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!




Outer Banks Newborn Portraits | Poppy & Peaches

Junk ‘n Pretties


Kim Metcalf of Junk ‘n Pretties brought over the most gorgeous turquoise vanity for me to photograph!  I was going to just have Poppy dolling herself up but she requested Peaches join her, so we said, “Of course!!”  Kim has been putting together lots of vintage shows over the past couple of years and creates some of the most beautiful and creative pieces, our kitchen table was made by her!  If you’re looking for funky or vintage furniture, send her an email and she will make the perfect piece!

I loved seeing Pops hold her little Tuna gently and look at her so lovingly, their relationship makes my heart sooo happy!!


outer banks newborn portraits

outer banks newborn portraits
outer banks newborn portraits
outer banks newborn portraits

  • Sarie - THEY ARE ADORABLE!!! :-)

Outer Banks Proposal | Kill Devil Hills

Kevin hearts Ashley

outer banks proposal

I have been talking with Kevin on how to “secretly” photograph his proposal to his gorgeous girlfriend Ashley for a few weeks, we spoke via text the day of the shoot to make sure we were both on time and all ready!

They started with dinner at Black Pelican and then were going to take a romantic beach walk, which we had planned where.  They drove to the beach access in Kill Devil Hills we decided on and arrived exactly on time. I was pretending I was photographing a baby on the beach as they walked by, once they were far enough away, I began photographing their backs and then got got closer as he got down on one knee.  I still had a long lens so I wasn’t too close and she didn’t notice me until it was over.

She had always told him she wanted to have a picture documenting the day they got engaged, she never dreamed he would hire a photographer to document the whole thing!!  She laughed, cried and was in utter disbelief!!  These two are the sweetest together and they laughed non stop!

Outer Banks Proposal


Outer Banks Proposal

There were so many dragonflies everywhere!!!

Outer Banks Proposal

Her ring was gorgeous, he picked it out without her having any idea and even asked her parents!!

Outer Banks Proposal


  • Sarie - Congratulations, lovebugs!

    Brooke, you have the coolest job in the world!

Wicked Tuna | North vs. South

Pirate’s Cove Marina in Manteo


I was invited to photograph the premier for Nat Geo’s Wicked Tuna North vs. South at the Pirate’s Cove Pavilion in Manteo, NC.  I met the cast and crew which are local fishermen from Wanchese, NC and a few from the northern team.

The show follows these Captains and their mates as they fish off the coast of the Outer Banks for huge yellow fin tuna.  They battle against a team of seasoned fishermen from up north to see who’s the better fishermen.  Since the premier was held on home turf, the attending- hundreds of local salty fishermen, friends and families, roared and cheered for their home town heroes and loves the local shots they’re used to seeing on a daily basis.

Even Capt. Wild Bill, from the Deadliest Catch, made an appearance to show support and play around with the guys on their big night.  Nat Geo had set up a fun fishing game to add to the competitive vibe.

wicked tuna

wicked tuna

The Captain’s and their first mates were watching themselves for the first time on the big screen along with everyone else!  It made for great reactions from them, as well as their family and friends surrounding them.  Looks like Reed and Banks Meredith from the F/V Wahoo are hackling Captain Paul Hebert, one of the northern fishermen.

Wicked Tuna airs Sunday nights on the National Geographic channel at 10pm.


Family Beach Portraits | Sanderling Resort

Family photography while vacationing the OBX

Leila and her family were visiting the Outer Banks from their home in DC this summer.  Mom and Dad visited the Sanderling Resort while the were newly pregnant with Leila and want to make it an annual trip!

Kaui and Leila had matching dresses, and then Leila switched into a sassy little bathing suit number with matching hat!  Big sand castle villages lined the beach, so we made use of them before the tide took them away.

I don’t think mom and dad will have trouble convincing her to visit the Outer Banks year after year!

family beach portraits


family beach portraits

Thanks for spending time with me on your vacation!


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