Becky and Michael

Becky is a friend of mine from college and even though she was two years ahead of me we’ve kept in touch since graduation and have gotten much closer post-college than we were as students! I photographed her sister’s wedding down in Murrel’s Inlet, SC last September (and they’re now expecting their first baby next year! I’m starting to see a pattern here…) and I’ll be photographing her and Michael’s wedding next August in Bridgewater, MA!

The engagement of these two seemed to have taken forever. They’ve been together for like, a decade. (Not exactly, but that’s what it felt like!) When Michael finally popped the question, I shouted, “finally!!” and did a happy dance. I love these two so much and they’re so similar to my husband and I; he loves the outdoors and fishing, she loves anything country and we’re both parents to a four-legged lab-child! Brody and Bear would be best friends!

When Becky said she wanted me to shoot her wedding I did everything in my power to make sure it could happen and I was so happy that I was able to do their engagement session despite living 800 miles away. It just so happened to be the same time that I was flying up to second shoot a wedding on Cape Cod so I was able to hit two birds with one stone! I flew in to Hartford, CT and drove to Hopedale, MA which is the cutest little country town I’ve seen in a while. Lots of winding country roads lined with trees almost peaking with fall foliage, stone walls, old wooden fences, big old farm houses; I was in HEAVEN going to their house! I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves for how gorgeous the setting was and I was so happy to go back to New England during the best time of the year!

Bently

Just over a year ago I shot the wedding of Erika and Brenton Irving, a young, Godly couple very much in love. Now, a year and four months into their marriage they have been blessed with a beautiful, healthy baby boy they named Bently. Aside from being ridiculously cute and perfect, he may be a record-breaking size for the hospital he was born in; 10lbs4oz and 23 inches!! He didn’t fit into any newborn clothes or any size 0 diapers. He was born a full-grown man!

I have never seen a newborn baby so alert and curious about life. When you speak to him, he looks you square in the eye as if he completely understands what you’re saying. I was so happy to get to the hospital to photograph his first days of life surrounded by his family and again a few days later when he was home. He is the sweetest boy and was such a joy to photograph as he never cried and happily let me do what I wanted with him, which included lots and lots of snuggle time! Congratulations to the new mommy and daddy! Bently has been born into such a wonderfully, loving family!

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Nate Turns One!

This year has gone by way too fast. It can’t possibly have already been 365 days since little Nathaniel was born, could it?! It feels like just a couple months ago he was still a little blob, not able to sit up on his own and now, at one year old he’s not just walking, he’s running around! Completely smitten with his new super power of cruising around on his own. I can’t imagine how Atlanta and Jake feel, knowing their baby is now a grown man toddler!

Well, we all knew that this cake smash session was going to be epic, because Nate has been enjoying sweets and “grown up” food for months now, always trying to grab handfuls of food off of everyone’s plates. Atlanta came fully prepared with awesome outfits, the cutest backdrop I’ve ever had and the wonderful idea of pictures of him washing off in a galvanized tub afterwards. I loved everything about this photo session, (minus the 1,294 bug bites we all got) including his big sister Sadie getting in on the cake-eating action! Enjoy Nate’s first birthday cake smash session! :)

The Odom Family

Evenings on the beach down here are always gorgeous and make for the perfect backdrop for pictures. But kids love the beach for the sand, the crashing waves, finding sea shells and throwing things around. These two factors are really hard to go hand in hand when trying to get the perfect family portraits but luckily this family wasn’t looking for “perfect”! Looking through these pictures I don’t have a single image of everyone in the family looking directly at the camera smiling. For some parents  moms, that may be frustrating, but Kara wanted fun, candid shots of her family because that’s what they are! They are a fun, loving, energetic family and that really showed during our time together! I did have to swap a few heads out from other images to try to get a few good ones though :) I also erased the majority of the tourists out of the images so it looks like we had the place to ourselves even though we were hanging out in downtown Southport during the peak of summer tourist season! It was another beautiful, fun evening with this Coastie family who have the two most beautiful daughters! (I may or may not have told mom and dad I was going to take them home with me!) Enjoy! :)

“Houston Invasion”

My girl Debbie is from Texas and when she knew her sister and best friend were coming up to NC for a visit she wanted to surprise them with a fun photo shoot! We met at the waterfront in downtown Southport on a perfect summer evening! Right away I knew this was going to be a fun photo shoot. I have never laughed so hard with a group of people I’ve never met before! These ladies are so silly and goofy together, they reminded me of how a photo shoot with my own sisters would go; 98% candid laughing, 2% seriousness. Debbie’s husband Jamie was also present and he jumped in for some adorable shots with her. They are so cute together; he even lead her in a slow dance, on the fishing pier with no music playing, in front of the hundreds of tourists that were there. I LOVED it! :)

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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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