Thursday, July 30, 2009

Special Birth Announcement

I know I've shared photos of Reese Pearce before but I wanted to show you her birth announcement that Valerie and I came up with. Valerie wanted something special to send out to friends and family so we designed a postcard with some of her first photos. I thought it was just so cute -- a simple, beautiful card with all the important facts. By the way, everyone keep Valerie in your thoughts. She has to go back to work on Monday and I know she would rather be home with Reese!!

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

OBX Families!

I've had a wonderful little rush of beach portraits lately and thought I'd share some of the great families I've worked with. While it's always beautiful at the Outer Banks, it's not always a weather-cooperative day. We've worked around the rain and been carried away by the wind and have still come up with some wonderful family portraits. I'll probably be heading back to the beach to do some portraits a few more times this year so call or email and put yourself on the list if you're interested. I'll probably have a weekend in August and one in September and hopefully one in October which I think is the best month (the heat and the tourists have died down). Hope to see you there!!

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

John and Ashley

I so enjoyed photographing John and Ashley Deloatch's wedding on the 11th. They had a beautiful day -- great weather, a fun wedding party and lots of family and friends to party the night away. Thought I'd share a preview of some of their photos including the wedding party having a little fun on the golf course and a very special moment before the wedding when John's mother gave Ashley a special piece of jewelry that belonged to his grandmother. Lots of tears but a really happy event for everyone.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Mrs. Satterfield (just Allison to everyone)

The big day has come and gone for Allison and Alan who were married in Duck on Saturday. I'm sure I'll be writing in the future about the wedding but I haven't even started yet to sort through all of the photos. And believe me, there are A LOT of them so give me some time to finish them!! I did promise to share Allison's bridal portraits since so many of you enjoyed her "trash the dress" session. Here are a few of them and you can see the rest at

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Camryn's First Birthday

It's hard to believe that Camryn Rawls turned one yesterday. It seems to me like just a few months ago that I took an "itty bitty" baby photo of her and now she's just about to run away from me. I took a little trip over to Jackson to her house to celebrate her big day. I think she's having the major party this weekend but her mommy wanted to catch a few photos on her birthday and even made her a little cake. Camryn wasn't really excited about diving into her cake like some one-year olds. She was a real little lady and only licked a little off her fingers. Happy Birthday, Camryn!! I bet next year we won't be able to catch you for photos.

Miss Paisley Faith Benson has Arrived

Most of you who know Michele and Kevin Benson already know that they had a beautiful little girl last weekend, but my readers who only saw Michele's maternity photos a few weeks ago have been waiting for the big news. She is beautiful, perfect and much loved. Congratulations to Michele and Kevin. I can't wait to meet baby Paisley!!

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Senior Season Has Started -- Go Class of 2010!

We've had our first senior portrait session of the season -- Neal Brinkley from Northeast Academy, Class of 2010. We sent out letters to all the Northeast seniors a couple of weeks ago so they can get their portrait done before school gets started and we've got several sessions on the schedule. Neal was the first one in and brought his uniforms as a Union Volunteer fireman for his environmental portraits. We look forward to senior season here at Conway Photo so, no matter what school you attend, give us a call and we'll be glad to set up a session for you. Remember -- we don't have set packages that you have to buy. You create your own package and order exactly what you want.

Monday, July 13, 2009


I have been so lucky lately to have so many beautiful babies in the studio along with their equally wonderful parents. Peggy and Lynn and I have been commenting that we've had some wonderfully relaxed first time parents who are just enjoying their babies and letting us have a good time photographing them. Thought I'd share a few shots of Sarah and Mark Lassiter with little Brayden. He's going to have all the little girls chasing him in a year or so. And doesn't he have just the cutest little feet you've ever seen.

Friday, July 10, 2009

4th of July Wedding

It may not have been Times Square at the end of World War II but I had a pretty good 4th of July celebrating with Betsy and Josh at their wedding in Suffolk. As you can see from the photos, it was a celebration with uniforms and medals and fireworks and a kiss for the new wife that was worthy of that famous Times Square kiss from 1945. Hope you all had a good 4th as well!

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Another 3-Alarm Wedding

I've had some fire truck loving couples this year and still have another one coming up in August. Lindsey and JC were married last month at the beautiful Airfield 4-H Conference Center near Wakefield, VA. Lindsey got some of JC's fellow firemen to bring the truck over for the wedding as a surprise to JC and he really WAS surprised when she arrived for the ceremony hanging on to the back of the truck. They also left the ceremony and rode to the reception on the back. Additionally, Lindsey had brought his helmet over to the studio when we did her bridal portraits to surprise him with a few "formal" portraits of her with his helmet. The things we do for our men!!

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Beach Canvas

I've probably already shared some of these photos before but I just finally ordered and received a copy of this canvas for the studio and thought I'd show it again. I love this composite of Andy and Natalie Woodard's beautiful family taken last year at the beach. Natalie wanted a composite of several of the photos so I designed this one for her and I believe she has it in her office. I had never ordered a copy just for us but I finally did and have it hanging in the front room of the studio. I think each of these photos is so sweet and all of them together is just a wonderful memory of this family at this age on this particular day at the beach.

Monday, July 6, 2009

Cracker Jacks or With Friends Like This . . .

You can always count on the guys in a wedding to bring something fun to the table but I recently had a best man who came up with one that even I had never seen. At Emily and Cory Truman's wedding in Gates county a couple of weeks ago, the minister asked for the rings during that time in the ceremony. Very slowly and very deliberately, the best man pulled a box of Cracker Jacks out of his pocket and began fishing around inside for something. Of course, he produced the ring but not before everyone in the church, including both ministers and a surprised groom, had a jaw-dropping good laugh. No one will forget that moment in the service or the toast he gave later on at the reception. Only a really good friend could get away with all that.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

From the Archives -- Cool Chicks!

In celebration of 100 years of 4-H in North Carolina, I was contacted (as a former 4-Her) to see if I had some photographs from my years in that wonderful organization. Needless to say, I did and I've been sorting through some of them to make copies for the local Northampton county celebration. I found this photo and it was just too good for me to pass it by without sharing the photo and the history behind it.

Our parents and grandparents may have their Depression-era stories of walking two miles to school every day but my generation has its own "tough childhood" stories -- and believe me when I tell you that I'm saying this with a grain of salt. When we went to 4-H Club Congress every summer -- the highlight of our year in 4-H -- to stay on campus at N.C. State, we rode in the back of a pick-up truck. No fancy SUV with air conditioning, no DVD player, no iPod to entertain us or cell phone to text our friends. And believe me, it was HOT in July. But we thought it was wonderful and we felt so grown-up to be on our own for a week in the big city of Raleigh. Of course, it was a more innocent time than it is now but I believe we managed to get in a bit of trouble. I think one of my group sneaked in a pack of cigarettes and WE SMOKED!! If we had been caught, our 4-H leader would have probably sent us home in disgrace but we were young and daring. HA!

The photo above includes several of the group that I hung out with in high school. My good friends Phyllis and Nina Lynn Taylor, my cousin Ann Hedgepeth, and Susan Long. There are lots of signs of the times in our photo other than the model year of the truck -- Phyllis's "smiley face" shirt and, in a different photo I found, Ann and Susan are wearing their "Hang Ten" pants which was the ultimate cool. And, of course, the "Peace, Baby" sign they're flashing.

And just to bring it full circle and for those of you who are not from around here and won't know the family connections -- Susan in this photo is the mother of my fabulous "twirling in front of Old Well" bride, Melissa Flythe Decker, who was the subject of my very first blog posting.

Have a great 4th of July holiday everyone!