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Today, with the hurricane barreling down on Myrtle Beach, SC where my sister lives, I’ve had little else on my mind. She’s staying there with her husband so they can take care of her elderly father-in-law who can’t leave. It’s made me think a lot of this photograph called “Adrift” I did of my son, Jobe, years ago there. Jobe and I were playing in the ocean and he was on a little surfboard. During one of the quieter moments, when the waves were separating us from everyone else around, I grabbed this shot with one of those crappy waterproof Kodak disposable cameras and it captured one of the most meaningful images of my child I’ve ever taken. There are...

Destination Wedding Details & Portraiture at Terranea Resort in Palos Verdes, California

When Marissa and Huntington got married at Terranea Resort a few weeks ago, I knew how important the detail shot of her dress would be to her. I got to spend some time playing and shot the dress on multiple backgrounds but this double exposure is my absolute favorite. I shot 2 exposures, the first was a very small painting hanging in the kitchen that had wonderful colors and brush strokes. For the second shot, I hung the gown from a light fixture in the hallway. By setting the camera to the Light mode, the dress overwrote the colors in the painting. Then I brought the two original images as well as the double exposure into Adobe Photoshop, layered them...

Dramatic Afterglow Session of Celebrity WFMY TV Reporters | Winston-Salem

One of my favorite types of shoots is, quite honestly, a long one. I love taking time to get my friends (Clients? Subjects? Genie pigs?) to relax, sink into their experience and just have loads of fun while still creating magnificent artifacts of their time with me. We usually start out with a drink or lunch, chat and laugh a lot, then dive head first into our session together. This was absolutely true with Liz and Grant, both of whom are newscasters at WFMY News in Greensboro, NC. I worked with Liz and Grant first for their destination wedding in Cape May NJ at Congress Hall. (I seriously want to shoot there again so let’s make that happen, folks!) We...


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...

Classic Elegance With A Modern Twist | OHenry Hotel Bridal Session | Greensboro, NC

Allison is a classic beauty and she wanted very classic old world elegance in her bridal session. We chose the OHenry Hotel in Greensboro for it’s beautiful, dark wood lobby and the light was just amazing. We chose several locations throughout the hotel and Allison walked right up to the edge of her comfort level and stopped over that line. Her bravery allowed me to play a little and add a modern twist to some of her images. It was a wonderful collaboration. Congrats to Allison and Matt who married last night at the OHenry!

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.

black and white of bride with eyes closed and stream of sunlight on her face

Beautifully Lit Forest Bridal Session | Greensboro, NC

For Emily’s bridal session, I wanted dramatic enchantment. We chose Hagan-Stone Park just outside of Greensboro and shot in the early afternoon hours. Her gorgeous custom Martina Liana gown was a perfect contrast and balance to the deep woods that we trekked through. The images are exactly what I imagined and Emily looked beyond beautiful. We even found a little chapel on the park’s grounds to play in. It was a perfect afternoon. Many people ask how we shoot in location like forests and mountain sides, and waterfalls and manage to keep the dress clean. The last image in the slideshow is a perfect visual explanation. The bride stands on a clear plastic shower curtain topped with a white sheet near the...

black and white double reflection bridal image in sunlight

Dramatically Lit Bridal Session | Grandover Resort | Greensboro, NC

For Lauren’s bridal session, it was important to her to have her photographs made in the resort her uncle built. We were blessed with incredible light flooding into the lobby which played off of her beautiful figure in her couture dress by designer Olia Zavozina. My favorite image of so many favorites is the first in the gallery where Lauren is sitting in the chair and reflected in a piece of marble. She looks so regal and absolutely gorgeous.