Brown Family

Geez! Almost three months since my last blog post. Spring has been full of shooting, editing, mothering, building a house and finding time for myself here and there too. Not to mention a jaunt to New Orleans for an incredible learning experience with some of the most talented photographers in the country. I don't want anymore time to pass though without sharing a few recent family sessions that completely fill my heart. This is one of them.

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Sutton Family

This beautiful family of four invited me to go sailing with them a few Sundays ago on the Pamlico River. It brought back all kinds of memories as I had not been on a sailboat since my summers at Camp Seafarer and then again as a teenager on a trip through the BVI's. Sailing is a pretty magical experience and I kind of fell in love with it all over again - even on our bitter cold day! Brooks and Lee and their little ones have been making memories on Jeanie B for more than a decade and I love that I got to hop aboard for a ride. 

Baby Jack

I met and photographed adorable baby Jack at just three weeks old. I've known his mama for a long time which made our session extra special. We shared a lot of laughs which is basically just the only sensible way to handle life with a newborn. It was a great afternoon. 

Taft Family

Ahhh six months old is such a wonderful little age. Thomas has so much personality and the best expressions. His parents love him so dearly and they are quickly becoming one of my favorite little families to photograph. We had such a good morning together. 

Moore Family

I photographed this beautiful family for the third time in November and love the images too much not to share on the blog. So, I'm finally getting around to it! The three little ones are such individuals with the sweetest personalities. We explored all around outdoors at the North Carolina Museum of Art. A perfect fall day it was!

Andrews Family

This past fall I photographed Austin and her two boys at a special little house on the river in Bayview. It was a great evening just letting the boys play and explore and do their thing - and for me, enjoying a cocktail with their mama. (There's really nothing I love more than drinking on the job.) It was my third time photographing these kiddos and that makes me very happy. 

Valenzuela Family

I had the pleasure of photographing this beautiful family several weeks ago in Zebulon. They wore pink in honor of Patricia's fight against breast cancer. Patricia works long hours cleaning rooms in the Heart Center at Wake Med and yet maintains the most incredible spirit. She and her husband Salomon, both from El Salvador, are raising two kind, smart girls and I loved so much being with them at their home. Before I left, Patricia asked Salomon to snap a picture of us together in their living room. She said she wanted to save it in her journal which all but put tears in my eyes. Beautiful people right here. 

Hogan Family

I love this family and I loved my night with them several weeks ago at the beach. Here's a little peek at our time together. The first photo? Cohen may or may not have been sizing me up like a buck. 

Taft Family

An adorable baby, a sweet dog and a gorgeous light-filled home are what make my job not a job. New parents madly in love with their fresh little boy creature are the icing on top. I love everything about this beautiful newborn session. 

Proctor Family

I have all the feels for this recent family session in Greenville. Jordan and Rocky are so authentic and beautiful and interesting and did not care even a little bit that sweat was running down their faces. They played with and loved on their three precious children a few nights ago at Jordan's parents' house while I documented. It was everything I love.

South River

Naked babies, late afternoon sunlight and a water hose are pretty much the only ingredients needed for a memorable summer weekend. Creek and his cousin Julia played their hearts out not long ago at my husband's family's special old house in South River - set just off the Neuse across from Oriental. Homemade strawberry icecream and well-poured gin and tonics were other good ingredients. 

Simons Family

These good folks have trusted me for the past six years to document their little family of four. We've all done a lot of growing in that time and I love them for sticking with me. Here's a peek at our Sunday morning together outside at the art museum.

Lumpkin Family

There's nothing I love more than photographing a family over and over as each year brings so much change and new growth. Being invited into a home to document real life, especially in the early days with a new baby, is a huge privilege. Here's a peek at my morning with Jennifer, Tripp and their little ones Evelyn and Parker. 

Bonnie

A crazy happy baby in a room full of sunlight is pretty much the best thing ever. Throw in two well-behaved dogs, a cat and a sweet mama and there's really nothing better. I photographed Courtney and her seven-month-old daughter Bonnie several mornings ago and everything about everything was a-okay. 

Year in Review: Families

What an incredible year. Close to 60 families invited me into their homes (or similarly special places) to document their laughter, new babies, favorite toys, vegetable gardens, pets and, most importantly, their love for one another. My goal with every family session is to capture these ordinary things in the most real and beautiful way I know how. Often that means showing the wrinkles, messy playrooms and scabs. Authentic storytelling is my jam and I am eternally grateful to the people, my clients and friends, who trust me with their stories. Here's a smattering from this past year's family sessions. 

Harris Family

There's nothing better than when clients become friends and now that I've photographed this sweet, smart family several times and watched Carrie Anne grow from a tiny baby into a spunky little girl, I'm definitely calling them friends. I loved reconnecting with them the other week at their new home in Raleigh.

Rice Family

This sweet couple welcomed baby Charlie just a few weeks ago and, naturally, are completely in love with him. Lucky me got to capture all the newborn goodness through my lens.