Katalina Rose

It seems like forever ago that Alexis told me that she was pregnant with baby #2 and finally, she’s here! The day I met her when she was three days old I instantly fell in love and she may have officially given me baby fever. Eeeek! From the few times I’ve hung out with the precious little princess, she is just SO awesome. I mean she basically slept through the entire session, never cried and didn’t need a diaper change! And when we took her to the beach on that absolutely perfectly, gorgeous evening, she stayed sound a sleep!

I’m so excited to be part of this family’s life and watch this little lady grow up.

Congratulations to the Lake family! Katalina couldn’t have been blessed with better parents and a big brother! :)

The Boldt Family

We planned this little session on the beach in Oak Island to happen just before sunset, which would have been beautiful but a typical summertime thunderstorm was on it’s way so we had a slightly different background than expected. It actually ended up looking wicked really awesome! Once again, an overcast sky was great to work with but the DARK storm clouds rolling in made for some unique shots that I’ve never got before!

The Boldt family were awesome to work with! Their baby girl was just about to turn one and was such a lover of the beach she was so happy to be there, waving at everyone walking by and pointing at all the doggies. Even the ones flying in the air! (she called seagulls “doggies!”) TOO CUTE!!

The Maultsby Family

This photo session has been almost a year in the making. We tried a couple times back in the fall and it wouldn’t work out, but finally, on Mother’s Day it worked to get everyone in the family all together at the same time. I can’t say how it would have turned out if we did this back in the fall, but I LOVE these images of this amazing family! I met them at their vacation home on the ocean in Holden Beach at 8am on Mother’s Day, praying that the rain clouds that loomed over would stay away for at least the hour that we needed for the pictures! As all photographers know, cloudy, over-cast days are better for day-time photos and I think they added a little something to the background here. I loved their outfits! Not the traditional “family beach” pictures, just a certain scheme to follow and everyone wore their own outfit. Perfect! We did a whole variety of shots; whole family, Mom and dad and their children, grand kids, each couple, each parent with their child(ren)… It was the perfect morning and great way to start the special day for all the mothers there.

And bonus- the rain did hold off until I was on my way home!

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The Mullis’ Gender Reveal!

When Anne contacted me about doing a gender reveal session she had all sorts of really cute ideas for ways to announce it! She wanted to be as unique as possible and not do all the cliche shots. This girl is right up my ally! I loved all of her suggestions and we brainstormed a little together, but she came up with this one idea that was perfect. They are beach-goers and lovers to the core so when she said they wanted to open a little bikini or a pair of board shorts to signify the gender I knew it was perfect! I had to remind her- just remember to take the outfit out of the box so we can see what they’re getting teary-eyed and ecstatic over!

We met at a private dock club they are members of in Wrightsville Beach. The dad-to-be’s mother was there along with their first born four-legged child Sebastian and her best friend came along as well. We are all so anxious and excited! Anne handed me the supplies that she bought for the reveal along with the sealed envelope holding the ultrasound that would change their world forever (in a good way, of course!).

I presented them with the box, everyone gathered at the end of the dock, and SURPRISE! Baby Mullis’ gender was revealed! Their reaction was priceless and I am so happy to have been able to be part of this for them! Look below to find out if they opened a bikini or board shorts!

The Pridgeon Family

I’ve finally got some time to catch up on my blog posts! I’m picking up where I left off with my first family session in the spring! I met up with Atlanta, Jake and Nate at my favorite park in Leland for a spring/Easter photo session. The weather was gorgeous, the trees were finally getting green again and Nate was LOVING some camera action! All ingredients perfect for really awesome images. And then mommy and daddy whipped out a classy shirt and a bow tie. Are you kidding me? Apparently this kid CAN get that much cuter! Check them out!

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Barfoot Maternity

My latest session and newest Coastie family (to be), the Barfoots did their session when Sonja was TEN DAYS from her due date! I’ve photographed a couple at 36 weeks, but never within DAYS of their due date! We picked a date on a weekend that just happened to have some extreme weather coming but obviously we had no choice but to keep it to that weekend, just in case! The day started out nice and warm and just 15 minutes before the session I was outside in a t-shirt. By the time I drove to the beach, the weather had turned from warm and sunny to cloudy, windy, and FREEZING cold! None of us were prepared for this, not to mention the wind on the beach was a little insane. We snapped a few pictures anyways but decided to try again the next day. That Saturday turned out to be even colder but at least the sun was out, so we met at a non-beach location hoping that would help with the wind. Sonja and her husband Scott were troopers to work through the cold without jackets on or gloves! Lord knows my fingers were frozen and I had gloves!

Fast forward a little bit, and I find out that Sonja and Scott delivered their baby girl the very next day on Sunday evening! Talk about great timing! Want to hear something else crazy? She told me afterwards that her water broke 30 minutes before our session on Saturday! And they didn’t tell me!! I even joked with them during the session that it was so close, she could have gone into labor before we could try session #2. They must have looked at each other smiling without me noticing! (Can you tell I’m still in shock?)

Anyways, I’m so happy for you both and wish you the best on this new adventure! If you can endure a photo session partially in labor, you can do anything! ;) Enjoy!

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The Pedone family

Jessalyn set up a downtown Southport photo session right after Christmas for her whole family that was together for the holiday. There were lots of different family members, including her long-time bestie from childhood! We had a lot of fun walking around and we ended the session at the waterfront where the sky was really cool looking! I really enjoyed pointing out all the areas that scenes from Under the Dome on CBS was filmed to Jessalyn and her husband, which they loved so much they took a silly picture pretending to push against the “dome”!

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The Baker’s gender reveal!

I know way too many people that are pregnant right now. There must be something in the water. All over the country. But as a photographer it got me really anxious to do a gender reveal photo shoot! Personally, I want to do one when I get that taste of the water and it’s our time for that. I just love the fact that I can be there to capture the raw, genuine emotions of finding out whether it’s a boy or a girl! It’s such a BIG moment in your life! So I met up with Amanda, her husband and their two oldest children; a yellow lab and a boxer, at Poplar Grove Plantation and we had a fun afternoon taking LOTS of different shots of announcing what they’re having! And in true country-boy fashion, her husband did not see the issue with keeping his camo trucker hat on! Enjoy! :)

 IT’S A BOY! :)

Christmas cards- 2013!

I had a very, very busy Christmas card season this past year! Busy in terms of, busier than last year! Starting with three sessions when I went home to Massachusetts for Thanksgiving week, my work continued with six more sessions within a two-week period! That’s a lot considering they all needed to be edited, put on a disc, sent out and received before the second week of December (my own deadline). With everyone ordering cards online these days, it takes time to create your cards, have them shipped to your house then turn around and send them back out to family and friends hopefully all before Christmas Eve! I need to look into offering Christmas cards for my clients! All I found this year were going to be pretty pricey.

Anyways…

The following are the families I met with after Thanksgiving for their Christmas cards!

Here is the Holston family, enduring a chilly, breezy afternoon on the beach for their pictures!

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Here is John, Briana and Peyton! They came to my house to be the very first family to use my husband’s new old Ford F1. It wasn’t running or driving yet so we had to push it into position! Then we ventured down the street to some wooded area for a little change in scenery. The day started out drizzly but since we really had no time to reschedule, we went for it anyways and made it without any rain!

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Here is the Morris family! For those not aware (which is a lot of you), I have a part time job working with Dr. Cammie Morris at her dental office in Shallotte, NC. We got together one afternoon after work for a quick session with her family outside with her husband’s old truck (at least his was running and driving at the time!- sorry hubby!) and then some fun shots inside her home with the kids. And for the record, the whole “messy kitchen/baking fiasco” shot was her idea! I was just an innocent bystander! But for the record, I love it with clients don’t mind getting messy and dirty because they can make for the best pictures! :)

Last, but not least: (maybe saving the best for last?) my ADORABLE nephew Nate was the best little 3 month-old Christmas elf for his First Christmas photo session! He’s just a perfect happy baby all together so his daddy and I were able to do all kinds with him and he only got fussy once when he wanted a lunch break! I know he looks a little awkward in the wooden sleigh but I was picturing him being a lot smaller than he was when I bought it! He is growing WAY too fast! But he’s getting cuter by the day! I’m so happy I get to document the first few years of his life while we’re living here! :)

Brittney and Hunter

The morning my flight landed back in Wilmington from my time home in MA I was off to another photo shoot! Keeping it in the family, this time it was with my husband’s sister, my sister-in-law Brittney and her long-time boyfriend Hunter. All I knew about this session was that it was going to be at Hunter’s grandfather’s land out in the country. Secretly, I was hoping Hunter was going to propose at some point during our shoot but I had a feeling that wasn’t going to happen. But really, this session was his idea, as was the location! What else was I supposed to think!?

As we drove up the dirt road I instantly fell in love! Huge grass fields are my favorite and this place was full of it! Not to mention an old cabin that was actually the house that Hunter’s grandfather was born and raised in. Literally. He showed me the room where all the children were born in. The place is completely vacant now but it was so awesome to get a little glimpse of how people lived in the 1930s, Southern country style!

Aside from loving the location, I love these pictures! Brittney and Hunter are so fun together and they obviously photograph very well. I married into one freaking good-looking family! These pictures were so gorgeous, the only real editing I had to do was change the color of Hunter’s socks! (He has a thing for wearing white socks and black dress shoes).

Enjoy! :)