We're known as the Hedgepeths, but you can call us
THE FIVE WAVES

I can tell you right now that you haven't met anyone quite like this bunch. We're a family made up of a very Type B husband with a very Type A wife that got lucky enough to have what we call "Type C" kids...they're the weirdest and most fickle mix of both of us. As much as you would think a Type A woman would follow only logical decisions and well thought out plans and processes... it's been proven by the leaps of faith and bold moves that this little mama has a wild and INSPIRED side that has kept this family feeling adventurous since day one. The way we've shared this journey has inspired so many others and our most asked about topics include: sharing our journey of growing a family and business concurrently, living a simpler life, using Dave Ramsey's practices, decluttering and living with less material items, coping with losing family to drug addiction, making the bold move to the Outer Banks from a life we had grown elsewhere and choosing HAPPINESS and braveness post car-accident. We aren't perfect. Sometimes we argue and some days we are sad. We make mistakes and we get back up again. We don't think we're more special than the next family, but we think most families and people generally don't realize how incredible they are and the potential they have to create a BETTER LIFE for themselves...and that's why we're here to inspire and motivate others to

live happy!

Hello from the salt air!

I'm amanda hedgepeth 

Mom, wife, photographer and shop owner, Outer Banks local and cheerleader at heart forever. Living in a cozy salt box on the water while soaking in the beauty in the smallest life moments makes living a simple life absolutely inspiring. Want to know more? Keep reading below! 

I'm so glad you're taking time to read this. Stepping front of someone's camera is not typically a natural and effortless thing to do and my philosophy as an open book is that it's so much easier to work with someone when you feel like you know them. Clients are smart and they know they have a choice nowadays. They can have someone work with them that not only can give them beautiful pictures but a warm and wonderful experience because of that personal connection!

I grew up in Glen Allen, Virginia and then attended Old Dominion University...but I did not graduate. This is not the part where I get to tell you about my degree or success. This is where I get to tell you that I was extremely poor, rode the bus for four years to two jobs with no car and that life was hard. I have lived many seasons off of Ramen and cans of tuna and saltines and although I was struggling so much at the time, in all honesty...those hard times shaped me into the brave and hard working woman I am today. Soon after that tough chapter, I met the love of my life, Mike, and we hardly ever spent any time apart. We got married in Nags Head in 2010 and now three daughters later...we are running a busy and successful and CHEERFUL business serving clients we adore living on this inspiring sand bar! I absolutely believe life is what you make it and I have SO MUCH to be thankful for! 

A little more...

I'm absolutely in love with...

Nicholas Sparks movies & books

Dawson's Creek 

Sea glass and saltwater 

Wind chimes and the sound of cicadas 

The Simplified Planner, Powersheets & color coding EVERYTHING

A simple life mentality 

Being a part of #themermaidmafia
with my daughters

Front Porch Cafe, Surfin Spoon,
Barrier Island Bagels

Anything written (or spoken by)
Brene Brown

Jesus

Lighthouses, the drive to Hatteras, the way sand dances across beach road

Working out at the YMCA
 
How caring, kind and polite
my husband is :)

Art, especially Jackson Pollock 

Life. I am so, so thankful for life. 

The only guy in the house...

I'm mike hedgepeth 

You can imagine it's not often I get the chance to speak, I'm in a house full of very loud and wild women...but I wouldn't have it any other way. I am a proud nerd and I love Star Wars, Final Fantasy and illustrating in my sketchbook any spare minute I get. I grew up in Franklin, Virginia and found my way to Norfolk by way of Old Dominion University where I got my degree just to work in a completely different field after graduation. I'm an extroverted introvert, a proud dad and husband, a homebody and video gamer when my girls will calm down and let me get a minute, lol. No but really, I am a lucky guy. I love this life we've built together and am grateful for every day on the Outer Banks with my ladies. 

We live for

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pink sunsets

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our sweet pups

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I was told when I started my business that you shouldn't start your family at the same time, one thing at a time...your business is your baby. That wasn't going to work for me...I didn't like the idea that I couldn't have both.  When she was born ... I knew I had given birth to my absolute best friend. She's brilliant, she's ambitious, extremely Type A and her creativity sometimes shocks us... think crazy colorful artist mixed with nifty engineer! It's unreal!! Proud of you baby girl!! :)

It's hard to sum up this free spirit in a paragraph. Ellie is classic middle child in so many ways and has been charming us since she was born almost four years ago. You can't get a better hug and kiss from anyone else, she's SUCH a pro and when her little arms are wrapped around your neck you KNOW she loves you and you feel it and it just takes you somewhere else because it's like heaven! The best "middle mermaid" we could have ever hoped for! 

Named after the song "Autumn" by Ben Rector..her soul matches that melody so well. Light and airy and inspiring. THAT is our baby girl. This kid has been smiling literally since the day she was born. She's SUPER fast and watching her run is stressful, LOL! I love her little eyebrow flexed expressions & her silly voices she makes so that we'll laugh at her. Autumn Jean you inspire our hearts to love more deeply and to enjoy life WELL! 

oh you don't already know? we roll with a posse better know as

the mermaid mafia

like a super sweet and small and sparkly mafia

autumn

ellie

camryn