Dec 17-14

The Hadley Family

Families ~ by Elizabeth Tate ~ no comments

The last time I saw Chesson and Amanda was, I'm pretty sure, around the time of my high school graduation. Back when they were still "Chesson" and "Amanda",  and not "the Hadley family". Of course, I was privy to their major life events through mutual friends and social media, but had never seen them together. Needless to say, when they reached out to me to book a family session, I was excited to see them, catch up, and catch a glimpse of what the Lord has done in their lives over the past several years.

See, we all went to school together. Actually Chesson and I were in the same class every year from 5th grade on to high school graduation. We were 5th grade ACSI Spelling Bee champs (it was kind of a big deal). Amanda was a year older, but she and I played basketball together every year. This means we spent every afternoon from 3:30-5:30 practicing. I don't think either one of us was truly invested in the way that some of the other girls were, but we still had a good time. Except when we were running suicides or 500's, which was a lot.

Point is, sessions like this literally cause me to stop in my 'full steam ahead' tracks of mind, and just for a minute, think back to see how the Lord has paved the way over the years to lead us right where we are in a way that's way better than we could ever plan. Somewhere along the line, after we all graduated and went off to college, Chesson and Amanda starting dating. Soon, they were married. Not long after that, they had an adorable little boy who looks 100% like Amanda and 100% like Chesson, both at the same time. His name is Hughes, he is adorable, and he just celebrated his first birthday!

It was refreshing to see how, though their lives have changed significantly over the years, they are still the same people. Watching Chesson as a husband, a dad, and even as a professional golfer, I see the same goofball now that I did 15 years ago. And while I don't see that Amanda is playing much basketball lately, I can see her laid back demeanor come through as she goes with the flow of being a wife and a mom on the go, as well as Chesson's biggest supporter in his career. They have a beautiful life together, a gorgeous family, and quite a future ahead of them. Chesson and Amanda - it was so great to see you guys and catch up for a bit. Thank you for letting me photograph your sweet family as it is right now!

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Dec 16-14


As a wedding photographer myself, you might have been able to guess that photography was at the top of my list when planning my wedding. And you better believe, I had the best team by my side to perfectly capture the most meaningful day of our lives. I am so excited to finally share all of our gorgeous wedding images in the new year, as well as begin a blog series with some helpful tips and advice about how to plan for your wedding photography. From clear communication points to discuss with your photographer to getting your wedding published, I hope to answer some important photography questions, as well as get your brain thinking like a photographer in the midst of your wedding planning.

Be sure to stay tuned, as this will be a weekly series starting in early 2015! If you have any questions or topics that you would like for me to cover, please leave a comment below and I'll do my best to add them into my series.

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  1. Becca December 17, 2014 3:14 pm

    Love that you’re going to do this Callie! You’re the PERFECT person to give this advice and brides will be so grateful to read it. XOXO

  2. Lisa December 17, 2014 6:12 pm

    So looking forward to this!! Teach me your ways, Callie! :)

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Dec 15-14


It has been a true joy getting to know this sweet bride over the course of her and Brad's engagement. I especially love it when our brides book a bridal session because it means that I get to see them more than once before their wedding day. It gives us even more time to get to know each other. I met Angel, her mom, sister and one of her bridesmaids at The Sutherland on a beautiful fall afternoon. We had such a wonderful time walking around the property and envisioning Brad and Angel's wedding that would soon take place there.

Believe it or not, Angel looked even more beautiful on her winter wedding day this past Saturday. I am so excited to share their wedding images with you soon!

Venue: The Sutherland
Hair & Makeup: Make Up For Your Day
Bouquet: Fresh Affairs
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Dec 12-14


My heart feels like it can just explode as I look at these sweet images. I have known Jenn and Ford ever since I photographed their wedding in Beaufort back in 2011. To see them now, even more in love than they were back then, makes me feel like I could cry. I look at how happy they are, especially with a little girl on the way, and I feel like I'm watching this beautiful love story unfold, because, well, I am. I feel so blessed that I have captured each season in their sweet lives: I photographed their engagement session (with their sweet pup Tucker who jumped in the lake!), Jenn's bridal session, their beautiful wedding, and now their maternity session. Over this time, we've become dear friends, and I feel incredibly blessed to do what I do!

I did let them in on our news before we announced it publicly, and it was like I just told my best friends. They were thrilled! When we went to Starbucks for coffee just after their session, it was so fun talking "pregnancy talk" with Jenn! We've had very similar pregnancies, which makes me wonder if I'm going to have a girl. (Although she's been craving chocolate chip cookies, and I've been craving more salty snacks!) I guess we'll have to wait and see!

Congratulations to the sweetest Fitzpatrick family! Can't wait to meet your little girl.

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  1. Allyson December 12, 2014 10:34 pm

    Beautiful! Where did you get that cardigan/sweater in the first few photos????

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Dec 11-14


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Our Online Gallery is included in every session and wedding we photograph. We love offering this experience as a gift to each of our clients!

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  1. Mary December 11, 2014 12:37 pm

    Couldn’t agree more. Pixieset is so great! I’ve been using it for a year and always get comments. Lovely gallery above!

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Dec 09-14


Words really can't express how much I love this couple. Taylor and Caleb met me one chilly morning in Downtown Raleigh, as they were on their way to celebrate a dear friend's wedding. Since they live out of town, we were so grateful that the weather, the light, everything turned out perfectly for our chosen engagement session date! I was admiring Taylor's beautiful hair the entire session, and of course it didn't surprise me at all when she said that she had her hair and make up done by the talented ladies at Make up for your Day. We had so much fun just walking around, exploring the streets of Downtown Raleigh!

Here's what I love most about them: they are so down to earth, they are kindhearted towards one another, they have really good style (Classy J Crew + comfort), they met freshman year in high school so there is a sweet familiarity to their love, Taylor loves film photography and photography blogs in general, they always always smile (makes my job easy!), they are really relaxed, they genuinely enjoy being together, and most of all - they really value their marriage over their wedding.

Taylor and Caleb, your wedding and marriage will both be beautiful. We are so excited for you!

Hair and Make up: Make up for your Day
Film Processing: Indie Film Lab

















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  1. Taylor December 9, 2014 5:38 pm

    Ahhhh Nancy!!!! Thank you thank you thank you!!! We will never get tired of our photos!!!

  2. Rhiannon December 10, 2014 10:05 am


    You have such a gift. I hope you know that :)

    Love you.

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Dec 08-14


I loved collaborating with my gifted friend Becca on this lovely blackberry mint styled shoot! I love these words from Becca. They summarize it perfectly:

The inspiration for this shoot came from the restlessness we felt in winter, when the sunlight is streaming in through tall windows and hinting at the beauty outside. We loved the playfulness of blackberries and mint - both the berries and herbs themselves, as well as their color palette that is soft and rich at the same time. In starting to plan for this shoot, I really wanted a beautiful indoor space with clean white walls and elegant architectural details. A space where candlelight could glow, florals could be organic and striking and this simple concept could be conveyed with sophistication and beauty, and captured on film. Nancy suggested the historic Merrimon-Wynne House in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina and we were both immediately smitten with the idea. We imagined an intimate dinner reception, cigars and brandy to follow and just a tiny bit of frolicking on the large wrap-around porch. Jared (my little brother!) and Jordy are engaged to be married later this year and their playful chemistry is evident to all who interact with them, which made shooting these two together a true joy.

A big thank you to Style Me Pretty for featuring this lovely inspiration today!

Venue: Merrimon-Wynne House
Styling, Creative Direction and Floral Design: Rebecca Rose Events
Wedding Gown: Monique Lhullier from Nitsa's Bridal
Bridesmaid Gown: Adrianna Pappell
Suit: DKNY
Hair & Makeup: Makeup For Your Day
Linens: Nuage Designs
Flatware: World Market
Calligraphy: Jordy Lievers - Inkaboutit
Invitation Suite & Paper Goods: Rebecca Rose Creative
Jewelry: vintage
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Dec 04-14


When Michael and Valerie told me they wanted to do their engagement session at the State Fair, I jumped at the chance! The atmosphere, the colorful rides, the people, the food - you just can't beat such a fun location. But more than the fun location, I was so excited to spend time with these two. Michael is my first cousin (his mom and my mom are sisters), so I've grown up with him since we were born. Our moms were pregnant with us at the same time (I'm only 4 months older than him), we graduated from high school together, we've spent most holidays together growing up, and I can't even count the times we've explored the woods behind his house as kids. I love Mikee and all the memories we've had growing up as cousins together!

One thing you have to know about Michael is that he is incredibly adventurous. He literally traveled the world for the past few years, scuba diving in Australia, taking a motorcycle trip up the coast of Korea, living in Nicaragua, celebrating a friend's wedding and living in Brazil for a while... I can't keep track of all the adventures he's had! So when Valerie came along, all of us were SO excited at the possibility of their future together! We weren't sure there would ever be someone special enough for Michael, who could keep up with his adventures. Sure enough, Valerie is absolutely perfect for him. Not only is she beautiful, but she loves travel, she is laid back just like Michael, she loves camping and hiking, and she encourages him to do the things he loves. What I love most about Valerie is her kind heart. I know that she genuinely cares about those around her, and I'm so excited for their future together. They really are perfect for one another!

Side note about the photos of Mikee and Valerie on the swings: I'm terrified of rides! And not only that, but I was about 8 weeks pregnant at the time. (No one knew except for Will and my sister, and I was quite nervous about the smells of the State Fair!) I told them I was up for anything, but I had to muster up some serious courage to get on these swings. Looking through my camera, as I was spinning high through the air was crazy being pregnant! I was pretty dizzy and nauseous, it was so fun and so worth it. I've always said "anything for a good photo!" and I didn't back down then either! I must say it's one of my prouder moments as a photographer!

Congratulations Mike and Val! Can't wait for your wedding in May!

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  1. Jamie Hopkins December 4, 2014 2:28 pm

    Nancy! This may just be my favorite session that you’ve done ever. Love them!

  2. Kelly Strawberry December 5, 2014 8:54 am

    Gorgeous photos!!! These two should be models. She looks like Behati Prinsloo :)

  3. Mary Lindsey December 8, 2014 8:55 am

    FAVE FAVE FAVE!!!!!! These two are so beautiful I can’t even stand it!! Mikey and Val – I am so excited about your wedding. We love yall!

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Photographer, wife, and worshiper... I am a Southern girl who looks most forward to waking up each morning to drink my coffee, read my Bible, and soak in the beauty that surrounds me. These pages chronicle my work, my life, and the things that I love most. You'll also hear from Callie, Will, and Elizabeth - my amazing team who has so much to offer. Thanks for visiting, I do hope you stay a while!
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