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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It’s that time of year again, the time when families are making their vacation plans for summer! It’s hard to believe we’re in February already, but school will be out before you know it and summer vacation will soon be here! Many families are making plans for their Family Beach Portraits and what better time than during your OBX Vacation?
So what’s different about this year? We’re moving forward with our desire to go totally digital, with the exception of our wall art! So what does that mean for you? We’ve revamped our session offerings, and now every session includes the digital files. Images from your session are accessed via your personal and private online gallery, where you will be able to download your digital files directly to your computer. Now each family member can log into the gallery and download their own copy of the images from your session!
Don’t worry, you still have the option to purchase prints through your gallery. We specialize in Wall Art (Prints & Canvases), specifically prints 11×14 and larger. Wall Prints are carefully mounted and receive a linen texture finish and protective lacquer coating for durability and longevity. Gallery Wrapped Canvases are printed on a high end canvas and wrapped around a wooden stretcher with the hanging hardware already attached!
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I love these two! Not only are Rainnie & Dave part of our awesome family, they were also in our wedding! They came back into town to pick up their new puppy, Lucy, and we were able to squeeze in a quick few minutes to get their Christmas Card photos for this year. I’m pretty sure Lucy steals the show, and is almost too much cuteness for one post! I’ve kept these a secret far too long, but now that the cards have been mailed and gifts open, they’re finally hitting the blog!
This shot was taken in my front yard (before I tried to steal their new dog!) and not even 2 days later, all those leaves on my beautiful tree were gone! Tis’ the season..hehe!
Alex and I go way back, we’ve been friends since high school and it’s awesome that we both found our way back here to the OBX, both as photographers. Alex has ALC Photography, and is just a really great friend. In true photographer fashion, we wait until the last possible minute to do our own family pictures, making sure that all of our clients are taken care of. For every bit of a year, Alex has been wanting a silhouette shot of her family – we even postponed this session twice for weather in hopes we could get that shot. We were scrambling to get Alex’s family done…between a sick kid, crazy weather, and other sessions we FINALLY got it! They lucked out with awesome weather – not too cold, and that beautiful sunset that she’s been wanting forever! I like to remind her that she’s lucky it’s our off season.
You might recognize mom as, Kristi, the face behind Kristi Midgette Photography. Like most photographers, we’re always the LAST ones to have our own family portraits taken. We’re often so busy assisting our clients, that we’re scrambling at the last minute to put out our own Christmas card. Kristi’s family is awesome and the littlest member, Sterling, is one of the funniest kids I know. Unlike most photographer’s kids who run away when the camera comes out, Sterling is a total ham and it’s like photographing America’s Next Top model. With every click of the camera, she likes to change up her pose. We met at one of my favorite spots in Nags Head for their Christmas pictures, and despite the cold and wind they rocked it out!
Cady and her family met me EARLY one morning at Coquina beach for Cady’s Outer Banks senior portraits. If you ventured to the OBX this summer, you know we’ve been battling some rain! Poor Cady…we weren’t even 5 shots into her session when it started to sprinkle. We headed up to the bath-house to wait it out, and luckily for us it passed over and we were able to venture out. Cady was so sweet, and her family was just as awesome.
So I’m starting to think that whenever I need some rain on my yard, I should just schedule a session with Laura & Dave. Their first engagement session yielded some pretty rough weather. We had grand ideas of a quick stop at the airport for some aviation themed photos (Dave is in the Air Force) but quickly had to reevaluate our plans. Turns out that weekend was a nasty wet mess….and it was C.O.L.D. We managed to squeak some out inside a hanger, and finished up the next morning before they headed home. They braved the cold and drizzling rain, but we definitely got some great shots. Laura really had her heart set on beach photos. We tried a couple other weekends, and each one had really wet and windy weather….hello spring on the OBX!
So imagine how bummed I was when on my way home from the grocery store the day of our session it starts to rain. I don’t just mean sprinkle, it was a full on monsoon. By the time I was half way home, it had stopped and looked fairly clear down south where we were going to be. I called her and told her to get ready and meet me ASAP, we were going to bump our start time up and see if we could beat the rain….and we did!!! We got to the beach and it was definitely windy and chilly, but wasn’t raining. We even managed to pull off a good 10 minutes of sunshine and blue skies before it went away. I’m SO glad we were able to get our session in, and no one blew away!
It’s that time of year again, time to photograph two of my favorite little cuties! It’s really true that the holidays seem to have snuck up on everyone this past year! Their mom is usually super prepared and we shoot their holiday portraits really early. Not this year! We were getting down to the wire when we finally decided one afternoon to get the kids and get out there. This is one of the first years we didn’t do a “theme” and I love the photos. The kids are finally at an age where they can *really* listen to direction and they had a lot of fun playing with each other. We finished up the shoot with a trip to the cupcake store for a little treat!
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!