Russ + Jenny + Charlie | Emerald Isle 2012

Our family trips to Emerald Isle, NC are my absolute favorite things in life. I love everything about the trip...warm sand during the day, cool sand at night, constant wind and tangled hair, sandy toes, fresh seafood, playing games, and forgetting about everything except family. I wish I could freeze time and make our week at the beach feel like 3 or 4 or maybe we should all just move there... This was the third year I got to take family photos of Russ, Jenny, and Charlie. We were rushing to beat the rain, and the sun stayed well hidden behind the clouds, but it was still just as much fun, and I'm so happy to be able to share these photos with my family.

And also...the next time we do a family session at the beach - there will be FOUR OF THEM!!!!! :) Sorry - the Aunt NeeNee in me just got a little excited.

Charlie took the next two!!!

Um. Hello, perfect throw.

This picture makes me melt. He was just running full speed down the beach, and then POP! this happened.

Love you guys!! Can't wait till next time. :)

Sometimes there's nothing like a rainy day.

Sometimes rain makes me feel a little melancholy.  But today, sitting on my rust-colored couch with my super bright new pillows, it is perfect.  The apartment is quiet, and I can hear almost every raindrop.  So here I go - off into the world of blogs.  I'm like the new girl at school who is going to be shy for the first day or two, but will eventually figure out that she is surrounded by people who are a-okay and will have no problem showing off her true colors. I've wanted a way to share the pictures I have taken of people I care about for a while.  My color-filled blog is how I'm going to do it.

Back in August of 2010 I took a bunnnnch of pictures of my brother, sister-in-law, and nephew.  The goal was one good picture of them sitting on the beach looking like models (my words, not theirs -  they are gorgeous people!).  Instead, 350+ pictures later, we went inside to get out of the hot sun in which we were all baking because no one put on any sunscreen.  Why didn't we put on any sunscreen?  Because we were only going to take one picture!  Ooooops.

Russ, Jenny, & Charlie

My first set of pictures, and my first attempt at editing in iPhoto.  I love these pictures.  They capture so much love.  The love my brother has for his wife, the love she has for him, the love for their son, Charlie, is practically pouring out of the screen.

Sigh.  These pictures got me through winter, and now the flowers have begun springing up from the ground again, and soon we can all once again melt into the beach.