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!