Meet my childhood friend, Cynthia Pate. We’ve been friends since we were in diapers… Yup! Diapers! We’ve been through thick and thin with our drama and good times as kids. We rarely see each other since we live far apart but we were able to keep in touch over the years. I remember we used to play Atari at her house, we would play pac man, E.T., Centipede and Space Invaders! (Sigh! Remember those? Those were the days…) Rewinding a few years back here, we also used to play with paper dolls, changing their “paper” clothes and placing them in their paper houses with paper furnitures and so on, and now as grown women we get to decorate our own house and go shop and buy our own stylish outfits and learn a few make up tricks. I never thought I would be strolling down the streets of old historic downtown Annapolis with my childhood friend and what’s more fun is I get the privilege to be behind the camera and photograph her! Good times, good times! So here are a few of her photos as we create new memories and hopefully many more to come…

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Ashleigh and Christopher welcomed a new addition to the family, Nora. Along with their other “children” Magnus and Reggie, the two dogs… and a cat, they all welcomed her with a lot of love. Such a pleasure getting to know the Lawrence family as we spent some time to do their session, the dogs were so friendly, they listened very well and posed nicely for pictures, smart dogs! So glad we were able to include them in the photos. Towards the end of our session as we headed back to their house, Nora started to shut her eyes as our walk back made her sleepy, she didn’t even cry or get cranky, she was such a good baby! As the couple tried to put her to sleep in her nice bed I was able to get more great images, that was a great way to end the day.

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Meet Aaron Pickard, majoring in Music at the University of North Carolina in Greensboro,  he’s very passionate about music, he would listen to a song and be able to play it by ear. He is also interested in photography, shooting portraits in his spare time, he is definitely a true artist at heart, I believe that if he explores another area in art he can thrive in it as well. As we were using the theatre of UNCG for this photo session, there was a professor preparing to hold an audition for an operatic play at the school that was scheduled right after we used the facility, as Aaron was playing the piano while I was photographing him, the professor was listening in… “that was beautiful!” he said, “what song was that? Did you write it yourself?” Aaron smiled and said, “No, I didn’t, actually I just made it up as I went along just for the pictures…” The professor was amazed how he can just come up with notes off the top of his head for giggles. As we were wrapping up to head out, a pianist for the audition came in, the professor introduced him to his pianist and bragged about Aaron. I thought that was big, such a huge compliment for Aaron coming from a University professor who’s musically inclined and presumably very much exposed to all kinds of professional music. Just a few more months and he’s done with school, such an accomplishment! So this is well over due, being photographed next to a beautiful piano, in a gorgeous University theatre… Keep it up, Aaron!

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It turned out to be an awesome day for a family session, could have not been better, not too cold-not too hot, it was just right, they actually just got back from their vacation to Southern California so I guess I would definitely say they brought back some California weather! Tyler and Jessica won a gift certificate for a session a few years back, they contemplated when to use it for quite sometime but then after they had their second child Titus, they finally decided that it’s about time to get their photos taken (insert smiley face). With their two beautiful kids and a great couple with perfect weather, it turned out to be an enjoyable time for everyone at the park and I got to know them a lot better, it was such a privilege to photograph their family!

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On October 7th, Hurricane Matthew was just starting to hover over North Carolina, it was dark, cloudy and rainy that day. Rebecca was a bit worried and asked how the rain will effect her wedding photos, I replied, not to worry, everything will work out fine, then I said, “worse case scenario if it doesn’t stop raining we’ll use the rain as an element to create something wonderful for your photos.” After several changes with the schedules, location for the ceremony, and with the rain being on and off that day, we were able to get some photos done! Friends and family came and witnessed these two finally tie the knot, everything went smoothly. Later that night, we were actually hoping for rain to get some nice shots… no rain. We still went ahead outside to get some portraits with the string lights set up by the venue, as we headed outside it started to rain a little, I still took some shots within a few minutes as my gear was starting to get a little wet. By the end of the night, they were able to finish the day with an exit using sparklers! I gotta say again, everything worked out perfectly! Here are some of their wedding photos as the day went on regardless of Hurricane Matthew, enjoy!

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