Monthly Archives: February 2012

Levi Jude. A Baby Session.

My sweet friend Dee now has three beautiful children. The newest addition to the family, Levi, surprised everyone by coming a couple of months early! I’m so glad that I got to visit him in the NICU to document this precious life. At just 4 + pounds, he’s a tiny little guy and Dee didn’t want to forget this stage of his life. . .

Isn’t he just adorable? He’s got perfect little lips. . .

Even the tiniest hats look big on him. . .

I love that he’s flashing the peace sign in this photo. . . It makes me laugh :)

He was so sleepy but kept opening his eyes to see what we were doing. . .

Sleepy guy!

We finished the session with a smile from Levi. I know that Dee and Jon can’t wait to have him home!

Thursday Special. FAQ’s + more!

I have really enjoyed these last couple of weeks of February. It’s been a little bit slow around the office and I’ve actually had time to organize, clean (yes, I really enjoy cleaning), rest, and come up with some new ideas for 2012! I’ve gotten to spend time with my husband on the couch without working on images at the same time. And I actually went to the chiropractor for the first time yesterday… hoping to get my shoulders fixed up. I am so in love with what I do and am already itching to shoot more, but having a little time off has been such a blessing :) Plus the weather has been insane in North Carolina lately. It’s been warm, and sunny, and breezy… I can’t get enough of it! The 70 degree forecast for this afternoon is taking me back to my days living in California :)

I’ve got big plans and am so excited to see what God does with me this year. I plan on putting more time and effort into my current, past, and future clients. I hope to travel more. I’m really hoping that we’ll be able to buy a house this year. I plan on building and investing in my relationships with friends and family. And I’m bringing a lot more to the blog this year! I’ll be doing a few giveaways, posting more personal photos and stories, and will be starting a weekly (possibly bi-weekly) FAQ/tips post… starting some point in the near future!

I get questions every week ranging from what equipment I use and technical camera settings, to how I choose locations for sessions and pose couples, families, and seniors. I’m hoping to answer some of these questions as a weekly blog special! Comment on this post with any questions you have! Wanna know what my settings were on a certain photo? My favorite kind of coffee? My wedding day schedule? Ask away!

I really appreciate everyone that follows this blog and hope that you’ll enjoy the new additions. I’m really looking forward to sharing!

Jess + Alex. Day After Session.

Today is a beautiful day in North Carolina… It snowed here last night leaving a beautiful three inches of white covering allowing my hubby to stay and work from home today! Now we’re back to almost fifty degrees and the snow is slowly melting off. I figured it is a great day to make a blog post of an adorable couple! I photographed Jess and Alex’s “Day After” session in downtown Raleigh on a beautiful winter day in December! I’ve only known Jess and Alex for a little while but they’ve quickly become good friends of ours. They’re so much fun to be around and were so easy to photograph. . .

Cute, right?

I love shooting in downtown Raleigh… there were so many different colors and backdrops!

I love Jess & Alex’s outfits. . . pea coats are my favorite!

Alex is always making Jess laugh. . . it’s so cute!

This is one of my favorites from the session. It’s so candid and full of love!

I love playing with lines in photos (as you can probably see a lot in this session!). I definitely couldn’t resist this amazing staircase and brick wall. . .

I always ask my couples if they can do anything cool that we could photograph during the session. Little did I know that Alex and Jess can both juggle! We found some acorns on the ground (which is cute because Raleigh is the “city of Oaks”) and had them show off their skills…

Seriously, you guys are adorable.

See… now you all are noticing my lines, right? ;)

We moved down a couple of blocks to a park for the last of the session . . . Jess and Alex love to play frisbee and brought along a prop to this part of the session!

We’ll end with another of my favorites from this session. . . Jess and Alex even make dead leaves look good!

The Holmes. Family Session.

A few weeks ago I had the honor of photographing my Pastor’s wife and kids! Jonathan and I love our church dearly and it was so much fun to hang out with Tina and the kids, even though Pastor Allen couldn’t make it for the shoot. We had a beautiful sunny afternoon to work with and the kids were amazing!

I love this one…

Luke is the oldest. . .

. . . followed by Abby and Izzy. . .

Don’t they have the cutest smiles?

The kids were so excited about doing this series of photos. . .

Izzy is so precious :)

I love this photo of Izzy in the grass. . .

I’m pretty sure Izzy is a mama’s girl :)

I can’t wait to photograph you guys again! Hopefully next time, we’ll have the whole family around :)

Amanda + Eric. Maternity Session.

You know how your life kind of happens in stages with your friends? There’s the kid stage, the high school stage, the college stage, the stage where you and all your friends are all dating somebody, the stage where everyone gets married, and the stage where they all start having babies. . . we’re in the baby stage now. The majority of our married friends are all mid-pregnancy or just announced the happy news. Though Jonathan and I aren’t quite there yet, we’re so excited for all of these new additions! It’s so fun to watch our friends move into the parenting stage, one by one (or two by two, I guess? haha). Amanda + Eric are some of our closest friends and are expecting baby Amelia to arrive sometime around Easter this year! I can’t wait to meet her :)

It was not a very nice day outside when we shot this session. . . thankfully Eric + Amanda weren’t bothered by the rain!

I love this beautiful smile! I hope Amelia gets that from you, Amanda ;)

These two couldn’t be more excited about their baby girl. . .

I’m pretty sure Amanda may not be able to see her feet anymore. . .

This is one of my favorites. . .

I love this profile of Amanda. . .  look at that belly sticking out!

I think this one is gorgeous. . .

Like I said, it wasn’t a very nice day but Amanda made the best of it and brought a cute umbrella along. . .

This is the verse that Eric + Amanda picked out for Amelia. . .

Amanda + Eric, we are so happy for you guys! Can’t wait to photograph you with your daughter in a few months!