The Thing That Lasts | Newborn Photographers in Whiteville NC, Baby Photographers in Fayetteville NC

The Only Thing That Lasts

Recently I found a small onesie at the studio. It was just a plain, basic little outfit. I took it home with the usual Newborn Session laundry to wash. As I went about the business of folding the clean laundry, just an ordinary task, the tiny size of that onesie struck me. It’s been 7 years since I’ve washed clothes that small in my house. SEVEN years. The mom in me just snuggled it and closed my eyes and took just a moment to remember what my babies were like and how small they once were. Those thoughts lingered with me for a few days and I’ve felt compelled to share this with you.

The Crib – gone in just a few short years if you’re lucky and he’s not climbing out of it by the age of one like my son.

Those tiny clothes hangers – now put away because they’re too tiny to hold the big boy clothes.

That bouncy seat – long ago sold in the yard sale because I knew there would be no more babies in my house.

The clothes – stained, stored, or given away to the local charity. So many clothes. Some only worn a time or two before they were outgrown.

Those pacifiers – finally made it to the trash after a few short years.

WHAT IS LEFT?
What did I invest in all of those things that are now gone?

I have sweet fleeting memories that are just a little fuzzy now.

I have beautiful portraits that are priceless and have more value with each passing day.

Make sure you invest in the future and document what you really want to keep. PRINT what you want to PRESERVE.

These pictures are the only thing that lasts.

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See more of the Newborn’s we’ve photographed HERE.

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MORE ABOUT OUR STUDIO:

Vanessa G. Photography always has the goal of turning your most precious memories in life into art works for you to cherish on display in your home for a lifetime. We never want you to forget the milestones in life. Those happy times that define you, that changed you, and molded you into the person you are destined to become. We serve clients form Fort Bragg and Fayetteville, NC to Wilmington, NC and the coast. We operate by appointment only so that we can dedicate 100% of our time to you, making you our most important person, when you are in our studio. Our client’s have made us thankful to have been able to create photography treasures for their families, and their words have touched our heart. We’d love to do the same thing for you, and earn your words of praise by making sure you enjoy every aspect of your experience with us.

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The World Needs More Good Fathers | Fayetteville Newborn Photographer, Wilmington Newborn Photographer

The World Needs More Good Fathers

A good father can make all the difference in a child’s life. We learn things from our Dads in a different way than we learn them from our Moms.

“Fathers and mothers have unique and complementary roles in the home,” says Brett Copeland, a clinical psychologist in Tacoma, Washington. “Fathers encourage competition, independence, and achievement. Mothers encourage equity, security, and collaboration.”

“A study by Brigham Young University researchers finds that involvement in everyday activities, such as eating dinner together, watching TV, playing in the yard, and playing video games are even more important to share with Dad than big outings or trips, although those contribute to children’s development as well. Fathers and youths in the study experienced more satisfaction and cohesion in their family when fathers were involved in everyday core activities.

“Although participation in balance family leisure activities is important and needed, it was fathers’ involvement in the everyday, home-based, common family leisure activities that held more weight than the large, extravagant, out-of-the-ordinary types of activities when examining family functioning,” the authors said.” – from Why Kids Need Their Dads, www.parenting.com

In short dads, never underestimate the importance of your role in the lives of your children. The world needs as many good dads as it can get!

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This baby boy was photographed in his first two weeks of life. He was so tiny in his father’s hands.

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MORE ABOUT OUR STUDIO:

Vanessa G. Photography always has the goal of turning your most precious memories in life into art works for you to cherish on display in your home for a lifetime. We never want you to forget the milestones in life. Those happy times that define you, that changed you, and molded you into the person you are destined to become. We serve clients form Fort Bragg and Fayetteville, NC to Wilmington, NC and the coast. We operate by appointment only so that we can dedicate 100% of our time to you, making you our most important person, when you are in our studio. Our client’s have made us thankful to have been able to create photography treasures for their families, and their words have touched our heart. We’d love to do the same thing for you, and earn your words of praise by making sure you enjoy every aspect of your experience with us.

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7 Top Book Picks for Expectant Moms | Newborn Photographers in Fayetteville NC and Wilmington NC

7 Top Book Picks for Expectant Moms

I diligently read a small stack of books during my first pregnancy. Some were utilitarian and some made me wet my pants. Literally. Don’t judge me. Pregnancy is hard on a girl’s body!

The following are pre-birth books that I would highly recommend for first time moms. These would make excellent gifts as well. (Links to Amazon provided)

1 – What To Expect When You’re Expecting by Heidi Murkoff and Sharon Mazel

Every pregnant women has probably heard of this one. It covers the basics and is easy to read month by month.

2 – The Girlfriend’s Guide To Pregnancy by Vicki Iovine

You need to laugh. Vicki is going to make sure you do. This is a MUST read!

3 – The Happiest Baby on the Block by Harvey Karp

This is a great book for a first time mom about establishing routines. You won’t have time to read it after baby is born. Start a few months before.

4 – The Healthy Pregnancy Book by William Sears, Martha SearsLinda Holt, and BJ Snell

This is a best seller for sure with your health being a focus of the book.

5 – The Expectant Father: The Ultimate Guide for Dads-to-Be by Armin A. Brott and Jennifer Ash

Please don’t leave your husband out. Encourage him to read his own kind of book, written just for him.

6 – What to Expect When Your Wife Is Expanding: A Reassuring Month-by-Month Guide for the Father-to-Be, Whether He Wants Advice or Not by Thomas Hill

This one is for the Dad’s who might need a little humor to go along with their dose of reality.

7 – Good Dog, Happy Baby: Preparing Your Dog for the Arrival of Your Child by Michael Wombacher

I meet lots of families who’s first child was really of the furry kind. This book, written by a dog trainer, seems like the perfect read for fur baby parents.

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Tell me in the comments what you think about these books if/when you read any of them!

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MORE ABOUT OUR STUDIO:

Vanessa G. Photography always has the goal of turning your most precious memories in life into art works for you to cherish on display in your home for a lifetime. We never want you to forget the milestones in life. Those happy times that define you, that changed you, and molded you into the person you are destined to become. We serve clients form Fort Bragg and Fayetteville, NC to Wilmington, NC and the coast. We operate by appointment only so that we can dedicate 100% of our time to you, making you our most important person, when you are in our studio. Our client’s have made us thankful to have been able to create photography treasures for their families, and their words have touched our heart. We’d love to do the same thing for you, and earn your words of praise by making sure you enjoy every aspect of your experience with us.

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When should I book my Newborn Session? | Baby Photographers in Fayetteville NC

When should I book my Newborn Session? 

This is a frequent question by those calling or emailing the studio. Here at Vanessa G. Photography, we recommend that you book your baby’s Newborn Session during your second trimester of pregnancy. Because we are a boutique style studio, and we dedicate an enormous amount of time to each client in order to make each experience memorable and unique, we do limit the number of sessions that we take each month. It’s the only way we can provide the level of service and specialization that we feel our client’s deserve.

If you’ve never booked a session with a professional photography studio before, then you will be pleasantly surprised at the uncrushed pace of your time in the studio. Our goal is not to get as many people in and out of the door each day or week. Our goal is to make sure we’re creating individualized art works for each family. This requires us to get to know you, care about you, and find out what type of art works will best compliment your life and style. We want you to display them in your home proudly. We want you to cherish every portrait for your entire lifetime and give a few of your favorites a forever space on the walls of your home.

After you’ve booked your newborn session, we’ll set a tentative date for your session on our calendar using your ‘due date.’ Babies almost never arrive on that date. In all of 2015, we only had one newborn to actually be born on their due date. Normally though they arrive within a two week window of that date, allowing us to reserve session time on our calendar for each baby.

Newborn’s are best photographed between 7 to 10 days of age. Plan ahead and book your newborn session during your second trimester to make sure you don’t miss out on this once in a lifetime opportunity. May the sweetest beginning never end.

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Meet baby Browan. He’s one of our 2016 Newborns.

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MORE ABOUT OUR STUDIO:

Vanessa G. Photography always has the goal of turning your most precious memories in life into art works for you to cherish on display in your home for a lifetime. We never want you to forget the milestones in life. Those happy times that define you, that changed you, and molded you into the person you are destined to become. We serve clients form Fort Bragg and Fayetteville, NC to Wilmington, NC and the coast. We operate by appointment only so that we can dedicate 100% of our time to you, making you our most important person, when you are in our studio. Our client’s have made us thankful to have been able to create photography treasures for their families, and their words have touched our heart. We’d love to do the same thing for you, and earn your words of praise by making sure you enjoy every aspect of your experience with us.

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3 Simple Ways Moms Can Treat Themselves | Fayetteville Baby Photographers, Wilmington Baby Photographers

3 Simple Ways Moms Can Treat Themselves

Dear Expecting First Time Moms,

Your life is about to get really busy and full. You’ve been hearing it for months now. The advice to ‘sleep while you can’ and ‘enjoy the peace and quiet’ is endless. Women all around you are excited for you to join their mommy club, all the while thinking to themselves how you’re totally unprepared for what is about to happen to all your free time. They tell you, but you have to experience it for yourself to really understand.

Before you transition into ‘mom’, take the time to pamper yourself with a few small things. Once baby arrives, you’ll instinctively put yourself on the bottom of every to-do list. Now is the time to prep that nursery, and also to prep your self for a short period of self neglect. Revel in the moments that are all your own right now!

 

Dear Already-A-Mom,

Your baby might still be a needed little bundle of joy or might be running circles around the house. No matter the age of your child(ren), you are sure to have found that you’re neglecting little pleasures for yourself that used to be just an ordinary thing. It’s easy to get caught up in enjoying your kids and forget that you were someone before you became a ‘mom.’ Take the time to recharge and enjoy these little treats this month!

 

3 Simple Ways Moms Can Treat Themselves:

1. Schedule a pedicure. Let’s face it, our feet are easily neglected. If you’re a busy mom, they are literally the furthest thing from your mind. If you’re expecting, you probably can’t even reach them! The massage is always nice. Pretty little piggy toes are a luxury, and this month they should be yours! Make it even better and take another mom with you!

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2. Buy a new digital book. Haven’t done this before? This is a great way to experience a new book you’ve wanted to read, but don’t really have time for in your everyday life right now. Specifically, I mean a ‘book on tape’ as we used to call them. The kind that is read to you by recording. All of us spend a decent amount of time driving in the car. While you might not have the hours to chill on the couch and escape into an entertaining piece of literature, you are sure to be behind the wheel. There’s no pressure to finish it quickly. Experienced moms are always taxing people somewhere and part of that trip you’ll probably be alone and maybe even on your way to work. New moms have got to leave the house too. The smaller babies almost always sleep in the car. Take this time to enjoy something for yourself….take a drive!

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3. Plan a movie night. If you can’t get out of the house, then enjoy a movie at home. This is a good low-key way to relax. Add your favorites….wine, popcorn, diet soda, chocolate, pizza delivery, or whatever fits your mood. A movie is a short escape from whatever is on your mind. It can be very inexpensive or a lavish treat. Two hours of uninterrupted time can sometimes be the best recharge of the week. Turn off the cell phones and snuggle up on the couch.

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MORE ABOUT OUR STUDIO:

Vanessa G. Photography always has the goal of turning your most precious memories in life into art works for you to cherish on display in your home for a lifetime. We never want you to forget the milestones in life. Those happy times that define you, that changed you, and molded you into the person you are destined to become. We serve clients form Fort Bragg and Fayetteville, NC to Wilmington, NC and the coast. We operate by appointment only so that we can dedicate 100% of our time to you, making you our most important person, when you are in our studio. Our client’s have made us thankful to have been able to create photography treasures for their families, and their words have touched our heart. We’d love to do the same thing for you, and earn your words of praise by making sure you enjoy every aspect of your experience with us.

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