oak island beach week 2016 ~ family vacation photos {charlotte lifestyle photographer}

By | family, my boys, our girl

Every year since 2011 my family has gone to Oak Island for a beach week vacation. It’s really the only solid week of vacation I ever take so I am trying harder to focus on family time and recharge my batteries! It is also the only time that I usually take lifestyle photos of my boys and Alice Jane with my big camera. Each year I try to come up with something new to try out – beach week 2012 I used only my wide angle lens, for OKI 2013 vacation I switched to only my 80-200 lens, in 2014 I used only my Petzval (and I’m just realizing I never blogged those photos…going to have to go back and do that!), and last year in 2015 we were in survival mode (Alice was only a few months old) so it’s amazing I even turned my camera ON. Ha!

My biggest challenge every year is always letting go of the standards of perfection that I apply to every client’s gallery…composition, color casts, white balance, distracting elements and so much more. If I fixed every little detail in these beach images I would only have a few to show (or be editing my entire vacation…) and miss too much of the story!

Well this year I got ambitious…I decided to shoot video. Yep, VIDEO. Not like photo slideshow. Reeeeeal video. Craaaaazytown. But ohmigoodness I think I am addicted! I recently grabbed up Alison Winterroth’s Breakout Session with Click PhotoSchool and it is FABULOUS. No way I would have ever attempted making a video without her tutorials. I really can’t recommend it enough!

Between my already shaky hands, bumpy car riding, the insane wind, waves and our speed racer children…to say it was challenging is an understatement.

I still have soooooo much to learn but love this first attempt EVER. I actually thought that I might do a video/photo mix. But in the end decided I really just wanted to put all the video clips together, separate from the photos. This is something I have been wanting to try for a long time. As much as I love the video, I hope I can look back at it next year and see all the things I have improved upon since then. I’m excited to start adding video in my upcoming client sessions too – YAY!

❤ First, here are some of my favorite photos from last week. Followed by my very first attempt at a video. Enjoy!

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oak island beach week 2015 ~ family vacation photos {charlotte lifestyle photographer}

By | family, my boys, our girl

Every year since 2011 my family has gone to Oak Island for a beach week vacation. I’ve tried to use this week to RELAX, only be with family and catch up on taking photos of my boys. Of course, each year work always seems to creep into the picture! Except this time I actually did pretty well keeping my computer closed…mainly because I’m still running on fumes from a short maternity leave, but also because I know I NEED to. Now that Alice Jane is here I’m already having to take my attention away from the boys more often. And they are old enough to “get it” when I’m working or not around. I’ve been suuuuper slack about taking everyday photos of them – their milestones, interests and mannerisms: the things that made me pick up a camera in the first place. So I guess I try to make up for that each year with beach photos, but also the images that I take are some of my favorites over the years. It is amazing to look back only 2 and 3 years ago – the boys were so tiny! There are tons of imperfections in all of these photos, yet they all feel perfect to me because I am instantly taken back to that moment in time.

This year things got started off with a bit of a scare when there were 2 shark attacks on Monday, only a few streets down fro where we were staying. Thankfully that was the worst of it, even though it kept us mostly playing in the sand the rest of the week! The boys couldn’t have been happier though. Will had a blast digging canals and building castles. Charlie (our wild child) just wanted to run and jump and play. I caught so many photos of him jumping and running…poor kid wore himself out every day and passed out cold by 4pm! We also took the boys to play putt putt for the first time which was amusing (to say the least ;)). Alice was a sweet, happy baby despite the almost 100 degree temps. She turned 4 months old on Friday and (aside from the car rides to and from) she is pretty much the best baby ever. ❤ Here are some of my favorite moments from last week. Enjoy!

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my boy is 4 ~ happy birthday to my son {charlotte child photographer}

By | my boys

My baby is 4 today.  FOUR.  I can’t believe it!  My boys are starting to look (and act) like kids, instead of the babies that I see when I look at them {{sob!}} For Will’s 4th birthday we had all the neighborhood boys over for some play time.  It was raining (again) so we set up the bouncer in our living room, ha!  Take that rain!  The boys had a great time and Will was happier than ever.  🙂

He is such a sweet, shy, silly little boy right now.  It’s funny how he goes through stages of interests too…first it was Hot Wheels, then his Little People farm, Sesame Street and then he hopped on the Thomas train.  But just in the past month or so he (we) discovered Disney Junior and he loveloveloves Mickey Mouse Clubhouse and Jake & the Neverland Pirates.  We try to limit tv time but it’s pretty dang cute to hear some of the stuff he picks up.  My favorite is when we are trying to get something done and he says, “maybe a mousekatool will help! oh, toooooooodles?!”  And on any given day there is a good chance he’s in search of Captain Hook.  <3

I took a boatload of birthday snaps but wanted to share just a few favorite moments from today – with his 2 favorite new gifts, and one of him blowing out his candles.  I also attempted a family photo but it didn’t work out so much (it wasn’t even blogworthy but you can check it out on my instagram feed if you want a good laugh!).  <3 Enjoy!

my baby boy is 4 ~ happy birthday {charlotte child photographer}

my baby boy is 4 ~ happy birthday {charlotte child photographer}

my baby boy is 4 ~ happy birthday {charlotte child photographer}

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a day at the beach ~ 2013 family vacation photos {charlotte lifestyle photographer}

By | family, my boys

This year I promised myself I’d do better about taking non-iphone photos of my boys. Of course, our family vacation to the beach is a perfect opportunity 🙂 I was flipping through last year’s family beach trip album and it’s incredible to see how much different the boys are! Charlie was SOO little last year, and still drinking from his baby bottle. This year Will is so much more confident and independent (and potty trained!) which makes for a slightly more relaxing trip. Above all, it is so awesome to watch my boys play together, laugh, share memories and become best friends.

In the spirit of vacation I told myself this year that I would just post my JPEGs instead of trying to process allllllll the RAW files. It’s such a tug of war for me on family vacation photos – I reeealy want them to be super beautiful (my inner perfectionist) yet I’d also like to not spend any more time than I need to behind this dang computer. So my compromise is that I’d use the JPEGs and batch edit them (if needed) with a clean luminosity/saturation action that I created in Photoshop. Thanks to a CWB and ETTR my SOOC shots were pretty spot on. I’m excited with my Day 1 photos at the beach! Here are a few favorites…I still can’t believe my husband and I succeeded in bribing convincing the boys to wear their hats ❤ Enjoy!

a day at the beach ~ family vacation photos {charlotte lifestyle photographer}

a day at the beach ~ family vacation photos {charlotte lifestyle photographer}

a day at the beach ~ family vacation photos {charlotte lifestyle photographer}

a day at the beach ~ family vacation photos {charlotte lifestyle photographer}

a day at the beach ~ family vacation photos {charlotte lifestyle photographer}

a day at the beach ~ family vacation photos {charlotte lifestyle photographer}

a day at the beach ~ family vacation photos {charlotte lifestyle photographer}

a day at the beach ~ family vacation photos {charlotte lifestyle photographer}

a day at the beach ~ family vacation photos {charlotte lifestyle photographer}

a day at the beach ~ family vacation photos {charlotte lifestyle photographer}

a day at the beach ~ family vacation photos {charlotte lifestyle photographer}

a day at the beach ~ family vacation photos {charlotte lifestyle photographer}

a day at the beach ~ family vacation photos {charlotte lifestyle photographer}

a day at the beach ~ family vacation photos {charlotte lifestyle photographer}

a day at the beach ~ family vacation photos {charlotte lifestyle photographer}

a day at the beach ~ family vacation photos {charlotte lifestyle photographer}

a day at the beach ~ family vacation photos {charlotte lifestyle photographer}

a day at the beach ~ family vacation photos {charlotte lifestyle photographer}

a day at the beach ~ family vacation photos {charlotte lifestyle photographer}

a day at the beach ~ family vacation photos {charlotte lifestyle photographer}

a day at the beach ~ family vacation photos {charlotte lifestyle photographer}

a day at the beach ~ family vacation photos {charlotte lifestyle photographer}

a day at the beach ~ family vacation photos {charlotte lifestyle photographer}

a day at the beach ~ family vacation photos {charlotte lifestyle photographer}

a day at the beach ~ family vacation photos {charlotte lifestyle photographer}

a day at the beach ~ family vacation photos {charlotte lifestyle photographer}

a day at the beach ~ family vacation photos {charlotte lifestyle photographer}

a day at the beach ~ family vacation photos {charlotte lifestyle photographer}

a day at the beach ~ family vacation photos {charlotte lifestyle photographer}

a day at the beach ~ family vacation photos {charlotte lifestyle photographer}

a day at the beach ~ family vacation photos {charlotte lifestyle photographer}

a day at the beach ~ family vacation photos {charlotte lifestyle photographer}

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papa’s tree ~ cherry blossom in memory {charlotte family photographer}

By | family, my boys

Spring is my favorite season. I love seeing all the new trees and plants in bloom, seeing the new life that comes back each year!  After losing my dad in 2008, I knew that as soon as we found our “forever” home I wanted to plant a tree in his memory.  It took a while to decide which kind, but we chose a cherry blossom tree to honor him.  I think about my dad every day.  But now it feels a little more like he is always with me and my family.  Each year I look forward to watching his tree bloom.  It’s one of the only large things we planted for landscape in our yard and he’s got the best view of the lake (as he would have wanted!).  Last weekend the blooms finally popped so I had to take some photographs. Thought I’d share a few 🙂  Enjoy! ❤

papa's tree ~ cherry blossom in memory {charlotte family photographer}

papa's tree ~ cherry blossom in memory {charlotte family photographer}

papa's tree ~ cherry blossom in memory {charlotte family photographer}

papa's tree ~ cherry blossom in memory {charlotte family photographer}

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my baby boy is 2! {charlotte lifestyle photographer}

By | family, my boys

This year I promised myself I’d do better about taking  non-iphone photos of my boys and so far, so good 🙂 Here are a few more 2 year old photos of Charlie I took last weekend. They really broke the mould with Charlie bear…definitely not lacking in the personality department and he is his OWN person. Such a happy little guy! (as long as he had fruit snacks and his cars) ❤ Enjoy!

my baby boy is 2 {charlotte lifestyle photographer}

my baby boy is 2 {charlotte lifestyle photographer}

my baby boy is 2 {charlotte lifestyle photographer}

my baby boy is 2 {charlotte lifestyle photographer}

my baby boy is 2 {charlotte lifestyle photographer}

my baby boy is 2 {charlotte lifestyle photographer}

my baby boy is 2 {charlotte lifestyle photographer}

my baby boy is 2 {charlotte lifestyle photographer}

my baby boy is 2 {charlotte lifestyle photographer}

my baby boy is 2 {charlotte lifestyle photographer}

my baby boy is 2 {charlotte lifestyle photographer}

my baby boy is 2 {charlotte lifestyle photographer}

my baby boy is 2 {charlotte lifestyle photographer}

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2 year old photos {charlotte baby photographer}

By | family, my boys

I had big plans to take 2 year old photos of Charlie this weekend. TWO years old?! Can’t believe it. He is such a sweet little guy and totally knows how to pull my heart strings! I have yet to photograph the boys outdoors at my favorite spot, but mother nature rained on my parade Saturday AND today  🙁 so this afternoon I decided to get some indoor shots instead.  Despite the fact that it was gloomy and overcast I still managed to get a few keepers (and a few more macro shots!!) …but it wasn’t easy.  I’m really tempted to show y’all the outtakes but they are SOOO ridiculous! Will came up and crashed the party in his undies (only) and every time I ran out of fruit snacks Charlie would start bawling his eyes out… as you can see, he won. ❤ Enjoy!

2 year old photos {charlotte baby photographer}

2 year old photos {charlotte baby photographer}

2 year old photos {charlotte baby photographer}

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macro lens love {charlotte baby photography}

By | family, my boys

I have a new photography obsession…my macro lens arrived yesterday. LOVE it! I still have to learn all the tricks but took some test shots of Charlie and can’t wait to use this on my next newborn session. Thought I’d share a few 🙂  Enjoy! ❤

macro lens love - charlotte baby photographer

macro lens love - charlotte baby photographer

macro lens love - charlotte baby photographer

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bath time fun {charlotte lifestyle photographer}

By | family, my boys

My little Charlie bear is turning 2 next week so he’s been my main man behind the camera lately. I also just upgraded my camera base and I am so enamored with the low light capabilities ❤ Bath time is one of CWade’s favorite things these days. Here are a few favorites of my little guy from last night.  Enjoy!

bath time fun - charlotte lifestyle photographer

bath time fun - charlotte lifestyle photographer

bath time fun - charlotte lifestyle photographer

bath time fun - charlotte lifestyle photographer

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hanging out {charlotte lifestyle photographer}

By | family, my boys

Call me lazy, but my idea of a perfect weekend is just hanging out around the house with my boys. There are so many things around Charlotte that we could go do and see (and photograph!), but sometimes it just becomes more of a hazard than the effort is really worth, IMHO. When you I try to force a 2 and 3 year old to go do something they don’t want to do (even if that thing is getting some nice fresh air at a park , zoo or playground) sometimes you I feel like it just backfires, ie. why didn’t we just stay home?!

The recent winter weather has made hanging around the house inevitable. It’s COLD! Ok, so it’s been in the 30’s-40’s during the day…but that is fraizin‘ in the south y’all! 😉  Will and Charlie are also in a phase where clothes are pretty much a nuisance so it’s a 50/50 that they don’t have enough clothes on, and about 80% 98% of the time they don’t match (I like my sanity so I pick my battles!).

So what do we do (besides movie time) on those chilly days at home? Hot wheels collision course of course! We set up a long track, clamp it to an end table and figure out a way to launch them into a basket. Or just create a stock car pile up.  Either way, the ability of Hot Wheels cars to entertain my boys for hours is amazing to me.  Here are a few favorite Nikon photos  I took last weekend of this sweet, silly time together.  ❤ Enjoy!

hanging out {charlotte lifestyle photographer}

hanging out {charlotte lifestyle photographer}

hanging out {charlotte lifestyle photographer}

hanging out {charlotte lifestyle photographer}

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