Top 5 Reasons to Book a Mini Session

Wondering if a mini session is right for you?

Excited to share the top 5 reasons I believe mini sessions may be a great opportunity for you!


Mini Sessions are a great way to document this time in your life! Perfect to update the family photo or for couples who may be celebrating an anniversary, engagement or just because! Expecting a little one? Celebrating a graduating senior or a tween growing up too fast? Mini sessions are perfect way to preserve any milestone.


Mini Sessions are 20 - 30 minutes. It will go by so fast no one has time to feel awkward in front of the camera. :) It is perfect amount of time to capture some great shots and hold the attention span of the littles ones and the big ones. Great option for those busy schedules.


A Mini Session includes your session fee and one matted 8x10 portrait of your choice. It is an affordable option to update your portraits and to build your collection of images for each year! And just like a full session additional products are available for purchase. 


Mini Sessions are a great way to have up to date portraits of your family or loved ones in a relaxed setting. Mini Sessions are held yearly; you can easily and capture your family as they change and grow over the years. It is a great way to get a headstart on your Christmas card. ;)

5. FUN

Mini sessions are short and sweet and the focus is on having fun while creating memories with those you love!

Interested in booking a mini session? Click here to contact me today for more information. 



Fall Bucket List 2016

Happy fall y'all!



Well our leaves have not started to turn yet but the temperature is starting to cool down. Time to make the bucket list for fall!

  • Visit a pumpkin patch
  • Decorate a pumpkin
  • See an outdoor movie
  • Bake pumpkin bread and share
  • Visit the NC mountains to see the leaves changing colors
  • Go on a picnic
  • Break out the crockpot
  • Try a new recipe
  • Make s'mores in backyard campfire
  • Get a new fall scented candle
  • Make homemade cider and cocoa
  • Go to farmers market

What are your favorite things to do in the fall? Anything I should add to the the list? Love to check out your fall bucket list. Post the link in the comments below. 

<3 Jamie

Weekend Snapshot Wednesday

This is not a typical North Carolina spring this year considering it is nearing the end of May and the temps are cool and the rain just keeps coming.  This past week and weekend was a wet one! I was thankful to see that ball of fire in the sky but it came with a few heavy down pours. So couldn't help but snap a couple photos with sun flares. 

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Taken with iPhone 6

Taken with iPhone 6

Taken with iPhone 6

Enjoyed spending time with a great friend visiting from Mississippi this weekend and glad she was able to get a glimpse of her Alma Mater with a Carolina blue sky! 


Taken with iPhone 6

Taken with iPhone 6

Did you document your weekend? Love to see your snapshots! Please post your snapshots or add a link for us to check them out in the comments below. 

Weekend Snapshot Wednesday

Happy Wednesday!  

What is a better way to get through the work week then to share a couple snapshots from the weekend.  


Taken with iPhone 6

Taken with iPhone 6

While I was doing some location scouting this weekend this little guy decided he wanted to come and sit for a spell. I think he wanted to make sure I was taking good notes.  



Taken with iPhone 6

Taken with iPhone 6

Ahh I was a little excited to find these seeds while deadheading my trailing petunia baskets. The story usually goes I check and check daily and the seed pods are not quite ready then the very next day the seeds are gone with the wind and I am left with an empty pod. Collected a good handful and I am set for the rest of the year!



Taken with iPhone 6

Taken with iPhone 6

One of our queen bees was a little camera shy this weekend. She is the long bee at the top of comb crawling over toward the other side. This weekend was one of the best hive inspections we have had because we were able to spot the queens in both hives. This made my husband excited because usually we can only find one queen at a time. This is our first attempt caring for bees. So far they are happy, healthy, and hard little workers! 

Love to see some of your weekend snapshots. Feel free to share below or post a link so we can check them out.  

Joy and hugs, 


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Clickin Moms Blog Circle l November - Creating Drama with Light

The theme of our Clickin Moms Blog Circle this month is one that I looked forward to all year. I have a long list of lighting techniques I hope to try. While decorating for Christmas I decided I would mark one off the list by creating heart shaped bokeh. Can you see the hearts? 

My Christmas decorations are my favorite! I feel like they add a visual element of love and peace. 

Visual proof our tree is full of love! We pick up ornaments throughout the year from places we visit, celebrate milestones, and sometimes we create one or two.

Visual proof our tree is full of love! We pick up ornaments throughout the year from places we visit, celebrate milestones, and sometimes we create one or two.

A Santa musicbox my husband gave me our first Christmas together. Since then I have collected a few others but this one is still my favorite!

A Santa musicbox my husband gave me our first Christmas together. Since then I have collected a few others but this one is still my favorite!

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Our tree is never complete without a bell or two or three. 

Please continue the blog circle for more inspiring photos from our talented group. Visit Barrett's Blog next. 

Donicia l SLHS Class of 2014 l Senior Representative

How lucky am I to get the opportunity to photograph Donicia? She is an amazing young lady and she rocked her senior session! 

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As my first Senior Representative she set the bar pretty high. :) She is a beautiful and talented student. Honored for academics and selected as a member of the 2013 SLHS Homecoming Court. She enjoys running and is a member of the cross country team. Look out medical schools because her dream job is to become an ER Doctor.


Donicia wanted a urban backdrop for her session. We chose downtown Fayetteville. She and her mom got up early on a Saturday morning to start our adventure. With her outfits and a couple props in tow we set out to find the perfect places. 



Who knew our list of perfect spots would also include the train station which we used for breaks and outfit changes. 


Ready for some fun facts about Donicia?

Superpower of choice: Ability to fly

Favorite Superhero: Batman

Favorite snack: Chocolate chip granola bars



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Just a couple more of Donicia's favorites.

Favorite teacher: Mr. Stull and Ms. Dumond

Favorite subject: Health Science

Favorite color: Pink

Favorite sports team: New Orleans Saints



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Favorite magazine: Seventeen, Glamour, and Teen Vogue

Favorite app: Songza

And Donicia's favorite images:


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Donicia loves to laugh and it shows! We had a ton of fun! Wishing Donicia a wonderful senior year. Enjoy every minute of it! 

Clickin Moms Blog Circle l August l Motion-blur l

Our Clickin Moms Blog Circle creative exercise for August is capturing motion-blur. A good excuse to make it out to the Moore County Fair to experiment. It is amazing how much bigger the fair seemed when I was a kid. :) Don't forget to head over to the talented Kayla Goode's blog to continue our circle. 

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Clickin Moms Blog Circle l June l Shallow DOF l NC Lifestyle Photographer

If you have been following our Clickin Moms Blog Circle you know it is time to showcase our next assignment. :) June's assignment was Shallow Depth of Field (DOF). This is one of my personal favorite types of photographing a subject. It is a great way to showcase the details and showoff the beauty. Shallow DOF is also a wonderful tool to blur the distractions in a background that can take away from your subject. The blur surrounding your subject is called bokeh. Below is one example of shallow DOF and how it helps to define the subject of my photo. To see more examples of shallow DOF continue our blog circle and  check out the talented Kayla Goode's photos!Image

Clickin Moms Blog Circle l May l Beautiful Ugly l Family and Lifestyle Photographer

"Beautiful Ugly" is the theme of this month's Clickin Moms blog circle. I find joy in finding the beauty in things most people pass everyday without a second glance. Being able to capture the beautiful ugly is one aspect that draws me to photography. Sometimes beautiful ugly is finding the right light, finding the right perspective, and the right location. It is amazing how accomplished I feel when I carve out a few feet in my lens for the perfect shooting local in a location usually described as ugly. Check out my beautiful uglies below. The sunflowers are from my Mothers day bouquet and the rest came from a quick walk to the barn. Also please check out talented Kayla Goode's interpretation to continue with our blog circle.

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Weekend Outing to the Raleigh Flea Market

Well first I must admit I broke the first rule of photography this weekend. No, I did not forget my camera. It was tucked safely in my camera bag sitting snugly in my seat. My memory card was tucked safely in my computer at home. :(

We enjoyed our time exploring the treasures at the Raleigh Fairgrounds. Discovered we like Hawaiian shaved ice more than Italian Ice. Two trips to the truck and we came home with some unique finds - two of which are below. Definitely going back with the camera and for more shopping!

PS - SD Card wallet ordered. 



Clickin Moms Blog Circle/ March: Interesting Perspectives

Month 3 of our wonderful Blog circle! This month's creative exercise is a tough one. Possibly due to the endless variations to create interesting perspectives. My mind raced at the opportunity to create something well - interesting. Inconsistent weather and busy schedules left me walking around the last weekend searching for my shot. In sessions I use different angles, different depth of fields, and different poses to make each shot interesting. I applied these same rules to try to create some interesting perspectives of some ordinary stationary things that I see everyday. Using angles to change the background, DOF to isolate the subject, and experimenting with different focus points for a artistic feel. Please continue the circle and to see Barrett Klein's interesting perspective. DSC_7517ic DSC_8703ic



Clickin Moms Blog Circle/ January: Up Close Portraiture

I am so excited to be apart of my first blog circle with a wonderful and talented group of ladies from Clickin Moms forum! Each month we will each participate in a photography technique and share our photos via our blogs. Each of our blog posts will link you to the next photographer's post. We all get to enjoy the circle of inspirational photos! The theme for January is Up Close Portraiture. I love the emotion and detail captured by this type of shot. Every session I shoot I try to ensure I shoot at least one close up of each subject. These type of shots not only showcase the beauty of the eyes, smile, and dimples but also the mood. Photography is a superpower! :) It is amazing how a few pixels can share the drama, laughter, sorrow, or celebration. You can never be too close to these smiles!

Please check out Kayla Goode's blog post here for more inspirational goodness!

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2012 - Animals loved by my lens

Animals Blog-Board-4-Opening-HorizontalThis post - the first post of 2013 originally was envisioned as my top 12 pictures of 2012 but I was having trouble deciding on only 12 favorites. I was very blessed in 2012 to meet and photograph beautiful families and many very special events. After browsing thru ALL the moments captured in time I was a bit overwhelmed to say the least. Being a photographer is very rewarding on a daily basis due to the people you meet and feeling so honored to be a part of these special moments. In addition, standing back and reviewing your work for the year is very rewarding in a personal sense to actually see the growth in the craft. The post of my top 12 in 2012 is still a work in progress! :) But hey - I am blogging anyway in order to honor  my goal to get the hang of this blogging thing and share more with you.  Today I am sharing a couple of my favorite animal pics that I stumbled across while reflecting on 2012. My poor animals are accustomed to having a lens in their face and probably feel the same way my kids do when the camera comes out. Some days are more photogenic then others but all days are worth capturing. Hope your day is all smiles!

What is lifestyle photography?

In 2011, as I was working on building my portfolio I was also working on finding my "style". I struggled trying to define my niche because by doing so I felt like I was limiting myself. I love photographing teens preparing to conquer the world, couples as they begin their lives together, sweet baby fingers and toes, but I can not stop there. I want to continue to capture the entire family as it continues to grow and the many special moments the future holds. Instead of defining my photography by the subjects I photograph I would like to define it by the little glimpses that I can document. Capturing the relationships and personalities in an artistic manner. Lifestyle photography is more of a journalistic approach full of emotion. The favorite gems I find in my camera are not always the ones with the proper lighting and perfect focus but the ones in which the moment continues to warm your heart with each gaze.

2012 is flying by!

2012 is moving at rapid speed for me! I can not believe it is the 52nd day of the year. How many moments have you captured with your children in those 52 days? I was shocked to realize as I was uploading birthday dinner pictures to Facebook that I do not have one picture with my children for 2012. I know - that is very sad. Especially since we have celebrated 4 birthdays so far. I have plenty pictures of the children and the details including the cake but they are all minus me. How many special moments did you capture with pictures but they are all minus Mom as well? For me I know I am much more comfortable behind the camera instead of in front of it. However that is no excuse. I am challenging myself to be in front of the camera more this year. Hair, makeup, nor an outfit will decide if a moment is captured with my family. I also want to help Moms share photos of themselves with their children. I am working on putting a mini session together dedicated to shooting Moms with their children. I would love to hear what would interest you. In addition to the photos would you like to receive a mini accordion book, a coffee table book, or other photo gifts from your session? I look forward to hearing your ideas. You can email your ideas or if you would like to receive  information on these mini sessions to