Underwater Portraits | Sanderling Resort

Mermaids and Nerf Guns

underwater portraits

It is such a treat to shoot at Sanderling Resort each Wednesday at 12:30pm, we never know what to expect! This week was especially fun as the family showed up with adorable mermaid costumes and another family came with Nerf guns for their underwater sessions!  We adore the creativity!!

Candace will be there each Wednesday after her Candy and Canvas Paint Class in the Pavillion ($45, email Candace@brookemayo.com to sign up) to play with families underwater and in the sprinklers!

Our 10 minute mini sessions are the perfect time to get a holiday card or fun updated family portraits!


underwater portraits

underwater portraits
underwater portraits


Maternity Portraits | New Bern, NC

Sisters, 36 and 37 Weeks Pregnant!

I can’t believe me and Turkey are going to be having babies in the next two weeks, they will almost be like twins except we get to send the others home, heehee.  Daddy is over the moon excited, I am over the moon nervous and my sister is on cloud 9!  She was born to be a mama, such a natural and she loves to take care of people, cook and is such a nurturer.  I wish I got half of her inner momminess.  When I became a mama, I was shocked at how much I loved it (and still do of course!) but it was never something I said I wanted, I always said I’d never have kiddos.  Thank heavens I have shuggie who wanted kids and we had Pop Shop.  It’s the most amazing thing in the world, loving another human being that is half you and half the love of your life. Watching as they discover everything for the first time, teaching them all about the world and trying not to be biased.  Giving them freedom to explore, but not too much.

It’s the most responsibility in the whole world, the second you let your guard down or get lazy or don’t correct or answer something, Pops lets us know by her behavior or questions.  Being good parents and always doing the right thing is impossible but loving them with your whole self is absolutely possible and hopefully, that is what they remember and learn from.

Peaches is going to be totally different and new and we look forward to getting to know this tiny little tuna and seeing the relationship she and Pops have, it will be a whole new experience and that is what is so scary and so incredibly fun!



maternity portraits

Daddy Pants is adorable, he loves his girls and is so in love with these sweet babies already, Noah in the Green and Peaches in the Yellow.  Come on little tiddlywinks!!

maternity portraits

  • Sarie - THIS is what I have been waiting for! Mama shots with both of you two sweet peas! MORE! I want to see MORE! HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA!

    Y’all are adorable!

Maternity Portraits | Currituck

It’s Almost Time for Baby Peaches!

maternity portraits

We are sooo very lucky to have Candace take our family portraits, she has been amazing at documenting our growing family and businesses!  I love the cute videos she makes for BMP and Sanctuary Vineyards and all the little moment she captures of us.  Besides being a phenomenal photographer, painter and artist, she is such an incredible friend and inspiring mama.

For our maternity portraits, we headed over to Martin Vineyards on Knott’s Island to the Peach Orchard to celebrate baby Peaches.  Poppy isn’t sure about having a sister come but I’m sure once she sees her and knows that Peaches won’t take her toys, she will love her immediately.  That is her main concern that Peaches will “sliber” on her toys but I try to tell her it will be no more than our boxer, Juicy, “slibers.”

It’s hard to believe it’s only 2.5 weeks until Peaches is due – we are trying to savor every second of being a family of 3 and make every day super special as it will be such a change once we’re a family of 4.  I know it will be better and even more wonderful but it’s the change that is scary and not knowing what to expect.

We are super excited to be working with North Eastern OBGYN again, the midwives and doctors there have the lowest C Section rate in North Carolina or Virginia!!  They gave us such a wonderful birthing experience last time, I can only imagine how great it will be this time!  We only hope we can make it the 45 mins to the hospital in time!




  • Sarie - Beautiful. All of you! Sending you so much love.

Beach family portraits |  Duck, NC

Outer banks beach family vacation portraits


I met this family at their beach house in Duck, NC while they were vacationing this summer. This family came from all over the USA, California, Arizona and even a little closer, VA.

We had some formal beach family portraits and then easily moved into playtime.  Between the sand, ocean, bubbles and silly string fight- it wasn’t hard to get genuine smiles out of all the kids!

Beach family portraits

Beach family portraits

Thanks for playing with us on your vacation!




Beach Maternity Portraits | Outer Banks

Thompson Family


Beach Maternity Portraits, non traditional beach portraits, fun beach portraits

It has been amazing watching this family grow, we photographed their engagement portraits at the Whalehead Club and the beach across the street, their wedding at Sanderling Resort, and then their first handsome son!

I can’t believe Cooper is already 4 years old, at our last shoot he could barely walk and now he looks like a little boy!  Jen reminded me that we have a photo of him bending over looking between his legs from our last session and sure enough we do!  Adorable!!


Beach Maternity Portraits

Jen, Chris and Cooper are now expecting baby Emmett the middle of August.  Cooper is so excited and talks to Jen’s belly and even hugs and kisses it without prompting!  She looks amazing, she has a perfect basketball sitting out front.  We shot at the beach access near their home which was so pretty, Southern Shores has amazing beaches with long walkways, big dunes and wide beaches. I can’t wait to meet their handsome little fella, I bet he will have fabulous body and curls just like Cooper!

Beach Maternity Portraits

Congratulations to you three and thank you, thank you for having me document such sweet and big moments in your lives!! XO

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