Here is another sweet baby boy! I tell you boys are in the water right now! :) Davis was also 8 days old at his session. Slept like a champ for the most part! :) Here are some peeks at him!
mom said he put his arms up like this a lot....
His big brother came by for a few shots as well. It is always challenging to get a 2 year old in a shot with babes, but this one is just precious!
Back with another sweet boy next week! :)
Today is our wedding anniversary...16 YEARS! Crazy. And if you are adding in your head, yes I got married at 19. We were young and in love and just couldn't wait another minute to be husband and wife. And it was by far the best decision I have ever made. Many would say crazy, but we made it work through the good and bad. Marriage is just that...WORK. And every day we try harder to be better spouses. We have been through so much in these 16 years. Growing up, moving to 3 states, having 5 babies, buying a house, remodeling that house from the ground up, and building a business together. Travis is so much more than a husband to me. He is my best friend, my coworker, my partner in life and parenting, my source of encouragement, my soulmate. Because of him, I am a better person! Thank you Travis for 16 amazing years together as husband and wife! And thank you for blessing me with a love so strong and meaningful that it makes me see the beauty in love everywhere. Happy Anniversary!
our first Christmas...
Wanted to share more older pics, but my scanner is broken! Love you babe!
I adore this little family! I have been photographing them since Peyton was in her momma's belly and I just love watching her grow! They moved a few hours away this year but we were able to meet up for a new round of family photos still! I came closer to them but Raven Rock was a perfect woodsy spot for some Christmas photos! And Peyton was so cute and actually LIKED the camera this year. She was so animated! I love that age so much! Here are some favorites.
Thanks guys for a fun session!
Oh my baby fever. I have had so many sweet little baby boys in the studio the past few weeks! Something is in the water for boys! Bentley was the first of the parade of boys! He was just precious as ever at 8 days new! Here are some favorites!
his mom brought along with Christmas hat....
Thank you guys for sharing him with me! He is just precious!
I just adore this little family! We met up for Reid's Three year session and a few family photos for Christmas too! They picked out two spots that were just beautiful farm land! I love using farm land in photos. It just photographs so well. Soy beans are so pretty in the fall! And you can't beat fences and barns! :) Here are some favorites of them!
And I love doing a few shots of just mom and dad...and this next one is just my favorite!
Thanks guys for another fun session!
I have a confession to make. I am scared of the next parenting stage....you know, raising teens. I feel like I have this baby/toddler/kid thing down pat pretty well. Sure we hit a bump now and again, but I can keep them safe, fed, healthy, warm, etc and I feel good about it. I have been keeping kids for most of my life, so naturally that part of parenting was easy. But as our oldest is on the brink of his teen years, I am starting to feel lost. I have told Travis many times that I just don't feel prepared for what's ahead. But ready or not, here it comes!
So, when Becca called me a few weeks back to book a family session I was excited. I remember photographing their family instantly. At the time I had three young boys, she had three slightly older boys. Their session was one of my favorites back then. Her boys were fun and up for anything. Becca said it had been a while and she needed some new photos for their new home since the boys have grown so much since our last session. I was happy to fix that. I wasn't expecting to find THREE MEN when I got there! They are all grown up! How did that happen? But I have to say, if Becca decides to offer parenting lessons for teen boys, I will sign up in a heartbeat! Her boys were so polite and true gentlemen. They even thanked me and hugged me at the end of the session. And Becca, how is it that you have these grown boys and haven't aged a bit? I need your secrets on that one too! :)
After their session, I felt a new peace. I know I don't have a lot of the answers I need yet to start that next level, but after being with those three boys I know the next stage is going to be lots of fun too! :) So thank you Isley family for giving me some peace in my heart and some fun photos of your family!
Faith hired me so many years ago to do her bridal portraits. Not long after, her best friend booked me to shoot her wedding and then later her sweet girls. Every time I would see her friend Diana at a session, I would ask, "Is Faith going to have kiddos anytime soon?" Well, finally the day came that Faith sent me an excited email that she would be expecting a baby!! I was so honored to be able to capture her sweet baby bump!
The day we met, the weather took a turn for the worst as I drove to Pinehurst to meet her. The radar had looked fine when I left but a slight drizzle started as I entered town. Then the temps started to drop pretty quickly. But we decided to go for it. I am so so glad we did! Here are a few peeks at her baby bump session...
and did I mention it was rainy and freezing? Faith rocked out these shots anyway!!! And they are some of my very favorites!!
Faith, thank you for being awesome! I can't wait to meet your little guy! :)
Kaitlyn and I tossed around several location ideas for their engagement session, but finally landed on their wedding venue for next fall. It was a beautiful spot and I can't wait to shoot their wedding there next year! The location is quite fitting for the two of them. Jake is a farmer and naturally a farm seems like the proper place to get married. And a reception in a barn? Rustic heaven! :) We found lots of nooks and crannies around the venue to shoot in. I enjoyed getting to know them during their session.
They have dated for several years so this engagement was a long time coming! The awesome thing is you could tell immediately that they had been together for quite some time as well. The were so comfortable with each other and really just had fun the entire time! Made for some fun photos! Here are some favorites...
Looking forward to your wedding next fall! :)
Charlie and Erin tied the knot at the beautiful Tom's Creek Nursery in late October. This venue is one that I shot at back several years ago and always loved it. They have expanded their wedding area and it is just beautiful! Completely different from all the other local venues. It is filled with pine trees, a pond, and covered seating areas for guest. It was also perfect for Charlie and Erin's country wedding.
When I arrived to the venue, Erin was on the nervous side (most brides are). I tell you this only because the MOMENT she met Charlie at the alter, you could literally see her nerves melt away. It was a perfect wedding between two people who literally calmed each other's nerves. They incorporated so much of them into their day from cowboy hats and boots, trucks, and shotgun shell boutineers. You could see them in every little detail! Take a peek...
the details of her bouquet were just gorgeous!
This spot had the most beautiful golden light flowing in. We shot a LOT right there!
Congratulations to you guys! I wish you a wonderful marriage!
And sadly, I don't have another wedding until February...but I do have lots to blog still! So stick around!
My heart is full of grattitude, not only because of the thanksgiving holiday, but also because I have the best clients ever. I am wrapping up the year with a few straggling sessions, and as I reflect on this past year, my heart is FULL.
Many of you know that my husband and I had quite a huge life change in the past two years with him losing most of his hearing, having to leave his job, and just challenging our family with huge financial changes from leaving his work and balancing medical bills. When it all happened, I always felt at peace that things would work out. And month after month of trying to survive off of HALF our usual income with a new addition to the family as well, I was always amazed as it all came together. I don't usually talk about personal stuff, let alone personal financial stuff, but today I just had to say it. Every client this past year has been an answered prayer. My work was steady and strong all year long. And because of that, my family survived what should have been a really awful year. But everytime we hit a low, magically an order would come in to cover a bill or buy us groceries. It was always perfect timing. God has looked over us and provided for us and we have had to learn to trust that it will all work out. So THANK YOU to everyone who helped our family this year.
I am so excited to have seen the growth of my business this year too. Seeing new faces and so many very dear old clients too. It was nice to have a full year of shooting with no maternity leave! I enjoyed taking on more weddings this year than the past two thanks to not having a baby too! I have loved opening up my home to all the precious newborns that visited the studio. The entire process has left me feeling WHOLE. This business fills a part of me that nothing else in my life can. I love being a wife and mom, but I have this desire to create beautiful photographs that I couldn't do without YOU!
So thank you, thank you, thank you. For a beautiful year. For the trust you have put in me to capture your wedding day or pose and capture your baby. To continue to use me for your family photos or senior portraits. And most of all, for the kindness you each have shown me. I am forever grateful!
Will you be one of those people in line at 3am for a deal? Will you be spending black friday buying gifts for friends and family? I don't plan on hitting the sales this year, but I usually enjoy doing so in the past. I am just way too tired this year. Perhaps I am getting OLD! Or maybe it is because I enjoy online shopping so much more now. Shop in your yoga pants and delivered to your doorstep! LOVE IT!
If you prefer to online shop as well...this post is for YOU! I have some fun specials in honor of black friday. They are starting early...NOW through Dec. 3. I bumped up the galleries I still had up on the site for ordering. If you have an older gallery that isn't on there, please just zip me an email and I can put it up too! :)
AND for my wedding clients. I know you all have the disk, but have you done anything with it? Are your photos just sitting on that disk or USB? Why not order an album you can show off to family and friends that visit or that your kids can flip through one day? It will be a treasured item to keep for years to come! And we have a special just to get you started!
We are bringing back the popular disk special this year too.
ALL DIGITAL FILES are going to be on sale from now until December 10, 2014.
ONE SESSION = $200
TWO SESSIONS= $300
THREE SESSIONS= $400
FOUR OR MORE SESSIONS=$500
No credits or discount codes will be accepted towards this offer. Tax and shipping are included. The price listed above is the full amount you need to pay. Please email me to let me know which session(s) you want and how you would like to pay (paypal or mail a check). Disc will be mailed to you within 2 weeks of purchase. This includes ANY session(regular session, weddings, baby year plans, etc). If you would like prints from a previous session or you want to but your digital files at the reduced price, Jump on it! :)
This busy season has flown by. I realize that I still have SEVERAL things to share from the last round or two of sneek peeks, but I promise it is all coming soon! I just ended my busiest week in a while and I can't wait to get to editing all these fun sessions! Here are a few peeks of what I have been up to!
The Isley Family...
The Fleming Family...
The Burgess/Kirkman Crew...
and The Wilkie Family...
Whew. Lots of good stuff coming soon! And a few last sessions on the books for the year too! :) I'm not going anywhere for a while!
We are admist one of the busiest times ever for my business. It has been an amazing blessing to have a constant flow of work coming in. The only downside is that in addition to this full time job, I have a full time motherhood job to five sweet boys. Five boys that require homework help, meals, laundry (oh the laundry!!) and so much more! It seems to never end with kiddos. So that means there are a LOT of late night editing sessions going on in my household. And after lots of naptimes and bedtimes spent working, it can lead to major burn out.
So, when the rain (in late september) offered me a few postponed session times and cancelled work for my hubby, we decided to tackle something different. I had bought new paint for Austin's room back in May. YES MAY. I painted ONE WALL in July. Then it sat there mocking me ever since. In addition to the paint cans in there, I had two HUGE boxes of goodies waiting to put his room together again. It is the most redesigned room in my house. I had started the thought of making his space more grown up last summer. His baseball themed room, really didn't fit him anymore. He needed something he could grow through the years with. Something that would last when those toys slowly start to fade. So I began collecting. And I have had it all piled up in those boxes waiting for me to do it already!
So, about two months ago, we tackled it. My hubby finished my half done paint job on Monday. We hung his new wall gallery on Tuesday. And then let Austin begin weeding down his toys and putting them all away and cleaning. Then I put the final touches on the room with his new curtains, bedding, and styling the shelves using things he already had by the end of the week. The room looks TOTALLY different now. I am in love with it. It only took me TWO MONTHS to photograph it! haha!
my favorite part is his wall gallery...even though I loved the old one, this is much more HIM! He picked the prints for the frames too. :)
I let him help style the shelves and he had a lot of fun picking things he already had to go on them like his feathers and crystals. One day soon I have grand plans for that chalkboard globe...but for now it just waits. :)
And although I could have spent those hours editing and knocking out some work, I am glad I took the creative break, because it totally refreshed me and left me ready to tackle the list again! And every time I walk in his room, I get this giddy smile. And so does he! :)
Back sharing on Monday! Happy Weekend!
quilt and shams-potterybarn kids
sheets- restoration hardware kids
curtains- west elm
deer pillow: etsy
taxidermy- various, etsy
moosehead- white faux taxidermy (etsy)
chalk art- the print annex (etsy)
thread art- gulush threads (etsy)
frames and mats- potterybarn and potterybarn kids
mini banner- urbanbird and co (etsy)
shelves- potterybarn kids
globes- target, potterybarn kids
white stand frame-IKEA
furniture-rooms to go kids
Allen an Shelby tied the knot in the beginning of October as fall was starting to come alive. I love this time of year so much. The fall colors, the pumpkins, the cool crisp air and the glowy golden sunsets. Fall has become the most popular wedding season as well. And you can see why...it is so easy to incorporate fall into weddings!
Shelby was a DIY bride with the help of her friends and family. They created bouquets, boutineers, and table decorations using lots of fall goodies. Take a peek at their wedding day!
Congrats you guys on a beautiful wedding! Wishing you many years of happiness!
I love using new locations! It really breaths life back into my work. The only down side is not knowing what places will look like before I photograph there. Will there be good light, is the background not too distracting, etc. But that kind of makes it fun too. I am good with winging it! I usually just arrive early (if I can) and case things out!
So when chatting with Elisabeth and Nick about their engagement session, they mentioned loving the outdoors and hiking. I knew we had to incorporate it into their session. So, I suggested Raven Rock. It is kind a mid-point between us and it provides an outdoor feel for their session. So I cased it out online and then arrived early the day of. I looked at the maps of trails and although I didn't have time to hike them yet, I felt confident that I had a somewhat plan. So when they arrived, I explained that there were two main trails. One that was 5 miles to a waterfall and one that was 2 miles to the rock/overlook. Of course we all thought the waterfall sounded so cool...so the 5 mile hike it was. Now, those of you that know me, are probably thinking...5 mile hike? REALLY? I am NOT a hiker. It was pretty obvious to everyone that passed us on the trail as I was really not dressed for the occasion either! haha! But we hiked that trail stopping few times along the way. And we got to the waterfall to find that you had to wade through WAIST DEEP water to get to it. Needless to say, we didn't want to do that. So BUMMER! We hiked for nothing! So by the time we got back to the parking lot, the sun was starting to set and we just quickly did a few shots around there. Elisabeth and Nick ROCKED their 15 minute mini session. Can you tell that they just hiked 5 miles?! haha!
But then we decided to meet again, give the other trail a try and see what we got. So here is the second portion of their engagement session! And it was just in time for BEAUTIFUL leaves!
To say I am excited to capture their wedding would be an understatement! It was such a pleasure hiking and chatting and learning about these two! I am honored to be the one that documents their beginning as husband and wife! Thanks you guys for the fun hikes! :)
This is the very first year EVER that I have done preschool portraits at this school without one of my OWN kiddos attending there! It felt kind of odd walking down those halls without a little boy popping out to say "Hi Mommy!" Next year we will have another one there so, it is just a one time thing for a while! :)
Here are a few of the cute kids from this fall!
back with more next week! Happy Friday!
Another engagement session! It has been the season for it! I am looking forward to all the 2015 wedddings we have lined up! And after shooting engagement sessions, I know they will be good ones! I do engagements with every couple becaues it is really an important step in the wedding photos. You see, most couples that I photograph, this is thier first time behind a camera professionally. And they are nervous and they usually say they don't take good photos. Which is exactly what Ticka told me at their session. But the beauty of the engagement session, is they learn to let go of that fear of bad photos, focus on having fun, laughing and just being together. And in the end they get good photos. But the really magical part is that after that, they have confidence on their wedding day. They know my posing, they know they are going to look good and they can relax and the wedding photos turn out EVEN BETTER because of it.
Tick and Adam, you guys do take beautiful photos. And you laugh together and have fun which is so much fun to capture! Here are a few peeks at their session!
Thank you guys for a fun session! I look forward to your wedding next year!
It was such an honor to photograph Megan and Jason's wedding day! Although they tied the knot back in the summer at the courthouse, they both still wanted a church wedding to celebrate with family and friends. And the day was just perfect! The entire week before the wedding, the chance of rain got higher and higher for their wedding day. The morning of the wedding, the skies were still clear and I headed over early and got to work capturing their details. We finished up the pre-ceremony photos and right before the wedding start time, the rain rolled in. Just as we got to the reception site to start couples portraits, the rain started to slack off. We started with a few umbrella shots and then we didn't even need it. Right after we put the umbrella down, I saw a GORGEOUS rainbow behind them! Megan shared my excitement as she saw the rainbow as a wedding present from God that he fulfills his promises. Megan had prayed for a husband to love her and her boys for so long and she finally had him!
Megan, thanks for rolling with the punches on your wedding day. For embracing the rain, not stressing out over not having full bridal party photos because of a sick groomsmen, and for jumping into a wet field of weeds to capture some beautiful portraits as husband and wife! Congrats to you guys!
Fall is the season for Family portraits! And really it is just the best time to capture them too. You can't beat the beautiful fall colors and the soft light that fall brings. It is my absolute favorite!
I have photographed this little family several times (as it has grown) so I knew it was going to be a fun session! They are just the sweetest! Of course photographing little ones can always be a challenege too. By the end, they were just DONE with me. But that's ok because I already grabbed some sweet shots of them by then! Here are some favorites...
This next spot, was seriously right next to the parking lot, but it was such beautiful light! The sidewalk created a great reflector and the light behind them was just gorgeous! In a parking lot, no doubt!
Thank you guys for a fun session!
Back with another one on Friday!
The months changed and with it came this CHILLY weather! I got used to photographing in the warm temps so my session this past weekend were a bit cold! I still have quite a few sessions left before my busy season comes to an end! I still have SO MANY edits to do too! And full blog posts! But for now, another round of sneek peeks of things to come!
The Taylor Family...
The Fleming Family...
Rosslyn's First Birthday..
Ticka and Adam's Engagements...
Kaitlyn and Jake's Engagements...
Back with a full post on Wednesday!
Sweet Venice joined me for her session at just 3 days new! She slept like a champ the entire session! We got so many cute shots! and even a SMILE!
We started with this neutral set-up that i couldn't get enough of!
We headed outside for my last outdoor shot of the year. (is it Spring yet?!) Love shooting outdoors with newborns! I will miss it for a few months!
Thank you for sharing your sweet Venice with me Gabby! She is just precious!
Gabby and I met at the creek days before she was due to have her sweet babe. The humidity was high but she was a pro!
We headed to the Harvest house for a few farm land pics.
I am going to be sharing the sweet baby from this belly session tomorrow! Stay tuned!
This session was quite a while back! I am working on blogging those lost sessions from the summer! My dear friend Shana brought her girls for a session because they had some news to share...
SO we did a fun little announcement and then we captured some sweet portaits of these BUSY girls! I think they could keep up with my crew of wild boys easily! And it is a GOOD thing since their newest little one is going to be a BOY! :)
I look forward to meeting the newest soon! :)