Katie and Lexie

Katie and Lexie were two of my very first clients over ten years ago.  They have been in front of my camera more times than I can count.  Before their sessions, they often moan and complain to their mom about having to have more pictures taken. But when they get to me, they are as sweet as they can be.  We always have fun.  Last fall it was hard to schedule a time for a full location session, so we did a studio mini-session just to get a few pictures for the family Christmas card.  Yes, I know – it took me a  long time to get them on the blog.  I think one of the hardest things about portrait sessions for older kids is choosing what to wear.  It really isn’t important that they wear the same thing – or even the same color.  Their clothes just have to look good together.  Katie and Lexie did a great job of picking out what they liked and having outfits that blended well.

I just love these girls!  We need to come up with something really amazing for their 2014 Christmas cards.  Hmmmm, not to early to start thinking about that!

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Alley Jane

I actually photographed Alley Jane when she was about a week old, but got behind in blogging.  I saw pictures of her this weekend and she has grown so much, I thought I should get her images on the blog before she’s sitting up!

Alley is about the luckiest little girl I know.  She has a totally awesome mom and dad who love each other unconditionally – and think she’s about the best thing since sliced bread.  When I photographed Will and Rayshal’s maternity session way back last summer, they were already so excited about this baby they didn’t know what to do.  They decided not to find out her sex in advance.  They wanted it to be a surprise when she was born.  We all waited for Alley, some of us more patiently than others, because she sort of took her time getting here.  But the wait was well worth it.  Miss Alley is definitely a keeper!  She was so sweet to work with.  And as always, I felt the need to do a little rocking and cuddling during the session.  Oh my, I love babies!  I photographed some poses with Will and Rayshal, too, but today it’s all about Alley.  Will and Rayshal are both as cute as can be – but Alley just stole my heart.

Aren’t newborns about the most precious thing in the world?  And Alley just keeps getting cuter and cuter as she grows up.  Babies just don’t stay tiny long.  I’m already looking forward to Alley’s next session.  By then she’ll be sitting up and smiling and laughing.  Oh my!

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High School Musical!

The Onslow County Schools Summer Theater Camp will be presenting High School Musical on July 31 and August 1 and 2 at Northside High School.  The Summer Theater Camp, which includes all area high schools, is an intense 6 week program that brings students together to increase their musical knowledge and their love of performing.  These kids pour tremendous amounts of energy into this program.  It’s a true bonding experience – bringing rival schools together for a common goal.  When I met with the students yesterday and today to photograph them for the program, I was pleased to see lots of talented students who I have worked with before.  Quite a few have been in productions I have photographed at Jacksonville High School and others were involved in the Summer Theater Camp program last year.  It was also nice to see some new faces.  Working with these kids is so much fun!  This year we are expanding the photography for the summer program to make it more like what is offered for the Jacksonville spring musical.

The leads and their understudies . . .

The groups . . .

 

This is a show that everyone will enjoy.  High School Musical was the most popular movie that  Disney Channel Original Movie ever produced.  It was followed by a television sequel and a major motion picture, High School Musical 3: Senior Year.  According to the author, it’s a modern adaptation of Romeo and Juliet.  I can’t wait to see these students perform in late July.  I adore working with the high school musical programs.  The students are so bright and talented – and a pleasure to be around.  Be sure to mark your calendar and purchase tickets for this production.  It’s going to be GREAT!

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Aly’s Senior Session!

I am sooooo glad that Senior Season has started.  I love photography of all sorts, but there’s just something special about Senior Portraits.  There is so much excitement when these kids are getting ready to start their senior years.  They are looking forward to being the Big Men/Women on campus.  For the first time, in a long time, they are the top dogs.  They are planning for their futures and deciding what they want to do with their lives.  In 10 years, I’ve never photographed a senior that I didn’t love.  And Aly is certainly no exception.  She is a hard worker, a wonderful dancer, a beautiful young lady, and the apple of her mother’s eye.  I think she may have been as excited about her session as I was.  The last time I photographed Aly, she was in elementary school at a birthday party.  We did glamour shots for all the little girls.  They got to have their hair styled and make-up applied, then they chose their clothing and accessories.  It was a lot of fun for me and the children.  I had seen pictures of Aly since then, but hadn’t really gotten to talk to her.  When she walked in, I couldn’t wait to get started.  She brought a lot of clothes so we had to decide what she would wear. This time Aly did her own hair and make-up, which is a very good thing.  I don’t remember what she chose for her glamour shots all those years ago, but some of the little girls had crazy styles going on.  Aly looked good in everything she put on, so that certainly wasn’t an issue.  Aly was a natural in front of the camera and gave me lots of beautiful, natural smiles.

It was hard to find just a few images to post on the blog because Aly’s gallery is very large.  As we do with many seniors, we started in my home studio then moved outside to a couple of different locations.  I got a little shutter happy and took a LOT of pictures.  Normally I like the location portraits best.  But Aly looks amazing on my red backdrop, so I think they might be my favorites this time.

When I photograph seniors, it’s not a one-shot deal.  If they choose, they can come to me for prom and graduation pictures as well.  I give them a really special package for those big events.  I’m looking forward to seeing more of Aly.  She was a joy to work with – and she makes me look good!

 

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Dancing Stars of Jacksonville ~ 2014

I was delighted to be asked for the 3rd year to photograph the dancers for the Dancing Stars of Jacksonville fundraiser for the Onslow Women’s Center.  I love giving back to my community and this is one of the most fun events I have ever been involved with.  The dancers work for several months perfecting their routines to entertain us.  But more importantly, funds are raised to help support the Women’s Center to fight domestic violence. That’s a WIN/WIN in my book!  Though the dancers work very hard and are very competitive, only one of the prizes goes to the best dancers.  The 2nd, and probably most coveted prize, goes to the couple who raises the most money.  These dancers need your support to win that prize!

The dancers for the 2014 Dancing Stars of Jacksonville . . .

This year’s event will be on Saturday, October 11 at the American Legion Building.  The cash bar opens at 5:00 followed by dinner at 6:00.  Then, dancing, dancing, dancing!  Tickets will go on sale on September 8.  You need to get tickets early this year because seating is based on date of purchase.  And in past years, this event has sold out.  You snooze, you lose!  The cost for tickets is $50.  To vote for you favorite dancers, go to http://www.onslowwc.org/dancing.

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