Rebecca Ames Photography | Chapel Hill Wedding Photographer

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The Vespas: Family | Auntie Em's Farm. Denver, Colorado

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Jen is my bestie. I love her and we've been best friends since we met ten years ago. She's one of the best people I know, always caring, never judgmental, and always totally there for you. She was also the first family in front of my camera ever, when she was pregnant with the younger of the two girls, Sophia, so I was thrilled to go visit my friend and take their pictures. 

P.S. This place is not really called Auntie Em's Farm (as the fictional farm is located in Kansas), but when Jen sent me pics of the location she found, I thought it was missing Dorothy and a dog named Toto. 

Family vacation | The Great Smoky Mountain National Park. North Carolina and Tennesse

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Day ONE

We headed out to The Great Smoky Mountain National Park on my husband's birthday. A great way to celebrate a birthday, if you ask me. The girls were so excited. They were thrilled to be going camping in the mountains for a few days. THRILLED! Especially, once we actually made it into the park because it was just gorgeous. All those rolling mountains and landscapes that seem to go on forever. We made it to the Smokemont Campground on the first day and took a little hike from there. A 3/4 mile loop right off of our campsite. Cool little bridges, a beautiful creek, and all sorts of pretty everywhere. 

Day TWO

We packed up our gear and headed to the Elkmont Campground with a quick stop at Clingman's Dome. This is the highest peak in the park and we were excited for the views. Unfortunately/fortunately it was foggy and sprinkly, but still stunning with all that pretty hazy light.  We have never been to the Smokies before and wanted to see which part we liked the best. This was great because there was a creek right behind our tent and we got to listen to the rushing water all night and the girls got to play in the water and, again, gorgeous. 

Day THREE

We left the Elkmont Campround and headed towards Cosby, but on the way we had to stop and surprise the girls with horseback riding. It is one of my favorite childhood memories and the girls needed that one too. 

After that, we hiked the mountain to Grotto Falls. It was gorgeous and well worth the walk. I love waterfalls. LOVE. They bring me such a calm joy that makes me so contently happy. 

note: I didn't bring a tripod on this trip and tried to handhold to blur the water. This was at 1/10th of a second on my knees. I couldn't go slower than that. Bah.

Day FOUR

We headed over to the Catalooche Campground via a windy dirt road. It took a while. This place may be the most remote in the whole park. It was well worth the drive. It was just gorgeous. The girls were thrilled to find a swimming hole with a rope swing. We spent most of the day right there in the freezing river. Then we played bocce ball and Greg and I kicked the girl's butts. 17-6. It was awesome because they were talking to much trash. 
And yes, I did make everyone stop what they were doing to pose for family photos. 

and then we went home and the kids ate the most giant plate of pancakes ever.

Also, I wish I could go on vacations with people and document all their adventures. Why isn't this a thing? This should be a thing, because it would be awesome.

Megan & John: Family | Chataqua State Park. Boulder, CO

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I first met Megan and John right before we moved from Colorado to North Carolina. They booked me for a couples session and we met up in Fort Collins, about a week or two before we left the state. When I went back for a wedding in Colorado last month, I got to meet up with Megan and John while I was out there and catch up and see the newest addition to their family. It was so great to see Megan and John, super happy as new parents with their new Love Glow. I swear, their smiles were bigger this time around. I was also thrilled because Megan and John were willing to cater to my whims and venture up to the mountains (okay, foothills). Win-Win! I miss mountains living out here in the Piedmont of North Carolina and I have always wanted to explore the Flatirons. They were always so close, yet I never went. It was gorgeous and the light was just golden and spectacular! 

Traveling photographer | Dearborn, Michigan

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I have been so lucky to get to travel for weddings this year! YAY! I love getting to see more of the world all in the name of work. It really is the best. On this trip, I get to photograph an amazing couple at Henry Ford Lovett Hall, which I am super excited about. So, I am heading to Dearborn, Michigan and possibly Chicago. Shoot me an email if you're interested in getting in front of my camera or if you have any questions!