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.
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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!
I’m back in the office after a MUCH needed vacation, and getting back to the grind. My inbox is overflowing, and I’m slowly responding to everyone. If you’ve sent me an email and haven’t gotten a reply yet, I promise it’s coming.
Until then, I’m back in the cold and wishing I was still on 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!
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!
It’s always a compliment when another photographer pics you. I had an email from Renee letting me know she was coming into town with her family and wanted to schedule a session. We met up on evening at their oceanfront rental in Duck for some family photos, and here are a couple from their session:
As Renee knows all too well, moms are almost always left of out of the photos because they’re taking them. That’s especially true when mom is a photographer, and I’m so glad we were able to capture some sweet moments of Renee and her boys. Here’s one of my favorites:
A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of photographing Nichole and Joseph’s engagment photos. We started out taking a walk around historic Downtown Manteo, followed up by some beach portraits at Coquina Beach. They had awesome weather for their session! They’re planning a wedding in their hometown, but wanted something a little different for their engagement photos.
I met up with Jennifer and her family at the Avon Pier for an evening session of her three kids. When working with little ones you just never know how it’s going to go. These kids rocked.it.out. They were oh so adorable and just full of smiles. It made editing super hard because everything was a keeper!
Really…..does it get any cuter than this????? I don’t think so! :-)
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!