Ahhh, the Blue Ridge Mountains. Could there be a more perfect spot for a wind swept renewal of vows? Elizabeth and Richard have been wanting to have an intimate mountain top ceremony for awhile now and we were all finally able to get out to Craggy Gardens to make it happen and I'm so glad we did! It wound up being a little chillier and a little windier than we all expected but it was so beautiful that no one minded too much. Check it out!
Great light + abandoned buildings + an adorable couple in love? Probably three of my favorite things actually. Ok, now GO LOOK AT THESE CUTIES!
You're smart as a whip and cool under pressure :)
I love florals you guys. This should come as no surprise if you've ever seen this website, I've ever given you a business card, or if you're familiar with my work in general, but I just love them. I love the colors, I love the smells, I love greenery, and I'm fascinated by the different sizes and shapes that can be made as arrangements. Unfortunately I wasn't gifted with the ability of floral design. I can do some small scale things like a flower halo, but that's about the extent of my skill. There's really quite a bit to it honestly. Green thumb aside, there's so much know-how involved from being familiar with various types of flowers/greenery to the creative ability to actually design arrangements, centerpieces, or even large scale installations that are sturdy enough to hold up on a wedding day, yet still retain a soft and romantic aesthetic. There's also a lot of color theory involved in understanding how to pair various buds and greenery colors to make one captivating bouquet. It's like magic basically.
My friend Jennifer Pate over at Wildly Cultivated is an extraordinarily talented floral designer and all around magical person. I saw her work for the first time a little over a year ago and I knew immediately how passionate she was about the craft. It just shines through in every one of her pieces. Being as floral obsessed as I am, I thought it would be fun for us to get together in her studio so I could document her process and since Valentines Day is coming up, she decided to put together the Valentines arrangement she will have for sale. We spent the morning together in her studio kitchen chatting as she arranged and I photographed in the soft glow of some window light. Watching her clip stems to size and place each flower in just the right spot was mesmerizing and I can't help but admire her seemingly effortless ability. Here are some of my favorite shots from the morning plus a couple of bonus shots we took when we paid a little visit to Studio 215 later on. Guys, if you are in search of a florist for your wedding (or even just to give to your girlfriend) in the Fayetteville, North Carolina area, drop a line over at Wildly Cultivated Floral Design Studio and Flower Farm! Jennifer is amazing and will be a pleasure to work with!
This past weekend I finally buckled down and took the time to update my office. I've been putting it off for awhile because it's a lot to think about right!? But I'm really glad I finally did it. I've been operating far too long in disorganization and general chaos but now I feel like I can breathe easy and be inspired in here! It's kind of a work in progress because I'd really like to fill in the walls with some of my work eventually, but for now, this is where it's at! If you need me, I'll be in here! Oh and that's my cat Hans, a trusted coworker. :)
Sweet, sweet Caroline. Six months young.
This Summer has been a little crazy between weddings, family in town, and moving, but I finally had a little time to shoot some personal work. You may recognize Princess as she's becoming one of my favorite subjects of late. We decided it would be fun to hang out on her Farm and do a little shooting. We got a mixture of overcast light and some break through powerful sunshine and it was just a beautiful example of the range of light you can have in a single hour and a half span. Here are my favorites and yes, that is a giant flower from Hobby Lobby. See, they do have a purpose ;)
Charleston is insanely beautiful. Here's proof.
Sarah and John married on a hot day this past July in stunning Charleston, SC, but let's back up for a second. I met Sarah years ago when I was just 16 and a brand new lifeguard at our local pool. Sarah was one of the lead guards and I worked with her just one summer before she went off to college. Fast forward about eight years later when Sarah became a doctor and I became a sick person (for lack of a better term) and found myself laid up in the hospital where we were living last year. I was shocked to see that she had seen my name on the registry and found me! She came on in, took my vitals, chatted with me for a bit, and we reconnected. Before I knew it, there I was shooting her wedding a little more than a year later. Life's crazy huh? Sarah and John's wedding was gorgeous and unique in its simplicity, laid back vibe, and family focus. The entire day was all about family togetherness in a beautiful place and it couldn't have been more of a pleasure to shoot. Here are some of my favorites from the day!
Ah, Benj and Madilyn. So I got the opportunity to work with Nicola Harger Photography for this stunning mountain wedding in Banner Elk, NC at the Overlook Barn. It was GORGEOUS guys. The entire day was filled with the most perfect light imaginable and I could not have orchestrated the day to be any more beautiful or run any smoother myself than it did. Benj is a kind hearted young man and Madilyn is sweet and beautiful inside and out. Together, I'm certain a bright and beautiful future awaits them.
One thing that really struck me about this wedding in particular is how loving everyone involved was. Now I know weddings are about love. Everyone "loves" at weddings. They love the couple getting married (otherwise why are they there sharing in those moments) the bride and groom obviously love each other, but this wedding showed me not only what love looks like between a couple and their family, but what the love of Christ looks like. Never have I see a wedding where that was more evident. It was in every single thing that happened that day. From the quiet conversation while getting ready, through the many prayers through streaming tears offered up, and to each and every generous interaction with me and Nicola there photographing the day. I can't tell you how many times I had a guest or a family member walk up to me just to make sure I was doing well, wasn't thirsty, or had eaten. They genuinely cared not only for those in attendance, but extended that love to every vendor there as well. It was a real testament to the kind of people Benj and Madilyn are but even more so to the God they love. This was an elegant wedding that will always stick with me as one of the best shooting experiences I've had. People like these make me remember why I do what I do. I'm so thankful in sharing in their beautiful day and giving them memories to cherish. Take a look at a little rundown of the whole day!
Holly and Dan are incredible people. They are kind, soft spoken, and two of the gentlest people I've had the pleasure of meeting. Their wedding was just as they are, relaxed, beautiful, and full to the brim with love.
Guys guys guys, oh my gosh. So this past week I had the pleasure of photographing Princess in beautiful Wilmington, North Carolina. Yes, her name is Princess, isn't that cool!? I don't get to work with models nearly as much as I'd like, but when given the chance, it has always been a worthwhile experience. I've found that it's a great way to make friends most importantly, but it's also a fantastic way to build connections with individual models and/or agencies, work on the types of images that personally inspire you, and creatively explore with someone who understand and values the time and energy that goes into making impactful imagery. Overall it was a pretty successful shoot. Check out some highlights from the day! She's just a peach isn't she?
This Saturday was slow and a bit lazy. Sometimes you just need that, you know?
Ingrid knows all the good spots around here. She took me strawberry picking this week and I decided to snap a few, of course. Lemme tell ya, few things are more delicious than a sweet and juicy strawberry plucked straight from the plant. YUM. I love North Carolina.
I had the honor of checking out Flora, a locally owned florist shop, over in Asheville, NC this week, and BOY was I not disappointed. This shop has to be the single most beautiful space I've ever been in. The moment I walked through the door I was transported to, what felt like, the middle of a fairy garden. There were flowers, vines, ferns, and hanging terrariums with moss and air plants from floor to ceiling. The very walls in this place were alive. I swear I could feel it breathing and growing. This place is definitely a must see in person, but I tried to capture as much of its unique charm as I could through my lens! If you're ever lucky enough to be in beautiful Asheville, make this place one you visit!
So this is Kelly! She's an adorable little stylist who enjoys curating and directing for others as well as for herself on her DIY fashion blog Saturated With Style! She's so good at mix and matching and even makes her own clothing like the two skirts featured below! I was so excited when she wanted to meet up for a little shoot last week to show off some of her recent favorite looks. Brittany of Sunshine Makeup Artistry and Mobile Spray Tanning also came along for a few shots and even did the gorgeous makeup look below! Check it out!