Category: Claire

cold & cozy in the arctic . our 2013 christmas set

Amanda + Brent  |  Claire  |  Lindsey  |  Photographers  |  Renee  |  Shoots & Ladders  |  

This year’s Shoots & Ladders holiday set is gonna be adorable! We’ve racked our brains to think up another set that is full of personality and we are super excited about this one. We think it will top our favorites! Cold and Cozy in the Arctic is our attempt to bring you to the North Pole this Holiday season. Bring your little eskimos to our igloo! Snuggle around the campfire, grab a cup of hot cocoa and we might even do a little ice fishing!

This session is for families and kids of all ages. Attention parents: we are making your life even easier because just like previous years, this session fee also includes 25 Christmas Cards, which we promise to have in your hands, ready to address by December 9th. Don’t have kids? That’s okay! You can play, too! Just read below for details.

This set is only three days of shooting and it’s sure to fill VERY quickly (Christmas is always our busiest time for Shoots & Ladders and we sell out every single year). So… book by right away by clicking here!

November 14, 15, & 16 we will open up our studio for sessions. No walk ins. You must have an appointment.

$150 session fee includes a family photo and individual images of your children during a 20 minute mini session (up to 3 kids – $25 per additional child) + 25 5×7 Christmas Cards (complete with envelopes)

location: 15 S 2nd Street. Wilmington, NC (must have an appointment, no walk ins)
dress: We’ve create a cozy igloo for you to cuddle under so dress warm for this frigid adventure! Cozy up in your favorite winter accessories. Hats, scarves, fur coats, puffer vests and little pops of color are perfect for this set. Still not sure of what to wear. We’ve created a Pinterest board just for this set with loads of ideas so we’ll send that link your way once you sign up!

We’ll present the images (4-6 proofs) to you online on Monday, November 25th. To get your cards back by December 9th we’ll need you to order these right away!
We’ve made it even easier to sign up this year… no more back and forth! Head over to our eventbrite page by clicking here and pick your date and time, then pay to finalize your registration!

Join our facebook page for updates by clicking here!

Our Cold and Cozy in the Arctic set will take place in our downtown Wilmington, NC studio.

allison + luke

Claire  |  Lindsey  |  Photographers  |  Weddings  |  

We loved getting to know Allison and Luke!  This sweet couple met family and friends on Bald Head Island for a destination wedding.  Their cute nautical theme was only surpassed by the obvious love that they both have for each other.

Allison and Luke, it was so much fun getting to know you guys and spending the weekend with you!  We wish you both lots of love!

Florals and Event Design: Salt Harbor Designs
Event Coordinator: Sara Levesque with Salt Harbor Designs
Ceremony Venue: Bald Head Island Chapel
Officiant: David Holt
Ceremony Music: Maura Kropke
Reception Venue: Bald Head Island Club
Catering: Bald Head Island Club
Band: Right to Party
Cake: One Belle Bakery, Anna Echols
Favors: South’n France Bonbons
Hair & Makeup: Bald Head Island Spa, Emily Miles

The Nicholson Family

Claire  |  Photographers  |  Portraits  |  

I met the sweet Nicholson family this summer in Indian Beach, NC.  Hillary and Brett’s daughter Scarlett is one of the friendliest little girls I have ever met!  We had fun playing in the sand and putting our feet in the water as the sun set.  This little girl was just as content playing with sea oats as she was playing with her Paddington Bear.  I mean, look at that big smile!  How can you not melt?














Hillary and Brett, you guys are so much fun!  Thank you for sharing your little Scarlett with me for the evening!

3 Responses to The Nicholson Family

  • October 30, 2013 | 1:07 AM

    What a happy baby! Thank you for sharing! 🙂 She made me smile…

  • August 9, 2013 | 12:02 PM

    Absolutely loved these pictures. What a beautiful little girl; you also mom and dad. Congratulations!

  • July 18, 2013 | 9:02 PM

    We love, love, love the pictures!!!! Thank you so much Claire!!!!!

katie + john

Claire  |  Lindsey  |  Photographers  |  Weddings  |  

Katie and John’s wedding was classic Southern gentility.  We even had a surprise visit from a Civil War reenactor!  Their wedding was on a beautiful spring day in the historic downtown of New Bern, North Carolina, and their ceremony was in one of THE most perfect antebellum chapels I have seen in a long time.  The details from Katie’s mother’s veil to her father’s getaway convertible added personal touches to a really fun day.  “Heavenly Day” by Patti Griffin was a perfect song for their first dance.  It truely was a heavenly day.






























Katie and John, Lindsey and I had such a great time with you guys and cannot wait to shoot your additional wedding festivities in July!

crystal + arnold

Claire  |  Maternity  |  Photographers  |  

Crystal and Arnold met me at Wrightsville Beach recently for a maternity session.  They are so excited to be expecting their first child together in just a few weeks!  Newly relocated to the area and long time surfers, Crystal and Arnold will have even more fun on the beach this summer with their new little one!










What I remember most about this session is Crystal tearing up after seeing a sneak-peak from the back of my camera of Arnold’s embrace.  You two are the sweetest!  Congratulations on little your “Baby Turtle!” I hope to get to meet her soon and see the two of you again. Best wishes for a smooth delivery!

2 Responses to crystal + arnold

  • March 4, 2013 | 3:20 PM

    Very, very cute!!

  • March 4, 2013 | 3:09 PM


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