North Carolina Homestead Session – Family & Childhood Photography Session

Summer is quickly fading but I still have this family and their sweet homestead session on my mind as the leaves start to fade to Fall.

There is something to be said for finding the right artist that “gets you” to photograph you and your family. I find it so important that it’s one of my core values in business (written about in past blog posts), which I will also soon have outlined on my new website when it launches (that’s right — you heard it here first… new site coming, probably by the Spring because there is sooo much goodness we’re going to pack into it Quality takes time!). You can’t simply throw a dart and choose just anybody to document your life. You have to be the right fit. And this family, the Freulers, also from Pittsboro, were just that for me. They were kind and welcoming, had the most adorable home and property, and we had so much in common! When you find just the right people to work with, it makes shooting a breeze and the end result that much sweeter.

For this post I’m going to share my favorite digital images from the house portion of their session, where we started and ended our time together — last time I shared my favorite black and white film shots. For my third installment of this family session next time, I’ll share my shots from around their property which you won’t want to miss! Let’s just say it involves a tree house, flying chickens, a rope swing over a pond, and goats! Not all in tandem… 😉

Ready to Book? Here is my 2016 pricing info!
Or you can always email me at lea@lovemesimply.com.
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Photo by Lea Ciceraro - www.LoveMeSimply.com

Photo by Lea Ciceraro - www.LoveMeSimply.com

Photo by Lea Ciceraro - www.LoveMeSimply.com

Photo by Lea Ciceraro - www.LoveMeSimply.com

Photo by Lea Ciceraro - www.LoveMeSimply.com

Photo by Lea Ciceraro - www.LoveMeSimply.com

Photo by Lea Ciceraro - www.LoveMeSimply.com

Photo by Lea Ciceraro - www.LoveMeSimply.com

Photo by Lea Ciceraro - www.LoveMeSimply.com

Photo by Lea Ciceraro - www.LoveMeSimply.com

Photo by Lea Ciceraro - www.LoveMeSimply.com

Photo by Lea Ciceraro - www.LoveMeSimply.com

Photo by Lea Ciceraro - www.LoveMeSimply.com

Photo by Lea Ciceraro - www.LoveMeSimply.com

Photo by Lea Ciceraro - www.LoveMeSimply.com

Photo by Lea Ciceraro - www.LoveMeSimply.com

Photo by Lea Ciceraro - www.LoveMeSimply.com

Photo by Lea Ciceraro - www.LoveMeSimply.com

Photo by Lea Ciceraro - www.LoveMeSimply.com

Photo by Lea Ciceraro - www.LoveMeSimply.com

Photo by Lea Ciceraro - www.LoveMeSimply.com

Want to do a similar session for your family? Have a house or homestead you’re smitten with and want your family to always remember? Let’s get together and start creating the family photo album of your dreams!

Ready to Book? Here is my 2016 pricing info!
Or you can always email me at lea@lovemesimply.com.
Or, contact me on my website HERE!

XOXO

Black & White Film Photography in a North Carolina Farmhouse – Family & Childhood Photography Session

I have so much goodness to share from this incredible family session on the sweetest little homestead, but I’m feeling pulled to first share the black and white film images that I shot at the END of the session. Who says you can’t have dessert first? 😉 Stay tuned as I share several posts from this series over the course of several weeks this summer. There is just so much eye candy and love to be inspired by!

Ready to Book? Here is my 2016 pricing info!
Or you can always email me at lea@lovemesimply.com.
Or, contact me on my website HERE!

Photos shot on a Nikon F100 35mm film camera, with Ilford HP5 film pushed two stops in developing by theFINDlab.

North Carolina Homestead Family Session - Love Me Simply Photography by Lea Ciceraro (www.LoveMeSimply.com

North Carolina Homestead Family Session - Love Me Simply Photography by Lea Ciceraro (www.LoveMeSimply.com

North Carolina Homestead Family Session - Love Me Simply Photography by Lea Ciceraro (www.LoveMeSimply.com

North Carolina Homestead Family Session - Love Me Simply Photography by Lea Ciceraro (www.LoveMeSimply.com

North Carolina Homestead Family Session - Love Me Simply Photography by Lea Ciceraro (www.LoveMeSimply.com

North Carolina Homestead Family Session - Love Me Simply Photography by Lea Ciceraro (www.LoveMeSimply.com

North Carolina Homestead Family Session - Love Me Simply Photography by Lea Ciceraro (www.LoveMeSimply.com

North Carolina Homestead Family Session - Love Me Simply Photography by Lea Ciceraro (www.LoveMeSimply.com

North Carolina Homestead Family Session - Love Me Simply Photography by Lea Ciceraro (www.LoveMeSimply.com

North Carolina Homestead Family Session - Love Me Simply Photography by Lea Ciceraro (www.LoveMeSimply.com

North Carolina Homestead Family Session - Love Me Simply Photography by Lea Ciceraro (www.LoveMeSimply.com

North Carolina Homestead Family Session - Love Me Simply Photography by Lea Ciceraro (www.LoveMeSimply.com

North Carolina Homestead Family Session - Love Me Simply Photography by Lea Ciceraro (www.LoveMeSimply.com

Ready to Book? Here is my 2016 pricing info!
Or you can always email me at lea@lovemesimply.com.
Or, contact me on my website HERE!

What Do Photographs Mean to You?

Exist in photographs. For yourself. For your children. Love never fails, and must be preserved with photography.

www.LoveMeSimply.com | by Lea Ciceraro | NC Family Photographer

We have photographs on nearly every wall and surface in our home. It’s the first thing you see when you walk in the door. There are huge canvases, small prints, big prints. Framed prints on my childhood piano and our fireplace mantle. A photo of my parents on their wedding day. Simple frames, fancy-ish frames, and sometimes no frames at all. Albums upon albums from my childhood. Instant Polaroids taped to our refrigerator. Candid moments that I’ve snapped over the years. Tiny details like hands and feet and curly locks on new babies. Moments from when my husband and I were dating in the late 90’s, to our wedding and honeymoon in 2006, to each child and adopted animal we have made a part of our home and our hearts since then. [Below: Me as a kiddo in 1986 when we lived in Germany]

www.LoveMeSimply.com | by Lea Ciceraro | NC Family Photographer

Many of the photos were taken myself, of course, but there are also plenty that I have hired other photographers to take of me and my family (like the one below, shot by Alissa Saylor). Why? Because existing in photographs is important. I want to exist in photographs for my children and for myself so we have these amazing heirlooms that we will cherish for the rest of our lives.

www.LoveMeSimply.com | by Lea Ciceraro | NC Family Photographer

You know what I think about often? That one day my children will look for photographs of me and their dad, and us with them. What will they have? [See more photos below: on the left is me with Maximilian snapped by my hubs, and on the right is me with Oliver a few years later, snapped by Alissa Saylor] I understand the power of thinking I’m not good enough in any one point in my life to be in photos. It’s easy to get in a cycle of not wanting your photo taken. But what happens when you’re gone?

www.LoveMeSimply.com | by Lea Ciceraro | NC Family Photographer

I am good enough. Right now… today. My family loves me, they want these photos taken as much as I do, and they mean more to me than anything else in the world. I am good enough to be photographed with my kids. I want to celebrate this beautiful life I have been given. I want it to mean something and to tell our family history.

This is why I take photos constantly, and why I hire photographers I believe in to give me these photos that generations of our family will hold onto and cherish forever. Because a portrait is more than just a photograph. These photos are more meaningful than anything our family will ever own or vacation we will take or presents we will buy. These photos, these memories, are the only possible thing we could spend money on that will go up in value the way they do. It must be done right.

[Photo below of my parents on their wedding day in 1971, and to the right is me and Jose on June 3, 2006 – snapped by Bronson Pate]

www.LoveMeSimply.com | by Lea Ciceraro | NC Family Photographer

My husband can count on one hand how many photos from his childhood he has. And when we were dating, I don’t recall seeing any family photos on the walls of his house. It’s heartbreaking to both of us and our own kids to have that piece of history missing. Whatever the reason was, now the photos aren’t there and there’s nothing that can be done about that. It’s a legacy lost. Missing pieces of the puzzle he’ll never get back. So we’re making sure we preserve these memories for our kids.

What’s more important today, in this moment, than photographing your family and existing in photos with them?

www.LoveMeSimply.com | by Lea Ciceraro | NC Family Photographer

Experimenting with Various Film Stocks: Seattle Film Works

I have a bit of ADHD (yes, hyperactivity included, haha) when it comes to shooting film. Every type of film stock + camera + lab will give you a different result depending on the combination you choose! It can be a little intimidating, but all you can really do is jump in and start experimenting!

A few months ago, a wonderful fellow film mama decided to clear out her stash of discontinued Seattle Film Works film, and she sent a roll each to a big group of film shooters. A couple of months after that, a friend from Beggars & Choosers found another roll that she gave me and I happily used! After a little research about Seattle Film Works, it seems like their earlier rolls of film had to be developed with special chemicals and processes, and some of the later ones could be processed using C-41.

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Falling in Love with Pittsboro, NC: My Favorite Small Town Eatery on 35mm Film — Small B&B Cafe!

Moving to a new town, a new state, can be terrifying. Settling in, finding a new everything. It’s lonely, unknown, and overwhelming. Where is the nearest grocery store? How do I find a favorite new breakfast spot? But, if you take a minute to breath and seek out the beauty of the newness that surrounds you, magic happens.

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The Swoon-Worthy Pittsboro Farmers’ Market on 35mm Film | North Carolina Film Photographer

After my trip to the always-lovely Chatham Mills Farmers’ Market a few weeks back, some more wonderfully friendly local farmers enjoyed that set of images so much that they invited me our to another fantastic market: The Pittsboro Farmers’ Market (Thursday’s 3-6pm at Main Street Station!).

These were all shot with my Nikon F100 with Portra400, developed and scanned by The FIND Lab!

I’d like to start with Lu’s Farm since that is who reached out to me first. Lu is so kind and welcoming, and her baked goods & flowers were just to die for.

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Vintage & Antiquing Addiction: My Love for Beggars & Choosers + Screaming for Vintage in Pittsboro, North Carolina… on 35mm Film!

I’m continuing with my series showing my love of Pittsboro on 35mm film. Last week I shared photos from the Chatham Mills Farmers’ Market, and I’ve been invited out to the Pittsboro Farmers’ Market today to shoot some more film — so keep an eye out for those photos in a couple of weeks!

But today right here on the blog, I’m moving on to sharing my images from my favorite store here in town! We moved to Pittsboro about 2.5 years ago and since I have a love of antiques and all things vintage, one of the first shops in town that I ever stepped foot in was Beggars & Choosers! I was instantly in love.

And then I met Pam, the owner, who is endlessly lovable. One of my favorite things she said to me once was, “If everyone is going to be talking about you anyway, you may as well give them something to talk about!” 🙂 Here are two photos of her on Halloween last year.

Portra 160 | Nikkormat | The FIND Lab

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Falling in Love with Pittsboro, North Carolina: The Local Farmers of the Chatham Mills Farmers’ Market… on 35mm Film!

Small towns are the soul of, well, everything. Go to any small town in any country, and you will immediately see the true heart of where you are. My family and I have lived in a lot of different places — thank you Air Force for taking my childhood around the world, and then I married a husband with a spirit as adventurous and wanderlusting as my own!). But two years ago fate brought us to Pittsboro, North Carolina. The sweetest small town that I have fallen head over heels in love with. The type of place where your fellow business owners know you by name, and everyone mutually supports each other’s endeavors. Local, indie businesses thrive on community support. Pittsboro has proven itself to be nothing short of incredible as I have set up shop here in town and began rebuilding my client base when I re-established my business here after our big move from Austin, Texas.

One of my favorite happy places to spend time with other awesome, like-minded locals is at the Saturday morning Chatham Mills Farmers’ Market! The farmers are all so sweet and fun and interesting to talk to. So two weeks ago I finally decided to load up my F100 with some film to document all of the beauty just bursting from the gorgeous produce and other handmade goods that the farmers brought out that weekend. The only part that bummed me out a little was that Fiddlehead Farm wasn’t there– they have the BEST bread, jams, and other treats!! I guess I’ll just have to go back with my film again and catch them another time. 😉

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A Beautiful Bridal Session at the Leslie-Alford-Mims House by Love Me Simply Photography | Holly Springs / Raleigh, NC

I have had the pleasure of photographing John & Kourtney’s journey from proposal to wedding day! A few weeks ago, Kourtney and I went to the new Leslie-Alford-Mims House in Holly Springs for her bridal portraits and it was just amazing! I also absolutely loved working with Priscilla and Brooke — such lovely ladies who did an incredible job with this venue! I had an amazing time photographing Kourtney’s bridal portraits, and I am so excited to finally be able to share them with you! I’m looking forward to shooting more portraits and events at this venue in the future.

Love Me Simply Photography Bridal Session

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Engagement Photography in North Carolina | Coffee Shops + Baseball & Softball + Outdoor Adventures = LOVE

Exactly three months from today, two of the most beautiful souls, both inside and out, get married. In three months, John and Kourtney become a family, officially, in the mountains of Asheville, North Carolina.

Photographing love, in every shape and form, is my absolute favorite. So much so, that I wrote my manifesto about what love means to me.

I met John and Kourtney in 2013, and shortly after, John asked me to secretly photograph his proposal to Kourtney at sunrise in December (BRRR!). It was such a special life moment to be a part of!!

Last Fall, I had the pleasure of shooting their engagement photos, and let me tell you, it was amazing!!! The three of us worked SO very hard to make sure it was so uniquely THEM, with a special meaning behind every bit of it. We spent three hours together and went to three different locations!

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A Soft, Lovely, Musical Family Session!

I met Rebecca and her daughter when I moved to North Carolina last year, and we instantly clicked because she was once a fellow Austinite, just like us! Everyone in her beautiful little family are very impressively musically inclined (and Rebecca has a gorgeous singing voice, too!), and they are just sweet as can be. When she told me she wanted to bring their instruments along for a session, I was so giddy and immediately knew where I wanted to photograph them just doing their thing. Coincidentally, it’s where we had our own family photos taken a few months back: Fearrington Village! I had been dying to do a shoot there since we moved here, but I was waiting for the right family to come along! It’s one of the most beautifully places around here, and happens to be just a few minutes away from us both! The environment suited them perfectly and we had so much fun. Her family and myself were a match-made-in-heaven for this session, because not only did we have a lot of the same interests and aesthetic tastes, but she believed in my vision as much as I did. I love photographing families in their happy place just having a good time with the ones they cherish. Rebecca and her family are actually moving to Chicagoland any day now (major sadface!), so I really wanted to get this blog post up before they skipped town. We’ll miss you, Rebecca! Thank you for being awesome!!!

XOXO

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