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Mallory's Minted.com Winter Flourish Wedding Invitations

When I received Mallory's wedding invitation in the mail, I knew I had to come up with a creative way to photograph the pieces since they came out so beautifully. After some deliberation, I decided to photograph these invitations at Starlight Meadow on an antique door using only soft, natural light. I thought that this combination would produce the upscale, vintage look that I had envisioned the first time I opened the envelope. The flowers were provided by Lou Ann over at Southern Petals and featured white lisianthus with ivy and pink, yellow and white mother of pearl roses. These invitations were created through minted.com using the Winter Flourish design set. Calligraphy was done by the amazingly talented Alex Caldwell. Wedding photos are still in the lab but Mallory's bridal session is coming next. Until then, enjoy.

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Taylor and Jonathan's Haw River Engagement Session

A few weeks ago, I met up with Taylor and Jonathan on a hot August summer day to create some engagement images on and around the Haw River. This was my second shoot of the day and the temperature reached almost 100 degrees. But we didn't let that didn't deter us from having fun and capturing some photos for their upcoming engagement party in late August.

We started off around the Haw River Ballroom and then made our way down to the middle of the Haw River to grab a few shots on the rocks. The temperature was smoldering hot and the light was hard so we vowed to do another session in the fall when it will be cool and colorful. These two will be getting married next year at one of my favorite wedding venues around Raleigh, NC - The Hudson Manor Estate so look for them back on the blog later this year. Until then, enjoy a few images from the summer session. Photographed with the new Sony a9 camera. Thanks to my friend and awesome Raleigh commercial photographer, Steve Mallin, for the assist on this incredibly hot day. 

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Personal work from the air with the DJI Phantom 3 Pro Drone.

One of my goals this year was to start incorporating more video alongside my still photography work. With newer technology and tools, it has become easier to run both side-by-side. However, it takes practice to do it all seamlessly together and to manage the gear efficiently. Here's some personal work I did last week using a DJI Phantom 3 Professional while I was in Rhode Island visiting family. You'll be sure to see it buzzing the sky at a wedding near you soon. Flights were approved by the Westerly State Airport Management Office. Thanks to security at the Weekapaug Yacht Club and the team at Gray's Boat Yard for allowing me to fly at their facilities. Lots more to come. Enjoy. 

Why should you print your wedding and engagement photos?

A photo that has been printed onto paper can be very powerful. And it can also last a lifetime. Unfortunately, in today’s digital photography era, more photos are being created than ever before yet most are never printed and live quietly in the dark sectors on hard drive of a computer. Tucked away, existing only in ones and zeros, these photos will never be enjoyed to the fullest. Photos should spark good memories, emotions and provide the viewer with the window to see into what was happening when the image was created.

That’s why I offer prints with all of my photo packages in addition to the digital files. There is no single best format or style for prints. In fact, there are a wide-range of options to suit any client. The most important factor is to get the image onto archival paper where the record can be passed along for generations.

Images from Mallory and Carl’s NC State and downtown Raleigh engagement session were commemorated with archival quality color prints with a luster coating. These keepsakes were delivered in a beautiful, elegant mahogany wood box with matching USB drive complete with images from the full session. This keepsake can be placed on a table, or other prominent location, in their home where they will be held and enjoyed by family and friends for years to come. Sharing the images in a format other than digital can be very satisfying and it will help preserve those special moments.

The photos below will allow you to experience what it really means to give the gift of photography. If you would like to create lasting memories for your family, please contact me to set up a session and to discuss your vision. I look forward to starting a conversation soon. Enjoy.

Mallory and Carl's NC State campus and downtown Raleigh engagement

I’ve known Mallory and Carl for several years now and it was exciting to be selected as their photographer for their wedding and engagement. They will be getting married later this fall in Belhaven, NC at the River Forest Manor and I am looking forward to telling the story of their day. 

For their engagement photos, we spent some time on the beautiful campus at NC State University and started the afternoon at the Memorial Belltower. We walked around and had some fun finding nice light and using the backdrops of the classic architecture before driving into downtown Raleigh to finish the engagement session.

A quick wardrobe change and a stroll around the warehouse district gave us the opportunity to create some modern images that fit with their style. We closed out the engagement photography session with some photos on the Boylan Bridge that offered an amazing view of Raleigh at last light.  

We created so many fantastic images during the session that it was hard to choose just a few selects to share but here are a few of my favorites. There will be many more images to come with Mallory’s bridal portraits coming this summer followed by the wedding in September.

Until then, enjoy this set from NC State and downtown Raleigh.