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For over 12 years now my family, various friends and loved ones have made our annual trip to the beach.  We have always loved this time together and our time on the beaches of Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina. As our family has grown and kids have gotten older our schedules have become so […]

For over 12 years now my family, various friends and loved ones have made our annual trip to the beach.  We have always loved this time together and our time on the beaches of Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina.

As our family has grown and kids have gotten older our schedules have become so packed full of stuff that we do not get to go as long as we used to or even with all of our family anymore. But we always try very hard to squeeze in at least a few days of beach fun.

The annual trip to the beach also means the annual photography session for the kids, family members, friends and anyone else I could get in complimentary clothing and on the beach.  I love and cherish these family portraits so much.  And, one day I truly believe my kids will too.

There have been times when I literally wanted to scream and I am sure my kids and family felt the same.  Dragging kids out at sunrise to capture that perfect landscape image or keeping the little ones up until sunset so we can get that sweet light in the evening quite often resulted in melt downs, tantrums and choice language from the parents.  However, now from the comfort of my office chair all I can do is smile.  Smile at the beauty of these amazing children that Daryl and I have raised and their grace and charm that radiates in each year’s portrait.

So indulge me for a moment and let me brag about my family.  Take a walk down this sandy memory lane with me of 12 years of Beach Portraits.

 2002 – Sunset Beach

Our beautiful daughter, Alex…

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And our handsome son, Jax…

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Jamie is Jax’s godfather and we wanted to make sure to get something for both of them.
Jamie looks a lot happier than Jax!

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My husband has a love/hate with this one because my goodness
we have aged (and expanded!)

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These nest two images were sunrise at Sunset Beach and these are still two of my favorite images.
Those precious little silhouettes against that rising sun are truly spectacular.

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2003 – Sunset Beach

Back with the family and everyone to Sunset Beach.  I adore the portraits of my mom and Edward with all of the grandchildren.  The one with baby Mak sitting on Grammie’s lap with her arms crossed is priceless.

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2004 – Nags Head

Looks like yellow was the perfect choice for this year.  The kids were a lot more interested in getting back to the house and playing with their friends than taking pictures.  The one of Alex with that huge grin makes me laugh.  You can tell she was so ready to get up those stairs and back to the pool where her friends were playing.

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2005 – Hatteras

We really lucked out this year with the amazing moody sky.  I love these images and love the solemn expressions in some of them.  Then we had some fun by the pier and after a quick clothing change decided to capture a few with the lighthouses.  The complimentary green shirts add the perfect amount of color.

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 2006 – Outer Banks

 Most years we had the pleasure of bringing Jessie along with us.  I am so glad that we made sure to get one beach portrait of her and the kiddos!  I love the preppy pastels they are sporting in this picture.  It was a bit too windy but that’s okay, I have the images and that is what matters.  The ones at the end of the kids playing in the water are so funny, Jax’s face and Alex’s expressions are the best!

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2007 – First Landing State Park, Virginia Beach

 We wanted to make sure that we got some new images of all of the grandkids for Grammie and Beau. I love their little toes in the sand and the black and white head shots are a great marker of how much they had changed since we started.  Even baby Mak cooperated on this trip!

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2008 – Sandbridge

We took a quick little vacation to Sandbridge this year and got to spend time with one of
my very best friends and her family.  Terry, Shawn and Katie live in Kentucky but Terry
and I have been friends since our days at Saint Gertrude High School.

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 Baby Katie is my god-daughter and she is a bundle of awesome.
We love spending time with them and having Katie around.  Alex and Jax just
love her so much and every time we have a chance we make sure to get portraits of the kids together.

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 2009 – Sandbridge,  Maui & Virginia Beach 

This was a great beach year for us.  We spent some time with Terry, Shawn and Katie back in Sandbridge.
And I love the soft pale colors with the Sanctuary buildings in the background.
It adds a really cool color element to the entire image.

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Loving the pastel hues!

 

 

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In 2009 we also took a big family vacation to Maui, Hawaii.
We had so much fun and it was the most glorious vacation.
This family portrait is so special to all of us.  We hope to get back
there one day very soon, but thank goodness we have these
gorgeous images to remember it by.

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In the fall I wanted to go to Virginia Beach for a sunrise session.
Hoping to catch something cool and dramatic we really lucked out.
That morning the sky, the wind and the ocean were all in sync
and I love the way this illustration turned out.

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2010 – Virginia Beach

The kids have grown so much!  We wanted to make sure to have a new portrait
with Grammie and Beau that was updated.  I am so glad that I have these
and one day the kids will really appreciate these portraits with their grandparents.

One of my biggest regrets as an adult is that I have no pictures of my grandmother.
She was by far one of the most important people in my life and I have no images of her.
I would love to share these with my children and sometimes when I miss her most,
be able to look back at happy times we had together.  So it has always been
a priority for my children to have these portraits.

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2011 – Myrtle Beach

 In typical Taylor family fashion we had to work this beach trip in with
a baseball tournament!  Jax was playing in Myrtle Beach so we decided to
make it a mini-vacation as well.  Trying to get these portraits between
baseball games was like pulling teeth but we got it done!

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2012 – Virginia Beach 

Made it to the beach but I am missing a kid!  Jax played baseball all summer and we literally could not find any time that we could get him and his sister down there at the same time.  I was so bummed to miss a portrait of them together at the beach this year but we did a formal portrait of them at the Jefferson Hotel during the holidays instead.

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 However, I got to have both of my precious god-daughters and best friends with me during this trip.
Alex, Katie and Lily are having fun and rocking the Vineyard Vines whale hats!!

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2013 – Virginia Beach

 A few weeks ago we had a couple of days of both kids in town and a few days off.  So we headed south and landed at Virginia Beach for a few days.  We had so much fun and it was awesome to chill out and unplug.

Alex is a rising senior at Saint Gertrude High School this year so this was also part of her high school senior portrait session.  And, Jax is a rising sophomore at Benedictine College Prep.  His military buzz cut is a long way from his floppy blond locks from previous years.

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I am over the moon proud and honored and overwhelmed to have two such amazing blessings in my life.  My kids are the strongest, most graceful, funny people I know and my heart is full because they are with me.

I trust that we will have many more beach adventures.  And, I look forward to sharing them with you.  So, thank you for walking down memory lane with me, I really appreciate it.

-Mary

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Family beach vacations are tradition to many of us. Whether it’s the first or 50th trip to the beach, we often return to re-experience the joy we shared with our families in years past—and to create new memories to treasure. Today, on WRIC-8’s Good Morning Richmond our own Mary Fisk Taylor spoke about how and […]

Family beach vacations are tradition to many of us. Whether it’s the first or 50th trip to the beach, we often return to re-experience the joy we shared with our families in years past—and to create new memories to treasure.

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Today, on WRIC-8’s Good Morning Richmond our own Mary Fisk Taylor spoke about how and why to make the most out of your family vacations to the beach. She reminded us that kids won’t be kids forever – each year is a milestone that should be captured, not just documented. {We will post the interview link on Facebook when it becomes available}

Mary provided the audience with 5 tips for successful beach photography and we wanted to share them with our readers in case you missed the show.

1. Pick the right time of day, sunrise or sunset not during the day to avoid squinty eyes and back lighting
2. Clothing does not have to match but should compliment each other and avoid super trendy outfits or clothing with lots of logos or writing on it
3. Keep an emergency kit nearby with hair brush, comb, product, headbands, bug spray
4. Take your photos early in the vacation before a possible sunburn since it shows up even more red in digital photography
5. Have fun with it! Be goofy and play around as well as taking that perfect record keeping image looking at the camera enjoy your time so when you look back on the images you smile at all of the fun times you had.

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As a special gift from Hayes & Fisk, to help encourage you to capture your family’s special moments they are offering you and your family a free beach session. You must call to make an appointment for a mutually agreeable date and location. Availability is limited and this may not be used with any additional specials or promotions.

Here are some past beach sessions – we hope you enjoy!


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Carter Turns ONE!

Jessica has been part of the Hayes & Fisk family for over 10 years. Her love of children is what originally brought her to us and our love of her and baby Carter is what will keep her with us for a long time to come! Jessica, her husband Alex and her son Carter all […]

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Jessica has been part of the Hayes & Fisk family for over 10 years. Her love of children is what originally brought her to us and our love of her and baby Carter is what will keep her with us for a long time to come! Jessica, her husband Alex and her son Carter all hold a special place in our heart and we feel so blessed to consider them part of our family.

Many of you will remember our first post on baby Carter a little over a year ago, when he was born. Now he has turned ONE and we wanted to share his first year with each of you. Our clients were so excited for Jessica, when Carter was born, and you all are always asking for updates and pictures of this adorable little boy.

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We are thrilled to share with you Carter’s First Year in pictures and we thought we would also tell you a few cute characteristics and personality traits that melt our hearts.

First word – mama …As Jessica will tell you; he didn’t have a choice – she coaxed him. Followed by dada, of course. And then dog.

Favorite foods– Ice Cream (of course!), lima beans, Ritz crackers & ravioli

Favorite toy– Mom’s iPhone! And any ball..Soccer ball, encouraged by dad of course

Loves to dance – country music is his fav. Jessica says “At least he likes music like me, because he sure doesn’t look like me!”

He’s a total joker – Carter likes playing tricks on mom & dad. Jessica says he has a good sense of humor, if that is possible at his age.

Carter LOVES their dogs – he snuggles with them, chases them and even pulls their ears!

 

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Jessica, her mom (Meme) & Carter

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Mary (Mimi), Jessica & Carter

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Dad & Carter

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 Carter’s Christening

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Three Months

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Six Months

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Alex’s Mother (Nanny) & Carter

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Alex’s Grandmother (Nana) & Cater

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Nine Months

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Easter & Christmas

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We asked Jessica and Alex to each give us a quote about their first year as parents and this is what they shared:

“This has been the best year of my life. I can’t really even remember what life was like before he was born, but I know for sure, I don’t want to go back!  Carter makes my heart feel more full than ever before. I thank my lucky stars for him everyday.” – Jessica

“Carter has change our lives for the best.  He is the joy of our world. Having celebrated his 1st birthday this June it is hard to believe that he was a newborn last year.  He is walking and talking like a toddler now.” Alex

Cater and his cousins

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