Saturday, December 24, 2011

Merry Christmas!


I know, it’s been a good long while since I’ve been here.  And although I can’t totally admit it, I think it’s time to say good-bye to this blog!  But not quite yet…


Hope you have a wonderful holiday – I am heading to Florida for the rest of the year to be with my awesome huge family and relax and soak up some sunshine!




Stay happy & see you soon!



Thursday, November 10, 2011



It is good to be here today!  I have been as busy as I think I’ve ever been in my life – photography and kids activities.  All good!


Here’s just a quick glimpse … please click the post links and head over to my site to see the full monty!

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Mary Beth’s bridal portraits on my site, click HERE.




The wedding was last weekend …


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To see the first round of images from this wedding on my site, click HERE. 


I will make the time soon to elaborate on both of these experiences, especially the wedding! 


Thanks for your patience & for stopping by!



Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween!


Our neighborhood celebrated Halloween yesterday, which I am thankful for.

The kids are sleeping in today (no school) and we don’t have to stay up late tonight – we won’t have to experience those post-Halloween school day I’ve-eaten-too-much-candy-and-I’m-cranky blues !!

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Um, yeah, I tried to crimp my hair … with my crimper from the 80′s … ahhh memories!

Hope your day is full of scary & fun!


Friday, October 28, 2011

My Newest Addition!



It’s nice to reap rewards from all of this work I’m doing …




I used this lens to shoot 90% of the Florida wedding.  I love it.  But now of course I have another lens on the list … lol!



Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Kate & John | Ritz Carlton Naples Wedding



What an incredible wedding, and a fabulous wedding experience!

Rachel Durik of Savor Photography is an amazing photographer, and was so kind to me to let me second shoot with her.  I learned so much, and had fun doing it too.

Full blog post is up on the site … click HERE if you will!




Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Photo Challenge | Let Them Be Little



It’s been a while since I’ve participated, but I knew this week I had to make it happen.  This photo is one of my favorites from this summer.   You can see the entire series of them in this blog post HERE.


My sweet little chunky ankled nephew, playing with my son.  Just having a good ‘ole time!



Head on over to I Heart Faces to see more little people sweetness!





Monday, October 24, 2011

Kate & John | Naples, FL Wedding

Hey there!  Have a lot to catch you up on … I traveled to SW Florida this past weekend to second shoot a wedding with the very fabulous Rachel Durik of Savor Photography.


It was an amazing experience, and I will be sharing more with you soon.


About to see each other for the first time :






Tuesday, October 18, 2011

LJ Yoga Portrait Session | Raleigh Cary Portrait Photographer



I feel so lucky to work with such strong, confident & amazing people …




The preview of this session is up on the site – click HERE to see the rest!



Monday, October 17, 2011

Nags Head Day One



Hello again Monday! 

Had a fantastic weekend – glorious fall weather, and two photo shoots on Saturday.  I almost had another on Sunday, but decided to take a ‘day off’ with my family.  SO glad I did!

Up this week – traveling to SW Florida to second shoot the wedding at the Ritz Carlton Naples.  Ahhhh can’t wait to experience shooting a beach wedding … and can’t wait to work with the talented Rachel Durik.  She is one of the first photographers I’ve followed since starting this journey years ago, so I am beyond thrilled!


Attempting to catch up ‘round here … lol x 2.  Smile


Here’s some pics from Nags Head a few weeks ago … from the first day (Yes, I have that many – of course!)



The Nags Head Pier

(we stayed at a little cottage right next to this –awesome!)




The ocean was SO calm & lovely…




Perfect for skim boarding:




“Mom, I want to take surf lessons.”  I heard this several times this summer








It is hard for me to believe she is almost a teenager. 




Light winds perfect for kite flying!




Girls can fish too … and this one is ALL about it:




My blogging time is up.  Off to wake up the kiddos for school. 

Have a great Monday!



Tuesday, October 11, 2011

100,000 Miles Young!


Things are chugging right along here… in the heart and the midst of the photography busy season!


Today my car rolled over 100,000 miles.  To me, it’s a big deal.  We bought this car new (my first!) and have loved it and experienced a lot of life in it for the past 6 years. 



The kids made this sign this past weekend, and we’ve had it in the car ready for ‘The Moment’.  ‘The Moment’ was slightly staged tonight, as I only had five miles to go.  Loaded up the kids and headed out!  Stopped right where it turned 100,000.  Propped the camera on someones mailbox stand (forgot the tripod of course) and took a snap.








Here’s me as a young girl … the reason for my own family photo above :


Um, I’m the ‘girl’ (amongst three brothers) with the pixie cut standing in front of my Dad (Magnum PI? John Lennon?).  I remember this day, this moment, and how excited we were.  This picture takes me back, and I love it SO much just for that very reason.

Pictures are such an important part of life, don’t believe anything else!!


LOTS of Nags Head trip photos coming very soon!



Wednesday, October 5, 2011

The Day Wedding


What an incredible experience it was to assist the very talented Todd Nichols with this wedding.  I definitely learned a lot, and gained a lot of confidence which will be quite useful for the wedding I am shooting in November!!!


I have a full blog post up on my site … click HERE.  I apologize for sending you over there, but I honestly don’t have enough time to do both and will most likely stop posting here the end of the year.  I’ll keep you ‘posted’!


I assisted 90% of the time, and got to shoot the other 10%.  Yes, I wanted to shoot (a LOT)  more, but I was also able to absorb what was going on without any pressures. 


Here are my two favorite images that I captured:


This was taken right before entering the ceremony.  Since there were no side isles in the ceremony room, Todd asked me to catch these pre-walking down the isle moments.  YES I was nervous, but pretty pleased with the image. 



I also got to shoot at the reception, which was kind of hard because of the set-up of the room.  The table of honor was long, thin & directly in front of the dance floor.  And there was a wall behind it!  It was also hard not to jump out there and start dancing Smile



I creatively cropped this image of Pat Day and his very very sweet mother, to remove a lot of distracting elements from the background:


Aren’t they adorable?



Next up I am second shooting a wedding with the fabulous Rachel Durik of Savor Photography at the Ritz Carlton Naples.  I am way beyond exited for this … I’m pretty sure you all know how much I like shooting on the beach!


Well, that’s about a full blog post.  I got chatty … lol!


Have a great Wednesday evening ya’ll … off to the bus stop I go.



Monday, October 3, 2011

Oh, the Outerbanks!


The OBX was very good to me this past weekend.  The skies were sunny and the air was salty.  We started with a warm day on Friday, and ended up in the upper 50’s on Sunday.  We packed for it – and loved every second of it!


Sunday was my birthday, and here is a shot that I took while sipping my coffee all snuggled under my sweater poncho :



There was quite a swell that morning, and the surfers were having a ball. 

P.S. I love to watch surfing!


Lots more coming  - the clouds were amazing the entire time … can’t wait to share.



Thursday, September 29, 2011

Thomas Headshots | Raleigh Cary Portrait Photographer



Had so much fun meeting the beautiful Mrs. T at the Art Museum last Saturday for a  headshot session. 



She is so gorgeous – and did a fabulous job styling herself!


To see more from this session, head over to my site HERE or my facebook page HERE.





Wednesday, September 28, 2011

My Girl in Green


I think she should model, or at least be on TV or in ads.  She has no interest.  I think I am going to send some pictures in anyway… I have plenty of them, that’s for sure!




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Really working on nailing the eye focus – although you can’t really see it on blogger most of the time!  But the prints do tell…



It’s a Dog’s Life



If you follow me on Facebook, I’ve already posted this there … I am much slower to blog then to upload to Facebook.  Wonder if I’ll ever get that in sync…


Here’s our little Willis boy.  My desk has a view to the living room.  I was slaving away at my computer and there he was… little ball of fluff … so tempted to join him!


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Happy Hump Day!



Tuesday, September 27, 2011

In Your Eyes



The sun illuminates only the eye of the man,

but shines into the eye and heart of the child.

~Ralph Waldo Emerson











My lovelies Smile



Monday, September 26, 2011

Fleeting Days of Summer

Lucky for us here in NC, September does not mean the end of the warm weather.  And October can still be water fun worthy – last year we were wearing shorts on Halloween!


Here’s a few fun shots from a recent boat outing …




How did you get that angle you may be asking yourself?  Yes, I am crazy.  One arm wrapped around a float pillow, and the other with camera in hand.  (My trusty dusty D60, which IS a great camera … ) I’m a very strong swimmer anyway!  I just had to get that sky.




The boat drifted, and I lost my sky, but got a new favorite family shot.











The sun was going down.  Right place at the right time Smile











Does she look like a year round swimmer or what?












Faster Daddy!












I’m not ready for summer to end … I love summer fun!


This weekend we are heading to Nags Head for three glorious days and nights!  It’s our yearly fall trip for my birthday.  Normally we go to Ocracoke Island, but after the hurricane things are a bit messed up with ferries and such.  However, I am excited because I am scheming a photo shoot (so to speak) of my family on Jockey’s Ridge.  Think brightly colored kites, sunset, and lots of laughter.  Lets hope it doesn’t rain!


I will be sharing a few images from the Day Wedding this week – stay tuned!



Wednesday, September 21, 2011

First Popsicle



I created a storyboard of this series of my nephew eating his first popsicle for my sister-in-law.Photobucket

I thought it turned out really cute and is going to make an awesome keepsake print Smile



Tuesday, September 20, 2011

So Much Sweetness



This little girl truly is THE definition of easy baby!  Always content, unless she’s hungry and then she may make a face …




But one squeek of her favorite toy and it’s happy all over again



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(I did not do a thing post-production to her eyes.  Had my shoot-through umbrella set up just right I suppose!)




And one more just for fun:


My friend Natasha makes AMAZING baby and toddler hats … and has even been known to spin her own yarn!

You can find her HERE … give her a visit!