Mary's Flirty Thirty Celebratory- North Carolina Museum of Art- Raleigh NC

Mary is a return client of mine who has become an amazing friend! This year she is turning 30 and decided the best way to celebrate was to document her in all of her glory! We headed over to the North Carolina Museum of Art and let the art speak for her zeal for life. We had awesome time and the weather could not have been any better. Please enjoy these portraits and be sure to wish Mary a very happy thirtieth birthday!

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Holding on to Moments- Kimberly A. Rhoades- Raleigh NC

You know those moments when the day is just perfect. Your significant other just looks incredible, your heart is so full it could explode. You just want to capture the moment and bottle it up for the next time your heart needs it. That moment in a film, the sun is setting, the main characters just gaze in each other's eyes, smiling back in forth, hair bouncing in the wind, warm grass at their backs. You know the exact moment I'm talking about, it's always in slow motion with sappy indie music playing in the background. These portraits, they are that moment. My special moment. How lucky am I to be able to freeze them in time?

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Winter Love Family Portaits- American Tobacco Campus- Durham NC

Nisha, Paul, Louis and their pup Nitro met me at the American Tobacco Campus in Downtown Durham #DURM for their early morning family portrait session. I met the amazing Nisha through her equally amazing sister, Saleisha, who also joined us. I did Saleisha's headshots downtown Raleigh and she made sure that her sister booked with Nine19 Photography too! It was awesome seeing these two sisters interact as well as seeing Nisha's love for the three gentlemen in her life! Paul and Nisha just have such an easy love. You can tell they are best friends as well as lovers. Louis, her son, is such a well rounded young man who loves academia and sports. Of course, there is Nitro, a loving and sweet rescue who clearly adores his people. It was such a pleasure spending time with this amazing group! I cannot wait to continue to document them as they change and grow together!

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Lots of Family, Lots of Love: Multi Family Holiday Portraits- Back Achers Christmas Tree Farm- Raleigh NC

This family have been with Nine19 Photography since year one! To see how they have changed and grown over the past few years has been an honor to watch. Terry reached out to me about capturing her changing family this holiday season and I was ecstatic. It used to be just four of them with two fur babies (not pictured this year) but now there are three families with two twinning toddler cuties!  

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The Stanton Family Holiday Portraits on UNC Chapel Hill- University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill NC

You may remember Tina, Trey, Leo, and Athena from the dozens of portrait sessions we have done together. The Stantons are seriously ride or die when it comes to my photography and I am about that life! We started this journey with Leo's announcement on the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's (#LETSGODUKE) campus and we decided to go back there for their completed family portraits, a couple of years later. I didn't burn up as soon as I walked onto the campus, so all was well there. We gathered up some epic leaves as student ran from their building to prepare for finals and captured some pretty awesome shots. So much has changed with this family and it has been amazing to go along for the ride. I am so thankful for these four!

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A Romantic Winter: Monet + Emerson's Holiday Portraits- Back Achers Christmas Tree Farm- Raleigh NC

Monet and Emerson are new clients of mine and man oh man are they a blast! We met at the world famous Back Achers Christmas Tree Farm in Raleigh NC for a morning holiday portrait session! These two are getting married in a few weeks and their love is evident. The flirtation was unreal. Just watching these two, it was clear they have a magnetism for each other. Monet travels a bit for work and Emerson is in the military, so they miss time together often, but they are proof that absence makes the heart grow fonder! And can we please talk about how these two are clearly ready for the Patagonia catalog! Get ready to swoon over Monet and Emerson's holiday portraits!

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Nate's Day Out: Adrianna + Nate Holiday Portraits - Downtown Raleigh- Raleigh NC

Adrianna is my best friend of  13 years and Nate is her best companion. Adrianna saved Nate's life after a negligent human left him for dead on the side of the road. When I first met Nate, he was a tiny pup, I remember him being almost as small as a rat terrier when I first met him and him being deathly afraid of just about everyone. He also had serious skin issues. Adrianna spent years trying to figure out what he was allergic to and well, spoiler alert: EVERYTHING. Nate was on all kinds of meds and because of that, never really had a huge appetite and he slept a ton. Now here he is, 7 years later! Thanks to a miracle medicine, Nate is the handsome pup we always new he could be, he is putting on weight, and is just so incredibly happy. These two, I believe, saved each other and their bond can never be replaced.

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Ashley, Eric, Sampson, + Sir Winston- Back Achers Christmas Tree Farm- Raleigh NC

Ashley, Eric, Sampson, and their newest addition, Sir Winston joined me at Back Achers Christmas Tree Farm in Raleigh NC for their first Holiday Portrait session as a complete family! These guys are just a good looking group! Winston has been with the family for a couple of months and is learning so much from his brother Sampson. Ashley and Eric are getting married soon and I am just excited about all of it! We had such a great time at the farm! The pups thoroughly enjoyed the wildlife and, of course, the birds. German Shorthaired Pointers, or GSPs, are a hunting and sporting breed and if you look closely at some fo the portraits, these guys are clearly on top of their game.

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