After every storm there's a rainbow.

I've followed Keisha & Tyler's story long before this session was in the making.

I'll actually reference way back to an email I received from Keisha in the fall of 2015 inquiring for photos of her & her husband, Tyler. In the email she expressed to me their hardship and the two miscarriages they had suffered through. After that, I closely watched their story build up to this moment for the next two years.

Keisha may not know this, but she is actually a person that has made me appreciate my sweet child, Colt, even more. When I post photos or videos of him for our family & friends to see, she is almost ALWAYS in the back of my mind. I don't want to use the word "guilt."  But I have this awareness that there are couples out there that are longing & aching for this. To snap memories on their iPhones, to hold, love & witness something so special like a child.  And I have this awareness every single day of my life because of people like Keisha & Tyler.

Last week I met them for a 25 minute mini session to capture this miracle that God has laid out for them. Keisha cried when she told me that this was their last hope before finding out she was pregnant. I edited & delivered these photos to her in less than 24 hours.

"I prayed for this child." 1 Samuel 1:27

Mr & Mrs. Henderson|| L'Abri at Linwood

Kate & Michael, I hope this day was everything & more that you planned for.

Venue: L'Abri at Linwood

Florals: Dahlias Florals 

Hair & Make Up: Bridal Artistry by Tiffany

Wedding gown found at Blush Bridal in Fayetteville, North Carolina (designer WTOO BY WATTERS). Fun fact, this was the first dress Kate tried on ;)

Mens Suits: Jos. A. Bank

Catering: Buttercup Cafe & Catering

Cake: Edible Artistry 

Event Planning: A touch of Southern Events

 

Beth + Thomas| Hanging Rock, NC

BETH&THOMAS

I'm not sure where to start with this one, as these two were way more entertaining to me than I had to be for them. Typically with my engagement sessions I direct, so that my couples have tasks to do that keep them busy & forgetful of my camera. But Beth kept both Thomas & I easily entertained. She chose to end with a mountain overview and... SHE'S AFRAID OF HEIGHTS. Y'all... that segment was the easiest & most fun part of the session! I gave ZERO direction, watching Beth cling to Thomas for dear life. I'll let these photos do the rest of the talking. 

Beth & Thomas, thanks for choosing me. <3 

Ashley & Josh's in home maternity session

So this blog post is a lengthy one for me, but Ashley is an important friend in my life. 

I know she is going to be the most amazing mother. She listens when you speak. These are the friends that make you feel that you've struck gold. She isn't scrolling on her phone. She isn't worrying about the stress factors ahead. She is enjoying herself in this moment. She's smiling, she's happy & man, is she beautiful.

Josh, thank you for being the most perfect husband to her & for always showing her how amazing she truly is. 

Vivian, your parents will never let you go without, sweet girl.

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Parkway Adventure

ALLESON&MICHAEL

Thanks to you guys for being so, so, so incredibly awesome & putting up with my shenanigans. 

This was a sporadic decision when I headed up to Asheville. They agreed on my sunrise idea AND were totally pumped for it. How did I get so lucky?! Originally, we were going to hike & shoot Black Balsam Knob, but apparently I am cursed or something. This is the second time I've been unable to find & shoot this location.

(If you scroll way down I blogged a post in November of an impromptu session with a couple whom I got lost with and we had to wing the whole thing. Anyways......)

So, we caught the sunrise at an overview on that beautiful Blue Ridge Parkway, near Asheville. Drove around for a bit, taking impromptu photos whenever, wherever. These two are the best. Check the photos below for self-explanatory explanation. 

Chelsea&Bo

They look good together, huh? Seriously though, their style is GOALS! [[ Ps. Ladies you can snag Chelsea's AUH-MAZ-ING dress at Nordstrom ! ]] That dress has beautiful movement, making it the perfect selection for photographing!

These two chose an early morning engagement session (which rarely happens for me - I vote more of these!) around their Charlotte neighborhood. We walked the streets & made simple conversation. They're so excited about their October wedding & after editing the session, I am just as eager! 

St Thomas Vaca

We had the best get away to St Thomas this past January. Turns out sporadic vacations can be planned easier than expected. All you need is airbnb, instagram location searches, no seriously... (searching locations on instagram is my new addiction. Audios Pinterest) rental car, waterproof iphone & or camera, duh. 

Summarizing in a few short words - adventure, rum, & sun. 

Suburbanriot graphic tees for the win.

Waterlemon Cay on St John was bomb for snorkeling. It's a bit of a hike to get there, but worth it x100.

I loved my Leica X-U camera rental for our trip BUT the ProShot iPhone case seriously blew my mind just as much. I recommend this for the summer by (or in) the pool & all of your water filled vacas! 

ASOS suits, affordable & beautiful. BYEBYE VS swimwear.

FireGypsyVintage makes the most amazing customized vintage Levis! I wore these high waisted beauts every single day. Sorry, I'm not sorry. 

Sidenote- normally I'd be irritated that Ben shot me out of focus, but that water is gorgeous sooo.... 

ShowMeyourMuMu swimwear has my heart. 

NYE LOVE

We knew we wanted outfits that screamed NYE, glitter -LOTS of glitter & bubbly, cheap champagne. After all, did you even NYE without them bro? 

However, we did not want wind chill & 30 degree weather, but we settled for it anyways in an abandoned parking lot downtown, High Point.

This gal, owner & creator at Eliza Jane Photography has been such an inspiration to me, since I’ve set out to purse a career with my MARK III. Seriously, I’d be lost without her. We laughed in our numerous attempts to pop open that bubbly for the most BOMB photo. And laughed harder at the miserable fail at said numerous attempts. Either way, it was a night without the kiddos & a warm feeling inside from the cheap champagne. 

Friends like this are a rare find, keep ‘em close.

Eliza Jane's outfit deets - Sexy lace top amazon (who would have guessed?!)

Sequin Skirt for da Queen-   Ivy City

Alma's Maternity Session

THIS GAL IS THE SWEETEST- It took us forever to get this session in the books with the crazy NC bipolar weather. But we were able to create some magic in her final weeks of pregnancy. I'm still in disbelief that this is her third pregnancy & she was only about a month shy of meeting her sweet little boy when we did this session (Hot Mom Goals). Making babies is her calling, although she may beg to differ because she says the third time's the charm. ;) 

Any who, her personality is contagious & I noticed it's rubbed off on her sweet little babes. We laughed the entire time & walked around sharing the love in the woods & big open fields. And on a really bright note (literally), we aren't scared of the 2 pm sun. So that's a plus. 

I just can't get enough.

Dress by SewTrendyAccessories

Whitney & Taylor

I seriously could rave on & on about these two sweethearts. We had no idea that the weather on this day would drop below freezing, but that didn't stop Whit from rocking that AH-MAZ-ING red dress in downtown, Goldsboro. MY KIND OF GIRL ;) We were moving so fast to try & beat the cold weather & I'm so thankful that it was these two to embrace the cold with. Their chemistry is very apparent & I truly did minimal work here. They cuddled up, laughing & sharing secrets like the sweetness they truly are. I can't wait to share their special day next September AND in much warmer conditions. 

RUMOR

I absolutely cannot express my gratitude enough towards the handful of Seniors I've been fortunate enough to pour my passion into this year.

Especially this girl. 

Self explanatory explanation below. 

Rumor, enjoy this last semester of High School before you take your success (Top 20 in her class) to the University of your Choice. 

Matteson Family

I really never know what to expect when I'm walking into a family session & neither do you. But hey, that's half the fun right? ;) The only thing I really want is to feel some sort of emotion while I'm shooting, anything. I'm so far beyond the days where I use to run around trying to perfect a posed smile in my frame. Now, during my sessions I just need to be around you & hear more about your story. Aubrey & Matt, thanks for letting me do just that. And precious Lilly is my spirit animal. That little gem never stopped smiling, not for a second.

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Asheville Engagement

Ben & Chelsea - We hiked what felt like an eternity & took the wrong trail at that. But that didn't stop us from taking pauses along the way & awing at how awesome going the wrong direction can be sometimes. We came to a scenic overview covered by fog & they remained indifferent. These two are so down to earth & knew from the start that they are exactly what the other had in mind when it came to forever. Basically, I tagged along & let them do their thing. Thanks for inviting me on the good time, guys! Can't wait to witness these two seal the deal next March in those gorgeous Asheville mountains.