Rema, Yousef, and I hiked out to Merritt's Pasture near Chapel Hill, NC for this wedding photography session. I'm really grateful for their sense of adventure while still looking like they did through it all!
Angela and Angela were so connected during this shoot in downtown Durham. This was the first couples session that they've had in their in their 18 years together. What a privilege and honor.
For this shoot we chose the Highway 147 overpass just near the American Tobacco Campus and then wandered down the American Tobacco Trail to chase some light and vibes.
On a beautiful Sunday morning, Molly, Asher and their dog Basil, met me and we ventured out to the Eno River for a sunrise engagement photo session. This one was special because we all got to know each other by enjoying nature together and plus we used the opportunity to capture Molly and Asher's (and Basil too) connection as they approach their wedding day!
Alex and Justin have such a unique vibe and I got to capture it in downtown Durham for their engagement photo session.
The two other locations were the Durham Post Office and the basement vault at 21C Museum Hotel.
Outdoor adventure photographers Josh and Shelly Hartman journeyed their way back to North Carolina so we could hangout and make some art together. We did a couples shoot in downtown Durham, N.C. in the Central Park district popping into the world famous coffee shop, Cocoa Cinnamon.
Before the shoot I gave Josh a little "homework assignment". I told him to write Shelly a letter telling her what she means to him (you can see that moment below). He crushed it as expected and melted her heart.
I love photographing other artists. They're my absolute favorite subjects because they're so willing to experiment, take risks and are intuitively creative. When they're an artist couple...it's even better.
Brian and Ellie are two amazing latin style dancers who recently started their own YouTube Channel. I got to do a session with them while educating some other photographers in downtown Durham, N.C. at the Central Park District.
A few of the shots you see below were created by reflecting the surrounding environment off of my iPhone and into the lens. A couple of the other shots were taken in a dry concrete swimming pool in a skate park and the final shot is an in-camera double exposure.
I'm so happy that I got to spend some time with Melora and Conor and make some engagement photos to celebrate their upcoming wedding next weekend in Durham, NC. I'll be shooting their wedding on Labor Day weekend 2017 in some of Durham's raddest locations. I'm so grateful!
Congratulations Melora and Connor!
Cate. Slay. Downtown Durham.
Wayne and Melissa have a really special connection and passion. For this shoot I challenged myself, Wayne, and Melissa with an urban settings that is usually challenging but on this particular occasion it didn't feel that way because of Wayne and Melissa's natural, authentic connection.
Crystal and Craig walked around downtown Durham, NC with me a few weeks ago for some couples photography.
For this shoot my goal was to challenge my own norm of using available light in a traditional way.
For example, some of the first shots we did were in the basement of the 21c Museum Hotel. It's dark, florescent lights were everywhere and I had no flash. I even set my camera to "Auto ISO". This is actually a scary thing for a photographer because you have no clue exactly how your camera will react in certain areas because of the inconsistent lighting. I approached it with confidence in myself and my previous abilities though.
Another example was shooting portraits in broad daylight. I took Crystal and Craig and plopped them right in the midday sunlight for many of the shots. This creates harsh light and it sometimes can make your subjects "squint" (which happened during this shoot). I used the sun to back light them and luckily it worked out. Seriously..it was luck.
Apart from the nerdy photography stuff, the shoot was so refreshing because I got to document Crystal and Craig's sincere, authentic love. I found myself smiling so much while editing these.
I met Raheem (aka Defacto Thezpian) at a holiday party. We talked. I shared my stories (and tequila) of doing photography with musicians and how Stelth Ulvang played Outcast songs in my classroom..."cause the whole world loves it when you make that sound..bah bah..bah bah bah bah" was what would've heard if you were there.
Afterwards we exchanged contact info and set up a photo shoot in Durham, NC.
It's always an adventure and pleasure to work with positive, artistic humans. Here are the photos from the shoot.
I emailed his manager and asked. She emailed him. He said "ok".
I met him outside of the Local 506 on Franklin Street in Chapel Hill and then we walked around, climbed on a roof, talked and took some photos.
The repetitive lesson learned: Just ask.
He's a great guy and I hope you can check out his art!