.
~ Robert Munsch

I love that quote. Isn’t is so true? From the moment you first lay eyes on your newborn, you just know in your heart that life will never be the same.

I met baby Nadia when she was all of 8 days old. And she has been welcomed into her family as if she has always belonged, as if she is exactly where she’s meant to be. Snug in her mama and daddy’s arms, loved beyond belief.

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Nadia’s mom made this quilt while she was pregnant. I love that Nadia will have this beautiful, timeless piece of her mother as she grows up. It’s one of those items that is destined to become a family heirloom. (I only wish I were half as talented as some of my clients! I’m always in awe at what you create.)

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That book still makes me cry, and my littles are 7 and 4.

They’ll always be my babies.

Be True Image Design specializes in newborn, baby, maternity, and family photography in Raleigh
and surrounding areas including but not limited to Wake Forest, Durham, Rolesville, Cary, and Knightdale.

 

Amy Wells - SO gorgeous!!!! I love that little smile and all the textures and beautiful colors. Sigh!

Destinee - Wow, Christy! Such beautiful images of a beautiful little girl! What a treasure!

Michelle Demoss - I love the variety of images you captured. She just looks so cozy and squishy, I want to give her a little squeeze.

Ashlyn Perkins - She’s adorable! And I love the colors/tones throughout the entire session! Beautiful!

Samantha - What an adorable baby! The open-eyed image is soooo super sweet! Well-captured :)

Bethney Backhaus - I love how natural these look! Beautiful job Christy!

Christy Johnson - Thanks everyone! She was such a sweetheart of a newborn to photograph!

Beira - Beautiful work, Christy! That grin shot is to die for.

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five years | Raleigh Newborn Photographer

Five years ago this month, I opened a simple little photography business. I have grown so much as a business person, as a photographer, and as a well…as a HUMAN in those five years.

I’ve photographed a lot of babies and kids and their families over the years, and I’m so thankful to you all who have trusted in me and my vision. You have each contributed to my growth in no small way, and I’m so grateful.

To celebrate this big milestone, I’d like to do one of my favorite things…I want to share the love.

Be True Image Design Share the Love Session Giveaway

I want to give someone the timeless gift of photography. Do you know someone who is going through some hard times? Maybe a single mom holding things together on her own, or a family that has faced some serious medical issues? Maybe you know a family that has never had a portrait session together due to finances or other circumstances.

Nominate a deserving family for a free photography session at the studio when it opens in March! (Oh yeah! More news on THAT coming soon!) They’ll receive 25+ digital images on USB and an 8×10 framed portrait of their choice.

AND if your nominated family is chosen, you will also receive an 8×10 framed portrait of your choice from a past or future session!

Email me at christy at betrueimagedesign dot com with the contact info of the family you’d like to see win this prize package, along with their story. The winner will be chosen and notified by email on January 31, 2014. Good luck!

 

Be True Image Design specializes in newborn, baby, maternity, and family photography in Raleigh
and surrounding areas including but not limited to Wake Forest, Durham, Rolesville, Cary, and Knightdale.

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letters to my daughters: january | Raleigh Child Family Photographer

“And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you
because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places.
Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.”
~ Roald Dahl

My darling Macy,

Since the day you were born, you have been constant noise and motion. If ever I was asked for just one word to describe you, it would be EXUBERANT. You are my glass half-full, my whirlwind, my laugh-a-minute good time gal.

This year you’ve been very into all things princess and fairies. From our wonderful trip to Disneyworld last year through to your Rainbow Fairy birthday party, it’s all girly all the time. I love watching you play and dance and twirl and sing…like I said, constant noise and motion!

I wanted to capture this magical time in your childhood before it passes by all too quickly. My little girl, my baby who changed my life when you made me a mother…you are growing so fast into such a smart and talented young lady. And I have loved every single minute of it.

I love you, baby girl.

xoxo,
mommy

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I am so lucky to spend 2014 in a blog circle with other photographer moms who are writing heartfelt letters to our children each month. Please follow along the circle to see what these talented ladies have to share this month, beginning with Felicia Chang!

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and surrounding areas including but not limited to Wake Forest, Durham, Rolesville, Cary, and Knightdale.

Celeste - I loved reading your words and the images are super gorgeous!

Melissa Stottmann - These are so pretty and magical, Christy. What a fun age to photograph- and it looks like she had quite a good time ;)

Lissa - These are so sweet and the light is perfect! She looks so happy- love these!

Cynthia - I love your words and your images so much! Your daughter is beautiful and I look forward to getting to know each of you through this blog circle.

Kristy - Magical! She sounds so sweet and fun!

Vironica - I loved reading your letter! She is beautiful and your photos of her are magical!

Jo Clark - These are so, so beautiful! Your really captured her beautiful spirit and smile as well. I hope my daughter turns out to be both beautiful and fun like yours! xo

Christy Johnson - Thank you so much, everyone! I loved how these came out, and I hope she will treasure them for always. <3

Elle - Such a beautiful letter, and your images to go along with it are so precious <3 She is gorgeous!

Heather Lickliter Larkin - These are stunning!

sally - Oh my gosh, I’m so in love with every one of these! That outfit is adorable and totally fits her exuberance! <3 Beautiful, beautiful work.

jen foster - wow wow wow is all I can say, what a perfect beautiful collection of images!

LIsa Rappa - Love, love, love! Magical images and such gorgeous tones. She’s a beauty!

Michelle DeMoss - What a perfect Fairy Princess! I love the light and processing in these. Oh, and that letter, so lovely.

Mickie - Christy these are so lovely! I love the light! What a beautiful girl and a beautiful letter to her!

Brandy Inkelaar - oh my! She is an adorable girl!!!!!!! The lighting matches the mood beautifully.

chavi - OMG! These are absolutely stunning <3

tarah - so beautiful! your editing is stunning and your little girl just melts my heart, as do your words.

Ginger Unzueta - what a gorgeous set of images. she is a beauty and the sun is so warm and lovely.

Samantha Covert - What a lovely letter, and equally lovely images to go along with it. These are so beautiful-she will love looking back at these!!

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