Part two of the Christmas sessions picks up with another Morris family. This one with three energetic children and a puppy! It was tough getting a posed picture so we went with the candids at the park so the kids could enjoy the wide, open spaces and I enjoyed getting a work-out running around them clicking away! Luckily for a Christmas card, you only need one or two great photos to send out and that’s really all we strived to get! Nichole warned me that photographing her family was going to be difficult but with a little bit of patience we managed to make it work!
Ralph’s presence was requested again for my next rustic, country-inspired family session with the Caseys. Ralph is straight out of 1950 so driving
him in him scares me! My husband wasn’t around to bring him to the park again so I found the courage to crank him up and drive him over to an empty wooded plot of land right next to my house. I had no idea it was actually such a great backdrop over there!
The Casey family came to my house to start the session with the truck and then we went over to the park where we could take advantage of other country backdrops like old wooden fences, big field of tall grass and of course, that great enchanted forest! (You should really see this place after an ice storm, then you’ll know why I call it ‘enchanted’!) The day was beautiful and the sun created gorgeous lighting for this beautiful family! Take a look!
The Johnson family was the second of six sessions that I had in this one particular week of December. I did their pictures for last Christmas and their boys have grown so much in one year! I could not get over it, not to mention how adorable their youngest boy was! How was this the same little baby I saw last year?? I don’t think I’ve ever fallen in love with a little boy’s smile like his. Look for yourself – you may just want to eat him up!
When I pulled into the parking lot before the Bennett’s family photo shoot I got so excited because of what I saw. They had an old red wagon and lots of Christmas decorations and the little elf inside of me couldn’t wait to get started! But waiting it what we had to do because in my Christmas joy, I accidentally locked my camera with my only set of keys in my car. YAY! And the Bennett family practically drove up from Florida just to do this session with me. Double YAY! In between frantic calls to my husband who was 45 minutes away with family, I tried to miraculously unlock my car with my keypad entry that hadn’t been programmed (I was hoping the previous owner had an easy pin code that was still usable!) and Anna tried using maybe a pocket knife of some sort to unlock my door. Finally, my husband was able to call a friend who just happened to be on the same street as us, with the means of safely breaking into my car. It seemed hopeless but after a 30 minute delay we were finally back on schedule! YAY!
Lesson learned; get a spare key and program my keypad! But it was worth the wait because as always we got some really cute family pictures for Christmas cards and had time for other sessions which will be blogged about in a separate post!
I ventured to a wonderful little area of Wilmington for this family’s session that they wanted for their 9-month old baby girl. I knew off the bat that we were going to have a great session when the dad showed me the fall-country-harvest backdrop he set up in their backyard. I am a sucker for anything country and this set-up had me drooling! He had an old tractor positioned against an old wooden fence with bales of hay, mum and pumpkins set up for little Kinsley to sit on. It was perfect! After that we moved on to another wooded part of their neighborhood for a little “tea-time” picnic. Then we moved in to their exclusive neighborhood dock to finish the session at sunset. Even though the tide was extremely low the setting was still so gorgeous! Enjoy this cute little 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!
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!
I met this family real soon after moving here to Southport. Jeremy works with my husband at the Oak Island CG station and we had a big cookout once we were all settled in. Over the summer our husbands played in a softball league (still trying to forget the embarrassment of that season!) and Alexis and I grew really close during those evenings. During the games we talked the whole time, made fun of our husbands a little bit, and I realized that we were basically meant to be. One day while out to lunch Alexis informed me that her and Jeremy were expecting their second child! So, naturally, I jumped at the idea of a photo shoot with them so they could have some cute pictures to announce that they were pregnant. Little did I know that once I posted those pictures they would go viral! I think that last time I checked, their announcement had over 80 “likes” and had been seen by over 3,500 people! 3,500 people!!!!
So here is the Lake family at Fort Anderson/Brunswick Town and towards the end are a whole slew of ways we posed for an announcement! Love you guys!!!