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Another Special Senior Photo Session 2023

August 04, 2023  •  Leave a Comment

 A few weeks ago, on a recent visit to New England, I had the opportunity to do another really special senior session. It was an honor to photograph my close friends' daughter, Morgan, who I have known since she was one day old. We share so many fun memories together and it was an absolute pleasure creating new memories taking her senior photos. 

They spent a lot of time planning out props and scouting the perfect location. The location was gorgeous and we lucked out with the most perfect weather and lighting! Morgan was a pro at posing and was a breeze to work with.

Enjoy your senior year Morgan! I'm so proud of you and I know you are going to do great things. Yay Class of 2024!

DON'T Do These 3 Things Before Your Photo Session

July 31, 2023  •  Leave a Comment

I share a lot of advice and tips about what to DO when planning your photo session and today I'd like to tell you what NOT to do!!

1.  DON'T overthink how you look

You're all dressed up and looking your best, so relax and let your photographer do the worrying for you. All you need to do is make sure you dress in something that makes you feel comfortable and confident.
You may be concerned about angles or how to sit, stand, or pose. If you aren't sure what to do during the session, just ask. If you aren't feeling comfortable, then speak up.  You are the number one priority and your photographer wants you to feel confident. They should direct you in posing and they will take care of worrying about the angles, lighting, and if anything is out of place...they do this all the time. Be yourself, be natural, and smile. You are gorgeous! 

2. DON'T experiment with a new hairstyle or make up

First of all, you want to look like yourself, not some version of yourself people won't recognize in the photos. For example, I wear my hair up 99% of the time. When I had my photos taken I did some with my hair down, then put my hair up for some. Guess which ones I liked better? The ones with my my hair up of course, because I looked like myself.  Second, you don't want to try out new makeup or skincare the day of your photos.  You may experience some sort of reaction or irritation to your skin. Or you may end up not liking the look and have to wash it off and start over, which will only add stress to your day. If you really want to try something out, then try it a few weeks ahead of time and practice getting the look right.  Just be YOU!

3.  DON'T stress about the weather

One thing in life that we have absolutely no control over is the weather! So it is definitely not worth worrying about because there is nothing you can do about it. Be sure to discuss cancellation policies due to weather with your photographer. Also discuss a Plan B. If the weather doesn't cooperate, what is the plan? Will you reschedule or move your outdoor session indoors?  Having these conversations ahead of time and setting expectations will help avoid any misunderstandings. It will be OK!

3 Strategies to Prepare for Your Photo Session

July 13, 2023  •  Leave a Comment

Planning a photo session can feel intimidating, and may lead to you putting off the task.  It doesn't need to be that way! Let me share with you a few strategies to put you at ease prior to stepping in front of the camera. A photo shoot should be a memorable time for you and trust me, your photographer is here for you and wants to help!

#1 Communication

Planning and having your questions answered is part of what you are paying for in your session fee. Do not hesitate to reach out to your photographer prior to booking and up until the day of your scheduled shoot.  Ask questions, share ideas, brainstorm together, and most importantly, speak up if you don't understand something or feel like you aren't on the same page at any point. Your photographer should let you know the best way to reach them: email, text, phone call  Discussing your plans ahead of time will help the session go smoothly and take away any anxiety leading up to your appointment. The conversations I have most with my clients are usually about location ideas and outfit ideas. Just ask! 

#2 Decide what you plan to do with your images

The last thing you want to do is invest your time and money into hiring a wonderful photographer to create beautiful memories for your family, then let them sit on a website. Digital images are awesome for so many reasons - you can post them on social media, you can share your gallery with family and friends, you can look at them whenever want, etc.  But you do want to bring your beautiful images out into the real world. Prior to your session think about how you would like to use your photos. Maybe you are sending out cards, updating frames displayed in your home, using them as gifts for family, or creating some new home decor. Whatever you have in mind, make sure you take the time to plan out what you will with the physical prints. Shop ahead of time for frames, or decide which website you'll use to order photo products. If you need suggestions, ask your photographer. Set yourself a deadline and mark it on your calendar. Then make it happen!!! 

#3 Get your outfits ready ahead of time

I've discussed this in other posts, but it's worth mentioning again! Plan, plan those outfits! Don't wait until the morning of to get your outfits together. Most people choose their outfits weeks or days ahead of time. However, many times people will wait until the last minute to actually gather everything out of the closets.  I suggest taking the full outfit out of the closet at least the day before, including accessories and shoes. Make sure everything fits comfortably. Check for wrinkles and stains. Make sure you have proper undergarments clean and ready. Set everyone's outfits out ahead of time and the day of your session, getting ready will go smoothly. No running around the house looking for items 10 minutes before you leave!  Make sure everyone is comfortable and can move freely.  

Now you're ready to get in front of the camera! Relax and have fun, your photographer will make sure it's an enjoyable and stress free experience. :) 

Top 3 Questions I'm Asked!

June 13, 2023  •  Leave a Comment

I often receive questions from people in the local community via email, DMs, or during conversations while out and about. I thought it would be helpful to share some of these frequently asked questions with all of you!

1.  Where am I located, and where do I take photos?

I am based in Winterville, NC. I do not have a studio, I do all my sessions on-location. Although I mainly do outdoor sessions, you have the option to choose either an indoor or outdoor location for your session.
I have a list of my go-to spots in Pitt County, but I'm also open to traveling and considering your suggestions for your personalized session! 

2.  How much do I charge? 

Pricing may vary, but for a typical 1-2 hour on-location session, which includes digital downloads, the cost is $200. I accept cash, credit card, Venmo, and PayPal. Additionally, I offer gift certificates that can be sent digitally or delivered to your porch for your convenience.

**Please note that pricing may vary in cases involving extended time, travel, or very large groups.

3. When am I free?

Great news!  My schedule is highly flexible! I have availability during both daytime and evening hours throughout the week, as well as on weekends.
Keep an eye on my social media accounts to stay informed about any mini session specials or upcoming events.










The Best Way to Plan Outfits for Your Session

May 16, 2023  •  Leave a Comment

Choosing an outfit for yourself can be a daunting task, and most of the time, moms are dressing everyone for family sessions! Let me help take the stress out of it and leave everyone relaxed and ready to have fun.

Be Prepared:

You may email or text me pictures and I can give you feedback.

I always say start in your own closets, you may be surprised at what you find. 

If you do need new items, I can provide you with a list of my favorite local shops for clothes and accessories.  

You should try everything on ahead of time to avoid any last minute surprises.

At least one day before, make sure everything is clean and hang up the outfits to keep them neat and easy for everyone to find.

How to Coordinate:

1-3 colors with similar tones 

Coordinate and compliment, but don't match.  

I usually suggest neutral colors with a few bright pops of color

Avoid all black & white 

Limit patterns 

Avoid characters or large graphics on kids' clothing


Compliment your outfit 

Keep it small - oversized jewelry can be distracting

Accessories can give you multiple looks without changing clothes 

Add textures with items such as a belt or scarf.  

Dress in layers and you can remove items for different looks 

A scarf, bow tie, headband, hat, or statement necklace make nice additions 

It's fun to use parent's accessories for the kids

Comfort is Key:

Dress comfortably – feel good = look good 

Kids and babies should be able to move around freely 


Shoes or socks are a fun way to add a pop of color 

Shoes should tie together the  look 

Neutrals are good if you have a lot of color in your outfits 

Barefoot is a great option, especially for babies and kids 

Show off your personalites, for example: converse sneakers, cowboy boots, flip flops

Final Touches:

Think about how your photos will be displayed, what are you going to do with them? 

Colors and location should compliment your home decor

Professional hair and make-up are a good option for special sessions, such as maternity or engagement pictures



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