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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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!

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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Happy New Year

Happy New Year! We hope that each of you had a fabulous Christmas! One of my many new years resolutions is to keep our blog more up to date! I apologize we have stayed behind on it!  Blogging is new to us, and I’m hoping that you’ll bear with us as we learn what we’re doing!

January marks one year that we’ve been in business.  We have been so abundantly blessed by our customers over the past year.  On facebook I did a year in review with pictures. It was so exciting to go back to some of our favorite moments throughout the year.  You can view that post here.

2014 was full of great memories and I am excited to see what lies ahead in 2015!  It will be an exciting time in the Smith House!  In case you missed it we had a big announcement I made back in November.

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We will be adding a new addition to our family in July!  We are super excited and can’t wait for our newest blessing.  This will not affect my ability to schedule sessions so please do not let this stop you from getting on our calendar!

Christmas was super busy in the studio with lots of little ones coming through!  Here are a few of our favorites from those sessions!

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The week of Christmas we had the opportunity to photograph a returning customer.  I had the pleasure of photographing Bonnie and Paul’s wedding back in July.  If you missed that post, click here to see images from their beautiful day!  Bonnie’s family hadn’t been able to have everyone together in many years and they wanted pictures to celebrate their reunion!  The only time that everyone could get together was 1pm and all pictures were done at the beach house they were staying at and over on the beach at Cherry Grove.  I was a nervous wreck to say the least as I knew the sun would be an evil beast to contend with.  It was a beautiful SUNNY day with gorgeous weather and despite the sun glaring from above we were able to capture some great shots of this beautiful family!

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We have a sweet squishy newborn coming to the studio soon!  So stay tuned for pictures from her session!

Also…. our local newspaper the Brunswick Beacon is doing a Best in Brunswick County contest!  Will you take a few moments and complete the survey and vote for us as best photographer in Brunswick County!  If you fill out 50% of the survey you will be eligible for $200!   You can go to the survey here!

Meet Baby Harrison

Meet Harrison, just 12 days new! Remember the beautiful mommy we met just 13 days ago?  Less than 24 hours from when we took her maternity pictures Mr. Harrison made his debut! His big brother and gorgeous mommy may have jumped in for one or two of the pictures. (And a side note, I’m pretty sure I have the most awesome father in law ever for making this boat for me!!)