Family Portraits, Lavere Family, June 2014

Whew, now that I’m caught up on editing I’m hopefully going to be able to catch up on blogging about all of my photo sessions for this year by the end of the year. I was so happy to photography the Lavere family in the New Hanover County Arboretum. Little Levi was 6 months old in these photos, and Ms. Leona was 2 yrs old.

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Behind the Scenes of a Family Portrait session

Working with little ones certainly isn’t easy, different ages present their own challenges. When you have a toddler trying to assert their independence and a baby involved in the same photo it takes some quick fingers and outside the box thinking to get photos of the whole family sometimes. I think this photo sums up what a family photo session is like quite nicely. After all, a picture is worth 1,000 words.

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Mom actually considered framing the above photo! Haha.

In order to get the whole family together I had to suggest that Ms. 2 year old there ride horsey on her parents backs. She felt like she was getting away with something and we got a nice photo. Thankfully Mr. 6 month old had stopped crying.

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Head Shots, Bonnie, Lawyer, May 2014

My long time friend, Bonnie, recently opened her own law practice. I am so proud of her, and so glad that she asked me to take photos for her to use on her website. It’s a bit unusual for a lawyer to have portraits taken outside in a garden, but Bonnie has a somewhat unique perspective on law. You can read about her and her practice and ideas here if you’re interested. http://www.bonnieansleylaw.com/
Also feel free to like her on facebook, especially if you’re in in the triangle area of North Carolina! https://www.facebook.com/bonnieansleylaw
And hey, while you’re at it, you can like me on facebook, too, if you’re interested. I post more pictures there. https://www.facebook.com/EdgeSPhotosByEricaStratton

This was actually the first time I did head shots, but I think they came out pretty good, considering. As always, I was hoping to get photos that both me and my client could be proud of.

Per her request, we did her portraits in the New Hanover County Arboretum, always a lovely backdrop for photos.

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Wedding, Erin & Sean, April 2014

I was so excited to photograph Erin & Sean’s special day. They got married on Ocean Isle Beach, and their reception was at The Isles restaurant there. Erin has a son, so they included him in the ceremony, having him take vows as well. And they got married in Converse sneakers! They strangely looked really cute with Erin’s princess style dress.

They were such a joy to work with.

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Family on the Beach

I photographed lil miss Ava’s birthday party last year as she turned one, and did some family photos. The Duskey’s asked me to take another round of family photos this year to welcome their new addition, Mason, to the family. We did some pictures of the whole family, some of Ava, who just turned 2, and some newborn pics of Mason. They’re such a lovely family.

In his newborn picture you’ll see Mason placed in a nest which his Mom had put together at Michael’s for less than $20. Such a cute prop!

And I’m loving the wall of azaleas in their full family photo, we made it to the park at just the right time of year!

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Family with Azaleas

 

Concert/Live Music, How to Kill a Monster, January & May 2014

So, my boyfriend is in a band. It’s called How to Kill a Monster, and I tried my hand at concert photography in order to help them out. It’s actually something I quite like doing, and even better it motivated me to finally buy an f1.8 lens.

Here are some of my favorite shots from them playing at Reggie’s 42nd St. Tavern in January, and then at Orton’s (America’s oldest pool hall! I love that Wilmington has such history).

My boyfriend is a total ham, so when someone dared him to wear a cheeseburger shirt at the Orton’s show he couldn’t resist.

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Newborn, Natalie, January 2014

Not only is Natalie a beautiful baby, she’s also my niece. Nope, I’m not biased at all. I was so happy to be able to document her arrival for my sister.

Natalie was born during an ice/snow storm, a rather rare occurrence here in the subtropical climate of southeastern NC. So we took pictures of her on a bed of cotton balls to make it look like she was in a pile of snow.

We also got pictures of her on a blanket her grandma crocheted for her.

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Reese, 4 months, January 2014

Finally got to meet Ms. Reese, and since I was taking pictures of my new niece anyway we got some of precious little Reese, too. It was almost Valentine’s, so we did a Valentine’s themed photo for her Daddy, a photo with the alphabet blocks, and one of her in a brand new prop my Mom was nice enough to crochet for me.

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Newborn, Levi, January 2014

I was so pleased to take pictures of the new addition to the Lavere family, Leona’s little brother, Levi. He was born on Christmas eve and he is precious! Since he was born on Christmas eve we got one Christmas themed photo, as well as photos on a sports themed quilt his grandmother made him (Duke on one side to make Dad happy, Carolina on the other side to make her happy), and some pictures on a new fluffy green rug photo prop I acquired (those were my personal favorites).

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Wedding, Adam and Elgin, January 2014

Adam and Elgin got married at The Terraces on Sir Tyler ( http://www.terracesonsirtyler.com/ ), a new, modern location that I’d never photographed before. It’s always exciting to work at a new location. A classy location for a classy couple, Adam and Elgin looked lovely among the scenery there. Unfortunately it was too cold to take the family photos on the balcony as they originally wanted, but the fountain in the vestibule made a lovely back-up plan. Here are some of my favorite photos from the day, Adam and Elgin on one of the stairwells there, the mother of the groom admiring the lovely bride as she finished getting ready, and Elgin’s attention catching shoes which she chose to add a splash of color to her ensemble.

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