Kate & Bryan || Raleigh Engagement Photography

A little backstory — When Kate and I started talking about where we would shoot her engagement pictures, she really didn’t have a location in mind. In fact her only requirement was that the location had to be (and I quote) “Badass”. Driving home from another session I found the perfect location. The lake here has been down due to the lack of rain (I think at least) and this spot was perfect. The sunset directly over the patchy shallow spots, there were tall trees… perfect. We set a plan and then, mother nature threw a wrench in our plan. Four days before her scheduled session the temperatures dropped drastically and we were looking at high of 20 some degree days for the next week. NOT something you want to spend two hours in. We needed a plan B. In home? No. Maybe an airbnb? Maybe. A greenhouse? but where? How about this awesome new wedding venue that has four shooting options in one? PERFECT. Which led us to The Meadows Raleigh  – an amazing venue on the outskirts of Raleigh that offers pretty much any setting your heart desires and 100% met Kate’s “badass” requirement.

Fast forward to the session. I told the couple to bring two outfits (and then brought a couple dresses for Kate just in case) – one casual for an indoor setting, and one more formal because – engagement pictures ya’ll! They showed up with beer, my favorite, and I showed up with coffee – which apparently Bryan was in dire need of. These two were so much fun and super easy to work with. Bryan reminds me of Schmidt from New Girl and made everyone laugh the entire session. These images are genuine and sweet and I seriously can’t wait to work with them again in July.

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Anna & Everett || Albemarle Wedding Photography

This wedding held a lot of firsts for me. First wedding of 2018. First time visiting the quiet town of Albemarle. Coldest wedding I have ever shot. First January wedding (cue the Avett Brothers). First winter wedding. This wedding. No This UNION, was so heartfelt, I honestly don’t know that I have the words to describe it. As a wedding photographer (like, this is my job guys) I don’t usually get all teary and sappy during a service, but I did this time. Let’s start with Anna singing to Everett as she walked down the aisle. Seriously. She sang ‘A thousand years‘ – and it was a thousand times perfection. They had two ministers, one of which was Everett’s father, and Everett’s brother sang twice – both songs that he wrote and composed himself. Oh my gosh guys, and this church…. The stained glass was just…dreamy light filled awesomeness. Like every wedding, the happy couple then celebrated with their loved ones by dancing and smashing cake in the others face. The wintery details (pinecones, evergreen branches, and red berries) made for the perfect decor. They were sent off by these same loved ones tossing petals at them, and I know for a fact they will live happily ever after. Congratulations to the newly wed Mr. & Mrs. Wickham!

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Welcome Owen || Clayton Lifestyle Photography

I’m kicking off the New Year by sharing this beautiful in home Newborn session. One of my last shoots of 2017, and I got to spend it with some very special clients turned friends. This little man came into the world a full month early, but is just as perfect as could be. Tina, David, and Felix (the cat) welcomed me into their home on a chilly December morning. We shot mainly in Owen’s nursery because the lighting and decor were perfection. The joy from these two parents is palpable, and I am so happy for them and this new beginning! Welcome to the world Owen, you are so loved!

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Caitlin & Brett || Raleigh Engagement Photography

So, I have a funny story about these two love birds. They were both in JC & Bobby’s wedding – in fact – Caitlin caught the bouquet, and Brett caught the garter. They were already dating before the wedding but I honestly thought that this was a set up by JC and Bobby for Brett to propose to Caitlin. He didn’t then, but did a few months later. I was so stoked when they reached out asking me to capture their special day in Asheville next June. This couple is so fun to work with, we laughed and chatted the entire shoot. And how sweet is their pup?! It had such a hard time choosing which images to share from this session. I am so excited to work with these two again in the summer!

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The Reiherzer Family || Raleigh Lifestyle Photography

We all have our holiday traditions, for this (beautiful and amazing family) it’s baking Christmas cookies. Every year I gift my besties with a family portrait session, this year – while we were brainstorming what we should do, I suggested we do a lifestyle cookie baking session. We only shot for about 20 minutes but it was really all that was needed once the powdered sugar started flying. I absolutely adore this family and can’t wait to see them tomorrow night for our annual Christmas Eve Dinner. Merry Christmas Everyone! 

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