Category Archives: engagements
Erica and Cameron’s engagement started off bright and early. We scheduled a sunrise session and the light was super fantastical!
These two traveled from Sneads Ferry, NC to the Carolina Beach State Park. Cameron is a Marine and Erica is a doctor in training finishing up her schooling in Tennessee. She was down for the weekend and we capitalized on these two being together to do their engagement shoot. Erica had emailed me about shooting their session and I was really excited to get to know these two.
Erica and I had conversed through email several times and she explained that the two were not from the area but wanted something that reflected their home town areas and also, a session that captured their love and what their relationship was. It was a love that started off through school but was essentially them communicating back and forth with letters, and gifts to one another.
I LOVED this part of their story. 🙂 I love the fact that these two actually took time to write one another. Not only is it an incredibly awesome gesture, but it’s something that can be an heirloom to their children one day. A storybook of their love if you will.
And with that said, my job was to showcase their love in photos. I truly hope that I captured their long distance romance, and their love for one another.
Both of these two sweet people, are just that, incredibly sweet, polite, caring individuals. Cameron is truly a gentlemen. I would compare him to a southern gentlemen but he’s originally from Colorado. He is very aware of Erica, and very protective of her. Extremely well spoken, and even though he has the tall and handsome thing down, it’s sweet to see how Erica brings out his soft side. And ultimately to me that is when you know a man is truly in love. When he can let his guard down, and that he did.
As our session progressed, he held her stuff, and made sure to grab her hand as we went through the wet sand. Erica wore heels at some parts of our session, and Cameron was very quick to make sure she was okay, and not sinking 🙂 It was really sweet.
Erica is cheery, bright, extremely sweet. Like sugar tooth cutie pie, sweet! She literally exudes glitter and rainbows. Her personality is really passive, and easy going. Erica’s back story is a little different from Cameron’s. She’s originally from California. During our shoot, I definitely shared my my west coast envy with her. And we all agreed that we were missing that no humidity factor while we were shooting. Boy, was it humid! She was a trooper for sure! (they truly both were).
One bad thing about shooting near water, well you guessed it, it’s mosquitos! Although Carolina Beach state park offers a really nice change to our typical beach locations, their is tons of spots where creepy crawlers and all kinds of insects like to live. And we had a bunch, and poor Erica was definitely their favorite. But, she didn’t miss a beat, she was gorgeous and stylish, and I think anyone can see that Cameron definitely noticed how beautiful his girl is. Watching them together makes you feel all giggly, they have a very strong love for one another. It’s like Erica was molded just for Cameron’s arms to be wrapped around her.
Again, I am lucky to have met two more wonderful people. And I hope that your love translated as you wanted in our session. I hope our paths cross again and I can’t wait to see what the future holds for you guys. Thank you for seeking me out to commemorate a special moment in your lives <3 I hope you guys had as much fun as I did through our hike through the woods 🙂
Lauren and Daniel met in Massachusetts at a Maritime Academy. Daniel a native to the Virgin Islands, and Lauren an all-American gal from Cape Cod, MA. These two happened to cross paths at a party that a mutual friend was having. And up until now the rest is history because Daniel put a ring on it, and now we are planning a wedding!
Lucky for me, Lauren found me on the net, and we have been chatting for almost what feels like a year. But really about 7months or so. Because we began talking so long ago, our timing to meet was definitely over due!
Lauren introduced herself to me with a warm smile and hug as she got out of their Jeep. I could tell automatically that we were going to get along when she embraced me like a friend who I hadn’t seen in a couple of years. And what makes this gal even cooler is her love for the sea and that she has a whale necklace. (Which if you know I am secretly obsessed with whales) And she’s a Massachusetts girl! I mean, who doesn’t love a good ole’ New England girl! As the time passed by, I noticed that both her and Daniel become more comfortable with me having a lens in their face 🙂
Lauren is a carefree easy going, giggly, smart, and kind soul. Daniel is protective, sweet, funny, and his love for Lauren is truly apparent on how he holds her hand and worried about her bare feet as she walked through seashells. He was very cute about us posing them and I loved watching them go back and forth as they told me how they met.
Lauren and Daniel actually found our first location in Oak Island. They frequent the beach a lot and had shared that they had been exploring the area to find their perfect spot for the engagement shoot. It was a dock that was on a vacant lot for what looked like would be a very big home.
Fortunately for us though, the home wasn’t built and we were allowed to go onto the dock without anyones objections. We started our session here and the golden light literally was pouring through the clouds. It was the most prettiest light for a beautiful couple. During our session I also got to meet their kids, and what cute kids they do have!! The bestest kind too, the fury kinda kids 🙂 We had the pups do some poses with us, and through the whole process Robbie and I were worried they were going to jump in the water. But, they didn’t, they held out. You could definitely tell they wanted to rush into the water though.
From the dock we headed off to the ocean side of Oak Island. And let me tell ya the weather was so windy on this side of the Island. The waves were crashing onto the shore, and you would have thought we were preparing for a hurricane. Mother nature definitely sent me a hail mary by giving me some really fun elements to produce a bunch of nice moments.
We had movement, and the most softest light, and of course you can’t forget, the icing on the cake, when the sky revealed a cotton candy palette! We even had the moon make an appearance at the end of our shoot.
I can’t say that I have a favorite because I am partial to almost all the images, but I am grateful for such thoughtful and kind clients. And I can’t forget to mention, seriously, how photogenic these two are! Their extremely comfortable around one another and their smiles, and hugs, were truly contagious. They definitely kept me and Robbie giggling and having fun as we spent time together. Their love for one another is incredibly apparent and I can’t imagine how beautiful their union will be when they tie the knot.
Cheers to filling your love story with the memories below and only growing those memories to fill many more pages and chapters of what will be your fairytale love story.
Carolina Beach State Park Engagement Shoot:
Ashley was referred to me by a previous client. And nothing is a better compliment as a photographer to have people actually refer you to their friends. It’s definitely a wonderful feeling! Ashley and I had corresponded for what felt like a year, and finally had the chance to do our engagement shoot. The shoot was planned for the summer but because of a move and also some other life obstacles, we planned for October. And I am so happy that we were able to do a fall shoot.
Nothing is better than not sweating with your clients, let me tell ya! And also, nothing is more pretty than the fall colors on tree’s and spending time in the crisp air that fall provides. A fall engagement session also allows for layering, and just fun props that can be used to tell a story. Just like my engagement session with Andrew and Ashley. They arrived with a basket of quilts, thermoses and mugs.
Ashely and Andrew wanted something forest feeling but classic all in the same way. So, with that said we figured out the Carolina Beach State Park would be a great fit.
Andrew lead Ashley through our forest trail, and it was nothing but super magical with the light creeping through the cracks of the trees. We continued to wander through the woods to give the light a chance to dim down a bit on the other side of the park. Andrew laid the quilt out for Ashley and they had a little picnic away from it all..
It was really sweet to see Ashley reassure Andrew how handsome he is, and how cute and trusting these two are with one another. They are adorably cute together, and I love how Ashley calls Andrew “lamb”.. (Yes, really, so sweet right =) )
Engagement sessions are one of my favorite styles of photography because of my ability to share in the love of my clients for one another. And these two did not disappoint. Andrew looks at Ashely likes she literally has fallen from heaven and he’s seeing her for the first time.
Our second half of the afternoon was literally like we step into the west coast. The rocky terrain and the marina just screamed Pacific Northwest and it’s always so nice to create a scene or a feel that isn’t even native to your area. The fact that Ashley and Andrew are quite fashionable definitely did not hurt our session 🙂 It was like I was photographing a JCREW ad. I loved their wardrobe choices, and their colors were spot on! Everything was absolutely perfect!
** Congrats you too! I can’t wait to share in your wedding day, and so happy we got a chance to meet and share in such a fun afternoon together! You guys are the sweetest and so excited for more fun times ahead 🙂 **