Family Vacation Photos | Emerald Isle & Topsail Beach Photography

My corner of the world is opening back up, slowly & surely, and a lot of the beach rentals are allowing their guests to keep their reservations. We would love to capture memories of your time at the beach! Whether it’s your whole extended family, you & the kids, or perhaps just you & your significant other, the beach is a fantastic place for a photo session. The natural light during golden hour, and the waves coming off the Atlantic Ocean are gorgeous. Here are just some images from sessions at the beach!
If you are interested in booking please reach out directly, we’d love to get you on our schedule!

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Name Your Own Price Special | Jacksonville NC Portrait Photography

The Governor has said in recent press conferences that businesses that are able to maintain proper social distancing can reopen so that means we are open for sessions! To celebrate I’m offering Name Your Own Price sessions! You can give me your budget and I’ll tell you your options OR you can pick out the specifics of your session yourself and I’ll tell you what the price for your custom package is. Choose your session length (20, 30, 45, or 60 minutes) and how many high resolution images with print release you’d like (1-20). All sessions come with social media files of all edited images & a gallery app, too.

Full details: must be in the Jacksonville or Swansboro areas for a session less than an hour, available for sessions set between May 11 and May 29th, minimum $100. Cannot be combined with any other offer, discount, special, incentive, or deal. Available for couples, families, children, and maternity. Not available for seniors, homecoming, boudoir, elopements or mermaid sessions. Additional high resolution images will be available for purchase after your session.

Jenny & Billy | New Bern Engagement Photography

This day was SO much fun! If you haven’t already, you can check out my previous two blog posts about this styled session here and here. It was held at Tryon Palace in New Bern, a beautiful city with a real small town feel. The models are Jenny Pearson (IG) & Billy Vaughn and it was organized by Reatta Oxendine.

Jenny & Billy were actually the models I photographed first that day and one of the very rare times I’ve done anything other than a homecoming in direct sunlight that wasn’t golden hour. To be totally honest, I actually liked it and I’m glad I was able to have them look at each other a lot to avoid really harsh shadows on their faces in addition to squinting! Unlike the last couple I posted, these two are a real life couple. Like the last couple I posted, they are super sweet & fun to work with.

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Molly & Vlad | Jacksonville NC Elopement Photography

Remember that styled shoot I mentioned before? This gorgeous couple was a part of the same styled shoot! The theme was French Provincial and held at Tryon Palace. It was organized by Reatta Oxendine, makeup by Breanna Pridgen Beauty (FB), hair by Mercedes Quinn(FB IG), models are Molly Stone & Vlad Gregorovitch.

These images are supposed to be an “elopement”, when a couple goes off on their own and gets married, sometimes in secret, but usually without a large ceremony and reception. To complete this idea, she is in a wedding gown & he’s in a suit. Here’s the thing, they aren’t an in real life couple, they are actually amazing last minute models who were able to fill in when the original models got sick and didn’t even meet until she was already getting her hair done! They were so much fun to work with, very silly. Unaware we didn’t know about this, when someone asked how long they’d been together, Molly joked “2 years!” and waited for a laugh and then had to explain they met that morning, which shocked everyone there!

I’m not sure how styled sessions normally work, but whenever I would see a model not in use, I would jump to them and work with them either one on one or with a couple of other photographers (there were about 20 there that day!). My familiarity with the Palace grounds definitely paid off and I was able to grab Molly, Vlad, Mercedes (who, after doing hair for the models was kind enough to be my lighting assistant for the day), and another photographer and took them to the cannon and the gazebo that are almost hidden gems.

The Palace is an amazing location for your wedding or special event as well as photo sessions! Whether it’s an elopement, engagement, maternity, or even boudoir, I’m always up for a session at the Palace!

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Elopement groom holding his bride while he leans against a cannon with the back of Tryon Palace in the background.

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Taylor | New Bern NC Boudoir Photography

As a photographer, there are many different ways to have sessions. My most common are client sessions, when you come to me and we plan your session together. I’ve also done a few sessions with models where we come together and create magic. For the first time ever, I took part in a Styled Session with a group of photographers that was organized and put on by an event coordinator. In this case, the coordinator was Reatta Oxendine and the location was one of my favorites: Tryon Palace. You may recognize the palace from this maternity session and this boudoir session. The model is Taylor Gales Henderson (IG), makeup by Alicia J Sawyer (IG) hair by Mercedes Quinn (IG FB), Lingerie provided by Sarafina Dreams (IG FB Etsy), bouquet was done by Mother of Wild Flower House & Event Co (IG FB Website). As you see, there were a lot of people involved in this session and there were about 20 photographers there so there was a lot going on, including other models, too! I’ll be posting those separately so be sure to keep an eye on the blog!

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Ms L | Jacksonville NC Boudoir Photography

I have been looking forward to Ms L’s session for a while now and when we realized how soon Mercedes was moving we knew we HAD to get her session in before that happened. Ms L make look familiar, yes, she is exactly who you think she is! Being her session and being on hand for all my other sessions, she knew a lot of what we’d be doing well in advance so there were moments where I’d start explaining what I wanted her to do and she just snapped into it, it was fantastic and a little disconcerting to be totally honest. It was like she was reading my mind!

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Lewis Family: Winter | Jacksonville NC Family Photography

Oh Marine Corps life. It’s something that has it own unique situations. Over the summer we held a four seasons of minis giveaway and one of the winners was Kelsey. Her summer session was at the beach, her fall session at a park in Jacksonville. This time we opted for a location on base as her family says good bye to Camp Lejeune. They received word they would be moving back home and she reached out to quickly schedule their “Winter” session and I’m so glad we were able to make this session work!

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Ms C | Jacksonville NC Pin Up Boudoir Photography

This is the second time I’ve had the pleasure of working with Ms C. She came in to check out the newly renovated studio and I’m SO excited she did! This time we went for a pin up inspired boudoir session and it’s something a bit different from what we normally do but SO much fun! We made sure we got images in the three main sets: bedroom, sitting room & red room. Yes, the red room has a black wall, too (it really does need a new name now!) Hair and makeup were done by the fantastic Mercedes Quinn.

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The One with the Photos: Ms J | Jacksonville NC Boudoir Photography

I adore the idea of theming your boudoir session around something you are passionate about, whether it’s Harry Potter, Star Wars, pizza, we’re pretty much up for anything. For many years, I have been a huge fan of the show Friends, as have many others. Coffee, friendships, and an amazing orange couch. When Mercedes, Ms J & I came up with the idea for this session, we took the time to let our imaginations go wild, which gave me time to get a few things specifically for the session including a bag of coffee beans, an orange blanket for a nod to the orange couch, and a couple things from home. Ms J brought more, too! Hair and makeup provided by the ever amazing Mercedes Quinn.

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Boudoir by Ashley Rescott Photography

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More than just lingerie | Jacksonville NC Boudoir Photography

Boudoir sessions are amazing, they allow you to totally be yourself and we get to show you just how sexy that is. One of the things I hear frequently is “but I don’t own any lingerie” and, guess what? That’s totally okay! What makes you sexy is that confidence you feel and you don’t have to be in a full corset with garter belt & thigh high stockings to accomplish that! Sweaters, t shirts, jeans, sneakers, dresses, there are SO many amazing non lingerie options you can have for your session! We’ve had boudies bring in uniforms, both their own and their significant others, sports jerseys, knee socks, leg warmers, body suits, and so many more things. Here are just some examples!

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