Posts tagged couples photography in durham nc
Angela + Angela \\ Durham, NC

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. 

 
 
Jenny + Armando \\ Durham, NC

I had the privilege of creating engagement photos for Jenny and Armando following their surprise engagement at the Angus Barn in Raleigh.   They chose the beautifully diverse campus on Duke University in Durham, NC for this engagement session.  

 
 
Workflow Editing - From Beginning to End in Lightroom and Alien Skin Exposure

This shoot is from a recent workshop that I taught in downtown Durham, North Carolina.  The goal of the shoot was to take a boring, seemingly distracting environment, and create beautiful couples photos using the tools and resources available in my camera and our creative minds.  

After the shoot, I created a workflow editing video showing my entire process using Lightroom and Alien Skin Exposure.  I cover culling, rating, flagging, white balance, split toning, adding contrast, how to speed up your workflow and how I use Alien Skin Exposure's powerful grain system. 

Need a little more one-on-one help?  I got you!

Josh + Shelley \\ Durham, NC

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. 

We ended the session with a some portraits with Josh and Shelly's custom Brompton Bikes...followed by beers at Motorco of course. 

 
 
Brian + Ellie \\ Durham, NC

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.

 

 
 
Holly + Kevin \\ Durham, NC

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 + Melissa \\ Durham, NC

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 + Craig \\ Durham, NC

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.