Nick & Nicky | a windy wedding by the ocean in Nags Head NC {Outer Banks wedding photographer}

gorgeous bride groom portrait nags head NC

In the heart of winter, I am thinking back on photo sessions from the past year (and my lack of blogging them)… and one of the first was an early Spring wedding at an oceanfront  beach house Nags Head NC. It ended up being very chilly and so incredibly windy that the the ocean waves crashed so far in that there was hardly a beach to stand on at all. There was a threat of rain and so with that and the blustery weather, Nick and Nicky decided to get married right on the oceanfront deck of their Nags Head beach house rental. They took the weather in stride though and the excitement was contagious. I think it really says something about a relationship and a person’s character when you are able to let something like inclement weather just slide off your back. The couples main focus was vowing a life together along with a newly formed family… just as it should be. Although it was windy (a typical Outer Banks experience) the rain held off and it was a beautiful wedding.

Nick and Nicky were so obviously in love and the groom was overcome with emotion just before the ceremony. He had happy tears in anticipation of spending the rest of his life with his lovely bride. And capturing emotion? That makes for a very happy photographer.

Nick has a bit of a traditionalist in him and didn’t want to see his bride before the wedding, so the couple opted for a “first touch” as opposed to a “first look.” It was touching to document them sharing an intimate moment while holding hands around the corner of the beach house. Nick was misty eyed again and you could just tell the depth of his love for his bride.

After the ceremony it started to sprinkle rain and we took some quick portraits of the couple on the beach. I’m glad we were able to get a few images of them in front of the gorgeous ocean! I think that the ocean is beautiful on any given day…it just has different moods. I’m honored that I was able to be part of such a special day. Congrats to Nick and Nicky! (soon to be happy 1st anniversary!)

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Thanks for the glowing review Nicky! Hope to see you and your beautiful family when you are on your next vacation in the Outer Banks of North Carolina!

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Top portrait photographs from the past year {Best of the Beach – Outer Banks NC Family & Wedding Photographer}

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Well, there is no denying it, I did not keep up with any kind of blogging for the past year. I always have the best of intentions..but many of you know how it goes when you are trying to keep up with two young kids and being a girl boss at the same time. While I still intend to go back and blog a few favorite sessions from the past year, I figured I’d pick a “few” highlights of the year. Of course, going through all of my sessions and picking out the top ones is like telling someone to choose their favorite child. Pretty impossible to do..so I just went for it and still left plenty out of the mix. I’m already having regret to leave out so many. I might have to do a “best of” personal photography blog next. I thought this first image was good for a “looking back” post. It’s a favorite local family’s kids looking out to the ocean. Looking back or looking forward? I think it works both ways.

kids facing ocean at sunset in the Outer banks of NC

In the past year I have photographed numerous families, a business, and a few weddings ranging all over the Outer Banks of North Carolina the way from Corolla, Duck, Southern shores, Kitty Hawk, Nags Head Woods, and the beaches Nags Head NC. I even had one destination photo shoot up in the historic battlefields of Manassas Virginia at the very end of year. I am always willing to travel to more exotic destinations like Hawaii (hint hint). Heck, I’d even take Charlottesville, VA. :)  I was also highly honored this year being named “Best of the Beach” for 2016 in the Outer Banks of NC. https://outerbanksvoice.com/2016/11/04/and-now-the-winners-of-2016s-best-of-the-beach-polling/  Thank you to all who voted and have supported me through out the years..I cannot tell you what it means to me!

Without further ado – here are some of my favorites from 2016. You will recognize many photographs if you follow studio nassetta on facebook..but there are a few that you probably have not seen. I have noticed that many of my favorites involve sweet little girls. Maybe that’s because I’m always photographing my own two crazy little boys and it’s so much fun to have a change of pace and capture a girl and her tutu! I also noticed that many of my favorites happen to be black and white. Usually I tend to edit photos in black and white to highlight the expression in the photo and let it stand on it’s own without distraction. It’s a personal artistic preference..but I just love a good black and white photograph. Unless it’s a gorgeous pink tutu with a flower crown. Then it’s color all the way…

What are your favorites? I’d love to know!

1st birthday girl photos with flower crown on the beaches of Duck NC

award winning photograph of beach wedding couple in Nags Head NC

girl flying daddy black white photo outer banks NC

family beach photography with red balloon in OBX NC

kids hug parents in family black and white portrait outer banks nc

father hugs kids by the ocean on the beaches of outer banks NC

girl playing with sand in Corolla NC_black white photograph

baby boy beach one year birthday suit crawling reflection photo OBX NC

Girl standing on a shipwreck in the beach of Corolla NC

outer banks nc free people girl twirling by the water

candid family beach photography duck nc

children whalehead club portraits Corolla NC

black and white obx beach family portrait

maternity photograph with flower crown, Kitty Hawk Pier, outer banks NC

father son portrait beach corolla nc

little girl holding baby doll by dunes of Coquina Beach, nags head NC

baby in baptism gown in field of yellow flowers in Currituck, NC

twin girls running on beach in corolla NC

intimate baby and mother photograph Outer banks NC

first birthday girl photo shoot with pink tutu on the beach in the outer banks of NC

one year old boy photo shoot with suspenders on the beach at nagshead NC

family walking photograph with Balloon in Nags head NC beach

preschool portraits in Kill Devil Hills NC

wedding photography kitty hawk pier NC by Hilton Garden Inn

lifestyle photography - joy and chaos children chasing in OBX Pine Island NC

sibling kids portrait on old pallet on the beaches of nags head NC

black and white family photo -hug on the beaches of nags head nc

1st birthday photo shoot with party hat and yellow tutu on beach at Nags head NC

mom and son play in waves on beach of corolla NC - lifestyle photographer OBX

twin girls tween portrait nagshead nc

family of five photograph with gorgeous sunset on the beach in Nags Head in Outer Banks NC

family photograph of local celebrity, bright color wardrobe outer banks NC

mother and son playing in the waves with clothes in outer banks NC - photo

christmas photo of beautiful girlby vintage ford truck in nagshead woods North Carolina

mom and boys hug laugh Nagshead woods NC

fairy girl nags head woods child photograph

All images shot with my trusty Canon 5D Mark III. Also a new addition to the studio nasetta family this year!

 

 

 

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Nags Head senior photo session at the pier and in the waves! { OBX senior photographer: Nags Head, NC}

It’s that time of year again. Another set of high school seniors will be graduating. One of my own nieces will also graduate this year in Northern Virginia (I have 13 nieces and nephews along with a great nephew and two great nieces….so there are a few)! My own little man will “graduate” from preschool this May of 2016. (pass the Kleenex!)  It’s a time of transition, a time of change, of exciting opportunities and endless possibility. It’s the perfect time to capture some images before all of the big changes that lie ahead. Senior photo sessions have been popular for several years now and I think it’s a great tradition. Personally, my senior school head shot with a splattered paint shirt is not exactly a flattering memory. Nothing could have been flattering with that sun-in streaked hair and late 80’s style..but natural light photos with a professional photographer might have helped.  But I digress. 😉

This photo session is a throw back to the class of 2014. This is Kelsey and she is the daughter of a girl who went to high school with ME! I chose this session because it just feels like it pulls it full circle when you are photographing your high school classmate’s kids!

We started of at Nags Head FIshing Pier and captured a few images there and then headed down to Coquina Beach (across from the Bodie Island Lighthouse) to get some gorgeous beach shots. Kelsey was so great to work with and was up for anything. Some of my favorite photos are when she got in the surf for some fun ocean shots. Luckily she came with a change of clothes.  😉 Kelsey rocked her photo session like a model and I’m sure she is killin’ it a CU!high-school_senior_photos_beach_nagshead_ncsenior-girl_photos-on-beach-chair_obxgirl_senior_highschool_portraits_obx

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Where the Wild Things Are – a special 2nd birthday passion photo project: {Nags Head NC Family Photographer}

As a photographer in the Outer Banks, I love capturing the love between families. But I especially love photographing children and the spontaneity of emotion that they bring to the table. Sometimes it’s a bit terrifying..but it’s exhilarating too. Genuine. Honest. Free spirited. Raw. Little ones are nothing if not that. So when I saw a pic of a friend’s son (a local boy from Kill Devil Hills NC) in his amazing Halloween costume late last year, I was inspired to take images of him in a little fantasy dress up photo shoot. It was fun to have complete creative control and set up – with this fun “Where the Wild Things Are” styled shoot for Turner near his 2nd birthday! This first photo below was recently entered on a whim to a photo contest for Shoot and Share. This particular image came in better than the TOP 1% of children and toddler photos – and as a personal project is a favorite of mine as well.

max_where-the-wild-things-are_2nd-birthday-photos-obxMaurice Sendak is a favorite illustrator of mine and I’ve always had a special fondness for the children’s book Where the Wild Things Are. In fact, back when I went back to school for graphic design, one of my award winning 3D art projects was called Max meets Magritte. It combines a surrealist painting of Margritte and incorporates it with the illustrations of the children’s story. Must be a lucky book for me.  :)

max_where-the-wild-things-are_nags_head_ncTurner_2nd_birthday_photos_nagshead_nc_where-the-wild-things-are-sendak-themewhere-the-wild-things-are-max_outer_banks_ncthat very night in max’s room a forest grew.

and grew… and grew until his ceiling hung with vines… and the walls became the world all around”siblings_storybook_photoshoot_outer_banks_nc

Turner’s big sister Lily also got in a little of the action too.2nd-birthday-photos-nags-head-woods-ncThis giant number balloon (above, right), was provided by The Flower Field in Kitty Hawk. It was his 2nd birthday after all…so we wanted to get one shot to celebrate that fact.  Turner’s mom works with the Flower Field..and it happens to be a great place to pick up an amazing arrangement or a flower crown for a special photo shoot (hint hint!).max_2nd_birthday_dancing_on_bridge_nags-head-woods-ncAll of these images are back in the Nags Head Woods Nature preserve. This little bridge seemed like a fun backdrop for the kids to play..and dance!Turner_turns_two_dress-up_nags_head_nc brother_sister_hug_nagshead-woods_ncHugs from brother “Max.”max_tail_where_the-wild-things-are_2nd_birthday_photos Max_picking_america_beauty-berries_nags_head_woods-ncmom-kissing-son-dressed-up-as-max-nagshead-nc

And Max the king of all wild things was lonely and wanted to be where
someone loved him best of all.

 

Capturing everyday moments – Easter egg decorating {children’s lifestyle photographer, Nags Head, NC}

Sometimes I get so busy as mom (also Princess Leia or Rey around these Star Wars obsessed parts) that I forget to take out the camera for everyday moments. Truly, those are the memories I want to keep. Elias jumping on our bed in the morning…and writing me notes and drawing pictures that say “for mom” several times a day. My 7 year old Noah in his imaginary world – shooting missiles at the bad guys (and not listening to mom). Snuggling in their pjs reading stories (with me and to each other). But we are busy living life (as it should be) and miss capturing some of these moments. Whether you capture a simple video on your iphone or grab your point and shoot for few images…don’t forget to take a few photos so that you can look back and remember when they were this little. My goal is to capture more of these everyday moments that are not posed but just real life. I want to start getting in the photo more myself as well..but that is another post for another time about self timers and shutter release cables and getting in the photo even when you are having a bad hair day. One step at a time.

Yesterday I lived in the moment but still managed to grab my camera and 50mm lens for a few shots of decorating Easter eggs…and even got a chance to dye 3 of them myself. Final touches to be done at Grandma’s house in Northern VA this weekend – so the Easter bunny can use them to hide for the boys.  Happy Easter Blessings to you and your family..and be sure to enjoy those everyday messy moments!

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colored-easter-eggs-boy-artist-nags-head-nc dying-easter-eggs-obx-lifeElias was very patient this year (one day away from 5 years old!) and waited until the eggs got super dark! easter-fun-nagshead-ncwaiting-for-easter-eggs-to-dry-outer-banks-ncwaiting… kids-life-decorating-easter-eggs-obx kids-colorful-egg-dyes-outer-banks-ncOh…and Elias’ birthday is today…so super close to Easter this year. I made these cute Easter peep cupcakes for his preschool class! easter-peep-birthday-cupcakes-obxlife

Yoga to You OBX {Outer Banks photographer headshots}

The community of locals on the Outer Banks of NC has truly a small town feel with amazing folks. I moved down to Nags Head NC ten years ago and one of the first true friendships I developed was this amazing gorgeous woman, Patty McKenna. We met for the first time at a small book club group that met one evening at the Outer Banks Brewing Station in Kill Devil Hills. Sometimes when you meet someone for the first time you just click without even having had much of a conversation at all..and that is the way it was for me and Patty (at least on my end!). Without even knowing each other well, she was courageous enough to join me on an all girls surf camp trip tin Mal Pais, Costa Rica. We went on what was a big birthday trip for me to a surf camp called Pura Vida Adventures ~ Costa Rica Surf & Yoga Retreats. www.PuraVidaAdventures.com It was an amazing experience to say the least. Back then Patty wasn’t a yoga instructor and I didn’t have kids. A lot has changed since that trip. I now have two crazy and adorable boys (who I prayed for on that trip) and have started my own photography business, and Patty, among other things, is now an amazing kite-boarder and is now a certified yoga instructor. While she teaches classes at other local Yoga studios in the Outer Banks, she is starting her new venture Yoga To You OBX.  Whether on the beach, by the pool, in the great room, at the park. Any size group.

So, to help get her get up and running yogatoyouobx.com (site coming soon), we took advantage of the unseasonably warm evening in March and got some photos to put up on her website. Here are a few of the images that we took up in Southern Shores the other evening at sunset. Thanks to friends and family who came out to support! If you are looking for an amazing instructor with plenty of laid back fun…check out Patty and book her for a session. You won’t regret it!obx-yoga-beach-duckyoga-instructor-southern-shores-outer-banks-nc  group-yoga-duck-nc Patty_McKenna_yoga_instructor-yogatoyouobx beach-yoga-class-obx-to-youyoga-class-having-fun-beaches-of-outer-banks-nc mother-dauther-yoga-pose-obx-ncpersonal-yoga-instruction-on-beach-outer-banks-nc yoga-class-on-beach-duck-nc beach-yoga-class-outer-banks-nc woman-yoga-pose-on-log-at-beach-obx girl-by-the-ocean-yoga-on-log-outer-banks-nc beautiful-woman-yoga-on-the-beach-duck-nc

Telling a story: Special connections with family groups {Nags Head NC Family Photography}

I admit it, big family groups used to make me a little nervous. The thought of coordinating everyone at the same time including the littlest of the bunch into one photo where no one is closing there eyes, sneezing, hitting their brother..etc… was an overwhelming task. But the reality is, while it take s a bit longer to set up the big extended family shot, it really usually comes together fairly seamlessly and then there is the good old fashion head-swap in Photoshop if we are really desperate. And the reality is family groups are really just a few smaller families bunched up together…and showing the intimate relationship between family members is my favorite thing to take photos of.

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This family was referred to me by a local friend and it could not have been a nicer group of people. Sometimes you come across a family who’s story resonates with you even before you meet in person..and this was such a group. When you connect with with a family and share intimate details during emails before the photo session it can make the photo shoot all the more meaningful. Sometimes it’s a family member with a terminal illness, or a mother’s birthday, or an anniversary of sorts. Often it’s just a rare family reunion where everyone can get together for one big shot. When I connect with a family I am better able to tell their story through photographs. All I know is that I connected with this family in a special way and I wish we could hang out as friends. I think if a few of them lived closer perhaps we would. I like to think so anyways.

These images were taken this past September at Coquina Beach in Nags Head, NC. They are special to me and I hope the family cherishes them for years to come.

 

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New family of Three in Corolla NC {Outer Banks Family Photographer}

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I have two young boys. I’ve had a family photo session for my own family. Of course I take photos of my own kids. I know what it’s like when your little one isn’t happy or cooperating when you desperately want them to. Toddlers are unpredictable, on their own timetable and not easily manipulated into a fake smile. Honestly, a fake smile is not really what I strive for anyways. And that’s what I love about little children anyways… the genuine response, the real moment they give you. I have a few tricks up my sleeve to coax a genuine happy face or emotion out of a child though – so I’ve never had a photo session with an out of sorts kid that didn’t end up with some truly joyous images in the end. Usually it surprises my client to no end when they receive their gallery. “He or she was so cranky…  how the heck did you get these photos?” is usually close to the response.

This little man was 6 months old and our sunset photo session on the beaches of Corolla was right when he was supposed to be in bed for the night. He was not a happy camper. Still, we managed to capture the essence of this sweet young family and even a few happy smiles for the camera. The best thing about this is that now they have images that speak to who they were as a family at that time… and life is not all about posed shots and fake smiles. Real life is about connection, about snuggles with mama when you are feeling sleepy and out of sorts, it is raw, messy, joyous, and always uniquely you.family_beach_walk-outer-banks-nc family_of_three_corolla_nc family-hug-beach-portrait-obx mommy_toddler_beach_outer_banks_nc mother_six-month-old-todder_walk_corolla_beach smiling_toddler_corolla_beach_house

The biggest blessing was when I received this review after delivering the images…it couldn’t make my heart any happier than knowing I’ve truly captured the essence of a family on “film” and that a client will treasure their images forever!

from the Dad:  “Lauren was incredible for our family shoot! Our six-month old was none too pleased to be up so late trying to take pictures, but Lauren was calm, cool and collected as she adapted to the circumstances and worked with our fussy baby. And, at the end of it all, she produced some incredible images that have so much life and character, and you wouldn’t even know the uphill struggle of the shoot! If you’re in the OBX and looking for some great photos, we would definitely recommend her!”

 

xoxo – Lauren

If you want to book your own family photo session in the Outer Banks of NC, please email me at studionassetta@gmail.com

We all start somewhere: Before and After {Outer Banks Newborn Photographer}

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After moving to Nags Head NC, a few years later in 2008 I was pregnant with my first child. After a long journey of thinking I many never have children, Noah Ryder was a miracle anticipated with a special joy … Continue reading

Photographer and artist living in a tech savvy world, {Nags Head NC Family Photographer}

Sometimes I just want to be an artist, create gorgeous photographs that show connection and other various works of art. I love typography and graphic design, I love taking photos of people that show raw emotion. I love dabbling in paint and multimedia art and even just my kids art. But I don’t want to live in a bubble..so I must embrace the online world and social media. Bare with me since this is my first time blogging EVER..but I hope to start it up this year and finally share more with the world than just a few images in facebook.

I am a photographer who lives on the Outer Banks of NC. Although I live in Nags Head, I also am excited to travel to photograph in other locations! I frequently travel to Northern VA (where I am originally from) during holidays and can set up sessions in the DC area.

Below is a favorite image that I took in Nags Head NC in the summer of 2015. Look for more posts soon as I venture into the blogging world of photographers!

girl spinning on beach in Nags Head NC