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P Family at Childress Vineyards - Greensboro Family Photographer

I love getting to play catch up with past clients and this family is certainly one of my favorites. I cannot believe I have known them for a decade - back when we were both single child families. We met up halfway between Charlotte and Greensboro at Childress Vineyards - what a gorgeous location! If you haven’t visited the grounds at Childress, it’s definitely worth the drive and they have an amazing lunch menu.

Fall Family pictures are some of my favorites and we threw in a first Birthday update this time, too. I have to hand it to this mama because they are always so well coordinated with the outfits! Take note!

Here are some of my favorites from their session on a gorgeous September afternoon.

Dallin - Greensboro Senior Photographer

If you want to know amazing people, look no further than the high school seniors around you.  This one here is top notch - not exaggerating one bit.  I met up with Dallin and his sweet Mama for his Senior session back in May.  Dallin graduated from Northwest Guilford High School as a member of the Class of 2018 and is off to college very soon.  Usually I have to coax a smile out of my guy Seniors, but not this young man.  In fact, it was just the opposite!  

Quick story that I think exemplifies who Dallin is.  I actually met his family at our church last Fall and I now volunteer in the youth organization there.  A couple months ago during our week night activity, there was a young man sitting in the lobby all alone.  I wanted to grab one of our youth to go invite the boy to come participate in the activity.  I knew exactly who to go to - Dallin.  He didn't even flinch at my suggestion, but instead walked right out into the lobby and started up a conversation with the young man seated all alone.  A short while later, as I was observing the activity, I noticed that the boy had indeed joined in the games.  Where most kids would probably hesitate a little to approach someone they don't know, Dallin was confident and friendly.  Such a small act, but we all know that a little kindness can go a long way.  Definitely a guy to watch because I just know he will be a light for good in this world.

 

Distinguished Young Women - Guilford County - Greensboro Photographer

I have mad love and respect for the Distinguished Young Women program, so when the program coordinator for Guilford County contacted me about photographing this year's event I was all in.  Anything that helps build confidence and leadership skills in today's youth, I give my undying support.

The representatives were showcased at UNCG in April and Megan Talluto was awarded the title as DYW of Guilford County for 2019.  She will compete at the North Carolina state program in January 2019.  But, all of the girls did a great job and it was fun to see their confidence on stage grow throughout the event.

Being that I'm a fitness instructor, I'm quite partial to the fitness routine portion.

Project 52 - March 2018 - Greensboro Photographer

March kind of kicked me on my tail, so my personal weekly photography project got placed on the back burner.  I did manage a few captured moments, but it definitely needs improved upon for April.  Lucky for me two notable things happened in March - I finally was able to purchase a new DSLR camera (more to come on how I made my selection in a future blog post) and Easter fell on the very last day of the month.  Those are the only reasons I have any pictures from the month.  Bad Momtog!

 

Prom 2018 - Greensboro Senior Photographer

At the beginning of March, I was asked to take some pictures of the youth from church before they headed off to  Prom.  I did not hesitate to say YES!  They met as a group before the dance for pictures and dinner.  I know I've said this before, but I really love spending time with teenagers.  Being that I am still squarely in the midst of life with little kids, I find being with the teens a breath of fresh air and it really makes me look forward to those years with my own children.

Teens often get a bad rep, but I'm not sure why.  If you spend time with them, you'll find that they are smart, friendly and excited about what's to come in life.  They're not yet run down by the responsibilities of adulthood but out of the silly childhood years - it's an awesome phase of life.  My hours with the youth at church each week and during my Senior sessions, I find are some of the most inspiring and joyful hours of my week.  

Take a look at how awesome and happy they all looked!  It was so fun watching them all squeal with delight and huge smiles as they gathered together.  (And because Mamas play a huge role in how these kids turn out, I always like to include Mom in my teen sessions.)

 

Distinguished Young Women of North Carolina - Greensboro Senior Photographer

One of my yearly goals for my business is to get involved with a non-profit organization in my local community.  I happened to meet the right person, at the right time and she recommended me to the director of the Distinguished Young Women program for the state of North Carolina.  This year, the state event was held here in downtown Greensboro at The Carolina Theater.  For whatever reason, I really feel passionate about working with teenagers and using my talents to help them in a positive manner.  I stand for self confidence, leadership and service opportunities.  Basically, I want teens to know that they can be themselves, they are enough and that they can make a lasting impact for good on this world.  So, imagine my delight when I did my research on the DYW organization and found that their values perfectly line up with mine!  

This was such a wonderful experience for me and I thoroughly enjoyed watching how the participants from across the state used their talents.  These girls are eloquent, confident, friendly and have a heart for serving others.  I told this story on my personal Facebook page, but it's worth sharing here too.  On the final night of the event in January, I took my 7 year old daughter with me.  She's a shy little thing and has very little confidence in herself.  I was hoping that just watching the contestants would inspire her in some way.  We ended up going backstage before everything got started so I could grab a few candid shots of the girls getting ready.  A few of them tried so hard to get my daughter to loosen up and were chatting with her and asking questions -even though she was mute and hiding behind my leg.  The girls were all wearing stickers on their hands and one of them took hers off and handed it to my daughter.  She told my girl that she was the only other person in the whole place with a sticker just like theirs and that now she was considered a special member of their DYWNC club.  My shy child wouldn't respond, but I graciously took the sticker and told Addison 'Thank You!' Later in the evening, during an emotional part of the event, I glanced down and my daughter had tears streaming down her face.  Not wanting to draw attention to her at that moment, I quietly turned away and mentally reminded myself to ask her why she was crying later.  As we packed up after the show, I saw her sticker lying on the floor under my seat and handed it to my girl.  She immediately put it on her hand.  While walking across the parking lot, she opened up about the tears I saw and said "I thought I lost my sticker and I was really sad about it!  The girl told me it was special just for me."

You guys, my mama heart about burst with gratitude for those sweet girls who made my struggling girl feel special that night.  It was such a simple act, but they could have easily been turned off by my daughter's abrasive response.  Instead, they leaned into her and made a lasting impression.

I would be SO proud and thrilled if someday one of my own girls decides to participate in this program.  Plus, the scholarship awards are a definite bonus!  If you or someone you know is a high school sophomore or junior - I cannot recommend checking out this program enough!  You can find the information on finding a program near you here: http://distinguishedyw.org/

Here are some of the highlights from the event in January!  Another congratulations to Kennedy Miller from Rocky Mount on winning the title of DYWNC of 2018.