I enjoyed a sunrise with this beautiful Senior girl. We frolicked through some corn fields – then waded into Rocky River down at the beautiful Dixie Dreams.
This sweet girl contacted me in the midst of my crazy holiday shoot schedule – wanting to capture some senior photos before the leaves fell off the trees. The only thing I could swing was a sunrise shoot on a Sunday before church – and she grabbed it! It was cold and VERY EARLY – but she was a real trooper and we got some amazing shots! Thanks so much Danielle for calling on me – I wish you all the best!
In the midst of my crazy holiday family shoot schedule, I got the chance to shoot two pretty senior gals, of which Haley was the first. Cotton fields, soybean fields, beautiful sunset, beautiful and sweet girl…..couldn’t have turned out any better in my opinion! Sure enjoyed our evening together Haley! 🙂
Last weekend for TWO NIGHTS IN A ROW I had subjects who sat still on command – AND smiled beautifully and naturally on command…..so I had a chance to REALLY concentrate on things like the gorgeous lighting, the exact way I wanted to frame my subjects in the landscape (allowing me to even be adventurous and walk out into the river with my camera!) – it was was wonderful – and weird! Weird, because I’m just so used to chasing toddlers, singing and dancing to silly songs, and playing “make believe” with little ones, camera in hand! Sweet Katie was my second night of shooting “still subjects” – and she just smiled quietly and sweetly….and we full enjoyed shooting all around the beautiful landscape of Dixie Dreams. It really seems like just yesterday that I was shooting her older sister’s senior portraits…..and that was two years ago (oh my goodness!!??) Thanks so much Debbie for calling on me to do this…..and congrats to Katie….who hopes next year to join the Wolfpack at State (this Carolina girl promises she won’t hold that against you :))
Meet Carly – my gorgeous cousin. I got the chance to do her senior pictures when I was visiting Wilmington Memorial Day weekend – then Carly graduated this past Saturday from my own alma mater, John T Hoggard High School. You know sometimes I sit down to blog and I just don’t know what words to put down….because I feel like the pictures tell you more than I can tell you myself. So that’s what I do, I let the pictures tell the story. With this post I certainly could do the same – because the pictures so perfectly reflect Carly’s personality – especially the ones where Carly has her nose scrunched up giggling (by the way, when she is doing that in these pictures it’s because I was asking her to give me a serious look….while she was looking straight at a bunch of people dancing at the Memorial Day Festival at Wilmington’s waterfront….and it was pretty hilarious!)
But there’s so much more I want to say in this post – to tell you about Carly – about how her favorite color is purple – how she loves butterflies (and even has a few of them flying around permanently on her shoulder:)) – how she has such an eye for style and fashion (I think that is her calling!!!) – how she has a big heart for God’s little critters and for my kids – how she made the most beautiful quilt as her senior project this year, complete with pictures of her and our grandmother on it – and gifted it to our grandmother, the “great quilter.” But really what I want to tell about is how much she and her family have meant to me – but that’s kinda hard to put into words to. You see, I’ve known Carly her whole life – from the time she was a little toddler. She’s always had that beautiful dark hair and those dark beautiful eyes too by the way. But I didn’t get to really know KNOW Carly until the past few years. After my little sister passed away from the flu a few years ago, Carly’s family decided to move from Ohio to North Carolina. Really, there wasn’t anything holding them back – and they were tired of the cold, yucky Ohio weather. So my aunt Brenda moved Carly and my cousin Nolan down South and they now are just a few miles from from my parents’ home. (And I feel like it is a party now every time that I visit Wilmington – because since then, my grandmother and other aunt have also moved to Wilmington!) I really just don’t know what we’d have done without them in our lives now – we have so much fun hanging out – and they have just really been there through some tough times – God provides. “He gives and takes away” – Job 1:21
I’m so excited to see what path Carly takes after school…..and I’m so blessed that she and her family are really a part of my life and my path now too. Love you Carly!
Check out the ring our great grandmother Dora Belle gave Carly many years ago – her own high school ring – and my aunt had it resized for Carly to wear as hers!
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