Sperry Family Morning in the Life - Raleigh Documentary Photographer

Mom and Dad sipping their morning jo, pouring one more mug

Two beautiful little girls clammoring for their attention, both sweet and bursting with light

Mom helping them sew their very own quilts - 

A fun project today, a treasured heirloom tomorrow

Dad exuding gentleness and patience as he tosses the ball one more time

Scraped knees and apologies. This was my morning with the Sperry family.

Zello Family - Outer Banks Family Vacation Photographer

Jessica and I had been following each other on Instagram for a while when she reached out to be about shooting her family's Outer Banks vacation. I was thrilled (um, you want to pay me to run around barefoot on a beach with my camera in a dreamy, hazy sunset? Well, if I must.) After emailing back and forth a bit, we discovered that not only had we gone to college together, but our husbands had actually had quite a few classes together - how fun is that? I love how the Internet makes the world just a little bit smaller, and it was so fun to reconnect and capture this sweet, adorable family. It was absolutely perfect, and I'm so grateful to Jessica for inviting me along!

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Outer Banks (again)

On Tuesday morning we loaded up the Jeep with cameras and the baby and an infinite amount of blankets (for no real reason other than that people give you tons of blankets when you have a baby, so surely they are necessary, even in July at the beach?) I had another family vacation session at the Outer Banks (I'm still pinching myself that my life right now includes getting paid for this sort of thing.) 

It was a quick trip, and we only made it out onto the beach for all of five minutes, but just driving along the beach houses, kicking the sand off my shoes, smelling that sunscreeny smell on passersby was enough to bring a sense of rest to this tired mama. 

The room at our inn just happened to be a room that led out to the tree-lined, twinkly lit pool that overlooked the sound. When Karey finally fell asleep, we tip-toed out through the screen door and soaked in the hot tub under the stars. It was a deep sigh of relief, just those few minutes. 

Life Lately

Karey is asleep in her bouncer, in only a diaper because she's pooped through two outfits already and I'm over it. I'm munching on a kale (yes, kale) popsicle at our kitchen table, looking through these photos from the last month and trying to figure out this new way that time works now that I have a kid. She is two and a half months old, but it feels like an eternity since she was born. Heck, since some of these pictures were taken. 

I'm not going to ramble on about life being hard, or challenging, because who cares? Life is always hard and challenging. Instead, somehow, I'm feeling bizzarely grateful for the way having a tiny baby around has thrown us for a loop. Everything is more difficult, from getting ready in the morning to a simple trip to the grocery store, but she makes it all so much more fun. A poop explosion at Target is a little terrifying in the moment, true, but also makes what could have been a boring trip for packaged chicken breasts into a memorable adventure. An afternoon at the coffee shop where she sleeps through a coffee and a refill is a major victory. Getting to church on time and actually staying for the whole service? Someone hand me a trophy.

I've never worked so hard, and it feels good. I'm proud of myself for learning on the fly, for figuring out how to wash dishes one dish at a time as I race back to pop the pacifier in her crying mouth. For learning how to make it work with a baby, all of it - running my business, keeping our marriage fun and healthy, exercising, finding time to read. And it's all from God, because goodness knows I would not be able to figure it out on my own.

Not all days flow smoothly, of course (in fact, quite often they don't) but I feel like I'm learning how to do this thing. And that gummy, squinty-eyed smile she gives me (and, let's be honest, the ceiling fan) makes it so, so worth it. 

Emma - Raleigh Newborn Photographer

I'd never met the Andersons before coming to the hospital to photograph their first moments with sweet Emma, but as soon as I stepped into the room I felt like I was watching old friends become parents. The tiny hospital room was filled with a quiet excitement, an awe at the sweet girl they had brought into the world, and the feeling that this was only the beginning of a big, beautiful story. I'm so grateful to have been a part of it.