Friday, November 16, 2012

i have an answer. finally.

One of the most frequent questions that I'm asked as a photographer is this: What's your favorite type of photography? Weddings? Seniors? Families? Engagements? Maternity? Something else? And although I love all aspects of photography, it's not really a hard question for me to answer. I'm obsessed with family sessions. Especially family sessions with young children. Don't get me wrong. Experiencing all aspects of a wedding day being with the bride every single minute is amazing. And capturing the love of a newly engaged couple is so much fun. But for me, there's just something about the unpredictability of young children and the joy found within growing families.

Because I love family sessions so much, I do them pretty often. And a lot of times during sessions, I've been asked another question: What's your most FAVORITE family that you've ever photographed? For this question, most of the time I really don't know the answer. Each session has it's own dynamic personality and feeling and it's a joy to experience each one. I really mean that. They're all so different. It's difficult to place them all into a category for comparison. 

Until now. I feel like I can finally answer that question. Six days after my nephew was born, we had his first 'official' photo session. And I know I'm biased, but it was awesome. Banks was so calm and sweet and precious no matter how many awkward positions we put him in. And we all know that he already loves having his picture taken. :) 

It makes me even more excited to think of Banks growing up...with such amazing parents, by the way. And being able to capture a little bit of their life together over the years will bring such joy to my heart.

They'll be my favorite family for a long time.

Andrew & Melissa worked many months on the nursery prior to Banks' arrival. Enjoy some detail shots of how beautiful it turned out.

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Obsessed with his perfect little face! :)
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Until next time. :) 


Thursday, November 8, 2012

Fall Mini-sessions Re-cap!

These mini-sessions are one of my favorite things that I do as a photographer. I LOVE taking pictures of families...especially families with young children, so being able to capture several within one day is always a ton of fun. 

This year's fall mini-sessions were amazing. We started the morning over at Fletcher Park in downtown Raleigh for 2 of the sessions, and ended the day at Yates Mill Park for the 2 afternoon sessions. The weather was absolutely perfect, and I was so thankful for the opportunity to work with each of these families. 

I offer mini-sessions once in the Spring and once in the Fall, so if it seems like something you're interested in, don't miss out when I announce Spring 2013 mini-sessions in March! :) 

Session #1 - Amy, Jason, and Lyla
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Session #2 - Traci, Derek, and Isabelle
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Session #3 - Aubrey, Pete, and Ellie
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Session #4 - Laura, Caleb, Grace Elizabeth, Eleanor, and Lucy  
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The McCollum Family

I got to spend some time with the McCollum family at their home, as well as over at Blue Jay Park up in Wake Forest. Ashley is the sister of one of my good friends from Wilmington, so it was special being able to do a session for she and her family. You'll notice that their sweet son Christopher was certainly the star of this one!

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The Barker Family

While the whole Barker family was in town this Fall for an NC State football game, they decided to squeeze in a family session as well! We had the best time over at the Rose Garden near campus. Enjoy! :)

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Saturday, October 13, 2012

Melissa & Andrew: Maternity

It's hard to believe this little boy is due to arrive so very soon! I'm making an understatement when I say that our family (and Melissa's!) are excited about having a precious little one to love on...and also carry on the Fallis name. We are filled with joy and just can't wait to meet him! While in Wilmington a few weeks ago, we had the chance to grab some maternity pictures for Andrew & Melissa. We had a great time together & and I'm so happy to share them with you.

And when he finally gets here, he'll definitely be making his debut on the blog...with the potential to take over the blog if I'm not careful to include other posts in between the posts about him. :)

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Monday, October 8, 2012

an aside from photography.

Most of you know that I attended North Carolina State University. I would venture to say that I loved every minute of college and I inevitably became a Wolfpack fan. I grew up playing sports and still enjoy watching sports, so I went to many football and basketball games over my time spent there. I would consider myself the average fan - loving the social aspect of the day, wanting to win, but able to move on with life rather quickly independent from winning or losing games. 

Over the past few years, I've attended a football game here and there when a sweet friend offers an extra ticket, but that's about it. Photography takes up most of my weekend "free" time, and I'm okay with that. This year has been no different, but I was given the opportunity to go to the game this past Saturday. State was scheduled to play Florida State at 8pm and a good friend invited me to go. For those of you who watched, or have read about it since then, State pulled out a huge win against the #3 ranked team in the nation. We were down at halftime, but really, I was just grateful that we weren't getting killed and that the game still seemed enjoyable. Something happened in the second half...as if the boys were really there to play. The defense made some crucial stops and the offense executed on some tough plays. The score was 10-16 and all we needed was a touchdown and extra point to pull off this upset. But even with all of the progress we were making, there was still an intense mix of emotions. One moment I'm screaming at the top of my lungs in celebration, and the next I'm sitting down, defeated, with my face in my hands. After all of the ups and downs, we actually scored with 16 seconds left in the game to take the lead 17-16. In that moment, I was literally jumping up and down, screaming, high-fiving and hugging people that I didn't even know. And at the time it seemed completely normal. 

But is it normal to hug a complete stranger? And high-five every single person that's within an arm's reach? It's a bit awkward to think about outside of this crazy football game scenario. And as I went home that night and even had a sore throat and lack of a voice the next day, it got me thinking. Why was I that excited? In the grand scheme of things, I don't even really care if we win or lose. It doesn't really affect my everyday life. But there I was, celebrating like a crazy person, just like everyone else in the entire stadium! Before I even went to the game, I didn't have an extreme passion for NC State Football. But as I left, all I could talk about was the game and what had happened.

In my wondering and pondering, the Lord opened my mind to a thought. Before the game - no passion. After the game - passion. But why? Was it because I just all of a sudden decided that I was obsessed with football and red and white and wolves? I don't think so. I think maybe it was because I was surrounded by a group of people who were there with the same goal in mind. And as we watched what happened over the course of almost 4 hours, we shared in the same highs and lows and mix of emotions. And even though we didn't know each other well (or even at all), we had experienced something together. And their passion became my passion. Even though I wasn't passionate before. And when we watched our unified goal actually happen, the only choice we had was to celebrate. Our only reaction was excitement and cheer and praise! If I pictured myself as the only person in the stadium watching that exact same game, would I have had the same reaction that I did on Saturday? I don't think so. Would I be excited for the win? Sure. But would I have been jumping up and down freaking out? Probably not. Because there wouldn't have been others completely surrounding me with their passion to win. And I would have had no one to share it with.

Isn't this the same reason that we need the Church and Christian community? It wasn't a coincidence that as I was processing through these thoughts, my pastor spoke on the topic of "Who Needs the Church?" on Sunday. We need the church! And we need more passion. We need to be surrounded by others who have the same goal in mind. We need to walk through life together with people who we can share our highs and our lows. We need to watch and be encouraged by God's work in our own lives and also in the lives of others. We need for others' passion for the Lord to wear off on us. The battle has been won! And we need to be reminded! Doesn't passion come from being part of a bigger story and a bigger mission? Don't try to do it alone. There will be times when we feel defeated with our face in our hands. And times of complete celebration. But we need each other. And the experience of walking through life with others empowers us to react to life's circumstances with excitement and cheer and praise for the One who we know can accomplish all things. 

God never meant for us to walk alone. Go find a church that loves God and the gospel. Serve the church. Share life with people in the church. Gain some passion. For something bigger than NC State football.

Go gather together with others and become unified on greater and mightier goals than winning football games. 

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Noel & Felicity

You'll remember Ben & Brittany's maternity session from a few months back. Their twin girls have arrived, they are home, and now they're learning life as Mom and Dad and what it means to love two little ones so, so much.

Felicity and Noel had their first photo session about a month ago, and I'm so excited to share it here with you on the blog. The girls did great! They slept most of the session, but we did get to see those beautiful eyes here and there.

I am overjoyed to know that I get to follow this family over the next year as the girls continue to grow and change. Enjoy!

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