Family

Midkiff Family | Greensboro, NC

Hello, and happy Friday, friends! It has been an embarrassingly long time since I've blogged, and I wish I could say I had a truly wonderful excuse as to my absence here. To be honest, life just found a way of happening and getting in the way! I found out I was pregnant back in October, and Landon and I could not be more thrilled or thankful. Some of you may remember that we walked through a miscarriage last year (more details here), so as you can imagine, finding out that God blessed us with another chance to become parents was an absolute miracle and astounding answer to prayer. With that being said, my first trimester wasn't the easiest. I took a step back from the busyness of my own business and used the time to rest a little bit more and learn to rejoice in a bit of physical suffering. Soon after that, as they so often do, the holidays rushed upon me, and now I'm sitting on my couch wondering how in the world it's the middle of March! I've picked up the pace slightly since the start of the new year, and I have so many projects I am excited to show you. However, before I jump to those, there are a few shoots I never got around to blogging from 2016. I'm going to try to take a few weeks to share some of my favorites with you, and I'd like to start today with a shoot I did with the Midkiff family in Greensboro. I met Daniel and Tiffany through Mercy Hill Church, and I am absolutely in love with their little girl Adelaide. Adelaide just recently turned one (I'll share her one-year photo shoot on the blog soon!), and she is one of the most beautiful, joyful, and sweet little ladies I know. The images below were taken right around Adelaide's half birthday on a lovely day in the Greensboro Arboretum. I hope you enjoy a few of my favorites below!

Peoples Family | Reidsville, NC

Happy Friday! It seemed like the weather was finally going to cool off this week, which had me dreaming of all things fall (cooler weather; scarves and sweaters; and of course, the NC State Fair). While I'm definitely excited for fall, I can't say I'm that upset that it's back in the 90s today, since I'm not quite ready for summer to be over. It seems fitting then to share this poolside family photo shoot with you today. The Peoples family is one of my all-time favorite families, and I was super excited when Danielle mentioned doing a shoot with her two boys at the pool. If you're a parent (or a photographer), you how hard it is to get little ones to sit still long enough to take pictures. It's even worse when they are in uncomfortable clothing or in a location that's uninteresting to them. Photographing the boys at the pool was a brilliant solution, and I would highly suggest it for other families (especially on hot summer days!). Their two boys, Parker and Noah, were familiar with this spot (their Aunt's pool), so that made them very comfortable for the shoot. They also LOVE the water, so it made the shoot fun for them. Lastly, the pool setting provided for tons of natural, candid shots of the family having fun and interacting with one another. It makes my job so easy and fun when everyone is able to relax and have a good time. I met the Peoples family through my husband, Landon, because he and Chris went to college together. This shoot was even more special because Landon was able to join us. We were both able to get our Parker & Noah fix in, and then we were able to enjoy lunch with Chris and Danielle after the shoot. It doesn't get much better than quality time with good friends over hot dogs, chips and ice cream. I'm beyond thankful for days like these, which is why I'm hanging on to every bit of summer while it lasts! I hope you all enjoy the moments below. 

Timberlake Family | Greensboro, NC

Happy Friday! Landon and I were out of the country for a little bit this month, so I find myself a bit behind on blogging, yet again. However, I'm SO excited to share these photos with you. I've probably said this before, but the shoot below is seriously one of my favorite family photo sessions yet. I was introduced to Kate by one of my old co-workers at PACE (Thank you Courtney!), and I am so, so glad we were brought together. Even though our shoot in the Greensboro Arboretum was only about an hour long, I felt like we became fast friends. We'd been e-mailing back and forth about outfit choices (which I loved), and Kate even reached to me after Landon and I miscarried earlier this summer. She offered encouragement and a listening ear, which I found unbelievably kind from a new friend. Her husband Louis was just as kind, and I am absolutely obsessed with their little one, Felder. I mean can those blond baby curls get any cuter? Felder's expressions were priceless, and his joy was contagious. The Timberlakes definitely made a 7:15AM call time well worth it! Kate and Louis, it was an absolute joy to work with you! I hope you all enjoy some of my favorite moments from their session below!

Adams Family | Greensboro, NC

Hello and happy Wednesday, friends! Oh, and happy August, too (how did that happen so quickly?!). I have a handful of projects from this summer that I'm super excited to share with you all, and the shoot below is no exception. At the end of June I had the opportunity to photograph the Adams family at the Tanger Family Bicentennial Garden in Greensboro. I met Dexter through a mutual friend (thank you for introducing us, Shayla Martin!) while I was working at PACE. Dexter is an incredible web developer, and he is also the co-founder of Kubashi, a social commentary and pop culture blog that you should definitely go check out here. I was able to collaborate with Dexter on a bit of photography work for Kubashi, and I was so excited to work with him again for a family shoot. As you can see, his wife Tiffany and his daughter Corinne are absolutely stunning...just take a quick peek below, and you'll see what a beautiful family they have! I fell in love with little Cori's personality the moment I met her, and Tiffany felt like a quick friend to me. Ultimately, I am thankful for summer nights, lots of laughs and time with this family! Wednesdays are sometimes tough, so grab a cup of coffee and take a short break to check out some of my favorite images of the Adams family...I hope they bring as much sunshine to your life as they brought to mine!

Miller Family | Winston-Salem, NC

Happy Friday, everyone! I don't know about you, but the summer is starting off quite speedily for me. I can't believe it's already June! May was my first month designing part-time at Mercy Hill Church and devoting more time to my own little business. I am so grateful for these two jobs and the immense blessing of getting to wake up every day and do things that I am so passionate about. Time most definitely flies when you're having fun. :) Early last month I got to spend time with the Miller family for a portrait session at the Old Salem Historic District in Winston-Salem. Bryan is the Connections and Missions Pastor at Mercy Hill, and he and his wife Lindsey have the most precious little boys, Drew and Landon. Whenever my husband, Landon, and I are around the Millers, we call the youngest Miller "Little Landon", since the two gentlemen share a name! I really look up to the Miller family. I admire the way they love others, devote themselves to our church and our community, and raise their family to seek, know and love Christ. Needless to say, I was extremely honored to photograph them together. Even though "Little Landon" was pretty insistent on keeping his thumb in his mouth most the time, we were still able to capture some really sweet and special moments. Miller family, thank you so much for the joy of working together!