New Bern Downtown and Waterfront Senior Shoot

New Bern Downtown and Waterfront Senior Shoot

Just looking at Drew, you can tell she seeks to bring joy to life. Her family went through a really hard time this year after her home was flooded during a hurricane. She moved to Kinston for the school year while her house was renovated and intentionally became part of our community. She joined Junior Leadership and volunteered her time to serve in our county even though it was not home to her. Drew has an enthusiasm that is contagious and she brought that to my Senior Style Team this year. It was a joy to capture her for her senior portraits in New Bern. We explored little nooks and crannies downtown and then ventured to the waterfront where renovations and reconstruction is still underway. It is a special place to her and always will be. But I am glad she has come to love Kinston as a second home, too. Thank you Jennifer and Drew for inviting me into this special year. It was a pleasure getting to know y’all! I am thankful for our...
Cap and Gown Shoot // Kinston Senior Portraits

Cap and Gown Shoot // Kinston Senior Portraits

CONGRATULATIONS to my 2019 Senior Style Team members, who are all about to turn the tassel! I have loved spending this year with them. Every year, each group of seniors surprises mte with how amazing they are. This year, these gals encouraged me and lifted me up. They were real with me. They helped me better understand who they are – what they hoped for in life and valued in good friends. They helped me serve my clients better. We made some amazing images and had so many laughs and fun times. I am so sad to send them off, but so excited for the adventures that await them. Class of 2019 – go do amazing things. Be bold and never stop exploring the truths, beauty and goodness that lay before you. I love each of you and hold you in my prayers as you go out in to the...
Town and Country Senior Shoot // Kinston Senior Portraits

Town and Country Senior Shoot // Kinston Senior Portraits

Ashlyn // Class of 2019 Ashlyn is sweet and dedicated. She is one of my 2019 Style Team members, so I’ve gotten to work with her for over a year! One of the first things I learned about her is that she is at dance 6 days a week! She fell in love with dance after going to her first competition and never looked back. She drives back and forth to Durham weekly to be part of the OM Grown Dancers family. I love how passionate she is about dance while still maintainsing her laid-back attitude about life. We tried to capture a little bit of that at her senior shoot in downtown Kinston and then out in the country. I’m so excited to see her blossom and grow as she continues to pursue her dance career. Ashlyn & Jennifer, I have loved working with y’all this year and getting to know Ashlyn on the style team! Thank you so much for sharing this year with...
Ballerina Outdoor Senior Portraits // Kinston Senior Photographer

Ballerina Outdoor Senior Portraits // Kinston Senior Photographer

Pancake tutus have to be one of the prettiest ballet costumes. Brianne played the part of the Sugar Plum Fairly in the Nutcracker performed at the Goldsboro Paramount Theatre. When she told me she wanted to incorporate her ballet costume into her senior portrait shoot, I just about squealed. We started the session out in a golden field out on the farm. The colors and sunlight were perfect. Then we headed downtown and she brought some pointe shoes, a warm-up and a sweater to get some really creative dance shots. I love the portraits we got of her on the stairs and in the alley. She is a magnificent dancer and I am so grateful she invited me to capture these beautiful dance portraits along with her senior portraits. Brianne, you are a beautiful dancer and young lady! I am excited for this next adventure for you! Laura, thank you so much for working with me for her senior session! It was a...
Fun Downtown and Farm Shoot // Kinston Senior Portraits

Fun Downtown and Farm Shoot // Kinston Senior Portraits

I absolutely loved working with Jamell for his senior portrait shoot! He is super outgoing and smiling allll the time. But he totally worked the serious face, too. His facial expressions are the best! I first met him after taking photos of one of the many plays he was in at North Lenoir. I loved highlighting different expressions during shoots, especially for seniors who have been involved in theatre. We went to some of my favorite spots in downtown Kinston and then headed out to the farm for some golden hour...
Violinist Senior Portraits // Kinston Senior Portraits

Violinist Senior Portraits // Kinston Senior Portraits

Wrenn McCrae // APA Class of 2019 The first time I saw Wrenn McCrae, she was on a stage with her violin in hand playing a beautiful melody. As a violinist myself, I always love seeing young women share their passion for their music. And last night I got to watch Wrenn McCrae perform her senior dance recital with Studio 86, where she began dancing as a preschooler. My little dancer has been able to look up to her for the past 4 years as she has danced at the same studio, and I could not choose a better role model. With one of the sweetest smiles in town, Wrenn McCrae has won the hearts of her audiences since she first stepped onto that stage. It was a joy to work with her and her family for her senior portraits in downtown Kinston. We found some perfect spots to include her violin in some of the portraits and accentuate her creativity as a musician and dancer.       Wrenn McCrae & Amy, thank you so much for sharing this special year with me. I am so excited to see where you go from here, Wrenn McCrae! Amy, I will definitely be coming to you for more advice on parenting girls. Love...