Bella Hair Salon | Shop Local | Eastern North Carolina

Hair we all have it….Mine happens to be curly, for all 28 years (come November) of my life, and being so means I have to be super careful about who I let cut my hair. It has a lot of attitude and without experienced hands caring for it, can turn into quite a disaster. For instance, several years ago I went for a hair cut (back when I lived in Missouri), the lady straightened my hair (poorly) and cut it, leaving me with way to short and totally uneven locks (insert sad face here). So moving around the last couple years has been a little nerve-racking come time to get a hair cut. However, thanks to the yelp app, and some extra research after moving to Jacksonville, I found this little gem!

Bella Hair Salon, bringing the big city to Jacksonville. These stylists are at the top of their industry in knowledge and performance, they are constantly learning, teaching, and staying up on the latest trends! Their moto, “Look Beautiful, Feel Beautiful!” is truly the heart of their business.  hmb_1028Meet the owners Amy and Anthony! They have a true passion for what they do, and it shows, traveling to NYC often to study, teach, and attend events to further their education and that of their salon stylists.hmb_0942From the moment you walk in, you are greeted with a friendly face and such a funky and charming atmosphere! I just love it!hmb_1022hmb_0950The quality of your experience is fantastic from start to finish! I love that I get offered a beverage every time I come in and they always have something great to look at for your longer appointments! hmb_0986hmb_0970hmb_0949Your hair is in good hands here from color and cut to styling!hmb_0989hmb_0954They mix custom color with the TIGI Copyright Color! hmb_0957hmb_0972hmb_0999They use the best products and methods to guarantee the look you dreamed! hmb_0998hmb_0995They have several stylists who specialize in curly hair and the use of the Deva Curl products! Trust me, if you’re a curly girl, your hair will love it!hmb_0992hmb_0996I got to see only a few of the many stylists in action but you can meet them all here!hmb_0943They carry amazing hair products for both men and women! So if you love something they put on your hair, you don’t have to go searching for it somewhere else, you can just add it to your purchase that day! hmb_1014hmb_0964hmb_1023They also carry TIGI makeup products! hmb_0967hmb_0940If you’re looking to get your hair cut or colored you should stop in and let them work their magic! I always leave with beautiful happy hair see for yourself here!

This year Bella Salon will celebrate 10 years of business. I am so honored to have captured these stylists in action, doing what they love with such skill!

If you haven’t yet you should connect with them on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest


American Eco-Baby & Diaper Service | Shop Local | Eastern North Carolina

CALLING ALL MOMS! I’m talking to my crunchy, eco-friendly, money-saving moms today! You are gonna love what I am about to share with you! There is an amazing locally owned store that is providing natural, organic, and eco-friendly baby and mommy products!

What is this magical place I’m talking about???

American Eco-Baby & Diaper Service, located right here in Jacksonville, North Carolina! Owned and Run by the lovely Lauren, Military wife and momma of two beautiful girls! HMB_0929_0795HMB_0786This shop is much larger than it appears from the outside! Lauren has stocked this place with such a large selection of products and from the minute you walk in to the final purchase, she is friendly and so knowledgable! Whether you are looking for sometime specific or are totally new to this cloth diaper thing, she will help you learn and find just what you need!HMB_0919_0936There is even a “Kids Korner” where your little ones can play while you shop!HMB_0762_0766HMB_0814HMB_0785_0781I know I’m loving these Modern Burlap designs and the colors of those chewbeads, so I can only imagine the excitement you moms are having right now! HMB_0778HMB_0809Newborn to Potty Training, Snaps or Velcro there is a cloth diaper product to meet your needs! HMB_0792HMB_0789Lets not forget all the other baby and mommy products this store has to offer, from wet bags, all natural baby wash, breast pads, and so much more!HMB_0830_0831HMB_0821HMB_0854_0852HMB_0848Did you know they offer more than just products! They have an awesome Diaper Service!HMB_0860HMB_0871HMB_0878_0866HMB_0877Even if you’re not a mom just yet, there are some eco-friendly alternative for that time of the month….we all know it too well, the dreaded period! HMB_0880_0882One of my personal favorite touches in her shop is the chalkboard wall! She has it filled with all the important info! HMB_0896_0908I these cute things are called diaper dawgs, and help to keep your hands clean while you change those not so pleasant, stinky diapers! HMB_0840HMB_0897_0894HMB_0927

Dont miss this gem, located off 24 Highway in Jacksonville. Now what are you waiting for? Jump in your car and head on over, say hey to Lauren, and grab some of these items! I know some are limited availability, in patterns and colors!

Lets spread the word about this awesome store, so connect with @AmericanEcoBaby on Facebook, and Instagram!


Stephens Family Mini Maternity Session | Family Photography | Fun, Real, Uniquely You

I was so excited when I found out my friend Lacy was expecting another little one! It was such an honor to photograph her maternity and family pictures a few weekends ago while in Missouri!

HMB_0591Lacy and Jeremiah are such amazing parents, and I know Preston is gonna be an amazing big brother! HMB_0625HMB_0525In just a few weeks they will get to welcome this little joy into the world! They have chosen to let it be a surprise what gender baby will be, which I think is so fun and exciting! HMB_0552-2Preston is such a loving little guy, and already has a great love for his sibling! HMB_0562HMB_0567HMB_0600-2I love fun loving moments like this between families, and am so blessed to get to capture it, so they can cherish moments like this long after the moment has passed!HMB_0613Preston is filled with so much joy, and it was so evident during their session.HMB_0626HMB_0671HMB_0736HMB_0693HMB_0705Lacy is overflowing with that pregnancy glow! Isn’t she just the most gorgeous mommy-to-be <3 HMB_0712-2The love that Lacy and Jeremiah share is so strong and sweet! It is such an honor to capture moments like these for parents.HMB_0709HMB_0734HMB_0727HMB_0747HMB_0715Their new baby is gonna be showered with love and affection from day one! I am so excited for this new stage of life for the Stephen’s family and I know that their lives will only get sweeter with their new addition!

Thanks so much for stopping by, hope you enjoyed this milestone session!

If you are interested in learning more or seeing which dates on the calendar are avialable, I’d love to hear from you!

Ward Family Mini Session | Family Photography that is Fun, Real, Uniquely You

The Ward Family is always a joy to photograph! They have so much personality and I just love it! It is always such an honor to watch families grow, I can’t believe the last time I photographed them was 2013! HMB_0251HMB_0341Having a sibling means having a forever friend, and I feel like that statement came alive during this session! Colin and Ryan are both so fun and ornery, and they both seemed like naturals in front of the camera! HMB_0289HMB_0260These four had so much fun together during the session, it wasn’t hard to capture their strong family bond! HMB_0444Colin was full of personality and allowed me to capture his great smile! HMB_0267HMB_0431These boy are so handsome, and have such awesome smiles! HMB_0436HMB_0323HMB_0309HMB_0475Kristina and Brandon are such amazing parents! They have raised these boys to be so sweet and kind, they were so good at following direction and talking with me about their favorite things, that’s the secret to great real expressions! HMB_0374HMB_0490You can just see how much love and joy abound in their family, and it warms my heart!HMB_0502HMB_0362I am so blessed to have such amazing Loyal Clients, it is an honor to photograph all the new stages of their lives!

Milestone Photography is a great way to capture each new stage of your families lives, so you can enjoy your right now for a lifetime!

If you are interested in a Session Contact Me!

Thanks for visiting!


Gaines Family Mini Session | Family Photography that is Fun, Real, Uniquely You

Mark, Sami, and Austin were such a joy to photograph! I love that they are so comfortable in front of my camera and allowed me to capture their personality during their session!

HMB_0189Austin is such a sweet and joy filled little girl! She made it so easy to capture all her cuteness! HMB_9957HMB_9915-2The love and joy that fills this family is such a precious thing! Austin has amazing parents who are crazy about her and as you can see she feels the same! HMB_9904HMB_0085By creating a relaxing environment to for your session, I always get to capture real moments between families and that makes my heart beyond happy! HMB_0184While taking a set of family pictures Austin ran around behind her parents and I was able to capture this genuine moment of pure love and hugs between them! She then proceeded to freely give kisses and you bet I was clicking away with a huge smile on my face! I live for capturing moments like this!HMB_0187-2HMB_0164HMB_0082HMB_0155HMB_0132HMB_9947-2This family is so dear to my heart and I am honored to have captured so many important moments for them including  their engagement, awesome aviation themed wedding, family pictures, and Austin’s first birthday! I got to live out my photographer dreams with this family, capturing them since the beginning of their journey!

Thanks so much for stopping in. If you are looking for family pictures that capture who you are I’d love to get you on the calendar, so contact me today!