5 Ways To Deal With Being Left Out

Summer is here which means cookouts, pool parties, and nights that we wish would never end. (Insert every song every written about summer with that line.) But it’s not what you hoped it would be. You find yourself feeling left out of these big events. People that you thought were your friends didn’t send you that text or phone call. You’re scrolling on social media, and see the photos. You immediately have this sinking feeling in your gut.

And before you know it, you are binge watching Netflix movies with a pint of Halo Top wondering, “What’s wrong with me?” “Why didn’t they think to call or text me.” “I thought we were all friends.”

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Pilot Mountain Anniversary Mini-Session

Two weeks ago I photographed my wonderful friends anniversary session on Pilot Mountain(This is one of my favorite locations, so you may see it alot of this year!). I have known Bethany for a few of years now due to my day job. I remember when she first met Austin, & how excited she was.

She would come in to work smiling, and being all giggly. When they got engaged, I remember her smile growing even brighter & bigger. When I received the wedding invitation, I was elated! I love weddings, and when it’s my friends. Holy. Moly! Cue all the smiles, & water works! (Yes, weddings really do make me that happy.)

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Bright & Airy Cody Creek Senior Session

Alex is just the way she appears in the images below. Bright, and full of sunshine. She’s such a sweetheart to work with, & you can’t help, but smile. I made a pit stop, before her senior session, by the place she loves, & works at. Chick-fil-a of Mt. Airy. It was so hot & humid we needed a cool drink to start our session off with! You wouldn’t be able to tell, but about an hour before I made the pit stop, the sky darkened, and the bottom fell out(if you’re unfamiliar with that saying, it just means it rained really hard!).

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Pilot Mountain State Park Senior Session

As I started driving towards Pilot Mountain I noticed a dark cloud. I kept driving, the sky grew darker, and rain had set in. I was getting nervous, because this cloud seemed to appear out of nowhere. Threatening our senior session that was just about to take place. I drove up the winding road to the top, and pulled into a parking space. As quickly as the storm popped up, all of a sudden it disappeared. Revealing a beautiful blue sky, with giant white fluffy clouds, and the most beautiful golden sunshine. It had managed to cool off a few degrees, and we had this amazing Beyonce wind to top it off!

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Fisher River Park Senior & Engagement Session

Mark came riding into Fisher River Park on his deep blue Harley Davidson Motorcycle, and that’s when I knew. We are going to have fun. I helped Mark, and his mom plan for his senior session a couple of weeks earlier. Mark had 2 requests, he wanted to bring his custom Harley, & the second being an engagement session with his fiance, Eliza. Yes. You read that right. Fiance. These high school sweethearts have been engaged for almost 3 months. I couldn’t help, but squeal with delight at the last request! Insert all the heart eye emojis here.

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How To Work From A Place of Rest

Hi friends! Recently, on top of battling severe acid reflux(which is now under control, thank God for that!), I have been battling panic attacks, and severe anxiety. I feel like this topic has been placed on my heart to write about for a reason, and that reason is you’re probably struggling with this too. Am I right?  You’re working those late nights after you get off your day job, hustling, and trying to make that big dream of yours come true.

I get it, I am right there with you, but are you letting fear fuel your need for the hustle? Are you working from a place of fear? The fear that, “I’ve fallen behind. I need to X to be successful, or they’re doing Y so I need to do this too to be successful.” So instead of working with purpose on YOUR vision, you’re working from a place of fear.

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Sweet Doughnut Themed Picnic Styled Shoot

This styled shoot had started out being, “A Sweet Rose Gold Dream”, but ended up being “A Sweet Doughnut Themed Picnic”. These doughnuts were delicious, and from the sweetest little bakery in town called, “Anchored– Sweet Treats & Savory Eats”. Samantha(the owner) was so sweet, and accommodating!

We had a little bit of a struggle the day of the shoot, with the wind trying to blow over everything, but we managed to make it through without losing any doughnuts! I’d call that a win! I hope you enjoy this session!

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Quarry Park Golden Hour Session

I was so excited when Catherine had first made contact with me on Instagram. I know that she wants to be a model, and this girl definitely has the look to be one! (Someone tell me when high school students started looking like this?? I’m 100% sure I looked like a potato all during my high school career) As we began planning the details of her session out, we decided to have it at Quarry Park in Winston-Salem.

I had heard about this location, and was eager to shoot on the bridge that over looks the city. We got there just in time for the most beautiful golden hour light. I hope that you enjoy these images from Catherine’s session!

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Reynolda Gardens and Village Portrait Session

Reynolda Gardens & Village is one of my favorite places to photograph sessions at! I recently collaborated with Dovers Photos on this spring inspired session,and realized I hadn’t had a chance to blog this one yet! We had the whole place to ourselves, which is highly unusual for this part of Winston-Salem, but the wind decided to pick up quite a lot that day making it a whole lot colder than it was suppose to be. When the wind wasn’t blowing the sunshine gave way to warmth for us, and the flowers had just begun to bud in the garden so we took full advantage of that!

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How To Plan For Your Senior Session

Your senior session is the one thing you look forward to for your senior year. So, how do you plan for your senior session? When do you start planning?  It’s my job to eliminate as much stress as possible for my clients, and senior photography is so much fun. I found the passion for photographing senior sessions when one of my very first seniors came to her session with her basketball uniform, her Ukulele, and 2nd outfit of choice. The whole session was tons of fun, and I loved showcasing her unique personality.  There are so many ways that you can make your session the best experience possible. Below you will find tips for hair, make-up, wardrobe styling, and more! Enjoy!

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