The beach has long been my favorite place to vacation. The smell of the salt-kissed sea air, the feeling of wet sand between my toes, being lulled to sleep by the sounds of the waves…these are all things that bring me back to the beach whenever I can make it happen. This year, we took a week-long vacation at North Topsail Island, a relatively remote stretch of beach on the NC Coast and it was wonderful! My sister and her family also came with us and we had a really good time. Every day we would take strolls along the sandy beach looking for interesting sea shells and we were never disappointed. In fact, one day we came across a tremendous number of hermit crabs which was fascinating! I had never seen them anywhere but the beach supply store! Anyway, we were able to relax and enjoy each other’s company as well as watch our children go toe-to-toe with the sea on a daily basis.
It’s hard to imagine but, I hadn’t taken a vacation at the beach in three years. We have been spending time visiting family and taking trips to Disney World instead. One of the thoughts that crossed my mind was, “Man, I wish I could do a family shoot at the beach!” Well, guess what? I got to do exactly that. We met an awesome family that was staying in the house next to ours. They happened to be from Cary which isn’t too far from Greensboro. Our boys all spent quite a bit of time together and I had the great pleasure of spending time with their parents. One day as their mom, Lisa, and I were talking, she brought up the fact that they had tried to find a photographer to take their family portrait while they were there but was unsuccessful in her quest. I thought about it for a bit and went over later and offered to take their pics for them. It was incredibly serendipitous that they would need photos and I was dying to shoot some! Here are a few of my faves from that day:
This one is seriously one of my faves. I just feel like I’m really seeing their personalities in this shot!
Now, here is one I took of my niece and, hopefully, I don’t sound too braggy because I love, love, love this pic of her. She always makes very funny faces when she poses for me, which is awesome because that’s who she is. This shot just demonstrates how beautiful and adorable she is, too. LOVE IT!
All in all, we had a great time at the beach. We did a lot of fun things and met some great people, too. It’s hard to get back into the swing of things after a vacation like that! But we’re back and I’m ready to take photos for all the great clients who have contacted me for sessions in October. The spots in October are filling up fast so, if you want to be sure you get a Holiday Session before the deadline in November, please don’t delay in contacting me! I hope all is well in your world!!