raleigh newborn photographer – baby patton

Probably the single biggest influence in my interest in photography and the launch of my photography business was the birth of my first child, Charlotte. One of the first things I did when I learnt that my wife, Cristel, and I were going to be parents was to go out and buy a camera, some lenses and lots and lots of books. Despite the fact I was doing my MBA back then, I read and studied A LOT and took pictures of pretty much everything that moved (or didn’t move for that matter) – I shot anything! Over time, my work got noticed and I naturally moved into shooting portraits for friends; families, babies, kids, head shots and from there into weddings, which is where I have focused ever since.

But babies and newborns is where it all started and I was lucky enough to attend my friend Rachel Vanoven‘s very first workshop right before my wife gave birth to our second daughter, Natalia. That was the first workshop I ever attended and, whilst I knew Rachel had a very special gift, I really lucked out! Little did I know then that Rachel would go on to become such a superstar in the newborn photography space – she now holds workshops and speaks at events all around the world.

A lot of the time I was starting out, though, Cristel was my muse and documenting her pregnancy became something of an obsession. It must have been a bit of a pain for her to see me suddenly turn into a camera geek and be permanently looking at me through the wrong end of a lens, but through it all she has been nothing but patient and supportive. Over time, she picked up my cameras too and has evolved into a really fantastic photographer in her own right.

So it is with a lot of pride that I announce that moving forward, Cristel will be working with me and that Joe Payne Photography will be offering newborn photography as part of our services. I’ve had a lot of couples ask me about doing these for them in the past and I’ve simply never had the time given I also busy with weddings, engagement sessions and bridal portraits. The good news is that Cristel is amazing with babies and does an even better job than I ever could. Here are a few images from her first shoot a few weeks back.

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If you’re interested in scheduling a newborn session, check out Cristel’s website here!



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