A Washington Duke Inn Wedding!

 

My friend Anna called me on Monday; she wanted to know if I was available for a last-minute booking for a definitely long-coming wedding. The answer, of course, was yes!

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Amy and Ian had been together for years, using tourist visas to see one another – but they had decided it was time to tie the knot! With just some local family in attendance, they exchanged their vows, promising each other patience and kindness. It was a lovely ceremony to behold!

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Thank you, Amy and Ian, for letting me be a small part of your big day! Best wishes!

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Kochin’ for 3!

I definitely cried when Jen texted me asking if I’d take their pregnancy announcement photos. I’ve known these ladies as teachers, and then as friends, and in every stage of our friendship I have been genuinely moved by their love for each other.

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These are two of the kindest, warmest, most courageous humans I know, and I am so excited they are going to be parents!! Here are a few snaps from our session in their front yard.

(They called the babe their “little dragon”!!)

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They used a sign from their wedding for the announcing – because their last name is pronounced “cook” it sounds out like “cooking for two” – except now it will be three! And featured in these photos are their darling dogs, who are about to be big siblings.

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Pastor Lads!

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Graduation is just a few weeks away for these handsome fellas! I met all these guys around the time I started in Divinity School – Garrett in my spiritual formation group, Ross in a Spirituality Class where we’d become fast queer theology buds, and Brian first at my husband’s field education placement. I am so excited to see what ministry they will be doing – especially because all of them have such clear, compassionate ways of caring for their friends.

We were so thankful to the Church of the Advocate in Chapel Hill for allowing us to take a few headshots for these guys before they have their own parishes to run!

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Best part of the shoot? The church cat stopping by to say hello!

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(Admittedly, the focus is a bit off – I blame my uncontainable excitement over the cat!)

A Family Reunion!

Y’all remember Ashley and Josh’s sweet elopement in Duke Gardens? Well meet the rest of the family! Ashley asked if I’d be around Easter weekend (I was) because her whole family would be in town. Her mom’s dream, she said, was to take some portraits bearing t-shirts from their favorite restaurant.

Little did I know it would be the Salty Dog from Hilton Head, SC! (You may remember my mom is from Bluffton, SC, just over the bridge.) What a beautiful, interconnected world.

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It was so tender to see four generations together!

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To this beautiful family: thanks for letting me witness your love for each other and be a part of your family weekend!

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Minoka’s Graduation Portraits!

It’s hard to believe it, but graduation is less than 100 days away for most university students! Minoka, one of the kindest and most genuine people I know, is getting ready to get her diploma from Duke Divinity School. To celebrate, we took a few pictures around campus!

She was SUCH a trooper meeting me, not only at sunrise, but even sported her beautiful smile in the pouring rain that swiftly ensued in the early morning!

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If you’re interested in your own senior or graduation portraits, contact me for details! (Discount for graduate students!)

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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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.

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.