Monthly Archives: April 2012

meet genevieve hope holloman

Amanda + Brent  |  Birth  |  Millie  |  One Fine Day  |  

She is here! Genevieve Hope Holloman arrived on Monday, April 23rd at 10:02am. Our hearts grew larger than her tiny 7 pounds 3 ounces and she infused our life with even more joy. Watching your niece come into the world is an amazing experience. I was able to be in the OR to document the day, the entire experience was nothing short of amazing.

Watching your best friend and your younger brother become parents in the same day… life just does not get better than that. Watching Amanda and Brent with her has been so much fun. Seeing them create their own little family is so great. They are already so full of love for her and I know they are going to be the best parents a girl could ask for!


With all of the many births I’ve documented yours and Gavin’s brought the biggest change to my life and the best feeling to my soul. Tears streamed down my face when I heard you cry and first laid eyes on you, then again when your Dad held you for the first time, once more when he placed you on your Mom’s chest. I still find myself staring at you ,or thinking about you, and suddenly realize I’m crying once more. You could not be more perfect!

I remember so many of the conversations and moments on the first day you were born. Your dad was so excited to see you. He didn’t leave your side when you arrived. You held his finger in your hands and you grasped so tightly. You responded to his voice when he bent over your bassinets to tell you hello. He held you so tightly and stared at you for hours on end. One of my favorite moments was when he set down to rock you amidst the chaos of a recovery room and it was like you and him were the only ones in the whole world for that moment.

Your Mom said, “Wow. She’s awesome” the second she saw you, followed by big crocodile tears. When she holds you she makes gentle strokes with the back of her finger across your soft sweet skin and the tears flow so easily, “happy tears” she says, “these are happy tears” as she soaks in your sweet little, innocent face and all 20 inches of you. She holds you tight and stares at you like she can’t believe you are finally here, safe, sound and perfect. She stated the other day that she would rather wait to eat than make you wait to eat. Already considering you before herself. The first time she said the word “daughter” once again those happy tears ran down her cheek because you are hers and she is yours.

Your parents are both so attentive to your every need. Neither of them complain about your endless diaper changes, late night feedings, or their lack of sleep. They are so happy! I heard them talking yesterday about how much fun it would be to watch you grow up, to see what you decided to do, what you like, to hear you talk. I know they don’t want these sweet days to pass by quickly but it’s nice to hear them dreaming of their life with you in it and making big plans for you.

You get held quite a bit. One of my favorite photos from your first day is of your grandparents gathering around to see you for the first time. Your grandparents were so excited they squealed when I headed out to the waiting room to announce your arrival. No one can seem to get enough of you. You are a blessed child Genevieve. Your Papa says he’ll have to see you every day for the first 100 days of your life, it’s his personal goal. Your Nono almost had his heart ripped out when he had to leave you on day 3 to head home, he requests photos daily, we oblige! Your Meme is giddy with excitement, she loves to unwrap you and see your tiny little hands and toes. Your Gigi hasn’t wiped that smile off her face since the moment you arrived, she loves to hold you and always makes sure you stay warm in your swaddle.

On day 2 you met Seth, Dana and Gavin through FaceTime on your Daddy’s iPad. This was one of my favorite moments (photos coming soon). Gavin said you were, “so sweet”, then he sang you a song, Hush Little Baby was his choice. He asked, “How do babies come out?” to which the answer was, “magic”.  He quickly figured out he could see you sooner if we put you on a plane and asked if we could. Your Aunt Ashley met you tonight over Skype and she grinned like a cheshire cat the entire time, giggling at your sweet little noises and your little expressions.  Aunt Heather can’t wait to meet you too!

You have been born into a family that has all of the love and support you will ever need. Your mom told you on the first day that, “you don’t have to be the best or the smartest but you’ll be the most loved.” It’s true, we accept you as you are and we love you unconditionally. You are life, C’est la Vie!

Here is a little peek at your first day of life. I hope that one day you will look at these and feel the love in these photos that we felt for you on this day. I love you baby girl!

Love, Your Aunt Millie

“For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” -Psalm 139:13-14












































17 Responses to meet genevieve hope holloman

  • May 11, 2012 | 10:00 PM

    I know I am late at viewing this post but I am so glad I saw it. It brought tears to my eyes (well, I actually cried) reading your letter to your niece. What a wonderful person you are, what a wonderful family you have and what a blessed little girl Vie is! I can only hope that Sam has aunt and uncles that love him as unconditionally as you love Vie. I have now read your whole post aloud to Shawn—amazing!

  • May 6, 2012 | 7:18 PM

    she is so lovely ! great job capturing this new life!! and, enjoy being an auntie to this little one… you are going to rock it! 🙂

  • May 4, 2012 | 8:03 PM

    beautiful! every word and photo! Congratulations to all of you!

  • May 1, 2012 | 11:17 AM

    man alive millie – you’re crushing me over here! first with instagram and now with this! amazing, deep, soulful, beautiful through and through – just like you 🙂 xoxo, -melanie-

  • April 30, 2012 | 11:12 PM

    Mills, this story of my daughter’s first day in the world that you created is priceless to me! As I listened to the words you wrote, tears streamed down my face reliving the moments of this day. Brent and I are so blessed to have you in our lives and now in Genevieve’s. You are amazing as a photographer, best friend, sister-in-law, boss and aunt. I love you dearly!

  • April 30, 2012 | 9:54 PM

    Wow Millie, you did an amazing job capturing this amazing event! Congratulations to everyone

  • April 30, 2012 | 9:07 PM

    I could not be more happy for your family Millie & Amanda & Brent! All of the very best to you as little Vie grows. Your life will be so full!

  • April 30, 2012 | 6:47 PM

    Amazing moments Millie!

  • April 30, 2012 | 6:23 PM

    Millie: It simply does not get any better than this. You did a perfect job of capturing the moment. If Little VIE turns out to have many of your traits throughout her years it will truly be a blessing to The entire family. I love you, Amanda, Brent, and especially today Genevieve.

  • April 30, 2012 | 2:16 PM

    I am in Love with these images. SO sweet!

  • April 30, 2012 | 12:17 PM

    You are a beautiful writer, and of course, a wonderful photographer. Not to mention, a once-in-a-lifetime friend to Amanda, and a great sister to Brent. I’ve read this post twice now, and each time, I get a lump in my throat. Good tears though. 🙂

  • April 30, 2012 | 8:45 AM

    Thank you Millie for making all of us feel like we were right there in the delivery room sharing the birth of this beautiful girl! I can’t wait to meet my Great Niece!!

  • April 30, 2012 | 8:28 AM

    She is perfect. I was just in tears at work lookin at the pictures and reading the entry! So happy for all of you! LOVE YOU ALL!!!

  • April 30, 2012 | 6:49 AM

    What an exciting time for your family! She is perfect Amanda and Brent. Millie, I hope you don’t spoil her completely rotten 😉 xxA

  • April 30, 2012 | 4:18 AM

    Millie this little girl is so lucky to have you in her life. You have given her such a gift! Nobody has images like this of themselves. What a treasure! xoxoxo

  • April 29, 2012 | 11:26 PM

    simply beautiful. “only for a moment, then the moments gone.” Enjoy the journey. 🙂

  • April 29, 2012 | 10:08 PM

    Amazing job capturing a miraculous moment. Congrats to you all of you. She’s beautiful.

ashley + gabe

Engagement  |  Film  |  Millie  |  

Ashley’s one request was to get some images of Gabe in his uniform so that is exactly where we started. My challenge for this session was to shoot mostly film so that is exactly what I did. There are only 6 digital images in this post, can you spot them?














Ashley & Gabe, it was so fun getting to know the two of you and chatting about life for hours. You both have the sweetest spirit, perhaps this is why we were granted such gorgeous light and the perfect closing shot of the Henrietta taking an evening cruise on the river to close out the last roll!

One Response to ashley + gabe

  • May 4, 2012 | 12:16 AM

    I love that fourth shot down where they are kissing. The light is beautiful. So many great shots in this session! Great job shooting with film!

courtney + daniel

Engagement  |  Rachel  |  

Meet Courtney and Daniel, a young and vibrant couple who live here in Charlotte, North Carolina.  When I asked what they would like to do for their engagement session, Courtney said “we just hope you can capture how in love we are in the photos”. Done!  That response is one of the many reasons I am thankful for my job and for amazing clients like Courtney and Daniel.

We incorporated a few things in their engagement session that make them unique as a couple.  Their first date was at a bowling alley in the area, so we thought we’d start there for a few photos.  And the comic book idea came from Daniel’s love of superheroes and spending countless hours at the comic book store.  Enjoy!

















Three ways this sweet couple made my day sunnier:
1.  Daniel looks at Courtney like she’s the only person in the room, even in a crowded place.  Ahhh, love.
2.  I learned about your vampire books obsession and knew we would get along. 🙂
3.  Courtney walked through that beautiful field in high heels.  Go girl!


4 Responses to courtney + daniel

  • April 25, 2012 | 12:39 PM

    What a unique approach .. I love it … You captured their love for sure.
    Courtney’s mother is my best friend … and Courtney is a beautiful person inside and out. I’m happy for them … this is a great way to start off the celebration. Congratulatiaons.

  • April 23, 2012 | 9:17 AM

    I just came on the website and saw my best friend had just made the page, talk about heart beating, I had to text Courtney right away. Rachel your shots are wonderful, and you truly captured our best friends exactly how they are!!!

  • April 22, 2012 | 2:53 PM

    What an awesome session Rachel!

  • April 20, 2012 | 3:31 PM

    What an adorable couple! You can tell they really have a great time together! Perfect pictures!

sisters’ getaway

Portraits  |  Rachel  |  

Every year, these 6 sisters get together to celebrate their birthdays with a getaway of sorts.  This year, they decided Bald Head Island was the perfect spot.  I was honored when they asked me to photograph a portion of their evening together.  They shared champagne and fine cheeses, exchanged gifts from faraway lands, and laughed.  Boy oh boy, did this group of amazing women know how to laugh!

It was inspiring to spend time with people who have their priorities in line.  Time with family is so important and I think we would all be a little happier if we took the time for each other that these sisters do.


























Ladies, thank you so much for making me feel welcome!  I had a wonderful time with all of you!

10 Responses to sisters’ getaway

  • May 13, 2012 | 9:52 PM

    LOVE LOVE LOVE. Not sure I’ve ever loved any other session more. Perfect.

  • April 26, 2012 | 12:30 PM

    Oh how sweet! I have seven sisters ranging down to age 6… I can only imagine in 20 years when we get to take this same kind of vacation together! Love the photos!

  • April 24, 2012 | 1:30 PM

    These are just incredible. What a great reminder – to cherish our family and to make them a priority.

  • April 24, 2012 | 12:41 PM

    Oh my gosh! This is amazing Rachel. I truly loved this and I hope that my sisters and I can do something like this one day!

  • April 22, 2012 | 8:02 PM

    absolutely AWESOME!!!

  • April 20, 2012 | 6:02 PM

    Love this! These women inspire me and I don’t even know them. They are so fit and look like they know how to have fun. Makes me want a big family. Great photography as well.

  • April 19, 2012 | 6:46 PM

    This is so awesome, what sweet sisters! the light is absolutely amazing as well!

  • April 19, 2012 | 5:52 PM

    Rachel, amazing! I felt like I was there!!

  • April 19, 2012 | 3:14 PM

    Wow, I’ve got a little envy going on. Such a great commission, great location, and amazing final photographs! Kuddos to these fab sisters and their ever so amazing photographer!

  • April 19, 2012 | 10:41 AM

    SO much fun!!!

ashlee + scott

Claire  |  Millie  |  Weddings  |  

Meet Ashlee and Scott. Two of the most kind hearted people you’ll ever meet. Here is a peek of their wedding day in Downtown Wilmington. I shot this wedding last October. I’m still playing catch up with blog posts so hang tight, I’ve got more 2011 weddings coming.

































Ashlee and Scott, Thinking back on your wedding day some of my favorite moments were seeing how much family means to the two of you, watching you cuddled during the trolley ride, and ending your wedding day with fireworks on the rooftop, life does not get much better! Although we were neighbors who had never met prior to your engagement, I hope we can keep in touch for a lifetime!

Event Design and Florals: Salt Harbor Designs
Event Coordinator: Jane Roberson
First Sight Venue: The Atrium
Ceremony Venue: Grace United Methodist Church
Reception Venue: Saint Thomas Preservation Hall
Lighting: High Performance Lighting
Catering: A Southern Thyme
Alchohol: Lighthouse Beer & Wine
Cupcakes: Coastal Cupcakes
Band: Yacht Rock Review
Rentals: Party Suppliers and Rentals

One Response to ashlee + scott

  • April 18, 2012 | 5:38 PM

    My, oh my! These are splendid! So fun to see Claire’s signature popping up on a few:) I am pretty sure that they need a big canvas of a few of these!

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