The ULTIMATE Gift Guide For Women

Hey there friends! As promised here is a gift guide for all the special women in your life. These gifts range from budget friendly brands to the high end brands. I tried to make this gift guide super easy, and accessible for you, and I tied in some last minute options too.

I love giving gifts, it’s one of my love languages, and it makes me happy when the people in my life love the thought, and time I put into getting gifts for them. I’m sure you are the same way too, and that’s why you’re here gathering ideas.

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Gift Guide For The Girl Boss

Valentines Day is coming up, and maybe you want to get that special girl boss in your life something she’ll love. I have complied a list of my favorite things everything from digital products to paper.

Don’t know a girl boss, but want to get your loved something special? Stay tuned, next week I will have another gift guide coming out.

*Stationary

This personally, is one of my favorite things to receive, especially when its cute! I always have ideas floating around, and while you can jot these down in the ‘Notes’ section of your phone when your out, I still love keeping cute little notebooks on hand at my desk. Even though I don’t really need them, sticky notes have made their way into my must haves.

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Downtown Winston-Salem City Senior Session

I don’t think I could ever get tired of shooting in cities, or photographing seniors like Joseph. This guy right here has the biggest heart, and I know it’s apparent to everyone around him. As of right now, he is learning Chinese, and gearing up to leave the small town life for missions. He will be with a missions team in Hong Kong for 2 years! They will be traveling to different parts throughout those two years, but Joseph already loves the culture, so I am sure he’s going to enjoy himself while he is there. I am excited for him, and cannot wait to hear stories of the impact they will make while there.

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It’s All About YOU!

I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel. — Maya Angelou

Did you know that today is National Get To Know Your Customer Day? Of course, everyday at LHP is get to know your customer day, and I feel so blessed to know all of the wonderful people that I cross paths with.

My mission at Light & Hope Photography is to build relationships, and provide service with a heart. I love sitting down with potential clients, and booked clients to talk about their story. With my high school seniors I love hearing all the fun stories they’ve experienced during their high school years such as accomplishments, to struggles, to this whole new season of transition, and the future. They’re always so fun, and full of energy, and it brings something new to each senior I photograph.

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The Best of 2017

Is it crazy that 2017 is already coming to an end? It feels as though we should be in June or July, not in December, and about to celebrate Christmas, but here we are friends. I have had so many amazing sessions this year, and have gotten to work with some amazing industry peers. I really hope you enjoy this highlight reel, and a few outtakes.

2017 started off with a snow storm, and a storm in my personal life too. Little did I know that 2017 would be filled with challenges, but would also bless me with some amazing friends, old and new.

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Light & Hope Spokes-Model Program

Hi there friends, this is an exciting time. I have launched my very first major spokes-model program for high school seniors graduating in 2019. I am excited, and you should be excited for everything too. When you are chosen to be apart of this team, you not only are representing my business, but you are getting the chance to build a supportive community around you.

High School is hard, especially with trying to decide on which college to go with, spending hours upon hours studying, and writing papers instead of going out with your friends. It’s hard. That’s why I decided to put this program together to give 10 girls a chance to have some fun throughout their senior year. To reward themselves for all their hard work, and to give mom, and dad priceless memories  of your senior year.

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KayMarie’s Downtown Mt. Airy, and Pilot Mountain Senior Session

When Kay-Marie first contacted me about wanting to do her senior session, and mentioned she had this Indiana Jones style hat she wanted to wear, I knew we were in for an awesome session. This girl, is very focused, and very determined, and I love that about her. She not only manages to keep up with her studies, but is also working on a novel, and she is a musician.

I’ve had the pleasure of seeing her play in our town, and she sounded amazing. I am excited to see where this girl goes in her life! I really hope you enjoy seeing this session, because I had a blast working with Kay-Marie and her family.

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Groundhog Mountain Blueridge Parkway Engagement Session

One of my favorite things during an engagement session is to hear the story of how my couples got together. After they went back, and fourth over who would tell the story, they went in together to tell this one.  Harlie, and Tyler both went to the same elementary school, and of course she had a crush on him, and it turns out he had one on her too, but they never talked. Harlie ended up moving to a different school. The years passed, and she ended up seeing him pop up on her social media, and she knew exactly who he was. After four days of Snapchatting, and texting, they finally went on their first date together at a local restaurant, Chili Rojo. After they met there, they went to the movies, and ever since then they have been inseparable.

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Mabry Mill Blueridge Parkway Senior Session

You may have seen Karlie, in a few posts last year when she modeled for a styled session with me. Today, I am so excited to bring you her senior session, and though she may be small, she has the biggest heart, and sweetest smile. We wanted to choose a location that fits her personality so well, she loves anything country, all the colors of fall, and wanted to get her boyfriend, Nick into a few of these too. Mabry Mill in Virginia was the perfect location, not only does it embrace all things country, but has that romantic feel too. The forecast that day called for clear skies, when I was 2 miles away from the shoot location, everything was covered in thick, thick fog, and misting. At first, I admit, I had a mini-panic, but quickly became excited at what we could create with this weather.

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Why Should You Plan Your Wedding With Your Photographer?

Hi friends! Remember last week when I did Planning Your Engagement Session: The Guide (If not then go read that first, and come back here)? Well, here’s the planning your wedding portion of that post. As I stated in the last post, planning a wedding is no easy task. You have to think of a million, and one things all at once. There is picking out a florist, choosing a venue, choosing a hair-stylist, and make-up artist, deciding what type of wedding dress suits you, helping brides-maids pick out their dresses, etc. The list goes on, and on.

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