Fashion: Before and After

A lot of folks don’t realize that taking a photo is, maybe on a good day, about 1/10th of what a photographer does. I’m not whining I promise, and I hope this example proves the point.

The fashion shoot for the 2019 issue of Weddings Look Book was scheduled to shoot in mid-August. In this part of the world, lavender blooms peak around late June and don’t tend to stay around for months. Knowing this four months in advance allowed me to have a plan in place well before picking up my camera.

The operating theme for this year’s fashion was “whimsical fairytale” that’s not the name you’ll see in the book, but that’s the feel we wanted to evoke in the images. Fairy tales encompass all of the good and bad in the world, so we had a lot of latitude in making some images moody and others light and magical.

While all of the images received a healthy dose of post-production magic, this one received the most. As you’ll see in the before and after, the only thing left untouched from the original are the models and dresses. This was planned out weeks before shoot day and it took a few hours working on this one image to get the result you see. I purchased a photo of a stormy sky and of a lavender field (nothing is free) and got to work blending everything together.

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.

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.

Summer Wedding at the Umstead

I'll never forget this day.  Everything about it was perfect, and with all the moving parts inherent in any wedding, that's saying a lot.

First, we spent the entire day at the Umstead Hotel and spa where everyone is well taken care of. Next, the ceremony was outdoors overlooking the lake and conditions were perfect for that.  Oh, did I mention that Scott and Celia were having a great time?  Well, that helps just about as much as anything.  

Combine those things with the insane job that Fresh Affairs did on these florals and you have the makings for some seriously enchanting imagery.  

From the hundreds of images we captured that day, what you see below is the album design that uses the very best of those images to tell their wedding day story.