1 Year Anniversary Chris + Aidan

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Hard to believe a year has already passed (you can view their wedding photos here). We perused the Durham Farmers' Market as Chris and Aidan openly shared about the first year of marriage. 

Thinking back to your wedding, what is a favorite memory you hold from the day? 
Chris: When we arrived, we had a friend of ours announce us and queue up "I Choose You" by Willie Hutch, and then we walked into this overwhelming wave of cheers and clapping from our friends and family that turned into a full-on chant. It was amazing, and it's the kind of thing I'm going to remember for the rest of my life.
Aidan: I totally agree...it was so special! Also, we had a ton of heartfelt toasts. We felt so loved and supported! 

What is a bonus quality you've learned about your spouse in your first year of marriage? 
Chris: She's even stronger than I thought she was.
Aidan: When we first got married, it a little taken back to hear of people's negative comments about marriage (i.e. "oh your life is over" "oh, the old ball and chain"). I LOVE being married and being with one person. Chris is my best friend! 

What do you know now about marriage that you didn't know when you got married?
Chris + Aidan: It's not something that we had doubts about, but actually being married has proven that we're there for each other through everything. Even if we disagree, we're still trying to build our lives together as a family. It's so good to do life knowing our base is solid.

When did you feel most loved this last year?
Chris: Our first Christmas as a married couple, we went to the most romantic place on Earth: Dollywood, Dolly Parton's theme park. We got to see my side of the family and some friends, but I loved spending my favorite holiday with my favorite person, in a truly strange place.
Aidan: When my mom was in hospice our lives were turned upside down. We were living out of suitcases and the seasons even changed (we didn't even have all the proper clothing)! We had no kitchen and everything just sucked. Chris handled it all like a rock star and was incredibly supportive through it all.

What would you say were the top 3 best moments of this last year?
Chris + Aidan: 
3. All of the moments where we've said the same thing at the same time, or when Aidan's said something just after the exact same thought has entered my head. It's that kind of ridiculous Extremely Married thing that's hilarious.
2. Singing along at the Mountain Goats show that we went to in December.
1. Finding and buying wedding rings on our anniversary. We didn't think we'd want them but decided we should probably have them after every restaurant we went to asked if we wanted separate checks and lucked into finding a pair that was exactly what we wanted. Whatever else happens, we know the universe wants us to be together!

 

Chris + Aidan's favorite local farmers' market stops:

bread/pastries: loaf 
coffee: caballo rojo coffee
salsa: cilantro artisan foods
csa: fickle creek farm
flowers: bluebird meadows

I love and adore watching them together...all round good vibes and all round fantastic couple! 

Van Devender Family

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Wanna hear a crazy story? While taking these photos in their backyard Oden (the dog) was sniffing heavily in the ivy and found a copperhead snake! Whaaa??? But the best part was seeing these new parents remain cool as cucumbers as swiftly took action to safely remove the snake. They've got this parenting thing down!  Congratulations again to Rachael and Barnabus on the arrival of their beautiful daughter Eliza. 

Oh, and WAR EAGLE! 

Nicole + Craig Wedding

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Nicole + Craig married in April at Sassafras Fork Farm in Rougemont, NC. Rustic met beauty as the two vowed to be teammates for life. A time-lapse video was also taken where fluid streams of moments big and small as it all tells THEIR story. Favorites from the day are below and I will be forever grateful to have been the one to document it all. 

 

Best of luck to Nicole + Craig I couldn't be happier for you two! 

venue: Sassafras Fork Farm
coordinator: Amanda Day Rose
florals: Homestead Florist & Hallmark
hair + makeup: Serenity Salon
band: The Pizazz Band
cater: The Homestead Steakhouse & Restaurant

Barrett + Stephan Engagement

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She loves his sense of humor, honesty, and that he's a great listener. He loves her selflessness, zest for life, and her unwavering love for Frank (originally Stephan's dog). Together they love to walk Frank and enjoy exploring restaurants or simply having a night in cooking together. They even recently started growing a little vegetable garden together! Handpicked favorites from their session are below. 

Katherine's Senior Session

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At 18 she's already wildly wise beyond her years! Katherine has decided to take a gap year to travel. She's first headed to backpack through South America. Next, she's going to India to teach English AND to take a month yoga teacher training in Rishikesh. And to top it off, she'll spend the remainder of her time in Madrid, Spain! I just adored my time with Katherine. Her spunk is inspiring and I cannot wait to follow her travels on Instagram!

Nicole + Craig Wedding Time-Lapse

Time-Lapse: a technique used to describe a way of filming something in which many photographs are taken over a long period of time and are shown quickly in a series so that a slow action appears to happen quickly. I'm about to POP with excitement over here to share with you all Nicole and Craig's wedding time-lapse!!! Fluid streams of moments big and small as it all tells THEIR story.  Even though I was documenting the whole wedding day, this video is just a slice of the pie or a "highlight reel", as I like to call it, of their big day. As you can see it was full of preparations, beauty, and an immense amount of love. 

Johnson Family 2018

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Last time I photographed this family they were a family of three (+ a belly bump). I don't know which melted my heart more, meeting Cora for the first time or hearing of what Ezra said to his parents after the photoshoot, "I miss that girl!" #heartmelted 

Little Family 2018

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"Now, hold still!" 

While we had the whole family in town I made sure to set up the studio to have a mini family shoot. Lots of laughter and love. I'm incredibly fortunate to have these people as my family!

Mauzee couldn't stand it, she had it get in the family fun too!

Hanna D Senior Session

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A few weeks ago I had the amazing opportunity to travel to Texas to work with Hanna! I loved adding the elements of Texas throughout her session: the bluebonnets, the San Marcos River, and did I mention the bluebonnets?!? Our session zipped by fast because we were having an absolute blast! Hanna, I wish you all the best as you begin your college career. You shine so brightly and don't let anyone or anything ever let that fade! 

Justin J Portraits

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"Being an artist is dragging your inner most feelings out, giving a piece of yourself, no matter in which art form, in which medium." -- Henry Rollins.

I've always said that performing is equivilant to jumping out of an airplane; it's thrilling and terrifing all at the same time. Justin's performances are gutsy, raw, and heartfelt. As he gives all the feels on stage, I'm in the back of the audiance with tears streaming down my face. 

So excited to share he's playing the role of Clifford in the upcoming play Death Trap at NC State University Theatre. You can look for tickets here

So proud to call you friend and thank you for sharing your love of the arts! Now, go break a leg!!!!!

Daniel S Portraits

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Mr. Dapper Daniel! He's gentle, incredibly thoughtful, and gosh darn it, he looks mighty handsome in those cycling clothes! Even though it's only been 6 months I cannot wait to see where life takes us! xoxoxo #blessed

Quick Look at 2017

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Select favorites from 2017! As the saying goes, it's not about the destination it's about the journey. Looking back through 2017 there were twists and turns, closed windows followed by open doors, and even a few risks taken. I can't help but think the experiences along the way have shaped me as a person and as an artist.

In 2017...

  • I celebrated one year skin cancer free! Wahoo!!!
  • I checked a couple of National Parks off the bucket list.
  • Had an amazing sister trip to Seattle, where we ate and drank our way through the city. (Next up, sibling trip 2018!!!)
  • I adopted three lovely feathered ladies to live in my backyard. Their eggs and personalities bring me such joy!
  • I formed fantastic friendships with other local photographers and am so thankful to have them in my life! Community over competition.
  • I bought my first car!
  • I had multiple corrective procedures (lasers/fat grafting) to help the discomfort around my scar from skin cancer. Painful but worth it in the long run!
  • Due to the procedures, I had to take many breaks from being "active". I was humbled every time I began to move my body again.
  • I've taken a stab at climbing. Bouldering and ropes indoor and outdoor. Thanks to a crew of climbers and their cheers, I was able to complete my first outdoor VO. Bouldering can be lots of fun but I think I prefer ropes. ;)
  • I pored through old family photos (I'm talkin' about 100+ years old) and read A LOT about the history of my paternal grandfather. I sure am proud to be a Little! Our family had guts and resilience.
  • I became and Aunt Tee-Tah again.
  • I completed my first triathlon!
  • I've met and fallen in love with a man who is gentle and supper supportive. He lets me hug him as long as I need AND he crafts me delicious geisha coffees in my favorite mug!

So many wonderful people, places and celebrations. My heart is full and I'm deeply thankful for health, happiness, and each of YOU! Thank you for allowing me to stand behind the lens either silently or loudly cheering/coaching you along to create art and portraits that you'll have for a lifetime and beyond. It has been an honor to serve you. I feel incredibly lucky to be the artist that has a glimpse into such beautiful and precious milestones. Thank you!

Special thanks again to Mark Maya for documenting my 1 year skin cancer free celebration and to Krista Moll for adventuring Maine with me post surgery.

Still basking in the afterglow of 2017 and yet I have so much to look forward to in 2018! I'm looking forward to growth in all areas of life as I push myself to be a better artist and human. Stay tuned!!!

Nicole + Craig Engagement

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Finally! Excited to share this gorgeous couple on the blog! We caught the tail end of the radiant fall foliage but holy moly the temperature took a big dip as the sun began to set. By the end of our shoot, my fingers and toes were completely numb and Nicole and Craig's teeth were chattering. Seriously, if this shoot is any sign of their future marriage they are going to be simply fine if a bump ever comes there way. They are easygoing, flexible, and totally adorable in the process of discomfort too. I'm honored and simply cannot wait to shoot their 2018 wedding at Sassafras Fork Farm

White Family 2017

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Almost a year later photographing the same family gets me feeling all the warm fuzzies!  It's amazing to see how much the children have grown too. I feel so lucky to document such a sweet and special time.  

The Godwin Family

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Parenting has to be the most difficult job in the world, so when I see two individuals who I deeply admire come together to raise a couple of cool kiddos it makes me smile. They are rocking it out coaching little league soccer, growing a flourishing family garden, and they are creative AF along the way too! Leon and Bri have been amazing friends since I've moved up to North Carolina. Leon has answered my zillion photography questions and has encouraged me from the start. He's even taken emergency FaceTime calls when I've had a digital storage breakdown and patiently guided me through editing software. Bri is one amazing lady-bird. We've crafted together, picked buckets of blueberries, and she offered great advice and answered my ridiculous questions as I was training for my first triathlon. I'm pleased as a peach to have these people in my community and in my supper club!

Thomas Family 2017

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My heart just gushes over this incredibly sweet family. Laura and Wes are the magical parenting-wizards...no joke, they must have a wizard wand up their sleeve!!! Their three kids are kind, thoughtful, and such a joy! We had an absolute blast playing in the fall leaves and exploring the grounds at Historic Oak Park. I have the honor to work with these kids on a regular basis and I'm thrilled to watch them grow in so many ways.

Abram James

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I'm an Aunt Tee-Tah Aunt all over again! Welcome to the world, Abram James!!! It's just incredible to finally meet you. We are overjoyed to have you finally have you here with us and so thrilled that you are healthy and thriving. 

10.24.17
10:13am
8lbs 12oz
20 1/4in long

Big sister, Chandler, doesn't quite understand it all yet (that's why she's all smiles)! hahaha!!! 

Bailey H Senior Session

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I could not be more excited to share Bailey's session with you! I loved working with her on her family's property in northern Raleigh. Over the summer I met up with Bailey over a cup of coffee to talk about her vision for her senior session. She shared the things that were most important to her: her family, her horses, marching band, and The Avett Brothers.

Bailey shared, "Oh, and I just love watching Joe on stage with his cello! His hair is SO shiny and beautiful!!! If the opportunity ever came up to braid Joe Kwon's hair, I'd die! Even if it meant putting college off for a year, I'd take that opportunity." I just about spit up my coffee with laughter. She does have a point though, Joe has beautiful hair :) 

Sadly, we couldn't incorporate the Avetts in the session but I was excited to photograph her with her family and a favorite horse. 

"I will not be another flower, picked for my beauty and left to die. I will be wild, difficult to find, and impossible to forget." -- Erin Van Vuren

Best of luck to you, Bailey! You're gonna rock it in your senior year and beyond!!!!