Ten Years…

This sweet baby girl’s mama and I have known each other for nearly ten years… I took her Engagement Photos.  We took this baby girl’s First Birthday Cake Smash photos in my backyard here in Charlotte.  They took time away from their Thanksgiving holiday with family to drive two hours to come visit me for their Fall Family Photos.  And last year her mama was the first to sign up for my Cookies and Milk Fireside PJ Sessions.

What an Honor

I absolutely adore photographing the same family time again.  Not only is it a huge honor that they would trust me enough to come back to me time after time (and to TRAVEL to me!!), but getting to know a family – their children – makes my job that much easier, and that much more fun.  When I see a neighbor family I have photographed while at the park and the little two year old comes running up and hugs my legs because he knows and loves me from our photo sessions, or a family walks into my backyard for an underwater session and the mom tells me how she could have gotten the child to do anything all week because they were so excited to take pictures with “Ms. Renee”.  Well, those are the kind of things that absolutely melt my heart.

Sweet Baby Girl

And this sweet baby girl.  Well.  The hardest part of photographing her is knowing how much bigger she will be the next time I see her.  We just live too far apart!!

Her sweet shy personality is just like sugar to me.  I think my favorite moment with her this time around was when the two of us were sitting on the steps watching the chaos.  Her older brother was running around with my big boys, Jacob not far behind, and we just looked at each other.  Sitting there so calm with that circus running circles around us.  We both shook our heads, understood each other, and laughed….

Oh my heart

I may not have a baby girl of my own, but there are moments when my heart pulls the ones I have in my life just a little closer.  My four nieces, my beautiful Alique, my sweet Mabelle…

RENEE STENGEL Photography | Charlotte Underwater and Portrait Photographer |


And how precious is this little Organic Cotton Dress from GapKids.  Just part of my collection that I offer during sessions 🙂



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