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Asheville Family Photographer | Craggy Mountain Line Railroad

What’s a better place to have your five year old birthday pictures taken for a train loving little boy than Craggy Mountain Railroad? Craggy Mountain is an awesome place just outside of Asheville, in Woodfin. It is run by volunteers who restore old trains and offer train rides to the park every 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month through the summer. We took our boys a couple of weeks ago and they had a blast! I had such a great time photographing these two boys. This is my third time photographing this family and every time I am reminded about how much they make me think of my own boys! It was such a great afternoon playing on trains with these two:)

 

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Engagement Photography in Asheville, N.C. | Cataloochee Valley

Molly and Trenton’s engagement session was the very first time I had ever been to Cataloochee Valley. The road getting there is long and questionable at times, but boy was it worth it once we arrived. The land out there is just gorgeous, there are elk roaming everywhere and there are mountains that surround you. They have an old chapel, schoolhouse, barn and an old house that is open for the public to tour. It’s amazing how great of shape all of it is in. It is almost like you can imagine yourself living there long ago.

We met on a dreary and somewhat rainy afternoon. It gave such a moody feeling to their session and was actually a perfect feel for the mossy forests that surrounded us! Molly and Trenton are both laid back, lovers of their dog, coffee and beer. It was great to get to spend some time getting to know them before their wedding in September!:)

 

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Family Photography in Asheville N.C. | The Poss Family

I have known Kelly for a long time. Even before I knew her, I knew of her and looked up to her. She was a couple of years older than me and was on the cheerleading team. It wasn’t until high school when we were on the same cheerleading team that I got to know her a little bit better. Her dad was the coach of the varsity football team at the time and he hosted the Fellowship of Christian Athletes group at their house often, so I was around them a lot. The whole family has always been so kind. This past winter I was so excited when I saw her name in my email inbox! Her brother and his wife were going to be in town from Texas for Christmas and they wanted family photos of everyone taken together.

Kelly and her husband, Rob, have two adorable little boys who are similar in age to my own. I am a little biased, but I think being the mom of boys is the best thing ever:) Luke, the older brother, was so sweet to his younger brother Hudson. He put up no fuss at all about sitting close to and giving hugs to Hudson (this is something my two aren’t always good at). One of my very favorite sequence of images I’ve ever taken is of Luke doing his ninja (I think?) moves. You can find it halfway down:)

Thank you to the Poss and Sides family for allowing me to photograph you. It was so good to see all of you again!

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Asheville, N.C. Lifestyle Photographer | Ainsley

I absolutely loved going to this family’s home to photograph their new little addition, Ainsley. Every now and then you come across people who you immediately know are “good” people. This is one of those families. I was welcomed into their home and they totally gave me the freedom to do, move or try anything I wanted. Despite having a three year old and a brand new baby, they were so laid back and happy. Seriously, smiles the whole time:) Even the big brother was happy and well behaved!

I shot this session right after Christmas so they Christmas tree was still up. I grabbed a wooden bowl and a beautiful red blanket the family had laying around their house and it made for perfect festive images. Ainsley was the perfect Christmas present! While Summer fed Ainsley in the middle of the session, I stepped outside to photograph Jason and their three year old son Cato. They received matching capes for Christmas and they were running around the yard together. The masks definitely make the costume complete:)

Once back inside, we headed upstairs to the nursery. I love crocheted blankets, especially if they are handmade by a family member. We were able to snap a few photos of Ainsley on the blanket her grandmother had crocheted. It matched perfectly to her sweet pink dress! We snapped some mother/daughter and father/daughter images before heading to the bedroom to get some family photos on the bed. The last two black and white images are some of my favorites. It really shows how sweet the family is. Especially big brother, Cato:)

Congratulations to Summer, Jason and Cato on the beautiful new addition to your family! I loved spending time photographing your family and getting to know you!

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Aheville Wedding Photography | Cassie + Jesse’s Courthouse Wedding

This wedding was a very special wedding for me. My little sister, Cassie, and her fiancé Jesse had a courthouse wedding this past December. She is eight years younger than me and sometimes I still see her as a baby. I can’t believe she is married now! I flew up to Minnesota with my husband and two boys to photograph their wedding. They lucked out and it was a really mild day for a December day in Minnesota but it rained off and on the entire day. They say though, that rain on your wedding day is supposed to mean good luck!

They stayed at a beautiful bed and breakfast the night before their wedding and that is where we did the majority of the pictures. The awesome suite they stayed in was made to look like the inside of a train. I’m sure anyone who knows my little boys, knows that they thought this was the coolest hotel they had ever been in! My oldest was walking around saying “all aboard” the whole time. Cass had a beautiful short lace dress and her something blue was fun blue high heels. I think the two of them look so good together:) They invited just a few of their immediate family members to witness their courthouse wedding and take part in the photos beforehand. Their wedding day was simple, relaxed and full of love. Afterwards we all went out to eat lunch and Cassie and Jesse headed off to enjoy a couple of days in Minneapolis as a newly married couple.

Thank you Cass and Jesse for allowing me to be a part of your wedding day. It was especially special for me to be able to photograph you guys:) I can’t wait to see more you guys once you move down to Savannah!

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