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4th of July ● Family reunion

Since we’re almost into August (crazy, right?!), I wanted to share some family favorites from a recent family reunion over the 4th of July. My mom’s side of the family has been getting together at The Belvedere hotel in Virginia Beach for years! Our crew takes over the hotel! There is always roughly 100 of us all gathered on the beach telling stories and catching up. It’s a tradition I look forward to every year.

This year was particularly special because my brother’s kiddos, Maury Jr. and Ellie, were so much fun to play with at the beach. Jr. will be two in October and so he had a blast running around on the beach and Ellie (she’ll be one in November)  was such a snuggle bug! Before we headed home from our vacation, I wanted to capture some family portraits of them. If you’re subscribed to my YouTube channel, you may have seen Maury Jr.’s 6-month milestone session in OBX last summer — his little tush in the sand was too cute!! Now that they are a family of 4 (for now!)… I wanted to document this special season in their lives.

Keep in mind, this family session was at about 1PM in the afternoon, on a beach, on 4th of July weekend… so the lighting wasn’t ideal, there were lots of distractions for a toddler, and lots of people! Let’s just say I’m thankful for the spot removal tool in Lightroom! I was able to remove everyone in the background of these images so it looks like we had the entire beach to ourselves. So in love with these images. Can’t wait for my little Michael to join in on the fun! 🙂

Here is a snapshot of our family reunion crew from last year! Such a fun gang!! 🙂



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