Starting Kindergarten | Personal

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In just six short days, Grace starts kindergarten. It feels like I have been counting down to this moment since she was born: “Can you believe in {X} years she’ll go to school?” “Next year at this time she’ll be in school.” “Only two more months until school.” But now, in time that’s felt less like a marathon and more like a 50-yard sprint, we’ve been talking up major changes that will have to take place for her bedtime routine, talked about lunchbox food ideas, we’ve been out buying school supplies and just last night we went to “Meet-the-Teacher”.

I held back tears yesterday as we entered her school in preparation to meet her teacher and drop of a huge back of school supplies. I wasn’t even taking her there to leave her for 7 hours of a day of learning, but would stay with her for a short 30 minutes but just the thought rocked my emotions. I’m pretty sure next week when I get back in the car (if I even make it that far) that tears will flow and she’ll crowd my thoughts the rest of the day: what’s she doing, whats she thinking, if she’s okay, if she’s eating her lunch and using her manners.

As the days draw nearer to the start of school, she’s testing the waters, asking questions, thinking aloud what this strange new world will be like. Grace is always on the shy side, being cautious, watching and learning before jumping in. It’s a trait she and I share. Sometimes it can be a good thing, sometimes not so much. I worry about the imperfect days she’ll have: sad days, lonely days, days when she just don’t want to go, when she feels like her teacher doesn’t notice her, her new friend won’t play with her or another kid is mean to her. But I know those are things every child must go through and something I cannot control.

On the other hand and as an ex-teacher I’m so excited for the wonder, excitement and all the learning that will take place in the time she is away from me (It’s actually making me really miss teaching). I can’t wait for her to get home each day and tell me about something new she has learned or a new friend she’s met.

Baby Duck is growing up and we’re excited about this new journey!

Eva | Havelock Newborn Photographer

 “A soldier doesn’t fight because he hates what is in front of him. He fights because of what he left behind.” -Unknown

 Precious Eva made her entrance into the world on May 21, just a few short weeks after her Daddy had been deployed.  I was honored to shoot Eva’s newborn session and even more excited to do some images with a patriotic theme!

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Land of the Free, because of the Brave!
Happy Independence Day!

Harper | Outer Banks Newborn Photographer

“We live in the world when we love it.” -Rabindranath Tagore

A few weeks ago I posted a Wednesday Bump Day post of Kristen’s sweet belly bump. She’s now holding & cuddling with sweet Harper.
They came and met me in my Columbia studio for Harper’s newborn session.

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I’m now offering Facebook timeline covers. 🙂 If you would like one designed from your session images, please let me know!

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Walker | Pittsboro Newborn Photographer

 Walker’s Mommy and I went to elementary, middle, high school and college together. I love her dearly. I had the honor of photographing many milestones in her life like her engagement to Jason, their wedding, their sweet first born, Molly and now, Molly’s baby brother Walker! Check out these sweet images of their newest addition!

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Wednesday Bump Day | Outer Banks Maternity Photographer

Kristen & I went to high school together and I was beyond excited when she asked me to photograph her adorable bump! Her & her husband live on the Outer Banks so she chose to have her portraits taken on the beach. I LOVED the dress she wore for her session. She was certainly glowing. Baby Harper will make her appearance soon. I can’t wait to meet her!

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Happy Mother’s Day

A baby asked God, “They tell me you are sending me to earth tomorrow, but how am I going to live there being so small and helpless?”

“Your angel will be waiting for you and will take care of you.”

The child further inquired, “But tell me, here in heaven I don’t have to do anything but sing and smile to be happy.”

God said, “Your angel will sing for you and will also smile for you. And you will feel your angel’s love and be very happy.”

Again the child asked, “And how am I going to be able to understand when people talk to me if I don’t know the language?”

God said, “Your angel will tell you the most beautiful and sweet words you will ever hear, and with much patience and care, your angel will teach you how to speak.”

“And what am I going to do when I want to talk to you?”

God said, “Your angel will place your hands together and will teach you how to pray.”

“Who will protect me?”

God said, “Your angel will defend you even if it means risking it’s life.”

“But I will always be sad because I will not see you anymore.”

God said, “Your angel will always talk to you about Me and will teach you the way to come back to Me, even though I will always be next to you.”

At that moment there was much peace in Heaven, but voices from Earth could be heard and the child hurriedly asked, “God, if I am to leave now, please tell me my angel’s name.”

“You will simply call her, ‘Mom.'”

withmomWith my Mom, 1985.