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Wed, 05 Sep 2018 18:48:56 +0000Erin Flynn | Pilot Mountain Maternity Photo Session
Pilot Mountain has always represented a peaceful place for me. High atop the mountain at an elevation of 2400 feet, its quiet and calm surroundings make for a beautiful photo session setting. It was only right to suggest this location for Erin’s maternity photo session! Erin and Patrick Flynn, once residents of Winston Salem, North Carolina agreed to photograph here without having visited Pilot Mountain in a few years. They drove from their home in Charlotte on a Friday afternoon, did their photo session, and drove back home afterward. I call that dedication and trust in me, as a photographer. Whew!
We have been planning this date for some months now so that it fell right when Erin was 34 weeks pregnant. As we drove toward Pilot Mountain, I could see the clouds were starting to accumulate, hiding the bright sun behind them. I felt a bit discouraged since I had hoped to capture a beautiful sunset and the golden glow on this Momma-to-be. However, after checking the weather forecast on multiple outlets, there was only a 20% chance of rain in the area, so I felt confident it would move around us.
Patrick and Erin are having a little girl! She is due to arrive towards the end of September. They’ve chosen a name, but have decided to announce it publicly once she is born. Their lives have been busy with getting ready for their little girl’s arrival. They’ve enjoyed celebrating with friends and family at a plethora of baby showers. Their favorite gift so far is a crib that they have put into the woodland animal themed nursery. These parents can hardly wait for all the sweet baby cuddles they’ll enjoy when she’s here soon enough!
Erin is a fellow photographer friend of mine whom just began her own photography business, Erin Flynn Photography in Charlotte, North Carolina. Check her out if you’re in the area! We’ve become fast friends as we connect over our joint passion for photography — chatting weekly about business, sharing beautiful images, and learning this whole photography thing together!
We began Erin’s session in the beautiful field of yellow wildflowers. She dawned a gorgeous ivory lace maternity dress, which she looked so elegant in. It was the perfect setting for the beginning of their session. Erin and Patrick brought their sweet dog Sammy, a Shih Tzu, along with them. Sammy stole the show! He sat beside them perfectly posed during the entire session. I truly believe he thought it was his own personal doggie photo session — just for him! Sammy has been their only fur child since he was a puppy, 6 years ago. He even has his own Instagram, follow Sammy on his adventures especially as he becomes a new big brother, at @Sammy_the_shih_tzu!
Next, we moved to the most gorgeous spot on the mountaintop! We could see for miles and miles, the faint horizon in the distance. Those original storm clouds were building up along the horizon. The air temperatures had dropped and the wind had picked up a bit. I’ve been atop this location many times and have never seen it like this. A storm was certainly brewing despite the original weather forecasts. The wind whipped and twirled around us, not really blowing in one single direction. Erin faced it all with a huge smile and made the most of the less than desirable circumstances. At least it was not raining! We joked that hopefully, this was not a premonition that baby girl would come into the world like a whirlwind. The moodiness of the sky and air gave the photo session a mystical, mysterious feel. There was a certain electric rawness in the air. We captured some amazing images with the dark clouds and sun peaking out in the distance!
Both Patrick and Erin killed it! We had a blast weathering the elements during their photo session and luckily it did not begin to rain until the very end of the photo session. We grabbed the necessary shots, packed things up, and let Mother Nature do her thing. Afterwards, on the way home, Erin messaged me, “It was well worth the long drive to capture this time in our lives at such a beautiful location!”
Location: Pilot Mountain, North Carolina
Maternity Dress: ohm_maternity
Tue, 21 Aug 2018 04:14:00 +0000Logan Bowling | College Senior Session
Logan Bowling, a native of Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina came to Salem College her Freshman year in 2015, excited about starting her undergraduate career. An academic scholarship and the promise of playing softball brought her to Winston Salem, North Carolina, home of the oldest women’s educational institution still in operation in the United States. It was founded in 1772 by the Moravian Church. The liberal arts school has a long history of educating young women and maintains the motto of “Knowledge and Virtue.”
Logan, her sweet mother, and grandmother met me on the Salem College campus for her senior photo session, dawning a beautiful royal blue dress (one of Salem’s school colors) which complimented her summer tan and long blonde hair. She was all smiles and ready to jump in front of the camera! We began the session on the college’s campus center, which is usually bustling with students during the school year. We were lucky to have scheduled our session the week before move-in began, so the campus was relatively quiet, peaceful, and open to our creative exploration! Logan danced and laughed throughout the session, proudly wearing her cap and gown, and honor society cords for a couple of photos.
Logan changed into a more comfortable and casual outfit so we took advantage of Salem College’s many beautiful brick pathways and stairs, finally landing on the main building’s steps. Logan’s smile radiated as she proudly showed off her beloved campus, where she’s made many memories with new friends and learned so much in her career field over the last couple of years.
To finish out our photo session together, we ended up on the athletic field with Logan in her lacrosse uniform. I know you’re wondering, “Lacrosse? I thought she played softball.” Logan took up the sport of lacrosse in 2016 and has maintained a position on Salem College’s team ever since. Instead of a softball uniform with pants, she now wears a jersey with her lucky number ‘7’ and a lacrosse skirt. She has sported the number ‘7’ since her sports career began at a very young age!
As a Senior, Logan has one more year to go until she is an official SC alumni. The Exercise Science major has her eyes set on the May 2019 Graduation, but is excited to enjoy her last year and all that it will bring. When asked what she plans to do after graduation, she simply replied that she will be enjoying a few days under an umbrella on the beach! After a break from reality and a little relaxation, she will be going to obtain her Doctorate in Physical Therapy. She has submitted her grad school applications and will be anxious to receive the acceptance letters in the beginning of 2019. I wish her the best of luck in her Senior year of undergraduate school and am excited to see where this wonderful next chapter in life takes her!
Mon, 30 Jul 2018 18:54:34 +0000Candice & Nick | Engagement Photo Session
I met Candice and Nick at Candice’s parent’s horse farm in their small hometown of Red Oak, North Carolina. It was a warm, humid, summer evening very typical for North Carolina. The sun was setting slowly and the Eastern no-see-ums were buzzing around. I was greeted by the lovely couple and their two energetic, tail-wagging, yellow labradors — Annie and Bailey.
Candice, a paramedic, and Nick, a firefighter, met at work and have known one another for 10 years. They maintained a work friendship until one day in March 2016, they started talking a little bit more. Soon Nick asked her to dinner. Candice was smitten as soon as she saw him step out of his truck and walk onto her porch. She saw him in a whole new light and things were never the same!
In December of 2017, Candice and Nick were preparing for a weekend trip to the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina when Nick called Candice into the living room. He was down on one knee with both of their dogs beside him – ring in hand! Nick asked her to be his wife and make their little family complete. So simple and perfect! Candice mentioned she was glad he did it before their trip because he would’ve been occupied with nerves the entire time. They were able to enjoy their trip as a newly engaged couple!
Their love for each other was evident during their engagement photo session. They picked on each other, shared inside jokes, laughed incessantly, and couldn’t help but hold hands for most of the time. Even when they weren’t meaning to, it seemed as if their movements were a choreographed dance; they were so in-sync.
Candice and Nick gave me complete creative control for their engagement photos, with one exception. She requested a couple of photos with the other two men in her life, ET and Splash; her two 31-year-old horses, who have been around since her childhood.
ET and Splash have been Candice’s heart horses for what seems forever, watching her grow and navigate through life to this wonderful next chapter of marrying her soulmate. They were quite important to include in the photos since they did love her first!
We ended the session at sunset with their two pups! Annie and Bailey were so excited to be a part of the engagement photos; they could barely sit still. Just imagine two yellow labs running around, so happy, so full of excitement! We all got a good giggle out of watching the chaos ensue. Candice chasing Annie, Annie following Bailey’s lead, and Nick trying to get Bailey to stand still for just 5 short seconds.
Eventually, they calmed down and rested beside their beloved owners for us to capture “the shot.” Bailey belonged to Nick and Annie to Candice long before their relationship began. Now they are fast friends, inseparable, and so happy to have found each other, much like their parents!
The wedding date is set for October 2018 at the same family horse farm in Red Oak. Candice and Nick are looking forward to marriage and they can’t wait to share this special time with their loved ones!
Thu, 26 Jul 2018 13:54:31 +0000The Bumgarner’s | Family Photo SessionEnter a caption
Mother Nature almost kept us from photographing this fun family session, but the Bumgarner’s were excited for their photos to be taken. Ryan admitted to me that they had not taken photos together since 2016, when their daughter Addison was only two years old. They wanted to take a chance and moved forward with our scheduled date despite the 50% chance of rain.
I’m so thankful they did because we had nothing less than perfect weather! The sun hid behind the clouds keeping it moderately cool for a summer day in North Carolina. We chose the Archdale Park at Creekside for this family lifestyle session which made it a great location complete with open fields, bridges, walkways, wildflowers, and swings.
I met Addison for the first time, a very curious 3-year-old, turning 4 soon. A bit shy at first, but soon she showed me her bright red painted toenails and gold jelly sandals. (Which I was a bit jealous of!) Her charisma and vibrant personality shone throughout the family session. Addison enjoyed repeating her favorite colors to us, pointing out all the dogs being walked in the park, and picking the purple wildflowers in the field. She entertained us all with her sassiness and curiosity to see what was around the next corner.
Ryan and Kirstin kept up with her every move and each flower she found!
They were such a sweet family to photograph! Towards the end of our time together, Addison may have negotiated her way to the swing-set, which is one of her favorite activities to do during the warmer seasons.
We snapped a few more frames of the family together swinging and then called it a “wrap” for the Bumgarner’s photo session.
Tue, 24 Jul 2018 23:01:59 +0000The Hoge Girls | Equine Photo Session
Riley and Berkley Hoge have been horse crazy ever since their parents could remember! They’ve played with Breyers, ridden their grandparent’s horses, gone to horse summer camps, and taken advantage of every possible pony ride at a birthday or trail ride on vacations. Riley began riding when she was 11 and Berkley began at the age of 8. The first time the girls rode a horse was at Seabrook Island Equestrian Center for 30 minute pony rides; that’s when the horse craze began! Berkley and Riley have been around horses since they were young; their Grandpa Ed, Grandma Kelly, and Aunt Shelby have horses in Ohio, where they’ve enjoyed learning the basics and the occasional trail ride. What started as just beginner lessons to try out this whole horse deal, led them to become permanent riders at Sunnybrook Farm in Advance, North Carolina.
Riley enjoys learning Dressage and Jumping on her leased horse, Scout, a 9-year-old American Paint mix, who has been a therapy horse for mentally and physically handicapped individuals. They just became a riding duo less than a year ago. She’s learned a lot with Scout so far, including Intro Level Dressage and Show Jumping. They recently competed at a local Combined Training event in Dressage and rode really well, considering they were a new pair. Her favorite memory with Scout was when they had a phenomenal jump lesson back in April; he was so good! Riley’s favorite thing about Scout is his sweet and goofy personality. She enjoys buying him gourmet horse treats and pampering him with lots of love.
Berkley has been leasing, riding and showing Dok for over 2 years, developing their partnership as they go. Dok is a registered 24-year-old Purebred Arabian, retired from the show-ring, and living his best life at Sunnybrook Farm. Dok enjoys teaching Berkley the ropes of Dressage and showing at open horse shows. On the same hand, Berkley loves learning what Dok has to teach her. They have had their fair share of life lessons. Berkley credits Dok teaching her to never give up and to keep working hard. She pampers him with treats, neck scratches, and lots of hugs and in return, he gives her his trust and confidence. Berkley’s favorite memory with Dok was at a horse show in Raleigh when Dok stole a pita chip she was eating. He thought it was delicious and he started getting a bit greedy and shoving her with his nose signaling that he wanted more!
These two sisters are in it for the long haul! They spend most of their summer vacation at the barn; grooming, riding, and grazing their beloved partners. Often begging their parents to go to the barn every chance they get!
We had a wonderful time on this summer evening, photographing the four together during their equine photo session. Lots of laughs and huge smiles were shared. And the quote ‘Sisters who ride together, stay together’ was coined!
Location: Sunnybrook Farm in Advance, North Carolina
Hair: Jessica Smith at Gemini Hair Fashions in Advance, North Carolina.