Corolla Wild Horse House | 40th Birthday Bash!

Happy Birthday Scott!!

Corolla Wild Horse House

We pulled up about 30 minutes early on the beach and there was a full on party happening, 80 or so people on the beach playing games, swimming, napping and having the best time!  I said, this must be it,  Scott’s 40th Birthday Bash!

They all started heading up to the Wild Horse house where they are all staying to shower.  You would think that many people in one house would be cramped but the house is huge and there is more than enough room for everyone! It’s the perfect venue for weddings or any type of party!

I’m not sure how many individual families there were but they coordinated getting showered and coming to the beach for their family portraits.  I photographed each family, the parents from each family and the kids from each family.  It varied from a family having 1 child to 6 kids and everyone was so easy going and fun!  Even the kids were happy to be in the photos after a long day of beach and pool, so proud of all of them!  At the end we took a group photo of everyone on the huge deck overlooking the ocean, we couldn’t ask for a more beautiful backdrop!!

DJ Raymond Burnell kept the party going and everyone’s fannies shakin’ and Steamers made the most delicious food, oysters on the half shell, steamed shrimp, lots of dips, ceviche… delish!!


corolla wild horse house


Corolla Family Portraits | Outer Banks

Beach family portraits on the OBX


I met Lauren and her family at their beach vacation home in Corolla, NC.  They are visiting for the week from their home near Raleigh.

Their little Aiden is super into baseball, so they brought along a few things to play after our family portraits were finished.  We love to personalize each shoot, so bringing fun things the kids are into at the moment is a great way remember once they’re older.

Aiden was the sweetest four year old I’ve ever met!  He LOVES his sister Addy and snuggles her constantly!  We had to ask him to NOT kiss or hug for a few!  Such a little love bug!  Addy was all smiles even though she missed the ball every time!

corolla family portraits

Aiden and his daddy played a game of baseball with bases drawn into the sand!

corolla family portraits

Thanks for spending some of your vacation with me!



Outer Banks Underwater Photography | The Swim Lady

ISR and Red Cross Certification

 Outer Banks Underwater Photography

These little tunas were so cute in the water, happy as could be thanks to Christen Buchert!  She teaches kids how to be safe in the water and LOVE the water, it gives them so much joy and confidence.  I love all the props everyone brought!  A kite, a cape, a vintage hippo the kids rode, so cute!!

She teaches ISR, which starts as early as 6 months old as well as American Red Cross lessons.  ISR teaches kids how to float at 6 months and at a year to float, swim, float until they reach the edge of the pool or safety.


outer banks underwater photography


Family Beach Portraits | Sanderling Resort

Alex & Crosby

 family beach portraits

It was the perfect evening for Outer Banks beach portraits, slightly overcast and not too hot.  We started on the beach and then headed over to the gazebo overlooking the Currituck Sound.  It’s a beautimus romantic getaway that is never busy unless there is a wedding.

These two boys were visiting Sanderling Resort with their parents celebrating their mom’s 40th birthday.  They had dinner at the Keeper’s Loft along with a beautimus cake and noisemakers for the boys but before that I got to play with all of them.

Alex and Crosby were all boy, running, playing and having a ball and they were so very loving to one another!  Alex would snuggle Crosby and make sure he was ok and of course they would rough house and roll around in the sand.  They were the perfect subjects to photograph, fun and sweet!!

They even came to play with us the following day and took underwater photos in the Resort Pool, they were little fish!  Love these brothers!!


Family Beach Portraits


Surprise Proposal | Sanderling Resort

Beach Proposal on the Outer Banks of NC

Trae contacted us MONTHS ago wanting to setup a portraits session while he was proposing to his girlfriend.  I was to meet him at the main overpass at the Sanderling Resort in Duck as they walked over and remain incognito as he dropped to one knee and popped the question.

Trae was in contact with me via text as the time approached.  They stopped for a drink at the Sand Bar at the resort.  I was busy ‘photographing’ my family I had brought along as my cover (a nice dinner was the trade off).

As the couple walked down the beach, Trae dropped to one knee and completely took Madison by surprise!  She actually jumped up and down as he asked!!

Surpise Proposal

Such sweet moments after the surprise proposal!  Trae had to fill in all the details of his plan to Madison.  She was still in shock!

Suprise proposal

We were so happy to be able to help you pull this off and document some of your love story!



  • Sarie - Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay, lovebirds! Whoo-hoo! :-)

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