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2024 Frequently Asked Questions

February 21, 2024  •  Leave a Comment

There are several questions that I'm often asked either on my posts, via email and messages, or while I'm out and about talking about my photography. SO, I figured I'd take a few minutes and answer some of them here!

Do you have a local studio?

No, I do not have a photo studio. I prefer on-location photography and I think that works well for my clients too. Since I so mainly family photography, I find that children are much more comfortable in on-location settings.  They are more relaxed in their own home, or playing in a park for example. I also love that clients can choose a location that fits their personal style or home decor (think city alleyways vs. a farm). I also love shooting outside because the lighting is so beautiful. If families or couples choose to have their photo session in their home, it creates special memories in that space and they may also include sentimental furniture, items, or home decor in the setting. The options are endless!

Do you travel for photo sessions or events?

Yes, I will travel to your home, event, or special location! I charge a travel fee for travel to any location over 60 minutes from Pitt County. A rate will be discussed prior to booking to fit both of our needs. 

Will you help us choose what to wear for our session?

I love helping people choose a theme for their outfits! I won't tell you exactly what to wear, but I can make suggestions based on your location, style, and the season. I like to suggest a color scheme or theme that I think looks great. I can direct you to some of my other blog posts with more detail on this topic. I can even recommend some local shops for outfits and accessories. 

Can I bring my dog?

Of course!! Pets are welcome! I am a cat lover, but all pets are welcome to join you for your session. They are part of the family too!

What did I miss? Have more questions? Ask away!!!

Text or call me to inquire more or book: 508-269-6434

email: [email protected]

 


3 Best Restaurants in Greenville, NC

January 25, 2024  •  Leave a Comment

When my husband and I were thinking of moving from MA to NC, we paid a visit to Greenville to check it out for a weekend. The first night we were here we fell in love with where was to become our favorite restaurant! (Starlight Cafe) We grew to adore this college town and 8 years later, here we still are! Over the years different restaurants have come and gone, but there really are a lot of GREAT spots. To anyone who says there's nowhere good to eat around here, I BEG TO DIFFER! We love to go out for dinner and usually go 1-2 times per week. We have several go-to's, but here are my 3 favorites. 

1. Starlight Cafe  - a farm to table restaurant with great atmosphere. We usually sit at the big bar in the back room. We love their oyster dishes and the chef's burger is the best! They usually offer some type of cocktail on special made with some of their farm ingredients and they never disappoint. 

2. Atavola - Technically an Italian restaurant, but they have a wide variety of dishes on their menu. We love sitting at the bar here, but it's tough to get bar seats so we usually just go for first available. I love the rotating local art they display on their walls. My absolute favorite dish is the Cioppino. Sooooo good, I always order it extra spicy. They offer a great wine menu that sometimes changes up.  

3.  Main & Mill - A gem in Winterville, this is one place we frequent. The staff is so friendly and nice. A great place for seafood! 
 Another good spot for oyster appetizers, they also have great shrimp. Their menu changes but there is usually some sort of salmon dish or fish special that I like to get. We love the seasonal cocktail menus too!

If you haven't tried any of these, I hope you do! Share your favorites with me, I'm always looking for a great spot to go! 


2023 End of the Year

December 27, 2023  •  Leave a Comment

The week between Christmas and New Year's has always been a favorite of mine. I love that although "the big day" has passed, there's still time with family and friends to be had and a festive feel in the air. Growing up, then college, then teaching, I was always on break during this time and it was so much fun! And although some things have changed and I no longer have this week completely off, I still enjoy it. It's a time for fun and celebrating, while looking forward to the new year ahead. It's also a time for reflecting on the year behind.  

I am grateful for so many things, and these are a few of my favorite professional moments of 2023!

 Thanks to the support of my community, friends, and family I was awarded 1st place for Best Photographer in Pitt County by the "Best of 2023" Daily Reflector.  I appreciate the support so much and look forward to how this acknowledgment will help my business continue to grow. 

 I had more bookings and successful mini session events, met new clients, and had the opportunity to spend time behind the lens with repeat clients. 

 With your help, I was able to continue donating to Donors Choose, supporting local teachers and classrooms in our community. 

Don't forget, the biggest compliment you can give me is a referral.  I appreciate all of your support by telling friends and family about me, referring me to work with businesses, liking and commenting on posts, and following along on my adventures with me. It really is a pleasure to be a part of this wonderful community. 

I am grateful for a fun, successful year, and look forward to great things in 2024!  Happy New Year!! 🎉 🎉 

 

 


2023 Holiday Traditions

December 20, 2023  •  Leave a Comment

This week has me thinking all about holiday traditions of past and present. To keep this post on the shorter side, I'll share a few of my favorites.

School Traditions - As a 4th grade teacher, I always said that an elementary school during the holidays is the happiest place on earth!  It is so special spending time with children during this magical season. Although it was crazy and hectic, it was also a lot of FUN. I loved helping my students create a holiday gift for their parents. It usually included photography! One of my favorites was taking a photo of them that they would use to make a snowglobe ornament with themselves inside. Another treasured memory is attending a holiday concert at the high school on the last day before vacation. All of the schools in town would go on a field trip to the high school to enjoy holiday music and performances by the high school students. The performance was great, they always did such a wonderful job! My students had a blast and I enjoyed seeing all of my teacher friends from around the district.  They still honor this tradition, and even though I'm not longer there, this warms my heart to know that this tradition is happening every last day of school before holiday break. 

Childhood Traditions - My parents made Christmas so special for us.  We did lots of activities leading up to Christmas such as making ornaments, making chocolate candy houses (similar to a gingerbread house but made with chocolate molds.), baking cookies, driving around looking at Christmas lights, decorating the house and tree, and so much more! For years my parents hosted Christmas Eve and I loved it. My mom would spend the day prepping and we would help, while also driving her crazy because we were so excited. To distract my siblings and me she'd let the 3 of us open our gifts from each other and that would keep us occupied for a while.  We would have a big Italian meal for dinner and enjoy everyone's company. Christmas morning was all about Santa and gifts. "Santa" always made sure our lists were fulfilled and I'm forever grateful for these wonderful childhood memories. Later on was all about spending the day with family. I have a slew of cousins and we always had a blast playing together. For years my grandparents hosted, then later on my uncle and aunt hosted a big brunch that went from morning til night. 

Christmas Present - These days Christmas is a little quieter for me. After moving to NC in 2015, we don't always travel to see family for Christmas. I keep up some traditions like making cookies using my grandfather's recipe, watching old favorite holiday movies, decorating, and gift exchanges. We usually try to make a visit sometime during the month of December for family gatherings. One party we try not to miss is my aunt and uncle's holiday open house!  We traveled a lot this year and fortunately we were able to spend a lot of time with family over the year so it will be nice to stay local.
We are usually either at home in Winterville or traveling somewhere on a trip for actual Christmas Day. My husband and I enjoy our quality time together and slowing down for the holiday. This year Christmas Day will be spent just the two of us, with our 3 cats, eating and watching Christmas movies in our pjs and I wouldn't want it any other way.  We will see what next Christmas brings! Although I love tradition, I look forward to the adventures each year brings to us at this point in time. 

What's your favorite holiday tradition from the past or present?

Happy Holidays to All!!!


Giving Tuesday 2023

November 28, 2023  •  Leave a Comment

"GivingTuesday was created in 2012 as a simple idea: a day that encourages people to do good. GivingTuesday was born and incubated at the 92nd Street Y and its Belfer Center for Innovation & Social Impact in New York City. GivingTuesday is now an independent nonprofit and a global movement that inspires hundreds of millions of people to give, collaborate, and celebrate generosity."
 

Throughout the year, I donate a portion of each photo session or event to a local classroom via Donors Choose. I choose a Pitt County classroom, and if one isn't available I donate to one in New England. As I former educator, donating to classrooms is a perfect way for me to give back to our community. If you are looking for a way to help, Donors Choose is a wonderful organization. If you haven't heard of them, take a look!  Visit here I love any opportunity to help our community and I'm grateful for all of my clients and that I'm able to give back for Giving Tuesday and all year long. 

I encourage you to choose your favorite cause and give back today. We can all make a difference. No matter if it's a little or a lot, you are helping someone and that is amazing. 

     "I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the water to create many ripples." - Mother Teresa

My classroom in 2001!

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