Tyler & family

One of our most fun sessions ever, and not just because it involved a messy cupcake!  Okay, you do remember that I’m a cupcake fiend, right?  Maybe that has something to do with it. :)  But. This family rocked their session, and I will tell you why. It was a completely laid-back, no stress, go-where-we-wanna-go kind of afternoon.  We roamed Chapel Hill & Carrboro, and snapped along the way.  And when we got home, I got to play.  Mom really likes texture and amazing light (much like me), so I did my thing.  And I love love love these images.  It was hard to stop editing, which is always a good sign.  Anyway, onto the photos.  I really hope you all enjoy them as much as we do!

 Tyler. Cutest face ever? Possibly. :)

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 “Look at me Dad, I climbed the stairs!” That’s what this look says. :)

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 He had his poses down!

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 Look at those feet!  I know another little boy who crosses his feet this very same way. :)

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 Tyler’s been workin on the railroad…

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 Wait a minute…who put that hat up there?

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 Little ones are so fascinated by rocks…we could’ve stayed here the entire session and I don’t think he would’ve moved. :)

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 Whatcha doin’ up there?

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We had a mishap with Mom’s keys falling under the ramp at DSI.  But, my handyman, Jordan, was there to save the day.  So many reasons to love him…he’s so very helpful! I caught a reflection shot while the key rescue was happening. :)

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 There’s that mid-crawl pose again.  I love it!

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 Oh-so-very cute!

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Hmmmm….one meeellion dollars… 

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Love this…nice job, Jordan ;) 

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 Now for the cupcake…here is the beginning of the end.

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 This could be my favorite shot all day, check out the blues on Tyler!  And the orange. :)

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 Mmmm, Tyler also loves cupcakes. Most kiddos just lick the icing.  Tyler dug in the entire thing.  That’s my kind of kiddo. :)

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I haven’t even gotten into our photos from the beginning of the session, but wanted to give Amanda & Ryan (and Tyler, ‘cause I know he’s been asking) a peek at what we got.  Can’t wait to show you more!!

Georgia Faye

Little Georgia and her gorgeous parents joined us at the pumpkin patch for the second year in a row for a fun session, and for me it couldn’t have come at a better time.  We shot at the same location with an even tinier Georgia, one year ago.  I pulled some pics from their first session, so we can all ooh and aah at how she’s grown. :)

I won’t get too sappy here, but this family means the world to me. Georgia’s mommy, Cristina, is one of the most beautiful people (inside and out) I know.  She’s been the best friend I could ask for, when we lived ten minutes from each other, and still now that we live almost two hours apart.  Whether we’re satisfying our taco cravings or the ever-present sweet tooth, there is always meaningful (or when we need it, silly meaningless) conversation and always, always tons of laughter.  And this visit brought me back down to earth in the world of our photography business.  

These folks are real…whether doubled over in laughter (Cristina & her hubby John), or making us double over with laughter as they “argue” with each other, we’re snapping like crazy and capturing who they really are.  In the world of photography, it’s easy to get caught up in comparing yourself to others’ work and how they do things.  I’m so secretly competitive, and equally secretly sensitive, when it comes to our work.  But, if I so much as think about worrying about our style and talents, one session with the Adkersons brings me back down to earth and shuts me up.  There’s no posing, no worrying about suggesting locations (even when we’re knocking on a random classic car collector’s door whose doorbell has been taped over to try and get permission to shoot there…and not get shot in the process), no doing things that really aren’t Jordan And Mindy style.  We’re here to follow you around, and capture who you really are.  It’s what we do, and we do it well.  Thanks for reminding us, Georgia and fam.  We love you. :)

Enough rambling, now check out little miss Georgia, won’t you?  A bit of “now and then” can be found below…

Georgia, while her mommy was singing The Wheels on the Bus. This is what the mommies on the bus say (ssh ssh ssssssh).

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Pure Georgia, 100% cute!

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We lucked out with an overcast day last year at the pumpkin patch, but this year we had full sun, lots of warmth, and not a cloud in the sky.  We’re loving the outcome for both situations. :) 

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Georgia, flying high!

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As Cristina says, “farmer’s daughter”

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She was fascinated by these flowers, and kept “petting” them. :)

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What little one wouldn’t want to climb up here? :)

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Sunny pumpkins everywhere!

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A few shots by a pretty weeping willow.

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Presenting….GEORGIA!! Peekaboo, we see you. :)

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Leading the way on a little walk…mommy and daddy aren’t fast enough, apparently. :)

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This is just beautiful!

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A few from last year, including some corn maze shots.  This year the corn was extremely low and dried out, so no corn maze this go-around.

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Look how tiny she was!!

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One of my favorite shots of Cristina ever!

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She was so fascinated by the pumpkins last year.

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Right before a tiny topple-over in the dirt. :)

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Thank you guys for roaming with us.  We love you so very much, and will see you again soon.  Anyone up for tacos in Wilmington? :)

Honeymoon in Italy

The second installment of our “trip to the moon”

We spent all day Friday on trains, riding from Paris to Lake Como, in Italy.  We left Paris at 9am, and were scheduled to arrive at Lake Como around 7pm.  No worries, we were traveling through the gorgeous Alps on cozy trains. 

 A single shot by Jordan on the train. His turn to get my ring. :) We were too busy staring at the Alps to take photos, I suppose.

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When we got to the Milan train station and asked which train would take us to Varenna, we were mistakenly directed to an express train. This is a map of the lake (photographed when we actually arrived at 9:05), with Jordan pointing to the spot where we were supposed to arrive, Varenna.  We were to then take a ferry boat across the lake to Bellagio, where our hotel was located.

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However, the express train went all the way to the top of the lake.  Big oops.  Now we were stuck, with no idea which train would take us back to the “wishbone center” of the lake.  It was dark, pouring rain, and we were so tired and hungry. Thankfully, a nice Italian man heard us discussing what to do, and spoke to the conductor.  We hopped off and were told that the next train, (arriving in about 20 minutes) would take us to Varenna.  

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We got on the correct train, got off in Varenna, and walked in the rain down the hill, to the ferry stop by the lake.  Just in time to see the 9:00 ferry heading across the lake.  It was 9:05.  We’d just missed it. Fail.  Jordan was quite sure that the ferry ran until just before midnight, but since this hotel was so nicely lit (and there was no one manning the ferry station), Jordan hopped in to ask about the ferry schedule.  The most typical-looking older Italian woman we’d seen very nicely assured him that there was another ferry, arriving at 10:40.  Oy, over an hour & 1/2 later.

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 We hung around outside for a bit, but got very chilly.  I dug some socks out of our luggage to wear with my tiny flats.  Now we were getting very hungry, but it looked like this restaurant was closing soon.  Jordan and I both went in this time, and he says, “My wife is very hungry, can we get some food?”  The first referral to me as his wife made the train confusion, the rain and chills, and hunger all better. :)  The lovely woman kept her kitchen open just for us, as long as we promised to both order a dish.  “I don’t keep my kitchen open for one dish,” she tells us.  So we grab a “Sprite,” as she called it, whose photograph is below.  It was delish, more like Sprite & ginger ale combined. I even brought the bottle home with us. :)

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 Spinach & ricotta ravioli for each of us.  Yum.

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 Love this sideboard, full of silverware and wine.

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 After we finished, we hopped outside with our bellies full to wait on the ferry. Love this window.

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 One last couple lingering at the restaurant.

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 Rain, rain, and more rain.

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 Soon a lady arrived at the ferry station to sell tickets.  We bought our tickets, and then began photographing one of her little doggies, who was roaming in and out of the office at the station.  This is my favorite. :)

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 Jordan sees the ferry coming over!!

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Finally, we arrive at Hotel Du Loc around 11pm. Yes, we stayed in Du Loc, and even watched Shrek in Italian one night while we were there.  There were no photos of our Paris hotel room, because it was far from photo-worthy.  So, we made up for it in Bellagio.  LOVE this room, and its amazing views.

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 We slept with the window open, and this is what we woke to the next morning.  Cloudy, but no rain…so far.

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 The view from our little terrace. I so miss this!

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 The rain soon returned, along with quite a bit of fog.  This is the rainy view from the hotel’s rooftop terrace.  No one sunning up there today.

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 We were going a bit silly with the rain, but were SO happy to be in such a gorgeous, relaxing place.  Rain didn’t stop us from venturing out. :)

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 We found a cute antique shop while roaming in the rain, under our double yellow umbrella. 

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 Jordan had stayed in Bellagio with friends Tim & Jeffrey a few years ago, and they’d visited this internet cafe/wine bar.  We visited a few times, grabbing some yummy cappuccino and checking email.

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 We had lunch, our first pizza and tiramisu.  We shopped a little bit here and there.  Then we headed back to the room to enjoy some rainy views.

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 And a bit of bed-jumping. :)

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 Jordan had me really craving some carbonara, so back into the rain we went to find it for dinner.  Of course, it took forever to find it on a menu.  After looking at probably 15 places, I talked Jordan into going to “Princess,” since they had it there.  They also had a very large, and very loud, group of American women having a bachelorette party.  Thank goodness they were on the other side in the bar area.  Our side was quite photogenic! 

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 More spinach ravioli, this time with red sauce.

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 Jordan’s delicious carbonara.  

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 Tiramisu for dessert.

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 With a delish cappucino. 

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We’ll be back with another honeymoon installment very soon…next time with no rain. :)