Sunday, March 30, 2014

Celtic Green (Part 1) | Creative | Fayetteville, N.C. Photographer

 So, I had this idea … and then it became real. And so much better than I could have imagined! With March being my favorite month, I had to bring some more emphasis to this, my Irish heritage, and well … my love of anything green, clover, or celtic!

 My idea? Celtic Goddess. And how perfect were these models? Aoife has incredible red hair doesn't she?! <3 perfect! And she's wearing my favorite crown that I made out of wire and beads. I was SOOO happy how the crown turned out … and it look FABULOUS on her!

 Then there's the beautiful, Nicolette. She was wearing my second favorite crown. Simple, yet gorgeous and it photographed awesome.

 And then there's this cloak! Beautiful right?! I mean, I simply put on my personal Facebook page, "Anyone have a cloak?" And a friend from Hawaii said her mother did … and her mother was in Fayetteville. So, Kathryn loaned me her cloak for the shoot and I thank her for that! Just gorgeous!

I also have to thank Angie at Dolled Up .Vintage & Pin Up Hair&Makeup for doing a FANTASTIC job on the girls' hair and makeup AND on short notice (our other makeup artist canceled the day prior to the shoot)

 This is the image I actually and in mind when coming up with the shoot … pretty, yet dark, and magical. ;-) Like I said, I heart everything about this shoot. I couldn't have had it go any better!

Here's a little behind the scenes fun of the shoot. I still have SO many images to edit from this shoot so there will be a part two of this!

Angie getting the girls ready! Go like her on Facebook! Click HERE! 

William from Darkroom Portraits doing his thing! Always has a digital camera along with his film!

Aoife goofing around while I'm in the others' pictures! ;-) It's always fun working with other creative people! I mean, we are pretty cool! ;-)

 Kat from Kat Squibb Photography and Tysha from Tysha Hallman Photo working as a team ;-)

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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Sunlight Delight | Couples | Fayetteville, N.C. Photographer

These two are so much fun to photograph. I tell them this every time I get to have them in front of my lens. He HATES taking pictures, but he does it for her. <3 He makes us all giggle throughout the session and he even got to have his truck in the portraits. I love everything about these pictures!

I mean, look at that light!! The light was absolutely amazing this evening and made everything glow!

I'm so honored that they picked me for their anniversary portraits!
Check out their engagement photos and their wedding!

These two are going to last a long time. The love is there, the humor is there, and anyone can see, they are truly each other's best friend. PERFECT.

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Monday, March 17, 2014

Leprechaun Fun | Personal | Fayetteville, N.C. Photographer

So … if you haven't guessed … Saint Patrick's Day is a pretty big deal in the Wells' household. We are Irish, my mother's birthday is on St. Paddys, and uh … we are IRISH! ;-)

I started a lil' tradition with my eldest for our favorite holiday. A leprechaun visits him and leave a lil' mischief … along with his pot of golf (or at least something valuable to my son). ;-) The night before, i stayed up past 1 a.m. getting everything ready 1) because we had just got home from a Carolina Hurricane's game in Ralieigh and 2) because I had NOTHING ready. LOL I was slacking this year.

As much as I wish the boy had the day off from school due to this awesome holiday … he did not. He had to go to school. So I packed him a nifty lunch. I used cookie cutters to make his sandwich and cheesy extra "lucky" and dyed his milk green. I also found print outs and lunchbox jokes to put inside as well. I also made a telescope with the help of THIS blog and found a lucky penny printout. And of course, I HAD to have the leprechaun "pee" in the toilet.  I made green foot prints using washable paint and my hand from THIS idea and used green food dye to turn the water green. My son gets a kick out of this every time. You should follow my Pinterest board on Saint Patrick's Day. :-)

The "loot" is simply Skittles and Rolos. I tried to find gold coins … but like I said, I waited till the last minute and Walmart (during my 10 p.m. mad dash) didn't have them.

The leprechaun left a little message to describe what my eldest had to do with the telescope. (I later added a name, so it was more personal. The leprechaun's name is Lucky) ;-)

 In the morning, once I woke him up. My son ran to the bathroom to see if the leprechaun used his bathroom again … "Yup, he sure did," my son said to me walking out into the living room.

He found the goodies and the note. And he was sooooo cute looking for his pot of gold. I hope he never loses this innocence and imagination! <3

 Jackpot! He found it too easy … I forget he's getting older and I have to find better hiding places … hmmm… the Easter Bunny may just hide his basket this year …

He was super happy about the candy and his shamrock glow wand thingy. He couldn't wait to light it up later that night.

After school, we did a few projects (more photos with my iPhone -- don't be ashamed, you need to live in the moment and not be behind that camera every moment of the day)

First we did the project Lucky left behind. Then we did the project that we got for Gramma's birthday … we just never sent it out. SO, she'll be in town soon, and we will give to her then.

THEN it was dinner time … uh, my husband's awesome corned beef shepherd's pie and soda bread. I CANNOT tell you how awesome it is! He slow cooks the corned beef over night in Guinness (10 hours!) and then puts together the pie .. OMG. Amazing. The soda bread is merely flour (I used wheat), buttermilk, salt and baking soda. We put parmesan cheese on top. YUM!

And what's an Irish meal without the Guinness?!

Dessert was a mint shake. Double yum!

Next year, I plan to follow on with the tradition but bought a book called  "The Naughty Leprechaun Story." It's cute and tells the story of two leprechauns, a good one and a naughty one. It comes with a two sided coin and the child reads the book and then gets to pick which leprechaun will get to visit and either leave goodies or mischief. I cannot wait to try it out on the boys!

Hope y'all had as much fun as we did this Saint Patrick's Day! And may the Irish Luck Be Sent Your Way!

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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Anxiously Reunited | Military Homecoming | Fort Bragg, N.C. photographer

Y'all know I love me some military homecomings! :-) Well, here's another one. This one was bright and early… like 3 a.m. early … But they actually didn't come through the door until 5 a.m. But it doesn't matter … they are home and the families couldn't be happier!

That moment you see him for the first time in MONTHS! <3

Family members videotaping on phones and sister getting lil' sister's reaction to her hubby's return.

This melts my heart … big sis holding sis's hand until she can go to her hubby.

And this is why I LOVE homecomings. So much can be caught in just one photo. My couple's blurred first hug, a wife hugging her husband as the children run up to daddy, a husband on his way to his wife, gramma being reunited with her grand babies, lots of Instagraming, and daddy being welcomed home by his fur babies … come on! Does this not make you smile!?

Above isn't my couple, but it's worth the share. He comes home from a long deployment … and what does he do?! He gets down on one knee and proposes! She said YES! (does anyone know these people? I'd love for them to have this pic!)

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