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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 fabulous couple and the party was still raging when I left around 1am. Kortne & Terry had mentioned they wanted a Gatsby theme for their wedding and the vintage vibe of the night, along with the classic look of Kortne's dress and Terry's white tuxedo jacket definitely came through in the images. Big congrats and tha ... READ MORE
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 people - it truly had it all. Erin and I started the day with Kathleen & Michael at the Carolina Inn, where they were staying and where they would return for the reception later in the day. The Carolina Inn really was looking great with its Christmas décor and it has some great little places hidden away to provi ... READ MORE
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 was ably assisted my good friend and compatriot Richard Israel. Here are just a few of my favourites that tell the story of the day. READ MORE
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 the best they possibly can. Just a little forethought can make a big difference so that you can come into your day as relaxed and stress-free as possible. Even if you've considered hiring a wedding planner or day-of coordinator, it'll be good for you to know where your photographer's thinking lies and how you can le ... READ MORE
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 and her bridesmaids in the bridal suite at the venue while Erin headed over to hang out with Devon and his entourage. As I say, I'd never shot at the Pavilion at Carriage Farm before. If you've never seen it, it really is a great venue with a lot of clean, directional natural light, especially in the bridal suite. If ... READ MORE
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 Wisconsin to photograph their wedding. I don't class myself as a destination wedding photographer per se. I spent many years travelling internationally on a weekly basis when I worked in sales and marketing, so, nowadays, I'm happy shooting weddings close to home so I can be with my wife and kids. Of course, being En ... READ MORE
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 they were getting their hair and makeup done. We then stepped outside for some group photos of the bridesmaids and individual shots with the bride before heading back in for some individual portraits using the gorgeous window light at Tyler's house. The Angus Barn is always a beautiful place to get married and we ... READ MORE
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 all our plans for the first look and portraits before the ceremony had to be pushed back by about an hour. Luckily, the skies eventually cleared and we were able to get outside and make some beautiful images. I love bright, sunny days, but, as en Englishman, I have a very soft spot for rainy days too!  The grey ... READ MORE
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 Pinehurst is a really lovely venue to get married in. This wedding was really unique though, as the officiant in the Catholic ceremony was none other than Deacon Don Longano - who also happens to be Melissa's dad! With such a personal element to the ceremony, it really was very special indeed with plenty of great ad ... READ MORE
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 blessed with wonderful weather for their outdoor ceremony and reception and the day went by in a total blur. Luckily, the photos do a great job of telling the story of the day, which it's what it's all about after all. A huge shout-out to the great people who came together to make it such a fabulous day: Ceremony ... READ MORE
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 original plan was to wait it out, but as the rain never looked like letting up, we switched gears and started using the environment we were in for some portraits. Melanie and Anthony had originally wanted a vintage Hollywood vibe for their engagement session anyway, so we walked to some of the cool spots in downtown Durh ... READ MORE
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, her family and her bridesmaids were getting ready. The Trinity Suite is such a great room to get ready in as it has a lovely sunroom with an abundance of natural light. From there we headed over to Duke Gardens for Hannah and Andrew's first look. It was threatening to rain and we had a back-up plan for the first loo ... READ MORE
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 fun was had by all! Here are just a few of my faves from Macy & Jordan's day. Congratulations to the happy couple!! READ MORE
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 they were a really cool couple. And this was finally confirmed when I rocked up to The Church of the Good Shepherd in downtown Raleigh and finally got to hang out with them. And what better day to do that than their wedding day? This was my first time shooting at the Good Shepherd and what a beautiful church it ... READ MORE
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 complemented Sarah's dress and Jake's classic tuxedo look. Conversely, The Umstead, which opened its doors in 2007, is a super modern design with sleek, elegant architecture that provides a fabulous backdrop for the getting ready and wedding reception part of the day. I really enjoyed photographing the fusion of the feel of th ... READ MORE
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 whenever I can and this was a great opportunity to do so surrounded by a group of fellow creatives and professionals. Over the course of 7 days, we dived deep, unpacked our mental luggage, analyzed our artistic selves, dreamt up some crazy visions, learnt new techniques, ran amok through an abandoned abbey, communed with ... READ MORE
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!!! The list goes on... Megan and Chad were really great to work with. Megan is a photographer herself, so I was very flattered when she reached out to me to ask me to shoot her wedding. Given that she lives in VA, we pretty much planned everything via phone and email and hadn't actually met till the wedding day itse ... READ MORE
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 your hands. I first met Brandy and Gabe about a year and a half ago at Toni and Kevin's wedding in Winston-Salem, where Brandy was one of Toni's bridesmaids. Brandy struck me then as a really fun person and so I was so really pleased when, a few weeks later, she phoned me to tell me she'd just got engaged and ask me ... READ MORE
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 forward to the wedding day! As a regular Durham wedding photographer, it was great to close out the year at such iconic Durham venues as Immaculate Conception Church, Duke Gardens and the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University. Before that, though, and while Erin was photographing John and the guys, I met up with J ... READ MORE
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 that. So I was really thrilled when Jackie and Rob reached out to me to let me know they are expecting their first child and I was looking forward to seeing them again for their portrait session celebrating Jackie's maternity a few weeks ago. We started out by taking a relaxed stroll around JC Raulston arboretum before ... READ MORE
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 back in the summer, so it was great to be back on a beautiful, golden autumnal evening. I never like to repeat myself if possible, so we shot in totally new locations throughout the house and grounds. Jill looked amazing and we came away with some gorgeous, unique images. Seeing two of my photos printed large on fine ... READ MORE
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 seemed to be smiling down on us as the clouds parted and we were wrapped in the most gorgeous light you can wish for. After the short ceremony, we took a few portraits and Teresa & Jed were treated to their own personal little rainbow. It was a fitting symbol for such a fun-loving and happy couple to start their new ... READ MORE
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 looks for their session. Here are just a few of my faves from our time together. Luckily, the rain held off right till the very end... READ MORE
winmock nc wedding photographer – hallie & cullen
winmock nc wedding photographer – hallie & cullen
When I'm looking back on the photos and smiling while I'm editing, I know how lucky I am to do what I do for a living. Hallie & Cullen's wedding was such an occasion: a fabulous autumn day at the Winmock at Kinderton with truly special people. I could spend hours gushing about this couple, who are so obviously head over heels in love with each other, the amazing venue, the beautiful weather, the fabulous reception, but I'd rather let the photos speak for themselves. Here are my picks of the pics from their day: Thank you so much, Hallie and Cullen; I ... READ MORE
st. catherine of siena & the sutherland wedding – maria & andrew
st. catherine of siena & the sutherland wedding – maria & andrew
Maria and Andrew's St. Catherine of Siena & The Sutherland wedding was definitely a highlight of my year so far. As wedding photographers, we can only hope for three things: great subjects, great locations and great light - all three were available in abundance on this beautiful day. Throughout the day, it was a joy to just stand back and watch Maria and Andrew interact together and just photograph them as they are. They are so obviously besotted with each other and there were so many tender moments between the two of them, there was really very little direction needed from me for the portrait side of things and we ended up with so man ... READ MORE
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