UNDER THE OAK TREE

One of the biggest perks of being a Wedding Photographer is the possibility of being invited to follow the couple as their family grows.  When Candace told me they would like to do a session with their newest addition, I was excited.  When she suggested we meet under the Oak Tree  that has been in the family for generations, my goosebumps got goosebumps!  Each time I get to follow them with a camera the fun increases and Jacob was so full of local and personal history stories I did not want it to end! This is a family that honors tradition, respects the importance of family as a team and because they parent with humor and truckloads of gratitude, it's an easy, shiny shoot for the photographer.   I'm crossing my fingers that the next time they're ready for photos they'll still count me in.    
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Tiny knickers and sass down to her toes.

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Daddy has the right words of encouragement.

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You could park a pickup under that pout.

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The original fish house that Jacob's Grandfather built.

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MORGAN AND CHRIS

Eight years.  Eight years of sharing, growing, encouraging, comforting, laughter.  Imagine the joy of celebrating that union with friends and family with a ceremony that says "Yes, this IS forever." On a delicious October day, Morgan and Chris shared the next step of life in Wilmington NC at Brooklyn Arts Center.  The sweetest exchange of vows, a day full of genuine happiness.  With Brittany Koontz of Orchid Island Events at the helm for coordinating, it was pure perfection.  A fresh mix of succulents, peaches and pinks and hints of gold set the color scheme and in my opinion Beautiful Flowers by June hit a home run.  Look at that flower crown!  Artists with flowers that show restraint are magical!  The perfect little cake by One Belle Bakery fit right in. I kinda sorta liked this day.  Like, really...a lot.  Forever wishing this perfect couple buckets of joy and the ability to hold their gift of gratitude. 123-copy 210-copy 266-copy 291-copy 305-copy 322-copy 343-copy 351-copy 378-copy 398-copy 408-copy 463-copy 478-copy 479-copy 511-copy 522-copy 535-copy 577-copy 584-copy 633-copy 654-copy 672-copy 673-copy 675-copy 687-copy 692-copy 702-copy 644 841-copy 873-copy 877-copy 903-copy 915-copy 527-copy   144-copy 614-copy 192-copy 460-copy 175-copy   113-copy 251-copy            

Sophia Test

Many years ago I had a client that used the term "Spirited Young Lady".  I liked it.  I stole it.  I only employ it when it applies to a child that deserves it.  There is something to be said for adults that surround a child with love but give them boundaries and this family does it to perfection.  "Spirited" is the best description for Sophia.  I'm usually prepared for chasing children, rolling around, bribery if needed.  What a pro!  She didn't need anything other than a little coaxing.  Following direction was natural for her and she wasn't afraid to do her own thing.  Did I mention she did it in awesome kicks?  I begged to borrow her groovy red clogs but she wasn't having any of it.  If you will trust me and relinquish some control, your family is sure to shine...especially if you have a "Spirited" youngun along for the ride.