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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.
Melissa & Matt fresh from their wedding at the Vil Melissa & Matt fresh from their wedding at the Village Chapel, take in some rays on the lawn at Pinehurst Resort.
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I'll be back here on Sunday for the @swea_nc Wedding Expo. Come on out and check out all the great vendors there. Details in profile link ^^^
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Fun fact, you can't really see it here, but there had been a Color Run earlier that day and the lawn was covered in the remnants of coloured dye. We carefully picked our way through the dusty colour patches so as not to ruin Melissa's beautiful dress and found this spot. I tend not to pose my couples too much, just let them chat and be themselves.
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We literally had five minutes for pictures before Melissa & Matt had to head off to their reception, but we got a lot of great shots in that time as we'd had an engagement session together about a month earlier, so we already knew each other pretty well. I definitely recommend engagement sessions for this reason. It's great to get to know each other and get a hang of how best to work together.
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This was back in my Canon days: Canon EOS 1DX Mk II, w/ 85 1.2 @ f/1.2, 1/500, ISO 50. Edited with my Portra 800 warm #Lightroom preset from the @analogue.soul Quickgold film emulation pack.
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 With / @melissalongano & @vanomd7
Venue / @pinehurstresort
Planning / @pinehurstweddings
Florals / @jackhaddenfloral
Dress / @misshayleypaige
Megan & Daniel tie the knot in the Donald Ross Roo Megan & Daniel tie the knot in the Donald Ross Room at the Pinehurst Resort Clubhouse.
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I’ll be back at this beautiful venue on Sunday at the Sandhurst Weddings & Events Association (@swea_nc)’s Sandhills Wedding Expo. Come on out and chat from 2-5pm. Sign-up info can be found here: https://www.sandhillsweddingandevents.com/events/event/sandhills-bridal-wedding-expo-2020-1/?date=2020-01-26
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***I have two free tickets to give away so if you want to come, send me a PM***
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With / @obvimowen
Venue / @pinehurstresort
Planning / @pinehurstweddings
Florals / @jackhaddenfloral
Dress / @gildedbridal
Melissa and Matt step outside from their reception Melissa and Matt step outside from their reception to take a moment together under the beautiful sunset at Pinehurst.  I’ll be back at this beautiful venue on Sunday at the Sandhurst Weddings & Events Association (@swea_nc)’s Sandhills Wedding Expo. Come on out and chat from 2-5pm. Sign-up info can be found here: https://www.sandhillsweddingandevents.com/events/event/sandhills-bridal-wedding-expo-2020-1/?date=2020-01-26 ***I have two free tickets to give away so if you want to come, send me a PM to enter the raffle*** With / @melissalongano & @vanomd7
Venue / @pinehurstresort
Planning / @pinehurstweddings
Florals / @jackhaddenfloral
Dress / @misshaileypaige
Not every photo requires an in-depth explanation f Not every photo requires an in-depth explanation for the masses. 
Laura knows what this image is about. Those that were there will remember. 
These are the unique moments I love to document for my couples.
Switching gears again with a fave portrait from Ra Switching gears again with a fave portrait from Raine & Chasity's wedding day at 21c a few years back. This was taken right after the family photos in the lobby by reception. People were literally checking in just next to us just outside the left of frame. There is a definite quiet/loudness to this image that I really like.
I spoke yesterday of the beauty of raw emotions an I spoke yesterday of the beauty of raw emotions and real, unstaged moments. Well, wedding days are chock full of them and I love documenting them. I always love shooting the recessional when the bride and groom walk down the aisle as husband and wife and all the pressure of the day finally seems to have been lifted. You see a combination of a sense of relief, happiness, accomplishment and love.
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This is what it's all about.
Cool portraits and clever shots are all good fun, Cool portraits and clever shots are all good fun, but nothing beats the raw emotions and real, unstaged moments of the wedding day.
Are you engaged? Know someone who is? Let me know Are you engaged? Know someone who is? Let me know below and/or tag yourself and your friend. Better still, tag yourselves and come out and see me on Sunday 12-4pm at Melrose Knitting Mill as part of the Weddings & Warehouses event. 5 venues and a load of awesome vendors you can get between by trolley. What's not to love?
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I always really enjoy shooting at Melrose Knitting Mill, but am constantly looking for new ways to showcase the venue and its surroundings. This is a little alcove just off the beaten track there. The lines and textures look amazing in black and white and beautifully juxtapose the elegant look of this gorgeous couple.
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Geek info: Sony a7iii w/ 28 f/2 @ f/2, 1/400 ISO 100. Edited with my TRI-X 400 preset from the @analogue.soul Quicksilver B&W film emulation pack for #Lightroom.
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Venue / @melroseraleigh
Planners / @southernoakevents
B&G / @_mel.rodz & @mrr0driguez
Florals / @kellyodomflowers
Dress / @maggibridalraleigh
Tux / @sebastiancruzcouture
Makeup / @kristamasseymua
Lauren & Dennis as seen on their wedding day at Me Lauren & Dennis as seen on their wedding day at Melrose Knitting Mill.
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I'll be out at this fabulous venue from 12-4pm on Sunday for the Weddings & Warehouses event. Come on out if you would like to get together and chat. It's a great way to tour 5 cool venues and meet a bunch of great vendors all in one afternoon. Details in my profile. ^^^
Looking forward to seeing the back of this cold, r Looking forward to seeing the back of this cold, rainy weather. If I wanted this, I'd still be living in England.
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Rain can make for some cool pics though, like this one of Laura & Joe walking together to their wedding ceremony as the storm rolled out of the valley. The rain combined with the B&W just adds to the romantic mood. I didn't even mind getting my hair wet for this image. ;)
The start of a new decade is probably as good a ti The start of a new decade is probably as good a time as any for one of these Friday introduction thingies. So here goes:  I'm Joe & I'm a Raleigh-based wedding & portrait photographer. This is my wife Cristel (@teenybeansphoto - she's a newborn & baby photographer) & our two lovely daughters, Charlotte (11) & Natalia (9). Yes, I married up & yes, they are lucky to take after their mum.  I was born & raised in England, moved to Spain when I was in my late teens & lived there off & on for the next ten years before moving to the USA back in 1999.  Before becoming a full-time photographer, I worked in sales & marketing. First selling construction machinery in Spain & then running sales in Latin America for part of the Daily Mail group. It was fun & I got to see a lot of the world. One of my favourite memories is sitting at IBM's offices in Rio de Janeiro watching pelicans fishing with Sugarloaf Mountain in the distance.  I spent a lot of my life studying: first Hispanic Studies & History of Art at the University of Liverpool (lots of time studying the paintings of Dali, Picasso, Goya, Spanish Cinema, Spanish & Latin American Literature, etc)  then postgrad business course at UWE in Bristol (my hometown), & an MBA at Butler University in Indianapolis. I still love studying my craft but my time in a formal classroom is now officially done. I think/hope.  What got me into photography in a serious way was the little girl on the left of the pic. When we learned we were expecting Charlotte I went out & got a camera & bored everyone to death with photos of literally anything that moved, or didn't move for that matter. To all my FB friends from back then, sorry not sorry, but thanks for your patience!  My style when shooting weddings is a combination of what we call photojournalism (but most people think of as candid photography) & artistic portraiture. I love documenting wedding days as they happen without me directing anything or people being aware they are being photographed. I also really enjoy making portraits though, so you give me the time & we'll make some beautiful images together.  Thanks for stopping by!
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Pic by @inhisimagephoto.
Kicking off a new year on the blog with this image Kicking off a new year on the blog with this image of Laura (and Peaches) reading Randall's letter just before getting in the dress.
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More from their big day now showing on the blog. Link in profile.
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Have a great 2020 all!
More good news to close out the year as this image More good news to close out the year as this image from Megan & Evan’s engagement session just picked up a Diamond Award from the #WPJA. You can see more of my fave photos from this shoot over on the blog. Link in profile.
Catching up on the blog and I'm finally able to sh Catching up on the blog and I'm finally able to share some images from Megan's bridal session in and around Duke Gardens. Link in profile....
Merry Christmas everyone! A fave frame from Rachel Merry Christmas everyone! A fave frame from Rachel & Kevin’s first dance at their Xmas wedding a few years back. Choreographed to perfection by the bride and Kevin did her proud!
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