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Do you see me?  Am I good enough?

Do you see me? Am I good enough?

I helped CeCe pick out the loaner ballet shoes from the drawer and tuck her Paw Patrol underwear back in her cousin’s stretched, black leotard.  With a guiding hand on her back I walked her to the edge of the dance floor.  She looked up at me, and took a...
Beautiful, Messy, Stressed.

Beautiful, Messy, Stressed.

I’m not always a great mom.  Three and a half years in to this motherhood and I’m usually fighting off this low level anxiety and guilt that feels like an oncoming virus that you know is just one day away from breaking loose.  This rumbling, tumbling,...
My Mentors Stole From Me

My Mentors Stole From Me

What My Mentors Stole Two people I considered mentors, who are established, highly decorated photographers recently wrote this in their newsletter: “A few years ago we wrote this article about people not wanting to have their photograph taken.  We decided to...
Our Photography Classes:  Why Clique?

Our Photography Classes: Why Clique?

Over the years we have offered photography classes all around Cary and private photography lessons everywhere from on location around Raleigh and Cary to in people’s homes.  We have even taught photography camps and workshops for kids through Cary...
A Letter to My Mom

A Letter to My Mom

  Dear Mom, I remember calling you from college with a list a mile long of the things I had to do to survive finals week – papers, group projects, and (oh.em.gee) a car wash fundraiser for my sorority.    You were actually in the store when I called, and dad...
Eyes.  Mouth.  YOU!

Eyes. Mouth. YOU!

CeCe wedges herself in the tightest space between Justin and I, looking back and forth from his face to mine.  After a few bedtime songs, and a few prayers, (and usually a few giggles because this is when she is the silliest) we say goodnight.  I tuck her in her crib...
I got a new attitude

I got a new attitude

Most professional photographers quit within the first five years of their business.  I almost did.  I was in a car accident on my way to shoot a wedding and spent the next 6 months learning to walk again, quitting seemed to make a lot more sense than continuing.  I...
32 Things I Want To Do At 32

32 Things I Want To Do At 32

32 Things I Want To Do At 32  Read a book in my hands instead of on my phone. Say “yes” to after work drinks Take CeCe on a Mommy and CeCe day Watch Sound of Music . . . finally! Make an album of family pictures Save more money Follow up with friends in...