That time of year is almost here again. Where you listen to the waves crashing, feel the wind and sun on your skin, the smell of salty air, and tasting the ocean on your lips. Every summer is different here in the OBX; and each summer is full of families and new adventures. Planning your trip is just the start. What better way to remember your spectacular vacation at beaches like Nags Head, Corolla, and Kill Devil Hills than with your very own OBX family portraits. So this summer let Courtney Hathaway Photography capture the memories from your Outer Banks vacation.
I love photographing friends, it’s almost like not working at all! My friend Debi and I were chatting about her family holiday photos while running down the road. Debi and I both do a fitness bootcamp, in fact, we started on the same day so I guess you could say we’ve been together from the beginning. Six months ago we were both running our first 5k and now we both just finished our first Half Marathon. It’s insane to think of how far we’ve come. Debi is hysterical – she always keeps me laughing, and after spending the afternoon with her family the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree! We met up downtown with her husband and kids to get the perfect Christmas card photo. Everyone, right on down to Sasha the dog, was on their best behavior!
If you read my last post, you know that I had four seniors in ONE session. What do you get when you put 4 seniors in one session? Controlled crazy!
This summer I got a call from Jeff, wanting to check my availability for a beach session for their group of nineteen. Not only did they have four individual families all wanting portraits, they also had 4 high school seniors who wanted beach senior portraits. Beach lighting is very specific, and since we only get a limited window of “beautiful” light in the evenings I recommended we break their session into two nights – one for the family and one for the seniors. Let me just tell you, the seniors got it EASY! The night of the family session had to be one of the muggiest nights all summer, and the black flies were horrible. The whole group were troopers and we managed to power through quickly (no easy task with that many people).
A few nights later just the seniors came back to the beach, and they got lucky with beautiful weather and no bugs! It seems I generally photograph more senior girls than guys, so imagine my surprise when not only were 3 of the seniors guys but they also showed up with the most outfits I’d had at a session. I have to give them credit, they all put a lot of thought into it and it was very refreshing to such variety with a group of guys. It was great getting to work with them all, and they really did a great job and kept me laughing.
Be prepared….this is a *large* photo share. So without further ado – enjoy!
I met up with Morgan and her parents at the Avon Pier for her senior session recently. They were in town from Virginia and Morgan wanted a little something different than the other seniors in her area. We chose the Avon Pier for it’s variety of scenery, and I think we made a great choice. It was wonderful getting to work with Morgan, and her parents were just as sweet as could be. Thanks for spending the afternoon with me!
I had a great session with Deanna and her parents photographing Deanna’s senior portraits. We met up down in Avon at the pier, which offers a great mixture of scenery. We were blessed with gorgeous weather, which always makes beach portraits so much more enjoyable. Congrats on your senior year, I hope it’s a great one!
This week I had a great time photographing Stevi’s senior portraits at Coquina Beach. It was overcast and windy, but she rocked it out, and had the perfect hair for the beach!! It looked awesome blowing in the wind. I also love how she brought a photo of her mom to include in the portraits – she would definitely be proud of the sweet young lady you are!
not so little anymore little sister is playing her first year of softball. It’s a Babe Ruth summer league and I couldn’t be more excited! I never thought I’d be one of those adults at the ball field. You know, the obnoxious ones you see scream, hoot, and yell for their team? I’m eating my words. I’m the first one to jump up and down when they hit the ball or scream when they make a run. Let me just tell you, for a group of middle school age girls, they can really play hard. I was astonished at my first game when they were stealing bases and sliding into home. They don’t mess around!
The common misconception with professional photographers is that we photograph everything. So not true. Everyone seems to have an area they specialize in, and for me, I’ve never been into sports photography – until now. I’m surprised at how much I’ve enjoyed photographing the games…and if I’m being honest…it keeps me quiet..haha. Concentrating on getting the shot means I scream less, which probably makes the coach (and my sister, who will one day die from embarrassment) happy.
So after doing my session with Mallory, I did a quick and fun session with my super adorable little sister and one of her friends. I love our sessions – it’s great “girl time” and she fills me in all the important things going on in her life. Let’s just say after an afternoon with her I know everything that’s going on in the 6th grade….it’s a blessing and curse. We stayed at the Island Farm, and moved around a bit for some different looks. They even both wore their cute rubber boots. If you know me, you know that I’m a sucker for rubber boots…..LOVE LOVE LOVE my rubber boots. Seriously, I wear them even when it’s not raining…and I’m a dork and wear my jeans tucked IN them. I’m pretty sure the kids still think I’m cool, because the girls showed up with their pants tucked into their boots too. We finished up our session with lunch at Poor Richards, a local favorite for sandwiches, where I was got to hear all the code names for the cute boys in class.
Meet Mabel – my adorable 11 year old sister. She is absolutely my “mini me” – and I just can’t believe she’s 11 already. I don’t get the chance to photograph her as much as I’d like, so when we decided to the photos for my parents Christmas Card – I was really excited. Can you believe this will be their first year doing a *photo* Christmas Card….and I’m a photographer? I think it’s wonderful when people choose locations and props that are unique and meaningful. We decided on a really special place, my grandparents farm/house in VA – and even more special, we were able to incorporate some pieces that were my grandfather’s. The most special of all being the tractor. I’m pretty sure that every one of us learned to drive on that tractor….going up and down the field all.day.long. I can still hear my grandfather reminding us NOT to turn around in the field and risk running over whatever happened to be planted at the time. It’s been years since I’ve driven that old tractor, and Mabel never had. She got her chance that day, and she’s pretty good at it too.