I got to spend some precious time with these two in the mountains of Boone, N.C.
Margaret and Hudson were so wonderful to work with and I feel blessed to be able to capture their love!
This was such a special shoot. Holly and Kevin are the parents of Max who I taught for 4 years at an art school in Durham. Holly contacted me about doing the very first couples shoot of her and her husband Kevin. After a ton of re-scheduling, we finally did it!
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've been married to my wife now for 12 years. I take photos of her a lot. I don't take photos of us that much though.
I created this photo book for her as a gift to celebrate our anniversary.
As I was creating it I realized just how few photos that we actually had together.
I wasn't ok with this. I thought to myself "this is the most important person in the world to me and I don't have more photos of us. what's the deal?"
I realized that 1) I'm always holding the camera. 2) I usually just take photos of Kathryn and not us.
I also noticed how I felt creating this book for her. I felt joy, connection, intimacy...lots of dopamine being released.
I asked myself "why am I not taking more photos of couples so they can feel this too?"
One of the goals that I have for the new year is to make more portraits "couples". I'm going to be working hard to step outside of my normal "portrait" and to focus more on couples portraits.
What does that mean for you?
If you have a partner then we should connect!
If you know someone who has a partner then share this with them!
Take advantage of the "Couples Portrait Session" special that I've got going on this month:
In honor of celebrating 12 years with the love of my life, I've decided to give you the opportunity to invest in a couple's session with the love of YOUR life. I am offering 1/2 off my normal session fee.