Sara and Joe are some of our best friends and neighbors. Wonderful movie-watchers, concert-goers, and extremely reliable when you text them on vacation because you left your alarm on and it’s been going off for hours and the cats are upset, or there’s an invasion of ants in your kitchen. We adore them. Geoff and I photographed their wedding back in 2015 (!) and then we ran into Joe in the parking lot of Harris Teeter at like, 10pm some random weeknight a year later and then we all started hanging out. They’re good people and we love them. And now they have Julian, a toddler who is constantly competing for Cutest Baby in the Land, and does so by growing his eyes bigger every day. He is… INSANELY cute. It’s like if you were to ask someone to draw a very cute toddler, it would just be a picture of Julian. Julian is obsessed with cats (the only way to be) and spends his time frantically chasing after his older feline siblings, Cloud and Usagi, while calling after them in a comically high-pitched voice. It’s my favorite thing to witness. The cats aren’t sure how to handle this yet. Max the dog, however, dutifully follows Julian around, waiting for him to drop a bit of food on the ground that he can pick up. Max is one of my very favorite dogs, and was the first dog to ever cuddle with me. He still cuddles with me during movies and it continues to be a great honor. I love all the people and animals that live in this house, and it was so fun to photograph them all in one space. Thank you guys – for turning off my alarm and for being great friends.

I’m so thrilled that I got the chance to reunite with Sarah, Tim, and Theo – and to meet the latest addition to their family, Linden! I photographed Theo back in 2019, so now we needed to get some updated photos with his little sister. Sarah told me it would taken Theo a minute to warm up, but that was not the case, and within about 30 seconds he was showing me his breakdancing moves and telling me everything there is to know about soccer. Linden enjoys cooking food in her pretend kitchen and taking a ride on her puppy bike. They both love pretending to be monsters and attacking their parents, but who doesn’t? Sarah and Tim are great parents and people, so they abide all monster attacks and even feed the monsters dinner after a bike ride. We enjoyed a wonderful little sunny afternoon taking pictures in their home and in their gorgeous backyard. Bat stickers were placed on all bicycles so now I feel like there’s a little piece of me riding down the sidewalks of Durham… and what a wonderful crew to go riding with. :)

Family sitting on couch in Durham laughing
Durham family portrait photographer
Family photographer in Durham NC
Family photographer in Durham NC
Durham NC family photographer
Mom wrestling with kids on the couch
Mom taking photos with her two kids
Mother and daughter wrestling on couch
Mom wrestling with kids on couch and laughing
Mother and son candid family portraits
Father and son wrestling on ground in living room laughing
Father and son wrestling on ground in living room laughing
Father and son wrestling on ground in living room laughing
Father and son wrestling on ground in living room laughing
Father and son wrestling on ground in living room laughing
Dad sitting with kids on the couch
Dad sitting with kids on the couch and kids pretending to be monsters
Dad sitting with kids on the couch and kids pretending to be monsters
Daughter jumping on the couch with dad
Father and daughter at home docoumentary photographs
Father and daughter at home docoumentary photographs
Girl smiling behind couch
Girl getting turned upside down by dad
Girl laughing and running across couch
Girl smiling
Girl smiling
Kids having dance party in the living room during family pictures
Kids having dance party in the living room during family pictures
Kids having dance party in the living room during family pictures
Kids having dance party in the living room during family pictures in Durham NC
Kids having dance party in the living room during family pictures in Durham NC
Kids having dance party in the living room during family pictures in Durham NC
Kids having dance party in the living room during family pictures in Durham NC
Kids having dance party in the living room during family pictures in Durham NC
Kids having dance party in the living room during family pictures in Durham NC
Kid laying on the couch
Kid holding green couch cushion
Kid holding green couch cushion
Girl working in pretend play kitchen at home
Girl working in pretend play kitchen at home
Girl working in pretend play kitchen at home
Girl smiling and holding out food from kitchen
Girl smiling and holding out food from kitchen
Kids making food in pretend play kitchen
Kids making food in pretend play kitchen
Kids offering pretend play food to parents
Kids offering pretend play food to parents
Kids offering pretend play food to parents
Kids offering pretend play food to parents
Kids offering pretend play food to parents
Siblings playing together in kitchen
Parents sitting with son on the floor in living room
Parents building blocks with their kids on the floor during family pictures
Parents building blocks with their kids on the floor during family pictures
Parents building blocks with their kids on the floor during family pictures
Parents building blocks with their kids on the floor during family pictures
Parents building blocks with their kids on the floor during family pictures
Parents building blocks with their kids on the floor during family pictures
Parents building blocks with their kids on the floor during family pictures
Wedding portrait hangs on the wall of the family home
Dad helping kids put on shoes on the deck
Boy playing soccer in the yard
Boy playing soccer in the yard with Dad in Durham
Boy playing soccer in the yard with Dad in Durham
Boy playing soccer in the yard with Dad in Durham
Boy playing backyard soccer in the yard with mom and dad
Boy playing soccer in the yard with Dad in Durham
Boy playing soccer in the yard with Dad in Durham
Boy kicking soccer ball in the backyard
Boy playing soccer in the yard with Dad in Durham
Boy playing soccer in the yard with Dad in Durham
Boy playing soccer in the backyard
Mom hugging daughter in the yard
Mom talking to daughter in the backyard
Girl walking away in the yard
Girl crying and holding hands with mom in the backyard
Girl playing with remote controls in living room
Girl sitting on couch and smiling at her mom
Dad helps daughter put on shoes
Little girl walking through garden gate
Boy holding his blue bike with stickers
Carolyn Scott Photography stickers on bike
Girl sitting on her puppy bike and waiting for her family to get ready
Girl sitting on her puppy bike
Boy carrying his bike down the steps of his house
Boy carrying his bike down the steps of his house
Boy riding a bike on the sidewalk
Boy riding a bike on the sidewalk
Girl riding a bike on the sidewalk during Durham family photographs
Girl riding a bike on the sidewalk during Durham family photographs
Girl riding a bike on the sidewalk during Durham family photographs
Siblings riding bikes on the sidewalk during Durham family photographs
Girl riding her bike down the street
Girl riding her bike down the street and stopping to talk to mom
Girl walking her bike down the sidewalk with her mom and dad
Girl riding her puppy bike down the street
Boy riding his bike
Boy riding his bike
Girl riding her puppy bike down the street
Girl riding puppy bike down sidewalk
Girl riding puppy bike down sidewalk
Mom helping girl take off helmet
Mom helping daughter smell flowers in tree
Mom helping daughter put her bike helmet on again
Girl riding bike in neighborhood
Boy riding bike in neighborhood
Kids helping mom in the fridge
Kids carrying tray of potatoes through kitchen
Boy carrying tray of potatoes through kitchen
Kids handing dinner to dad
Kids handing dinner to dad
Mom giving son a high-five
Kid drinking a carbonated water
Daughter listening to seashell
Daughter handing mom a seashell
Girl helping mom listen to a seashell
Girl holding a seashell
Girl holding a seashell in the backyard
Girl listening to seashell
Girl playing soccer with family in the backyard
Girl playing soccer with family in the backyard
Boy kicking soccer ball in yard
Siblings smiling by a fence in yard
Brother and sister sitting on steps
Brother and sister portraits with silly faces
Brother and sister portraits with silly faces
Brother and sister portraits with silly faces
Brother and sister portraits with silly faces
Brother and sister portraits with silly faces
Mom and dad portraits
Mom and dad portraits
Mom and dad portraits
Durham family photographer
Durham family photographer at home
Durham family photographer at home
Durham family photographer at home

Sam+Casey+Desmond+Spencer

What better way to start of my 2023 shooting season than a 30 second walking commute to my neighbor’s house?! Best commute ever. Was very tempted to send them a text shortly before telling them that I would be late because traffic was bad. Meet Sam, Casey, Desmond, and Spencer! They are most excellent neighbors with good taste in music (if you ever see me wearing my rainbow Nirvana shirt it is because I saw Sam walking around the street with one), good taste in holidays (Desmond is a big fan of Halloween and loves discussing The Nightmare Before Christmas), and good taste in felines (they have a very adorable orange and black cat named Lily who is extremely sweet). I was very excited to go photograph them hanging around on a Sunday morning, especially because I knew it would involve Desi’s amazing Power Wheels bulldozer. The kids on our street all have Power Wheels, which makes me very jealous of them even as a late-30s adult woman who clearly never recovered from never having a Power Wheel herself. But at least I can photograph them now, and so I’ll take every opportunity. I also photographed Spencer looking absolutely precious in her little winter outdoor clothes and eating her first s’more in the backyard. It was a ton of fun to photograph our wonderful neighbors Sam and Casey and their amazing kids, plus bring back leftover S’mores for Geoff. :)