Erin Flynn | Pilot Mountain Maternity Photo Session

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Pilot Mountain has always represented a peaceful place for me.  High atop the mountain at an elevation of 2400 feet, its quiet and calm surroundings make for a beautiful photo session setting.  It was only right to suggest this location for Erin’s maternity photo session!  Erin and Patrick Flynn, once residents of Winston Salem, North Carolina agreed to photograph here without having visited Pilot Mountain in a few years. They drove from their home in Charlotte on a Friday afternoon, did their photo session, and drove back home afterward.  I call that dedication and trust in me, as a photographer. Whew!

We have been planning this date for some months now so that it fell right when Erin was 34 weeks pregnant.  As we drove toward Pilot Mountain, I could see the clouds were starting to accumulate, hiding the bright sun behind them.  I felt a bit discouraged since I had hoped to capture a beautiful sunset and the golden glow on this Momma-to-be. However, after checking the weather forecast on multiple outlets, there was only a 20% chance of rain in the area, so I felt confident it would move around us.

Patrick and Erin are having a little girl! She is due to arrive towards the end of September.  They’ve chosen a name, but have decided to announce it publicly once she is born.  Their lives have been busy with getting ready for their little girl’s arrival. They’ve enjoyed celebrating with friends and family at a plethora of baby showers.  Their favorite gift so far is a crib that they have put into the woodland animal themed nursery.  These parents can hardly wait for all the sweet baby cuddles they’ll enjoy when she’s here soon enough!

Erin is a fellow photographer friend of mine whom just began her own photography business, Erin Flynn Photography in Charlotte, North Carolina. Check her out if you’re in the area!  We’ve become fast friends as we connect over our joint passion for photography — chatting weekly about business, sharing beautiful images, and learning this whole photography thing together!

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We began Erin’s session in the beautiful field of yellow wildflowers.  She dawned a gorgeous ivory lace maternity dress, which she looked so elegant in.  It was the perfect setting for the beginning of their session.  Erin and Patrick brought their sweet dog Sammy, a Shih Tzu, along with them.  Sammy stole the show! He sat beside them perfectly posed during the entire session.  I truly believe he thought it was his own personal doggie photo session — just for him!  Sammy has been their only fur child since he was a puppy, 6 years ago.  He even has his own Instagram, follow Sammy on his adventures especially as he becomes a new big brother, at @Sammy_the_shih_tzu!

Next, we moved to the most gorgeous spot on the mountaintop! We could see for miles and miles, the faint horizon in the distance. Those original storm clouds were building up along the horizon.  The air temperatures had dropped and the wind had picked up a bit.  I’ve been atop this location many times and have never seen it like this.  A storm was certainly brewing despite the original weather forecasts.  The wind whipped and twirled around us, not really blowing in one single direction.  Erin faced it all with a huge smile and made the most of the less than desirable circumstances.  At least it was not raining! We joked that hopefully, this was not a premonition that baby girl would come into the world like a whirlwind.  The moodiness of the sky and air gave the photo session a mystical, mysterious feel. There was a certain electric rawness in the air.  We captured some amazing images with the dark clouds and sun peaking out in the distance!

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Both Patrick and Erin killed it! We had a blast weathering the elements during their photo session and luckily it did not begin to rain until the very end of the photo session. We grabbed the necessary shots, packed things up, and let Mother Nature do her thing. Afterwards, on the way home, Erin messaged me, “It was well worth the long drive to capture this time in our lives at such a beautiful location!”

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Location: Pilot Mountain, North Carolina

Maternity Dress: ohm_maternity

Logan Bowling | College Senior Session

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Photos by Brittany Butterworth Photography

Logan Bowling, a native of Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina came to Salem College her Freshman year in 2015, excited about starting her undergraduate career. An academic scholarship and the promise of playing softball brought her to Winston Salem, North Carolina, home of the oldest women’s educational institution still in operation in the United States.   It was founded in 1772 by the Moravian Church. The liberal arts school has a long history of educating young women and maintains the motto of “Knowledge and Virtue.”

Logan, her sweet mother, and grandmother met me on the Salem College campus for her senior photo session, dawning a beautiful royal blue dress (one of Salem’s school colors) which complimented her summer tan and long blonde hair.  She was all smiles and ready to jump in front of the camera! We began the session on the college’s campus center, which is usually bustling with students during the school year.  We were lucky to have scheduled our session the week before move-in began, so the campus was relatively quiet, peaceful, and open to our creative exploration! Logan danced and laughed throughout the session, proudly wearing her cap and gown, and honor society cords for a couple of photos.

Logan changed into a more comfortable and casual outfit so we took advantage of Salem College’s many beautiful brick pathways and stairs, finally landing on the main building’s steps.  Logan’s smile radiated as she proudly showed off her beloved campus, where she’s made many memories with new friends and learned so much in her career field over the last couple of years.

To finish out our photo session together, we ended up on the athletic field with Logan in her lacrosse uniform. I know you’re wondering, “Lacrosse? I thought she played softball.” Logan took up the sport of lacrosse in 2016 and has maintained a position on Salem College’s team ever since.  Instead of a softball uniform with pants, she now wears a jersey with her lucky number ‘7’ and a lacrosse skirt.  She has sported the number ‘7’ since her sports career began at a very young age!

As a Senior, Logan has one more year to go until she is an official SC alumni.  The Exercise Science major has her eyes set on the May 2019 Graduation, but is excited to enjoy her last year and all that it will bring. When asked what she plans to do after graduation, she simply replied that she will be enjoying a few days under an umbrella on the beach!  After a break from reality and a little relaxation, she will be going to obtain her Doctorate in Physical Therapy.  She has submitted her grad school applications and will be anxious to receive the acceptance letters in the beginning of 2019.  I wish her the best of luck in her Senior year of undergraduate school and am excited to see where this wonderful next chapter in life takes her!

 

 

Candice & Nick | Engagement Photo Session

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Photos by Brittany Butterworth Photography

I met Candice and Nick at Candice’s parent’s horse farm in their small hometown of Red Oak, North Carolina.  It was a warm, humid, summer evening very typical for North Carolina.  The sun was setting slowly and the Eastern no-see-ums were buzzing around.  I was greeted by the lovely couple and their two energetic, tail-wagging, yellow labradors — Annie and Bailey.

Photos by Brittany Butterworth Photography

Candice, a paramedic, and Nick, a firefighter, met at work and have known one another for 10 years.  They maintained a work friendship until one day in March 2016, they started talking a little bit more.  Soon Nick asked her to dinner.  Candice was smitten as soon as she saw him step out of his truck and walk onto her porch.  She saw him in a whole new light and things were never the same!

Photos by Brittany Butterworth Photography

Photos by Brittany Butterworth Photography

In December of 2017, Candice and Nick were preparing for a weekend trip to the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina when Nick called Candice into the living room.  He was down on one knee with both of their dogs beside him – ring in hand! Nick asked her to be his wife and make their little family complete.  So simple and perfect! Candice mentioned she was glad he did it before their trip because he would’ve been occupied with nerves the entire time.  They were able to enjoy their trip as a newly engaged couple!

Their love for each other was evident during their engagement photo session.  They picked on each other, shared inside jokes, laughed incessantly, and couldn’t help but hold hands for most of the time.  Even when they weren’t meaning to, it seemed as if their movements were a choreographed dance; they were so in-sync.

Photos by Brittany Butterworth Photography

Candice and Nick gave me complete creative control for their engagement photos, with one exception.  She requested a couple of photos with the other two men in her life, ET and Splash; her two 31-year-old horses, who have been around since her childhood.

Photos by Brittany Butterworth PhotographyET and Splash have been Candice’s heart horses for what seems forever, watching her grow and navigate through life to this wonderful next chapter of marrying her soulmate.  They were quite important to include in the photos since they did love her first!

Photos by Brittany Butterworth Photography

We ended the session at sunset with their two pups! Annie and Bailey were so excited to be a part of the engagement photos; they could barely sit still.  Just imagine two yellow labs running around, so happy, so full of excitement! We all got a good giggle out of watching the chaos ensue. Candice chasing Annie, Annie following Bailey’s lead, and Nick trying to get Bailey to stand still for just 5 short seconds.

Eventually, they calmed down and rested beside their beloved owners for us to capture “the shot.”  Bailey belonged to Nick and Annie to Candice long before their relationship began. Now they are fast friends, inseparable, and so happy to have found each other, much like their parents!

Photos by Brittany Butterworth Photography

The wedding date is set for October 2018 at the same family horse farm in Red Oak.  Candice and Nick are looking forward to marriage and they can’t wait to share this special time with their loved ones!

 

 

The Bumgarner’s | Family Photo Session

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Mother Nature almost kept us from photographing this fun family session, but the Bumgarner’s were excited for their photos to be taken. Ryan admitted to me that they had not taken photos together since 2016, when their daughter Addison was only two years old.  They wanted to take a chance and moved forward with our scheduled date despite the 50% chance of rain.

 

I’m so thankful they did because we had nothing less than perfect weather! The sun hid behind the clouds keeping it moderately cool for a summer day in North Carolina. We chose the Archdale Park at Creekside for this family lifestyle session which made it a great location complete with open fields, bridges, walkways, wildflowers, and swings.

 

I met Addison for the first time, a very curious 3-year-old, turning 4 soon.  A bit shy at first, but soon she showed me her bright red painted toenails and gold jelly sandals. (Which I was a bit jealous of!) Her charisma and vibrant personality shone throughout the family session.  Addison enjoyed repeating her favorite colors to us, pointing out all the dogs being walked in the park, and picking the purple wildflowers in the field.  She entertained us all with her sassiness and curiosity to see what was around the next corner.

Photos by Brittany Butterworth Photography

Ryan and Kirstin kept up with her every move and each flower she found!

 

They were such a sweet family to photograph!  Towards the end of our time together, Addison may have negotiated her way to the swing-set, which is one of her favorite activities to do during the warmer seasons.

 

We snapped a few more frames of the family together swinging and then called it a “wrap” for the Bumgarner’s photo session.

Photos by Brittany Butterworth Photography

 

 

 

The Hoge Girls | Equine Photo Session

Photos by Brittany Butterworth Photography

Riley and Berkley Hoge have been horse crazy ever since their parents could remember! They’ve played with Breyers, ridden their grandparent’s horses, gone to horse summer camps, and taken advantage of every possible pony ride at a birthday or trail ride on vacations.  Riley began riding when she was 11 and Berkley began at the age of 8. The first time the girls rode a horse was at Seabrook Island Equestrian Center for 30 minute pony rides; that’s when the horse craze began!  Berkley and Riley have been around horses since they were young; their Grandpa Ed, Grandma Kelly, and Aunt Shelby have horses in Ohio, where they’ve enjoyed learning the basics and the occasional trail ride.  What started as just beginner lessons to try out this whole horse deal, led them to become permanent riders at Sunnybrook Farm in Advance, North Carolina.

Riley enjoys learning Dressage and Jumping on her leased horse, Scout, a 9-year-old American Paint mix, who has been a therapy horse for mentally and physically handicapped individuals.  They just became a riding duo less than a year ago.  She’s learned a lot with Scout so far, including Intro Level Dressage and Show Jumping.  They recently competed at a local Combined Training event in Dressage and rode really well, considering they were a new pair.  Her favorite memory with Scout was when they had a phenomenal jump lesson back in April; he was so good!  Riley’s favorite thing about Scout is his sweet and goofy personality.  She enjoys buying him gourmet horse treats and pampering him with lots of love.

Photos by Brittany Butterworth PhotographyPhotos by Brittany Butterworth PhotographyBerkley has been leasing, riding and showing Dok for over 2 years, developing their partnership as they go.  Dok is a registered 24-year-old Purebred Arabian, retired from the show-ring, and living his best life at Sunnybrook Farm.  Dok enjoys teaching Berkley the ropes of Dressage and showing at open horse shows. On the same hand, Berkley loves learning what Dok has to teach her.  They have had their fair share of life lessons.  Berkley credits Dok teaching her to never give up and to keep working hard.  She pampers him with treats, neck scratches, and lots of hugs and in return, he gives her his trust and confidence.  Berkley’s favorite memory with Dok was at a horse show in Raleigh when Dok stole a pita chip she was eating.  He thought it was delicious and he started getting a bit greedy and shoving her with his nose signaling that he wanted more!

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These two sisters are in it for the long haul! They spend most of their summer vacation at the barn; grooming, riding, and grazing their beloved partners.  Often begging their parents to go to the barn every chance they get!

Photos by Brittany Butterworth PhotographyWe had a wonderful time on this summer evening, photographing the four together during their equine photo session.  Lots of laughs and huge smiles were shared.  And the quote ‘Sisters who ride together, stay together’ was coined!

Photos by Brittany Butterworth Photography

Location: Sunnybrook Farm in Advance, North Carolina

Hair: Jessica Smith at Gemini Hair Fashions in Advance, North Carolina.

Just a dusting of snow…

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The weather forecasters knew it was a difficult snowstorm to accurately predict, they said it themselves.  A giant snow storm swept from Maine all the way down to Texas, moving briskly from West to East dumping snow, ice, and sleet in every place it touched – while maintaining below freezing temperatures. The conditions in North Carolina were ripe for a good snowfall.  

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But what had been originally forecasted for only a dusting of snow during the morning hours of Wednesday, turned into 7 inches of fresh powder across 16 hours.  Our area officially closed down for 2 days.  As many people know, it takes only less than an inch of snow in this Southern state to shut everything down.

My fiancé and I decided to venture out in our 4-wheel drive Volvo during the height of the snowfall, to enjoy the snowy sights of Downtown Winston-Salem and to take a couple of snow photos.  

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We ventured to Innovation Quarter, Long Branch Trail bridge, Liberty Street, the Artivity Park, and to the West End and Ardmore neighborhoods and Miller Park.  

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The photos we captured were magical!  The many layers of falling snowflakes provided depth to each image, transforming them into wintery pieces of art.  

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Downtown was mostly deserted except for a few cars, city buses, and people walking down the street.

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Snow days are my favorite.  The quiet falling snow creates so much peace.  It is a gentle reminder to slow down and relax during our bustling lives.  A time to enjoy a hot cup of chocolate and watch the snowflakes accumulate outside.  I always appreciate these delicate snow storms that bring calm for just a little while.

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Soon enough the sun does come out again, shining brightly on the reflective snow and the morning rays settle their golden cast on everything it can reach.  The warmth begins to melt the layers of powder and just like that, the peaceful snow day is soon just a memory.

Locations:

ARTivity on the Green Park

The Tap West End

Long Branch Trail

Miller Park

Bailey Power Plant

So the Adventure Continues…

 

Imagine having the most beautiful wedding at your family’s farm surrounded by all of your closest relatives and dear friends while you exchange your vows on the front lawn. Everyone sharing special moments, lots of laughter, and dancing the night away until it was too darn cold on a late November night to continue. Then immediately the next day being whisked away by your adoring husband to Italy on your forever honeymoon. Sounds like a dream, right?

Well…This was quite the wonderful reality for Bride-to-Be, Summer who took only 6 months to plan her entire wedding and details to a ‘T’ all the while preparing for what many would call “The Dream Life” in Italy.  Summer, a former high school math teacher turned military wife and travel blogger met her husband Stephen, a paratrooper for the United States Army, on eHarmony in 2016. Their quickly budding relationship hit its first roadblock soon after they had been dating.  Stephen was scheduled to be deployed to Italy for 3 years to continue his service.  They successfully managed a long-distance relationship with Summer flying over to visit Stephen on his long breaks enjoying each other’s company in the beautiful Italian countryside and traveling to other European countries together.  They were soon engaged and officially married in the middle of 2017. They just couldn’t wait any longer!  Summer left her teaching job readying herself for the military life and big move overseas to be with her husband.  But first an official ceremony and after-party to celebrate was a must.  Since Summer was a little girl, it had been her ultimate dream to be wed to her forever husband on her family farm.  Stephen recognized the importance of this event for her; he along with her family set out to make her dreams come true!

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Summer and Stephen exchanged their vows in front of family and friends on November 25th, 2017 at Dillon Farms in Colfax, North Carolina.

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It was an unseasonably warm day for the Saturday after Thanksgiving.  While many people were still in food coma from Turkey Day, there was quite the hustle and bustle on the farm. The Bride and Bridesmaids enjoyed mimosas while getting dolled up for the big event.  The Mother of the Bride, Terri was putting the finishing touches on the ceremony site complete with a spray of roses and greenery on the wooden altar handcrafted specifically for the their ceremony.  The Father of the Bride made sure the Reception and Cocktail areas were exactly how Summer had envisioned; cozy, floral, and inviting for all the guests to enjoy after the ceremony.  The Groom and Groomsmen enjoyed snacks and manly cocktails while relaxing in the family’s RV as they watched Star Wars.

The ceremony took place in the front yard of the Dillon home. A semi circle of white chairs faced the altar filled with excited guests witnessing the couple’s vow exchange.

Wedding guests seated at ceremonyStephen ,dressed in his Army Service Uniform stood along side his Best Man and Officiant – Summer’s Uncle, a U.S. Air Force retiree. Summer was escorted by her father from their farmhouse down the long driveway to her final destination, in the hands of Stephen.

A very touching poem was read called These Hands reminding Summer & Stephen the importance of their joining their lives together.

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“These are the hands of your best friend, young and strong and full of love for you, that are holding yours on your wedding day, as you promise to love each other today, tomorrow, and forever.

These are the hands that will work alongside yours, as together you build your future.

These are the hands that will passionately love you and cherish you through the years, and with the slightest touch, will comfort you like no other.

These are the hands that will hold you when fear or grief fills your mind.

These are the hands that will countless times wipe the tears from your eyes; tears of sorrow, and tears of joy.

These are the hands that will tenderly hold your children.

These are the hands that will help you to hold your family as one.

These are the hands that will give you strength when you need it.

And lastly, these are the hands that even when wrinkled and aged, will still be reaching for yours, still giving you the same unspoken tenderness with just a touch.” –Author Unknown

A lot of happy and sad tears were shed as the day progressed. A happy time of celebrating their union but also many goodbyes before their adventure continued 5000 miles across the ocean. After the ceremony, guests took their chairs to the reception tent awaiting the arrival of the bride and groom. Their first dance was to the Feels Like Home song by Chantal followed by the father daughter dance with a surprise twist. Summer and Vic had been secretly planning a choreographed duo to The Time of My Life by Bill Medley and 24K Magic by Bruno Mars. It was quite the hit as they busted a few planned moves on the dance floor as Stephen and guests watched. The party continued on with more dancing, laughter, and hugs.

Father Daughter Wedding Dance

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It was a bittersweet farewell as the night came to a close. The happy couple were sent off by excited guests via a fiery sparkler exit ending with a big bear hug from the Bride’s father.  It had been a very successful wedding day.

 

The newlyweds were ready to begin their next adventure together in Italy! We wish them the best as they live out their dreams and forever honeymoon. We look forward to following their journey as they navigate this next part of their adventure!

Congratulations SGT & Mrs. Stephen Bowers!!!

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Vendors

Venue: Dillon Farm

Dress: Church Street Bridal

Suits: Men’s Wearhouse/ ARMY

Makeup & Hair: Hilarie Abel with The Loft Salon

DJ: DJ Vittles

Catering: Ron Bullock Jr from The SmokeHouse Bandits BBQ Competition Cooking Team

Cake & Cupcakes: Godino’s Bakery

Wedding Coordinator: Susan Orr

Wedding Photographer: Brittany Butterworth Photography

Planning, Design, Hand Lettering: Summer Bowers, Outside This Small Town

Florals: Terri Dillon

Tent, Ceremony, & Reception Rentals: Triad Event Rentals

Bartender: Jaclyn Dienes

Wood Pieces: Dillon Lawn & Tree Service

 

 

 

 

Katie & Euphoria … A Dream Horse

Katie & Euphoria
Euphoria PA (Masquerade PA X Donatella)

Katie donning a beautiful, silhouette dress matching her long black hair, slowly led her crystal white mare toward the location of the photo shoot.  Having photographed Katie before, I knew we were in for a creative, artsy equine photo session!  Let the fun begin; “time to capture their unique personalities together” was my initial thought.  This pair took to the camera almost instantly!  Their newly formed bond shone through immediately.  Euphoria looked to her new owner for a little extra confidence, while Katie kept her new horse calm and focused.

Katie and Euphoria have only been in a partnership for three short months, since Katie stumbled upon this beauty on an impromptu trip to Sandspur Ranch in Scottsdale, Arizona while on a business trip to Dallas, Texas.  She decided to extend her trip into a short vacation, where she was first introduced to Euphoria. It was love at first sight, according to Katie.  She rode a couple of other horses, but knew Euphoria was the one for her!  Katie couldn’t look away from her big, expressive eyes, which seemed to draw her gaze and interest even more.

Katie and Euphoria

Euphoria PA (Masquerade PA X Donatella) is a 7 year old Purebred Arabian mare who arrived at Cedarbrook Arabians the beginning of the Summer.  They have enjoyed taking lessons, hacking around, and just learning more about one another.  Euphoria’s personality just keeps getting bigger and brighter the more she opens up to Katie.  Her ears prick forward when you enter her stall, especially when she knows there might be peppermints involved — her favorite treat.

Equine Photo Session with Katie and Euphoria

When asked what Katie’s favorite characteristic is about Euphoria, she had a difficult time choosing just one.  After much thought, she did settle on one important quality; Katie loves how sweet she is.  Euphoria knows no stranger and seems to have an affection for each person she meets.  The mare has not encountered a person she hasn’t liked.

Katie mentioned one time she had a really terrible day, so she decided to go to the barn late that evening and spend some time with her favorite horse.  She sat down in the corner of her stall when Euphoria came right over to her, gently resting her head on Katie’s, and falling asleep. At that point, Katie felt peace and so connected to her.  A really special moment she will never forget.

The duo just competed in Euphoria’s first ever horse show and their first together at the Rocky Mount Charity Open Show in Rocky Mount, North Carolina.  They had stellar rides and won a few ribbons; a cherry on top of their awesome performance.  This show was the first of many!  In April 2018, they plan to compete in Raleigh, North Carolina at the JB Hunt Horse Complex at their first A-Rated Arabian horse show. After qualifying there, the pair is hoping to make their way to the Region 12 Arabian Horse Championships in Perry, Georgia.  The ultimate goal is to compete and win at Nationals.

After spending a lot of time together with this duo, I know the future is bright for them as they continue to strengthen their bond. Their loyalty, trust, and friendship are already strong.  Good luck to Katie & Euphoria as they pursue their dreams!

Equine Photo Session with Katie and Euphoria

Missy & Brian | Family & Maternity Session

The Walsh Family

Photo Sessions in Wilmington, North CarolinaIt was a beautiful day for a two-in-one maternity and family session with Missy and Brian Walsh, and their 3-year-old daughter, Kate. Not only were we able to capture pictures of the family of three, we also had a little quiet time to photograph the expecting parents alone.

The Walsh Family Photo Session in Wilmington, North Carolina
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What started out as a windy session on Wrightsville Beach with a shy little girl, turned into something special when we moved to a much quieter place at the New Hanover Arboretum. In her “Princess Dress”, as Kate referred to it, she began to open up and steal the show with her adorable personality. With a little provoking of “say cheese”, Kate would strike a pose and smile big for the camera showing us all how it is done. It was easy to see how much she adores her parents in the way that she hugged their necks, held their fingers and looked up at them with admiration throughout their photo session.

Missy and Brian met and started dating over 12 years ago. This upcoming November will mark their 9th wedding anniversary! Missy is an accomplished horse trainer in Wilmington, North Carolina.  We actually met showing horses together on the Arabian horse show circuit – a passion near and dear to my heart.  She manages a barn and a riding lesson program at the beautiful Cedarbrook Arabians.

A New Addition

The Walsh’s are anxiously awaiting the arrival of their baby boy Michael, due soon on November 9th. They are most excited about a new addition to their family dynamic and watching their love grow with this bundle of joy. Missy said they’re most looking forward to seeing who the little guy resembles, either her or Brian. Will he have crazy hair like Kate did when she was born? They cannot wait to meet him soon enough and find out the answers to the mysteries they have been wondering about for the last 8 months!

Kate is already planning her big sister duties. She’s promised to hold him a lot, give him his bottles, teach him everything she knows, and love him with all her heart!

Of course, the family is not complete without their fur dog child Jack Russell, Lucy (not pictured). Missy said she’s their protector, loyal companion, travel buddy, horse show mascot, and best friend to Kate. I have a feeling Lucy will also be a “big sister” and protector of baby Michael when he arrives.

The best part about this session was capturing the love and personalities of Missy, Brian, and Kate. It was obvious how much they adore one another through their expressions in each photograph. Michael will be a warm addition to their growing family. He is already loved by so many!

Photo Sessions in Wilmington, North Carolina

Sarah’s Maternity Session

Sarah & Blake | Maternity Session

 

Sarah and Blake’s maternity session was a particularly special shoot. Sarah and I have been childhood friends since we were the age of three and have managed to maintain a healthy, supportive friendship for the last 25 years — especially through all of life’s events, changes, and  many moves. It was an honor to photograph Sarah’s maternity session and capture their excitement.

Sarah and Blake reside in Franklin, Virginia, where Blake operates his own turf farm, and Sarah is busy working as an occupational therapist for the Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU. They have been happily married for 3 years, but have been together for a total of 6! Both Sarah and Blake are enjoying focusing on the arrival of their newborn and embracing the changes that they are going through together.

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It’s A Boy!

Baby Walker Thomas Phillips is due October 8th and the parents-to-be are quite excited. While he will be their first baby, the couple considers Walker’s fur sibling, Brutus, to be just as special and loved. Brutus still isn’t quite sure what to think about all of the new differences in his life, between moving into a new home and the set up of a nursery — which they have decorated in a neutral theme, except for a pop of bright colors dotted throughout.

Sarah says she is most excited about getting to see what her newborn will look like and who he will resemble the most. One of the things she has ultimately enjoyed about her pregnancy is feeling him move and says it is such a surreal feeling, one that she is certain she will miss once he’s here!

The soon-to-be parents have been given advice from their loved ones about their successes and blunders in parenthood, and have been showered with an abundance of love and support from their friends and family. All of these, in turn, have helped them prepare for this next chapter in their lives of parenthood. I am ecstatic to celebrate in life’s newest changes for them and cannot wait to welcome Baby Walker into the world.