Mazza Family | Outer Banks Family Beach Portrait Photographer

It’s no secret that working out with friends is WAY better than working out alone. Even better, is that when you work out with friends, you make more friends. I’ll never forget showing up for my weekly distance run with Bootcamp that Sunday morning at 6:30am. I was still new to this whole running/bootcamp thing, and so was Mike. We took off on a 6 mile run down the beach road in Kitty Hawk, I’m pretty sure I was one of the last people to make it to the halfway turnaround. After what felt like a thousand sit-ups we headed back to our cars. I made a water stop, but eventually I caught up to Mike. We didn’t know each other, but we finished that run together. Little did I know he’d become a workout partner, inspiration, and great friend. Here was this huge guy towering over me, I think he complained more than me during that run. Somehow we finished and he is now (literally!) half the man he was.

I was so glad to fit in this OBX Beach Portrait session with Mike, his sister, and his niece during one of THE busiest weeks here on the beach. It was a surprise Christmas gift for their mom, so I’ve been sitting on these for several months. Apparently she was so excited to get them, she cried. Now THAT’S what I love to hear!

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