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Alyssa: Saxapahaw Senior Session

May 31, 2016

Stunning Alyssa poses near Coffee 22 in Saxapahaw.

It was a gorgeous, windy spring day by the river in beautiful Saxapahaw, NC. I was excited to meet up with Alyssa and her mom for her senior session. Prior to this day, we had a pre-consultation at The Blend in downtown Burlington. I love to meet my clients before the shoot to get to know them, hear their vision for their session, discuss locations and go over my product line so they can start planning their purchase.  For me, it’s not just about photographing someone on the day of their session. It’s about building a relationship and establishing rapport. I want authentic photographs and that comes so much easier when a relationship is established and trust is gained.

Alyssa is a beautiful, young lady who just graduated this week from River Mill Academy. Come to find out, River Mill started right where we held her session. Saxapahaw! I had no idea. Suddenly the name River Mill made complete sense. Not only that, how fitting that her senior session should take place where her education began as a little girl. Full circle.

During her school years, Alyssa was involved with gymnastics, cheer, dance team and soccer. She was a also a member of the National Honor Society. She loves to spend her free time hanging out with her friends and boyfriend. She also loves to shop and work out at the gym!

Her favorite quote is:

“You can never cross the ocean unless you have the courage to lose sight of the shore.”
~Christopher Columbus

Alyssa, you are a bright, energetic and fun young lady! I loved hanging out with you and your mom and am excited to see where life’s journey will take you.

May you always have “the courage to lose sight of the shore”.


A beautifully sunlit senior portrait in Saxapahaw, NC.Alyssa looks stunning in Saxapahaw senior session.Black and White Senior Photo taken in Saxapahaw ampitheater.Senior photos taken at amphitheater in Saxapahaw, NC.Alyssa laughing during her Saxapahaw senior session.Stunning black and white senior photo at Haw River Ballroom.Gorgeous senior photos on the steps of the Haw River Ballroom.Stunning Alyssa poses near Coffee 22 in Saxapahaw.


Seriously, Alyssa! Stunning!!!

Wind blown black and white portrait of River Mill Senior in Saxapahaw.Haw River Ballroom senior session.Intimate portrait at Coffee 22  at the Haw River Ballroom.Senior poses by the Haw River lofts.Senior in coral dress on the steps of the Haw River Ballroom ampitheater.Senior portrait in black and white next to Coffee 22.Alyssa stuns in coral dress on the steps of the outdoor theater in Saxapahaw.Alyssa looks beautiful in her dress next to textured wall in NC.


I mentioned she was involved with gymnastics right? Well, not only did she do gymnastics; she was a championship gymnast!!!! She was on Kidsport’s Competitive Team and won numerous medals, a few of which she chose to wear for the last photos of her session. You go, girl!

Senior showing off her gymnast medals from Kidsport in Burlington, NC.

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