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I find it hard to believe that seven years have passed since I made the decision to pursue my dream of becoming a photographer. Even though it has been challenging, I have thoroughly enjoyed every minute. I have had some amazing clients to photograph, and have made some lifelong friends. When the photos session is over, I can't wait to get home and upload the photos to see what I was able to capture. I love the finished product. A few years ago, I began blogging but have fallen behind in this area. I promise I will try to dedicate more time to my blog, so others can get to know the wonderful clients I am photographing. Many of them have interesting stories to tell. I also think it is interesting to see how couples met, and of their plans for the future. I am available most days to photograph you and your loved ones. Message or call for an appointment. View more on my website at http://brendakingphotography.com.

Monday, May 25, 2009

Lauren & Tyler

I have known Lauren since she was a little girl. Our families have attended church together for many years. Lauren spent many Sunday afternoons at my home with my daughter Jessica.

Lauren and Tyler have known each other most of their lives. Their moms have been friends for many years. Lauren and Tyler had a middle school relationship that lasted a few weeks, as most do at that age. They began dating again a few years ago while attending the same high school. Tyler graduated in 2007, joined the Navy, and was stationed in Charleston, SC. He and Lauren continued to talk daily, and he made many trips home to see her every chance he could. During one of those trips home, he surprised Lauren with an engagement ring. They have set their wedding date for December 19, 2009.

Tyler recently received orders that he will be stationed in San Diego, California. He was recently home for 40 days, and left this past week for CA. He should arrive there on Monday, and will be deployed to the Persian Gulf on Wednesday for four months. Please keep him in your prayers as he serves our country.

Lauren will be very busy while Tyler is away. She will be graduating from high school in a few short weeks. She and her Mom will also be busy making wedding plans. Tyler should arrive in Morganton about two days prior to the wedding. At least, he will get out of all the wedding planning, which most grooms don't like doing anyway, lol.

I recently took engagement photos of Lauren and Tyler, which was a lot of fun. I just love some of the ones I was able to capture. I love the red dress and red shoes she wore, while on the railroad tracks. She is such a beautiful girl, both inside and out, and Tyler is a very lucky man. Tyler wasn't too excited about taking pictures, but I was very surprised how quickly he adapted to the camera. Thanks Tyler for being so patient, and making it a such a fun session for Lauren. I think I was able to capture many special moments between you guys.

I am sure the next few months will be difficult for them, but their love will sustain them. I would love to be there with my camera when Tyler steps off the plane in December. You talk about some great photos, lol. Tyler will be on leave for two weeks following the wedding. During that time, he will be moving Lauren to San Diego. She will enroll in college, and begin her new life as Mrs. Davis. Just not sure how her Mom and Dad are going to make it though. Neither one of them have ever flown, but I am sure they will be making plenty of flights to CA. I, being such a great friend, have volunteered to go with them to hold their hands on the flight, lol.

I look forward to photographing their wedding in December. Lauren is going to be such a beautiful bride. And yes, Tyler, you will be a handsome groom, lol.

To see more images of Lauren and Tyler, look for their folder under the Featured Gallery section of my website, brendakingphotography.com.

So Cute !


Aren't they darling together !


Love this one !


One of my favorites ever !


Absolutely gorgeous !

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Tonya and Justin

On May 9, I had a wonderful photo session with Tonya, Justin, and Mackenzie. We were finally able to have the shoot after cancelling twice due to the weather, and Justin being called back to base. Justin is a Marine, and is stationed near the NC coast, but he and Tonya are originally from this area. They are also expecting their second child, a baby girl Riley, on July 8. This was an exciting shoot for me. It was my first session with a Marine, and also my first maternity session. We met at the NC School for the Deaf for the shoot. There are many old beautiful buildings on the campus that make an awesome backdrop.

Tonya looked so cute in her black & white dress, and Justin was so handsome in his Marine uniform. It is very touching to see a service man dressed in uniform. I was kidding him about being so serious, though. I was finally able to capture maybe two shots of him smiling, lol. We took a few photos with Tonya draped in the American flag, and a few with Justin's hat and dog tags. I thank God daily for the awesome job these men and women do in serving and protecting our country.

Mackenzie was full of energy, and I soon realized just how much out of shape that I am, lol. I understand why we have children when we are young, it's difficult to keep up with them at my age, lol. She is such a beautiful little girl, with those big blonde curls. She is going to make a great big sister.

We were not able to get as many photos as I wanted, due to Tonya having a baby shower that day. I hope to be able to get more once Riley is born. Can't wait to see that little one.

Tonya, I pray your wishes to deliver a few days early come true. I know you would like to skip the planned C-section on July 8. The 4th of July would be a great day for a new Marine baby to be born. Keep me informed.


The Cute Couple !



Aww, How Sweet !



Beautiful Mackenzie !



Coming Soon ...



Love This One !



Marine Wife !

Lydia & Braelynn

I recently had a photo session with a beautiful Mom, Lydia, and her 10 month old little girl, Braelynn. We began at a park where Braelynn seemed to enjoy smiling for the camera. We then shot some of my favorite pictures of Braelynn. She was dressed in a pink and brown tutu, and standing in a wicker basket that I brought along. She was so cute in that tutu.

The girls then changed into blue jeans and one of my favorite things, beautiful red shoes. I love red high heels (not on me, but on others, lol). I am always excited when I can photograph someone in red heels. Lydia's friends, Anna and Brian, came along to help take care of Braelynn, while Lydia and I wandered off to take pictures. We took some great photos in the backyard of a beautiful home in town. I don't think the owners were home at the time, but it's so hard to resist when you find a beautiful place to take pictures. So don't be surprised if you one day look out, and see a woman wandering around in your backyard taking pictures of someone. It will probably be me, lol.

It began to get dark on us, but we were able to shoot a few at Morganton Federal Savings and Loan. This is a gorgeous historical building in town, and the yard is absolutely beautiful. I would like to go back at a later date to take more of the girls, before it gets too dark. Lydia's poses here definitely drew the attention of those driving by, as several people blew horns at her.

Thanks Lydia for allowing me to take photos of you and Braelynn. I had an amazing time with you both. The love you share is very evident in all of the photos we took.



What a Cute Little Smile !



This is Braelynn in the tutu, way too cute !



Lydia, in the red high heels !




Love, love, love, it !



This pose drew lots of whistles, lol !

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