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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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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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Senior Session – Holden – Greenville NC

So again, this is a year behind but with the school year in full swing I figured this was a great time to post Holden’s senior session from last year!! I promised to not emabrass him so I will try to keep my word because I owe this fella a lot!! My husband met Holden years ago when their love for wakeboarding found them skiing together on the Tar River. A couple years passed and I heard his name over and over. Chris talked about the laughs they had on the river, the talent he saw in Holden, and the respect he had for Holden’s family. He admired the way his family was so invested into Holden’s love for the sport. Everytime Holden stepped on the river, his Dad was always there.. encouraging him and learning along with him.
There is a common bond that connects any sport and wakeboarding is just the same. It wasn’t unusual for Chris to ride with them, but last summer I shudder to think what our life could be like now like if Chris has been on another boat instead of Holden’s boat. One of the first rules of any water sport is to always keep your eyes on the rider in the water… always, always, always. And I’ll be the first to admit, that I have always been huge on that rule while my kids where in the water but with Chris, I was way more relaxed. Especially if there were other people in the boat. Maybe it was because I expected others to watch him, maybe it was because I was confident in his skills, or maybe it was because I just wanted to chat. Regardless, I now realize how HUGE of a mistake that could be!
As I was shooting a wedding, Chris made a last minute call to take the boys and go out with Holden and his dad. So when the wedding finished and I called to find out where they were I was shocked and confused when Justice answered his phone and said, “Dad has been hurt, there was a tree and he hit his head?” My head started swirling with all kinds of crazy thoughts and the only thing I could think was, maybe he was walking in the yard or cutting grass and a tree limb fell and hit him in the head. Was he conscious? Was the ambulance called? It must be bad if Chris wasn’t talking? Were the boys alone? They must be scared! Before any thoughts could really come together, a man was now speaking on the other end of the phone. He was saying Chris had been in an accident, he was knocked unconscious, he had come back around, but they were heading to Port Terminal. In an instant I knew he had been on the river and then I realized he was with Briley’s. My heart dropped, I felt sick, more questions flooded my head but the only thoughts that I could really rationalize was, I needed to call Todd (his twin brother) and I have to get to him. To make a long story short, Chris had attempted a trick that he has done hundreds, maybe thousands, of times on a narrow part of the river. Because it was narrow, it made landing tricky but not impossible for Chris… well except for this particular spot. At the exact spot he was landing a giagantic tree had fallen down directly in his path. He landed and he hit it full force, there wasn’t time for him to react. He took full impact. He was immediately knocked unconscious and rested face down in the water. This is the part where even now my heart shutters. Because those on the boat had their eyes on Chris, they immediately flipped the boat around and sped back to him. Without hesitation, Holden, his dad and another friend jumped in and swam to Chris as my boys watched their dad float lifeless on the water. Because of their quick thinking and reaction, Chris was floating face down in the water for probably less than a minute. After 3 days in the hospital with a fracture in his skull, a Bell’s Palsy episode a week later, and weeks of recovering, life slowly started to return to normal.
So when Holden’s mom asked me to do some Senior pictures for Holden there wasn’t even a question on whether I would do them. To me, Holden and the others on the boat that day, are and always will be heroes!! And when they asked me if we could finish on the river where the accident happened, I didn’t even have to think twice… for me, this is where the friendship began!!
So check out some favs and just remember when you get to the action ones…. I’m not an action photographer so I was a little out of my element.

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Run Your Race…..


Last week I headed to a mountain.Yes, a literal mountain but for me it was also to a spiritual mountain. One that I had been desperatley trying to dodge and run away from for some time!! Nestled in the rolling hills of Rome, GA I attended Pursuit 31. I didnt know stepping onto the campus of Winshape that my world would be completely rocked. I didn’t know that the subtle tears that started the first night would soon turn into a monsoon of tears that made ugly cry seem pretty. And I didn’t know that I would encounter God in such a way that I would have no choice but to face myself. Before I go any further take a minute and watch the video that was put together from this past week… I’m not sure that anything can really describe the experience that almost 200 ladies encountered on that mountain but this was pretty darn close!!

So I’m guessing most of you are wondering…. why the title? And to be honest it doesn’t quite sound the same typing it as it did coming straight from Bianca Olthoff but in my head that phrase continues to ring. We hear it all the time….. run your race, finish strong, don’t give up but as Bianca uttered that simple phrase, “Run your race” something resignated deep in my spirit. I had come to Pursuit 31 looking for answers and looking for relief. I had spent most of the week crying and asking God to heal a brokenness that seemed so deep that I couldn’t even find the words. And although I wish I could say I came home full of answers to some of my hardest problems, what I did find was probably more important. I found a loving Father that met me right where I was at. He  met me in my brokeness and reminded me I was created for a purpose, that I was fearfully and wonderfully made, that it’s ok to be in certain seasons (seasons don’t last), that he knows the hairs on my head, that I am unique, and above all that I was His. And then it all tied together. That week through speakers, through scripture, through songs, and through that small voice on the inside of me it was repeated over and over, “to not believe the lies.”  Some how a lie that crossed all platforms of my life had snuck in and I believed that I wasn’t good enough. I know it sounds crazy for some of you reading…. it even sounds crazy for me typing. I mean, do I really want people to know how real my struggles are? It automatically strikes fear deep into my heart that I may have to be real and say, “I don’t have it all figured out and that my life isn’t always as happy as I want the world to believe.” I mean Mary Marantz hit it right on the head when she talked about the real story versus the instagram story. It’s soooooo much easier to post the smiles. But then again I realized the hardest part of sin or even a lie is the way it WANTS and NEEDS to stay hidden. Because if it can stay hidden, it can hold you in a bondage and that bondage can not only keep you from healing but it can and will likely keep you from the place you are destined to go.

Although my life wasn’t spiraling out of control, I was stuck in the comfortable spot of life and anytime it got hard or I faced adversary I turned inward. I didn’t share my battles with friends because I didn’t want the label of being “just another friend with another problem.” So as I hid my struggles, I simply pulled further away. And isn’t that just like the enemy, to have us so remotely to ourselves that we then believe another lie, “you truly are alone.”  I had struggled and I mean seriously struggled with what I felt I had been called and designed to do. I have believed for years that I have a unique calling on my life to cross boundaries. Where some see color, religion, denominations, race, or any other dividing factor that seems to separate us, I SEE PEOPLE. I don’t have a particular type of person that I seem to befriend, the variety of people that enter in and out of my life is truely extreme. I remember as a teenager at one point my mom told me if I placed all my friends in a room, there would likely be fights everywhere, simply because my range of friends was extensive. They didn’t have to live in a certain place, believe a certain way, or dress in a certain line for me to want to connect with them. And that same quality that defined me as a teeneager has followed me as I have grown into an adult. I’m a HUGE believer that God purposely designed us all uniquely but we all have the same goal…. to have a relationship with him and to tell others of that relationship. I believe that God has given us all different gifts that we are to cultivate for his glory. I believe that as a body, we each have a different jobs but that our jobs result in the same outcome. And because I believe all of those things, I’m more likely to say (even if I don’t agree with you), I do accept you where you are.  And as great as that quality seems, it has also brought some of the biggest heartaches of my life.  I see division after division, where people are determined that only their gifting/calling is the correct way and it simply divides. And so the trap remains, the gifting that is so unique to me, that was designed into me just as my eye color was, that keeps me surrounded by people also at times keeps me completely alone.

And so in the subconscious of my mind I hear…. “the gift the you believe is from God brings division so either it’s not of God (which I REFUSE to believe) or I’m not good enough. How else could a simple truth of love cause division??? And as quick as I think it, just as before, I’m reminded of truth from scripture “For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ” 2 Corinthians 10:3-5. The thoughts and even the struggles I war against are not of this world so why would I try to fight them with natural weapons. When the lies come and the enemy tries to remind me I’m not good enough, that’s when I need to remind him of what I KNOW to be true!! That’s when, by his spirit, I need to draw on those words that live in my heart that are from HIS word!!

So as I come home from a week of tears (and for anyone that knows me you know I DON’T like to cry), I come home renewed in truth and the fact that I WILL run my race!! And when my time comes to an end on this earth I will know that “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faithbecause that is what I have been called to do!!

And a HUGE shout out to all our amazing  2014 Pursuit Conference sponsors, the went above and beyond!!!

 
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