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One of my favourite images of all time, it has an One of my favourite images of all time, it has an even more special meaning for me now with the social distancing regulations we are all under worldwide. What wouldn’t we give to be able to hug our friends right now? Hopefully, we will remember this and never take it for granted ever again.
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This image was taken back in 2011 at a wedding up in Cincinnati, OH. The groom and groomsmen had just arrived at the church and were congregating in the parking lot. They were just about to walk in to the church when they suddenly got into a huddle to say a prayer led by the Best Man. I was standing slightly off to the side so I quickly ran to get this angle where the symmetry and the light from the July noon sun overhead was simply beautiful.
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People sometimes ask about my use of monochrome in my images. Why do I use it so much? Simply put, I love the timelessness of B&W and the mood it can bring to an image. This was a pretty mundane parking lot with a big, grey building and green dumpsters in the background. Converting to B&W removes those distractions and focuses the eye on the groomsmen.
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Take care everyone! Hugs to you all.
Hugging: Just one of the many things we took for g Hugging: Just one of the many things we took for granted till now. Wherever you are and whoever you’re with, make sure to put your arms around them and give them a cuddle. We all could do with one right now. .
Thanks to @swathiputcha and @karthikmurali11 for showing us how it’s done, and with such style! ;)
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Geek info: @sonyalpha a7iii w/ FE 135mm f/1.8 lens @ f/1.8, 1/320 sec, IS0 100. Aperture priority - ⅔ stop EV.
Hello my friends! I hope you’re all doing well. Hello my friends! I hope you’re all doing well. 
Like me, I bet you’re looking forward to seeing the back of social distancing. It’s just not in our DNA. So here’s a visual antidote from a proposal I photographed the day before @sarahpdukegardens closed. The happy couple’s parents had all flown in to make a surprise appearance afterwards for some portraits together. This is a totally unstaged image as the two moms checked out the rock. 
For the geeks out there, this was shot from the hip with my newly arrived Sony 20mm f/1.8 wide open from about 6 inches above their hands. Loving that lens already. 
Stay safe everyone! Lots of love to you all.
The lovely Haley getting into into her dress assis The lovely Haley getting into into her dress assisted by her mum and future sister-in-law. As a wedding photojournalist first and foremost, I love moments like these that tell the story of the day. These unscripted moments showing our family relationships are some of the most beautiful for me and the most meaningful for my clients.
Photography trends come and go. But there is an el Photography trends come and go. But there is an elegance and timelessness to B&W images that I just love.
Diana & Danny’s first look. When you get to witn Diana & Danny’s first look. When you get to witness and document happy moments like these, it’s hard not to love what you do.
From the archives, one of my fave getting ready im From the archives, one of my fave getting ready images: Jessica, The Carolina Inn, March 2013.
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From my notes back then: "If you’ve read my blog before, you may well be aware that I really don’t like to direct the wedding day at all, but just let it happen and focus on documenting it honestly. With this image, however, I did provide a little bit of direction in order to get the most from the environment we were in. What was the direction? I closed the other blinds in the room and moved the chair 90 degrees and to the side so the bride was lit with some beautifully soft rim lighting and we could get a bit of mood in the image. Once that was done, I could then compose to bring in the elements of the window and the paintings and provide a sense of place.
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So you can see that on those rare occasions where I do step in and influence the setup of the image, I do it for a reason and I keep it very minimal. The moments are still real, I just set up the image to make the most of the room and get the best possible picture.
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Geek info: Canon EOS 5D Mark III with EF 16-35mm f/2.8 L USM @ 25mm, f/2.8, ISO 400, 1/50 sec"
Angel & Jeff’s first dance in the Old Well Room Angel & Jeff’s first dance in the Old Well Room at The Carolina Inn. 
I’ll be back here on Feb 23rd for @thecarolinainn’s Event Showcase. I have some free tickets to give away! Hit me up if you’re interested in coming out to this gorgeous venue and meeting a load of really amazing wedding service providers! And me of course. ;)
A dip into the vault for #tbthursday and a frame f A dip into the vault for #tbthursday and a frame from the lovely @sjn.martin’s bridal session at @dukechapel.
A fave frame from a recent maternity shoot for the A fave frame from a recent maternity shoot for the lovely @stxsteph of @southernoakevents. Cristel of @teenybeansphoto and I are looking forward to seeing Steph again, this time with her baby boy, in just a few short weeks.
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Geek info: shot with @Kodak #Ektar100 on a @Hasselblad 500C/M w/ @Zeisscameralenses #planar80mm at f/2.8. Developed and scanned at @southeasterncam.
From the archives: Nichole’s sister helps with t From the archives: Nichole’s sister helps with the finishing touches before the first look. #wilmingtonweddings #cityclubofwilmingtonwedding #wilmingtonweddingphotographer #joepaynephotography
Eric as seen on his wedding day. Just before the f Eric as seen on his wedding day. Just before the first look with Nicole, actually. When I grow up, I want to be as cool as him.
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