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The Millikens!

If it weren’t for this precious family my husband and I would have never met.  Most do not know how me and Mr. Smitho met… While I was attending UNC-Wilmington, using an ancient version of instant messenger named ICQ.  He was looking for a girl in his class to get a homework assignment.  He found me instead… his first words to me were “do I know you?” haha not to bore you with a whole lot of details but we realized we were from the same county but attended different high schools… When I told him I attended UNCW he told me the only person I know at UNCW is a girl named Carmen…   I Said funny… my suite-mate and good friend is named Carmen…  come to find out it was the same person…  He worked with her boyfriend and they had went to high school together… After doing some investigating with her that he wasn’t a weird stalked we would chat briefly online here and there… it wasn’t until a couple years later that we would finally meet up…   Almost exactly to the day , 14 years later and we’re still together!  Now Carmen and her then boyfriend are married and have a precious little girl!  How gorgeous is this mama??  A75_3943-Edit-Edit

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Those eyes!!  and she wasn’t a fan at all of her cake! A75_4219-Edit-2  A75_4042-Edit A75_4058-Edit A75_3846-Edit She’s so incredibly beautiful…

You may remember her sweet newborn pictures…

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I’d have to say she’s only gotten prettier as she’s gotten older 🙂

Happy Birthday sweet girl!!

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The McMillan Family

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Oh this sweet family!!!  I am SO behind on our blog posts!!  We were so busy back in November when I did their session I just realized I never posted their session on the blog or on our facebook page!!!  I’m finally getting time to take a breather!  We are working on updating all the images in our galleries on our website…yes it’s quite sad I have a 7 month old and the image on my website of me is still a maternity picture!   Anywho…  I LOVED how these turned out so I just had to share them with you albeit 2 months later!

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I met Lisa when she was working with my sister in law… at a birthday party for my niece… She had this gorgeous baby boy then and I was just waiting for the day I could get him in front of my camera… He was shy at first and wasn’t too sure of this crazy woman acting like a fool or her big camera…however…with a little bribery and a little bit of playing around and he was perfect!

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How gorgeous is this sweet boy?!?

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and one more of his sweet mommy and daddy for good measure!

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I LOVE when a beautiful family, beautiful lighting, and a beautiful location all comes together… It’s my favorite!  I promise promise this year to stay more up on posting when I have sessions on our blog and on our facebook page!!

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Nancy and Keith’s Happily Ever After

Nancy and Keith were married October 10th at  “Memory Maker” in Ocean Isle Beach.  Memory Maker is one of the most beautiful beach houses I’ve ever seen.  You can check it out here.  It made the perfect backdrop for their special day.  When I sat down with Nancy the day before her wedding she said you do know it’s going to rain right?  Of course I tried saying maybe not… we’ll wait and see.  Trying to give her a glimmer of hope that every weather station we looked at was wrong.  Most brides would have had a complete fit that their wedding wasn’t going to happen just as they had planned out on the beach.  But not Nancy.  She and Keith both, were so easy going and willing to just go with the flow.  The morning of her wedding I had hope that maybe just maybe the rain would hold off but by lunch time it was pouring and continued to do so most of the night.  At least though, they say rain on your wedding day is a sign of good luck!

Getting ready…

Their wedding party was so much fun!  You wouldn’t know that some of these shots were taken with Mr. Smitho or myself standing in the pouring rain to get it.

We had to get creative with the bridal shots and the shots of the bride and groom due to the rain.  We wanted them to be unique, also wanted to show the venue and setting , and to hopefully make it so that you didn’t see all the rain.

The reception was so sweet.  I have to admit I became quite misty eyed watching Nancy and her Daddy dance.  It was such a precious moment when her daddy became emotional.  One of my favorite pictures of the reception is the guys catching the garter.  If you can zoom in on their faces.  They were hilarious!

So despite the rain and all the unforeseen circumstances Nancy and Keith’s day was perfect!  She was so gorgeous!  I told her she looked like Katie Holmes.  She and Keith were so perfect together and you couldn’t help but feel the love they shared for one another.

Congratulations on your wedding!  We wish you many years of happiness!

 

 

Updates in the world of Smitho Photo-A glimpse into our lives!

This will be long… but it’s long overdue!  When you hire Smitho Photo you are hiring a husband and wife team!  By reading our about page (because I’m sure you’ve combed every inch of our awesome website), you would learn that Adam and I have a daughter Lexi who is 6.  What you may not learn because I desperately need to update it like every other part of the website, is last October we announced we’d be adding a new addition to our family.

After what seemed like forever, I learned what the true meaning of anxiety was.  Taking my 9 month pregnant self and putting it in front of my own camera was a scary experience!  I’ve always struggled with my weight and been super self conscious.  But this was our last baby and I wanted to remember myself just as I was…

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After a difficult pregnancy riddled  with doctors upon  doctors, gestational diabetes, insulin injections, and numerous ultrasounds our sweet precious Landon James was born July 2nd weighing in at 8lbs 9oz.

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Our family was now complete!

I had a c-section so after a week of the hospital, after a few days home I was determined to take Landon’s newborn pictures myself.  I’m still not quite sure what I was thinking.  My sweet boy gave me a run for my money!  But in the end Mommy won!  Adam plays guitar.  The guitar in these photos are actually his Papa’s guitar who we named Landon after.  My prayer was that he didn’t pee on this precious one of a kind heirloom!  He humored mommy and refrained!

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During the transition to a family of 4, Lexi somehow grew up overnight.  She all of a sudden seemed maturer and lost both of her front teeth.  It was also time for Landon’s 3 month pictures.  So what happens when there’s milestones happening and your mommy is a photographer… well you document them!

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And in closing… Since it’s now November of course we had to throw Halloween in the mix.  We have a few HUGE Star Wars fans in our house…yes we already have our tickets purchased and in hand for the new movie!  Lexi wanted to be Princess Leia… well you would think with anything and everything branded Star Wars these days that would be an easy task!  Not so much…   So Grandma came to our rescue with making her incredibly awesome Princess Leia costume.   Mommy and Daddy made the belt and we had to settle for a light Saber b/c a blaster was no where to be found!  We also couldn’t find an infant Ewok costume!  Imagine the horror!  How could they not have an Ewok costume for a 3 month old!?!  It is absolutely necessary!  I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything cuter!  If you don’t know what Ewoks are you need to look them up!  I want Wickett to come live at my house!

So if you’ve made it this far in this incredibly long blog post I’m impressed!  You see when you choose Smitho Photo.  You’re not jsut choosing a husband and wife team. You are choosing a family.  You are helping pay for dance lessons and tball for our sweet girl.  You are paying for diapers and eventually sports for our little boy.  You are helping support our small family.  That’s why your continued support and business means so much to us.  That’s why your referral to you coworkers and friends means so much to us.  Because to us this is personal.

I will leave you with our sweet Ewok and Princess Leia herself!

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Allman Wedding

I am super far behind on blog posts!  With Good reason!  I have been busy with doing sessions and editing and all the extras that goes with a busy season of a photographer!  Man have we been busy!  So my goal is to try to get caught up on some blog posts so our most recent work isn’t just seen via facebook.  So a lot of these images if you tune into our FB page which we highly recommend you do… ok actually we insist… so go here now and like our page!

We offer a few different wedding packages.  Some that include just the ceremony.  Some that include getting ready and the ceremony and some that include the entire day.  Chelsea and Zeb were here from out of town and intended on having their reception back at home with their family and friends. So we just covered their getting ready and ceremony.

I knew the first time I met Zeb and introduced myself and he immediately gave me a hug that they were going to be a dream to work with!  Thankfully, I was right!! He and Chelsea were so down to earth and genuinely sweet.

A few from before the ceremony

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I said on Facebook and this still rings true… the skies on their wedding day were some the bluest most beautiful skies I’ve seen!  The weather was absolutely perfect.  The weather in southeastern NC can be a little temperamental, but for their special day it was a dream!

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Zeb, Chelsea, and sweet Zayleigh (LOVE her name!)  were so incredibly sweet and we were so fortunate to be able to capture their gorgeous day!  Congratulations you guys!

Zach and Tori

I met Zach and his family many moons ago when we were attending church together.  I was his youth leader and knew then that he was a special young man.  He didn’t prove me wrong either as now he is a pastor (Man do I feel old!!)  It wasn’t until very recently that I met his bride to be Tori.  She is as sweet as they come.  It was such a complete honor and pleasure to capture these memories for them.  Out of the hundreds of sessions I’ve done over the last few years, these are by far some of my absolute favorites!  If you follow our facebook page which you can do here you probably have already seen a lot of these images.  However, it’s my goal to update the website and blog more often for those who don’t see our fb posts.  Besides who doesn’t love seeing a sweet, young, in love, gorgeous couple more than once!

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When we were first talking about locations for their session, I mentioned the castle ruins just past Myrtle Beach, partly because I’m dying to do a session there… but Tori asked me could we do it on her family’s property.  They told me it was a rustic setting with some woods and a barn… Let me just tell you how pleasantly surprised I was to see the location of these pictures.  It was absolutely perfect! There is no wonder this is where she wanted them taken!

This bridge… and this light… it didn’t last long but was so pretty haha… Because of the shading of the trees we ran out of daylight earlier than expected and had to postpone the rest of the shoot until the next day…

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Sweet baby Parker

Sweet Parker Joan joined us in the studio a couple of weeks ago.  The day of her scheduled session she had a belly ache and was hard to settle… So we decided it’d be best to reschedule to a time when her tummy was feeling better.  A few days later she came back and was an absolute dream… she was super sleepy and let me do whatever we wanted.

I had made this prop particularly for her session.  I had seen an example and thought it would be easy peasy and wouldn’t take long at all to make.  WRONG!  6 hrs later it was complete and ready for her session!  But it was just what I had envisioned!

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Parker’s mommy had a blanket and bunny from when she was an infant that she wanted her pictures made with.  I love incorporating sentimental items into our sessions when they are available…

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She was so tiny and petite and such a doll.  Here are a few more from her session!

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Ava turns ONE!!

We’ve had the opportunity to capture Ms. Ava a few times over the past year and have enjoyed so much watching her grow!  She is such a cutie!  In case you missed all of her adorableness on facebook we wanted to make sure we shared it here also!

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She was such a ham and at one is already walking! She made our job super  easy!

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And she LOVED her cupcake!

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Happy Birthday Sweet girl!

1000 likes equals discounts and Dunlap Family Session

We are so humbled and excited to see we have reached 1000 likes on our Facebook Page!  We just started our business a little over a year ago and are so thankful for the continued support of our friends, family, and community.  We cannot wait to see what is to come in the life of Smitho Photo!  To say thank you for your support, we are offering 10% off of any family beach session booked for the month of September if booked before August 1st.  Why the month of September you may ask.  We are officially out on maternity leave until our sweet baby boy arrives in just two short weeks.  We have already started booking sessions into late August and into the Fall!  So get your session booked and get on our calendar before it’s too late! Mention this blog post and receive 10% off of your session fee as our way of saying thank you for your continued support!! 

 

We had the opportunity to meet Brittany and her sweet family from Georgia recently.  She warned us beforehand that her 2 year old may take some warming up.  However, she was precious and more than cooperative.  I think maybe the promise of ice cream once her pictures were done from her grandparents probably helped a lot!  Due to summer storms, our session had to be rescheduled for later in the week.  With the chance of storms looming for that afternoon I was afraid we were going to have to reschedule again but luckily the rain held off and it was a beautiful day at Ocean Isle Beach.  We met at 7:30 and the sun was still so bright overhead and it was SO hot!  But this family was troopers and didn’t let the heat stop them at all!  Some of these shots we had already shared on our Facebook page but will be sharing them again in case you missed them!  

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Daniel and Taylor are ENGAGED!

We were contacted by Daniel a while back to schedule a session.  When I started asking him details about the session I started to get super excited.  They were coming to the beach to celebrate Taylor’s birthday.  As part of her birthday gift he wanted to have pictures made of them.  What she didn’t know was he had a lot more planned than just having a few pictures made.  He planned on proposing and wanted us to capture the whole thing.  So we devised a cue that he would use to know when it was time… and everything went just as planned.  It was perfect and she was SO surprised!  It was obvious how in love the two of them were and we were so honored to be there for their special moment!  We shared a few pictures on our fb page at Daniel’s request the same day as the engagement so that he could share with their family and friends. Here are those along with a few more from that afternoon!

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