Monthly Archives: January 2012

Nicole + Stephen. Winston Salem Day After Session.

Nicole and Stephen were married this past summer and I was so sad that Jonathan and I couldn’t attend! Over the months we all became close friends and I was dying to photograph these two cuties together! So we finally set up a Day After session in December :) I love Day After sessions… it’s a chance to get dressed up in all your wedding glory again and shoot some portraits without the stress of the wedding day and time constraints! We had such a great time, even though it was super overcast and rained for a good part of the session… I think we made it work ;)

{Fellow photographers: Based on your feedback, I’m going to start posting some tips on settings, composition, posing and the like! Starting with this post… check below the images for camera settings! This session was shot with the Canon 5D MKII. Feel free to leave questions in the comments section!}

We started the session in front of this amazing pink wall. I love this photo so much!

{50mm, 1.6, 1/250, iso 100}

We walked around Winston Salem for a couple of hours, just stopping wherever caught our attention. Winston Salem is full of great backdrops! And Nicole and Stephen are super fun . . .

{50mm, 2.5, 1/125, iso 200}

{50mm, 1.6, 1/200, iso 100}

I love that they brought some props to work with!

{24-70mm, 2.8, 1/100, iso 200}

{50mm, 1.6, 1/250, iso 125}

Is Nicole gorgeous, or what? I love her smile!

{70-200mm, 2.8, 1/125, iso 250}

{50mm, 1.8, 1/320, iso 125}

Stephen is a yard sale fanatic. No joke. He’s pretty good at it, though, and these vintage suitcases were one of his finds. I love these two photos together.  . .

{50mm, 2.0, 1/320, iso 125}

{50mm, 1.6, 1/250, iso 125}

{50mm, 1.8, 1/250, iso 125}

{50mm, 1.8, 1/250, iso 125}

I love this photo… so romantic!

{70-200mm, 2.8, 1/160, iso 250}

{50mm, 1.6, 1/250, iso 125}

{50mm, 1.8, 1/200, iso 125}

Yeah, I obviously couldn’t get enough of this wall. The texture and colors are amazing!

{50mm, 1.8, 1/250, iso 125}

{50mm, 1.8, 1/250, iso 125}

{25-70, 2.8, 1/100, iso 160}

I love this photo of Nicole alone. Such a beautiful bride!

{50mm, 2.2, 1/100, iso 125}

I love how silly Nicole and Stephen are together. We were all laughing about this idea, it was hard for them to keep a straight face!

{25-70mm, 2.8, 1/100, iso 200}

{50mm, 1.6, 1/250, iso 100}

{50mm, 2.5, 1/125, iso 200}

Nicole’s fun spirit is infectious. . . she was seriously having such a blast twirling around, I didn’t want to make her stop!

{50mm, 2.2, 1/125, iso 200}

{50mm, 1.6, 1/200, iso 125}

After a quick outfit change (and a chai latte), we shot for just a few more minutes at dusk . . .

{50mm, 1.6, 1/100, iso 320 – at this point it was pretty dark outside so I had to bump up the iso a little bit!}

These two are definitely in love . . .

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I love the colors in this photo… Nicole and Stephen look like they could just blend into the mural!

{50mm, 1.4, 1/200, iso 320}

{50mm, 1.2, 1/100, iso 800}

Stephen and Nicole, I had such a great time photographing you both. And Jonathan and I are going to take you up on that dinner date sometime!

2012 Wedding Show. My Booth!

I’m back from a crazy busy weekend at the Weddings Show in Raleigh! I am so happy with how my booth turned out and met tons of great people! See those gorgeous cakes on the left? Yeah, how awesome is it that I was next to such talented bakers? (It was super awesome… I got to sample cake all weekend!). So, what do you think of the layout? The color? I love it. I kind of want to paint my office like this now. . .

Both of the desks/tables in my booth were purchased at Goodwill for a total of $45. I painted them white because they were kind of ugly when I bought them. These will also go in our house (when we buy one).

So what do you think? Did you stop by my booth at the Weddings Show? I would love to hear from you in the comments below! We’ll be back to normal posts soon… starting with Nicole + Stephen’s day after session in downtown Winston Salem, Eric + Amanda’s maternity session at an abandoned farm, and Jess + Alex’s session in downtown Raleigh!


2011. Weddings. Part II.

I’m on a roll! Part two of my 2011 weddings review. Don’t forget to leave a comment and let me know what you think! I’m back to working on my booth for the Weddings Show in Raleigh next weekend! P.S. If you’re in the area Friday or Saturday, you should come by!

2011. Weddings.

This may be my favorite post yet! A mixture of bridal sessions, weddings, and day after sessions featuring some of the cutest, most genuine, gorgeous, and fun people I’ve had the chance to work with. You allowed me to photograph your relationships, your families, your smiles, tears, and some of the best times of your lives. I am so grateful for all of you! This is definitely a two-part post… I didn’t want to overwhelm you all! The next post will be up tomorrow afternoon.. get excited!

If you’re not featured on this post and just stopping by, make sure to leave a comment and let me know what your favorite photos are!

2011. Seniors.

Last year I had the chance to work with tons of amazing high school seniors. The talent, ambition, beauty, and personalities that are represented in these photos blew me away! I love getting to know each senior that I photograph and this batch was no exception. I hope that we continue to stay in touch … I can’t wait to hear reports of the things they’ve accomplished, and the places they go! Ok, I’m getting all sappy now… on to the photos!