Fall Wedding at the Umstead

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.

Before & After- Bunn Djs

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.

Chapel Hill Engagement Session

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!”


Meredith & Dan- Duke Chapel

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.



A Spring Wedding at the Umstead

Spring is in the air and Ivy Robinson has pointed her magic wand the Umstead Hotel & Spa to create an unforgettable experience not only for this couple, but for their family and guests.

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!

Duke Chapel Wedding

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.