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It’s that time of year. The days are getting longer, the weather is getting warmer… and Mother’s Day is right around the corner! This may have you feeling a bit nervous, especially if you did a great job buying the mom in your life an amazing gift last year. You may be wondering how you’re going to top it! Well, I may have the solution for you. If you’re struggling to come up with an idea for a mom who seems to have it all, or if you’re looking for a gift that’s completely unique and sentimental, a family photo session can be the perfect idea.

Why family portraits make the best gifts for moms Contrary to what you may believe, most moms don’t really wish for material gifts for Mother’s Day. Many would rather spend time with their families, children and grandchildren. This is true for both new mothers and mothers with adult children. We all lead such busy lives these days, and what better gift to give someone than your time? Sure, buying her flowers is a beautiful gesture – but unfortunately, they don’t last very long. Other material gifts can be forgotten down the road. On the other hand, a family photo session is a gift that comes from your heart, and she’ll have the photos to remind her of that forever. Whether you’re celebrating your mom or the mother of your children (or both), consider giving her a meaningful and lasting gift that shows how much you appreciate all that she does throughout the year. Think about it this way: A mother is the nucleus of her family. With this gift, you’ll show her that she’s the center of your lives. You’ll be giving her something that celebrates family, love and the lives that she helped to create. It simply doesn’t get better than that!

You can’t put a price tag on memories Gathering the family together for a fun time in front of the camera is a priceless experience filled with laughter and love. The best part about this gift is that you’ll all get to have some fun. Doing a photo session together will give every family member a chance to take a break from everyday life and busy schedules. At this time of year, when the flowers are blooming and the grass is turning green, outdoor photo sessions can turn out absolutely beautiful. I personally love the beach as a stunning backdrop for family photography. Capturing families laughing and playing together on the shore makes for incredible photos.

When to take family photos for Mother’s Day While some people may want to take photos on the holiday itself, a great idea is to book a family photo session before Mother’s Day. This way, you can present her with a photo album and some framed pictures on her special day. I promise you: she’ll love it! If booking prior to Mother's Day doesn't work for you, presenting mom with a beautiful photo frame and Susan Yates Photography gift card is perfect. This option will give mom time to schedule the perfect day that will work for her.

Ready to book your Mother’s Day photo session or to purchase a gift certificate for mom? Contact me today, and let’s talk! I’ll help you show the mom in your life how much she means to you!

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The snow is falling and the skies are grey, but the bitter cold weather isn't bring you down. Why? Because you just booked your family’s summer vacation to North Carolina’s Crystal Coast! First of all, I’m really excited for you. There’s 85 miles of breathtaking beaches waiting for you and your family to explore. You’re going to love it. Now I realize that the holidays have just ended, but it’s never too early to start planning when it comes to summertime trips like this. Of course, there’s so much to think about over these next few months – like where you’ll want to eat and the sightseeing trips you’ll want to take. But while you’re mentally packing your bags right now, don’t forget one of the most important things: booking a family beach photo session!

Why family photos on the beach are a “must” for vacationers: Many people tend to think that photo sessions are something you do when there’s a big occasion to celebrate, like an engagement, wedding, or birth. While those are popular reasons to get in front of the camera, there are many other occasions in life that are just as important to celebrate. A family summer vacation is one of them! While your kids are taking a break from school, and you’re getting some much-needed time off from work, it’s really the perfect time to have photos taken. Beach photo sessions are casual and relaxed, so you can dress in comfortable clothing and just enjoy being with each other. Kids grow up so quickly, and being able to capture them in a gorgeous, natural environment is something that’s really unique and special. From a photographer’s perspective, these sessions on the beach are among my favorite. I’m able to capture candid family moments in beautiful surroundings. The beach itself is such a happy place. As I watch families digging their feet into the sand while they laugh and splash around at the shoreline, I get to witness the joy they have at being able to spend this time together. As a family, these are the types of moments you’ll want to capture on film. While the trip will eventually end, the memories won’t.

The Crystal Coast is the perfect spot to take family pictures The great thing about booking a trip to the Crystal Coast is that you’ll end up with some pretty incredible photos. The beaches provide a stunning backdrop, so we can capture you looking out at the waves, playing on the shore together or even enjoying the perfect sunset. You may love it so much, that you make it a tradition to take family photos here year after year.

Ready to book your family photo session? My advice: Don’t wait too long! You’d be surprised how quickly these get booked up - even in the winter. If you’ll be spending some time at the beach with your loved ones this year, contact me. I can’t wait to help you make wonderful memories this summer!

Interested in a portrait session with Susan Yates Photography? Contact me to start planning your story today.

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I can't think of a better way to kick off fall sessions on the Crystal Coast then to share this photo session I had with these adorable little girls. As always, summer is quickly coming to an end and there are so many warm, sunny summer sessions (oh, and the adorable "feeding the ducks" SGK session) to share, but I must share this sweet "apple picking" photo session I had with these little girls modeling Shrimp and Grits Kids - Apple Of My Eye outfits from their Serendipity line.

The theme for this line of dresses and tunics was "apple picking". The Crystal Coast doesn't exactly have an apple picking season, so we headed to our local farmer's market and loaded baskets full of crisp, juicy apples that recently arrived from the North Carolina mountains. The Beaufort Historic Site is always a favorite spot of mine in the fall, so we headed to Beaufort with baskets full of apples, adorable little girls and the cutest outfits and dresses that arrived from Shrimp and Grits Kids.

Did I mention that we are STILL eating apples? We've had enough apples to make apple pies, candy apples and caramel apples over the past week, and there are still more!

Shrimp and Grits Kids | Apple Of My Eye outfits | Serendipity

Interested in a children's clothing shoot? SYP will be looking for models for upcoming photo sessions. Please email susanyatesphotos@yahoo.com with childs age and two current pictures. Names will be added to SYP model list.

Susan Yates Photography is located on the coast of eastern North Carolina. Specializing in newborn, maternity, family and children's portraits.

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