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When Camille's fiancé, a fellow co-worker and best SRO ever (I'm afraid what he'd do to me if I didn't throw that in there, haha!), contacted me about photos, I was happily surprised to find out that they were in the midst of blending two families full of kids together! They decided they wanted to do separate portrait sessions before one big family portrait session, so on a beautiful and sunny day at the end of June, I met Camille and her four kids, twins, Charles & Chandler, Celsey, and Peyton at the West Point at the Eno park in north Durham. These kids are awesome! Celsey & Peyton were so smiley and bright, telling me about what they love at school and about their sports, gymnastics and baseball, respectively. Celsey even stole my heart with her glittery mustache earrings! Charles & Chandler are die-hard baseball players, traveling all over the state to play a good game of one of America's favorite past times. These two, while similar, had two completely different favorite ball fields where they've played before: Charles loved playing in Charlotte while Chandler's was Wilson. And of course, like any great travel ball players, they've played at good ol' ECAP down the street from my old stomping grounds in Goldsboro! Camille + family -- y'all are such a fun bunch! You made a steamy N.C. summer afternoon into a great portrait session! Good luck with baseball, gymnastics and planning your big, new family!

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Happy 4th on the 9th.

This year, the fourth of July was celebrated on Sullivan's Island, which is slightly north of Charleston, South Carolina. Nothing beats fireworks from the north and south. And nothing certainly beats good ol' American s'mores  on a good ol' American holiday.

An American flag flies near 3123 Marshall on Sullivan's Island. The sunsets along the South Carolina coast were beautiful every night and the 4th of July was no exception.

After a lovely steak dinner grilled entirely by Jerry, we brought out the marshmallows and skewers to toast (and burn) what was going into our s'mores.

Oh my, s'mores!

Tess chowing down on her s'more that was dripping melted Hershey's chocolate. The s'mores were a hit and now I'm wishing for more.

We watched the fireworks from Charleston and Isle of Palms this year. That makes two shows in one night and they were all beautiful! This extra-large red, white and blue jaw-dropper was from Charleston.