Summer 2016. When I think about some of the defining moments of this summer, there's quite a list that comes to mind. I think of the life-changing trip Landon and I took to the Middle East. I think of the joys of watching the Rio Olympics these past few weeks (hello, Simone Biles). I think of the blast I had in Ohio at one of my best friend's weddings. I think of the sweet times I had with friends and family at the beach, in Charlotte and in the good ole Gate City. Last and certainly least, I think about Pokémon Go. Yes, you read right, Pokémon Go. While you will not find this game on my personal cellular device, Pokémon Go still found a way to infiltrate my summer. Back in July, I had the opportunity to photograph a maternity session for my good friends Phil & Shannon Loucks. We shot in the Tanger Family Bicentennial Garden, which is typically very beautiful and serene. The beauty was definitely still intact for our shoot, but I can't say that our evening was very serene, since the entire garden was overflowing with Pokémon Go players. Phil, Shannon and their little girl Abigail were all troopers though, and they handled both the crowd and the July heat like champs. I always cherish the time I get with this family. We've been friends for a while now through Mercy Hill Church, and my soul always finds refreshment when I get the chance to catch up with the Loucks. I was honored to be able to capture this special time for their family, and I can't wait to meet their new little guy soon! I hope you all enjoy the moments below.
Last Thursday night I felt like a little kid again. It was supposed to snow over night, and I was so excited about the possibility of work being canceled, the chance to sleep in, and the idea of waking up to a winter wonderland outside and spending the day with my hubby. Though I didn't sleep with my pajamas inside out, the odds were ever in my favor, and I woke up to a world turned white. If you've ever lived in North Carolina, you know that snow is a big deal. It doesn't happen often, and when it does, the world shuts down. I love this. I love how God uses snow to make us slow down. His word commands us to rest, and I'm convicted by how often I choose to ignore this command. All this to say, I was so thankful for a chance to relax and enjoy a quiet day. I was supposed to have a maternity shoot on Sunday at Pilot Mountain, but Tiffany, Daniel and I decided to stay a little closer to home since the roads were still pretty bad. We ended up spending the afternoon together at the Tanger Family Bicentennial Garden in Greensboro. The park was technically closed due to the weather, so I felt a little rebellious trekking through in my black (not at all suited for snow) boots. It ended up being the most beautiful day to shoot. The sun was out, but snow still blanketed the ground, and it was absolutely stunning. I knew of Tiffany and Daniel through Mercy Hill Church, but this was actually my first time meeting them and their little pup, Bella. We had a blast working together and getting to know one another, and I am so excited for their baby-to-be! Below are some of my favorites from the shoot. I hope you enjoy!
Happy New Year everyone! I hope you had wonderful holiday celebrations, and I hope 2016 is starting off extremely well for you all! I rang in the new year with a brand new experience as I shot my first maternity session for two very special friends. Sydney and Cody live in Greensboro with Landon and I, and they both attend Mercy Hill Church, as well. Sydney and I actually met at UNC, and we lived together when we first moved to Greensboro after college. I've been blessed to walk through many stages of life with Sydney. We graduated; we found our first big girl jobs; we've walked through dating, engagement and marriage together (I literally saw Sydney the day she went on her first date with Cody, and now they are preparing for a little one!); we've gotten to see all the amazing things God is doing in Greensboro and around the world through our church; and I pray one day I'll follow in her footsteps and we'll be able to walk through motherhood together! God has graced me with an extremely special friend in Sydney. We laugh together, but we've also spent many nights crying together, praying together and tackling life's hardships together. We've had meltdowns sitting atop washing machines, and she's tucked me in (literally) after lengthy life chats on my bed. I've never met a friend more compassionate than Syd, and I'm so thankful to have both her and Cody in my life. You'd think we'd spend their entire photo session talking about their plans for their new baby, and though we did, they spent just as much time asking me about my life as we walked around Price Park together. Cody and Syd show me what true community looks like, and I am always so encouraged by my time together with them. It was an honor to photograph maternity photos for these two. You'll see by the photos below that they are an absolutely stunning couple both inside and out, and Sydney even made the beautiful flower crown she is wearing. I hope these photos will be a gift they can treasure as they look back on this time, and I cannot wait to meet baby Wittman soon!