I tried to do maternity photos for my friend Erica for a little extra practice before the other maternity shoots I have coming up soon. When that didn’t work out, she asked if we could do newborn photos instead. So, Erica, her husband, their daughter, and their new addition all came to my house for a photo shoot last week. Due to issues with picking up their daughter from school they arrived late, the sun already set. I was concerned about the lack of light, but I think we managed to get some nice shots anyway. :)
Little Dominic did Not want to go to sleep for these photos, but we managed to get him into a Harry Potter theme setup as his Mom wanted. So cute!
I am originally from the great state of Virginia. I was born in Charlottesville, in Martha Jefferson Hospital. There’s a picture of me as a baby at Monticello. My Mom is holding me in front of the house, and we had great fun trying to recreate the moment when we visited again when I was a teenager. I only lived in Virginia a few years, though, before we moved across country so my Dad could get his Master’s degree.
My family lives in Appomattox Virginia. You may remember this from history class as the place where the civil war ended. I’ve visited the surrendering grounds more times than I care to admit, and I love to read civil war era historical fiction.
Sometimes I think I was meant to be a northerner at heart. I don’t like sweet tea, or grits. One of the few things that makes me sure I’m from the south is that I Love boiled peanuts.
If you’re ever in Lynchburg, VA be sure to check out the Farm Basket for lunch. It’s the cutest place and they have delightful food made from fresh, local ingredients.
One day I may retire to the sleepy town of Appomattox. For now I’m content to visit a couple times a year. My grandparents house is still one of my favorite places in the world. One of the pictures that I’ll post is the view from my grandparents bedroom window, another is of the Farm Basket, and the last is of hay bales in one of my relatives fields. I always know I’m getting close to my destination as I make the drive home when it gets to the point that there are more hay bales than cars.
I was so honored and excited to photography my sister’s wedding. She married a sweet man who plays Magic: the Gathering, what more could any sister ask for? :) Some people suggested that I should allow someone else to photograph the wedding so I could just enjoy the day, but I just didn’t trust anyone else to photograph her wedding, I had to do it myself. Here’s hoping she appreciated the effort.
Though we took these in August, I couldn’t post them until after the wedding so no one (*coughTheGroomcough*) would see her dress accidentally before the ceremony. The beach was pretty much our only option for a bridal portrait location in the small town where she lives. So that’s what we did, we took her bridal portraits on Holden Beach about a month and a half before her wedding which would take place on Ocean Isle Beach.
Did I mention this is my sister? Isn’t she lovely?
You’ve already seen Heath & Kelly’s engagement photos, here finally are their wedding photos. I was so happy to document their special day for them. I was also glad to see that since Kelly and I share a favorite color (purple) it featured heavily in her decorations. Her favorite colors are orange and purple so those were the colors she used, and since her reception was outside in a woodsy area they also went with a sort of rustic theme including mason jars and a tree bark inspired cake.
The ceremony and formal photos took place at Brunswick Islands Baptist Church in Supply, NC and her reception was at her parents house. Kelly was a stunning bride. Kelly and Heath are both religious and wanted their faith to feature prominently in their photos as they hope it will in their marriage.
My boyfriend started playing bass for a band recently, and so, though I’ve always been interested in doing band photography, I just started seriously doing it for the first time. They’ve played 3 shows since he joined the band, and I photographed each of them. For the first two shows the only lens I had that would be acceptable to shoot them with was the kit lens. So I knew they were going to be dark (the lighting at the venue they played for both of those shows also sucked a bit, so that certainly didn’t help).
I was glad though when after the first show they said the photos I captured were way better than another guy’s who photographed the show with much better equipment than me. I was inspired after the second show I photographed to buy a 50 mm 1.8 lens anyway, I used that to capture the third show, which was also conveniently played at a venue with much better lighting.
I’m going to post one photo from each of the shows. We’re supposed to be doing head shots and promotional group photos of the band soon, too, and I’m looking forward to that as well.
Also, here is a link to their facebook page so you can check out the band, How to Kill a Monster, if you’re so inclined. The band’s favorites of the photos I took for them at each show are also posted there. https://www.facebook.com/htkamonster
I’ve known Kelly and Heath for many years, and I was glad they asked me to do their engagement and wedding photos. Today is actually their wedding day, I’m leaving in a little while to go document it for them, and I can’t wait.
Kelly and Heath were supposed to get engaged on the beach. It didn’t quite work out as planned for many reasons, but they wanted their engagement photos done on the beach anyway. I took a look at Kelly’s pinterest page to get an idea of what she wanted from her photos, added those ideas to mine, and we met at Holden Beach to implement all the ideas.
They are such an easy going couple, and I think it’s wonderful that you can see their love and happiness pouring out of each of their photos together.
My little sister is gonna have a baby! Such an exciting time for her, and for me, as I can’t wait to meet the lil lady when she arrives and document the occasion with maternity and newborn pics. It’ll be a few months yet before we’ll be able to do maternity or newborn pics, so for now we did a pregnancy reveal photo shoot so she could get the news out in a unique way. The baby will join the family as an addition to Heath’s son/Alison’s step son, that’s why the sign says four instead of three. Also, Alison liked the idea of them carrying the due date between them, so that’s the main idea we were shooting to photograph.
When they came down to vacation at the beach where I grew up, the Leadbetter’s asked me to take family portraits of them, their twin two year olds, and their extended family who were sharing the beach house with them.
This was actually my first set of beach portraits, and I wanted to try to do them a little differently than most of the family beach portraits I’ve seen. I can only hope that I succeeded a little bit. Also, here’s hoping the Leadbetter’s contact me to document more of their annual trips to Holden Beach.
Mia and Joey were such fun to work with, so easy-going. I mean, they’re the first couple to ever spontaneously ask me to go photograph them enjoying a couple drinks at their favorite bar on the way to the reception, and I was only too happy to do that for them.
The venue, St. Mary’s in Downtown Wilmington was beautiful, ornate. & the yard where they held the reception was landscaped so nicely. Wonderful settings for a wonderful couple.
The photos I’m including are of the couple posing behind the church, the bride having a candid moment with her grandfather while opening her gift from him, and the grooms sister in laws glass being held up in front of the groom’s father giving a toast.