I recently had the extreme pleasure to enjoy the company of my niece and her daughter, Ella. Ella is a wonderful, happy 1 year old who is always laughing and talking.It is refreshing to hear the sounds that children of that age produce and how they create smiles on the faces of us adults. While they were visiting I had planned to do a portrait session with Ella and ¬†some of this was going to take place on the beach. We found out though, that Ella isn’t really crazy about sand on her feet, so the outcome was going to be a challenge. We started inside and by the time we got to the beach, luckily she was in a grand mood. Just to be safe, we placed her on a blanket and she nailed the session. Then it was back to the house and we just hung out on the porch, relaxed and ended the day. Now I have evidence of bias towards Ella, but that said, this child was a treat to photograph. Of course, at that age, most of the children are really fun and they are so expressive. The innocence is captivating. It was a fun time and here are a few images from my afternoon with Ella.

 

Yesterday was a busy day in Wilmington. We had the Rims On The River Car show and the Air Show all happening at once. I had planned to attend both, splitting time Saturday and Sunday. This opportunity never happened, as North Carolina was hit with tornados and severe weather patterns on Saturday. Our area was more fortunate than other parts of the State, but it was enough to cancel the Air Show and the Car Show on Saturday and move everything to Sunday. I made a decision and attended the Car Show in downtown Wilmington. It was beautiful weather for both events and below are a few of my favorite images from the day.

 

I recently had the pleasure of spending an afternoon aboard the tall ship, Lynx, docked from now until April 17th, at Riverfront Park, North Water Street, Wilmington. My friend Chris Lang and I were allowed to shoot on a day on which the boat was closed to tours. Chris had a bridal shoot that afternoon and had arranged with the captain to shoot aboard ship. The Captain and crew were very accommodating.

I will tell you briefly about Lynx. To really read about its history you can go here to the web site of the Lynx Educational Foundation. The ship was built in Rockport, Maine and launched in 2001. It was actually the first square rigger built in Rockport since 1885. Its a wooden ship of 122 foot spar length, displaces 144 tons, has a 23 foot beam and draws 9 feet. Go to their web site and really learn about this wonderful vessel. Once again, the tours aboard Lynx are offered from now until April 17th in Wilmington and are from 10-6. Go have some fun and tour a real tall ship.

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I recently had the opportunity to meet and photograph Kymberlei DiNapoli, for an article written by Allison Ballard, for Wilma Magazine. Kymberlei is the owner of Taste The Olive, a wonderful boutique shop offering fresh cold pressed olive oils and balsamic vinegars. Kymberlei was one of three entrepreneurial women featured in Allison’s “Tasty Business” article written for the April issue of Wilma. For Taste The Olive, tasty is definitely a key word.

I know this from first hand experience, because after the shoot, Kymberlei gave me a taste tour of the store. This turned out to be one of the perks of doing the shoot before the store opened for regular business hours. When you walk into the store you are greeted by a centerpiece of silver containers containing various types of olive oils and vinegars. They are very sleek and unique. She handed me a small paper cup, which she noted was biodegradable, and proceeded to take me down the line of containers, stopping at each one for a taste and description of its contents. It was really amazing. Now I have experienced wine tastings, and to be honest, had a little trepidation about drinking straight oil or vinegar, but this was really special. The different tastes make you envision how each oil or vinegar can be applied to numerous food scenarios. And if you can’t use your imagination, then Kymberlei will certainly educate you to all the possibilities.

To learn more about Taste The Olive, read Allison Ballard’s article in Wilma, located at stands throughout Wilmington. Most importantly, go and visit Kymberlei at Taste The Olive, located at 1121-G Military Cutoff Rd., in the Forum Shops. It will be worth your time.

 

Yesterday afternoon was producing some really nice cloud formations over the North End of Wrightsville Beach. I felt motivated to take some time for myself, so I grabbed some gear, and headed to the North End. As I walked past the Shell Island Resort I got to thinking about the mailbox that is erected on that part of the Island. Its kind of mysterious, known to some, heard of by many, and part of the local lore. It contains notebooks and pen and beckons the visitor to “Leave A Note”. Many have. Some have lamented over personal issues, loss of loved ones, new love, current love, how special this place is and so on and so forth. Its a place of self therapy, as you can say whatever is on your mind, to no one in particular, and feel better for expressing yourself. We have all been there. Here you can write down your most personal thoughts, anonymously, and know that at some time, someone will read them. I don’t know what becomes of the notebooks that are filled and replaced. I guess that is another story. It has become an almost shrine like space, as people who have visited have added shells and other beach detritus. It has a special feeling.

So, next time you want to take a walk on the beach, start at Shell Island and head North and directly across from Figure Eight Island, look for a small mailbox, stop, reflect, and leave a note. You’ll feel better for it.