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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.
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 12-5pm. 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.
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