November is National Adoption Awareness Month. If you are local to Charlotte and looking for a way to get connected to adoptive families, I encourage you to check out Adoption Support Alliance. ASA is working to build community among adoptive families. They offer classes on adoption as well as support groups for those touched by adoption. It’s an organization that has been a gift to my family and one that I am eager to support!
I had the opportunity to serve as one of the photographers at their annual family photo fundraiser again this year. It’s an event that’s open to anyone wanting to have their photos taken and all the proceeds go to support the work of ASA. It was a beautiful day attended by adoptive families, foster families, and folks who were just excited to smile for the camera for a good cause. Many thanks to all of those who came out!
2020 was tough. But the year was also filled with unexpected blessings. Neighbors became friends. Lots of books were read. Time with friends and family took on a whole new level of precious.
I’m feeling particularly thankful for the time I was able to be behind the camera in 2020. A special thank you to all of the mamas and daddys who invited me into your holiday season! Getting to spend time capturing these, and so many more, faces was truly a highlight of 2020 for me.
Happy New Year!
My dear Emily, I’ve never seen you happier than you are when you are with Ryan. What a gift to be able to spend the rest of your life with one who so clearly loves and enjoys the woman that you are. You make everything more fun, and your wedding day was no exception. The crowd who traveled from near and far to celebrate with you in the mountains is a testament to the investment you and Ryan make in your relationships.
You entrusted me with the honor of capturing your wedding day. Thank you for believing in me and insisting that I be your photographer! It was more exhilarating, more exhausting, and more fun than I ever thought it would be.
Best wishes to the newly Nolands!
The forecast for Monica and Jake’s wedding day was full of rain. But in spite of the dreary prediction, these two could not have been in better spirits. They gathered with family and friends along the Anne Springs Close Greenway for a sweet and intimate celebration of their love.
Fortunately, it turned out to be one of those days where the weatherman isn’t right…
A huge THANK YOU to Autumn with Olive Leaf Photography for inviting me to second shoot on this wedding!
“All of these lines across my face, Tell you the story of who I am
So many stories of where I’ve been, And how I got to where I am
But these stories don’t mean anything, When you’ve got no one to tell them to
It’s true… I was made for you”
A new chapter is beginning in the story of Jennifer and Jason. And it begins on the day their two families become one.
I’ve had the pleasure of marrying into a friendship with these two. They’ve known my husband since college and theirs was the first wedding I ever attended with Michael. I love being with the Griffins because they are both so genuine and so inviting. There’s no pretense, no pressure, just authenticity and warmth.
And warmth is what we needed on this chilly morning. Mike and Lois were all smiles in spite of the cold weather. It just gave them more reason to get close and cuddly.
The arrival of spring has given me new motivation to get outside with my camera. There is so much light and so much color and I enjoy the challenge of trying to capture some of it for myself. A recent visit from my sister and brother-in-law became a perfect opportunity for an impromptu photo outing. These two are basically pros at being awesome in front of the camera.
Friends are the family you get to choose.
2014 has been a big year for my family. We have celebrated two graduations, an engagement and wedding, new jobs, new homes, and travels all over the world. For my sister Tanner and her husband Mason, 2014 will always be remembered as the year they were able to get pregnant.
You would be hard-pressed to find a couple more suited for parenthood. These two are going to be amazing parents and I’m grateful to get the chance to learn from the example they will set. One of the challenges of being the firstborn is never having an older sibling to show you how things are done. As the oldest, I was always the one paving the way. Tanner gets to be the first to become a mama and I get to watch as she takes on her new role. She’s paving the way and I couldn’t be more happy for her.
Not long after we ring in the new year, the Petersons have the privilege of ringing in a new generation of our family. This baby may have mom’s red hair or dad’s dimples. It may have mom’s gift for making friends or dad’s gift for making jokes. One thing is for sure though… this baby will have an army of grandparents, aunts, and uncles who love him (or her!) We thank God for his answer to prayer and we look forward to all the joy this new year is sure to bring .
Slowly but surely the wedding plans are coming together. A church has been reserved, a dress has been purchased, and a cake has been ordered.
Leah and Mark wanted to send a save-the-date card to their guests, so we had a photo shoot. I had three subjects for these pictures – a girl, a boy, and a wooden sign.
The countdown to November 22 is on.