ALEC | SENIOR

“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.”
{John Quincy Adams}

I’ve watched Alec grow up since his elementary school years & I can hardly wrap my mind around the fact that he’s old enough to be leaving for college next fall.

This kid is not your average 17-year-old boy – and that’s a good thing. He is such a leader!
He’s been a member of J-ROTC Raider Team at his high school since his freshman year & quickly worked his way up the ranks to the top; he is great with kids & volunteers at his church every Sunday with a small group of elementary students & his sweet southern charm & gentle spirit are sure to be hits on his college campus next year! Like so many seniors, Alec has enormous dreams & goals ahead of him & there is absolutely no doubt in my mind that he go out and use his gifts to do what a leader does best: inspire others to dream more, learn more, & do more.

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LAUREN | SENIOR

“The best people possess a feeling for beauty, the courage to take risks, the discipline to tell the truth, the capacity for sacrifice. Ironically, their virtues make them vulnerable.”
{Ernest Hemingway}

Oh my goodness, I adore senior sessions!  I always, without fail, finish each session feeling inspired… there is something so exhilarating about the conversations that take place during these sweet sessions & I absolutely love listening to future dreams & plans. Seniors are at such a unique stage of life; it’s one of the few times when  taking time to dream  & take risks is not only common, but also encouraged & expected – it really is the very best of high school years.

Lauren’s senior session did not disappoint in the area of inspiration – this girl is awesome!
Not only is she incredibly beautiful, but she also loves learning about theology & philosophy , is involved in multiple clubs & extra curricular activities & loves working out & healthy living  (a girl after my own heart!). Her dreams for her college career are big & full of maturity already & it is obvious that she is going to leave a big mark on her campus next year.

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THE WALSBURGERS | FAMILY SESSION

“Joy is the realest reality, the fullest life, and joy is always given, never grasped.”
{Ann Voskamp}

Having the opportunity to step into a family’s life has always been one of the highlights of family sessions for me. For an hour, I am offered the chance to quietly slip into that family’s way of living – their reality. I learn inside jokes, observe quirks, laugh out loud at funny faces & capture the sweetest of moments.

The only thing that makes these sessions even better is when the family is completely at ease in front of the lens – I love when everyone can let loose & just be themselves. Not only does their ease make for the most beautiful & realistic of photos, but it also allows the entire session to be so much enjoyable for everyone!

I’ve known the Walsburgers since before Joseph was born & when Parrish reached out to me soon after we moved back to North Carolina, I could hardly wait for their session. This family is the epitome of what a Christ-centered family should look like & their love for God, each other & others is absolutely beautiful. Watching the three of them play & laugh together literally brought tears to my eyes – I was able to capture their pure joy with one another– the “realest reality, the fullest life” – the type of joy that can only surface from a true understanding of what Love really is & can be… and have the opportunity to do so was an absolute honor!
(PS: Let’s also just recognize the fact that Joseph is one of the World’s Cutest Kids! For real though. Look at his beautiful blue eyes!)

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changes & new beginnings

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“Change is the essence of life; be willing to surrender what you are for what you could become.”

The past twelve months have been an endless cycle of change. Of Rebuilding & relearning & growth . There has been very little time for the mundane & even less time for a sense of normalcy… & it is the very thing I needed to open my heart & my eyes to the next chapter He has prepared for me.

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Thoughts from a Nest (my little blog that I used to document our first three years of married life) has served its purpose well & I’ve loved being able to venture back & read about some of our very first newlywed memories; but for all things there is a season & I know now that it’s time to begin merging my love for photography & my personal life into one central little space… & what better time to do this than Fall – a season so visually marked with beautiful changes?

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September & October were full of photography fun & goodness & I really want to begin sharing these types of things on a different level (& the blog I used for photography just wasn’t cutting it – clearly). So here I am: a brand new place for a brand new season full of brand new changes & I could not be smiling any more than I am!

Next week I will be sharing a bit about what’s been going on in our lives in the past two months + a lot of sessions from September & October!

Happy Friday – enjoy your weekend!

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