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!
I had the amazing honor of photographing Armando's surprise proposal to Jenny on Valentines Day at Angus Barn in Raleigh, NC.
Here's a slideshow from the event.
One of my favorite things about shooting couples is the spontaneity.
During this session, Shawn wrote a beautiful love letter to Sam to celebrate their 19th year of marriage together.
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.