SPRING FLORALS AT MCGILL ROSE GARDEN

Ahh, just look at this gorgeous hanging flower arrangement created by Nectar! The magic they create with florals is guaranteed to brighten a day. I know first hand! When my husband and I were dating, he would surprise me with the most beautiful arrangements I had ever seen. All created by the incredibly talented team that makes up Nectar. He even proposed to me in Nectar's backyard - the quaint little McGill Rose Garden in Charlotte, NC. 

I was thrilled to have the opportunity to photograph this vision for the beautiful sisters of Twine and Twig! They have an incredible eye for style! McGill Rose Garden was the perfect setting to showcase their Surf Collection. 
 

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BABY ALICE IS LOVED! | NEWBORN LIFESTYLE WITH TWIN SIBLINGS

Baby Alice was eleven days old the chilly spring morning that we met. She was determined to not miss a thing during our Newborn Lifestyle session together. Her bright eyes stayed open and I was able to capture some of her sweet little personality while she watched her brother and sister giggle and play close by. They absolutely ADORE her!

I met Alice's mom at East Carolina University and had not seen her in years. I was so excited to see her again and meet her beautiful family. Being welcomed into someone's home is always an extra special experience. Lifestyle sessions allow for natural moments to unfold in the comfort of your home, with dreamy natural light shining through the windows. After a little snack and some snuggles, Alice dozed off in her adorable nursery while I photographed her tiny features so her parents will have those memories forever.
 

TWIG AND OLIVE IN THE DESERT

I pretty much floated back home on a cloud to North Carolina from my visit to Arizona! I soaked up desert sun and buckets full of knowledge that I can't wait to apply to my photography practice. From elevating my client's experience to technical camera tips, a 14 hour day spent with the photographers of Twig and Olive went by in the blink of an eye. Investing in education to continue to grow in my craft is a yearly goal that I set for myself. Having the North Carolina Arts & Science Council* choose to invest in this opportunity for me is truly an honor! North Carolina is home, and being able to bring back what I learned at the workshop and contribute to my community is one of my biggest takeaways. 

 


This project was made possible through the support of the North Carolina Arts Council, a state agency, the Blumenthal Endowment, and the arts councils in Cabarrus, Cleveland, Gaston, Iredell, Mecklenburg, Rowan, Rutherford, Stanly, Union, and York (SC) counties.

BLUE RIDGE MOUNTAIN VIEWS | WINTER FAMILY HIKE

I had the pleasure of meeting at Andi at Hawkesdene when she photographed a wedding with me. I couldn't wait to see her again and meet her family! Her husband, precious little boy, and a new boy on the way, joined me for a short hike to a stunning view! They ignored the winter chill in the air as we laughed and explored, taking photographs along the way. It was a privilege to capture this special time for their growing family! I LOVE exploring my new area in Brevard, North Carolina. Having these stunning views mere miles from my backyard is such a blessing. Sometimes I have to pinch myself! I feel so fortunate to call these mountains home. 
 

TWINE AND TWIG | A VERY THANKFUL FAMILY

I'm very THANKFUL that I had the opportunity to photograph the beautiful families of Twine and Twig again. Their impeccable style, incredible kindness, and the cutest kids ever make them a joy to photograph! Check out the awesome behind-the-scenes drone video on @twineandtwigstyle Instagram that they put together of our session. Tom Petty's "Wildflowers" is the perfect song pick for the time we spent frolicking through the field. 

These are a few of my favorites!
 

MOUNTAIN TOP | FAMILY AT SUNSET

Exploring mountain tops and reuniting with friends are perks of my career that I do not take for granted. We waited for the perfect evening to meet at the mountain top summit. After exchanging hugs and meeting my friend's beautiful children, we shared laughs and took in the view. Aside from an awesome evening spent together, one of the things that I will hold close to my heart from this session is one sentence that my friend told me after receiving her gallery - "If for a second you ever second guess what you are doing, DON'T." I can't wait for my next mountain top adventure, and capturing memories for another beautiful family!
 

ON THE FARM | FAMILY AT SUNSET

This family session = when everything just falls into place perfectly! Thank you to Jenny, for finding the perfect location! We had a warm, sunny evening together, chasing down horses and twirling in the field at sunset. It was a pleasure to photograph your beautiful family!

 

BERKELEY | SUNSET IN THE FIELD

Berkeley celebrated turning one with photographs in the field at sunset! She is the sweetest little girl and such a princess - she even wore a crown. This was the first time she experienced bubbles, and she was in awe! Thank you to Berekely and her beautiful mother for the opportunity to photograph this special time.

 

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INDUSTRIAL STYLE | THE FOLEY FAMILY

A smile filled my face so far my cheeks hurt, and my heart filled with joy. That's how I felt when I received a text from Teigan after sending her the gallery of images from their family session -

"Jenni, these are incredible. I cannot thank you enough! This is ten million times more beautiful than I ever could have imagined!"  

We spent a rainy evening together running through empty halls, peeking through oversized windows, dancing with bubbles, story time, and puddle jumping. The girls are free spirits and their awesome parents invited me to capture this fleeting stage of their lives.

"Some people feel the rain - others just get wet." The Foley family embraced our rainy evening and weren't the least bit worried about getting wet. Letting go and embracing the elements makes for the best memories.  
 

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SUNSET FIELD | CHRISTINE MATERNITY

Christine greeted me with a hug and arms that felt like ice! She had blasted the AC in her car ride to the field to prepare for the heat! With temperature predictions of close to 100°, I thought for sure Christine would prefer to postpone our session together. Not only did she eagerly agree to continue as planned, she showed up with ice packs, bottled water for days, and a cooling towel! A smile never left her face - even when fire ants decided to join in our session. 

Christine and Zach cuddled and danced effortlessly in front of the camera. I have no doubt their new addition will have a fun and joyful life with these two for parents!

Christine has an amazing eye for vintage must-haves. Check out her collection available for rent at Carolina Charm!
 

TWINE + TWIG | FAMILY

The lovely sisters of Twine & Twig joined me at sunset with their beautiful families, adorned with their one-of-a-kind, hand crafted jewelry. The kids had their own signature pieces as well from the Little Twig line! 

Twine & Twig is a Charlotte based company, creating jewelry that reflects natural, organic beauty influenced by Southern roots and extensive worldly travels.

It was a pleasure to meet these ladies and their sweet families. Check out their beautiful collections!

I love families that are up for an adventure! Hiking to a waterfall or dancing in a field - making the most of life and the beautiful outdoors!
 

RAINY & ROMANTIC | AMBER + CALEB MATERNITY

A little rain didn't keep these two from running through the field and dancing in the trees! Only weeks away from welcoming two baby boys into their lives, they soaked up the these moments together.

Congratulations, Amber and Caleb! You two are going to be wonderful parents.
 

ROMARE BEARDEN PARK | LACEY + OLIVER ENGAGED

Charlotte, North Carolina holds a special place in the love story these two share. We made a point to photograph their engagement in meaningful places in Charlotte to capture this special time, and to reflect on the ten years of memories they've made together. They are engaged to be married this month, and they couldn't be more in love! 
 

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"Home is wherever I'm with you."

- Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
 

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OPEN FIELD & TREE FOREST | PAIGE MATERNITY SESSION

This sweet family will be welcoming a boy in May! We had the perfect winter day (that actually felt like Spring) to capture this special time.

We traveled to a grove of trees that I have been eyeing for years! It was the perfect location for this stylish family.  We read Where the Wild Things Are in the woods and then frolicked in a nearby field before the sun set. 
 



Everette is going to be an amazing big sister.
 

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The only thing better than one flower crown is two!

 

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STERLING | FAMILY SESSION IN THE PARK

Sterling has the sweetest little personality! She greeted me with a big smile and eagerly chased and popped bubbles. We spent the morning together strolling through the park, sitting by the water, and duck hunting. Sterling found a few favorite leaves on the ground which she carried around for most of our morning together until she found the perfect home for them! It was a pleasure meeting Sterling and her mom, and capturing the sweet age of two. 
 


ADARA | FAMILY SESSION

Baby Adara is a little doll - she's simply perfect. Adara needed a flower crown the morning of our session, so I took a walk through my garden and made the princess a crown! Any excuse to make a flower crown - they are a favorite of mine and Adara wore it beautifully.

Adara's grandparents were visiting from out of the country. It was a pleasure to meet them and have their support bringing a smile to Adara's face. You can tell they are so proud of her!

Adara's parents are always so stylish - they are making sure the tradition is passed down. Adara has the cutest outfits and accessories! 

 

AUDREY & ABBY | MOMMY & ME ON THE FARM

Abby and Audrey met me at sunrise for a Mommy & Me session just in time for Mother's Day! Audrey just turned three - she's full of personality! She was excited to meet the donkey and the horse, but I think her favorite part was searching for the rooster. Thank you Abby and Audrey for spending this morning with me!