Huda McGraw

Huda McGraw

Class of 2016

Fort Fisher, North Carolina


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Another beautiful destination shoot!

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It was so much fun getting to shoot Huda’s senior portraits!  We drove the airstream down and held the shoot just before sunset at the beach.   These are a few of our favorite images!

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Huda is a lot of fun to be around and we are grateful to have her on as one of our Rockstar Ambassadors this year.

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She attends Terry Sanford High School and is a star tennis player there.  She plans to continue playing tennis in college next year and we can’t wait to hear where she decides to go!

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Huda, thank you for choosing to do your senior pictures with us!

You’re the best!

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Kayla Brown

Kayla Brown

Class of 2016

Fort Fisher, North Carolina


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Destination shoots are among our absolute favorite things!

Sunsets on the beach are a tough day’s work… (OK, who am I kidding?)

 How great is it that we are so close to so many beautiful locations?  I never want to take for granted all of the beauty around us and make it a priority to capture as much of it as I can throughout the year.

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We were lucky to enough to make it to the coast before the chilly weather and monsoons that were brought to us by Hurricane Joaquin.

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Late summer/early fall – this weather can feel free to stick around!

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Congratulations, Kayla!  We had a blast capturing your senior portraits and love the location you chose!  Good luck with everything you do!

Kayla attends South View High School and plans on attending The University of Florida next year.  Go Gators!!

Buckeye’s Flag Football


 Buckeyes Flag football

Hope Mills, North Carolina


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What a handsome (and tough!) group.

I had a blast capturing Coach Mo’s team pictures and am excited to share a few favorites.

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These faces.

Its turns out “intimidation” is a requirement to get on the team, and all of the boys had plenty of it!

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Watch out for Jack Britt Class of 2027 –  their football program is about to be stacked.

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Here’s what the coaches had to say about the experience:

“The HopeMills Buckeyes Flag football team had a blast at their Photo session.  Ryan was great!  He was very involved with the kids and made it really fun.  He knew how to handle the kids to make it fun but also get the job done.  He channeled the kids energy and seem to really understand the needs of the team.  Too often with school and sports photos the photographers are in a rush to get to the next person/job.  However, we did not feel that way with Ryan.  He took his time; we appreciated that. Overall, working with his company was professional and entertaining.  Players: HAPPY, Parents: HAPPY and Coaches: HAPPY!”

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Well Buckeyes, you have a HAPPY photographer as well.  Looking forward to watching you grow as a team!

Lookout for the Buckeye’s Cheerleaders coming in the next few weeks!

Bethany Mote


Bethany Mote

Gray’s Creek High School

Class of 2016


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We loved working with this girl!

We headed to the downtown Fayetteville area with her and her mother to capture these portraits.

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Bethany is a cheerleader at Gray’s Creek High School who loves fashion and spending time with friends.

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You can tell by her photos that she was a lot of fun to work with and we wish her the best of luck this year!

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You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.”

– C. S. Lewis

Bethany, congrats on your senior year!

Harmony Manning

Harmony Manning

Class of 2016


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It was such an honor to capture this young lady’s senior portraits!

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Who knew that downtown Fayetteville has so much diversity?  Its great to have so much beautiful scenery in one place.  It also doesn’t hurt that the weather has been ah-maz-ing lately.  Can sunny and 70’s stay until Christmas?  Please?

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Harmony is graduating from Southview High School this year and plays soccer.  Her spunky attitude and sweet spirit really shine through in her portraits!

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Harmony recently suffered a loss in her family and our hearts go out to her.  Since the loss, she has seen butterflies popping up around her and said they have been a sweet reminder and a small comfort to her.

We were lucky enough to have this happen during our shoot:

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How amazing is that?

Harmony, thank you so much for allowing us to be a part of your senior year!  We hope that you love your portraits and that they serve as a small tribute to your loss.

Sammy Jayne

Sammy Jayne

Class of 2016

Cape Fear High School


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Nothing says “summertime” like a jeep in an open field, amirite?

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His mom and girlfriend were excellent helpers and fun to have at the shoot.  We always encourage loved ones to come along and even be in a shot or two if they would like.

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These two.  See what I mean?

We went to a nearby creek for some different scenery and then to a dilapidated alley.  When I say “every session is an adventure,” I mean it!

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(He’s won a medal or two for wrestling.  NBD.)

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But seriously, this guy is so talented and we wish him the best of luck as he finishes out his senior year at Cape Fear.  It was a joy to capture your senior portraits, Sammy!

Beach Sessions – September 19th-20th

September 19-20


wan·der·lust
ˈwändərˌləst
noun
  1. a strong desire to travel.
    “a man consumed by wanderlust”

Living in Fayetteville, NC we’re surrounded by beautiful places (and beautiful people!).  It started with traveling around town to find the best, hidden places to photograph but has expanded to the mountains and the beach.  For creatives, its hard to stay in one place for long!

imageThe beach holds special memories for some and its special to get to capture them in their element.  I’ve had clients who grew up spending the summer at the beach and couldn’t imagine having their senior portraits done anywhere else.  For others, its a great reason to get away!  Sunset pictures on the beach?  “If I have too…”  :)

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We typically shoot in the Fort Fisher area and are headed there in just a few short weeks.  If you’re considering meeting us there, don’t hesitate to call for more information (910)-916-1493.

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The Singh Family

There are few days when I look forward to a 6am wake up call.  This day was one of them.


The Singh Family are past clients and it is a blessing and a praise knowing they love our work and desire more of our art for their walls.

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The new wife and I arrived at 8:30 to scout out the beach.

 Mornings at the beach = one of my favorite things in the world.  Does it get much better?

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The family arrived around 9:30, all coordinating in shades of reds and blues which looked amazing against the water!

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All of cousins came – 7 of which are college age!  They were so much fun and full of energy and laughter throughout the shoot.

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It really started heating up as the morning went on so we took a break and agreed to meet up again around 5pm to get some fun shots in the water.

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Thank you so much for spending the day with us, Singh family!  We loved every second!

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Something to Think About

Back to school, already?


This summer has flown by and its bittersweet to see it come to an end.  Its the last week of summer!  And we realize a lot of “back-to-schoolers” are getting some last minute back-to-school-shopping in.

I want to share something that gave me a lot to think about in terms of what I buy.  The documentary “The True Cost” is gripping, humbling and convicting.  It takes a really honest look at the fast fashion industry from growing the cotton all the way to the finished product in the store.

Graphics_3322469aA few, quick facts:

  • Some of these garment workers only make $3.00 for a days work!
  • In the mid-1960s, 95% of America’s clothes were made here; today, 97 percent are made elsewhere
  • The fashion industry is the 2nd leading cause of pollution (behind the oil industry)

(this link is for the trailer)

The full feature is currently on Netflix, itunes and Amazon

#causeaSEEN