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Evan is ONE | Charlotte, North Carolina Photographer | Krista Gantt Photography

Just like that, our baby boy is one!

The progress over these last 12 months is amazing! Our sweet baby boy came into this world a little small for his gestational age, but he plumped up. He’s meeting all of his developmental milestones, talking, walking, and doing so many fun things. We are having fun with him and can’t wait to see what the rest of our time with him holds.

When I was trying to come up with ideas of monthly photos, I honestly had a lot of options in mind. Too many to choose from! I settled on these three because I liked the crib view, but I also wanted us to be a part of the photos too. You know, to show his size compared to ours. Some months we were a little behind, but looking at all of these together is just amazing! It also makes me a little sad to see how fast he’s growing.

Now, I need to come up with an idea of yearly photos that we can maintain but also show his growth. What have you done for annual photos of your baby? Share your ideas with me in the comments below!

Savannah Sitter Session | Charlotte, NC Baby Photographer | Krista Gantt Photography

Audrey hit the streets of Savannah, Georgia for her sitter session. We strolled along the beautiful streets near the picturesque squares full of gorgeous greenery, landscaping, and architecture. Even in the hustle and bustle of busy Saturday morning crowds, we were able to capture some beautiful images of Audrey. The perfectly manicured parks, trolleys, horse-drawn carriages, and spanish moss make Savannah, Georgia a dream location for a photographer!

Neutral Nursery Inspiration | Charlotte Newborn Photographer | Boy Nursery Ideas

I am excited to share Evan's nursery with you today, and can't wait to share him with you very soon! Today is my due date, so it seemed like the perfect day to finally reveal the nursery. I am waiting on a few book shelves, but it is mostly complete. 

When I first started dreaming up this nursery, I knew it had to be white.  Call me boring, but I love an all white room. The light bounces off the walls and instantly increases its size!  I wasn't quite sure what direction I would go after choosing white walls, but I knew I wanted to stay away from the typical baby blues and keep it nice and neutral. I wanted to incorporate some greenery and plants, so I knew I would also be bringing in earthy colors to tie it all together. I wanted to stay away from a theme, but it turns out that smiling sloths, llamas, and pandas are pretty cute.

Overall, it's simple but it's neutral enough that our baby boy can grow into it over the next few years. The wall art can easily be changed and we can incorporate any colors we want since white is so easy to work with. It's also pretty gender neutral if you're looking for ideas for a baby girl nursery. 

Let me know if you have any questions, and make sure to leave a comment and let me know what you think of our bright, airy boy nursery.

Newborn Baby Girl, Charlee | Charlotte, North Carolina Photographer | Krista Gantt Photography

I met Charlee on a beautiful spring day.  One of my favorite parts about meeting her was the drive down a long dirt road to her house.  Most homes I visit in the Charlotte area are in neighborhoods with homes side by side, but Charlee's home is at the end of a gravel road without a neighbor in sight.  I always grew up in a neighborhood, so being away from the city is always refreshing to me.

Charlee was born weighing a dainty 5 pounds 9 ounces.  She did wonderful at her in-home newborn session and is such a sweet baby. Her big brother is still getting used to not being the star of the show, but I think he secretly loves his baby sister.  

Newborn Baby Girl, Charlee | Charlotte, North Carolina Photographer | Krista Gantt Photography

Charlee came to join her big sister Madison in February of this year.  She rocked her newborn session and I couldn't be happier with the results!  What do you think?  She has a head full of hair and looks so much like her big sister, Madison.  I just can't even handle how sweet Madison is holding her little sister. 

Charlee's neutral grey nursery with pink accents was the perfect backdrop for her family photos. If you know me, you know I'm all about white, ivory, and blush, especially when it comes to newborn photography.  A little grey never hurts either!  

Update on Jack | 23 Week Preemie | NICU Portraits | Charlotte, North Carolina NICU Photographer | Krista Gantt Photography

Jack's mom sent me an update on his progress!  If you missed him on the blog, click below to see what he looked like shortly after he was born at 23 weeks.  Then read below to see what his mom had to say about his progress.

Jack is doing well! He has been up and down on his feedings. He gets very close to full feedings and then his gut needs a break so we start back very low. He does show cues of hunger and rooting and LOVES taking a bottle. He is 2200 grams now! We are working towards him being in a crib, but don’t want to overload him with a ton of work to do on his own. He is down to low flow cannula on .0125 Os. He is not quiet ready to be off oxygen, although he pulls the cannula out constantly so we resort to taping it to his nose.

Newborn Baby Girl, Leah | Charlotte, North Carolina Photographer | Krista Gantt Photography

Meet Leah!  She's quite adorable, and so are her sisters.  This newborn session was so much fun and included a surprise visit from Leah's dad!  Mom didn't know he was coming home and she was brought to tears when he walked in the door, just in time for a few photos.  Newborn photos are such a special time, and I hate when Dads have to miss out and go back to work.  I'm so glad he made it to this session because this family wouldn't be complete without him!

Eliza | In-Home Newborn Session | Charlotte, North Carolina Newborn Photographer | Krista Gantt Photography

I was so delighted to meet Cara at work one day!  It was way back when I was on night shift.  I got pulled to work in her unit and we chatted all night long.  Although it was years ago, I didn't forget her.  I was so thrilled when she contacted me to photograph the newest member of her family, Eliza.  Not only was I excited that she asked, but her other two children are just gorgeous!  Her third baby was sure to be a beauty!

Although Eliza's story is a happy one, she came to this world after some heartache.

Eliza was our 8th very wanted pregnancy and is our 3rd living child. I have a clotting disorder that has caused us a lot of issues in childbearing. It took us a while to really believe that we were going to get to hold Eliza in our arms because after losing our son at 20 weeks in 2015, we hadn’t really decided whether or not we would try one last time. Apparently, Eliza made that decision for us...and we were surprised! After 39 weeks of impatiently waiting, our third rainbow baby and final addition to our family arrived! Luke and Hannah, her two older siblings couldn’t be more excited and it has been such a joy to see our family grow to completion! We are thankful!

Sure enough, Eliza is just as beautiful as expected!  Take a look at this beautiful family of five below.

Olivia | In-Home Newborn Session | Charlotte, North Carolina Newborn Photographer | Krista Gantt Photography

Have you seen Olivia around?  She's definitely making an impression on my Instagram page.  The reason is because she is a beauty, just like her mom!  

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Calli is a friend of mine who I work with at the hospital, and I was ecstatic when she asked me to be her photographer.  Not only do I absolutely love her, but I knew her baby would be precious and I just had to get in on the action.  

I never assume my pregnant friends will use me as their photographer just because we're friends, and I never ask to take their photos.  I always wait for them to come to me first.  Choosing a photographer is a personal decision based on many different factors, and I wouldn't dare compromise friendships just to get new clients.  [Plus, if you're my friend before you become a client, you get a really sweet deal. So I'm not making that much off of you anyways!] 

I always encourage friends to have their photos taken, even if they don't hire me as their photographer.  Families and children change, and you can never get these moments back.  So of course Calli and I casually talked about photos earlier in the year when she first found out she was pregnant, but I didn't know if she was definitely going to have photos taken.  You can imagine my excitement when she "officially" asked me to be her photographer!  

Flash forward a few months when sweet Olivia made her appearance.  She's more beautiful than I imagined she'd be, and her parents are absolutely smitten.  Calli signed Olivia up for a Baby Plan membership, so you'll be seeing her in a few months for her sitter session!

Peyton | In-Home Newborn Session | Charlotte, North Carolina Newborn Photographer | Krista Gantt Photography

This family!  I cannot express how excited I am to have them as clients.  I so enjoyed their newborn session for many reasons.  They just recently moved here from New Jersey and had just enough time to get settled in before their second baby came along.  

Speaking of their second baby... Have you SEEN her?!  Let me introduce you to Peyton.  She's the newest member of the Krista Gantt Photography family, and she is PRECIOUS.  Her big sister, Kennedy, is equally as adorable - and so sweet with her little sister.  This family is a member of my Baby Plan, so you'll be able to watch Peyton and Kennedy grow with me over the next 2 years.  Read more about Baby Plan membership here.

Brooklyn's One Year Cake Smash | Charlotte, North Carolina | Child Portrait Photographer | Krista Gantt Photography

Brooklyn is one!  Can you believe this sweet little baby from this newborn session, this 3 month session, and this 6 month session is already over a year old?!  I cannot believe how fast she's growing, so I know her mom and dad must feel the same way!  Amy, Elliot, and Brooklyn have been a joy to work with over the past year, and I'm excited to continue working with them in the future!

Baby Plan membership includes a one year session, so Amy decided to do outdoor photos in addition to an indoor cake smash.  Brooklyn was not super excited to destroy the cake like most babies.  She's a lady, so she went about it very carefully.  However, once she got a little taste, she was all in!  

The Story of the Cake

Brooklyn did great at her session, considering the type of morning she and her mom were having.  The cake was ordered a few weeks before the session to be picked up at a local bakery.  When Amy arrived, she was told that the cake was actually going to be ready the next Friday.  Wrong.  She needed the cake that morning.  They messed up the date, so they were kind enough to give Amy four cupcakes to use at the session.  Not ideal, but it would work.  

Amy arrives with Brooklyn, unloads her outfits and diaper bag, and sets Brooklyn down.  She goes back for the cupcakes.  She walks in the door and immediately drops them, face down, on the floor!  Poor Amy!  We took a field trip up the road to Daphne's Bakery, and they certainly saved the day!  They had the most tasty almond cake ready to go, and of course it was nice and neutral - just how I like them.  

Luckily, Amy is a good sport and didn't let the cake fiasco ruin her day.  The new cake was delicious!  It was a little too big for Brooklyn, so of course Amy and I had to help her eat it!  Brooklyn was happy throughout her session, and we were able to capture some really cute images of her!

Aiden | In-Home Newborn Session | Charlotte, North Carolina Newborn Photographer | Krista Gantt Photography

Aiden wasn't supposed to be one of my preemies that I usually photograph in the NICU.  His mom called me well in advance of her due date, but unfortunately Aiden came a little earlier than expected.  He was born at 34 weeks and did spend some time in the NICU, but today is healthy and at home!

I photographed him in his home and he did so great!  He slept throughout his entire session, and didn't make a peep.  I loved hanging out with his mom during his session too.  She's so easy going and is thankful to have her boy home with her.  Enjoy Aiden's newborn images!

Will | Newborn Session | Charlotte, North Carolina Newborn Photographer | Krista Gantt Photography

Jeannie is a sweet friend I met at the hospital - she works in a neighboring unit. When I met with her for her consultation, we hit it off from the start.  I mentioned that l hadn't been floated to work in her unit in quite some time.  In fact, we had never officially met in person until the consultation.  We had never crossed paths at work.  To my surprise, the very next day, I was floated to her unit!  I even gave report to her that night at the end of my shift, transferring the care of my babies to her.  By the end of her shift, she was into labor.  

Will was a few weeks early and spent some time in the NICU for respiratory issues, but was able to make it home in time for his newborn session, which was 2 days before his due date.  

Will's session went great and his parents were so warm and welcoming.  They even offered me some coffee!  I don't always get to drink it because I'm busy working with the babies, but I certainly appreciate the gesture!  I absolutely loved working with this family and their sweet boy!

Newborn Baby Girl, Lula Kate | Charlotte, North Carolina Photographer | Krista Gantt Photography

Kayla is another dear friend of mine!  I grew up with Kayla, running around the streets of Wexhurst, sliding down her playroom stairs on a mattress, and bouncing for hours on end on her trampoline.  We have so many memories together from childhood to rooming together at Clemson.  It's amazing that we've been friends for long and it has been fun seeing where life has taken her.

Kayla's first pregnancy was exciting, to say the least!  Miss Lula Kate surprised Kayla a little later in her pregnancy than most moms.  Kayla was more than thrilled to find out she was pregnant, and now she's totally in love with her new little angel baby.   

Speaking of angels, Lula Kate slept like one during her session!  She was alert for some photos too, which I am not mad about.  Alert babies can make for some really cute photos, as long as they're not crying of course. Check out the photos of Lula in the pearl necklace!  I think she looks just precious, wide-eyed and bushy-tailed!

I'm excited to see Lula Kate grow into a little person and watch Kayla and Jim learn the tricks of being parents.  Lula is already loved by so many!

Brooklyn | 6 Month Session | Charlotte, North Carolina Baby Photographer | Krista Gantt Photography

Oh sweet Brooklyn!  Have you ever meet a baby who is very well behaved, never fusses, and smiles for the camera??  Well this is one of those!  Miss Brooklyn is on the Baby Plan and these are the images from her 6 month session.  She never disappoints!  She even poses for the camera when asked!  It's such a treat to photograph her, and I can't wait for our next session together!  Take a look at some of my favorite images from her session.

Memorial Day Baby

Happy Memorial Day!  Make sure to thank our military men and women for serving our country!  These folks spend countless weeks and months away from their families, allowing us to experience freedom in this country.  Many of them even leave behind their brand new babies.  Say some prayers for those who are away right now, and also for those who are doing life without them.