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Some of you may have noticed that things look a bit different around here…It does!! I’m so excited as I’m launching a new site, another brand just for Teens, and some other exciting things.  Please be patient with me as I’m trying to tidy up this space…it will be full of information and a great place for you to stop by…but for now, it’s a bit under construction!  If you need me, as always you can call or text at 919-597-0344 or email us at

I had the amazing opportunity to work with this fun couple and do something I don’t often get a chance to….capture an engagement session!  Because I don’t photograph a lot of weddings (I say that as I’m headed today to shoot one at the beach) I don’t get to do a lot of engagement sessions, so I was thrilled when this beautiful bride to be contacted me to do their session while at Holden Beach!  How fun for me!!!

One of the best things about engagement sessions is being able to capture the connection…it’s what brings life to a picture!  It’s sometimes awkward to provide that connection when you have some stranger with a camera in your face, but it didn’t take long for these two!  Their story is sweet…and I hope their images captured their love and this special time in their lives!  Thank you Haley and Michael for allowing me the opportunity to work with you!  Best of luck on this journey that you share!  I was honored to be a small part of it!


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This past trip to the beach for work was just all around one of my favorite trips.  I’m so blessed that my kids get to travel with me most of the time and we get to spend quality time together.  This year, we have played things a bit differently as I’ve been taking one child with me and the other stays home with dad and therefore we both get quality time with the child we have been with.  I will say this time has been invaluable…time for us to pour into our kids during these very special times in their lives.  They are both going to be in middle school this year…both dealing with some of the same issues of relationships, self esteem, finding their lifes loves (as in hobbies, sports, etc) and us as their parents, having the opportunity to have those longer times, without interruptions has been amazing!

Last night we were driving back in this horrible rain storm.  I looked over at my sweet daughter curled up on the seat next to me…so innocent…she’s so scared about this next year and all that it holds, but she is one amazing girl!  I was able to reflect a bit on all that she is!

She’s often called my mini me…and in many ways she is.  She has dreams (as I did) of owning her own business, of doing something in the creative field.  She has notebooks upon notebooks of drawings of those dreams, cakes that she’s designed, clothing and outfits that she’s dreamed up, closets that she’s organized and homes that she’s crafted.  She pours over magazines and Pinterest (her dream world) and has in her mind just where she will be.

She still takes my hand on walks on the beach, she loves for me to play with her in the water, she still cuddles on the couch with me and in so many ways she’s still the little girl in cute peaches and cream outfits!

She longs for what is right, she is very much a rule follower, doesn’t like to walk out of line, wants to make sure that the choices she makes are approved by those who she looks up to and those in authority.

She has no problem being by herself, she loves to draw and write in her notebooks, she’s very comfortable alone, probably more comfortable by herself than with others.  She has to make herself do group activities, she knows that she is not the most athletic but is okay with that.  She understands that her gifts are more creative.  She’s longing to find a place in this world (her place)  where that is embraced and she can excel in that creativity!

She’s self conscious about what others think, my prayer is that she will find strength in God and in herself to not care.  I want her to understand that God has made her so special, so unique, that it’s okay to not be sporty, or to not have the latest and greatest outfit, but that just by who God has created her to be…she is Beautiful and loved!

She has such dreams, dreams of traveling the world, of making her mark in her life, of accomplishing her goals.  She has already figured out where she is going to college, how much it will cost, and how much she will have to work at both Starbucks and Bath and Body Works in order to help with tuition and then how much scholarship she will need.  She has dreams of being on HGTV as one of their designers, of  publishing her own magazine, of owning a storefront (they could have been taken from my journals at her age) My prayer is that she has seen how God has ordered my steps and that those dreams are attainable…that God places those in our hearts for a reason and that she should go after them with all her heart!  I pray that as her mom, I have been a role model for how God works and guides us to His perfect plan for our lives!

She’s got such style, I can often (and do) ask her to help me put together outfits, accessories etc…she’s a great mix of trendy and classic.  She loves colors (much like her momma) and has developed this unique style that captures her personality perfectly!

She’s the sweetest, last night, after my session, I asked her what she wanted for dinner and she said “mom, whatever makes it easiest for you”  Really?  melt my heart…she’s so sweet..thinking of others so much!  This little girl who spent all her savings on a iPod for her brother (because she knew he wanted one so badly)  This sweet girl, who loves to give hugs and who is always willing to help!  She is so sweet!

So as she enters this new season in her life, my prayer is that she finds more of herself, that the things that I see so clearly in her life, she begins to see and identify with.  I pray for her friendships (that cause her such aguish these days) I pray that God brings her a Bestie…its the desire of my heart!  I pray that she continues to walk strongly in the things of the Lord, that she will learn to lean on Him for everything.  That she will find her creative wings and soar!  That her fears will not hold her back, that she will go after her dreams and chase them with a vengeance!  I pray that she finds her “thing”  whether it be art, or theater or writing, but the one thing that she can develop and feel great about!  I pray that we as her parents will continue to parent her in the way that meets her needs, that will help to shape her and guide her!

Beautiful girl…I knew the day you were born that you were special…(Lord knows that my pregnancy with you was so difficult…fed through tubes, hospitalized, broken bones) but I knew that you were fashioned for a purpose and that God has big things planned for you!  I love you with all my heart, I’m so blessed to have the opportunity to be your mom…that I get to watch you grow and spread your wings, that I get to be a part of helping you develop into the beautiful young woman that you are!  I’m humbled by your heart, I am blessed by your carefree spirit, I am in awe of your creativity and goals.  You are unique, you are so special and on a path that God has just for you!  Stay the course…look to Him for answers…keep coloring outside of the lines….keep being YOU!

Love you with all my heart!

I snapped these a few min before my session…they are just her..not the greatest images I’ve ever taken, but they are HER and because they are her…they are beautiful!




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  • Amber Owens

    That was such a moving tribute to your daughter! I was moved to tears.

  • Kim Dykes

    Sara-Anne, such a beautiful story. God has big plans for your sweet, beautiful daughter! Give her a hug from me!

How’s your week going?  Mine is super busy..and I just keep thinking if I can get through until next Wednesday I will be able to breath a bit!  We’ll see!  Between now and then I will photograph:

  • 5 beach sessions
  • 18 dogs (pet mini sessions)
  • A birth
  • A newlywed session
  • and a possible newborn….

I was asked “how do you keep doing it”  AND I just keep meeting amazing families and pray that I can provide them with the most amazing images for them to love and adore for years…and I have amazing family that supports and helps me at every turn!

I have stressed to my clients that I am not just a photographer, but a FINE ART photographer…what does that mean? It means that I truly value the work that I do and see it as art.  I’m an artist.  I went to school and studied art and design, I come from a long lineage of artist, I’ve won numerous awards as an artist (not just a photographer) but art show competitions.  I see things from the artist point of view (which I know is all subjective) but none the less, I really believe that the images I take, should be displayed as art!  Now I’m a realist…and I know that not everyone can take all my pictures and blow them up in canvases and plaster all their walls…but the goal for me as your photographer is to have at least one…hopefully multiple images that you desire to do that with…to tell a story!

The word is out!  I now have clients who book me, specifically knowing that they want the large canvas…(not a 16×20) but a 24×36 or 30×40!  Canvases that will make a statement..that when people come into their home…they say “wow, that is beautiful” and it creates a story to tell, it brings back memories every time you walk by it.  Digitals on a flash drive somewhere, can’t do that.  I know that digitals are important to have for archiving and for sharing online…but in the place where you make a home for your family.  So that’s what a FINE ART photographer is!

As I was editing this image…all I could think of was….If ever there was an image that should be over a fireplace in big canvas…this was it!  The classic white in the dunes on two adorable girls…melt my heart!!!


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How is Tuesday treating you so far?

Do you have big plans for this weekend and Tuesday can’t go by quickly enough?

Maybe you’re coming home from a vacation and so far, this week has been brutal!  OR

Maybe you feel like it’s just the same ole’ same ole ….nothing new, nothing different!

Today I want to challenge you to find something EXTRAordinary in the ordinary!  That’s right…here are some thoughts

  • maybe take your kiddos to a late movie in their PJ’s
  • make S’mores over the grill (you don’t need a fire)
  • take a different route to somewhere and find some thing new
  • create a “hunt” of five things to look for (someone laughing, a couple in love, a fruit stand, beautiful flowers, someone in need) on your way to the grocery store
  • journal
  • take a “ussie” a family shot..spontaneous!
  • dress up for dinner (even if it’s a home)
  • pick up dinner and head to the pool for a late night swim

there are so many things that you can do to make your day special, something to remember, even if you are plum worn out (where this mom is today) you can do something to brighten your day, to create a memory, to bring smiles to others faces!

I’d love to see or hear any of your thoughts on this…ideas, pictures…so if you do any of the above and you feel like it!  #outoftheordinary

Just a few housekeeping things:

  • I am booking Fall already…with only limited dates available!  Can’t believe it, but someone told me that Christmas is only 22 weeks away…that means if you want a fall family session, we need to get those on the books SOON! 
  • Pet Portraits:  I have two spots left for this Friday!
  • Social Media class details will be up next Monday!

I’m finishing up this families gallery …their mom is going to LOVE and ADORE the shots we got!  Cute kids…cute cute kids!! Always make this photographers job so much easier!


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