Starks Family Shoot : 2013

“They came to see that family need not be defined merely as though with whom we share blood, but as those for whom we would give our blood.” – Nicholas Nickleby

Meet the Starks family! Had such a great time the other evening out on shoot with these cool people. I’m so grateful for you guys, for your laugher and your fellowship, and for always being my home away from home.

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Stay beautiful,
~Alaina

Olsen Family Shoot : 2013

Someone once said, “You don’t choose your family. They are God’s gift to you, as you are to them.”

Well that is certainly true for this awesome family that I got to hang out with the other night. Meet the Olsen crew! Β This family is such a tremendous encouragement to me and I absolutely loved getting to hang out with them and a chance to document their story.

So without any further ado, here is Nate, Angie, Gavin, Jaden, and Elijah!

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Travis Gabriel

Once upon a time my little brother had a son… and this little baby boy completely, utterly, and masterfully stole all the pieces of my heart.

Travis, you are wonderful, and you are loved. Never ever forget it.

Stay incredible,
~Auntie Alaina

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Tom and Dee : Married 28 Years

This was a very special shoot for several reasons, one that it was to celebrate that this couple has stuck together for 28 whole years, and second, they’re my parents, and third, they both went on a diet this year and lost 40 pounds between them. They look pretty good, don’t you think? =)

Thanks for such a beautiful and fun evening, Mom and Dad, I love you and I am very proud of you!

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Josiah :: Senior 2013

Had an epic shoot in downtown Tuesday evening. It was extra special because it was a shoot for my little brother’s senior pictures! I can hardly believe that he is graduating already. Seriously, where does the time go?

Josiah is currently doing some college prep courses while he scouts out his options for the next chapter of his life. Whatever he chooses, I know it will be amazing and I cant wait to cheer him on.

Jo, you are a ton of fun and I am really proud of the man you are becoming. Thanks for being my bro. Stay awesome!

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Cheers!

~Alaina

Bahamas Cruise :: Day Three :: The Wide Open Seas

We disembarked from Nassau Sunday morning for our “sea day.” In the morning, Dad bought tickets for us to go on a several hour “behind the scenes” tour of the ship. We got to see the galley and the laundry and the bridge and even meet the captain! It was fascinating and very informative, but unfortunately there were no cameras allowed. 😦 Sad day.

Then in the afternoon we had a memorial service for my grandfather who had passed away the week before. My dad and his siblings all spoke and my mother played the piano and it was really a lovely service. It’s a blessing to be with family.

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Goodbye Nassau, it’s been fun. Stay awesome.

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Goodbye really beautiful water and warm weather.

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It’s windy up on deck.

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The crew make up these towel critters in your room every night and also fold them out of the pool towels on the deck lounge chairs. They are really cute. Bunny and elephant were my favorites.

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My dad and his siblings and my grandmother.

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We’re only missing three… I love my family. Michael, Katelyn, and Gabriel wish you were here!

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My grandmother, “Besta.”

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Okay, I know these are fuzzy and dark and not very good but they are just happy snaps and I love these two crazy kids a lot. Really. We had just gotten through a fun day and a freezing swim complete with racing each other down water slides and shivering in the oceanic wind. They are pretty rad. Jo and Beka, thanks for sticking around.

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I ended this day with singing karaoke for the first time {sorry, no pictures, I was a little busy holding a mic πŸ˜‰ } and then by sitting out under the stars again and enjoying all the fresh air and wild beauty that was surrounding me. And also by working on my ability to photograph stars without a tripod but that’s a whole different story…

“I have loved the stars to fondly to be fearful of the night.” -Galileo

In all it was a wonderful trip and a grand adventure and I am so grateful for the experience.

Stay beautiful,

~Alaina

The Holliday Family

‘Tis the season for Christmas pictures! And here are a few of my favorites from a great shoot with the Holliday family Sunday afternoon.

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I love my job. =)

Thanks for being so much fun you guys!

Stay beautiful,

~Alaina

Travis Gabriel

This is my nephew. Isnt he darling? Although, seriously little man, it’s okay to smile once in a while. Life is good I promise. πŸ˜‰

Anyway I took some baby pictures of him on our visit.

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He has real, honest to goodness, legit, vulcan ears. I love them so much!

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Love baby feet.

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Darling Travis, may you grow up to be a lion chaser and a dragon slayer and may you always be a might man of valor. I am cheering for you and I love you.

~Auntie Alaina

 

Gabriel, Cherish, & Travis {Family Portraits}

A lovely fall family shoot in beautiful North Carolina last weekend with my little brother and his gorgeous wife and precious little.

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This little man is so adorable it’s ridiculous. And I would say that even if I wasnt his Aunt!

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Thanks for sharing your family with us, Gabriel. Love you all very much.

Stay beautiful,

~Alaina