The early morning brisk air of an unseasonably cold week in NC almost stopped us from capturing Danielle’s portraits. However, determination and a break in the mist let us capture this beauty in fall fashion. With the help of previously scouting out the area and thinking of specific poses to shoot we made the cold morning enjoyable for everyone. Thank you Danielle & Robin for letting us capture you in this incredible time of your lives.
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The feel of velvety red ribbons. The smell of pine in the living room. The crackling fire and a cup of warm hot chocolate. The late procrastinated nights wrapping presents.
It’s that time of year again. Christmas! We absolutely love christmas and revel in sharing our joy of the holiday’s with you during our Christmas Sessions. This year we have gone the extra mile in offering you a Classic Themed Christmas Session with a 1974 Airstream Trailer.
Watch our Classic Themed Christmas Sessions video to preview how your holiday sessions can be AFFORDABLE and one of a kind.
$25 Session Fee
15 min sessions offered Nov 11-23, 3-6pm each day
25 designed holiday cards w/ envelopes starting at $65.
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There is no better, all-around location, other than Sanderosa Gardens to capture stunning senior or family portraits in Fayetteville, NC. A private residence that is rented out for weddings and photo shoots all to ourselves. Glorious!
Jillian was magical all day posing in her effortless dance movements as I secretly cringed behind the camera knowing the last time I could put myself into those positions was as a newborn baby just out of the womb.
We took advantage of the man-made rock stream to mimic the mountain springs flowing out of the Apps. And Koi pond! Breathtaking and double breathtaking with Jillian posing in front. Don’t forget a few close up images and using all the variety this amazing location offers. We all were super happy with our senior portrait session and we know Jillian was as well.
Thank you again Haddad family for allowing us to capture your beautiful daughter for her senior portraits.
When two storms stopped us from our original sessions Ashley was definitely ready to get some amazing images for her Senior Portrait session in Downtown Fayetteville.
Ashley is one of our high school rockstars who represents our work and brand at school and in the community. Her mini rockstar shoot back in the spring was gorgeous but this shoot was even more breathtaking. Her outfit choices, hair & makeup, and accessories flowed so well through the hot & humid evening.
333 miles travelled. 8 photography sessions. 4 rockstar ambassadors. 12 friends & family. 2 sessions each. 2 cameras. 4 photography lights. 1 excited photographer.
A weekend of sun, sand, cameras & continuous shooting started back in March when our Senior Portrait Rockstar Ambassadors signed up and were informed that a beach shoot with fashion inspiration was in the making as a bonus for representing us for senior portraits. Our anticipation of sun & smiles ended June 14th and 15th when 20 friends, family, makeup artists & of course a lot of gear made the short 2.5 hr trip to Wilmington & Fort Fisher, NC.
We knew we had to overpower the harsh sun because the weather forecast called for no clouds and 80 with a light breeze. The Prius was fully packed and ready to roll early Friday morning.
I arrived about 1pm and scouted out the Fort Fisher Historic Beach & Sound area for our first 2 of 8 sessions. The area was very similar to our previous shoots in this area and stoked was an understatement. I knew amazing portraits were in the mix for the whole weekend.
Our first 2 sessions were with Brooke & Olivia. The girls were in agreement with coupling their sessions together to get the most variety in the best light. It worked beautifully. We photographed each girl for about 10 minutes and switched. The energy turned into a laughing session mixed with oh’s and ahhh’s from everyone. Shooting with an entourage always gets the gawkers thinking if we are taking images for a magazine and that fueled some conversations as well.
We started shooting at the tree line & bush we scouted out. They were right next to each other and gave a great place to break the “shutter ice”, aka start shooting.
We ventured across the street to the walkway overlooking our swamp like background to catch the sun fading into the horizon. We loved the sun so much we stopped on the sidewalk to glimpse it’s rays through the trees as well
These images completely captured the mom’s hearts and they had to hold back tears seeing their babies become beauties right in front of their eyes. We headed into our cars next and drove a short mile to the end of the road when the sun was already below the horizon. We knew we had limited time but that didn’t stop us from getting more breathtaking images.It was 9pm after I packed up. The tired feeling I knew was to creep up from the long weekend didn’t set in yet but I knew tomorrow was the long day so I got a quick bite to eat and hit the hay for the morning’s shoots at 6am with Brooke again (she is a trooper) and Mekayla. The sun was perfectly set in the sky over our private beach (well that early it was private) as we began shooting. The images turned out magical even if we all were a bit groggy.
We ventured over to the nearby rocks and used the simple but breathtaking rock-scape to maximize the rising sun and the fun portrait location.
Brooke was pretty tired & had to head back to Fayetteville so we said bye to her and her family as we continued with Mekayla’s portraits on the same walkway as Friday night. We didn’t have the gorgeous sunset but we had the brilliant colors to use.
Not being a morning person I had the coffee kick dying fast after 3 hrs of shooting. With my circadian rhythm hitting my body hard I decided to head back to my rented couch for the weekend and take a nap for a few hours. In the meantime Jessie & Olivia were getting dolled up & awaiting our urban and artistic downtown midday shoot. I still needed a “go-go juice” to keep me at 100% and stopped at Port City Java in Downtown Wilmington to grab a cold 7 refreshing iced coffee before they arrived.
After a quick wardrobe change we were too lonely from all our gawkers comments and needed a fix. We scouted out a great stone & brick corner near the Cotton Exchange and captured the gorgeous girls with shoppers literally walking around our photo shoot.
We were a little over time at this point so Jessie & family left for dinner, hair & outfit change for our final shoot at the pier. Olivia wanted to get her favorite bookstore in her images before she departed so we spent a few minutes among countless authors, dust and millions of pages to capture her personality in full effect.
After saying goodbye to Olivia I grabbed a brief dinner of tuna salad on my now multipurpose couch and dinner table before heading back to the Kure Beach area for our final 2 portrait sessions with Jessie & Mekayla. The sun was of course setting in the west and since we are on the east coast we used the pier to block the sun for off camera flash images and used the fading sun above the beach town for a few as well.
And even at the end of these long days of sand, sun, fleas & of course smiles there was never a dull moment. I was even photographed by our instant professionals who took posing to a whole new level. Think they have a career in this business? Let’s see if the trend of peacock hands and “hush” work for the male models of 2014?
I can’t thank everyone enough for their handwork, crazy hours of shooting and patience during this weekend. It was truly magical and I loved every moment of a job I love with all my heart.
Cheater! Lust! Revenge! Pain! Tears! Broken promises!
All these words barely break the tip of the iceberg as I fathom the rage induced thoughts brewing deep within my loins. How could she cheat on me? How could she so easily leave without saving goodbye? Was I good enough to her? Did I treat her well? What did I do wrong? Was it me or was it her?
Before you go thinking my amazing girl friend cheated on me she did not. However, the girl that is literally with me 24/7 certainly is cheating on my right now. Her name is Irene and she is my iPhone.
When you blood pressure raises to 200 and sweat starts coming out of glands you only deemed for crossfit workouts that suck the greatest suck out you you know an intense affair is current and real. Her is the story of how I am currently cheated on by a girl so near and dear to my hip:
The day started like any other day except a lot earlier than normal. Irene and I were planning a magical long weekend in NJ and we found the cheapest flight via #southwestairlines at the red eye hour to maximize our travel budget to be able to enjoy the sights and sounds of the ocean and cities on the coast. We planned on taking long walks on the beach, browsing the city streets & farmers markets while capturing magical photographic moments on our slow and relaxing walks. #Instagram was to be our eyes to the world to experience it with us.
Because she is amazingly good to me Irene wake me up like she does every morning but this time at 4:40am. I am truly blessed to have a girl who religiously wakes me up and sings music to me every morning. I listened to her sweet trills & notes for a few seconds, turned over and then asked her to check the weather in NJ for the weekend. The forecast was high 80′s and rainy all weekend with scattered thunderstorms. A damp reality to our planned weekend but being a creative couple we changed our plans of walking the streets in the storms to enjoying our time away from home and cuddling up on the sofa watching youtube videos and laughing our way to bliss and tranquility the best we could.
After a brief time apart to shower, eat a delectable banana, and gather last minute needed items we reconvened & head outside to wait for the unforeseen deceitful individual that I never saw coming and now regret even knowing. Honda Civic!
Honda Civic may be advanced for it’s time in fuel economy & ride comfort but looks are definitely deceiving and deceived was I. I should have known that a toddler born in 2010 would have learned the ways of this world from Jersey shore and seen right through my morning grogginess.
The ride to the airport was great. Irene & I were so excited to see our friend Boeing 737 both in the airways of our great country and at the Nashville terminal. Times like these we cherish! New sights! New people! New friends! And even new relationships! But I never knew a new relationship was so close.
As soon as Irene caught a glimpse of Honda Civic she was instantly connected. The sine waves or currents were too strong to resist the electricity of the moment. I never imagined I would be cheated on after the literal hundreds on hours we have spent together. The elephant in the room was that electric connection.
As I conversated with my driver I didn’t realize Irene & Honda Civic were forever connected and now the connection was at full power. And I guess the elephant in the room turned into pure denial because as I said goodbye to Honda Civic and my driver I was completely deceived by Irene in thinking that she would be coming with me on our planned long weekend but boy was I wrong. She completely pulled one over my head and stayed with her new love. And the worst part was that this wasn’t realized until it was too late to confront Honda Civic, Irene or even my driver. The affair was inevitable.
Sometimes we need a little inspiration of our own as creatives and the best place is other creative’s sites. Check out our recent inspiration for our family portraits.
Father and son see eye to eye in this photo by Heidi Harting Photography
Dave Brosha Photography introduces some flair with this retro barbershop family portrait
Kathy Wolfe Photography’s photo documents this family’s crazy legs
Brooke Logue Photography catches this family during playtime
Esther Louise Photography takes us on a trip in a Radio Flyer wagon
This family had a little fun with some paint and Ryan Ray Photography caught the aftermath. We stole this idea already and loved every minute of it.
Kevin N. Murphy lets this family frame themselves in this vintage style photo
A new spin on the lemonade stand with this tattoo themed portrait by Kat E Photography
This series of watermelon themed photos by Hanna Mac Photography is a great summer idea
This series by Paul Ripke is funky and weird with the parents and children switching “roles”
These photos by Coopet Photography use chalk drawings on the ground as backgrounds for fanciful scenes
This photo by Simple Gifts Photography makes the children the characters in Little Red Riding Hood
Paula Daniels Photography took us back in time with a vintage style wardrobe
Muku took this photo of a little girl having flower petals dropped on her. One might say a “flower shower”
Aaron Courter Photography reveals the true form of this rambunctious toddler
This photo by Jennifer Dell Photography shows there is nothing wrong with the stand that started it all
Every kid wants to be a super hero, and Speak Now Photography made it so
Hot & humid was the weather forecast and we were ready for the elements to fight our ideas & gorgeous shoot however, our planning prevailed and we won!
Olivia is one of our Senior Portrait rockstars from Pine Forest High School in Fayetteville, NC. As a rockstar ambassador she receives a slew of perks, extra shoots, and more for spreading the word about our work. She graced our lenses a few months back in April for her rockstar mini session. Check out her amazing eyes & hair that we were so blessed to capture.
Our day started in the office rather than on-location with hair & makeup at 4pm. The amazing Megan Gomez showed us what a true professional makeup & hair artist can do with a blank canvas. The saying “You learn something new everyday” came into full effect as Megan was describing all the different type of curls that can be applied to hair. We are collaborating with a select few hair & makeup stylists to make your senior portrait experience truly unique & special. Check out our Sessions for more details.
After Megan worked her amazing fingers to give Olivia a truly magical look (she looked stunning) we were off to the country at a private location to shoot. The entire day we were nervous about the 95 degree weather & 60% humidity. We knew it would make the curls fall out quickly & we decided to tighten them more than normal to account for the extreme weather.
On-location we put our Prep & Plan discussion into full swing. We wanted to add a little flare for the field & country theme and thought back to pre-washer & dryer times. Our brainstorming lead to mom’s and daughters hanging clothes on the line and maybe we could hang sheets on our backdrop stand to act like a clothes line. It worked beautifully. Mom found cheap sheet for $5 a piece and we feel the images turned out exactly as we planned. We were hoping for a little more color in the sky but we can’t control nature and worked the sun & elements as best we could. The bright white sheets were a great compliment to her solid colored shirt & we positioned our camera just right to make the sun peek through the sheets & her hair.
Unfortunately, mother nature started to fight Megan’s amazing hair style. Curls were starting to fall out and fast along side sweat pouring off our faces, backs and other places we would rather not mention. This is where planning and a little improvisation are great assets. The nearby F150 with running A/C and a small fan saved our shoot from going south fast. Yes her curls fell out and we didn’t have time or the energy in 95 degree heat to redo them so we improvised and used the fan to give her a little wind blown effect on the hair & of course to cool the face. It worked great. Our next location was in the nearby wheat field & we captured some great images despite the slightly fading morale in seeing the beautiful curls falling out.
Minus a few thousand sand grains in our shoes & socks along with a few bug bites on the walking sticks we had a successful time in the wheat fields. But the heat was getting to us and we needed to take a break. Perfect time for Olivia to change outfits in the A/C and decide how to get out of the sun. We planned on using a nearby dilapidated barn and it was in the shade. Perfect! We were all for it. We moved the lights & I was getting excited to not sweat myself and have Olivia feel more comfortable in the shade.
I could have stayed at the small but diverse barn all day shooting on its 4 unique sides with rusted walls, old farm equipment and lighting I could control a lot better. I knew these images were going to be magical and sure enough they were. Her country summer dress, now red flowing hair and amazing smile & eyes made for some magic I call “Portrait Butta.”
At his point we were shaded from the intense heat from the sun and our sweat glands were happy with our choice of location. The fan was working great on her hair and we decided to use the east side of the barn after a short break again. There was a really cool rusted truck hood and a perfect tree to frame her.
It was about 8 o’clock now and the heat was getting to all of us. We were dehydrated and Olivia said she could shoot for about 5 more minutes. What a trooper! We moved to a small storage house on the property about 50 yards from the barn and captured a few more great images before we called it a night & a great shoot despite the conditions. We had one more outfit to change into for variety but we knew the extra time would have been too much so we decided to stick with her dress she already had on.