Monday, June 13, 2011

SUMMERTIME!!!

so today i officially completed my third year of teaching. the students' last day was on friday and after cleaning up and turning in my keys today, i can say that i am finished. i know the summer will fly by, as it always does, but right now in this moment it feels like i have forever to sleep in, hang out with friends and family, actually have time to focus on photography, and enjoy time off. it's a weird feeling. i don't know if i'll ever get used to working 10 months and having a random 2 months off. don't get me wrong - i'm thankful for it! but it's just weird going from working 8-5 and then...nothing. so we'll see how i end up filling my time over the next 8 weeks.

with a wedding on the 25th of this month and several family portrait sessions scheduled for july and august, i won't leave you guys hanging here on the blog! there should be plenty of updates actually posted in a timely manner since i will have plenty of time on my hands. :)

as much as i will miss these guys and have been blessed by each one of them this past year...
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i am looking forward to spending lots of time with family and friends!
(this is what happens when your family knows that you're a photographer and have that "perfect" picture in your mind...)
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happy SUMMER! :) :) :)

the saxenmeyer boys + one!

these faces should be familiar to those that have frequented my blog over the past few years. however, there is a new addition to this sweet family. i can't wait for you all to meet sam! we met over at bass lake, yet again, and did some portraits of all THREE boys this time. enjoy!

sam.
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charlie.
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will.
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you are my sunshine!

Meet the Nelms Family! Betsy works with me at Creech and has the most precious little boy EVER. He is so cute and loves to smile...but the best part is that he will do it on demand...if you sing "you are my sunshine" to his delight. :) So for those of you at the rose garden that same night, I apologize for my singing!! Keith and Betsy are great parents and I'm so excited about getting to see this little one grow up over the next few years.

Meet Olson.
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McLawhorn/Hunter Cousins!

When I moved to Raleigh to go to school at NC State 7 years ago (that's crazy!), I had the wonderful opportunity of keeping the McLawhorn children each summer in between college years. From bowling to movies to Adventure Landing and so much more, we figured out how to fill our days with fun and laughter! My connection to the McLawhorn's was through their cousin's, The Hunter's, from Wilmington where I grew up. A couple of months ago, we met up to do some cousin portraits in Wilmington...some at the Hunter's home and then some down at Wrightsville Beach as well. It's really, really hard to believe that they are this grown up! Parker will enter middle school next year and Drew will continue on to be a sophomore in high school. Enjoy!

Parker and Drew
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Adam and Lee
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Adam will be heading to Davidson in the fall for college!
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They each wanted to represent for their favorite school. Looks like we have a house divided on our hands! (Go pack!)
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To the beach...
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Sunday, June 5, 2011

The Cumbie Family

Over Easter weekend, I had the opportunity to do some family portraits for the Cumbie's. Sarah is from Wilmington and we grew up in the same church. She has since married Patrick, had 2 precious children, and now lives in SC. Will and McLean are so, so, sweet and did great out on the beach for the pictures! It was a joy to capture their family at this time in their lives. :)

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Kelly & Will & Boys

Kelly and Will are expecting their little boy Harper very soon! We had a chance to get together a few weeks back to do some maternity pictures and family portraits for them to have as they embark on this new journey together. Congratulations to you both! :)

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