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Awards | Fearless Photographers | Battleship Engagement Session

  Confession. I am ridiculously competitive. Not so much with other people but definitely with myself. I set impossible goals (never shoot the same image twice), am impossibly hard on myself, and strive to one up myself with every shoot. So this morning, when I won another Fearless Award, I launched straight over the moon. Happy Valentines Day to me!!!! Fearless Photographers is a unique photography directory of more than 3000 of the world’s most amazing wedding photographers serving couples who truly love photography. It is also my favorite competition that I take part in. I love how these photographers from every corner of the earth strive, with every shoot, to create, stun, and push boundaries with their art form. And...

Artistic Engagement Session with Hot Rods and Drive Ins | Charlotte, NC

  Certain sessions have a special place in my heart. It may be the locations we go to, it may the bond the couple and I form, or there could be some other very special aspect – like my son coming along to help me shoot. All three were true of this session. This was the very first time my son Jobe has accompanied me on a shoot and he was freaking amazing! He worked with Victoria and Jared like they were old friends, he had ideas for shots, and he schlepped my gear around like a pro! I’ll never let go of this day. Victoria, Jared and I got extremely close very fast. We joked, laughed, goofed off, and...


Playful Downtown Engagement Session | Durham, NC

Since tomorrow is their wedding day, I figured it’s the perfect time to share some of my favorite images from Lauren and Bryan’s downtown Durham engagement session. Their dog, Raleigh even graced us with his presence and put up with my antics for a while. We wandered the streets, alleyways and did a little light B&E. I can’t wait to shoot this wedding tomorrow. They are calling for rain but the bride doesn’t care and we’re all in for an adventure! Check back in in a few days for an update!

fine art portrait with reflection and leopard heels, engagement session, midwood, charlotte, NC

Fashionable Urban Engagement Session | Midwood Neighborhood | Charlotte, NC

When I first heard from this gorgeous couple, the call actually came from Matt and his British accent took me straight back to my joyous time at Oxford. Then when I met him and Kelli, my photographer’s heart went all aflutter. They are beautiful, cool, devoted to one another and absolutely hilarious. And even better, they LIKE being photographed so the walls came down so much quicker. We moved straight into the intimacy of the shoot and were playing and getting the coolest shots right from the start. For their engagement session, we chose the Midwood neighborhood in Charlotte specifically for the crosswalk in the first image in the post. I had seen the graphic painting on a previous trip...

Engagement session in Greensboro, NC, bride and groom silhouetted behind colorful painting.

Colorful, Playful Engagement Session at Natty Greene’s and Downtown Greensboro. NC

Elizabeth is an academic and Jordan is a doctor. I like working with people who work such high intensity jobs because they are almost always my bravest couples. They love art and because of that they are willing to play, be silly, and just really let loose in front of the camera. For their session, we recreated their first date – a trip to Natty Greene’s Pub in downtown Greensboro followed by a little stroll downtown. We even found a beautiful patch of light to play in behind what I can only assume is an abandoned building. Then we went back to their apartment and made some of the very best cupcakes I’ve ever had in my life. Jordan, if this...

Couple kisses in mist at art structure Artivity on the Green in Winston-Salem NC during their engagement session.

Playful, Romantic Romance Session in Winston-Salem, NC

Sometime couples are reserved when we first meet and it takes a little while to bring out the love story. Not with Jim and Ashley. Their love is palpable and a sight to behold. As was their willingness to do anything I asked of them. Because of their embracing bravery, these shots are beyond everything I ever envisioned and they are the perfect representation of this destined love story. Please, enjoy and wish them very well.

view from inside battleship of couple kissing on deck during engagement session in Wilmington, NC

Dawn and Dan | Battleship NC Engagement Session | Wilmington, NC

Engagement sessions are the very best when we can shoot somewhere that is meaningful to the couple. Dawn and Dan met in the Navy so after much discussion, we settled on the USS North Caolina Battleship as the location for the shoot. With a wonderfully adventurous bride, a battleship as a backdrop, and a man in uniform, it was an absolutely awesome engagement session for us all! Dawn and I carpooled from Asheville, NC and met Dan in Wilmington, NC. We had permission to stay on the ship long after it was closed to visitors and we spent lots of time both below decks and above. Perfect skies and a playful couple? I know their upcoming wedding will be incredible!

Couple kissing at Childress Vineyard with mirrored reflection

Erynn and Brad | Engagement Session | Childress Vineyards, Lexington, NC

Erynn and Brad met me at the beautiful Childress Vineyards for their engagement session a few months ago. We played in the wine cellar, meandered through the grape vines and even spent some time hanging out with their beautiful daughter. Today is their big wedding today and we’ll be back at the vineyards. The weather couldn’t be more perfect and I can’t wait to share the images from such a kind and beautiful couple. Congrats to the happy couple!

Couple embracing each other standing in a river at the Pisgah National Forest in Ashville, NC

Kristen and Mark | Pisgah National Forest Engagement Session | Asheville, NC

I am a firm believer that powerful, telling photographs require everyone involved to go the extra mile. For Kristen and Mark’s engagement session, that extra mile turned into a round trip of over a hundred miles. It was a side trip well worth taking. Kristen and Mark met while river rafting in Idaho Springs. Even today, their lives revolve around water. Mark is a fireman and Kristen works for a white water rafting organization. It was a must that water be a backdrop for their session. We finally decided that the Blue Ridge Parkway in Asheville, NC was our destination. At the start of our session, we struck out on the Blue Ridge Parkway. While it was extraordinarily beautiful, it...

Best of 2014 | My Personal Favorites

+To me, memorable art is art that makes you stop dead in your tracks.  Art that sticks with you long after you have walked away. Every time I pull my camera out of that bag, I strive for that kind of art.  I love creating images that are gorgeous, but challenging.  Images that are playful, yet refined.  And most importantly, images that are beautifully crafted. 2014 granted me so many opportunities to create the art that I love while also awarding me with a year of firsts:  my first Indian wedding and my first international wedding (in a Scottish castle, no less!).  I won Fearless Awards and received the honor of inclusion among the top 50 wedding photographers in the...

Scottish bride with flowing cape and kilted groom stand beneath orange trees.

Romilly and Adam Are Married | Melville Castle, Edinburgh, Scotland

I met Romilly when I was shooting her sister, Tasmin’s, September wedding in Asheville. I instantly bonded with both of these beautiful and vivacious women. And when Romilly asked me if I would be interested in photographing her October wedding in…wait for it…Scotland, how could I say no? Photographing the weddings of these two sweet English sisters within months of each other and on two separate continents was a joy. Shooting my first international destination wedding was a dream. My sister, Jennifer, accompanied me on this trip to both to ensure that we didn’t miss a moment of action and also as a little birthday present for herself!  We even took a few extra days in to explore the beautiful city...