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Truthful Tellings: Let's Get Real no Family is perfect : North Carolina Photographer

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Truthful Tellings: Let's Get Real no Family is perfect : North Carolina Photographer

I take a lot of photos, clearly that is obvious. I post a lot of photos too, but not half as many as I take, atleast not when it comes to my own family's photos. My child is one, that means he's a mess. Literally & figuratively. He doesn't understand much but he can do lots, and lots of stuff he definitely isn't supposed to.

For Mother's Day I REALLY wanted to get dressed up in our vintage clothes and do family photos. A client had gifted me an adorable vintage outfit for Phoenix and I wanted to make sure it would fit so we had to do photos now. The day comes , so excited. Its smoldering hot so we decide to wait til the afternoon, by then the hubby is tired the child is irritated I'm overwhelmed. Not so exciting anymore right? Now I know what my clients go through. So we load up get down the road realized we forgot the tripod run back to grab it and head out again. Get to our destination and joe top button won't button so that means no bow tie. Great.
Can't find Phoenix's suspenders that went with the outfit ( found out i dropped them when getting the tripod and we ran over them) so no suspenders, no bow tie. Oh and Phoenix's tan shoes were home on the counter. 

I felt like a hot mess, to be fair the whole situation was one and I hadn't even tried to take a photo yet. & then we tried. Valued effort for sure but the child was not about it at all. he would not stand with us or sit with us. HE just wanted to play and run around and climb the vines. It was a big old blasty blast for sure, atleast for him. We gave it multiple attempts tried all the tricks and got some photos. He settled down at the end and sat while we read him a book, but not sure it was the book he was interested in because after his attentiveness we looked in front of us to see a wonderful snake had decided to come join us and was about a foot from us and of course Phoenix was all smiles about that. 

I guess my point is, anyone can fake it, facebook is all about that. Showing perfect lives and photos, But the reality is , my family is just as much of a shit show as yours. My child is insane, he doesn't sit well for photos and he isn't always happy. My days aren't always good and my husband isn't always enthused about the million photos I make him take. But thats okay, being perfect isn't all its cracked up to be or all that fun I'm sure. I am happy to have these photos in which I show that my husband and I can get a kick out of our child being obnoxious instead of getting mad. He is a kid after all and he has the whole world to explore, who are we to stop him?

*** our good photos are below but the few outtakes I posted are pretty great. 

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Day 22 of Christmas with Phoenix ! The days are coming to an end

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Day 22 of Christmas with Phoenix ! The days are coming to an end

Simple & Sweet
Our version of Christmas decorating is very natural. Greenery and lights to accent our home which is full of handmade wood furniture and floors. The simpleness of day 22 definitely matches our Christmas style here at home.

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Day 3 of Christmas with Phoenix!

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Day 3 of Christmas with Phoenix!

Day 3 ! 
Probably my favorite so far! He's just sooo cute I can't even! 
Now to the drawing board for the next 22 days haha! 
I hope you are all enjoying the first few days of Christmas with Phoenix & I hope you follow us for the rest of the holiday and see what we do each day! 

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Fall Sessions are in Full swing! LIMITED AVAILABILITY!

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Fall Sessions are in Full swing! LIMITED AVAILABILITY!

Autumn is my favorite seasons, for many reasons. 
First it starts off with my birthday so I mean of course it's my favorite time.
But on top of that it cools down, allowing us to spend time outside. Whether it be playing in the leaves or taking runs and long walks as a family. Really it encourages family time for us. The Summer is too hot for us Northerners so we don't go out in the light unless we HAVE to. But when the fall weather greets us we find ourselves outside much more. Though the days get shorter, the evenings get longer.
Everyone seems to all in all get happier.
The colors change ( I'm from NY so they REALLY change at home)
The leaves fall signally the start of the end, thats the true beauty I think. Fall allows us to see death in a beautiful light instead of a dark one. The leaves fall like memories cascading as the end draws near reminding us of the life lived once more before it ends. Maybe my minds weird (Which it is) but the symbolism is life altering for me. 
Out of the mushy stuff though for real.
Autumn brings back normal nuetral colors , my favorites! 
If anyone knows me, they know my favorite color is mustard yellow, or burgandy. But mustard yellow is definitely the winner here. 
I have just a couple times left if anyone is wanting an Autumn Session! I do not have any mini options available only full sessions at this moment but would absolutely love to adorn your walls with gorgeous photographs like these!
 

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The Sciallo Family : Edenton North Carolina Photographer

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The Sciallo Family : Edenton North Carolina Photographer

I have known the Sciallo family since I was in highschool, a young edgy and beyond different girl who seemed trapped inside someone who felt like they needed to fit in. Rebecca changed all of that. Getting me involved in The Vagina Monologues was the best thing that ever happened to me and was really a huge turning point in my life. I felt like I blossomed into who I truly was giving away all care of what people thought. This woman changed my life. 

Being able to photograph her family for the first time was an honor and an amazing experience. She stands for so much in my eyes and I truly look at her with so much respect for everything she has done and will do so for her to choose me to capture her family's memories meant so much to me. 

Lets show this beautiful family some love ! 

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The first newborn & family photographs of our new little family

We knew we wouldn't be able to come home for a while after Phoenix was born with all of the paperwork and legalities of adoption that meant spending the first 2 weeks of his life either in the hospital or in a hotel/airbnb. 
This gave us time to just be a family of 3, to bond and love and learn all new parent things.  Also we got to take some photographs of him before we came home and had professional photos done here, keep in mind I am not a newborn photographer at all but I just couldn't let the days pass without him having some ! 
Below are some of the photos I took of Phoenix at just a week old & our first family photographs done the day we came home! 
Life as a family of 6 ( 3 dogs of course!) has been amazing, an adjustment but absolutely amazing and everyday is a new adventure for us. We are completely and utterly enamored by this little guy and everything he does. 

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