Category: Photography

Sunflower Inspired Wedding in Hurricane Florence

Katilyn had planned out this beautiful sunflower themed, intimate wedding. Her & her fiance, Travis, wanted to say their vows outside in beautiful, golden light, and to be surrounded by close family, and friends.

And just like that,  Hurricane Florence was getting ready to wreck everything!

I had been tracking which way  Florence would go. I kept hearing conversations of how massive it was going to be, and it could possibly be bigger than Hurricane Hugo. (I was only a few months old at the time Hugo hit. But my family recalls how bad it was.)  We were all praying this storm would tone down. Thankfully, by the end of the week, this system seemed to go all the way around us. Sparing us from the worst conditions. We had rain, and some nice, breezy weather.  We were so fortunate, and thankful for that.

On the morning of their wedding I arrived at their venue, Oak Crest, and I noticed sunflowers were everywhere! Katilyn & her team were putting the finishing touches on decorating in between sudden downpours & wind. As soon as they finished,  she and her girls ran upstairs to start getting ready before her soon to be husband, and soon to be son (Brody) came over. Watching her interact with Brody was the sweetest thing I’ve ever seen. He calls her mom, and the way he looks at her is just precious! You can tell he really does admire her.

Before she walked down the aisle she was all jitters, and nerves until she saw him standing there. Just waiting for her. And Brody too.

After the ceremony, it became a party! There was good food, sweet tea(YES!! She knows the way to my heart), and music. Everyone just let their hair down, and danced the evening away.

To Katilyn, Travis, and Brody I pray for nothing, but happiness for all of you. I’m excited to watch you and your little family grow. 🙂 Enjoy looking on these fond memories of your wedding day!

Love,

Hope*

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Sunflower Mini-Sessions at Dewberry Farms

Hi friends! You may remember when I did a sunflower session last year. If not, that’s okay, feel free to go check that out then come back here to this one. This year I hosted sunflower mini-sessions at Dewberry Farms. It was a huge hit!

A little backstory before we dive into the images:

Sunflowers all over our area had under gone some abuse due to the lack of rain & hot, humid temps. At this point I didn’t think anyone had fresh sunflower fields left. Then I made a call to Dewberry Farms, and low and behold, their sunflowers were set to bloom late! *Yeesssss!!!!!* *Insert praise hands emoji!*

Flash forward to that evening.

It was a perfect evening for photographing. We had a beautiful sun setting right  behind us, giving us that warm, golden glow. Our first client, Kristin, met us with open arms. Kristin is such a delight, and always brings positive energy with her where ever she goes. I just love her! I was curious though. I was curious about the hot air balloon tattoo on her arm. She told me she had always wanted to up on a hot air balloon, but was too afraid. Then one day, she decided to face her fear & just do it. She said it was an incredible experience.

How amazing is that?? And such a life lesson too. Whatever you may be fearing, just face it head on. Look in the face of your fear & do whatever it is you want anyway.

Our next clients Julie & her little one were so sweet! They wore the same color shade of blue to match during the session. Her little one was so shy, so we made sure to get those giggles. I had Julie whispering inside jokes to her the whole time. So precious!’s

Our last clients Angel & her husband, had us laughing non-stop during the session. At one point I told him to whisper sweet nothings into her ear. She started laughing so hard, and he finally told us what was making her laugh. He was telling her all about his big ole’ truck he wants. To that she replied, “It’s either the house or the truck! You can’t have both!” 

All of these clients were such a pleasure to photograph, and I hope you enjoy these images. I’ve even posted some behind the scenes shots of that day.

Enjoy!!

Posted in Photography, photography business, Senior Photography

Sunflower Mini-Sessions at The Barn at Heritage Farms

Here in North Carolina, the summers are hot & humid. Typically I don’t photograph a lot in July for that reason, except for when the sunflowers come out in full bloom! My favorite local venue, The Barn at Heritage Farms, had a beautiful field full of them.  That’s when I decided it’s mini-session time!

The Venue

Jessica and John are so welcoming to everyone who visits their venue. They made sure we had plenty of props to choose, like quilts, blankets, and even a vintage bright blue, pick-up truck. You are going to flip out when you see the images of this truck! The views on this property are just breath-taking. You get a full view of Pilot Mountain. The window in the barn is strategically placed so that you can see this view during a wedding ceremony.

They even provided ice cold water in the kitchen for all my clients if they should need it. Talk about going the second mile.  It was just a wonderful experience. I cannot recommend them enough!

The People

My first clients Meagan & Luke drove an hour and a half to come see me!! What?!?! Talk about feeling so honored. They are total sweethearts, and I really hope to work with them again in the near future. My second client, Hailey, and her mom Christina were so sweet. Hailey is the reason why I do what I do. She wanted to do a session that was just for her, to showcase her style, and unique personality. I. Love. That. So. Much!!!!

To everyone who was involved with this round of mini-sessions, thank you! You all were amazing, and wonderful. I hope you enjoy these images!

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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.”

How did I describe you so perfectly? Friend. I have been there before. It hurts being the one who’s left out. It hurts sitting there, wondering why they did it. So let me help you get out of this funk. By the end of this blog post, I hope you feeling inspired & encouraged.

Stop feeling sorry for yourself.

Yep. I went there with a truth bomb on the first one. Sitting in your room saying, “Woe is me” isn’t going to make you feel any better. (Trust me, I’ve learned.)  Instead, let yourself feel what you need to feel about the situation.(Cry, write in your journal, confide in your parents or siblings, confide in a close friend, listen to music, etc.) Once you get those feelings out you will feel lighter.

Get Out of The House

This may seem super simple right? But forcing yourself to dress up, put make-up on, and just get out of the house will leave you feeling refreshed. Even if you have no where to go, just get dolled up, and go take a drive.

Make Time For A New Relationship

If this is a friend group who has repeatedly left you out, then it’s time for a relationship change. Call or text that person whom you haven’t seen or spoken too in a while, but they’ve been on your mind. See if they would like to go out for coffee, & chat. Join a club. Join a gym or take workout classes. There’s so many ways to meet new people. You will find the community you are meant to be with.

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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.)

I remember sitting out in the pew on the day of her wedding, anticipating the moment she would come down the aisle. Listening to the beautiful music being played by one of my LHP seniors on the piano. Watching the little flower girls throwing petals in their beautiful, white & gold sparkly dresses. Then the bridesmaids, who seemed to glide down the aisle, in those gold sequin dresses & beautiful pink bouquets.

Then everything just stopped. Silence. The door swung open. Everyone was peering around each other trying to sneak a peek at the bride. The music started once more. Here came the bride, side by side with her dad. Her beautiful lace covered wedding dress just all around her with each step. In that moment, I’m pretty sure I saw Austin shedding tears at the altar.

Now, they have been married for 1 year. (*Cue the confetti!*)

Bethany and Austin, I pray for nothing, but happiness for you both. You have a deeply rooted faith & you keep each other grounded. Always remember that as long as you keep Christ in the center of your relationship, you can make it through anything. I’m so blessed to know you. Happy one year! Cheers to many, many, many more years of memories together.

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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!).

Are you sensing a theme with every session I’ve done so far? The NC weather doesn’t want to cooperate with me. Even though rain threatened us the whole time, we had some amazing sunshine too. As our session started, she quickly became comfortable with my direction, & could rock a smize like nobody’s business! Pretty soon, “the smize”, became her signature in her images.

Alex you and your mom were so fun to work with! Your enthusiasm, and smile are contagious! You are such a joy to everyone around you, and you can light up a room just by walking in. I pray you get into your first chosen college, Appalachian State, and you get to pursue your dream! Never lose that spark, and smile sweet girl.

Enjoy!

Posted in Photography, Senior Photography

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!

You may remember seeing Trinity in previous posts. She is the LHP Spokes-Model for 2019!

Trinity pulled into her parking space not long after me. We both jumped out, and ran to hug each other. Then we planned her the final details of her outfits. She plays basketball for the Lady Patriots so she incorporated her team jersey for one outfit. We chose sneakers to wear with her dress, because that is so Trinity. She loves to dress up & be comfortable.

As we walked to each location, we chatted about life & everything in between. There were many times we would burst into fits of laughter during the session. Like when we were shooting next to tall grass & something moved. I was tempted to run. So was she. I may or may not have even, almost, face planted on the rock ledge. Almost. Twice. 

As we were nearing the end of our session we took a moment. We sat on the ledge that over looks the rolling green hills of Pilot. We sat, talked some more, and took in the view. This is a session I won’t soon forget.

Trinity, as you are reading this blog post, I wish you nothing, but all the happiness in the world. Your joy is not only felt by those who are close to you, but by those you encounter daily. You are such a hard worker, and it shows. Your basketball team is headed to the All-Star games this weekend, & that’s amazing! You are doing wonderful in school, & pursing your calling into nursing. They are going to need a kind soul like you. I cannot wait to see what the future holds for you sweet girl

Oh, and one more thing. Happy Early Birthday!

Posted in Photography, Senior Photography

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.

As we started down towards the  green open fields, with a beautiful flowing river behind it, we spent this time chatting. It turns out, Eliza’s best friend is Courtney, whom I had recently done a prom session for.  She’s even going to be her maid of honor for her wedding. How amazing is that?

Once we were down by the river I couldn’t help, but notice that Mark’s smile grew ten times wider when Eliza was in the images.  It was the sweetest thing.  When they would look at each other, it was like I wasn’t even there. As if they were the only two people in the park. That’s a connection most people crave. There was even a moment when I asked Mark to tell her an inside joke, or something funny. And, it resulted in the moment you see below.

Mark, I wish you all the best with your goals, and dreams. You have such a bright future ahead of you!  Eliza, you are so beautiful, kind, and incredibly smart. I know that you will go far, and cannot wait to see where you go. To the both of you, I pray for nothing, but joy, and a long, happy future for you.

I hope you enjoy looking at these images as much as I do!

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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.

You start thinking that your version of success isn’t good enough.Or even worse you start thinking that you are not enough.  I am here to tell you it is, and YOU are enough! You don’t have to be the “next big thing”, or “the next industry leader”.  I’ll even let you in on a secret: those who are the biggest YouTubers, or industry leaders didn’t actually aspire to be those things, they simply found a passion for what they did, worked hard, and the rest followed. They didn’t allow themselves to stay in that place of fear, instead pushed forward despite the fear, and worked on their vision.

Once you do that, you begin to work from that place of rest. You still may have to work late nights, but you feel satisfied, fulfilled, and purposeful. You’re not taking on someone else’s vision for business, and life. You’re taking on the vision that God has given YOU.

So let me ask you: What does YOUR definition of success look like? What would working from a place of rest instead of fear look like for you? (Take a few moments to think about this)

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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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