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  • I am a wedding & family photographer based in Greenville NC. I love shooting and enjoy traveling throughout the United States for different photography events.

    To me, photography is a personal experience that allows a moment to be captured in time. My clients know that our time together usually involves lots of interaction and tons of laughter. The experience is designed to be fun and non stressful!

    I hope each of you visiting my page have had a chance to connect in some fashion to my images and I hope you return again soon!

    Thanks to each of my clients that allow me to be a part of their lives..you are what makes my business what it is! Until we meet again..Laurie

    and a big thanks to Shannon B. Atkins Photography for my fabulous bio picture!!

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Dear Boo…..

Dear Boo,

Today was the last time I will ever hug you or kiss you. I will no longer see your face as soon as I walk through the door or hear the little taps of your nails on the floor as you trot around our home. I will never look down at 2am while I am still editing and see you faithfully laying beside me. I will never get to sneak you on the bed again and snuggle with you because Dad said no more Boo on the bed. I will never get to tell you to stop cleaning yourself like a cat, clean up the gobs of hair that you daily lost that should at some point make you hairless because really how much hair could a little dog loose, or get to say that you can officially eat anything you heart desires because today I said my final good bye to you.  I have to say, I never could have imagined 16 years ago the journey I would be on with you!!

You have been my protector, my confidant, my lil shadow, and my best friend!! When I brought you home, you where so tiny and scared. You whimpered as I opened the fridge, cried as I cut on the stove, and wailed when I tried to play with you….. you boo hoo’ed all the time those first few days hence your name Boo. But that trait quickly changed!! You grew quickly into a feisty and funny dog. Dad still loves to tell the story of you chasing the cow through the field with me screaming right behind, sure you were going to get trampled. And I’ll never forget when that cow realized a lil runt was chasing him and decided to turn around, no longer be pursued but became the pursuer … we looked like an episode from scooby doo as that cow chased me and you through the field! Or how we literally almost pulled you out of Chad’s dogs mouth because you didn’t care he had 50lbs on, you were going to get that food that dropped. Or the way the word “bath” turned you into the tazmanian devil as you ran around the house spinning and turning, sure that this time you would escape me my hands and the evil water. Or even the times you would literally run from dad and hide under our king size bed right smack dap in the middle, just out of his reach, and dare him with your terrifying growls and snaps to try and grab you. And I’ll never forget how after bringing Justice home, you stationed yourself under his bassinet and snapped at any strange feet if they dare get too close. Or the way when my daddy died you let me hold you and sob into your fur when everyone else was gone. And I never imagined how I would sob uncontrollably as I made the decision that you had fought long enough. I never imagined how a quiet house could be almost deafening or how loosing you could shatter my heart but I know it was time.

I’m sure as time goes on, my heart will heal but today the tears are steady and the hurt is physically tangible. I already miss you a million times over but I can honestly say it was time to let go. There will never be another ankle biter that can steal my heart like you did… you were one in a million and I was blessed to call you mine!!!

I love you Boo Boo chuttin chuttin always and forever!!!!!

Thanks again to Will at Capturing Canines for capturing these amazing shots of our Boo!!!

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Wedding – Ayden Golf & Country Club – Steffani & Michael

Yes, again this is way past due but what better day to release this post than on Michael’s birthday!!! I have known Michael since he was a teenager, so when I found out he was getting married it was kinda surreal… could he really be that old? Could I really be that old?? Well I guess that answer was yes because it was happening!! Michael was marrying his high school sweetheart and I don’t know if there is another person that fits and balances Michael as much as Steffani does! If you ever have met Steff, you know there has never been a question as to why Michael loves her.. Steffani is kind, gentle, she looks for the best in people, she’s funny, and she is simply beautiful!!

As they said their I do’s, I snapped away and I may have even shed a few tears!! As crazy and silly as Michael can be, he is also a hopeless romantic that is completely and utterly in love with his bride! I loved that they chose me to share in their day, seeing their family and friends celebrate into the night warmed my heart!! It is clear of the love that surrounds them and it makes me smile!!

So take a jump back with me and see some of  my favorite images from their fan-tab-u-lous day!!!

Steff & Michael I love you both!!!

 

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Commercial Photography – Earp Dentistry – Greenville, NC

Although its not something I do a on a regular basis, I am commissioned from time to time to work on a commercial project. Sometimes I know the business personally and sometimes it’s an unknown client. But this is a client that I absolutely love and wanted to show case. Supporting businesses we love is so important. Our soceity is quick to say what we don’t like but I want to rememebr that it’s just as important, if not more important, to talk about the ones that we do like!!

For anyone that knows me well, you know I am no fan of needles and for some reason I’m a lil anxious (to put it lightly) around the dentist. But these guys have helped me leaps and bounds!!!! I would like to say I sit like a normal person for most of my appointments but that would just be a lie. But what I can tell you about this group, is how caring and compassionate they are. No matter how long I take to get it together, they are there with a smile!! They have held my hand, given me tissues for my tears, brought me blankets, and promised me over and over I would be ok. For someone that dreads the dentist, I seriously love seeing all of them!! There is something to be said about their dedication to always treating their clients with the compassion and kindness. There has never been a time that I haven’t been greeted with a smile or even at times greeted with a hug. It is true, I may shed a tear while in their midst but I always leave smiling!! So if you are looking for a new dentist, look no further Earp Dentistry really is the best!!

Dr. Earp you have a fabulous group and I’m glad to call you my dentist!! I always love updating your pictures and showing all of your staff I really can be normal person and not a blubbering mess!!

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Wedding – River Dunes – Oriental, NC – Jenna & Shion

When you mix a beautiful couple & perfect venue the outcome is exquisite.

So let’s start with the couple. Shion LOVES having his picture taken, well maybe love is a strong word, maybe more like… doesn’t like. Like not at all…. hahahaha!!  Buuuuut I think Shion would now admit, after working with me, that I make it simple. I believe I could even hear him echoing the words, “that wasn’t so bad!” (and if you know me, that is my all time favorite compliment) And Shion is a perfect example of why I am so dead set on engagement pictures before the wedding day. If I had not gotten the chance to know Shion before the wedding and had not gotten him in front of my camera before that day, I’m convinced that their wedding pictures might have lacked the emotion that I so love to capture. I don’t know if  Shion would have let his guard down enough to relax and let me capture the gentle, kind person he truly is. But be as it may, Shion did relax. Not only did I capture the smile he tries to hide when cameras appear but I was able to capture the love that is deep and boundless as tears sprang from his eyes when he saw Jenna for the first time. I was able to capture the joy that radiated from them both as they twirled around and around the dance floor to their first dance. And I was able to capture the excitement as they waved goodbye to their family and friends as they sailed toward the start of their new life together.

Now lets talk about their incredible venue!! River Dunes is perfectly located on the outskirts of the charming, waterfront community of Oriental, NC. It is a world-class resort harbor surrounded by elegant sea side homes and a picture-perfect chapel that accommodates indoor and outdoor weddings alike. The small community of cottages beside the sea side chapel is the perfect location for the bridal party and immediate family to spend the weekend celebrating and laughing. But you also can’t forget the Harbor Club, which offers delicious food and a spectacular view that will simply take your breath away. Without a doubt this venue is the perfect location for any couple that loves the water as this couple does. If my words don’t convince, maybe my images will.

Jenna and Shion, I loved working with you both!! I hope these images will always remind you of your perfect day!! xo

 

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Wedding – Boone Hall Plantation – Charleston, SC – Danielle & Peter

This was my first Charleston wedding and I have to say I was smitten!!! The long dirt drive, lined with gigantic spanish moss trees were enough to make your breath hitch. But if that didn’t do it, the breathtaking plantation itself with the ginormous, rustic gates that would likely welcome you to a classic southern home in the 1800’s surely would! There wasn’t a corner on this property that didn’t scream southern charm entangled with history, refinement, and beauty. So when we took that mixture and combined it with the elegance and lightheartedness of Danielle & Peter there was no doubt that this wedding would be talked about for years to come!!

Although some time has passed since their wedding, I clearly remember the delight that sprung across Danielle’s face when she arrived at Boone Hall Plantation to start the pictures and I could never forget the overwhelming joy that beamed from Peter, as Danielle walked toward him and their new chapter of life together.  There even seemed to be a charge in the air from the elation their loved ones radiated throughout the ceremony and well into the reception. But if I had to use one word to describe it all, I would have to settle on unity. Not only unity with Danielle and Peter but unity that brought all those that loved them together. Danielle & Peter I still think of your day and think of perfection, there isn’t a detail I would change (well, it might could have been a few degrees cooler but even that was part of the setting that made your day simply splendid) This has taken a while but I couldn’t do one more post without showcasing your amazing day!!! xo

 

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