Where Have I Been Lately?

Many of you have called or emailed me in the last year wondering where I’ve been.  I can’t tell you how much I appreciate your words of support and your concern.  At the beginning of 2014, my husband’s company promoted Phil and moved us to Greenville, South Carolina. We moved sight unseen.  Since then, I’ve thought many times that we won the relocation jackpot.  Greenville is a gorgeous city at the foot of the Blue Ridge Parkway, with about half a million people in the area.  There’s so much to do in a downtown built around a gorgeous waterfall, and we love living here.

Since moving, I’ve had the good fortune of being able to take a step back, take a breath, and make very conscious choices about what I want my life here to look like.  At the moment, that doesn’t include photography.  I’m not sure if it will again.  Please don’t mistake me.  I’ve loved my career as a photographer, as well as owning a studio.  I’ve loved my clients, and I’ve been honored to be trusted with the most important moments and events of their lives.  I wouldn’t trade the last ten years for anything.  But now I feel it’s time for a break at least, or to move on at most.  We’ll see where this new path takes me.

So what have I been doing with myself?  For much of 2014 I drove back and forth between our home and my studio in Greensboro, photographing boudoir portraits.  This gave me a chance to ease into our new life in South Carolina while getting to see friends and clients in Greensboro on a regular basis.  This year I’ve been making more of an effort to stay in town, and we’ve been making great friends here.

We’ve also gotten a new puppy, named Luna, who I’m training for therapy work at the local hospitals.  Together, she and I hope to go into children’s hospitals, nursing homes, and schools with programs for children with special needs.  She and I walk or hike for about an hour or two almost every day.  For the last few months, we’ve been walking at a nearby conservation area where we can watch eleven baby herons in five nests grow to adults.  It’s been amazing.

I suppose the biggest change in my life is my enrollment in yoga teacher training.  I’m just starting the second segment of training, and I hope to be a certified teacher by the end of this year.  After that, I’d like to be certified as an aerial yoga instructor and spend my days hanging from the ceiling.

What else do I do with my time?  I have a greenhouse filled with orchids.  If you know me well, you know this has been a dream of mine for years.  Some days I simply go inside and sit and breathe.  I’ve taught myself to cook, which Phil appreciates, and which I’ve discovered I truly enjoy.  I’m so aware that this time in my life is a wonderful gift, and I’m doing my best to be present for every moment of it.

If I’ve had the honor of being your photographer, please keep in touch.  If you’d still like prints or albums made from your images, simply call or email. I’d love to hear from you.  Thank you all for your support and kindness these past ten years.  I’m so very humbled and grateful.

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Kat {High School Senior Photography}

I hear from a lot of high school seniors that there just isn’t enough time during their school portraits to get images that really reflect who they are as people.  Those photos are created for use in the yearbook, and they usually look pretty similar for each student.  So several times a year, I’m contacted by teenagers and their parents to create something unique for them.  They want images that showcase their personalities, their interests, and their natural expressions, instead of the command to “Smile!”.  My seniors wants something modern and cool; their parents want those expressions that are “so them”.

When Kat and her mother came to the studio to discuss Kat’s portraits, I was excited to hear about her style, her hobbies, and of course, what she wanted her images to look like.  I loved what they had in mind, and I was stoked to create these images for them.   I knew it was going to be an awesome afternoon, and I wasn’t disappointed.  Kat is so creative and fun to be around that the time flew by, and before I knew it the sun was setting and we were finished.  And the photographs we created?  See for yourself. . . 

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Sarah Rose and Osman {Proximity Hotel Wedding}

I’ve been dismal at keeping the blog updated lately.  I admit it.  But if you’re one of my clients, you know that my priority is creating beautiful images and making sure that you all have a fabulous time doing it, as well as getting prints and albums to you on time.  When things get crazy busy, the blog suffers.

I wanted to end the year with a particularly gorgeous wedding that I photographed last summer at the Proximity Hotel, here in Greensboro. Sarah Rose and Osman are so much fun to be around and to see together.  They laugh, they do slapstick, they even have their own secret handshake.  Their friendship is truly a beautiful thing. And their wedding was an amazing event.  From the intimate feel of the ceremony, to the absolutely flawless succulent centerpieces, to the hula hoops for the kids, it was a perfect afternoon and evening.

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Thank you both for being such a blast to photograph, for being open to all of my silly ideas, and most of all, for being my friends.

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Bella is One! {Winston Salem Family Portraits}

I can’t believe that Bella is one year old!  I’ve been photographing her parents since they knew to expect her, and I have loved spending this past year with Jessica, Brock, and Isabella.  I’ve looked forward to her portrait sessions every three months, and I’m always excited to see how big she’s gotten, whether she’s walking, and what words she’s said.  And I’m excited to know that I’ll be seeing little Bella again in six months. What will she be doing by then?  I can’t wait to see.

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I can’t wait to see you in another six months, Bella!

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