Stephanie’s Portraits in Wrightsville Beach North Carolina

Stephanie is one of my favorite people to photograph, so I'm really happy that I got to head south and photograph her in Wrightsville Beach.

When she moved to North Carolina last year, I was happy for her but sad that she would no longer be in the area. A few months ago, I received an email from Stephanie asking if it'd be possible to bring me to North Carolina for a few shoots. Uh, YES! We planned for a couple of weeks, and then it came time for me to fly down. I was more than excited to escape the snow and cold for a week!

While there, Steph took me to all the good fast food places (Sonic and Cook-Out, anyone?), where I experienced the best tater tots and banana fudge milkshakes EVER. We toured downtown Raleigh, Crabtree Valley (yes, I got my picture taken under a sign since it's my last name), and she even took me to UNC-Chapel Hill, where I had initially wanted to study back in high school. The campus was gorgeous!

Finally, on a deliciously wonderful 67-degree day, we drove to Wilmington to stay with her boyfriend's parents. They put me up in a guest room, served me sweet tea, and cooked the most amazing dinners. Southern hospitality definitely exists, and I'm so thankful for their kindness. While there, Stephanie took me on a tour of One Tree Hill filming locations, where we felt like creepers and laughed way too hard. It was a fantastic trip, and I can't wait to return with Joel!

Here are my favorite photos of Steph in Wrightsville Beach.

Portraits of Stephanie in Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina by Hailey Crabtree

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