I had two sessions in early November that weren’t really Christmas themed in any way but they kicked off my Christmas card season which is always my favorite time of the year! They also both took advantage of our old 1950 truck that’s parked in our backyard. Good ol’ Ralph is getting a pretty good modeling career out of being a 66 years old!
First up was Liza, Nate and their fur baby Smoltz. Back in I think, September, Liza and I made plans to have the session at my house to use my truck then I came up with a grand idea to end the session with a bon fire and roasting marshmallows. It all sounded all kinds of cute and dandy and I even planned on that being our Christmas card this year.
So now comes the day of the session where it’s supposed to be cold for Christmas time and perfect bonfire weather, and good ol’ North Carolina decided to give us 80 degrees and probably 99% humidity. Nothing says Christmas in Dixie like bundling up for summertime weather! Poor Nate was sweating while starting the fire and we were being eating alive by mosquitoes! But through it all they kept a happy spirit, kept their layers on, sat by the fire, and gave me adorable pictures! Just look at them! You would never know it was beach weather that day! :)
So the second session was the Morris family and it was a family/first birthday combo session. Remember Caswell’s first debut to the world? Yeah, well, now she’s one year old and she’s taking the world by storm with her new found ability to stand and her dazzling, wide-open smile!
This session was a tad bit colder and with a threat of rain coming, it was the better day for a bon-fire and marshmallows. And you can always count on Cammie to have everyone dressed in perfect Southern coordination!
Yikes! It’s been a while since I updated the blog and all the work I’ve been doing over the last 3 /15 months! But work is what I’ve been doing. Actually, no, I can’t say that because I truly love what I do and as they say, when you truly love what you do, it’s not work at all!
But for reals. I’ve been super busy. I think from the beginning of November through the first week of the New Year I didn’t have a moment to just relax and be the lazy self that I love being! (I’m really not that lazy. But I do love me some Netflix and Chill time!)
So any who. Back in September I photographed two little cherubs that were celebrating their first year of being born! The first one was Bently. He was having a Cars themed party so, thanks to my husband who used to be a mechanic, I made a little set up of all car/garage/mechanic stuff I could find, and then we used our old truck for some shots, then ended with the cake which he LOVED! I have never seen so much cake-face in my life! Most babies are all, “ew, yuck! get this off of me!” and he just went for it! You’ll also notice that he hasn’t quiet gotten the “smile for the camera or at least mommy” memo. No matter what we did he would not smile! But he sure is cute though!
Here is Bently’s first birthday cake smash session!
A week later I headed out to a beautiful homestead in Ocean Isle Beach to meet miss Madison for her session. Her birthday party was going to be bright orange and pink everything with accents of pumpkins. Being September and somewhat fall-ish, I picked up some bales of straw, a couple big pumpkins and I made the fabric backdrop that you see. We had so much fun at this session!
Madison was all over the place, fully loving her new ability to walk around. And she too loved her cake. We all lost it at the end when she just smeared the frosting all over her face! We couldn’t have asked for a better session!
In true New England form, the day of Becky and Michael‘s nuptials, Mother Nature could not decide what she wanted to do. Rain was threatening the forecast almost all week, but everyone knows the weather can change in an instant so we all kept our fingers crossed. The morning of the wedding, my mom and I drove out from Western MA to East Bridgewater, MA. It stayed cloudy all morning but as we arrived, dark clouds were lingering, taunting us. The girls tried getting ready as fast as they could so they could get a couple decent shots outside before the rain came. We managed a couple and then the skies opened up just as we were about to move to a new location for more bridal party pictures! Ahh, we were a little unprepared for that! (thanks a lot, Mother Nature!)
By the time we reached the venue before the ceremony, Becky had decided to pull the ceremony indoors. It was sunny, spitting rain and unbearably humid at the same time. Staying inside with air conditioning was a great choice! This choice was further confirmed a good idea when we went outside for “first look” pictures. Just in the 15 minutes of standing out there we were all dripping in sweat! (well at least the groom and I were!)
The staff at The Villa were amazing at transforming the reception ballroom into a ceremony area in a matter of minutes as if it was always supposed to go this way.
Becky and Michael’s families played very important roles in their day, as well as their beloved four-legged baby Brody who was’t there in person but was everywhere else! During the ceremony, Becky’s cousin gave a speech depicting their love to that of a dog’s love and Brody even appeared on their cake topper. Since he was a rescue, they made a donation to Save a Lab foundation in lieu of gifts for their guests! (also a donation to RSD Hope for a condition her mother has) Michael’s grandmother gave the Irish blessing before the meal was served and then Michael’s family completely surprised them and all the guests with a picture slideshow of their years growing up and together. It was all so special and you could tell how much these two amazing people meant to every single person sitting in that room. In fact, there was one family who was supposed to be moving their son into college for his freshman year that very day, but they didn’t want to miss their wedding so they all came and then drove (to NY, I believe!) to the campus after the reception, very late at night!
The DJ had everyone packed on the dance floor all night, including me! Every song he played kept the momentum going and it was such a fun night! Cheers to Becky and Michael!
Working with a two year old and an eight-week old could have been a lot more challenging than it was for the Slavin family! I tried working as quick as I could, as I know that the attention span for youngins is pretty small, and most new babies are not very chill, but I was quickly proven wrong! We decided to use two locations so we started at a park and then went to the beach on Oak Island to finish the session at sunset.
This cute, young family, visiting from Pennsylvania was such a joy to work with! Hopefully they come visit again and I can see how much their little baby has grown!
Cass and Bert are getting married this year and while they were down from New Jersey visiting family in Sunset Beach, they decided to have a session done together. Kind of a, “hey, we’re an official couple now and this is our first official photo shoot together!” type thing! Since they were visiting family there was really only one day that worked out, and of course as the days, hours and minutes got closer to that time, a massive storm front was moving in. There was no way to reschedule so we just had to go for it, and pray that it wasn’t going to downpour during the session! In my mind, of course, I had visions of a romantic scene, of them out in the pouring rain, running around together and kissing, all Notebook-worthy. But alas, the ran held off! It was like there was a bubble around the beach, protecting us! But if it wasn’t the rain coming down, there had to be something else, and we had 20 mph wind to deal with! Poor Cass’s hair was flying wild in any direction I put them in and by the end of the session my camera lens had so much salt spray on it. (Thank goodness for a traveling glasses cleaner that Bert had!)
As overcast as the day was, the scenery was still beautiful and these two love-birds just starting out their lives together were so much fun to hang out with! Enjoy!