Hi everyone, I’d like to take the opportunity to introduce myself and let you know a little bit about me. My name is Sara Allman and I am a Currituck County native. I am currently working for my Associates degree in photography through Randolph Community College. I have been photographing, mostly film, since I can remember and it has always been something that I love. I am a “country bumpkin” and a beach bum all in one. I enjoy boat rides, fishing, playing with my dogs, spending time with family and friends, and PHOTOGRAPHY, of course. So far my internship with Courtney Hathaway Photography has been wonderful. She is kind, funny, and a great mentor. I am very excited to continue on this new endeavor with her and hope you can join us by booking your session with her!
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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.
Katie contacted me about scheduling an engagement session while they were staying on Hatteras Island. I was able to fit them in, and met up with them at the Hatteras Lighthouse in Buxton for an evening session. We started at the base of the lighthouse, having to be super quiet as there was a small wedding ceremony happening on the other side. From there we headed to the beach. Are they seriously not the most adorable couple EVER? Katie is so sweet and Jason is a riot. I laughed the entire time, which really says a lot! You can tell they will have many happy years ahead of them! Katie’s family has a house in Hatteras, and they’re evening planning a summer 2012 wedding here on the OBX.
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!
The other week I had the pleasure of working with this gorgeous family at Coquina Beach in South Nags Head. It’s a rare treat to work with a family of all adults. That means that (hopefully) no one is going to cry or run away from me. The whole family was amazing to work with, and did anything that I asked them to. We had some amazing light, the temps were great, and without the wind we were able to get some amazing reflection shots!
Ceremony Location: Hatteras United Methodist Church
Reception Location: Hatteras Civic Center
Florals: Sun Flowers Florist
Cake: Cake Hatteras
Guest Accommodations: Dolphin Realty
Jack & Michelle are Hatteras locals – and if you’re speeding in the Village, it’s likely you’ll get to meet Jack. Jack might be a tough guy, but I had Michelle on my side – and he’ll do anything for her. Michelle is the sweetest person, and we had a great time getting together a couple weeks before the wedding to finalize a plan and check out the locations. She was so easy going, and I instantly knew it would be great working with her.
Michelle and her team did a fantastic job decorating the Civic Center. It’s already a great spot, with beautiful finishes and neutral colors. Michelle’s mom made gorgeous silk floral wreaths (that I may or may not have wanted to take home) that adorned the walls, along with starfish. They had a wonderful day, and we were even able to sneak away towards the end of the evening for some quiet portraits on the property.
Ceremony Location: Kitty Hawk United Methodist Church
Reception Location: Beach Realty Rental Home – Thunderbird
Cupcakes: Carolina Cupcakery
Catering: High Cotton BBQ
Entertainment: Coastal Beach DJ’s
Cake Topper: Etsy Seller- Mud Cards
Lindsey & Eric finally got married, and I still can’t believe it! I’ve known Eric since we were kids, and Lindsey since high school – they’ve been together pretty much as long as Rob and I. When they got engaged a couple of years ago I was thrilled for them, and even more shocked when they finally got around to getting a date! Lindsey was probably one the THE most relaxed brides I’ve worked with. We decided to do all photos – including a first look – before the ceremony. When I showed up most of the hair/makeup had been done and everyone was just hanging out relaxing. It was wonderful, low-stress, and overall just great to chat and catch up with everyone. One thing that I absolutely love is the attention to detail Lindsey put into the little things. Everything from her personalized hanger for the dress to her AWESOME custom cake topper – the little elements were everywhere. I love the way they bucked tradition. We photographed everyone ahead of time, and even rode all together in the limo to/from the ceremony. They even had their super adorable doggie, Dolce, in the wedding party AT the church!
Congratulations to Eric & Lindsey, I’m so happy for you guys!
I’m actually blogging their photos a little backwards, and starting with the “Day After” session.
Rob & Catherine were, hands down, one of the sweetest couples I’ve ever worked with. Like many of my wedding couples, they booked me without ever meeting me in person. I headed over to their rental cottage after they got into town to say hello and check things out. They had their family with them, and everyone was so friendly and welcoming. You could tell they were so excited to here in Nags Head celebrating Rob & Catherine’s wedding. We were blessed with some beautiful Outer Banks weather, and aside from some wind, it was a great week.
Catherine is just one of those women you can instantly be friends with. It’s no secret my favorite part of a wedding are the bride and groom portraits. Well, my second favorite would have to be “getting ready”. I love the details, I love the chaos, and I love the sweet moments that happen in those last few minutes before a couple says ” I Do”. Just before the ceremony we shooed everyone out of the room for a few last minute photos of Catherine alone. She sat down to open her gift from Rob and it was probably one of the best moments I’ve gotten to be a part of at a wedding. Inside the wrapping was a picture frame that contained a photo of the two of them, and the receipt from the restaurant on their first date. To think, he’d saved it all this time. He must have known then this would be the girl for him! As she opened the second part of the gift it was a large book. Rob has designed it himself, and it was full of photos of the two of them over the years. Just watching Catherine look through that book, telling me where the different photos were taken – I was teary eyed. Then it happend. Catherine closed the book, took a deep breath, and exclaimed: “I love that man!”. And then the tears came – yes, I cried.
So now on to the good stuff. We met up a couple days later for a ”Day After” session. This time of year leaves us with windy weather, but luckily it wasn’t that cold and we were able to get some beautiful and relaxed images of the two of them.
Justin & Ashley were troopers as they watched the rain fall on their wedding day. They really wanted photos on the beach, and lucky for us the next day called for sun. They got dressed up again, and met me at Coquina Beach for some “Day After” photos. Bless them, because it was C.O.L.D. Ashley was so smart, and after getting out of the car lifted the hem of her dress to show the leggings she had put on to help stay warm. Smart girl! We started out at the beach, and then headed across the street to the Bodie Island Lighouse. The lighthouse itself is under scaffolding, but the grounds are great for photographing.
About five shots in, Justin realized that he’d lost his wedding ring. Not kidding. We piled in the car and drove back across to the beach to look. We were ALL over that beach during pictures, and honestly, I thought the odds of finding it were super slim. Needle in a haystack anyone? I was in serious shock when after about two minutes I look up to see Justin running down the beach…..low and behold there was his ring sitting on the hard packed sand. They were truly blessed! The whole time Ashley was as calm as could be, a true testament to the type of person she is. Most brides would have been in hysterics over a lost wedding ring – after only being married for 24 hours. Wedding ring in hand back we headed back over to the lighthouse we went to finish up the session.
One of the main reasons for being in Mexico is the fishing! Sailfishing that time of year is simply amazing, there is nothing like it. Let’s just say Rob thinking about fishing and boats as much as I think about photography and cameras – pretty much all the time. It’s hard to get me away from relaxing by the pool, but we had a couple of really beautiful days so I headed out on the boat for a little fish action! We spent the day fun fishing, and our crew consisted of another captain and his mate – plus our local mates.
One of the few times you’ll see Rob (on the right) down in the cockpit instead of “driving the bus” as I like to say.
So ladies….reason #1 why you shouldn’t discount fishing….a 3:1 guy to girl ratio. Consider yourself lucky to see me more than once on the blog. We’re hooked up with a triple – meaning we’re catching three sailfish at one time.
Every angler wants to be able to hook and catch their own fish. I’m usually sitting back relaxing, but I told Tommy I wanted to learn to hook my own sailfish. I was quickly sent back to my seat when on the first try I hooked a bird….whoops! The birds dive-bomb the bait in the water, and it ate my bait. I wasn’t the only one – Kevin the other mate hooked a bird too. The birds are always okay, and I was able to grab a quick shot before we set him free.
Summer? Where are you? All this water and sunshine makes me VERY ready for summer and warm weather. Mother nature has teased us here on the OBX with a few unseasonably warm days this February. It sure is hard to go back to wind and cold after wearing shorts.