bingham mini session preview!

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I loved photographing the amazing Bingham family last week! Last year when I did their pictures it was a dark and foggy morning. This year, we shot in the evening (my favorite time) and even though it was a little cloudy, we were able to get some great family shots! (If you, like Nellie, just need one good pic for Christmas cards, mini sessions are the way to go!) The Binghams are another of my most-admired families. You’d think that with a family of 6 kids, there would be no time for anything else, but these guys are amazing examples of service and faith.

They live in the most beautiful neighborhood with fields and horses and everything—so I was thrilled to get to do their mini session right in their neighborhood! Thanks so much you guys!

kailey (and fam!) preview!

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I had a blast recently photographing the amazing Carrell family! They were such good sports adventuring through the wild brush and thorny fields that I led them through. (Sorry guys!) This session was mostly Kailey’s senior pics, but we also spent a little of the time doing family pictures too! We shot for over an hour and the weather was just perfect…yay for the sun! Kailey was able to do her ballet pictures and regular pictures, and we had plenty of light. Kailey is not only gorgeous, but she’s sweet and has a great sense of humor—I absolutely loved photographing her!

Have a wonderful senior year, Kailey, and thank you Carrells!  Y’all are the best!

sadie senior preview!

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I had the best time photographing the beautiful Sadie last night! We squeezed a lot into our 30-minute mini session! Two outfits, three spots right around her house. The light was gorgeous, and Sadie was stunning! You’d never know she had raced home from Cross Country practice and got ready minutes before I got there.

I’m so thankful for the chance I had to photograph such a sweet, gracious, beautiful and inspiring young lady! Thanks so much Sadie! Happy Senior year!

burnette family preview! {cary family photographer}

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Oh, how I love this family! We had the best session, the most beautiful warm, evening light, and really I just loved every minute of photographing them! The Burnettes are an amazing family, and Shelley was one of my first friends I made since moving out this way. Their family was so kind to us when we moved here, invited us over for dinner, and truly, their thoughtfulness, kindness and friendship meant so much to me and to our family.

I was so honored when they wanted to do a fall session, and I’m glad they were up for trying out this new location—I loved it! Thanks so much you guys! Can’t wait to go through the rest of the pictures!

hock family preview! {cary family photographer}

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This post is very dear to my heart. We know the Hock family from our church. They are some of the most cheerful and sweet people, and are the kind of family that make you feel good when you are around them. Last week, on the eve of their sweet little A.J.’s second birthday, they received the devastating news that he had a brain tumor, and he was rushed to Duke immediately for emergency surgery to take place the next day (on his birthday!) His surgery was successful, but he still has a long road ahead of him, including radiation on what remains of the tumor. Our family has been fiercely praying for them, and particularly for A.J. since we found out, and so I was thrilled when they agreed to let me photograph them before his radiation begins, and I was especially grateful that A.J. felt good enough to do it! I know that there is a God, and that He does answer our prayers. I know He is mindful of this sweet family, and that He will give them strength to get through his treatments until he is better.

We started their session on the greenway, and then went back to their backyard to capture them doing one of their favorite things…playing football! I was honored to photograph such an incredible little boy, and I hope these images make him and his family smile in the days to come. Please keep A.J. and his family in your prayers.

disque family preview!

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I spent a lovely evening with the Disque family this week! It had been a year or two since I had seen them last and I couldn’t believe how much Nicholas had grown. It was truly such an honor to photograph such a wonderful family! And to top it off, the sun came out from behind the clouds! Yay!

Thanks so much, you guys!

andreev mini session preview!

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I loved getting to photograph the wonderful Andreev family this week! They won an auction at my daughter’s old preschool fundraiser where I had donated a mini session to a few years ago, so I was excited to get to see them again, and meet their newest little guy, Max! Though a giant, dark cloud appeared over Cary right before we started, it never did rain, and we still managed to get some great shots!

Thanks so much you guys!

lewis family preview!

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This beautiful family is part of my family! My wonderful sister-in-law and brother-in-law wanted to do a mini session last weekend when we visited them, and I’m so glad we were able to squeeze in their pictures between all of the tubing, boating, and playing at the lake. : ) My nephew Liam is at that usually very difficult age for pictures, but he was so awesome the morning of their session!

We love the Lewis family…cutest family around!

eight is great!

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I was SO excited when Emma’s mom contacted me about taking some pictures for her baptism invitations. We were blessed with the most bright and beautiful morning for her mini session. For those of you who may not know, in our church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, we believe that baptism is essential if we want to someday return to our Father in Heaven.  When we are baptized, we show our Heavenly Father, or God, that we are willing to obey him and follow the example of our Savior, Jesus Christ. We also know that little children are saved through the mercy of our Savior—they cannot sin and therefore do not need baptism until they are older. We believe that at age 8, children become accountable for their choices, and that’s why eight is so great—at the age of 8 children can make the choice to get baptized!

I know Emma’s family is so proud of her for the decision she has made to get baptized! By taking this step of faith and making such important promises to Heavenly Father, I know that Emma will be blessed and will be happy. I was so honored to get to snap a few pictures of her to commemorate the upcoming big day!

called to serve: san juan, puerto rico

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I LOVE the missionaries I have been able to photograph this summer! (If you or someone you know is preparing to serve a full-time mission, I offer complimentary mini-mini sessions at the Temple.)  This Elder-to-be and his family have been good friends of ours for quite a few years now. They are some of the most fun, kind, and generous people we know. I was thrilled when I heard that Connor had been called to serve in San Juan, Puerto Rico for the next two years. I am so proud of his decision to dedicate the next two years of his life to the Lord. I know that Connor will do amazing things, and that the Lord will strengthen him and sustain him.

Best wishes Elder Borries! We think you are AWESOME!

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And one more of Connor and his wonderful mother, whom I adore! : )