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Smith Waters Wedding 2014

Ok.. SO I don’t shoot weddings anymore, but when Heather emailed me last year I couldn’t say no!! I was so honored that she wanted us to

photograph her and Lee’s big day.  From the first email with her I was getting more excited about their wedding!! I secretly LOVE going to weddings, and

everything about weddings, just can’t shoot them full-time, I stress HAHA!!!

These two are so much fun to work with, if you know this couple at all you know that!!

During our engagement session, I think Lee even channeled his inner photographer, he wanted to choose the perfect place

to shoot her ring shot and he did good.

I Love when men get excited about taking pictures, I think it makes us stressing women clam down.

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During our Bridal session, Heather wanted to take a very special bridal for her daddy.. and yes I cried haha!! Such a sucker for daddy, daughter moments!!

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How special is this!!! I love this idea for MOMS!!

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I always love hearing Daniel and Samantha Casey play, they were great at the wedding!!

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Loved Lee’s face when he saw his beautiful Bride!!

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Isn’t she gorgeous!!

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After the wedding we took Heather and Lee out for their own session, and I have to say, I am in love with these!!! Of course, I had to get a lesson

in wheat.. haha! Lee had to tell me how pretty this wheat was and how perfect it will look in a picture.  I think he was right though, it did

turn out perfect.

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Lee’s family farms so of course we had to get some in front of the tractors!!

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First Dance and much more!! My favorite part of the wedding is the reception!! As you can tell we all had a great time!! Keith was a great DJ!

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When Heather told me she wanted a Photo Booth, I had to make this happen for her!! This quilt is hers and I think it made a perfect background

for their Photo Booth pictures! Huge thank you to Rachel for doing these!!

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Heather and Lee Jeff, Rachel and I enjoyed working with you both and your wonderful families! I look forward to our future sessions:)

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Calgary Bar and Justin

One of the many things I love about photography is that you can stop time and capture an emotion, and memory all at the same time. Which is what I wanted for this session.

Calgary is my brothers horse that he has shown on for many years.  Justin doesn’t show much anymore and Calgary has retired to the pasture, but he still takes him out to ride.

Calgary Bar will be 26 this April, I’m glad that we took these last week.  Justin I hope you like these of the two of y’all!!

Those of you who follow me and see my pictures Calgary is one of the many horses that are in the background of our pictures and now he is the star, Isn’t he just so handsome!!

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My Favorite one

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Gender Reveal!!

So the funnest part about being pregnant is making it to that 16 week mark and going for that gender reveal ultrasound.. at least it was for me!!

I was so excited when Jena came home and told us she was expecting another baby, I do love me some babies and now I will have two to love on and spoil!!

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HMMMMM.. What is my mommy going to bring home….

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WHAT A GIRL!! YAY A SISTER TO SHARE CLOTHES WITH AND PLAY BARBIES WITH.. HAHA I love her face!

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I was so sure she was having a boy, up until this past week when the shape of her tummy went from side to side to all out front.. my poor little boy wanted a little boy cousin so bad but, I am excited for another baby girl!!

When she came back from her appt I knew it was girl and we couldn’t wait to do this gender reveal shoot.

I have been waiting all week to post until we had the party.

Since Brogden couldn’t participate in the shoot with us, he called from where he is stationed to tell us the good news!!

 We are all so excited to welcome Preslee Ann Hines and I cannot wait to meet her in July!!

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Congrats Brogden, Jena, and Lyla Rae!! Lots of hair bows and pink for your house!!

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Gatsby By the Sea Styled Session Pursiuit 31 North Carolina Retreat

Totally over the moon in love with these pictures and this styled shoot!! So excited to share these with you!!

Two weekends ago about 15 photographers from Eastern N.C   went down to Surf City for a Pursuit 31 Womens Photography Retreat!!

Anyone who is not familiar with Pursuit 31, it is a group of Christian Woman who are photographers.  If you are a woman who is a photographer you should join our group, you find a place where not only

are we learning about photography but Jesus as well!!

I needed this weekend so bad, I told my husband that I needed to take off the mommy hat, the wife hat, and the DanaLeigh Photography hat off for a weekend and just concentrate on me nothing but me.

That sounded so bad, but my wonderful husband told me to go and have a great time!!

Bless this good man!!

The whole theme for the weekend was The Great Gatsby, hence the photos, They did an amazing job with everything fitting into the theme, right down to the styled shoot.

The day of the shoot was so cold, and very rainy.  These models were champs though and you would never know how cold they were.

Each photographer was allowed 3 min to shoot with the couple, now…. I do not photograph couples that often and a lot of these poses were not ones that I posed but I was able to capture the two of them and I think they fell into the role very well.

When doing a styled shoot like this, it takes a lot of help from different vendors and we had some awesome vendors!! I would like to thank the ladies who put on the retreat and also all of the vendors (listed below) for their time and work.

Gatsby by the Sea Inspired Wedding (Styled Shoot)
Pursuit 31 North Carolina Retreat

Location:
Surf City, North Carolina

Hair and Makeup Artist:
Natalie McManus of Beauty Bar Boutique
http://www.beautybarboutique.com/wilmington

Florist:
Judy Matteson of Surf City Florist
http://www.surfcityflorist.com/

Cake Artist:
Karen Neal of Black Mountain Cakes
http://blackmountaincakes.com

Optional FB links for tagging:
https://www.facebook.com/Pursuit31
https://www.facebook.com/BeautyBarBoutiqueSalon
https://www.facebook.com/pages/SURF-CITY-FLORIST/333722936482
https://www.facebook.com/BlackMountainCakes

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Not only did I have awesome time, I learned a lot about myself as well.

We took  a personality test and WOW.. I learned what personality I am and I think it explains a lot about me..

If you know me this won’t come as a shock but I am an extrovert HAHA! Go figure, yes I’m loud, love crowds, and love being around people!

Thank goodness my husband is the exact opposite..

I did have a greased to t time, met some amazing woman and made some new friends.

I am so thankful for Karen Stott who first started Pursuit 31, through this group I have found Christian woman who I call my friends who are there

to help me and build me up.  Ladies I had an amazing time with y’all and cannot wait until next year!!

that quiet time with the Lord in a beautiful place.

Had to share this photo taken during the styled shoot, my awesome friend Kelly Parnell took this  of me and I think it captures the true me perfectly!!

Thanks Kelly for sharing!!

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Sticks and Stones may break my bones but Words may never hurt me…..

Sticks and stones may break my bones but words may never hurt me. Whoever said this has never experienced bullying or verbal abuse because we all know that words do HURT!!!

Did you know….

3.2  million children are bullied everyday

160,000 children skip school just to escape bullying

This is sad, and why is this happening?

Several months ago Brooke told me she wanted to do a anti bully photo shoot.  After expressing her desire to do this shoot I spent a lot  of my time sitting and contemplating ideas but last weekend it finally came to me! Our main goal is to help anyone who feels lonely, lost, sad, and  unwanted. We want them to know that they are wanted and that they do have a voice.

With that being said, I am not the best writer in the world but If I can help one person with this blog I have accomplished my goal.

In recent years I have become so tired of turning on the news, reading on Facebook, and hearing  about a teenager or a middle school child that has committed suicide because they wanted to end their life instead of living due to being bullied in school.

As a mother myself I absolutely dread my children becoming teenagers where they will be dealing with this issue as a result of Facebook, twitter, instagram, and google plus because it has made bullying worse than ever before. Why can’t we just be NICE? I feel that this even happens with adults as well. Why do we need to put others down?  In all honesty I am guilty of this myself and recently realized this after making a negative post online. After making this post I then asked myself why I would post this knowing it would make someone else feel bad?  After coming to this realization I have made it my goal this year to discontinue this type of behavior in my own life. With the internet at our fingertips it is so easy to hide behind a phone, tablet, or computer and type hurtful words that we do not realize can do permanent damage.

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When someone tells you something about yourself everyday you start to believe that it is true. This past weekend I went to a retreat and they had us do an exercise where we had to write down on one piece of paper how we perceived ourselves and what we had been told about ourselves by others. After writing this down we then we had to pass our piece of paper around the room where each person in the room wrote how they saw us.

This was an eye opening experience. What I see in the mirror and what I think of myself is not what others think. Throughout middle school most of us experienced at least some bullying. As with most people I know I was picked on. When you go through that odd stage of loosing teeth, bad hair, and just being your generally awkward self at 10,11, and 12 it is hard to believe that you have the ability to rise above that and forget that those words were ever said, but you can.

For anyone who feels lost and alone and does not think that they don’t have a friend, please remember that you do! JESUS is your friend and he will help you through this and will always see the beauty within because he created us in his own image!

So tomorrow when you see that girl or boy who appears sad lonely please go up to them and speak to them. You don’t know what impact your small act of kindness could have on their day. What if that was their last day and they were planning on killing themselves?

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So Tomorrow when you see that kid in the hallway say something nice!! If you are that kid know that you can overcome this and rise above these words and know that you are beautiful and strong!!

Brooke you are so beautiful and strong and you know I love you to pieces, Im so glad we could all put this together. Thank you Anna Bailey for doing a amazing job on the hair and make-up.

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