Tuesday, November 23, 2010

the troutman family.

my time with the troutman's began as we walked down water street and front street in downtown wilmington. we found some great spots to shoot as we dodged all of the participants in the local ironman competition happening at the same time! here are a few from downtown...

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then we headed down to wrightsville beach for a few more! we went down to the south end and i just have to say that the lighting was so great and it was NOT windy!!! i couldn't believe it. usually the wind is out of control down on that end, but there were no hair or wardrobe problems being caused by the wind on this day! we had a great time together.

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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

the queen family.

brett and amy were two of the leaders in my youth group during middle and high school in wilmington. i was able to be part of their wedding when they got married and we have continued to be friends ever since. i also need to mention that they have the cutest little girl that consistently brings some excitement into their family! i remember visiting them when kamryn was born. it's true...time flies. i hope you love kamryn's squinty-eyed-wrinkled-nose face as much as i do. you can almost hear the laugh through the pictures.

and be prepared - if you weren't already thinking about christmas before viewing this shoot, you will be soon. "mr. snowman," as kamryn called him throughout the session, had me listening to christmas music already on my way home from our time together. :)

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Tuesday, November 16, 2010

the leger family.

rejoice with your family in the beautiful land of life. -albert einstein

meet the leger's. what a sweet, sweet family. we spent some time down at wrightsville beach and stopped by the park for a few more shots afterwards. this family won this session at a silent auction that took place in wilmington in order to raise money for rett syndrome. i'm so thankful for their willingness to give to such a cause and am so hoping that these images will show off their love for each other for many years to come.

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thank you kelley for trusting me to take pictures of your family! you guys are naturals. :)

Monday, November 15, 2010

wrapping things up...a little update.

it's so hard to believe that the year 2010 is almost over. in about a month and a half we'll be walking into the year 2011. when i read that, it sounds like we're living in some futuristic time that people used to make movies about. TWENTY ELEVEN. where did the time go?

it's been a busy year for furnished photography, but things are going to wrap up in the next couple of weeks. i have my last (very exciting!) wedding of 2010 this Saturday and one more family session in the beginning of december. i'm hopeful to finish up all editing by december 22...when i leave for TURKEY. 

not the city of turkey, nc. but THE COUNTRY. you better believe that i am dying to be in the middle of the bosphorus strait taking pictures of asia and europe at the same time. one of my best friends from college is living in turkey. five of us, all friends from nc state, will be spending christmas together overseas. then we'll fly over to madrid for 4 nights and eventually back to the states. the travel bug that's been crawling inside of me for the past year is about to be satisfied with a trip to the east. i can't wait.

upon returning, i'll take most of january and february to close out all of the business to-do's for 2010 and begin brand new spreadsheets, planning, and scheduling for 2011. i find myself longing for a break when i can spend a good amount of time giving vision and thinking details for where this company will eventually go. it will be good to begin a brand new year of photography. i have a love/hate relationship with the unknowns of life...photography being one of them. :)  i don't like not knowing what will happen, but i absolutely love seeing how it all comes together. 

in case any of you are still wondering, yes, i am still a teacher. i spend most of my time with 23 5th graders learning how to round decimals, label cloud types, and use context clues while reading. and i still love it. it is where i am for now. and most likely where i'll be for at least the next year and a half. after that, who knows. that's where the love/hate relationship towards the unknowns of life comes in. but to be honest, i'm really excited about having some freedom to decide what i'll be doing and where i'll be. 

anyway, i hope this serves as somewhat of an update on my life. i am so thankful for each of you that have supported me and encouraged me as i've continued with this whole doing photography on the side thing for a long while. and thank you to all of my clients that trust me to capture their wedding or family or life circumstance at the time. i get to work with the best people ever. and speaking of the best people ever, i have 3 families that i'll be blogging THIS WEEK. keep checking back for updates!

oh, and by the way, i won a goldfish at the state fair. but she died in less than 24 hours. RIP coral. 

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Saturday, November 6, 2010

the saxenmeyer boys.

the last time you saw these faces on the blog there were only two brothers. now there are three! little sam was born at the end of august and has brought new joy into the lives of his older brothers. we enjoyed our time once again over at bass lake in holly springs. i can't wait until sam is walking and all three of these crazy boys can interact with each other! we'll have a blast. :) until then...enjoy these sweet boys!

here is serious will. and by serious, i mean that he's seriously wearing red converses that you'll get to see very soon. LOVE it.
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and crazy charlie. i'm not sure what words to put together to describe this face. he's been the root of many trips to the ER in the past few years. he loves adventure.
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and finally, meet sam for the first time! he likes his mom, his stroller, the sound of shaking keys, and cameras. he's a ham!
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and thus begins many years of sam sticking his tongue out at charlie!
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