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recent journal entries

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I don’t know about you, but as the later weeks of my pregnancy approached, I felt EXTREMELY overwhelmed. Do we have everything we needed? How much of each thing do we need? Do we need more than one kind? Where do I put all this stuff? Do we REALLY need “xyz?” However, I was also […]

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Sweet Stevie reached out to me about doing a couples session AND a branding session for her this past spring. She and her boyfriend Chase were getting ready to move out to Vegas and she wanted to get some photos to commemorate their time here in Wilmington as well as set up her website for […]

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To be completely honest, pregnancy and giving birth was always something that I had a lot of fear around. It’s not that I didn’t want to experience it…I have always known I have wanted to be a mom. But I think society, the media, and the movies make it seem like such a scary thing. […]

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The skies are dark and stormy on this late afternoon in late July, and I am sitting cross-legged on our couch wrapped in a cardigan and blanket with my laptop as I write this since our house is feeling awfully chilly in the air conditioning. Today I am 37 weeks and 3 days pregnant with […]

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This was yet another session that was on the books for quite some time, and COVID had to complicate things a whole lot more! Anastasia + Pante live in Charlotte but are from the Wilmington area. So they knew they would want to travel back to the coast for their engagement session. Even though we […]

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As I write this post, I am currently 34.5 weeks pregnant and having trouble finding the words to describe how quickly this pregnancy has gone. I would be lying if I said it hasn’t been a really difficult time in my life, but it has also been one of the most beautiful times. When we […]

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I was always someone who was a little skeptical of maternity photos for myself. I wasn’t sure if I would feel comfortable taking them or if that I would feel they were important. There was always a part of me that worried I wouldn’t be confident in my growing and changing body enough to dedicate […]

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This was another engagement session that got pushed around a bit due to the COVID outbreak. We had to do some rescheduling, and think of some alternative ideas for a location as well. Ultimately, I am just so happy it worked out at all! We ended up finding the most beautiful spots and had such […]

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This was the very first session I shot since the beginning of the COVID outbreak this spring. I had gone about seven weeks without a single shoot, since I was not legally allowed to operate as a “non-essential business.” But eventually, I got permission from the state to begin portrait sessions again safely, and I […]

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Hannah and Clint’s wedding fell during one of the most confusing weeks ever. It was the very start of the Coronavirus outbreak happening here, and the “rules” and information was changing from one day to the next. While a lot of my other couples had weeks or even a couple months to decide on how […]

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photographer serving the carolinas
 | based in wilmington, nc |

Among my other titles are: boy mama, fitness instructor, podcast co-host, latte lover. I love connecting with people and getting to know my clients beyond our time together, and consider it an honor to capture some of the most exciting moments of their lives from behind the lens. Your joy brings me joy and I am so excited to MEET YOU!

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