The Apps Family at Spruce Pine Lodge | Durham Family Photographer

I had so much fun capturing family photos for the Apps family this summer! I met Connie at the TAPS Halloween Costume Party event last year, and I remember her sweet family stood out to me because of their AWESOME and creative costume of “Where’s Waldo?” I remember we hit it off right away and I was so excited when she contacted me for a photo shoot! I truly 100% believe that the relationship you have with your photographer makes a huge difference in how your photos turn out. I remember before and during the shoot, she told me how she trusted my judgment and creative expertise—I seriously am so touched and honored anytime someone tells me that! I truly take it to heart!

For this family shoot, we took photos at the Spruce Pine Lodge in Bahama because that’s where Connie and Lucas got married! I thought that was so sweet and special :) I remember the day of our session was also a bit drizzly, but the rain didn’t stop us at all! The Apps family truly have such a joyful and positive spirit, which made their session fly by!

One of the memorable parts of the shoot was seeing how much their son loved being tossed in the air and playing on the swings. His smile and laughter were so endearing! I especially loved seeing him learning to walk, and how both parents were helping him. I love capturing walking photos because it is a way of capturing the love, guidance, and encouragement from parent to child—it can be so hard to capture, but so precious when it is documented. We ended the shoot by taking photos in front of the lodge, and the funny thing was their son wiggled his way out of their laps and had an impressive army crawl! It was so cute and funny, and he was so FAST! :)

Enjoy scrolling through my favorite images below and getting to know this wonderful family!

Location: Spruce Pine Lodge, Bahama, NC

 
 

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Susan + Andrew | Haw River Ballroom Wedding

I had the honor of capturing Susan and Andrew’s wedding this summer at the beautiful Haw River Ballroom in Saxapahaw! I met Susan and Andrew through the BSF Raleigh Young Adult’s Class, and they have grown to be sweet friends to my husband and me. They are truly a sweet and joyful couple, and have a great sense of fun (as you’ll see in the photos below!).

I remember the forecast kept going back and forth between rain and sunshine till the day of the wedding. Fortunately, most of the rain stayed away once we started capturing photos! One of the most touching moments that day was when Susan and Andrew prayed together before the ceremony. Y’all, it was seriously SO beautiful, tender, and touching that I started to get tears in my eyes when they were praying!

Another fun and special aspect of the wedding was the reception. The wedding party surprised all the guests by doing the YMCA on the stage, and it was super AWESOME, so well coordinated, and the crowd went wild! Also, they had the coolest and most unique alternative to a bouquet toss and garter toss; they did a BEAR TOSS. Yes, you hear that right! A bear toss! Susan tossed a UNC teddy bear and Andrew tossed a NC State teddy bear (those were their alma maters), and the crowd absolutely LOVED it!

There were SO many more beautiful and awesome moments, and I wish I could share them all with you! Below are just some of my favorites that capture the joy and excitement of the day! Congrats again, Susan and Andrew, and may God bless your marriage!

Venue: Haw River Ballroom

Florist: Vivi’s Blooms by Vivian Nunn

Hair: The Mane Attraction

Makeup Artist: Beauty by Ashley Prins

Videographer: Sonic River Productions by Sam Newby

 
 

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Gorgeous Maternity Session at UNC | Chapel Hill Maternity Photographer

I am SO excited to blog about this gorgeous maternity session with Melody and Chris! They met as students at UNC and have been married for 10 years, and desired to take photos at their alma mater. I LOVED that they chose a location that was meaningful to them because it shows a part of their family story! :) We also included their adorable Italian Greyhound, Tebow, in the shoot (yes, he’s named after Tim Tebow!) and he did such a great job during the session!

We started off the shoot by taking photos by the Old Well, one of the most iconic spots at UNC. We then took photos in front of the South Building and then at McCorkle Place. Both spots made absolutely stunning backdrops, and I personally loved how the brick added an academic and historical look to their photos! Another fun spot we took photos at was at Davie Bench, also known as the “Kissing Bench.” The legend is that if a couple kisses on that bench, they’ll get married! The funny thing was that Melody and Chris haven’t kissed on that bench before, but we thought it would still be fun to do it since they are married! :)

We then ended our shoot on Franklin Street, and took photos in front of the Carolina Coffee Shop (a place where they would frequently go as students!) and also took a couple of photos of them walking on Franklin. It was truly a meaningful and sweet way to end the session! Enjoy some of my favorite photos below, and I can’t wait to meet their baby girl!!

Location: UNC Chapel Hill

 
 

Are you in need of Chapel Hill Newborn Photographer or Maternity Photographer? I'd love to work with you and capture this special season of life! You can get in touch with me by sending me an inquiry here. I'm proud to serve the greater Triangle area including Durham, Raleigh, Chapel Hill, and beyond.