Author: joe payne photography

raleigh wedding photographer, joe payne, documents his clients' most special of days through an artistic fusion of photojournalism and portraiture. avoiding the cliché, joe's ability to deliver beautiful images conveying the true emotions and unique moments of the wedding day have quickly made him one of the most sought-after wedding photographers in north carolina.
holy name of jesus cathedral wedding – erin & mike
holy name of jesus cathedral wedding – erin & mike
Wow! How can September be here already? This summer seems to have totally flown by and I've just realised it's been ages since I've blogged. So, let's fix that right away. Today, it's back to Raleigh for Erin and Mike's beautiful Holy Name of Jesus Cathedral wedding from a few weeks back. I love weddings of all types, but I have ...
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monumental church & vmfa richmond wedding – mary catherine & peter
monumental church & vmfa richmond wedding – mary catherine & peter
I shoot most of my weddings in Raleigh, Durham & Chapel Hill, so it was really great to get the chance for a change of scenery and head up to Richmond for Mary Catherine and Peter's Monumental Church & VMFA Richmond wedding a few weeks ago. You'll see from the photos that there was quite a variety to the look and feel of ...
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duke gardens durham wedding photography – anh & david
duke gardens weddings – anh & david
Regular visitors to my website will know I love working on Duke Gardens weddings and it was such a treat to photograph Anh & David's wedding there a few weeks back. But rather than me tell you about it, here's Anh herself with a quick recap of how she found me and how the planning and the day itself  went down: "I am the kin ...
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historic wakefield barn wedding – hannah & wayne
historic wakefield barn wedding – hannah & wayne
A quick post and run today as I am heading out for a double-header weekend of events. But I couldn't let the weekend pass without posting some of my favourites from Hannah & Wayne's Historic Wakefield Barn wedding from last month. With Hannah hailing from England and Wayne from right here in the USA, two families came together ...
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melrose knitting mill wedding photography – johnique & derrick
melrose knitting mill wedding photography – johnique & derrick
Hi everyone! So, here we are – spring is finally here and the 2019 wedding season is well and truly underway. I’m really happy for 2 reasons: 1) the sun is out and 2) I’ve just finished working on this beautiful Melrose Knitting Mill wedding photography from a few weeks back. Johnique and Derrick’s was actually the first of t ...
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carolina inn & duke chapel wedding – kathleen & michael
carolina inn & duke chapel wedding – kathleen & michael
Happy New Year, everyone! What better way to head into the home straight of my 2018 season and kick off the blog for 2019 than with a classic in the form of Kathleen & Michael's Carolina Inn & Duke Chapel wedding? This truly was a gorgeous day in all senses of the word:  beautiful venues, fabulous weather, and lovely peo ...
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21c museum hotel durham wedding – kortne & terry
21c museum hotel durham wedding – kortne & terry
I closed out 2018 right back at the very spot I began the year last January: the fab 21c Museum Hotel in downtown Durham, NC. Back then it was for Brandy & Gabe's big day, this time it was for Kortne & Terry's 21c Museum Hotel wedding, which just happened to fall on New Year's Eve. So I saw in the New Year with this fabulou ...
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duke gardens engagement session – nikki & john
duke gardens engagement session – nikki & john
It's been a while since I shared an engagement session and I've shot quite a few over the last few weeks. So let's put that right! Here's a Duke Gardens engagement session I photographed a few weeks ago. I've known Nikki for a few years through some corporate work I did a few years back with what is now The Pink Ceiling. So I was r ...
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melrose knitting mill wedding – melanie & anthony
melrose knitting mill wedding – melanie & anthony
Another day and we're back for another Melrose Knitting Mill wedding for Melanie and Anthony's nuptials. I'd met with Melanie and Anthony last summer for their rainy engagement session and I was really looking forward to their big day. In my last post featuring Johnique & Derrick's wedding day, which was also at Melrose, I m ...
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biltmore wedding photographer – anneké & andrew
biltmore wedding photographer – anneké & andrew
Simply a beautiful wedding day with a very sweet couple who are very obviously very much in love with each other. Anneke & Andrew were married at the Lioncrest at Biltmore. This was my first Biltmore wedding and I hope it's the first of many. The day was beautifully planned by Shayla and her brilliant team at Sharpe Pursuits. I ...
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planning your wedding photography, part 1 – the getting ready
planning your wedding photography, part 1 – the getting ready
Background My main aim when photographing a wedding is for your wedding photos to tell the authentic story of your big day, the moments that make it unique and the relationships between people. That being said, it really does pay to plan ahead and have everything lined up so the day flows as expected and your photographs turn out ...
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pavilion at carriage farm wedding – ashley & devon
pavilion at carriage farm wedding – ashley & devon
Early last month, I headed out to photograph my first ever Pavilion at Carriage Farm wedding for the lovely Ashley & Devon. After the excitement of the weather we had in September, I was pleased to see the forecast and that we were going to be blessed with a beautiful sunny day out in the countryside. I met up with Ashley an ...
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bishop’s bay country club destination wedding – abby & chad
bishop’s bay country club destination wedding – abby & chad
I first met Abby & Chad last autumn when they booked me for their Duke Gardens engagement session. I do get quite a few clients who are getting married in other states who just want an engagement session. So it was really flattering when Abby & Chad contacted me after the shoot to ask me if I would be willing to fly up to W ...
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angus barn wedding – tyler & blake
angus barn wedding – tyler & blake
Tyler & Blake were married at a beautiful sunset ceremony by the lake at the Pavilion at Angus Barn. I met with up with Tyler at her home where she and her bridesmaids were getting ready. It's always great fun hanging out with the girls and we had a lot of quality time to take some detail shots of the dress, shoes, etc. while t ...
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angle amphitheater at duke gardens wedding – katherine & andy
angle amphitheater at duke gardens wedding – katherine & andy
They say rain on your wedding day is good luck, which is great news for Katherine & Andy given that we dodged thunder storms pretty much all day for their outdoor Duke Gardens wedding ceremony a few weeks ago. Everything was looking fine in the morning, but the grey skies rolled in right as we got to the gardens and pretty much ...
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village chapel & pinehurst resort wedding – melissa & matt
village chapel & pinehurst resort wedding – melissa & matt
I really can't think of a way I could possibly have put a better ribbon on the first half of 2018 than with Melissa & Matt's gorgeous Village Chapel & Pinehurst Resort wedding on the last weekend of June. Anyone who follows this blog will know I'm a bit of a sucker for church weddings and the Village Chapel in the heart of ...
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duke gardens wedding photography – lauren & ricky
duke gardens wedding photography – lauren & ricky
Summer is upon us and I've just got back from my home country of England where I spent a fortnight travelling around the country catching up with friends and family. So now it's time to catch up on work and for me to share a recent wedding that I shot at Duke Gardens for the fabulous Lauren & Ricky. As you can see, we were bles ...
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downtown durham engagement photography – melanie & anthony
downtown durham engagement photography – melanie & anthony
Rain Stops Play - Well, actually it was the catalyst for a really fun (and different) engagement shoot with Melanie and Anthony. We met up at West End Wine Bar in Durham and were on our way out when the heavens opened and a summer rainstorm was suddenly unleashed upon us. It was a total downpour, so we headed back inside. The origi ...
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duke chapel & cotton room wedding photographer – hannah & andrew
duke chapel & cotton room wedding photographer – hannah & andrew
Wedding season is in full swing and it's been super busy around these parts, but I'm coming up for air with a quick blog post from Hannah and Andrew's beautiful spring wedding which took place at Duke Chapel and The Cotton Room just up the road in Durham, NC. My first stop for the day was the King's Daughter's Inn where Hannah, ...
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may-lew farm wedding photography –  macy & jordan
may-lew farm wedding photography – macy & jordan
Macy & Jordan had a gorgeous wedding last month out in the Eastern NC countryside near Farmville. The amazing May-Lew Farm provided the backdrop for the ceremony and reception and the ceremony took place just down the road at the Farmville United Methodist Church.  It was a beautiful day in two amazing locations and a lot of fu ...
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good shepherd & melrose knitting mill wedding – lauren & dennis
good shepherd & melrose knitting mill wedding – lauren & dennis
Well, what a fun day this was! Lauren and Dennis's Good Shepherd & Melrose Knitting Mill wedding!! Lauren and Dennis live out in California, so I actually met them for the very first time on their wedding day. Till then we'd been talking via email and a Skype meeting. Even through our limited communication, though, I could tell ...
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st. mary’s & umstead wedding photographer – sarah & jake
st. mary’s & umstead wedding photographer – sarah & jake
Sarah & Jake were married back in February in a beautiful, intimate ceremony at St. Mary's School Chapel in downtown Raleigh followed by a full-on party at their reception at The Umstead. These are two amazing venues for a wedding: Built in 1855, St. Mary's Chapel has a fabulous vintage feel to it, which beautifully complemente ...
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parker j pfister’s french revolution workshop review
parker j pfister’s french revolution workshop review
Hi everyone! I'm just getting back from a week in an 11th century French château with 11 other photographers having my melon twisted by the amazing, inspiring Parker J Pfister, gentleman, scholar and artistic genius. Those who know me know I love spending time stepping back and recharging my creative and artistic batteries whene ...
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river landing country club wedding – megan & chad
river landing country club wedding – megan & chad
OK, so this River Landing Country Club wedding is going to be the final wedding to hit the blog in 2017, and, as far as I'm concerned, it's a great way to wrap up the year. Yes, it's a bit of a corker! Let's see: Fab bride and groom? Check! Awesome wedding party? Check!! Beautiful locations? Check!!! T-Rex first dance? CHECK!!! ...
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21c, duke chapel & cookery wedding photography – brandy & gabe
21c, duke chapel & cookery wedding photography – brandy & gabe
We started out the 2018 wedding season with a real classic in all senses of the word. A Duke Chapel wedding is always a recipe for success, but add to that a fabulous bride and groom, other such gorgeous venues as 21c and The Cookery and a crack team of wedding professionals, and you really have something very special indeed on you ...
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durham wedding photographer – jill & john
durham wedding photographer – jill & john
2017 finished in style with Jill & John's fab wedding in Durham NC. Regular readers of the blog will probably remember Jill from her beautiful Rose Hill Plantation bridal session, which was one of my favorite portrait sessions of the year. She made such a stunning bride and was such good fun to be with, I was really looking for ...
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raleigh portrait photographer – jackie’s maternity session
raleigh portrait photographer – jackie’s maternity session
One of the best things about my job is being there with my clients to document the story of their family as it grows in the years after the wedding. Just over two years ago, I shot Jackie & Rob's engagement session, followed by Jackie's bridal session in January of 2016 and their gorgeous wedding photographs the month after tha ...
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durham wedding photographer – jill’s bridal portrait session
durham wedding photographer – jill’s bridal portrait session
On Saturday, I had the pleasure of photographing Jill and John's wedding just up the road here in Durham, so I'm pleased to now be able to share some of my favourite photos from Jill's Rose Hill Plantation bridal photography session from a few weeks ago. Readers of the blog will know I shot another bridal session out at Rose Hill b ...
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grandfather mountain elopement – teresa & jed
grandfather mountain elopement – teresa & jed
A few weeks back, I got up early and headed up the Blue Ridge Parkway to shoot Teresa & Jed's dawn wedding on the summit of Grandfather Mountain. When we got there, a very thick mist enveloped everything and I was worried we weren't going to be able to take in any of the amazing views you get on a clear day. As it was, God seem ...
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duke gardens engagement session – abby & chad
duke gardens engagement session – abby & chad
I met up with Abby & Chad on a chilly, cloudy Sunday for a beer and a chat at James Joyce's in downtown Durham, followed by a fun walk around Duke Gardens for their engagement photography session. Cloudy days bring a certain mood and the light was beautifully soft that afternoon. Abby & Chad went with two very contrasting l ...
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