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AMBER AND BEN

Soupy hot summer days are par for the South.  It was one of those days and I was dropping my car off for repairs.  I received a phone call from a potential bride and asked if I could call her back when I returned to my office.  This complete stranger only heard "car" and "repair" and immediately asked if I needed a ride, she was concerned the heat was just "too much".   It wasn't a knee jerk response.  That is who Amber is.  Kind, considerate, genuine.  A bride like this deserves a man-mirror and she found it in Ben.  Did I forget the word humble?  Yah, they have that covered too. Their celebration at Mt. Lebanon Chapel in Airlie Gardens was a perfect reflection of who they are with simplicity, elegance and a focus on celebrating with friends and family.  It was a gift to meet these two and their whole tribe and a complete honor to photograph the first day of their new status.  Congratulations Mr. and Mrs. Kerr, forever is looking mighty shiny.   read more...

SARAH BETH AND AARON

Sarah Beth and Aaron decided an Engagement Session at Lucas Farmhouse would compliment their rustic wedding celebration plans at the new Long Creek Barn right down the road.  No argument as I'm always on board when lovely people want to share their joy and energy here!  The space doesn't allow for anything other than relaxation and Sarah Beth and Aaron quickly settled in to me stalking them around the property.  So easy to photograph the way they playfully tease each other and even their sarcasm doesn't hide the true admiration they have for one another.  I am eager to document the wedding fun and can't wait to see the magic that their planner Roberta Danford brings to the day!

PARTY OF FIVE

  Tears.  Dirty Feet.  More tears.  Probably not how you would describe a typical family photo session.  That's the whole point! I never feel like a Farmhouse Session is complete until an injury or at at least a minor meltdown occurs.  I'm happy to pose your family in a little cluster all looking at the camera but is that what you're going to frame and hang on your wall?  Wouldn't you rather have your heart do a little yippy skippy jump when you revisit your family images years from now?  Trust me, we will do both and then some.   I've had way too much fun following this family from their engagement to the arrival of their beautiful newest addition.  This Party of Five is having fun, embracing all the sweet little moments of life and the hurdles too.  Encouraging independence and free will with manners and respect is a tightrope.  They're doing it with laughter and I am always amazed and thrilled to be invited to watch.  
 

FILM FROM THE VAULT

Cleaning my office today I came across a few gems from seven years ago.  Film, you'll always be my Lover.      

WANNA PLAY?

I like my nieces.  Not just because they’re my sister’s children.  I genuinely adore spending time with them.  They’re witty, a tad snarky and usually game for something new.  When the very talented Terry Tomb of Eddy Maxwell Salon agreed to create some fun hair and makeup (natural beach look is their comfort zone) we decided to play dress up.  With only about 15 minutes of natural light and Campbell’s first foray in high heels, I knew we would have to hustle to catch anything. Sometimes my vision doesn’t execute as planned….like the one time I took my two young nieces under a bridge for photos.  Add to the sense of humor that these little women possess a deep sense of compassion.  They recognized quickly that fancy dress photos in someones living space was not proper etiquette.  We nodded a few vague hellos and left the residents to concentrate on seeking warmth.  Bad call Auntie Mamie….now we only had about six minutes to play. While they nailed “vacant model stare”, I much prefer their own sweet, silly natural look.  Don’t be surprised if we do this again with more of their cousins.  How convenient to have built in muses.  Look out Paris. dsc_2898 dsc_2543 dsc_0836 dsc_2885 dsc_2862 dsc_2658 dsc_2706-2 dsc_2732 dsc_2747 dsc_2857 dsc_2582 dsc_2503 dsc_2493 dsc_2489 dsc_2481 dsc_2392 dsc_2249 dsc_2194 dsc_2144 dsc_1961 dsc_1940

WANNA PLAY?

  I like my nieces.  Not just because they're my sister's children.  I genuinely adore spending time with them.  They're witty, a tad snarky and usually game for something new.  When the very talented Terry Tomb of Eddy Maxwell Salon agreed to create some fun hair and makeup (natural beach look is their comfort zone) we decided to play dress up.  With only about 15 minutes of natural light and Campbell's first foray in high heels, I knew we would have to hustle to catch anything. Sometimes my vision doesn't execute as planned....like the one time I took my two young nieces under a bridge for photos.  Add to the sense of humor that these little women possess a deep sense of compassion.  They recognized quickly that fancy dress photos in someones living space was not proper etiquette.  We nodded a few vague hellos and left the residents to concentrate on seeking warmth.  Bad call Auntie Mamie....now we only had about six minutes to play. While they nailed "vacant model stare", I much prefer their own sweet, silly natural look.  Don't be surprised if we do this again with more of their cousins.  How convenient to have built in muses.  Look out Paris. dsc_1940 dsc_2481 dsc_2658 dsc_2503dsc_2194 dsc_2392 dsc_2706dsc_1961dsc_2732dsc_2249 dsc_2582 dsc_2885 dsc_2543 dsc_2592 dsc_2898 dsc_2857dsc_2144 dsc_0836 dsc_2747

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

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. dsc_0028-copy dsc_0111 dsc_0127 dsc_0277 dsc_0290 dsc_0345 dsc_6702 dsc_6756 dsc_6771 dsc_6772 dsc_6778 dsc_6783 dsc_6804 dsc_6829 dsc_6846 dsc_6852 dsc_6868 dsc_6875 dsc_6892 dsc_6919 dsc_6963 dsc_7036 dsc_7055 dsc_7140 dsc_7205 dsc_7214
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