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Daunte

April 13th, 2012

I have known Daunte all his life, in fact, I just love it when I get to do maternity photos, then newborn photos, and photos as the babies grow into toddlers then children. If you are a blog follower from way back, you have probably seen photos of Daunte as a baby – head full […]

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I have known Daunte all his life, in fact, I just love it when I get to do maternity photos, then newborn photos, and photos as the babies grow into toddlers then children. If you are a blog follower from way back, you have probably seen photos of Daunte as a baby – head full of gorgeous black hair and sparkly happy eyes. Doesn’t ring a bell? No problem…check him out. Tell me he didn’t know how to strike a pose at a very early age.

Well, that was three years ago, and his parents wanted new pics for his third birthday…since they hadn’t had photos in forever. That’s usually what happens, you look around and realize the last family photos you had either a) Don’t include most of your kids or b) Features your children as newborns or young babies. They change so much!

So, we got together in October, and went to Mordeci park (the same place I photographed the Hines family). But it was terribly cloudy that day, so we didn’t make it to all of the photo hot spots. This session (a week later) found the grounds looking very different. It had rained, which in turn browned the beautiful orange and yellow leaves on the ground. What was left were crunchy and dry, the rest had been blown away!

The awesome, cool, perfect for fall location that I described to my clients looked nothing like I wanted it to, but that’s Fall in N.C. Instead of focusing on the beautiful colors on the ground, this time I took advantage of the few leaves still hanging around the trees & used a colorful building & still green grass as backdrop.





I love these with the green!

Daunte was as cute as ever, and what a HUGE personality he has! He’s charming and funny, and warmed right up to the idea of photos. We then changed locations to Pullen Park, to the lesser known hilly side across from the N.C. State University campus. They day was gorgeous, and the colors at Pullen Park were much more fall than downtown’s offerings. Check out the gallery below to view the rest of the photos with the Jacksons.

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The Hines Family

November 28th, 2011

Because this post is of a family who is using shots for their holiday card, I’m not going to put it all out there, this one is more of a teaser post featuring the Hines family. Around here, holiday cards are a big thing – especially when you get NOTHING good in the mail these […]

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Because this post is of a family who is using shots for their holiday card, I’m not going to put it all out there, this one is more of a teaser post featuring the Hines family. Around here, holiday cards are a big thing – especially when you get NOTHING good in the mail these days but advertisements & junk. I look forward to sending & receiving cute cards every year, and I won’t be the one to post holiday spoilers! Check back in a few weeks when I post more favorites from this session.

Leigh, of the Hines-Sight blog is running a very, very cool holiday giveaway to one lucky reader, and I thought this would be a good time to do a sneak peek of some of her images…and talk a little bit about some of the unexpected things that happen when you’re an on location photographer – things like wind, cloud & gloom when you get to a location that’s usually perfect!

So, Leigh & I planned their session about a month in advance – it’s nice to have extra leeway for coordinating outfits and time to reschedule buffered in in case anything goes wrong – especially since these were going to be on a Holiday card. We planned to meet at City Market, in downtown Raleigh, because on Sunday afternoons, there’s no better place! Cobblestone streets, hidden walkways & it’s usually completely empty. Late day sunshine down there is an added bonus because it warms everything up so nicely.

Well, on the way downtown, I notice that it seems a *little* cloudy. It’s sunny at my house, so I think nothing of it. It’s mid-November, we’ve had a very mild Autumn and the leave are in their peak….well, in SOME places around town!

I take the scenic route downtown & I pass by Mordecai Park, which I’ve never stopped to explore because usually as I zoom by, all I see is a big yellow historic house. But on this particular day, out of nowhere it was a fall color explosion. The house, the grounds and everything around it was lit up in fall colors. Luckily, the grounds had been unattended & leaves were all over. I immediately start planning a fantasy photo shoot in my head, but I proceed downtown to my shoot location. Downtown…where there are no trees and the only leaves to be found are in the gutter – and it’s terribly overcast & windy by the time I drive the 15 minutes from my place. I meet up with the Hines family & have a brilliant idea. We’re going to do 20-30 minutes downtown, then head for brighter pastures – let’s move this party to Mordecai, I suggest! The family agreed, and after a few shots downtown, we changed locations. It was seriously getting gloomy down there!



We reconvened at Mordecai, where we were the ONLY people on the entire grounds. Perfect! Once we got there, the children loosened up, they ran & played in the grass, kicked the huge osage orange fruit (which are actually more closely related to mulberries than oranges!).


This location was absolutely perfect. While most people fear overcast days, photographers generally love them! No shadows, no sun glares to battle with, and in the wide open yard, the light was perfect. Under the trees, the color of the leaves was amazing.

The kids played & for the most part forgot that I was in their faces with a huge camera lens – and that’s what I like to happen! I tell you, there is nothing better than hearing baby giggles & laughter while you get to work. Leigh, thanks for bringing out the family, coordinating perfectly with everyone’s gorgeous blue eyes & being flexible!

This area has quite a few gems all within a 30 minute drive of downtown Raleigh. You would be surprised how little it takes for a location to be a fabulous backdrop. If you’re visiting from Leigh’s blog & want to enter into the giveaway, tell me what YOUR favorite local photo friendly spot is – if you win, we may just have to check it out together!

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Chloe & Kate

November 21st, 2011

Today is the kind of day that makes you wish that just for a little bit…it was really summer again.  I don’t know about your summers, but summers here are HOT from the time the sun goes up until the sun goes down (and then some).  Today, specifically when I thought of summer, I thought […]


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Today is the kind of day that makes you wish that just for a little bit…it was really summer again.  I don’t know about your summers, but summers here are HOT from the time the sun goes up until the sun goes down (and then some).  Today, specifically when I thought of summer, I thought of this session – with Chloe & Kate, two sisters that I’ve known since they were born.  There was a time, back when Chloe & my son Donovan were wee tots, that they were best of friends in daycare. Every story about Donovan’s day involved Chloe.  But, as kids get older & schools zone districts, they don’t see each other nearly as much as they used to – but luckily, us parents are friends – and I love that he has friends that he’s known “since forever” in his words.

So, when it was time for the girls to have new photos, Stacy gave me a call. The last time I did photos with them, Kate had just learned to stand & was able to wear her Christening gown.  This time, there was running, and giggling & twirls in dresses and laughs between sisters.  Even though it’s not nearly winter in N.C., and it’s barely even fall (it has been in the 70s all this week), this session reminds me of long summer days where the sun stretches as long and as far as it can and children take advantage of every last ray.

 










 

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The Johnsons – Family Session

November 1st, 2011

What do you get when you bring 3 teens and mom to a photo session? Lots of laughter and great photos, for one! I have known Jeris for a few years, since the kids were all small enough to play little league football! According to Jeris, the last time they had a family portrait, the […]


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What do you get when you bring 3 teens and mom to a photo session? Lots of laughter and great photos, for one! I have known Jeris for a few years, since the kids were all small enough to play little league football! According to Jeris, the last time they had a family portrait, the oldest was 4 weeks old….I’ll let you do the calculations on who was there and who wasn’t for that photo! At the last minute, Darryl (dad) couldn’t make it, but we decided to go on anyway and I think the results were great.

The relationship that Jeris has with these three is awesome to watch, I can only hope that when my son is a teen, he still laughs with me, tells me funny things & will still spend an afternoon taking photos with me like these three did.  So check out mom and her three “babies” – I haven’t laughed this hard at a photo shoot in a really long time! This is a huge share because I liked SO many of these.

Jeris, Danielle, DeVaughn & Dorian, thanks!

 

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Bailey & Taylor – Sisters

June 23rd, 2011

I have known these two girls for years it seems, I’ve watched them grow through the years from cute little girls to beautiful young women and I was so happy to get together with them for an anytime shoot.  I absolutely love working with girls this age, of course they go from “Gee…I don’t know […]


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I have known these two girls for years it seems, I’ve watched them grow through the years from cute little girls to beautiful young women and I was so happy to get together with them for an anytime shoot.  I absolutely love working with girls this age, of course they go from “Gee…I don’t know how to pose” to “America’s Next Top Model” in about ten minutes flat!  These two were working the camera!

I didn’t want to overshare on this session, but I had so many favorites! Sooo…I overshared :).

Meet Bailey (the big sister):


And meet Taylor (the little sister):

I didn’t leave out Kim either, because after some prodding, she joined in the fun with her two lovelies.

Bailey & Taylor, you’re funny, bright & beautiful! I enjoyed spending the morning with you two in the gardens.