Seems like a long time ago that I drove down to the shore to photograph this beautiful family, yet it was only last month. So happy that mom agreed to meet just before sunset. There's nothing like the light at the end of a day. I have to admit, I was worried that it might be too late for the little ones, but they were so happy just to run around and play in the sand and surf. I hope you enjoy a glimpse of sunshine on this gray and blustery day!
Scouting for the perfect location can be a challenge. You need to think about getting enough variety in a gallery, while being sure the background is nice to look at, or at least interesting. Imagine my delight when mom requested a session at Graydon Park right here in town! Not only is it a beautiful spot, but it is a place that speaks to them as a family. Some of their fondest summer memories, with their children, but also from their own childhoods, happened here. The stars aligned for us this night, hardly another soul there, the evening was beautiful and the water, almost glowing. Throw in a gorgeous family and it's this photographers happy place too!
Wilmington, NC has got to be one of my favorite places on earth! Last month we were lucky enough to spend a week with good friends exploring the downtown area and beaches. There's so much happening in the downtown area; excellent food, breweries turning out delicious craft beers, a vibrant music and arts scene. And the beaches were killer!! The water was so clean and the waves almost scary, just enough to make boogie-boarding a real thrill and a guaranteed source of exhaustion, and an early bedtime! My only regret is coming home to find there wasn't one picture of me! Ugh. I did all the shooting and never handed the camera off. This breaks my heart and won't happen again. As soon as I got home, I headed to the camera store and bought myself a remote for my camera. From now on, I'll get in the frame every now and then. I want my kids to know I was there having fun with them. Hope you enjoy looking through our "vacation photos". I promise not to pull them out at Christmas.
We were all getting tired of the same old thing and craved a change of scenery. I'd remember reading something in the Times recently about Asbury Park and decided that was our destination. An hour or so away, the ocean, a boardwalk, what did we have to lose? Turns out we had everything to gain. The revival down there is amazing! It has a completely urban/island vibe, if that's even a thing? Great restaurants with roof top bars overlooking the ocean, cozied up next to hip shops and street food "containers". I say containers, because literally that's what they are...shipping containers painted vibrant colors. Imagine a food truck, but bigger with no wheels.
The water temperature couldn't have been better. It was clean and the surf was rough, but not insane. I've never seen Eamon so happy and believe me, I have seen him pretty happy, many times. I literally had to pull him out of the ocean when it was time to leave. Liam spent the evening hours digging a VERY deep hole in the sand. As we drove the parkway home with a cotton-candy sunset before us, I vowed to make this a regular trek.
When the boys woke up this morning, the first thing they said was, "Can we go again today?" I wish I could've made it happen the very next day, but there were things to take care of here at home. But soon, very soon we will go again.
Oh, and by the way there are LOTS of pictures here. Feel free to scroll. :-)
Our day in the city began at the local coffee shop, afterwards we wound our way up to the park and then trekked over to the apartment for some playtime, lunch and finally, nap time. The scheduled life of a toddler is a wonderful thing - I'm envious as I write this! I've said it before and I'll say it again, these are the kind of photos that will transport you back in time the way posed photos cannot. As the years pass and you take out photos like these, you will feel many things, but regret won't be one of them. You were there, completely there. You preserved precious, simple moments of a life filled with love and hope. Give this gift to yourself and your children. As the photographer I realize it sounds self-serving to say it's worth it, but it is. It is worth every penny.