The Faith Retreat

The Faith Retreat
I have spent the first 3 days of last week seeking Jesus with fellow women, believers, entrepreneurs, and mamas. The Faith Retreat was something God put on my heart along with my friend Lara 3 years ago, simply because we felt like entrepreneurs who are believers can often be lonely. We got lonely. So we sent an email invitation to a handful of other women entrepreneu[...]

How to Plan for Your Marriage (Not just your wedding!)

How to Plan for Your Marriage (Not just your wedding!)
1. LEARN Read + Listen One of the best decisions you can make when you are engaged is to learn as much as possible about marriage. You will reap the benefits of everything you learn during this time for many years to come! Be sure to read several books that focus on specific topics related to marriage: prayer (The Power of a Praying Wife / The Power of a Praying H[...]

Patrone Family Home Tour

Patrone Family Home Tour
Y'all - get ready. This home tour is just amazing. Stacie is a lifelong friend, a fellow entrepreneur (and my favorite hairdresser), and she and her sister Stephanie have always had the most impeccable taste! Her sister Steph helped Stacie with her home decor and design, and as you will see... they nailed it. I'm pretty much ready to move in. Some other fun info: [...]

Amanda and Zac Apex, NC Film Wedding

Amanda and Zac Apex, NC Film Wedding
I love the way that The Oaks at Salem feels - comfortable and intimate, yet elegant. I love that all the events of a wedding day can happen so close together, while feeling like it could be multiple different locations - a countryside ceremony with an outdoor tented reception with dreamy market lights. The country vista is exactly what drew Amanda and Zac to this loca[...]

October Mini Sessions: Day 2

October Mini Sessions: Day 2
We did something for October mini-sessions that we've never tried before, and we decided we'll definitely do it again should the opportunity come up: we added a Day 2 to make it a weekend event, and we switched up the time on the second day to do afternoon mini-sessions. This worked really, really well for families who weren't loving the whole "morning" idea, so I thi[...]

October Mini Sessions: Day 1

October Mini Sessions: Day 1
October mini sessions were crazy in the best kind of way! The weather was on point, the weekend was jam packed, and, as it usually works out, all of my families were a blast to work with. We had a TON of two year olds this time, which meant I was really and truly working for those money shots (ha!) Thankfully, I had our fantastic Fall intern, Cassie right beside me[...]

Behind the Scenes: October Mini Sessions

Behind the Scenes: October Mini Sessions
Maybe you're brand new to the concept of mini-sessions, and you're not quite sure how it all works and whether or not it'd be a good fit for your family. In a nutshell, mini-sessions are a lot of quick family sessions, back to back, in one single location. Here are a few "Behind the Scenes" tidbits and glimpses to give you an idea of how I make a whirlwind of 20 minut[...]

Introducing our Studio Assistant!

Introducing our Studio Assistant!
Spoiler alert... you already know her! I'm so excited to introduce Olivia Suriano as our new Studio Assistant! Olivia has been on our team for 2 years now as a lead Wedding Photographer, and she's always expressed interest working alongside us in the studio. The timing worked out perfectly for her to come on board and help us with logistical needs in the studio and[...]