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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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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.

Eastern North Carolina Photographer – Brides – Jane Terryberry

THIS girl…..where do I even begin to put into words what a gem she is.  Let’s see, first of all she is a rare find.  A godly young woman who has sought the Lord and His will for her life and marriage.  Secondly, her personality is a mash up of quirk, spunkiness, classy, and country all mixed together into a big heaping plate of awesomeness.  Thirdly, she’s just drop. dead. gorgeous.  When Jane called me and asked about doing her bridal portraits, I thought about it for about 1 second before saying “YES!”.  As soon as I saw her in her simple sheath, I knew that our session was going to be unforgettable.

We took these pictures at Jane’s parents home.  They live on an incredible piece of land that juts out like a little peninsula into the Pasquotank River.  The sun was just setting and the magnificent horses were groomed to perfecting, making this session one that will go down as a favorite for years to come.  We started out in the living room in her immaculately curated home, before taking the show into the yard to play with the horses.  As the sun sank behind the tree line, we waked onto the dock for a last few minutes of shooting in that golden moment that exists just between sunset and twilight.

Jane, thank you so much for being not only a breeze in front of the camera, but for being a role model to girls everywhere of what it looks like to seek after the heart of God and to trust Him to bring your dreams to fruition.  I am so proud of the beautiful woman you are and of the helpmeet that I know you are going to be to your husband.  Congratulations!!


August 3, 2013 - 11:50 pm

Sabrina - These are amazing! Fantastic job!

August 4, 2013 - 11:01 pm

Katie - Absolutely love these! Can’t wait for you to do mine :)

August 5, 2013 - 12:37 am

Kerry - Really really gorgeous! Beautiful!

August 5, 2013 - 1:49 am

sheenamariebean - Thank you!

August 5, 2013 - 1:49 am

sheenamariebean - Neither can I. Your reception venue is so beautiful!

August 5, 2013 - 1:49 am

sheenamariebean - Thank you for the comment. You will be entered into the free session giveaway!

August 7, 2013 - 4:00 pm

Caitlyn - Absolutely LOVE all of these!

August 7, 2013 - 4:17 pm

sheenamariebean - Thanks!

August 8, 2013 - 4:39 am

Katelin Pinto - Absolutely one of my most favorite of your sessions too. I love Jane and you captured her beauty in such a perfect way. :D I love the blog, Sheena! It’s just wonderful to view your photos on here!

August 8, 2013 - 1:59 pm

sheenamariebean - Thanks! I’m really looking forward to being able to put sessions on here and to be able to give some background information to them. Jane is such a beautiful girl, inside and out, and I really wanted that to shine though.

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