Sarah + Gabe + Snow

I’ve known these two beauties for a long time – like, since the middle school blue-eyeshadow-to-my-eyebrows-phase long time. Thankfully, they’ve stuck around! We all met through a combination of school and youth group, and our lives have been these beautiful intersecting collisions ever since, not least of which was Sarah and I being classmates in seminary together.img_7661

Over the weekend, central North Carolina had our semi-annual snowpocalypse; despite it being a balmy 60 degrees on Christmas, temperatures plummeted into the teens and below, and the roads were slick with ice. Our road still hasn’t melted.

Four inches is hardly enough to compare with my first winter in Massachusetts; I remember the first significant snow fall being something close to four or five feet. And admittedly, it’s taken three winters away from New England for me to love the stuff again. But this time around, I couldn’t wait to strap on the dusty ski pants and venture out. Bonus: Sarah and Gabe wanted to do the same!

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Thanks for playing in the snow with me, y’all! And for sticking around for so long.

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2016

I don’t know about you, but my social media has been clogged with people lamenting how horrible 2016 has been. And, I feel those feelings too; there has been a lot of global-wide fear and harm done. Celebrating the good does not diminish the impact of the wrong, but I want to take a moment and choose to look back at some of my cherished memories from this year. My most favorite moments were largely not photographed by me, or photographed at all. But for the ones I have, I cherish.

So, 2016, in closure:

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Okay, so technically, this one is from 2015; the very first photo I ever took with my Canon Rebel – the smiling face of my beloved who gave it to me!

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Wishing you all a safe and rejuvenating New Year’s, and let’s get ready to spread more love in 2017!

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Ashley & Josh: Elopement

I was sitting in an all-but-empty theatre when Ashley sent me a message asking if I’d be around the week of Christmas to take some pictures. I will! I replied, darting up a quick glance at the previews before the film started. And to my query “what kind of photoshoot are you thinking?” she replied, “Josh and I are going to the courthouse to get married!”

The phone all but fell out of my hands!

As it turns out, the courthouse would be closed the day before Christmas Eve, and so through a flurry of texts Ashley told me they had relocated to Duke Gardens. It was bright, and cold, and a gorgeous day to get married.

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Ashley met me at my car, a little breathless from the walk and the excitement, and we trod over to a little stone-stepped spot overlooking the gardens where her parents, grandparents, colleague/officiant, and soon-to-be husband awaited. I couldn’t stop grinning. Everyone was so calm, so centered. Ashley told me they’d found a wonderful woman at Lowes Foods to do the boutonnière and bridal bouquet, and they’d had their rings engraved on Black Friday. I had never been surrounded by so many peaceful people on a wedding day, in that sparkling almost-Christmas sun.

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After Nana helped affix the boutonnière, the ceremony began. John 15 was read and vows were made.

All was calm, all was bright.

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Ashley’s parents signed the certificate and everyone posed for a few portraits. Then, Ashley and Josh and I took a little stroll about the gardens.

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After we wrapped up the photo-taking, Ashley and Josh headed back to their car. They were heading home, for a wedding luncheon of her mother’s lasagna (a favorite) and to put on their coziest flannels.

What a perfect day.

Christmas!

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Christmas morning J & I woke up lazy and late, as we’d both been in the midnight service the eve prior. All our animal babies were snug about us … until I unwrapped my favorite present, that is! A practice chanter! For learning the bagpipes!

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J’s Christmas gift trend to me is slowly but surely becoming this: buying me the artistic thing I need to reach the dream I’ve always had. These pictures were taken on last year’s gift, my beloved Canon Rebel. And here we are.

We made our way East for an afternoon with my in-laws, who happily posed for some family portraits in the mild December sun. (It’s a rare white Christmas down south, y’all).

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It’s almost 30 years of marriage for these two!

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Despite the fact that J and his little sister slid so easily back into the days when he would push her around in the swing, Grayson is growing up. She’s bound for college in the fall! So we took a few senior portraits.

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A few more pictures later, it was time for a scrumptious dinner and then on to the next Christmas festivities with my mother and brothers and, of course, more cats.

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I hope whatever holiday(s) you are cherishing that they are warm and full of light. Merry Christmas, Happy Hannukah, Blessed Kwanzaa, and Happy Solstice from Photos by Lizzie!


Want to book me for your own portrait session? Contact me here!

Krystle + Christian in the North Carolina Museum of Art

When Krystle told me she wanted to do her Christmas photos in the North Carolina Museum of Art, I was ecstatic. I knew I’d be meeting someone who had a flair for funky photos and an appreciation of the (surprisingly extensive and excellent) collection housed there. I was not disappointed!

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Mother & child in front of Madonna & child!

We had a blast posing with Rodin’s and playing with the quirky, gorgeous surroundings. Exactly my kind of day. And would you just look at their complimenting plaid! My Scottish heart was singing for all the tartan love!

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And this is only the beginning! Krystle and I are hoping to collaborate more in the future, so this is not the last you’ll see of this sartorially savvy lady!


Want to book your own photoshoot? Contact me here!

Magical Marleigh & Maggie

If the fact that Lauren wanted to do a Harry Potter-themed newborn shoot doesn’t tell you how awesome she is, I don’t know what would.

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Wingardium Leviosa!

Lauren, like Phillip and J and Brock, is a cornerstone member of our back-pew brigade of mischief-makers. Cuddling with these sisters and harmonizing with their mama on Sundays are some of my favorite things!

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Marley is fond of calling her newborn baby sister, Maggie, “her” baby. When she wasn’t reading words to her from well-worn pages or shaking a snow globe, she was clutching Maggie’s hand and saying “my baby, it’s okay, I’m here!” Cue: heart melting.

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Since we snapped these photos right before Thanksgiving, we could include a special guest- these girls’ great-grandmother. Lauren asked me to capture her beautiful hands holding such tiny, new life. What a breathtaking expanse of life in such a small, tender moment.

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Future member of the D.A. here, just learning some basic spellwork with Hermione’s wand!

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I couldn’t be more smitten with these ladies if I tried!

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If you want your own Harry Potter themed photoshoot – engagement, newborn, family portraits taken, it won’t cost a Gringotts fortune! Contact me here.

A Hike in the Woods

I first met Amelia in a New Testament course at the University of Edinburgh. She matriculated there full-time, but I was only visiting for a semester. It didn’t take long for me to realize what an incredibly warm person she is – even knowing I was only there for a spell, she was sure to reach out to me and we enjoyed lovely walks around blustery, gorgeous Edinburgh.

And now, she’s studying in the states for a year! She made her way down to Durham and we couldn’t have enjoyed her company more. What a treat to have friends from far and wide! Tupelo took us all on a walk, and we met up with our pals Aaron and Maggie – fellow shutterbug (Aaron) and patient models (Maggie and my spouse!).

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Well, maybe not that willing to model…

Don’t forget about my Christmas Card Photoshoot Sale ongoing until December 1st!

 

Christmas Card Photoshoot SALE!

Last week, while snapping pics of these cuties, J told me he had spent the night prior putting up a Christmas tree. One of their usual four. He was chuckling a little as he said it, and I laughed too – it is, after all, not even Thanksgiving yet. But in all earnest, Phillip added, “It’s been such a terrible week, we needed Christmas.”

And honestly, I just could not agree more.

One of my favorite Christmas traditions in our household is the annual Christmas Card – more specifically, the photoshoot. I love cheeky, kitschy Christmas stuff. And what I love even more than cheeky Christmas stuff are cheeky cats in Christmas costumes.

Unfortunately, the only being in the house who will let me dress them up is my spouse – and even that, I fear, has an expiration date. So usually it’s us dressed and the cat half-out-of their santa hats.

See for yourself:

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Awww, baby Burt.

Now, these masterpieces are crafted with a tablecloth hung over a curtain rod, a self-timer, and an affable, if resigned, spouse.

But this year, two things are different:

One, I want to spread my love for Christmas cheesiness farther and wider, which is where you come in!

And two, we have a dog. And DOGS, it turns out, are MUCH easier to put in costumes!

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Okay, okay, she enjoyed it about as much as the cats do.

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SOOO the point is:

I am running a special on Christmas Card photoshoots until December 1st 2016!

For $40 (plus mileage, if necessary) you get a 45-minute photo session for you, your pets, your cute kids, your cute boo, yourself, whoever! One location, one outfit, ugly Christmas sweater contests preferred.

I will then send you, via DropBox, full-resolution digital images for your printing pleasure within 72 hours of your shoot, so everyone in your life can enjoy your beauty on their fridges this holiday season.

All you have to do is contact me before December 1st to set up the time and place! 

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Do it for Tupelo. Save her from her erratic dog-mom.