Recently a friend and fellow photographer and I were chatting about her decision to leave the photography industry. It is rather sad as she is very talented, but she was tired of chasing down work in a flooded market. If you look on facebook you see another photographer start up a business almost daily. We live in a photo filled world and so many people want to make money taking photos. I remember when I first started my business I had some great advice given to me. I was told to shoot for me, but run my business for others. The reality of this business is that it is about 10% taking photos and 90% business. But that is another post.
I share this because, despite the challenges I face as a business owner, I will never walk away. You have to want this and love this to keep on going. Not all parts of the job are amazing (a lot are though!). But one thing that continues to drive me is finding art in a new way. It always surprises me what turn I take next. Lately, I have been loving maternity sessions. Recently while we were at the coast, we had a crazy trip and while we were all ready to pull our hair out, I discovered something amazing. We weren't even supposed to be in that spot. We ended up there after a long night of changed plans and finally I knew why we were there. I look across the coastline and I found the most breathtaking spot. Most people probably didn't see the same thing, but I squeeled and said, "I HAVE TO SHOOT THERE!" and the more I pondered that spot, the more I wanted to do a maternity shoot there. You see, few things are more beautiful in life than pregnancy and mother nature. And together they are an amazing combo. So, I came home with a new beach trip date and a mission to find a maternity model. I posted it online and I had a TON of people inquire and then FIVE people line up that ended up falling through for a reason or another. I had almost given up after that fifth person's session got cancelled due to rain. I started to just let it go. And then I thought, just one more try. I went back to the post on facebook and started messaging people that nominated someone else and told them to message me ASAP if they wanted to spot and along came Katelyn. I knew the moment I saw her that she was the person I was MEANT to shoot at this spot. She totally rocked her session, she was up for anything and she makes pregnancy look graceful and effortless!
Thank you Katelyn for allowing me to capture your baby bump. I am so incredibly happy that I stuck to my passion and made this session come to life. I have a few more of my dream sessions lined up this year and I love to watch them unfold! SO stay tuned for that!
I was back at my favorite creek for another session! Nate and Amanda are getting married in less then 2 weeks!!! We met up for a mini engagement session before the big day. I am super excited about their wedding as their plans sound awesome! And these two are just naturals together! I didn't have to direct them hardly any. Here are some peeks...
Looking forward to your wedding!! And speaking of weddings, I have one coming to the blog Friday! Stay tuned!
I shot one of my very first natural maternity sessions at this same creek several years ago. I had wanted to take maternity sessions up to a new level beyond just photos of a baby bump in everyday life. For me, two of the most beautiful and natural things in the world are pregnancy and God's green earth! Combining the two just makes sense. Lindsay is just stunning so I knew she would be easy to work with. We dodged rain showers and summer heat to capture a mini session of her bump! Here are a few favorites!
Thank you Lindsay for allowing me to capture your pregnancy! Back with another post on Wednesday!
Well, the first week of school is coming to an end for our household and I feel like I should throw a party for surviving! ha! Although, the rest of my life didn't get much done this week! But my kids have transitioned well and I am getting used to early wake up times (and bedtimes) and packing lunches and signing agendas and laying out clothes, etc. It was quite a shock going from vacation to full blown school mode! :) But I think we are finally getting the hang of it! I missed blogging wednesday, but I was determined to get today's post up! So enjoy!
Every Senior I have shot this year I have known for a long time and I keep saying the same thing about each one "I can't believe they are a senior!!" But seriously! Bayley is such a beautiful girl and her laugh is just contagious. I had a lot of fun with her! Enjoy a few peeks at her session!
Have a happy weekend everyone! I will be back monday! I have a fun maternity, a wedding, and more to share next week!
Things have been super busy around here! First of all, my kids started back to school today. I have mixed emotions on that one. Because my Ashton started Kindergarden! *Sigh* But I am anxious of the routine that school forces us back into. And I need routine to knock out all the editing I have! My camera has been working like crazy! Here are some sneek peeks of what is to come!
Bayley's Senior Session....
The William's girls and their special announcement....
Addie's Senior Session...
Lindsay's Maternity session...
Emily and Brandon's Wedding...
Katelyn's Maternity Session...
Nate and Amanda's engagement session...
Cierra's senior session...
Be back with a full post Wednesday!
Sweet Emma was a pleasure to photograph! She just slept like a champ and rocked out her session!! It wasn't too awful long ago that I was capturing her mom and dad's wedding...
And now they are a family of 3...
Here are more favorites of her!
Congrats again guys! And thank you for sharing her with me! She is just beautiful!
I think evey person that has followed my work for a while has asked me if the famous Izzy was going to be a sister anytime. Well, I am proud to tell you all that she is! Her little sister Ila Beth is just precious as can be. Izzy was one of the first babies I photographed. And MY how my work has changed since then!!!! Ila Beth's session was quite the opposite of Izzy's! Here are some favorites:
Mom works at the YMCA...this next series was my little tribute to the Y!
I cut down these branches the morning of her session just for this...
Some shots with big sister!
Then we met up again later in the week to do some more outdoor shots...It was full sun with clouds that kept rolling over, so the light was splotchy but we made it work!
Congrats Fleming Family! She is BEAUTIFUL! Can't wait to watch her grow!
I have had a lot of senior sessions lately. Lauren was the first of them! I still can't believe that she is a senior! I watched her and her sisters grow up in church and I just can't believe that time has went so quickly! Lauren is beautiful and fun to be around. Her session was a pleasure to shoot! She brought lots of fun props and we just had a good time despite the hot temps! :) Here are some favorites!
Thank you for a fun session! I hope your senior year is AWESOME!
Emily reserved a spot at the beautiful Duke Gardens for her bridal portrait. Always such a treat to shoot there! So many beautiful spots that I adore. She is a STUNNING bride too! The entire time I was editing, I kept saying this one is my favorite, no this one. Seriously. She looks amazing! I will be sharing her wedding day soon as today is the big day, but for now enjoy her Bridals!
Congrats to Emily and Brandon! I will be back sharing their wedding soon! :)
Jordan and Michael tied the knot at the ever beautiful Walnut Lane in late June. After shooting their engagement session, I knew they would be a fun couple to work with. And after her bridal session, I knew that we were going to get some stunning photos of the two of them as husband and wife, which happens to be my favorite part.
From the time we arrived at the venue, there was an overwhelming sense of joy throughout the day. No stress, no worries, just overflowing happiness. Jordan and Michael planned a beautiful day to share with their family and friends. The day was filled with smiles and happy tears from start to finish! Here are a few peeks...
Isleway of wooden logs..YES!
Check out the ring bearer in the kiss pics below. SO FUNNY!
LOVE LOVE LOVE the cake!
the cute ring bearer and flower girl...
and some quick sunset portraits in my favorite spot!
Thank you guys for letting us capture your wedding! Wishing you many many years of happiness!
My little guy is 9 months (for a few more days atleast)! We dodged the rain a bit and captured a few shots of him at this stage. Of course the day we picked he was teething and running a fever so he wasn't as smiley as he usually is. People who know him well can tell you that this kid smiles all the time. But this day, not nearly as much. Teething is rough! But he still managed to pull out a few for me!
this year is flying by so quickly with him. Before you know it we will have a one year old. *sigh*
I had the pleasure of shooting this adorable family again! They have grew by one since our last family session and this little girl needed to be documented!! It is always a pleasure shooting them as their kids are well trained. I would seriously be scared of families this big normally, but these kids just interact with the camera so well! I have so many favorites of them! And the location...THIS LOCATION! It was quite a hike to get there but oh my goodness was it worth it!!! Just breathtaking!
If this was a photo of my hubby and I, I would print it big on canvas and hang it in our bedroom...LOVE it so!
And then they decided to get in! And have a water fight!
And then Sid got brave! and the session ended with a SPLASH! :)
Thank you guys for letting me capture your family again! It was so much fun!
This past week in addition to editing a lot of sessions and weddings, I had a little side project! Many of you know that there is a beautiful wedding venue practically in my back yard. The Harvest House is minutes from us and it is a stunning backdrop for your wedding day! The Owner Teresa and I have chatted for over a year about putting together a website that would show off her property! We finally got it done this week! Go take a peek! If you are a past Harvest House Bride of mine, you might just see a photo or two from your wedding too! :)
I am excited to see the Harvest House continue to grow! As usual, we do offer a discount on OUR photography services for brides that book us for that venue! Inquire for details!
Ava Graham was a sleepy little girl for her 3 month session! 3 months are hard anyway because they can't do a whole lot on their own besides just look cute! She was having nothing of it for most of the session, but she was still cute none the less. See for yourself...
and just like that...she was done! But oh so cute with that yawn! Looking forward to seeing her in a few months! :)
Little Ian's session was quite memorable! It started with his being so perfect and even smiling quite a few times. I bragged on him and then when we went into a new pose, BAM he was awake! Not wide awake, but awake after every single little touch! We kept going. His mom was on the phone with daddy telling him how much of a stinker he was being and Ian was letting out the BIGGEST smile ever. I almost missed it! But luckily I grabbed it! Later, we met up at the lake to include big sister and dad in some shots and Ian just rocked out his session there. I am in love with the photos we got! Here are some favorites...
here is that smiley shot when mom was telling dad on him...
and he was wide awake when we started portraits with mom...then he passed out and we did some more!
Matt and Kelly...he is PRECIOUS! Thanks for sharing him with me! I look forward to seeing him grow this year!
Every once in a while I see a place and I think...I WANT TO SHOOT THERE! And usually it is a spot for a baby session, but sometimes I view a spot and just HAVE to take someone there. Recently I was at the coast and I found a spot I ADORE. And the more I thought about that spot, the more I wanted to use it. So, I am doing a model call for it! Please read all the details below and if you are intersted contact me!
WHO: Pregnant women who will be around 25-35 weeks preggo and are comfortable showing skin (like samples above).
WHEN: Sometime Aug. 10-14. at SUNRISE. Yes, you must be an early bird for this session.
WHERE: Wilmington NC area. Location details will be sent to you once we have it all lined up. :)
DETAILS: If interested, please email me a photo of you showing your bump and your preferred day if you have one. I will send you back the info and we can go from there.
First come first serve on this! I will only take ONE session at this time.
At a recent meeting with a bride and her mom, they asked me what my favorite wedding I ever shot was. And that was such a hard question to answer. Of course, the Jamaica wedding I shot will always hold a very special place in my heart because it was an amazing experience. But the more I thought, the more I was convinced that I couldn't pick a favorite. These weddings that I capture, they are almost like children to me. I couldn't just choose one. I love them all. I love LOVE. The longer I do wedding photography, the more I fall in love with it. I love chatting with brides about their plans, following their pinterest boards, getting to know them as a couple and then seeing how it all comes together on the wedding day. There is an excitement that I can't explain when I pull up to a venue on the wedding day. I am so anxious to get out of the car and just start capturing already! I am known to get there before my commited time just because I can't wait to see it. I love details. From flowers to decor. I love watching the day unfold and leaving with a million pictures to sort through. The entire experience is a high for me. I truly love what I do. I think the beauty of it too, is seeing how each wedding is different. Seeing how they make it their own. I shoot a lot of the same venues over and over, but no two weddings there are ever the same. It is a different feel every time. And I love capturing that.
So onto Bridgette and Brandon's wedding day! It holds a special place in my heart as well because I went to high school with Bridgette. Watching someone you know get married is awesome, capturing it is even better! Bridgette and Brandon had a traditional wedding, but we snuck in some very personal things into the photos...like guns and fishing rods! It was a blast! Here is a peek at their wedding...
Thank you guys for allowing us to capture your wedding day! I wish you many years of happiness! :)
And I will be back with yet another wedding day soon! :)
The last few weeks, I have been swamped with shooting and just life. It is a mixed blessing. I love so much of what I do. The shooting side of this career is really just a SMALL portion of it. There is so much behind the scenes that no one ever sees- the editing, blogging, updating websites, logging expenses, washing props, emailing, designing albums, burning disk, uploading orderes, shipping packages, etc. Those things take so much time and when I shoot a lot at once, the backend of things get CRAZY! The past few months have pretty much remained that way. I have changed up a bit of my shooting and sharing here and it has made my editing and blogging process take even longer. But I decided that I wanted to share MORE with people and it has been a great business move. Instead of simply popping my favorite 5-10 images on the blog, I share A LOT of the session and people get a great idea of what they can expect if they hire me. :) I hope you guys have enjoyed the extra shares too! :)
Of course amongst this crazy busy season, I had a family vacation planned. Truth be told, I didn't want to go. I was swamped with work, editing until 3 or 4am every night just trying to stay afloat and this vacation creeping up filled me with dread. Leaving my HUGE to-do list behind for a week wasn't something I was ready to do. But I needed a vacation and my kids deserve some mommy time, so we packed up and headed out. Little did we know that God had something else planned. Our week long vacation got cut into a weekend getaway with our LONG vacation pushed a few weeks ahead. Although the stress of that weekend took a huge toll on us, I left the beach EXCITED that I had a free week ahead to edit with no obligations! So the last few days, I have been locked in my studio, getting galleries up, albums designed and knocking out my list! It is a HUGE blessing! Seems funny to be excited about a cancelled vacation, but I am! Before we left though, I did have a few more sessions sneek in there. Here are peeks for them since they are a ways down my editing list! :)
Lauren's Senior Session...
Ava Graham's 3mo session...
and Emma's Newborn session...
And since I didn't get my blog posts up last week, I have LOTS to come this week! Stay Tuned!
We had originally planned to do this session earlier and at a different location and sometimes things magically work out! Kristen asked to postpone the session a few weeks which was perfect for me because I was swamped with sessions at the time! And then she came up with a new location that was perfect and meaningful to them! We actually had THREE locations! And they were each beautiful and different! This is a long post, but I had a hard time picking favorites! :)
thank you guys for an awesome session! I am so excited about your wedding next year!
I had the pleasure of photographing little Sawyer recently! After having such a good session with his older brother, Hayden, I was nervous of rocking out a second time for their family! But Sawyer didn't disappoint! He rocked out his session and we even met back up at the creek later. Check out this 9lb little guy!
Thank you guys for a wonderful session!
I have stayed on top of blogging a bit better lately! I am aiming for new posts on Monday, Wednesday and Friday and the occasional post on a saturdays when I have a wedding to share the bridal portraits! So many good things to share with everyone! I have been blessed to stay super busy lately and I am loving it! I have another busy few weeks ahead and I am looking forward to it! Here are a few sneek peeks of what I have been working on lately!
Bridgette and Brandon's Wedding...
Jordan and Michael's Wedding...
The Greene Family....
Dusty and Alisha...
And Little Lucy...
And this is a full week shooting again! Back with some full blog posts next week!
The first time I met with Tatum and Elijah, I knew I would love capturing their wedding. We sat across from each other at a table and discussed their vintage themed wedding. I watched as their young faces made eyes at each other in between the chatting. I saw the way they looked at each other and it reminded me so much of when Travis and I got married. I respect young love as I too got married at the young age of 19. Marriage is so much more than love. It is about committing to each other and Tatum and Elijah did just that.
Their wedding day was filled with SO much good stuff. It was truly a photographer's dream. Tatum collected so many treasures from yard sales, antique stores and other places to make her wedding dreams come true. From the vintage china place settings to the old banner flags she added to the front of the house. She left no detail behind. Every part of her decor was done with intention from the table settings to the bridesmaid shoes. And it made for an amazing day.
Their ceremony was equally as detailed with thought and celebration of their union. They made certain that their marriage was starting out with not only a commitment to each other but also to God. It was truly inspiring. And watching Tatum and Elijah both bust into tears as she walked down the isle only to see them turn into smiles that lit up the world once they were face to face made the moment even more special.
There is so much I could say about these two. But I will just let the photos do the talking from here. You may want to grab and drink or snack because this is going to be a LONG post! So many good details to share!
They decided to share a first look before the wedding and it allowed us to do all their portraits (except a few sunset ones) before the wedding so they could relax and enjoy the reception!
now for the ceremony!
If you think a "first look" takes away from the emotion of the moment the bride walks down the isle, they proved you wrong. I think it is all about the emotion of the moment-realizing that you are about to become husband and wife.
some quick sunset portraits...
and just LOOK at these reception details!!
Congrats you guys and thank you so much for letting us capture your wedding day! Back with more sweet weddings soon! We have had a busy spring!
Do you remember my "bucket list" for the year? One of the TOP things I wanted to shoot this year was newborn twins! And I can proudly say I checked it off that list!! :) I was so excited to be photographing them! Even though I had never attempted twins before, I was giddy with excitement, and the fact that it was twin girls, well that just made it even more fun! I had so many girly things picked out! I fell in love with twins! They just slept like champs during the entire shoot! Here are a few peeks..
Thank you guys for sharing your sweet girls with me! I enjoyed the challenge of twins! I am up for another set if anyone else is expecting twins in the future! :)
Another beautiful bridal session! That means one thing...a beautiful wedding is being captured right now!! I have looked forward to Jordan and Michael's wedding since I first spoke with her back in October of last year! After meeting them for their engagement session, I knew they would be a fun couple to work with!
After getting to see Jordan all dressed up in her gown, I knew that her wedding day would be fabulous! Jordan is wearing her mother's wedding veil which adds such a special touch too! I love vintage pieces! Here are a few favorites of her from her bridal session!
I will be back sharing their wedding soon!