Do you know that famous saying "A lot can happen in a year?" Well that phrase has never rang more true in the year of a worldwide pandemic. Sara and Patrick were the winners of the Covid-Wedding giveaway last Summer where they were awarded a free wedding of their dreams right here in Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina. The only stipulations for the giveaway was that you had to be an engaged couple whose plans had been curved by the pandemic. Several amazing Wilmington wedding vendors donated their time and spirit so these two could get married by the sea and it was one gorgeous and intimate island wedding.
Fast forward a year, and here I am documenting another milestone: Family photos with their first-born son! Wilder is seven months old and is wayyy too cute for me. I enjoyed seeing a mixture of both his parents in his already booming personality. See below for a photo of this ladies man in the making! HAH. Thank you to the Jacksons for sharing a sunrise with me.
Six weeks with our super woman 🦸♀️
It has been so incredible to have this time with our strong, sweet and growing daughter. It will be bittersweet to start back up on photographing weddings in less than three weeks but thankful to have a job I love to come back to. Leave a comment below to settle the never-ending debate: Do you think she looks more like Jess or more like me?
Peeking through the crib, watching her mama.
Believe it or not, this beautiful bombshell is a high school SENIOR this year and her name is Katherine. She and her mom made the trek to Wilmington from the triangle area because they wanted to do something different. What a fun girl's trip! We decided to do Airlie Gardens because of its idyllic gardens and variety of backdrops. With her cheerleading background, Katherine was a natural at striking a pose, whether it be playful or serious. We did all these amazing photos AND an outfit change in less than thirty minutes. The rained started as soon as we got to our cars, it was like kismet.
The garden offer seniors a discount of $50 so hey seniors, if you want to do something this Fall or Spring, Airlie Gardens is the spot! Proof is in this collection of Katherine's beautiful face. Thank you ladies for the most amazing afternoon!
Well let me preface this whole blog post with one thing first: This sweet and beautiful family fed me homemade rice crispy treats right when I walked in the door, so you can imagine how much fun this shoot was for us. They didn't even know I was pregnant and having a major sweet tooth craving so they hit the nail on the head. But no, their amazing baking skills are not why I love the Spruill family, I've actually known them for years. We actually did a family shoot four years ago so it was so wonderful to see how grown up the daughters were and how each of them have blossomed into their own person despite being so close in age. The ages of the sisters ranged from 17 to 14 if I remember correctly. The youngest two are twins!
We did a fun mixture of groupings throughout this evening beach shoot- starting with a flirt session with Mom & Dad, then we did some photos with just the sisters, then each of them had their little moment of fame before going into full-family photos that even had grandma included. All the generations. It was the most stellar rhythm for this family shoot that took place in front of their Nags Head beach cottage. So thankful to know this family and look forward to many more!
Isabella had an amazing thirty-minute senior grad photo session in front of her family's beach house in Old Nags Head, North Carolina. She embraced her confidence with the perfect blend of humility and beauty. I was so impressed with how she moved throughout the shoot with such grace. When I was a senior, I definitely had the socially-awkward concept locked down to a T. Isabella however, is a young woman that knows how to show off some pearly whites! Congratulations you gorgeous thang!
This is Rachel. This beautiful lady is made to be in front of a camera so it goes without saying: this shoot was so much fun! Flawless Makeup by Isla painted her face with color and we went on a little hour long adventure in Wilmington. This was a lifestyle portrait shoot, meaning, we captured genuine moments in beautiful places we'd already be. Nothing planned (except makeup), nothing forced,
no expectations except to have fun. Just how it should be.
We just went outside Rachel's house for half the shoot and then we heard Wrightsville Beach was calling for a gorgeous sunset on the sound so we scooted over to the South end and relished the golden rays.