About Me

My name is Martha Peoples. I live in LaGrange, NC with my husband and seven cats, one of which works in my studio. I am the mother of three wonderful kids, all grown and working . I have a Bachelor of Arts from Meredith College.

Thirty five years ago I opened a one hour photo lab that evolved into a portrait studio.   In 1993, I started the "Let's Pretend" studio specializing in children's portraiture.  Since that time, I have become well known for my family portraits and Watch Me Grow Club.  I have expanded that to high school seniors and started The Storybook Collection.  I also offer business head and shoulder shots, sports teams, and preschool portraiture.

My style of photography is colorful and fun.  I shoot with studio and natural light.  I am a people person, but I love animals just as much!

I have been a member of the Professional Photographers of North Carolina since 1993.  I am active in the Lenoir County SPCA and Lucky Cats  and do an annual food and fund drive for them.  

My Journey in Photography

Thank you for your interest in my work!


Here is a portfolio of my husband's nature photography. These prints are available to buy framed or unframed from our gallery in LaGrange.

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Calendar of Events 2019


Senior of the week

Senior of the week: Hannah

Favorite color: Green

Favorite band: Journey

Favorite movie: Fast & Furious

Favorite TV show: That 70's Show

Hobbies: Dance & hanging out with friends

Two words to describe me: Old Soul



Tween of the week

Tween of the week: Peyton

Favorite color: Blue

Favorite movie: Avenger Infinity War

Favorite TV show: Live PD

Hobbies: Playing Fortnite

A word to describe me: Creative

Watch Me Grow Club

There are four different sessions to choose from in my Watch Me Grow Club:

The Transitions Session is a pair of sessions, one to capture the end of your pregnancy and one to celebrate your new little one.

The Newborn Session is a single session to document every detail of your newborn.

The Basic Baby Session is three portrait sessions, newborn, 6-8 months old, and 1 year.

The Ultimate Baby Session is five sessions taken throughout the baby's first year.

Each sessions comes with a framed art piece.



Little Tykes Club

 This club is the follow up to The Watch Me Grow Club.

There are 5 sessions:

Age18 months

2 years old

3 years old

4 years old

5 years old

A composite will be made at the 4 year old session including the previous three sessions.

At the 5 year session, you receive an 11x14 basic print from that session.

The Storybook Collection

 I I offer 5 different scenes every year.

January is "Cinderella" and "Star Wars".  The Cinderella scene will take place in the kitchen, pumpkin patch and ballroom. The Star Wars scene will be on board the Millennium Falcon and at headquarters.

March is "Peter Pan".  The boys will be Peter Pan and Captain Hook and the girls will be Wendy and a Mermaid.

May is "Little Red Riding Hood" and "Toy Story".  Red Riding Hood will scene will be in the woods and you might see a wolf!  Toy Story will be in Andy's bedroom.  You can be Andy, Buzz Lightyear and Woody.

July is "Wonder Woman" and " Spiderman".  We will be saving the city!

September is "Wizard of Oz".  We will brave the twister and land in Oz!

As always, a "Storybook" will be available at the end of the year.

You can do individual sessions, or join the Storybook Club for $120.  This registration fee pays all 5 sessions and makes you eligible for discounted packages and a free sheet of wallets with each package purchase.




For information on how to dress for family portraits, click here