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Taylor and Jonathan's Falls Lake Engagement

Falls Lake in Raleigh, NC Was the Perfect Location for this Fall Engagement Photo Session.   

Earlier this year, I shot a quick engagement session for Taylor and Jonathan on the Haw River at The Haw River Ballroom right before their party to celebrate their engagement. It was during the peak summer heat and it was hot and uncomfortable. They really wanted a fall session so we headed out to Falls Lake a few weeks ago and had a wonderful, cool North Carolina afternoon to make a few more photographs. These two will be getting married at The Hudson Manor Estate in Louisburg, NC in the spring so you'll see them on the blog again not long from now. But until then, enjoy the warm colors from this fall session. Images were created with the new Sony a9.

Catherine's Starlight Meadow Bridal Photo Session - Burlington, NC

Back in August, I spent a hot summer morning with Catherine at Starlight Meadow in Burlington, NC. That was the location she chose to create her bridal portraits in advance of her September wedding. Starlight Meadows is a newer wedding venue located between Durham and Greensboro, North Carolina. The facility features two barns large enough to host 150 people and a dance floor preserved from the Hotel Hershey. A large field with breathtaking views and several ceremony locations offers a wide variety of options to create the look and feel you dreamed about for your wedding. Starlight Meadow also has its own comfortable bridal changing area and a complete offering of tables and linens to complete your day. It's a wonderful venue in so many ways.

We spent the morning exploring the property and began photographing at a vintage truck on the far end of the property. Then, we moved to the large, open field and then down to the wooded ceremony location that helped us get out of the hot North Carolina sun. That shaded grove was the ideal location to shoot and some of my favorite images from the day were made there. Once we finished up at the ceremony location, we headed back to the main barn and found a vintage, blue truck that made for a soft portrait backdrop. We finished up with some edgy, contrasty shots using the harsh directional light flowing into the barn and onto the silo. Here are some of my favorite image from the session photographed mainly with the new Sony a9 camera system - plus a few at the end from my old Nikon F100 film camera and Fuji 400H film. The flowers for this session included white Lisiantus cascade ivy, seeded euc and Roses Mother of Pearl and were created by Lou Ann over at Southern Petals. Make sure to check out a wonderful article about the venue in the latest digital edition of Weddings Magazine beginning on page 51.

Stay tuned for a full wedding recap from Starlight Meadow. Enjoy.

And a few photographed on Fuji 400H film using a Nikon F100 film camera body.

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Mallory's River Forest Manor Bridal Portraits

Back in July, I spent the afternoon with Mallory and some good friends at The River Forest Manor in Belhaven, NC. It is an amazing venue for a wedding and the entire facility was recently restored to its original character with plenty of southern sophistication and elegance. It is 13,000 square feet and has 13 guest rooms, marina access and the ability to host up to 500 wedding guests. 

It was an extremely hot North Carolina summer day, but we were greeted with a smile by the events manager Montana, and we had a wonderful time shooting inside and outside of the manor house. Here are just some of my favorite images we made during the afternoon before the storm clouds moved in and soaked everything in sight.

This session was photographed using a combination of the groundbreaking Sony a9 camera system and a vintage, 35mm Nikon F100 film camera on Portra 800 film. Film scans by Richard Photo Lab in Los Angeles, CA. Images from the wedding are coming soon. Until then, enjoy.

If you are interested in bridal portraits and photography for your wedding day, please contact the studio for packages and availability.

Amanda and Courtney's Duke University Engagement - The Starwars Finale

A week or so before this session, Courtney emailed to inform me that she would have a surprise for Amanda at the end of their engagement photo shoot at Duke University. As a loyal Starwars fan, she wanted an epic lightsaber battle to close the classic outdoor session at Sarah P. Duke Gardens. With such a stark contrast in creative, it required a very different backdrop than the soft, beautiful colors of the gardens.

Instead, we found a dark, cool, concrete tunnel where the two could duel with their lightsabers. The result was this collection of images that would have even made Luke Skywalker a bit nervous. Do you have a creative idea for your engagement photo session? Contact the studio and put a shoot together. 

The Hall And Gardens At Landmark's Wedding Table Top Event

A few weeks ago, I got an invitation to exhibit with some of Raleigh's top wedding vendors at The Hall and Gardens at Landmark's Table Top Wedding Event. This event was an opportunity for Raleigh area couples to see the latest tabletop trends and decor from some of the most talented wedding and event professionals including:


If you aren't familiar with the venue, The Hall and Gardens at Landmark offers a French chateau style experience for a wedding ceremony and reception. It is conveniently in Garner, NC with seating up to 240 guests. The bridal lounge and groom's cigar lounge offer luxurious spaces to get ready for your day. The wedding guests will be comfortable as they are seated in the old-world European gardens awaiting your walk down the aisle to a ceremony set against a truly magical backdrop with a stone bridge over a koi pond leading to a wrought iron gazebo surrounded by lush floral. Receptions are held in the Marie Antoinette Grand Ballroom offering over 3,000 square feet beneath gilded trim and opulent chandeliers. You're sure to be treated with attention every step of the way by the staff as you enjoy every aspect of your day.

Here are a few images from the talented wedding vendors captured at the table top event. If you would like more information about the venue and how The Hall at Landmark can assist you in your wedding planning, contact Kristen at Enjoy the photos.