Archive for August 15th, 2017

August 15, 2017
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1I can’t help but get a little sentimental in this post. if I’m honest, I’ve been looking really forward to this blogpost and dreading it at the same time…. just a little bit. see, I’ve been photographing this girl since she was 11. what began as a family session turned into a working relationship, which turned into a friendship, all of which has resulted in a creative collaboration that has given me so much inspiration and joy over the years. these are all wonderful things ~ indeed they are. working with lexie (and her sister payton) has been so amazing since day one.. she is not only is my friend – she is my little sister and my muse. but she is leaving. in just a few short days, she is leaving for college and while I am over-the-moon-happy for her I am going to miss her like crazy. every time that I have needed a model over the past 7 years, lexie has been my first call and every time that she has needed photos, I have been hers. I have dressed this child in mini skirts and popped her into the middle of a snow covered field during blizzard-like conditions. I have clamped her into wedding dresses before she was 14 years old. I have dressed her in faux fur, bell bottoms, evening dresses, and tutus. and during every session, she inevitably wears something of mine that I throw on her last minute. there isn’t anything that I have ever asked of her that she hasn’t done – with a professionalism that has always surpassed her years. I remember the first time the girls drove themselves to a session – it took me a second to realize that yes, they were old enough to drive. and when lexie said that her boyfriend was going to be joining us at the end of this most recent session, the notion of photographing her with a guy.. HER guy, made me smile from ear to ear. by the very nature of what I do for a living, I am around a lot of pretty people ~ but what makes lexie and payton as breathtakingly beautiful as they are is who they have grown into as young women. they are smart, they are funny, they are compassionate, and they are both so very kind. and so to commemorate this last session with my girl (for now…) I have pulled some of my favorite photos from all of my sessions with lexie leading up to our most recent shoot. I love you more that I can put into words and am so very proud of you, sweets  xoxoxo

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August 15, 2017
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1when I get an inquiry about an upcoming proposal, I immediately get excited. so much planning goes into it.. the location, the time of day, the story to keep the surprise alive. and when luke contacted me, we only had a week! he and his (then)girlfriend, paige, were taking a road trip and were making a stop at chincoteague. because they had never visited before, figuring out exactly where to go was an interesting exchange of emails :) we decided on the lighthouse as one, it’s gorgeous – and two, it’s pretty tucked back there and it would be easy to find each other. as the morning arrived, I drove down to chincoteague and started texting luke… maybe pop the question at the top of the lighthouse? well, there was a really long line. could they bring their bikes up there? probably not. meanwhile, paige was enjoying the scenery and stopping here and there to take photos as they biked the nature trail while all luke could think about was getting her to the lighthouse so that he could ask her to be with him.. forever. I knew it was them as soon as they rounded the corner leading up to the lighthouse and after luke and I made some brief eye contact, he turned and got down on one knee. happy tears and laughter followed as paige said yes and luke got up to hug his new fiancé. I couldn’t be happier for you both and was very honored to capture such an important moment. cheers!

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