Baby Charlie Sneak Peek | Raleigh Newborn Baby Photographer

I have caught many newborn smiles in my career as a professional newborn photographer…but this one takes the cake!!  Baby Charlie was the most adorable little fella on Wednesday.  We had a great session and it was so good to see my clients Caitie and Paul again.  You may remember Caitie from her insanely gorgeous maternity session in December…if you missed it – CLICK HERE.  I am also extremely PROUD to announce that my image of Charlie below won Learn Shoot Inspire’s Inspiring Image of the Week for the week of February 23rd, 2013!!!

newborn baby smile

I have become known for consistently capturing some amazing newborn smiles.  In fact, each session it’s something I strive for.  I don’t think you can create a more precious piece of art.  Freezing this rare moment in time makes me and my clients extremely happy.  I mean, how can you not be happy looking at Charlie’s image above?!?!  It just warms my heart so much.  I think I might print this huge for the studio and if I’m ever having a bad day, I’ll just go in there and let Charlie cheer me up. ;)  Lots of photographers have asked me “HOW DO YOU DO IT?  How do you capture all of those newborn smiles?”  Well If I told you, I’d have to kill you. hehe jk. Babies just reallllly love me. ;)  You just have to be quick and know when to wait for it.  Or sometimes you get lucky and your little subject will go into a flurry of smiles for about 10 seconds or so, so you have time to steady your camera and capture it (that’s only happened a few times).  To show Charlie’s sequence of shots that led up to this one, I made a small little collage in Bridge.  Each image was taken within seconds of the other (all within the same minute – someone even asked me to give them the seconds..haha) and I was braced and ready for it. ;)

All of the images above are SOOC (straight out of camera) and my unedited RAW files which are super top secret. ;)  The bottom two images were taken SUPER quickly one after the other, so you can see if I had hesitated in the least – I would have missed the big money shot.  You probably never thought a newborn could smile so huge!!  Well, there is the proof. ;)

A big thank you to Caitie and Paul for choosing and trusting me with their maternity and newborn photography.  The rest of their session was just as amazing and I can’t wait to have everything edited and ready to view during our proofing appointment in a few weeks!! <3

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  • Eden BaoFebruary 25, 2013 - 2:43 pm

    You are the queen of newborn baby smiles! Love this little guy’s smile!ReplyCancel

  • AngelaFebruary 25, 2013 - 2:59 pm

    That huge smile just makes me smile! Great catch!ReplyCancel

  • LauraFebruary 25, 2013 - 3:13 pm

    Absolutely fantastic!! Great job, and love his little smile.ReplyCancel

  • Sarah TFebruary 25, 2013 - 3:57 pm

    Aww this just made my day! He has the best smile ever and I cannot help but smile right back. Great work!!ReplyCancel

  • MaggieFebruary 25, 2013 - 4:13 pm

    That little smile is contagious! So adorable!!ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer WilcoxFebruary 25, 2013 - 4:26 pm

    That is the biggest realist baby newborn smile I have ever seen!ReplyCancel

  • David GFebruary 25, 2013 - 5:27 pm

    Wow . . . that’s just too cute.ReplyCancel

  • NatalieFebruary 25, 2013 - 10:22 pm

    This is enough to make anyone smile. That’s the BEST newborn smile I’ve ever seen and congrats on the image of the week!ReplyCancel

  • JenFebruary 26, 2013 - 12:53 pm

    This should totally be the first image the pops up when someone enters your website with the heading “I dare you not to smile” This is so precious! Congrats on your award and I can see many more coming from this image!ReplyCancel

  • Huong ForrestFebruary 26, 2013 - 4:34 pm

    Melissa, when I grow up, I want to be like you!!!! This is such an amazing moment you captured! What a treasure!ReplyCancel

  • Angela Douglas RamseyFebruary 26, 2013 - 10:40 pm

    He has such a great smile!! Love it!ReplyCancel

  • Karen CooleyFebruary 27, 2013 - 12:17 pm

    Oh. My. BEST newborn photo ever!!! My spirits lifted just looking at his adorable BIG smile!!!ReplyCancel

  • Patricia KnightMarch 2, 2013 - 5:17 pm

    OMG! I love that first image. Made me smile and laugh right along with him.ReplyCancel

  • ChristineMarch 3, 2013 - 5:47 pm

    I love love LOVE this. And thank you so much for showing us your “TOP SECRET” ;)ReplyCancel