Nags Head Portraits | Lucas and Family

Nags Head Portraits

It was a blustery morning but it was absolutely perfect, the kids loved playing and running in the big waves and Jen even found a cantaloupe in the surf!  They had a staycation in Nags Head with her parents, brother and sister and his sweet little cousin.  These two are going to have so much fun growing up together, going to the pool and playing.

Lucas’ family has Currituck BBQ, which we absolutely adore!  They do a great job catering weddings and we love visiting for meals!  The cater tons of the weddings at Sanctuary Vineyards.

I love spending time with them and watching Lucas grow up!  Here are their maternity, newborn portraits, and a walk about their property.



She’s just checking out Lucas as he charges the ocean, these little tunas are fearless!



Outer Banks Birth Photography | Launa Jane

Outer Banks Hospital

It is such an honor to be asked to document a birth, it’s such an intimate and primal experience and changes everyone’s lives forever.  To be a part of that is humbling, inspiring and exciting.  I feel like they are part of my family, like their babies are my nieces and nephews and their parents become such great friends.

Although, Launa Jane made her debut into this world a few days early, it feels like we have been waiting forever for her!!  We found out we were due within weeks of each other and have been enjoying chatting every couple of weeks to see how each other is doing.  Although Sars was super ready for her to come earlier, she patiently waited until Launa was ready and it turned out better than anyone could have planned!

I got the text  from Sarah saying her water broke when I was in Corolla with Poppy and Peaches visiting our cousins who were here on vacation, John was at the wine event he has at Whalehead Club each Wednesday and Candace was at Sanderling photographing families underwater.

I thought, YIKES!  What do I do with BOTH kids??  That was the first time it hit me that it was going to be much harder having 2, esp. one that was so young…  our family offered to keep Poppy but I hadn’t brought my pump with me, and I don’t know you can purchase one in Corolla, nor did I come prepared with bottles.  If I had, I could have left both kids at the wine festival with John.  Although before me and Candace left the office, we were both packed with 2 cameras and 3 lenses to photograph Sarah’s birth, but silly me, didn’t have a plan for Peachie Pie.  You never know when babies are going to be born so we try to be as prepared as possible each day when you think it could possibly happen.

Once Candace was out of the water we were able to chat and come up with a plan, I met her in Duck, switched cars, she took both my kids, went to my house, got milk and took both my kids and her kids to watch 2 other kids.  She had 6 kids that night ranging from 2 weeks-11 years old.    I’m so thankful for her, she is an amazing photographer, phenomenal friend and such an inspiring mom.  So many things would not be possible without her!

Once I arrived at the hospital and saw Sarah, I breathed a big sigh of relief.  I was terrified with this being their second baby that by the time I got the call, Launa would be here!  I was on pins and needles driving!

When I arrived, she was 5cm dilated and her water had broken an hour before, in the hall at the hospital, where she works.  Her hubby, Ben, was on his way from work in VA.   Once him and the epidural arrived, she had a big smile on her face and both of them were just as cool as a cucumber.

One of Sarah’s best friends, Andy, was her delivery nurse and made the cutest crib card for them, and picked Sarah up from her home when she went into labor!  Her pediatric nurse, Dr. Hennessey was so calming and although Sarah is a nurse and used to work in labor and delivery, everyone explained things to her and treated her like a normal person.  They took the time to explain everything to her about what they were doing, her birth, her baby and what to expect.  As Sarah said, when she was in labor, it was like she forgot everything, she knew she was doing things she shouldn’t be but she couldn’t help it!  Pain, stress and birthing a baby is not easy work, although, Sarah made it look easy!

Dr. Dwyer is an incredible doctor.  He was there to deliver Launa with a big smile on his face a relaxing tone and he even massaged Sarah’s back before the epidural kicked in, he was so calming and professional, you couldn’t have asked for better, her whole delivery team was a dream!

I got to photograph her big brother, Max’s Birth, and talk about a fun evening!  She was singing “Ah, Push it Real Good” as she was pushing him out!!  This one wasn’t much different.  Max came in and had dinner with Ben, snuggled his mama, she was transitioning to being 10cm dilated as Max was in the room, he left and Ben walked him to the car.  As soon as Ben got back, she pushed a couple of times and Launa Jane was here!


outer banks birth photography

Right before the she got more pain medicine and Benable arrived as the epidural didn’t work the first time.  I hated seeing her hurt!!

outer banks birth photography
outer banks birth photography

Benable is here and a little rest before the hard work begins!

outer banks birth photography

Dinner with Max and Sarah is almost ready to push!

outer banks birth photography

Sweet Max telling his mama he loves her, their last moments as a family of 3!

outer banks birth photography
Both parents are in the medical profession and Max seems pretty interested himself!


Here comes sweet Launa Jane!


Born 8lbs 20 inches.  Slightly bigger than her brother, healthy and wonderful!!


I love Sarah’s gorgeous smile as Launa Jane is lifted to her chest and how Ben is squeezing Sarah’s hand.


She came out with the sweetest little rolls and chubby cheeks, love her!!

Congratulations to all 3 of you, you’re such an inspiring and fun family and it just got even better!!  I can’t wait to see where life takes her, she will do amazing things!  Much love!!


OBX Portraits | Life with a Beebster


When we found out we were going to be having a baby in August, I was terrified as July and August are our busiest months of the year for Outer Banks beach portraits!  Poppy came in April which also wasn’t convenient for work so we have already figured a lot out as far as me working while having a little one.  However, we were still hoping to have a winter baby but life happens and had other plans, which couldn’t have turned out more perfect!

Peaches arrived 4 days before her due date on July 29th, thankfully, we only had to stay in the hospital one night and I had a wonderful delivery and everyone was healthy!  This was almost perfect as we only had to move one family portrait to later in the week! I scheduled a week off and was hoping she would come sometime within that week, she came 1 day before I took off!

I had my first beach portrait 6 days after she was born and shuggie came with me to watch Peaches while Mimi stayed with Poppy.  It was tough having to have 2 folks to watch each kiddo at once but I wasn’t ready to give Peaches a bottle yet as I was afraid it would cause confusion for her, so John or Mimi came to all my shoots for the first 2 weeks. I could have brought Poppy but she goes to bed early and didn’t want to keep her out until 9 or 10pm.  I pumped bottles for each of them in case she got super hungry and couldn’t wait until I finished, however, it wasn’t until I had a 2 hour shoot in Carova that Mimi tried the bottle… it was a huge success!! She drank 5 ounces!  Poppy never took a bottle, she would just scream until I got back to nurse her, so thankfully, Peaches has been much more willing to eat from me or the bottle.

Here are shuggie and Mimi hanging with Peachie Pie while I’m at my shoots…. not a bad job snuggling a newbie and sitting by the beach!

We’re so thankful for the amazing family (and friends we consider family) we have and that everyone is willing to help to make our jobs as parents, a winemaker and photographer as easy as possible.  I couldn’t imagine raising a family away from our parents and our super wondersum friends!



OBX Portraits


Sanderling Beach Portraits | Duck, NC

Boys will be Boys

These two fellas, ages 3 and 7, were a riot on the beach, as soon as we crossed the dune, all they wanted to do was to run, run, run and it was quite difficult to keep their clothes on! This was perfect as it makes for adorable photos of the kids being kids, which is exactly what I want the photos to reflect.  Mom was up for anything as well, she was happy to run, play and splash about in the water with them and Rand, the youngest could keep up without any problem!


Sanderling Beach Portraits


Corolla Wedding | The Whalehead Club

Sugarbutts in Love

corolla wedding

I had so much fun with these two last night while photographing their “Day After” session at The Whalehead Club.  She wore the sassiest sparkly heels while we were at the Whalehead Club and changed into the cutest turquoise cowgirl boots at the beach.  Carrie’s  dress had a big hoop underneath it and lots and lots of layers on top, it was perfect for spinning!

Not only was I lucky enough to photograph a gorgeous couple who is so in love but the location they chose and the evening was absolutely perfect!   We had amazing clouds, a gorgeous sunset and it was cool enough no one was uncomfortable!

This beautiful beach is right across the street from the Whalehead Club, couldn’t be more convenient!  Currituck County has recently added a bath house at this access, complete with hot showers, this is the second public access for Corolla with the first one being by the Currituck Club.


Corolla Wedding

I love both the bridges at The Whalehead Club, they make for such dramatic and scene setting photographs!  I love how you can see the Currituck Lighthouse from both bridges as well!

Corolla Wedding

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