Category Archives: Family

The peach orchards in Fort Mill South Carolina are a sight to see every Spring.  They bloom in April for about two weeks with the most beautiful shockingly pink flowers.  We never know exactly when the blooms will reach their peak so everyone is stalking the orchards come April every year!  This year was a little out of the ordinary… we had unseasonably warm weather at the beginning of the month, which led to the trees blooming about two weeks earlier than they’ve ever bloomed.  Then, a few days later the temperatures plummeted and we got SNOW.  Yes, ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the Carolinas!
The Ockers family has been a client/friend of mine since they were pregnant with their oldest son.  Now they have three gorgeous kiddos, and we finally were able to venture out into the orchards for their daughter’s milestone session.  The snow and freezing temps did alter the beautiful pink blooms quite a bit, but there was a bit of pink left and we were determined to make this happen.  We had a wonderful session despite mother nature’s attempts, and captured some really special images that Mom loved.

I had such a fun time documenting Beau’s 1 year milestone for his family.  We started out with some family portraits on their land, and everyone was such a trooper to brave the cold temperatures we’ve been having in the south lately. (Booooo cold weather!)

 Beau’s sweet mama had a lumberjack theme planned for his upcoming birthday party, and that look was carried into their family portraits which I LOVED.  We finished off the morning with a super yummy cake smash, because what little boy doesn’t love CAKE?  Yum!  Thank you Hargett Family for the opportunity to work with you again!  Enjoy!



I simply cannot explain the look on my face as I processed this session on my computer.  I probably had a big goofy grin at least 50% of the time….I was just so ecstatic over these images and how everything came together for a fantastic and truly unique family session.  And FUN…let’s not forget fun!!

Everyone knows that I do a lot of semi-posed photography, but what you may not know is that from time to time I get a family who is open to anything, or has a great idea for their session.  I’ve worked with this family since their oldest child was a newborn, and when Mom came to me about a lifestyle session in the form of a pajama party, I knew that we were in for a FUN day.  Here are some of my favorites from their lifestyle session, as well as baby brother’s cake smash for his 1st birthday.  Leave them some love in the comments if you like what you see!

  xo Kristen

Charlotte-lifestyle-family-photographerCharlotte-lifestyle-family-photographer-1Charlotte-lifestyle-family-photographer-2charlotte-lifestyle-family-photographer-3In addition to nifty storage, cubbies make great hiding spots, or just simply a place to take a quick rest!charlotte-lifestyle-family-photographer-4Don’t let that angelic face fool you…there was no sleeping at this session. charlotte-lifestyle-family-photographer-5charlotte-lifestyle-family-photographer-5bcharlotte-lifestyle-family-photographer-6charlotte-lifestyle-family-photographer-7charlotte-lifestyle-family-photographer-8Pajama parties are the perfect opportunity to climb your parents like an indoor jungle gym. charlotte-lifestyle-family-photographer-9…and it’s always great to finish it off with a tickle attack. charlotte-lifestyle-family-photographer-10

You know how we do things around here…you turn ONE, you get CAKE. 🙂


Kristen Hinson-Jarrett is a photographer who specializes in newborn photography in Charlotte NC, as well as family photography and baby portraits.  Interested in your own session?  Fill out the contact form at the top of the site, we’d love to hear from you!