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Hatteras Photographer | Melody Gillikin Photography | The Hammond, Barton, and Tull Clan

I have known the Hammond’s for a long long time…they are a family that is dear to my heart…Roger and Jean have seen my family through some pretty tough times, and have celebrated love and life with us as well.  Roger is the pastor that married my daughter and Justin,  and I photographed their daughter Anna’s weddings…and was present at Amy and Luke’s wedding…I even have a photo with a Lama to prove it.  :). and Luke was the DJ at my daughters surprise engagement and then her wedding… So when Jean contacted me about coming to Hatteras to photograph their family for the day I did not hesitate to say yes.  It was a 3 hour drive both ways, but that did not matter at all….I loved being with them….and the 30 lbs of crab legs for dinner…was just a bonus surprise. 🙂

Roger and Jean, and their 4 kids, husbands and wives and 7 grand children all get together every two years and do this!!!!  How cool is that and so important!    So Thank you for trusting me with your family photos!  It was a TON of fun!   Hammond Family 1 Hammond Family 2

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Poor little guy lost his ballon not once, not twice but three times in a matter of 5 min.  Finally grandma had to come to the rescue!

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Luke said…”you picked a great night to come down” we are having crab legs…30 lbs of crab legs!!!!!!  I know that NC is considered God’s country but this just sealed it for me I knew I was in heaven.

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These kids are a tight knit bunch!

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This crab was not quite ready for the steamer.

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We also had a birthday girl!  They were celebrating Bailey’s 11th birthday!

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Can you just smell those?  I mean really…

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As the birthday girl…everyone had to crack one crab leg open for her.

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So much laughter…so much love…so much fun!

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Luke! haha..

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Her momma made her fried ice cream for her cake!  Yum!  Make a wish…

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Boys against girls in modeling skills. Sorry girls..boys got this one!

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Especially this one!!!!  <3

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Everyone washed up, changed clothes and we headed down to the beach for some fun family photos.

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The grands!

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Jonathan and Laurel and their crew.

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David and Heather and their crew.

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OMG…the ever photogenic dynamic duo Luke and Amy

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My sweet Anna Banana and her adorable husband Andrew.

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Roger and Jean…The two who started this whole clan!

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I totally feel this little guy….this is how I feel when I have to leave the beach.

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HATTERAS 2016!!

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We attempted what we thought would be a GREAT and beautiful idea…Japanese lantern release…

Roger’s crashed and burned…Luke ran for the hose

We were all laughing so hard…well except Anna she was begging us not to release anymore…

But we finally got one to go off into the night

and I am pretty sure I saw it come down as I was leaving Hatteras Island.

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Fun times!

Thank you again for including me in your day!

It was so much fun!

This family is most definitely Anchored in Love!

xoxoxo

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