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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 – Families – The Storie’s

I remember the facebook message inquiring about this session.  It read something like, “I have 5 kids under 6 years old and 4 of them are boys.  Can you take our pictures?”.  As a photographer, trying to get 5 children to look at the camera at the same time is a little bit like asking a worm to do ballet.  That said, I LOVE big families and I love a challenge, so I hastily said “yes” and started praying.

We did this session up at the Norfolk Botanical Garden in Norfolk, Virginia.  They have this incredible rose garden there and as soon as you pull into the parking lot, the scent of flowers is overwhelming.  I have done a handful of sessions there now, and it definitely ranks high in my “favorite locations” brain file.  As it turned out, all my concerns were ill founded, because the Storie children were so sweet and easy to direct.  It was so sweet  to see how the boys interacted with their new little sister.  I think it would be so awesome to grow up with 4 older brothers to have as protectors.

This session, another one of my older ones that I am going to try to keep adding to this blog, happened about 15 months ago.  Since then, baby A has had her first birthday and we had a great time getting new pictures of her and her crew of warriors.  I’ll have to post those soon so you can see how they have all grown and changed.

This little guy….<3  So sweet.  I unashamedly took a lot of pictures of him.  Those eyes.

This is what it looks like when older brothers try to make the youngest one look at the camera.  

No.  Head.  Swaps.  This really happened.  First try.

Poor little mama.  Her bro just had to help get that paci in her mouth.  

August 5, 2013 - 1:02 pm

Elizabeth white - These pictures are so adorable!

August 5, 2013 - 1:52 pm

Robbi Bittle - I love your kids photos :)

August 5, 2013 - 6:56 pm

Ally - Cute pictures!

August 6, 2013 - 4:36 pm

sheenamariebean - Thanks!

August 6, 2013 - 4:36 pm

sheenamariebean - Me too ;) Ill have to do a self-indulgent post of pictures of them sometime.

August 6, 2013 - 4:37 pm

sheenamariebean - Thank you! I have the cutest clients ever <3

Eastern North Carolina Photographer – Maternity – The Spence’s

Calling this family just clients is like referring to Pipeline as just a wave.  I have known the Spence family since Dave and I were in high school.  He comes from a big crazy family of 6 brothers and 1 tough sister (aptly named, Joy).  Dave and Amanda are one of the most awesome couples I know.  They love God, first and foremost, and then their crazy love spills over by the bucket load onto their fortunate children.  Dave and Amanda have been letting me capture their family since their oldest son (now 4!!) was just a little baby dude.

This maternity session happened about a year ago, but I wanted to input some past sessions onto this blog for the purpose of giving you guys an idea of the style and type of photography I do.  Amanda was just a few weeks away from welcoming her second son when we did these portraits.  Kohen is now 1 year old and is a carbon copy of his daddy.  We love these guys like family and definitely count them among our nearest and dearest.



August 5, 2013 - 2:28 am

Amanda Spence - Ahhh! I am in a blog! I feel a little famous. :) Love you guys so much and can’t wait for more awesome years of friendship, fellowship, and future maternity shoots. ;)

August 5, 2013 - 12:31 pm

sheenamariebean - absolutely. we need to do something unique this time….i have some fun maternity ideas in mind ;)

The Bean Family Chronicles – Pool Party

Part of the reason I decided to transition from a more traditional gallery style website to this blog style one was so I could easily include posts about day to day life.  Photography In the Light is a business, or course, but photography in and of itself is one of the sweet pleasures in life.  My DSLR camera or iphone is always close by, and I love to capture the little moments that make each day special and memorable.

 Today we spent the evening celebrating a friends 5th birthday.  We met this family about two years ago and they have quickly become the kind of friends who I know we will one day be removing our dentures to eat oatmeal with (at least the guys will).  Their neighborhood has this awesome clubhouse/swimming pool area and they reserved it for their son’s birthday party.  After some delicious food and fun games, the kids had a blast in the pool.  School starts for Noa in about 3 weeks, so I know that our summer fun is slowly making way for schedules and homework, but evenings like this remind me how blessed we are to have a group of friends who we love like family and who nurture and support our kids.

The Birthday Boy!!  This little guy is Noa’s current BFF.  They love playing boats together and doing anything that is either loud, dirty, or messy.

Poor Avenlea…..

I love how kids are like moths to a flame when it’s time to open presents.

The fill the bucket game, in action.  Banyan was so enthusiastic when it came to be his turn.

Now, obviously, I don’t have a favorite kid in theory, but I definitely have a favorite to photograph.  No middle child pictureless syndrome here….the blonde hair and blue eyes are a guarantee of that.

The men, with an ever watchful eye on the pool.  The sky, with an ever more darkening threat on our fun.  The kids, oblivious to it all.

“1, 2, 3, JUMP!!!”

This crew of kids are going to be some serious world changers, for sure!

August 4, 2013 - 12:03 pm

Deborah Walsh - Wow, I sure do enjoy the fun, excitement, and memories you bring me from Photography in the Light!

Eastern North Carolina Photographer – Families – The Lawson’s

My high and lofty goal is to eventually input some older favorite sessions into this blog.  So, hopefully this will not be a one time thing, but I start out by introducing you to the Lawson family.  I met Whitney for the first time a few years back when I photographed her wedding.  At the time, my brother was dating her cousin and he referred her to me.  Well, since then my brother and her cousin have married (which pretty much makes Whitney and I related) and I count Whitney as a rare “kindred spirit” friend.  When the Lawson’s showed up for their session with flowers in their hair, I couldn’t start shooting fast enough.  Unfortunately, the Lawson’s, fielded by the US Navy have moved to Florida, but I am thankful to have made two years of memories with this beautiful family.  

August 5, 2013 - 3:01 am

Denise Lane - These pics are stunning sheena!!! This is the first time I have seen them. God blessed you with great talent girl! :)

August 5, 2013 - 12:32 pm

sheenamariebean - Thank you! It’s definitely all Him, because there are times I show up for a session feeling totally uninspired and blech, and then it turns out to be a favorite.

Eastern North Carolina Photographer – Families – Zinsmeister Family

This is the second time I have had the fortune to work with this adorable little clan, and it was so much fun!  After realizing our shared Coast Guard connection, we had a great time talking and walking around downtown Elizabeth City.  Skip, Robin, and their fun little girl, Abby, were great models and even better company.  One of my all-time favorite images came from this session.  See if you can guess which one it is!  A BIG HUMONGO thanks to the Zinsmeister family for the privilege of spending the evening sharing their love and laughter with me.  

August 5, 2013 - 11:07 pm

Robin Z - Sheena – LOVE all of these. Just LOVE them. However, the one with Abbie looking down where you can see the sprinkle of freckles is my favorite or it might be the one with Skip leading her around the fountain…or maybe the one.. ;) Thanks so much!!

August 6, 2013 - 4:36 pm

sheenamariebean - Thank you! I love that one too. It’s probably one of my all time favorite pictures i’ve ever taken. I’ve had a vision of a shot like that for awhile, but I didn’t have anyone with freckles like hers to make it happen. It’s so sweet. I bet it’d be gorgeous on a big huge canvas somewhere.

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