celebrating sisters & their families ~ outdoor portraits

It’s always an honor to be asked to take portraits of people from my hometown or from my childhood. You think about where you are in life and remember how far you’ve come — how far we’ve all come over the years. It shouldn’t take a wedding, a funeral or a reunion to make you stop and breathe in that we’ve grown up, survived, are working to be better people and are continuing to grow and march forward into whatever is next.
I really was excited to be photographing these two sisters – Jennifer and Julie Huffman – who are now married and with sons and daughters of their own. You feel simultaneously mature and like a girl again when you get together and start gabbing and wandering, as we did on their family’s farm.

I grew up with the Huffman girls, but was truly friends with the younger sister Jenny. Oh my gosh you guys, there was this one time………….
just kidding! Jenny and I were friends all through elementary and high school. We were just one grade apart and we spent time at each others homes playing when we were little and then later we rode to school together and, as we got older, we’d go out together on Fridays and Saturdays to see friends or “cruise” around. Her older sister Julie, I’m sure, thought that we were insufferable, because that is sort of the job of siblings: be annoying right up to the point of driving someone crazy and then retreating.

These portraits were taken in the fall on family property with the idea of giving them as Christmas gifts and keeping them as heirlooms. My hope is that they will continue to look at them and smile as their own children grow up, see them as markers in time and certainly as great memories. Spring is coming fast and we’re booking our orchard sessions. Contact me via email (mail@pixelsonpaper.net) to reserve a spot from March 11 – 18.

We love family portraits whether they are set in the studio, the great outdoors, a specific location like the mountains or high country, or on our property in our outdoor portrait garden. Pixels on Paper photographs, engagements and weddingsbrides, and special events and portraits  of all kinds in our Wilkesboro, NC studio. We would be honored to meet with you, learn about you and your family and be a part of taking special portraits that will become, we hope, family heirlooms.

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outdoor orchard portrait sessions

We are blessed to have exclusive access to a favorite orchard where every year, the ground hog comes out of his hole, looks for his shadow and, ……wait, wrong seasonal moment. This is about how Pixels has (yes!) exclusive photography rights to one of the most beautiful orchards in NC. Each year, we photograph generations of families, children, lovely girls in prom gowns, brides, the newly engaged and anyone else in love with spring and light and heirloom photos. We look at the Farmers Almanac, talk to our pals at the orchard, read the tea leaves, say a prayer and then head out. Sort of. But this year will be no different and it’s time to book your orchard session for 2017.NC Mountain Outdoor Family Portrait Photos by Pixels On Paper Photographers photo

NC Mountain Outdoor Family Portrait Photos by Pixels On Paper Photographers photo

This year we’ll be taking portraits from March 11-18th, but dates will ultimately be determined by the weather and when the trees bloom. I’ll save the riff on climate change and how much I love to sled in the winter and just say that this unexpected warm weather may speed the process. Sessions are limited and only available one week per year and these are the dates we think will be the best.

COUPLE OF QUICK NOTES:
+ These sessions will last one hour.
+ We will provide you with unlimited images photographed.
+ Your pre-paid $135 fee reserves your session and is NOT refundable.
+ No digital files or prints are included in this session. All finished images will be available for viewing during your PreView Order session. You can purchase prints or digital files of your choice. Prints start at $12.
+ All orchard sessions are in Wilkes County.
+ For additional details email Misty at mail@pixelsonpaper.net or call 336-990-0080

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Arnold family outdoor spring peach orchard photos by Pixels On Paper Portrait Photographers photoFor this year’s bookings, please contact me at mail@pixelsonpaper.net to make your reservation.  We would love to photograph you or a group of those you love in honor of spring, summer, Easter, prom, an upcoming graduation or anniversary or any other important occasion you’re celebrating, including – just because.

We love family portraits whether they are set in the studio, the great outdoors, a specific location like the mountains or high country, or on our property in our outdoor portrait garden. Pixels on Paper photographs, engagements and weddingsbrides, and special events and portraits  of all kinds in our Wilkesboro, NC studio. We would be honored to meet with you, learn about you and your family and be a part of taking special portraits that will become, we hope, family heirlooms.

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Wedding & Bridal Shows coming up | See you there!

We’ve met more wonderful clients at bridal shows and expos than we can count. We’ve set up our area and then spent the day chatting with brides-to-be, their moms and friends and future mothers-in-law and booking weddings, bridal portraits and Quinceañeras. But honestly, we’ve booked all sorts of other events and portrait sessions, so if you’re planning an event in 2017, either of these shows would be worth your time as you build on ideas and search for excellent vendors.

Some serious lifelong friendships were born in little wedding expo booths, so we’re proud to announce two that are coming up in a few weeks. The Ashe Bridal and Special Event Fair is Sunday March 5th from 12-4 at Ashe County High School – less than a month away.

The Wilkes Wedding Expo is another special event we’ve loved to participate in and we’ll be there again this year. Join us on March 12 from 1-4 at The John A Walker Center in Wilkesboro. Click here for tickets to the Wilkes Wedding Expo.

Our pals from Bridal Traditions wedding & prom attire, 2015

Fun at the photo booth, Wilkes Wedding Expo

Later in April, you can visit us at The High South Wedding Expo held on Sunday April 23rd, 2017 at the Boone Mall in partnership with Savor Blowing Rock from 1:00pm – 4:00pm.

Even if you’re just beginning to plan, it’s never too early to start making connections with all the different types of vendors you’ll need for your wedding day and all of us are eager to hear your story and work with you to make sure that everything happens just the way you want it. We look forward to seeing you at one or both of these expos, but we’d also love to chat with you more personally, so feel free to contact us any time.

We love family portraits whether they are set in the studio, the great outdoors, a specific location like the mountains or high country, or on our property in our outdoor portrait garden. Pixels on Paper photographs, engagements and weddingsbrides, and special events and portraits  of all kinds in our Wilkesboro, NC studio. We would be honored to meet with you, learn about you and your family and be a part of taking special portraits that will become, we hope, family heirlooms.

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Happy Anniversary | February’s One Couple

Lauren & Joshua – Five years on February 11th

I’m going to let my fellow North Carolinian, the late and oh-so-amazing Nina Simone take this one. Enjoy it here.
And Happy Anniversary to Lauren & Joshua Holley – our only February anniversary.

There’ a light
A certain kind of light
I want my whole life to be
To live it with you
Live it with you
There’s a way
Everybody says
Do each and every little thing
What good does it bring
If I ain’t got you, if I ain’t got you
I ain’t got you, I ain’t got you
You don’t know
What it’s like
Baby you don’t
What it’s like
To love somebody
To love somebody
The way I love you

Ryan and I say: Amen to that.

We love family portraits whether they are set in the studio, the great outdoors, a specific location like the mountains or high country, or on our property in our outdoor portrait garden. Pixels on Paper photographs, engagements and weddingsbrides, and special events and portraits  of all kinds in our Wilkesboro, NC studio. We would be honored to meet with you, learn about you and your family and be a part of taking special portraits that will become, we hope, family heirlooms.

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Winter Outdoor Family Portraits ~ the Graybeals

Experts say repeatedly that couples should remember to put their marriage first, even when kiddies come along — sometimes especially when the kids come along. You have to remember why you fell in love and what you give each other and that marriages that last come from a unified couple. Ryan and I totally embrace this concept and demonstrated it recently when we photographed the Graybeal family. We made a point of capturing just Mom and Dad. They were once, after all, just Crystal and Adam.
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We last photographed Crystal and Adam Graybeal for their wedding. Now, seven years later, there are two boys, big brother Colton and seven month old Landon. It’s pretty special to see and photograph them now as a family unit. As I mentioned though, getting new photos of just Crystal and Adam together again was a must. So many couples once they become parents neglect having photos with each other. We think it’s just as important to document the heads of the household for future generations as it is to photograph the unit as a whole.outdoor family portraits lenior nc by pixels on paper wilkesboro photographers family pictures child photos portrait photography photooutdoor family portraits lenior nc by pixels on paper wilkesboro photographers family pictures child photos portrait photography photooutdoor family portraits lenior nc by pixels on paper wilkesboro photographers family pictures child photos portrait photography photoIt didn’t feel like 7 years had passed since we got to hang with Crystal and Adam. The fun, laughs and teasing seemed to pick back up right where we left off. This time we were able to make friends with the new “little Graybeals.” Colton was a little shy upon first meeting us. After a few clicks of the shutter though, Ryan took him on a little exploration adventure through the nature trails, and that kid was shy no more. We were now a part of his entourage. As for wee one Landon, he won us over with his drooling grins and very expressive eye brows.outdoor family portraits lenior nc by pixels on paper wilkesboro photographers family pictures child photos portrait photography photooutdoor family portraits lenior nc by pixels on paper wilkesboro photographers family pictures child photos portrait photography photooutdoor family portraits lenior nc by pixels on paper wilkesboro photographers family pictures child photos portrait photography photooutdoor family portraits lenior nc by pixels on paper wilkesboro photographers family pictures child photos portrait photography photo

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We love a winter photo shoot and seeing the strength of good couple and their growing family out in it. Much love to burgeoning family units out there and forget the seven year itch! Love that works never gets old.

We love family portraits whether they are set in the studio, the great outdoors, a specific location like the mountains or high country, or on our property in our outdoor portrait garden. Pixels on Paper photographs, engagements and weddingsbrides, and special events and portraits  of all kinds in our Wilkesboro, NC studio. We would be honored to meet with you, learn about you and your family and be a part of taking special portraits that will become, we hope, family heirlooms.


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