The Pate Family: On the beach in Duck, NC in the Outer Banks

As summer bids its slow adieu to beach season, I thought I'd take some time to share a few beautiful family beach photo sessions with you!  We've been feeling hints of fall in the Hampton Roads area, but the warmth is hanging on, allowing us to enjoy several more weeks of beachy fun.

The Pate Family knew that they'd be spending some time this summer down in the Outer Banks of North Carolina (specifically, Duck, NC), and also knew that they wanted to take the opportunity to have their family photos taken on the beach!  Their place on the beach was conveniently located within walking distance to the ocean, so we all took a short stroll over to the boardwalk together.  I loved the moment that this boardwalk offered with the pine trees creating a warm canopy in the background.

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As we walked over the boardwalk onto the sand, the dunes provided our next vignette to sit on a blanket and capture several more images.  Here are some of my favorites.

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NC VA Family Beach Photography, Beach Photos, Family Photos North Carolina Virginia
NC VA Family Beach Photography, Beach Photos, Family Photos North Carolina Virginia

A few years back, my next door neighbor had a yardsale, and was selling this adorable toddler/young child sized rocking chair.  This chair is ALWAYS popular with the little kid crew!!  This sweetie liked the chair so much that she didn't want to get out of it.  I must say, she was pretty darn cute posing in the chair for us. 

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Typically, a photo session with me provides a blend of posed portraits alongside candid or lifestyle-type images.  I love this candid moment between grandfather and granddaughter.  I can just imagine what he's telling her about the ocean!  This image is one of my favorites from the whole session.

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Next, we posed everyone by the water for some more beautiful family portraits!

NC VA Family Beach Photography, Beach Photos, Family Photos North Carolina Virginia

Another set of my favorites (these fall in my favorite moments of the entire year!!) -- mother and daughter twirling and dancing on the ocean!!  This just melts my heart. 

NC VA Family Beach Photography, Beach Photos, Family Photos North Carolina Virginia

We finished things up with some playtime on the beach and a sweet stroll, hand-in-hand. 

NC VA Family Beach Photography, Beach Photos, Family Photos North Carolina Virginia
NC VA Family Beach Photography, Beach Photos, Family Photos North Carolina Virginia
NC VA Family Beach Photography, Beach Photos, Family Photos North Carolina Virginia
NC VA Family Beach Photography, Beach Photos, Family Photos North Carolina Virginia
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Thank you, Pate family, for trusting me with your memories!! 

-Laura