Raleigh Newborn Photographer | Lifestyle Session | Mahmood Family

 Mom and Dad sit with their daughter and their new baby girl on their bed during their lifestyle newborn session with Rose Trail Images in Raleigh, North Carolina. 

Let me tell you a story.

Once upon a time, I was a special education teacher. Ok, so not that long ago... technically, it was less than a year ago. During my 14-year teaching stint, I met some amazing people... students, parents, teachers, all of the above. I went from classroom teacher in a special ed school in Virginia to classroom teacher in a public school in North Carolina to being an itinerant at 20+ schools working as a vision impairment teacher. I quit working for Wake County one year ago last week (but who's keeping track, right?) and instead joined a private company doing the same thing, thinking I could work less house teaching to focus more on my photography. I thought I could have the best of both worlds.

I was wrong. And in August of 2017, I said goodbye to classrooms and hello to my home office filled with lenses and camera equipment. And while photography is my passion and my day dream coming true, there are still parts of being in the teaching community that I miss.

One of those factors is the people that I worked with.

Enter the Mahmood Family.

Sania worked with me as in itinerant in Wake County, and when I first met her she was pregnant with her first daughter, Zayna. I learned a LOT about my job from Sania, and when she left Wake County to go private, I was super sad. Thankfully, I got to take her family pictures and we still kept in touch! She couldn't get rid of me that easily. When I decided that, well, maaaaaybe this whole photography thing could work out but I didn't want to quit teaching altogther just yet, I reached out to Sania and we became work buddies again! When I decided to end teaching for good, she had just surprised me with the news that she was expecting again and I was THRILLED for her! And for me... that also meant I would get another chance to see her!

Home Sessions

I love at home newborn sessions. It's so personal! And this session was no exception. Going to Sania's and meeting their new baby girl Emma, I was sooooo excited to see the family again! It was even better taking pictures in their personal space... it's a space they may not stay at forever, but at this moment... it's home. The family cuddled on the bed together, and Zayna got to hold her baby sister and kiss her sweet forehead. She read her a book in the crib, and even I got to play dolls before I left, something that I don't get to do very often living in a house of boys. There was pink and hair bows and little girl giggles and just pure awesomeness. 

It was one of those sessions that reminds me how much I love my job and that my choice was best for me. And that I'm just so damn lucky! 

Congrats to the Mahmood Family, many blessings and love for you all!

 Dad calms down his new baby girl on his bed during their lifestyle newborn session with Rose Trail Images in Raleigh, North Carolina. 
 Mom and Dad swaddle and calm their new baby girl on their bed during their lifestyle newborn session with Rose Trail Images in Raleigh, North Carolina. 
 The daughter plays with her My Little Pony dolls during her photo session with Rose Trail Images in Raleigh, North Carolina. 
  The newborn baby girl sleeps on her parents' bed during her lifestyle newborn session with Rose Trail Images in Raleigh, North Carolina. 
 Baby girl Emma sleeps during her lifestyle newborn session with Rose Trail Images in Raleigh, North Carolina. 
 The newborn baby girl sleeps during her lifestyle newborn session with Rose Trail Images in Raleigh, North Carolina. 
 Older sister hugs her new baby sister on their parents' bed during their lifestyle newborn session with Rose Trail Images in Raleigh, North Carolina. 
 Older sister sits with her new baby sister on their parents' bed during their lifestyle newborn session with Rose Trail Images in Raleigh, North Carolina. 
 Older sister smiles with her new baby sister on their parents' bed during their lifestyle newborn session with Rose Trail Images in Raleigh, North Carolina. 
 Older sister kisses her new baby sister during their lifestyle newborn session with Rose Trail Images in Raleigh, North Carolina. 
 Older sister holds her new baby sister on their parents' bed during their lifestyle newborn session with Rose Trail Images in Raleigh, North Carolina. 
 Older sister gives Mommy a kiss and a smile during their lifestyle newborn session with Rose Trail Images in Raleigh, North Carolina. 
 Daddy gives the new baby girl a kiss during their lifestyle newborn session with Rose Trail Images in Raleigh, North Carolina. 
 The new family of four sit on the bed while older sister kisses baby sister during their lifestyle newborn session with Rose Trail Images in Raleigh, North Carolina. 
 The new family of four pose on the bed during their lifestyle newborn session with Rose Trail Images in Raleigh, North Carolina. 
 Mom sits with her two daughters on the bed during their lifestyle newborn session with Rose Trail Images in Raleigh, North Carolina. 
 Older sister kisses baby sister while Mommy holds her during their lifestyle newborn session with Rose Trail Images in Raleigh, North Carolina. 
 Older sister smiles with baby sister while Mommy holds her during their lifestyle newborn session with Rose Trail Images in Raleigh, North Carolina. 
 Baby sister smiles at her big sister while Mommy holds her during their lifestyle newborn session with Rose Trail Images in Raleigh, North Carolina. 
 Mom holds her smiley newborn girl during their lifestyle newborn session with Rose Trail Images in Raleigh, North Carolina. 
 Mom kisses her newborn girl during their lifestyle newborn session with Rose Trail Images in Raleigh, North Carolina. 
 Dad kisses his newborn girl during their lifestyle newborn session with Rose Trail Images in Raleigh, North Carolina. 
 Mom poses with her smiley newborn girl during their lifestyle newborn session with Rose Trail Images in Raleigh, North Carolina. 
 Dad holds his newborn girl during their lifestyle newborn session with Rose Trail Images in Raleigh, North Carolina. 
 The newborn baby toes make for good pictures during the lifestyle newborn session with Rose Trail Images in Raleigh, North Carolina. 
 The newborn baby girl sleeps during her lifestyle newborn session with Rose Trail Images in Raleigh, North Carolina. 
 The newborn baby girl opened her eyes during her lifestyle newborn session with Rose Trail Images in Raleigh, North Carolina. 
 The newborn baby girl lay in her crib with her big sister watching during her lifestyle newborn session with Rose Trail Images in Raleigh, North Carolina. 
 The newborn baby girl lay in her crib during her lifestyle newborn session with Rose Trail Images in Raleigh, North Carolina. 
 The newborn baby girl lay in her crib with her big sister during her lifestyle newborn session with Rose Trail Images in Raleigh, North Carolina. 
 The big sister read a book to her baby sister in the crib during her lifestyle newborn session with Rose Trail Images in Raleigh, North Carolina. 
 The big sister read a book to her baby sister while sitting in the crib during her lifestyle newborn session with Rose Trail Images in Raleigh, North Carolina. 
 The big sister held her baby sister in the crib during her lifestyle newborn session with Rose Trail Images in Raleigh, North Carolina.