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Casey - Miss Forsyth County - Greensboro Headshot Photographer

One of my most favorite things about being a photographer is getting to meet so many new people.  Casey contacted me a few months ago about creating some beauty headshots that she can use when she competes in the Miss North Carolina pageant later this year.  I loved helping her create images that portray who she is.

I met up with Casey and her sweet Mama at the Paul J Ciener Botanical Gardens in Kernersville.  I love this location because there are SO many options for backdrops.  The grounds are stunning and the lighting is always perfection.  It's a little piece of pure beauty right in the midst of downtown.  If you're looking for a way to spend a peaceful hour or two one evening, I highly recommend taking a stroll around the gardens.

Best of luck, Casey!  I can't wait to see what happens this Fall.

 

Simply You, M Twins - Greensboro Child Photographer

I really really love these Simply You sessions, you guys.  The focus on the person is just striking such a chord with me. 

I had never met the M twins prior to the morning of our sessions.  When I arrived at their home, I was greeted by L - who immediately grabbed my hand and pulled me into the house.  All with a smile on his sweet face while he said "Come in, nice to meet you."  Such impressive manners for such a young little man.  I was smitten.  Then his brother, T, came around the corner with a big ol' grin on his face and I couldn't resist the smile or the amazing dark curls.  Lucky lucky parents!

 

Simply You, M - Greensboro Child Photographer

I had my first Simply You portrait session of 2018 this past weekend.  I am SO glad I decided to start offering these.  The session was so much fun and the images spoke to my heart as I was editing.  I strive for simplicity and calm in all aspects of my life, so I think that's why I am so fond of the results from this session.

Sweet M is actually celebrating her 5th Birthday today - which is why Mom wanted to do this session.  What a great way to capture her tenderness and all the different expressions five year olds wear.

If you've been on the fence about booking a Simply You session, stay tuned because I have a few more lined up over the next couple of weeks.  I think you'll love them just as much as I do.  The clean and simple backdrop really allows you to focus on the person.

 

Teens and Seniors Influencer Program - Greensboro Senior Photographer

 

Now that it is officially 2018, I am putting the finishing touches on my Teen and Senior Influencer Program (aka Senior Model Rep).  I know January seems a little early to be thinking about Senior pictures, but believe me summer comes quickly!  And I am already scheduling clients for the 2018-19 school year - hello 2019 Graduates. 

One of the things that has been on my heart regarding my rep program is to have a service project aspect.  Because of that, I am changing the title of the program to the Influencer program.  My main mission for my Teen and Senior photography business is to empower today's youth with confidence so they can go out and leave their mark on the world and be ambassador's for good. I feel that by providing them a way to serve their peers will instill a love for helping others and to be an influence for good.  

I also want to create a group of youth that will be role models for walking confidently in your own skin. I would love nothing more than to on board underclassmen who can work with me over the next couple years to change the face of beauty in their schools.  It is my ideal that these Influencers will be a mouthpiece to help others gain self confidence and know that they are awesome just the way God made them.

If this sounds like something you or someone you know would like to be a part of, simply fill out the application here: https://audraelkington.wufoo.com/forms/aep-senior-questionnaire/

I am aiming for 2-3 students from each of the local Triad NC high schools - Guilford County/Greensboro schools, High Point, and Winston-Salem schools.  I cannot wait to see the impact we can all make together!

 

Project 52 - A 2018 Lifestyle Journey

I have always wanted to do a Project 52 or the even more ambitious 365, but life has been so hectic for the past 7 years I just felt overwhelmed at the thought of such an undertaking.  But, as I sat down to think about the things I want to FOCUS (my word of the year) on for 2018, I really want to get back to documenting my family's life day to day.  When my oldest was born and through his toddler years, I had a personal blog and every year I created photo books using those blog posts.  As I was looking back through those books, I realized they stopped when my middle child was 2.  That immediately made me sad!  It was right then I committed to finally completing a Project 52 (and am actually thinking about making it a 365).


I always think things like this are more fun with friends, so I have created a Facebook group to share, inspire, encourage and motivate each other.  When I put out the call for others to join me, I expected a handful to request to join me.  But, the number has already surpassed my expectations and it's not even January 1st!  This group is open to all - cell phone, dslr or point and shoot - I really don't care what you're using.  All I care about is that this group encourages you to find joy in the every day and make sure you have something to look back on later in life.  Personally, my intention is to use my big camera (Canon 5D) on my own family and not just for clients.  I plan to create a yearbook for each of my kids for Christmas every year and I want to make sure I have plenty of memories to fill the pages with. 

If you'd like to join us, hop on over to Facebook and request to join the group - Project 52: A 2018 Journey.  The more the merrier!  All I ask is that the atmosphere stays positive, no critiques unless asked, and encourage the other members to complete their journey. I have created a document of themes for each week of the year - you can use that to inspire you or do your own thing.  I plan to highlight some of the images on my business Facebook page (Audra E Photography) and here on the blog.

I can't wait to see what memories everyone is capturing in the new year!

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Greensboro Portrait Photographer ~ Introducing the Simply You session

Coming in 2018 are the Simply You sessions!

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I am so excited to add these sessions to my line-up in the new year.  I adore doing outdoor, scenic portrait sessions.  Everything about them is amazing and so much fun.  But, this past year for me has been about simplifying and finding peace within the chaos of every day life.  Being proactive in seeking out simplicity really forced me to see things in a different light.  One of the things that has been on my heart is getting back to exploring the natural emotions and expressions in people.  I think sometimes we get so caught up in 'trying' to be happy, that we forget to actually let ourselves work through feelings.  Having small children, I am often reminded that we are meant to experience a full plethora of emotions.  My toddler certainly exhibits a range from thrilled to angry to fake sad every single day.  And that right there is what led me to wanting to offer these sessions.

Take away the beautiful trees or cool old buildings or rolling hills.  Look away from the well thought out wardrobe.  Let's get back to basics.  These images are meant to capture the sparkle in your eye.  The expression of being deep in thought.  And even, perhaps, a little bit of annoyance (like the blonde one featured above).  These images will be raw, real and timeless.  All done on a plain white backdrop.  Just you (or your child) and me with my camera.

Portraits at Old Salem - Winston Salem Family Photographer

I was so excited when the H family requested to do their family session at Old Salem in Winston Salem.  I have seen some amazing images come from all the unique little nooks on the grounds.  I will definitely be returning for other sessions!  So pretty and so many different settings to work with.

I met Mrs H at one of the gyms (in Kernersville) where I teach group fitness classes.  Turns out we have three children all roughly the same ages, which immediately bonds two moms together.  We are also both transplants to the Triad area.  It was so fun to meet her entire family and spend the afternoon with them.  They were so chill even though it was windy and freezing outside the day of their session.

 

 

Greensboro Family Photographer ~ The H Family

This family portrait session has been over a decade in the making.  When I was pregnant with my first child, I joined a first time moms forum on Babycenter.com (<--is that still a thing?).  I met an amazing group of women on there and we have all continued to grow our friendships over the past 11 years.  The sweet mama in these images was one of those women.  In fact, her oldest and my oldest have the exact same Birthday!  I really never thought I'd get the chance to meet the entire H family in person.  But, lucky me, this past summer they moved across the country from Washington state to the Raleigh area and one of the first things my friend did was ask if I was still doing family sessions.  Ummm, YES!  So, one gorgeous weekend in October, we met up at Guilford Mackintosh Lake Park in Burlington and were finally able to hug each other in person.

These kiddos had me at hello.  They were so cooperative and the whole family just was genuinely fun to be around for the evening.  I am so glad they live such a short drive away now and can't wait for my own family to meet them!