Here Comes the Sun

{Charlotte Family Photographer – Brooke Brown}

It is no longer snowing, but patches of ice remain and the air is crisp.  I find myself longing for springtime, for warm weather, for sun.  I’ve been humming the Beatles, Here Comes the Sun, for days and each time I do I think of this session with the G Family.  The sun was amazing that night.  And so was this family.  They were relaxed and fun and beautiful.  Inside and out.  I am pretty sure I would be happy photographing them every weekend.  Hope you enjoy a few memories from their sunny session on this cold, winter night.

Here comes the sun, Here comes the sun, and I say….It’s alright
Little darling
It’s been a long, cold, lonely winter
Little darling
It feels like years since it’s been here
Here comes the sun, Here comes the sun, and I say….It’s alright

abi - I abs. looove these photos! So bright & one. I also love that they aren’t extrem. edited.January 27, 2011 – 8:02 pm

tricia - i do find myself wanting to be outside under the warm sun and barefoot after looking at these photos. wonderful use of the sun. they’re all so beautiful and airy and natural. faves are the first one, the out of focus flare one, the sun flare one of the family (framer), and the next family one where she’s looking at her hub (really love the shadows and fence in that one).January 17, 2011 – 8:57 pm

Emily Busath Murdock - Stunning, Brooke. Absolutely stunning work!! :)January 15, 2011 – 8:17 pm

Snow Day!

{Charlotte Children’s Photographer – Brooke Brown}

When you live in the south, there is nothing quite like waking up on a Monday morning and seeing SNOW!  And isn’t there just something magical about a snow day?  A day that you anticipated filling with responsibilities, priorities, and commitments — that is instead filled with legos, snow play, hot chocolate and a movie.  Spontaneous and perfect.  That was our snow day today.

To sweeten the deal, my hub’s trip to Boston was cancelled this week.  Oh how I love snow days!

tricia - love the colors in these, and your b&w finish, too. isn’t snow falling so beautiful in pictures? love the second one of griff (and the ones of him walking–he looks like a cute little penguin to me) and the last one of the three boys. cool hats! and so great that you got to have a family snow day.
p.s. did you get that remote for christmas? :)January 11, 2011 – 8:08 pm

Kate Lee - I love the first one of miles…his eyes are beautiful…and love the last of the 3 boys and Noah’s squinty face…but my fav is seeing you and your “hub” hanging out with a surprise day (week?) at home! ….long time reader first time commenter:): -kateJanuary 10, 2011 – 6:11 pm

anne - lovely. great hats!January 10, 2011 – 6:10 pm

Sisters

{Charlotte Newborn Photographer – Brooke Brown}

We spent a few minutes before our recent family session getting some solo pictures of this darling, little babycakes.  Little A is precious and adored by her two older sisters.  As one of three girls, I foresee lots of secret-sharing, clothing & music-swapping, and hands-down incredible friendship in store for these three cuties.

All kinds of weather, we stick together
The same in the rain or sun
Three different faces, but in tight places
We think and we act as one

~ Sisters by Irving Berlin

Hope - These r so so sweet!!!January 15, 2011 – 9:03 pm

anne - love the foot one and the one after and the sister one. great soft colors in all of these.January 10, 2011 – 11:30 am

tricia - so soft and sweet and pink. love these, brooke.January 9, 2011 – 7:54 pm

Tracy - Loving the blog! And of course all of the photos. Photo z7 (above)…stellar!! That is advertising material!!!!January 8, 2011 – 2:10 pm

Lindsey - awesome pictures! jason likes the second to last one with that classic little face staring straight into the camera.January 8, 2011 – 11:04 am

dana - CUTE!! L.O.V.E the two older sisters peeking in the crib!!January 8, 2011 – 7:17 am

Baby A

This little lady makes my heart sing.  She has perfect little eyes & a sweet little nose…tiny little fingers and precious little toes.  Her headful of snow white hair is icing on the cake.  She was born into a home full of love, laughter and great faith.  For each she is blessed.  If only she lived closer to her Aunt Brooke…

Oh the joy of those first baths….figuring out the best water temperature, the perfect balance of helping hands in the mix, and just the right order and duration for each step in the process.  

Love the sweetness of babe’s little cousin peeking in, watching this milestone.

A soothing kiss from dad….

…and a little sweet nothing from her good pal, nacho.  i just love all the love.

tricia - l.o.v.e. the ones with nacho, the dog, checking sweet baby A out.January 9, 2011 – 7:57 pm

Stephanie - love that second shot.January 9, 2011 – 6:58 pm

Resolutions

It is 2011 and I am excited for it, as 2010 brought so many wonderful things to celebrate: 10 years of marriage for my amazing hub & me; a new brother-in-law/husband for my sister dana; a new niece/daughter for my sister lindsey; new friends (and old!) to spend time with, fun new experiences with the boys, a new photography business…the list could be endless.

For many the new year brings resolutions and lists.  Promises for changes to be made, accomplishments to check off. Plans for new ideas, new things to try.  A commitment to do old things better — or just plain start doing the old things ‘for real’ this time. As much as I love a fresh start, a clean slate, a challenge, I’ve not been in the mood to make the leap and etch out these kinds of resolutions.

I’m the kind of girl that is more led by the intangible — the feelings that well up inside me.  I like to operate on love, laughter, friendship, and faith.  My days are full of spontaneity or intention based on how the Spirit moves me.  I like it that way. I feel the most accomplished by the things I feel verses the things I do.  (this photo is a perfect example – technically its not great/full of harsh, bright lighting, but its perfect to me because its my guys and their incredible/joyful laughter)

And then I saw this.  This, my blog friends, is a can’t miss.  This is my sister and brother-in-law’s personal blog.  They are both teachers, were married this past February, and together decided to spend a year teaching in China as a way to start their lives together.  You MUST watch this video of my sister giving out free hugs on a street corner in China on Christmas day.  As I watched my heart swelled, my eyes filled with tears, and I rejoiced.  I rejoiced in the amazing impact that one person could have on so many.  And as Brad pointed out, this is just like the impact Christ has on us.  Link here. (give it time if its slow to load…its worth it)

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After watching it became clear to me that I can make resolutions that fit in with my nature and my current place in the world.  I resolve to make 2011 a year of touching others with Christ’s love.  From simple acts, like free hugs to larger acts based on the needs of those around me — I resolve give the best way I know how: with love, laughter, friendship and faith.  with spontaneity and intention.  with compassion and understanding.  And I promise to involve my boys as often as I can, so that they  can share in the blessings and continue to grow their hearts, souls and minds about what is really important in this world.  My prayer for 2011 is that we can all impact each other with great love and joy.  That we can all serve each other and make a difference.  If one person, on one Chinese street corner, can give so many hugs to so many strangers, just imagine what we can all do in 2011.  Off we go.  Together.

jen hunt - To Do: Add being more like Brooke Brown’s sister to my rapidly growing list of New Year’s resolutions. Thanks for sharing that. Beautiful.January 4, 2011 – 12:14 pm

Angie Thomas - What a talent God has given you! Your pictures are absolutely amazing. I am so grateful 2010 intersected our lives with LifeGroup. You are simply beautiful inside and out!

Blessings-
AngieJanuary 4, 2011 – 11:21 am

anne - oh man Brooke, that totally got me and didn’t expect it to. I just forwarded to my sis in law, a young life leader who I could totally see doing something like that. Thanks for including that. I wonder how it would take in NYC. I feel like people would just walk by or then again, may surprise us?

Anyways, happy New Year’s friend and hope to see you tomorrow? Love the laughter of Miles and Noah!January 4, 2011 – 10:38 am