The Bumgarner’s | Family Photo Session

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family children photo session archdale creekside
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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

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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.

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
Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina

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