Sunday, August 29, 2010

Rachel: Sneak Preview

Hey you with the camera!

Today I met Rachel (age almost 2) and her mom Holly for an OpLove shoot.  Rachel's Daddy is in the Air Force and has been deployed in Iraq for the past 3 months.  With three more months to go, Holly thought it would be a perfect time to surprise Daddy with some photos of his beautiful little girl.

Gorgeous eyelashes.

I can't wait to blog more about our exciting (and hot!) afternoon at Independence Park and share some additional photos of this little firecracker and her pretty Mom; but right now it's almost bedtime for me.  More to come soon!

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Bon Voyage

I finished processing the images from Milo's family shoot yesterday.  I am so pleased with the way they turned out!  This is such a fun, vibrant trio and it really shone through in their photographs. 

Photo shoots are hard work!

I love the stone entryway in this beautiful Myers Park neighborhood.  Made for some cool, vintage-y photos.

Milo rallied like a pro for a little playground time.  
(Yes that is an IKEA bag in the background there next to Stefan.  How appropriate!)

Is this a handsome boy or what?

The proud parents.

Thanks Abbey, Stefan, and Milo for allowing me to shoot your goodbye to Charlotte.  Best of luck as you move on to your new life in Sweden.  Stay in touch!

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Guess who turned 1?


Last month, our sweet Sarah Beth turned 1 year old.  We were in the mountains to celebrate and went to the Cradle of Forestry in Pisgah Forest near Brevard, NC to take her birthday portraits.  This is a very cool place - great for families.  It is the site of the First Forestry school in the U.S.  Some of the old buildings are still there, nestled in the beautiful Pisgah Forest.  I'd highly recommend visiting if you are ever in the area.  It was also a wonderful location to take pictures.  I can't help but share some of my favorites from that day.  She had just woken up after a long car ride through the Blue Ridge so we didn't get a lot of smiles, but she is still pretty cute, if I say so myself.

The original one-room schoolhouse.  Very cool!

Here's the Birthday Girl sitting on the steps of one of the cabins.

Her Grandma picked out this precious dress, of course.

I've waited a whole year for her to have enough hair for a bow!

She tried to eat the petals soon after this shot.

Those eyelashes came from her Daddy.  Lucky girl!

There were two horses grazing in a small pasture nearby.  They looked so beautiful, I had to snap off a few shots of them too.  It may or may not have been their birthday.  They looked content either way.

Happy Birthday Sarah Beth!  We love you!

Thursday, August 5, 2010

I Heart Faces: Random Acts of Kindness Week

My favorite photography website and source of inspiration, I Heart Faces, runs weekly photo challenges, and this week the theme is Random Acts of Kindness, in honor of a wonderful charity called Inspiration Through Art (Littlest Heroes Project).  This charity centers around Professional Photographers taking photos for families of children who are ill.    

They asked for photographers to link in stories of Random Acts of Kindness that they have performed with their photography talents.  I thought it would be a great opportunity to promote Operation: Love Reunited and hopefully inspire other photographers to volunteer.

Operation: Love Reunited is an organization that matches volunteer photographers with military families who have a family member deploying or already deployed.  Photographers agree to donate a photo session and send a 4x6 album to the deployed soldier free of charge.

I am about to ship the albums from my first OpLove session today: one to the family and one to a brave soldier in Afghanistan.  This family was so sweet and grateful.  It was heartbreaking to think of this young father saying goodbye to his 4 month old son for a year, but I am honored that I was able to show my support and give them something tangible to hold on to during their separation.  I already posted some of the pics here, and below are a few more of my favorites:

Click the button below to be inspired by more Random Acts of Kindness:

And visit to learn how you can volunteer for this wonderful organization.

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Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Milo and Family

Tonight I met Abbey, Stefan, and Milo at a neighborhood park in Dilworth over by the Duke Mansion.  It was a little hot and buggy but we managed to have fun anyhow.  Milo and his family are moving to Sweden soon, so this shoot was a sort of farewell to Charlotte.  Milo played at this park when he was little and his Mom thought it would be nice to have memories of this special place captured in photographs.

I have a ton of photographs to go through but wanted to post at least a few before my bedtime. Abbey and Stefan are very cool people and Milo is a great kid.  Thanks for letting me spend time with you three today!