Posts in Couples
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.

 

 
 
Melora + Conor \\ Durham, NC

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!

 
 
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. 

 
 

 

 

Candice + Jonathan \\ Durham, NC

This was a fun shoot. I took Candice and Jonathan to Forest Hills Park in Durham, NC to get some nature vibes!

 
 
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.