CHILD PHOTOGRAPHER | HICKORY, LENOIR, MORGANTON, NC

Child Photographer | Hickory, Lenoir, Morganton, NC

It’s the off season as far as photography goes. That means there is a lot of blogging to catch up on as well as personal projects and behind the scenes business planning. Boring old things like taxes and website updates. However, this is NOT boring and today I decided it was finally time to get these images of my sweet boy on the blog. Levi is my middle son. He is 7. As you may know, I photograph my boys each year and blog them with a bit of background about their personalities and what they are into at this time in their lives.

I’m here to confess a Mom fail on this one. Levi has not had his annual photos blogged since he was 5! Ya’ll, that is so bad. You see though, my Mom died in October 2015 and that entire year after that I had no energy in grief to devote to personal projects. I was just surviving one day at a time and keeping up. Then this year it got busy, FAST! Levi is a May baby and that is exactly when things pick up big time for me. I need to definitely photography him in April or something this year. I did finally get these done at the end of the busy Fall season this year. So now friends I am bumping up Levi as a 7 year old to the top of my blog pile. I promise I will keep catching up on all the pretty from the Fall soon but today it is all about Levi.

Levi is so sweet and loving. He’s my cuddle bug that’s for sure. Often finding me on the sofa or in the bed for some loving close time. He’s a Taurus though (so was my Mom and she was enamored with him) so that means he can get mad and stubborn quickly. If he has decided he isn’t into doing something then you might as well give up. I think that streak can be seen in some of the faces he gives me in these photos. He’s growing up so fast and we love him with all of our hearts of course. Just last year he was missing his two front teeth (documented in our Christmas card) and so much more child like. He still is don’t get me wrong but he has matured a lot. He argues with his baby brother but also plays alongside him. He looks up to his older brother with everything he has. He loves one on one time with his Daddy and is extremely intelligent. This child’s reading ability is unreal and he has a great emotional intelligence that takes me off guard at times.

He loves legos and has just started building really large kits this year. He likes game night but can quickly get annoyed and quit a game. He loves to be outdoors and active. He still loves to play construction in the dirt and on the swing playhouse. All the boys do. He also likes to dress up and head out for hikes or pretend hunting. If Levi is doing it and can come up with an outfit to go along with it then you better believe he will be decked out. I am sad that this past year he stopped wearing his cowboy outfit to Tweetsie, one of our favorite places. He loves dogs and likes to give ours a lot of attention. He also loves his stuffed animals. He took Dog EX and Puppy with us for his pictures but there is a fond love for Coyote and Big Dog. Levi loves being silly and getting others to laugh. He made some crazy faces for me towards the end. He is also sensitive and seeks acceptance. I love this child with everything I have and I pray for all the love for him and happiness in life. Here’s to 7 years. Gone by too fast!

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THE INN AT CRESTWOOD RESORT AND SPA WEDDINGS

The Inn at Crestwood Resort and Spa Weddings

Abby and Will tied the knot at The Inn at Crestwood Resort and Spa in Blowing Rock, NC this Fall. This wedding was EVERYTHING. All the things, all of them! It was so fun and so full of love. The wedding party was amazing. The bride and groom the most loving! The vows sentimental. The singing awesome. The parents, grandparents and the celebration was epic. We started the day with Abby getting ready at Crestwood. The resort was decked out in awesome décor complimenting the burgundy of the bridesmaid dresses and clean greens and whites mixed in the beautiful floral arrangements. Abby’s dress was so pretty with its sparkle and lace. The groomsmen and “bridesman” looked awesome as well in their gray suits. Also, Will is a huge NC State fan so you’ll see some nods to that. Everything was classically beautiful.

Once we finished up details and documenting the getting ready fun, we were off to Boone United Methodist church. The weather was perfect; there is nothing quite like Fall in the NC mountains. It is one of the best times to get married in the High Country. We loved seeing Abby’s bridal party share a first look of her. Their reactions were genuinely adorable and loving. Then her Dad seeing her … so sweet. Not to mention the fun the guys had and the laughs over the couple gifts and the emotion those brought as well. After the vows were said and the tears of joy were shed it was time to head off to Thunderhill overlook for some amazing couple portraits. I am so glad Abby had the idea to stop there. It is a scenic spot and was crowded but the images were worth it and of course people made way for the bride and groom and their paparazzi.

After our quick stop we continued to make our way to Crestwood for Abby and Will’s epic reception. After their grand entrance and blessing of the food, it was time for toasts. Everyone did an amazing job on those. I love hearing special memories and laughs made along a couple’s journey through life. It’s always and honor to experience. The true honor of this reception though was being treated to a performance by Abby’s A cappella group. Absolutely amazing talent! It was so good and completely gave me chills. Once we captured the key shots and just stopped to listen I could tell as I was looking around that it was sheer enjoyment for all of the guests to experience.

Then … the party. The party was EPIC! When The Extraordinaires play at a wedding it is sure to be a good time. Every single one we have photographed with them has been awesome. They are so, so GOOD. This time did not disappoint either. The party was rocking all night. Everyone was dripping in sweat from dancing because the fun never stopped. The dance floor stayed packed the entire time. It was like being at a club and the energy was amazing to photograph. They even had wedding crashers, ya’ll. That is a first for me and I can’t say I blame them for wanting to joy the party. It was that cool! I can truly say that everyone had had a good night by the time the bride and groom made their get away with a sparkler exit.

Thank ya’ll so much for entrusting me to capture your day. You were truly amazing. A beautiful couple inside and out. I was so honored to be a part of your wedding day, engagement and bridals. Thank you also to my faithful side kick, Melissa Biggers, for assisting in shooting this wedding. Ya’ll she is truly the best and I couldn’t do it without her. We make a great team if I do say so myself.

Awesome Vendor Credits:

Venue and Catering: Crestwood Resort and Spa

Ceremony: Boone United Methodist Church

Band: The Extraordinaires

Make-up: Shear Shakti
Cake: Publix
Florist: Beth from Harris Teeter

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BANNER ELK, NC WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER | TAYLOR HOUSE INN| VALLE CRUCIS, NC WEDDINGS

Banner Elk, NC Wedding Photographer | Taylor House Inn | Valle Crucis, NC Weddings

In October I had the opportunity to capture Catalina and Travis’s elopement at the Taylor House Inn in Valle Crucis, just outside of Banner Elk, NC. I love elopements and am always honored to be a part of them. It is very humbling to be a part of such and intimate ceremony and tell a couple’s story through the lens when it is just you and them. Catalina looked beautiful in her adorable short gown and Travis very handsome in his vest and casual jeans. Perfect fit for the location and their personalities.

The Taylor House Inn was so accommodating and even had a wedding cake ready for the newly hitched couple. When I arrived Catalina was getting made up and I loved photographing that and her details. She and Travis read letters to each other before she started the descent down the stairs for the inn for their first look. Then it was ceremony time. The pastor performed such a sweet ceremony and the hand washing detail during it was so special.

Once all the certificates were signed and it was official we headed over to Valle Crucis Park but not before making a side trip to a nearby church. Catalina had spotted this beautiful old white chapel down a dirt road in the area. Once we got a few shots there we took advantage of the mountains and the river at the park. This place is the best place ever for creek playing and I knew it would be awesome for photos. Catalina had warned me that Travis was a little camera shy but I think he did amazing. When you just got married and are as happy as can be there isn’t much more needed to capture beautiful moments. I loved working with you both and had a great time. Most importantly, I am honored that I was able to be a part of your ceremony and spend some time documenting these memories. Wishing you the most amazing life together!

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