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    Hi! This is the photography and lifestyle blog of Sheena Bean of Photography In the Light. I am a lifestyle photographer based in Kauai, Hawaii. I moved here with my family in January of 2015. My husband is the youth pastor at Lihue Missionary Church and we are raising three little world changers, Noakea, Banyan, and Avenlea Wren. This is His story, our story, and little snippets of life on a 562 square mile rock in the middle of the Pacific.

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Eastern North Carolina Photographer – The Maypole Session

When I was a little girl, I had a book about a little village in Sweden and it centered on their May Day celebration and had these lovely illustrations of little girls dancing around a maypole.  I have always loved the idea of celebrating spring.  It my favorite time of year and if anything is more worthy of celebration than new life and warm weather, I can’t think of it.  I had always dreamed of doing a photo session like this one, but I wasn’t quite sure of how to logistically make it happen.  Well, as favor would have it, I was visiting my family up in New Hampshire the month  before this shoot and my grandparents let me cut down a few of their birch trees to use as decor for our home.  I knew that the beautiful white tree would be perfect to turn into a maypole.

I put out the model call for this session specifically asking for little girls from ages 3-8.  The beautiful little ladies who came to help me do this looked like a symphonic group of little nature fairies.  They had as much fun as I did doing this session, and I think it shows.  I took these pictures about 3 years ago, so it’s fun to see how much these little sweeties have grown since then.  It is even a little bittersweet to see these pictures, because one of the little girls who is featured is battling a terminal disease and she has changed so much since we did this session (look up Batten Disease for more info or visit  That said, I am so so thankful that I was able to do this session.  I didn’t have my sweet little daughter, Avenlea, when we did these pictures and I remember pining for a daughter so deeply after doing this.

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