You’ll recognize a lot of their names.

Steve Perry… Katie Perry… Matthew Perry.

And then there will be some names you won’t recognize: Kathleen, Devon, Jim, Lauren, and Hayden.

But even if you recognize the first three names listed, you probably won’t associate these faces with them. ;) The Perry Family just happens to have some very popular names. All of which, mind you, came into being before the famous person did. :P

So meet the Perrys! Kathleen (blue and white dress) and I worked together back in the day. And by “worked together” I mean I just basically gave Kathleen a hard time. :) But she still likes me anyway so I was very excited to get the chance to meet and photograph her wonderful family of her mom, dad, brothers, sister-in-law, and two hilarious and gorgeous nieces. They’re a good-looking crew. And they’re all equally as awesome as Kathleen and we had a great time working with them! I was kind of tempted to burst into Journey songs the whole time because of her dad, but I restrained myself. Geoff tagged along  to occasionally shoot but mostly make little girls smile (I think it’s the beard). Lauren, the littlest one, alternated between crying at me and smiling at Geoff for most of the session. Go figure, right? He’s a ladies man.


Ohhh, today is such a happy blog post! Not that any of them are unhappy, but this one is just plain cute. :)

Meet the men of the hour: fraternal twins Will (on left) and Ryan (on right). How adorable are they!? Just the sweetest things! They will be turning one year old in early June, so these are their first year portraits. :) We took a bunch with super cool mom and dad, too! Mom is the incredibly talented force behind Mae Armstrong Designs; she does custom invitations, stationary, and all sorts of really incredibly crafty projects. I am pretty much addicted to her Facebook fan page feed already as I envy anyone who can sew and has the ability to turn an old shirt into an awesome skirt. Really! And, if anyone is thinking Dad looks familiar, he’s the evening Sports Anchor on ABC11! How do I get such cool clients?!

Will and Ryan aren’t crafting or reading news prompters yet, but rest assured they are destined for greatness… but we’ll have to wait until they can walk first. For now, they’ll just sit around the NC State Arboretum looking really really cute:

Will: “Why am I sitting in this ivy?”

Ryan: “Who, me?”

This picture absolutely cracks me up. So – for those of you to do child portraits – you know that you’ll spend most of the session making goofy faces and sounds and pretty much standing on your head. Will and Ryan could see through my antics and the below picture shows them questioning the particular circus show I was performing at the time.

Ryan modeling his Blue Steel face.

True story: The bear below is none other than Snuggles. Yes, like from the dryer sheet commercials. When I was 5 years old my family took me to some Family Day type thing at the park, but you could enter your name into a contest to win prizes. However, the prizes were totally random (maybe they weren’t… I need my mom to help fill in some of these details), but long story short – I won… a hammer. Yes, the city officials gave a 5 year old a hammer as a door prize. Needless to say, I cried. A lot. Because what I had really wanted was Snuggles… and because what was I going to do with a hammer. So the officials gave in and traded the hammer out for Snuggles, and happily home I went. 20 years later, Snuggles now lives with us in North Carolina and has been re-purposed as a hand puppet for small children I photograph. He’s happy with his new job, and the kids love him. Way to go, Snuggles!

Vogue it, boys!

Aren’t these little gentlemen the cutest? You boys will look back on this twenty-some years later and your girlfriends will LOVE these! :D