We made our way back to the Umstead Hotel for this early fall wedding. The flower arrangements by Kelly Odom were absolutely stunning and the band had the party people going into the wee hours of the morning.
I love a good before and after example. This image was created outside the Rialto Theater in Raleigh for Bunn DJ Company. It was getting close to dusk and there was a ton of traffic going by. The hardest part was capturing frames between cars.
The initial capture is drab, dull, boring. I know this. I intentionally exposed the scene darker than normal, in order to balance the marquee light and the lights from the cars as my starting point. From there, pretty basic tone manipulation and texture placement. You know, average Tuesday afternoon stuff.
The UNC campus provides so many different looks for an engagement session. We’re often asked by couples, “Can we bring our dog to the session?” The answer is, “That would be great!”
My favorite part of the day was at the beginning of the ceremony when the priest announced: "This will be a modern, abbreviated ceremony, so it will only last three to four hours."Read More
Working with these two was a dream. They truly enjoyed each part of their day and seemed to just know how to slow down and take it all in. Those tend to be the days when the most magical photo opportunities present themselves and when they do, I'm right there to seize it.
While we're on the subject of magic, I should address the sunset image. It's real. We snuck out of the reception onto the golf course at just the right time. The sunset was just getting perfect, I had them in the right spot when I heard a swoosh sound approaching from behind me. What can I say, right place, right time.
Do you know how to wobble?Read More
When was the last time your kids had some fun in front of my camera?Read More
I love these sessions. I get to be silly and try to convince kids that standing in one place for a few minutes for photos is a great idea...Read More
Chapel Hill in springtime!Read More
I've never seen this level of awesomeness packed into one wedding. The florals from Kelly Odom were spectacular and Brian even surprised Brittany with a same day video at the beginning of the reception done by the rock star team at Heart Stone Films.
When the goal is to create an experience, timing is everything. The instant their video was complete, the huge screen did a kabuki drop to reveal the band. The music and lights fired up and suddenly the room went from teary-eyed nostalgia to feet on fire dancing.
Well done everyone!
As fun as it is to show all the pretty pictures from a wedding day, It think it's also good to show the final product...Read More
It's not often that I do a styled shoot, but when I do, I appreciate it not being in a field...Read More
Most bridal sessions don't offer the opportunity to break out the smoke grenades...Read More
Have you ever tried playing tourist in your own town? It's easy to do in Raleigh.Read More
When I received Nick and Natalie's album recently, I just had to share it with the world before delivering it to them in person.Read More
This was the first in my series of exploring places most other folks will never see in person.Read More
With the backdrops of the iconic Duke Chapel and Washington Duke Inn, Matthew and Virginia were off to a great head start for beautiful wedding day memories. What really makes their images come to life is the fact that they were having a blast all day long.Read More
Any day spent creating memories at Duke Chapel is sure to be a good one. There is so much to see and it's all a treat for the eyes.
From Duke, we moved to the Umstead Hotel & Spa for the reception where the DJ had the people moving all night long.
Below is Valeisha & Dahntay's wedding album design, where we took the best images from there day and combined them to tell their story.