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
Not all are for your eyes! I had THE BEST time working with this Queen Bee! She shines brightly!
"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!
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!
"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!!!!!
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
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.
- 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!
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!!!
Through tears of joy and jovial laughter these two celebrated their love with family and friends. The venue and florals were the loveliest backdrop for their special day. Congratulations to Rachel and Blake! I'm fortunate and thankeful to be a part of your wedding day. Below are some chosen gems. Enjoy!
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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Big sister, Chandler, doesn't quite understand it all yet (that's why she's all smiles)! hahaha!!!
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!!!!
We walked down to the river to remove ourselves from the daily monotony of neverending checklists, commuter traffic, and piled-up laundry. Leaving behind the daily grind, we now hear the flowing river, feel the cool water rushing atop our feet, and breathe in the fresh air. She takes in her surroundings. As she stands in front of my lens, she is radiant!
The Parker Grandparents must be ecstatic! Congratulations to each of you!!!
Watching this family grow from two to three, and now four. Congrats you guys!!!
"Maybe some women aren't meant to be tamed. Maybe they just need to run free until they find someone just as wild to run with them." -- Candace Bushnell
I had gone to Washington on vacation with my sister, then to Texas with Dad to visit family. After being away from home for two weeks, I came back and was beginning to unpack. I must have had the post-travel blues because it was right then that I got a wild hair up my a**.
A long while back my friend, Krista (yes we have the same name), leisurely suggested and invited me to meet up with her in Maine to explore Acadia NP. Now, let me explain that I only met Krista recently. We met back in May at a photography workshop that my pal Mark hosts. I was instantly intrigued to get to know Krista because she is a Nikon shooter, a lover of the outdoors (check out her Instagram feed), and she has a great name! :) We became fast friends.
So there I was, sitting with massive loads of laundry to fold and I got this crazy idea that maybe I SHOULD meet up with Krista! At the time it seemed like such a far fetched idea. I kept thinking," I mean, why not? I've only known her for 2 months so that equates to something, right?!" I was almost out of full recovery (my arm and belly) at this point, and the idea to head up to Maine kept flooding my mind. Is it weird that I just recently met her and now I'm now thinking of hopping on a flight to go meet up in Acadia with her? I tossed the idea around a bunch as I nervously paced around my house. I decided to see if it'd be realistic so then I checked the flights and shockingly they were open! Without hesitation, I messaged Krista of the plans. I had and a little less than 12 hours notice to fly to ATL (for the weekend) then headed up to BGR!
Krista came and picked my slightly tipsy self (first-class ride--booyah!) from the airport at 1 am. With an hour to drive back to the park, we were excited to explore a park as photographers and friends. The next morning we stocked up on food, looked at multiple maps, and made a game plan. It was an absolute blast! We hiked, kayaked, saw the milky way and lots of shooting stars, ate wayyyyy to much ice cream, and laughed till our sides hurt.
Thanks Krista for being my photog/teacher and nature-loving friend! I had the best time with you! Where shall we venture to next?!
Our last sister trip was in Glacier NP. We did major hikes that led us to iceberg pools, one big hail storm, and all kinds of wildlife sightings. We were active as we camped and hiked around 43 miles. You can view our last trip here via the time-lapse video I created.
Needless to say, this years sister trip looked very different! Kylie was over 6 months pregnant and I just had my fat grafting surgery. Despite being pregnant, Kylie was getting around great! Me on the other hand, well I couldn't lift anything over 5lbs and my belly was still extremely bruised and sore (oh and I couldn't wear pants that had a button - pitiful I know haha!). So how could we "sister-trip" with a big baby belly and a bruised belly/super sore arm?! Why we'd eat, of course! We decided to tour some city with our bellies (and appetites) leading the way.
The day I was cleared by my doctors, and from the belly band, I flew down to ATL to meet up with Kylie. From ATL we decided to take the flight that had the most seat availability to any of the following cities: Portland ME, San Diego CA, or Seattle WA. We were open for whatever! It comes as no surprise now...but it was Seattle for the win!
Our combo, pregnant/bandaged arm, was quite comical for travel! Having my very pregnant sister lifting my luggage (because it was over 5lbs) for me at the airport and around town made me feel helpless and well, like an a**! There were also the times where I had to hold my stomach to speed walk across an intersection before the lights changed because the bounciness was just too much belly discomfort. Hilarious stuff! I'm sure people were casting their odd looks but it felt really good to get out and move while healing.
Despite the strange looks, we laughed a lot and ate ah-mazing foods (see our list below)! We even took a day trip to a favorite place of mine, Mount Rainier NP, to get a little nature time in too. The "hikes" were more like strolls through nature but BOOM, look at that beautiful pregnant lady on top of the mountain -- slay girl!!!!
Kylie was most patient with me as we had a mini-pilgrimage to some coffee places I've been hankering to try. We even got to attend a coffee tasting at the La Marzocco cafe with Madcap and met cool people along the way! Reliving all the photos again sure has me drooling over all the amazing flavors! I wonder what the next sister (or sibling) trip will look like...who knows?!