Vining Estates + RE/MAX Executive Realty = Annoucement!!

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Where do I even begin?
It seems a bit surreal that after months of preparing it is finally time to start.  To announce.  To clarify.  To grow.  To expand.

Let’s start off first with clarification.  I am still and will always be a wedding photographer.
It is my passion.  My art.   
This year is and has been filled with so many beautiful weddings that I cannot wait to share.  It excites me greatly to think about all of these memories I am so privileged to capture.

Next…The Announcement!
The hubby and I started chatting about…well, lots of things half way through last year.  Let’s face it.  We’re not getting any younger.  2014 marks a very big year…Our 40th.  And something about that set us in motion to…grow, grow, grow.  To better prepare for college educations, savings, retirement and something to leave our babies when we’re called home.  We have always had an interest in personal real estate, but it wasn’t until a friend was going through the home buying process that she opened my eyes to…ding, ding, ding, ding…that this would be fun and exciting to do for others.  And maybe, just maybe I would be good at it.  It’s all about people, relationships, marketing, branding, selling, staging, details, organization, pictures, education and business…all things I love.

All things we already doing.

Last summer were introduced to the lovely Cindy Sikorski, Broker-in-charge at RE/MAX Executive Realty in South Park through our former agent.  There was an instant connection.  We knew immediately that once we were up and running this would be our home.  And now it is.  We are officially…

Licensed South Carolina Agents!!!
(working on NC licensure)

Eeek!!!

 We have a few things cookin’ right now and cannot WAIT to sign our first listing and help our first buyer!

I wonder who it will be?!

Vining Estates (official website coming soon) is OPEN FOR BUSINESS!!!

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Alan - Congrats KV and Ken! An exciting new direction and I have no doubt that you guys will be great at this! A.April 1, 2014 – 11:25 am

Kari - I want your life! It is so beautiful! God has blessed. Best wishes! :) April 1, 2014 – 11:47 am

Sue McFarland - WOW!! You guys rock!! Good luck on your new adventure. I am sure it will be golden like all the others, how could it not be? You guys are so cute together. Your babies are totally precious, too!! Congratulations, Kristin!!April 1, 2014 – 11:58 am

Candice - How wonderful!!!! Congrats!!!! Can’t wait to see so many amazing things in your future!April 1, 2014 – 12:13 pm

Drew - I LOVE YOU ALL!! SO, SO PROUUUUUD! First off, what a smokin hot fam! Second, you never cease to amaze me! This chapter of your life will be so exciting and fulfilling, I know! Congrats on your newest endeavor Vining Clan! Doing a happy dance over here for you! Smooches and Hugs all around! <3 <3 <3April 1, 2014 – 12:23 pm

Monica - How Awesome! Love the photos and I wish you both LOTS of success. So exciting!April 1, 2014 – 12:35 pm

Lindsey Regan Thorne - Very proud of you and Ken! You guys were made for this and there’s no doubt that you will more than succeed! Can’t wait to see what VE will become a year from now! XoApril 1, 2014 – 4:31 pm

karen bromby - This is a perfect fit for you! Home buying can be such a harrowing experience. With your lovely spirit, you will help others with this daunting step. Congratulations!

And I love your session with the fam to announce! Shows your heart.April 1, 2014 – 11:00 pm

Deedee Mills - So so exciting!! Congrats! You never cease to amaze me. Let’s get together ASAP!April 1, 2014 – 11:26 pm

Tracy Burke - All the best to you both! I will keep an eye out for you in Ft Mill because I know that sooner than later, we will be seeing you everywhere!!! Can’t wait to watch you become the best … Cuz that’s what you do!April 1, 2014 – 11:37 pm

Jenny J Cook - Huge congrats to you and Ken! Exciting adventure! xxApril 2, 2014 – 2:04 pm

Baby Henry Announcement

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“The Great Henry…”

Oh gosh how I love this little miracle and think he is just the Bee’s Knees of all babies!

Born December 7th (his momma’s bday!) at 5:41am…and I witnessed it all.

What a gift!

While I do not consider myself a newborn photographer, I loved spending time capturing his newness and time hanging out with one of my dearest, Lindsey Regan Thorne, and her brand new family of three.  And just as equally, love that she has entrusted my eye, creative and love for photography for so many milestones in her life…and more life to come.

“To the moon and back and back again…I love you, Thorne’s!”

~ xo ~

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Here are a few words from The Great Henry’s momma…

“Looking at these images of our precious boy and thinking back to this day where he was only 8 days old, still brings tears to my eyes.  I don’t think that will ever change. Newborn photography is something that I wanted, but I never put too much thought into, prior to delivery.  Once Henry arrived, I was afraid of this little thing we call ‘time’.  I tried my hardest to absorb every moment with our son, staring at his features and telling myself, “don’t forget how… tiny his hands were, the crease above his nose, the forehead wrinkles that he inherited from his mommy and the almond shape of his eyes that came from his daddy”.  I was so focused on how fast ‘time’ was going and how in one day his face would change shapes entirely… that it literally put me into the blues.  I was sad because I knew that with ‘time’ and all of his other ‘new’ phases, I would forget how little and innocent he was.  

I’m pretty sure that photographer-turned-dear-friend, Kristin saved my sanity, which allowed me to just sit back and truly enjoy motherhood.  I literally had my very first, postpartum breakdown on the phone with her one evening.  Sad, not because of lack of sleep, trying to overcome the battles of nursing or being on pins and needles wondering if “we’re doing this and that ok”.  I was sad, because I was so afraid that I would forget what he looked liked during his first few weeks of life… the life that we prayed so long for.  The life that we have been so blessed with. 
Exactly eight days after our son was born (and a few days after my breakdown with Kristin), as a family of three, we made our first real venture out of the house (other than the doctors office).  We spent hours in the comfort of Kristin’s home studio, which as most of you know is always full of love.  Love from her, her adorable 6 year old twins and her husband… they always welcome every client with warm open arms.  
My hubby and I sat in pure ‘awe’ as she gently captured those features.  The features that I was so afraid, ‘time’ would take away from our memory.  It was a true ‘family’ experience with our photographer who captured the start our of journey together as husband and wife… four and a half years later we sat back as she turned the first sound our baby’s heartbeat, birth of our son and then our sleeping newborn into art that will grace our walls for a lifetime.  These photos are everything that I wanted and more than I could have ever asked for.  Kristin, you are beyond talented and the way you work behind the camera is truly an art.  There isn’t enough thanks in this world that I could give you for giving us one of the greatest gifts of all… these precious captured memories.
 
Thank you, thank you, thank you for giving us ‘time’ through photographs that we will cherish forever.  We love you, friend! ”  ~ Lindsey

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Alan Daly - Wow! Brings a huge smile to my face! What a gorgeous little fella! Congrats Lindsey and John! Gorgeous photos Kristin!February 18, 2014 – 1:34 pm

SUNNYE BATES - What a beautiful little miracle! So happy for Lindsey & John! Although you may not be a “newborn photographer”, Kristin, I couldn’t think of a better person to capture the beauty of this wonderful family! Big Hugs to all :) February 18, 2014 – 1:57 pm

Lindsey Regan Thorne - Ahhhhhh…. I can’t stop looking at these all over again! :) Thank you, Mama Bear for documenting our precious little boy… from start to finish! And you are too a newbie photog… I saw how you worked with him! Hurricane Henry was SOOO excited about this blog post that he didn’t nap all.day.long! :) LOL’s! We love you, friend and can’t thank you enough! xoxoFebruary 18, 2014 – 8:22 pm