Southern Hope Animal Rescue | Horse Camp

Cleaning & Confidence

Southern Hope Animal Rescue

We were so very excited to learn that Janessa with Southern Hope Animal Rescue was teaching horse camp to 5 year olds this summer!  Poppy has been wanting to ride for the last 2 years and she has been taking lessons sporadically but this was a whole week of immersion.

They learned how to care for, clean and ride the horses as well as spend time with goats, pigs, chickens, dogs, cats… Pops was in heaven!  My favorite part was they learned how to muck out the stalls and clean the barn.  The real side of owning and caring for an animal. Pops hates cleaning but for some reason she loved cleaning the barn!!

She came away with more confidence than she had going in with horses and in general.  Thank you so much Janessa and Lynne for an amazing week and for sharing your knowledge, love and discipline with all the tiny tunas.


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Pops is “swallowing” her smile as she shows us her moves on her last day on the loving and patient, Caroline.  Love Janessa cheering the girls on!

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Paul Hearts Ashley | Carova Beach Wedding

Outer Banks Wedding on 4×4 Beach


Paul and Ashley were married this weekend on the four wheel drive section on the northern Outer Banks in Carova Beach.  It’s such a gorgeous location, isolated with wide beaches, beautiful white sand dunes, and (of course) the wild horses roaming about!

They had a big get together, with friends and family driving up, or mostly from Virginia, being brought in by boat.  Ashley’s family has a beautiful weekend home on a canal, easy access for the boaters.



Paul and Ashley’s guests were brought from the house to the ceremony site by a big retro army truck. Fully decked out in plastic patio chairs and buckets with ice and bottled water.  Everyone, including us, arrived in style, with plenty of waves from beach goers.

After the ceremony, the couple left on a four wheeler, with a ‘Just Married’ sign and Pabst Blue Ribbon cans strung along the back.




We left the reception during dinner in search of golden light, and horses. We found both!


Ashley had a perfect beach wedding dress! So fun and flowy, and not too hot!



Ashley, Paul and their friends are so fun! They had a great dance party that no doubt went on long after we left!


Paul and his friends have a wedding tradition, during “Bro Hymn” by Penny Wise, they lift the groom in the air and pretty much rage hard the entire song.  Paul was swept through the string lights, knocking out bulbs with barley and room to spare.  It was a pretty intense thing to witness.



With a Sparkler Exit and a boat send off, the couple left with a bright blue moon to guide them around the canals.

We had a pretty gnarly ride home at high tide in the dry soft sand that night. Glad I had Robin with me for company, her usual giggly self was very much welcomed in the scarier parts of the trek home.

Thanks so much for having us, Ashley and Paul!

Much love!




1 Year Old | Peaches

Coaxing her to Stand…

Peachie Pie is almost a year old, she is squatting and standing but hasn’t taken her first step yet.  We tried to have her walk to get Olive but instead she crawled… Either way, she was having fun trying!  Olive is the best little kitty letting anyone hold her, throw her around and love on her.

Peaches wakes up when the sun comes up and goes to bed when it goes down.  Poppy loves to sleep so Peaches is often times the only one awake in the evening.  It’s great to have time to spend alone with each of them.

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Corolla Family Reunion | Fun with Cousins!

Perfect 7pm Shoot

We couldn’t have asked for better weather for this families Outer Banks beach portrait session, it was slightly overcast which meant we could shoot by the dunes or water or anywhere we wanted the entire time, it was never too sunny or windy, whew!!

We started off with each families photos by the dunes, the parents, the kids, the whole family and then did some playful photos of them running and frolicking by the ocean.  We photographed the grandparents with their grandbabies, just the cousins on each side of the family, the original kiddos with their parents… each grouping you can think of! At the end the kiddos and some adults went and swam in the ocean, twirled, fell and had a fabulous evening on the cool sand.

37 personalities = tons of fun!


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Outer Banks Proposal | Sanderling Resort

Surprise Beach Proposal


Joseph has been in contact with us secretly for months planning to propose to his girlfriend Emily.  The Outer Banks is Emily’s most favorite place in the whole world, and they love the Sanderling Resort in Duck, NC.

I was sent a picture of the DC couple, and Joseph text me as they were heading out on their beach walk before dinner.  He told me what they were wearing and I was on the look out for them to head over the dunes.  I brought my family along so I could pretend to have a family photo shoot going on at the time they walked down.   I didn’t want my huge telephoto lens to give away anything.  Once the couple were passed me, I made my family angle so I would still appear to be shooting them.

Joseph dropped down on one knee and proposed!  Of course, Emily said yes!  Yes, yes, yes!  She didn’t even give the ring a look for another 10 minutes!





Once Joseph gave me the go ahead to come out of hiding, we had a engagement session for the newly engaged couple!

We love being a part of so many fun life events!  We wish you years, of love and happiness!




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