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!
Tag: ‘Island Farm Photographer’
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.
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.
Who says we don’t get snow at the beach? Well, if you’d asked me a couple of years ago if we got snow at the beach I’d say “heck no”. The reality is we might see a some flurries every few years but never anything substantial. This year has been crazy in the weather department here at the beach. Throughout the off-season and winter, clients will send me emails just to say hello – and inevitably they ask how the weather is. This year it seemed like my answer was always, “it’s snowing….again”. Yes my friends, we had around 4 or 5 (I’ve really lost count at this point) snowfalls this winter. It all started with a light dusting in early December. What? December? We had several more after that. For all of them I stayed inside, nice and warm snuggled up with my doggie. We finally had what I think will be our last snowfall this winter a couple of weeks ago. As soon as it finished snowing I decided to jump at the chance to do an impromptu snow session.
Insert Mallory and her sweet dog Molly. I’ve known Mallory since preschool – that’s one of the perks of living in a small town. Now we’re all grown up, and Mallory is engaged. What’s a post about old friends without a trip down memory lane? Wanna good laugh? Here’s a VERY old dance photo, I’m going to guess we were around 3 or 4? You can see me (looking thrilled) on the far left kneeling in the front – Mallory is on the far right kneeling in the front. I’m pretty sure I had the same haircut as my mom! Really…Mallory only has herself to blame for this seeing as how she put the incriminating photo on Facebook to begin with!
So now on to the good stuff….
Bennett & Ailyn are awesome, and they’re great friends. Ailyn is so funny – makes me laugh, and she’s such a great mom. Bennett…well, I don’t think I’ve met a more devoted father. They live in Charleston, but we had the pleasure of Bennett staying with us whenever he comes into town for work. Their kids are too adorable, so when Ailyn and the kids came up to visit we had to make sure to get their family portraits in. We all had an early dinner together, and then headed down to Coquina Beach in South Nags Head for their family portraits.
Little Bennett’s at the in-between age, where he’s not sitting so it makes family portraits a little challenging. Don’t worry, this time next year he’ll be all over the place. Omi, that girl is a riot. Ailyn talks to the kids in Spanish, Bennett in English. It’s hilarious listening to Omi talk because her sentences are a mixture of both – it is the cutest thing.
Because the beach isn’t exactly the best place to lay a baby down for pictures, we made sure to get some inside the next day. Can we say adorable?? Little Bennett has the cutest smile ever!
Amanda is a super sweet senior I photographed while she vacationed with her family on Hatteras Island. I LOVE shooting down south – the beaches are hands down the prettiest around. They’re beautiful, lots of dunes, and typically free of people. Amanda was so sweet, and did anything I asked her. She also had her boyfriend there, and we were able to grab a few shots of him, and them together.
A lot of seniors choose to have their senior portraits taken while vacationing here on the Outer Banks – I think it’s a fabulous idea!!! If you’re the unlucky (I kid, I kid) person who doesn’t live at the beach, what can be better than coming home from vacation and having senior photos that will look different than all of your classmates. Not only can you chat it up about your beach vacation, but you will have truly unique photos to remember your senior year by.
I mean, really, could I ask for a more beautiful senior?
I’ve got to give kudos to Amanda because this last shot, while it looks clam, actually took quite a bit of planning. Getting a reflection while sitting in the water? A lot harder than it looks. To have a great reflection you need the water to have *just* washed out I think she probably got tired of hearing me say, “Okay…now lift up. Go back down.” Thanks for being a trooper!
I have to say….I have some of the BEST clients in the world!!! I love my job! I mean, who wouldn’t want to spend their days playing on the beach and working with great people? I love nothing more than when clients email me to tell me how much they love their photos. It makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. I always say that part of being a photographer is like getting to become a part of another family for a day, that is SO true. So many of the wonderful families I work with during the summer welcome me with open arms.
Cleaning up my inbox today, and I thought I’d share some of the emails I’ve received from past clients:
Oh my goodness, the pictures are overwhelming. In that they are simply beautiful. You captured everyone so naturally and personally. I’m still with family at my home, but will take second and third and maybe fourth looks for ordering soon…… I know everyone else feels the same way!
Thank you SO much………
Courtney, thank you for the link and the time spent with our kids. We all love the proofs and are excited about granmas Christmas gift.
Hi Courtney! We LOVE the pictures…..you did a wonderful job and were so patient with our little ones. See you next year!!!
I love hearing from my clients, so thank you to everyone who takes the time send me a message. I love getting these notes, and you never know what sort of surprise might show up after you send one!
I had the pleasure of photographing this love family for their Outer Banks Beach Portraits this summer. Let’s be honest, nothing is less cool to a teenage guy than having family portraits taken – on vacation no less! These guys were great sports and so cooperative – they made my job easy!. We met at Coquina Beach in South Nags Head on what was an pretty overcast and breezy day. One of the great things about Coquina Beach, aside from it’s beauty, is that it’s one of the few beaches that still has a dune line in tact. With so many homes built right on the ocean, the dunes are quickly eroding away. Coquina Beach is all maintained by the park service, and the dunes are really great for blocking the wind.
These guys are possibly my favorite family to photograph! Rebecca is my best friend, she’s been my partner in crime for a long time. It’s bad when kids know that you practically have a camera as an extension of your hand. Ella proudly announces to everyone that her “Aunt Courtney” is a photographer. And Landon? Well, when he sees “honeybun” (not sure how he came up with that name for me??) pull out the camera I’m pretty sure I hear a groan. Yeah, they haven’t had a lens pointed at them since birth or anything.
I LOVE photographing people I know, especially friends. Rebecca’s husband is one of FIVE kids, all married with kids of their own. Rebecca has a great group of sister-in-laws who graciously have adopted me as part of the family. They are great friends and I don’t think I laugh harder than when I’m with them all. You’ve seen Karen’s session before, and Stacey’s is coming up. Photographing so many families related to each other poses a challenge to come up with something unique in our small town year after year. Their family gathering is nuts. They have TEN kids in the immediate family.
It had been several years since we’d done Becca’s family at the beach, so we opted for that this year. Can I just say that Becca is like Marth Stewert – and she’s such a planner. I just want to take her session and do a whole blog post on “what to wear for your OBX beach portraits” because she perfectly coordinated her family. They stuck with the traditional color pallet, without doing “khaki pants/white shirts”. You’ll notice they all wore a different variation, and I have to give her props for getting Daniel into a pair of linen pants.
We chose one of the best spots on the Outer Banks for photography – Coquina Beach in South Nags Head.
Kevin is my brother & Leah and I were college suite-mates….Cassie is their new Corgie. We ventured down to Coquina Beach in South Nags Head for their portrait session, with their Christmas Cards in mind. I’m not sure who had more fun during our time at the beach…..the dog, or my brother – who had a 5 minute “stare down” with a giant pelican. Ahhh men! What would we do without them?
Couples portraits are a great thing! Most people feel like they need to be getting married, sending a holiday card, or have a family in order to have their portraits taken. That is far from the truth, and I think it’s important that all couples have their photos professionally taken every so often. When other than your wedding, and after kids come along do you have nice photographs of yourself?