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wedding photographers in raleigh nc ~ engagement session for jessica and bo
wedding photographers in raleigh nc ~ engagement session for jessica and bo
With the season over for us Raleigh wedding photographers, I'm already looking forward to what 2013 has to offer! First up will be Jessica and Bo, whose Carolina Inn wedding I will be shooting in a few weeks. Their Chapel Hill engagement session took place one grey Sunday morning in November, where we met at the Carolina Inn, had a leisurely brunch at the Carolina Coffee Shop where we had a chat and got to know each other a little better, and then headed out to take pictures around the area. It was a fun-packed and eventful session where we laughed, cried and I got ambushed by a rather large and playful Irish red setter. What can I say? We ... READ MORE
wedding photographic society award
wedding photographic society award
Firstly, I'd like to start off by wishing everyone a Happy and Prosperous New Year! It's gone by so fast, but 2012 was a fantastic year for Joe Payne Photography with some truly gorgeous weddings for me to cover. With ceremonies and receptions at beautiful venues across North Carolina from Lake Lure to the Carolina Inn and Duke Chapel, a whole host of fantastic couples, and a number of awards it really was a great 12 months indeed. So it was really nice to end the year on a high note by winning the Wedding Photographic Society's "Photographer of the Year" award for 2012. For those who do not know about the WPS, it's a network of pr ... READ MORE
wake forest wedding photographer ~ katie and jeremy
wake forest wedding photographer ~ katie and jeremy
Wedding Ceremony: St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church, Wake Forest, NC Wedding Reception: TPC Wakefield Plantation, Wake Forest, NC Cake: Ashley Cakes, Raleigh, NC Make-Up: Ginger Mullins, Cary, NC Hair: J&J Hair Designs, Wake Forest, NC DJ/Lighting: DJ FOG Steve Quinney, Wake Forest, NC Transportation: Classy Transportation, Morrisville, NC Today, I want to share some images from Katie and Jeremy's recent wedding in Wake Forest, NC. It was a great day with a couple who are very much in love, fantastic weather and a great team of people to work with; as such, a big thanks is due to all the people mentioned above, ... READ MORE
weathervane chapel hill wedding photographer ~ akiko and jordan
weathervane chapel hill wedding photographer ~ akiko and jordan
Hotel Accommodations: Siena Hotel, Chapel Hill, NC Wedding Ceremony: Community Church of Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC Wedding Reception: Weathervane, Chapel Hill, NC Cake: Ann Erteschik Florist: Jennifer Wood at Whole Foods Market, Chapel Hill, NC Hair: Carmen! Carmen! Prestige Salon e Spa at Belk the Streets, Southpoint Mall, Durham, NC Where to begin? This was such a fantastic day for me to photograph that it's been tough to go back and choose just a few images to show the story of the day. It pretty much ticked all the boxes for great wedding photography in Chapel Hill in terms of a lovely couple with an interesting bac ... READ MORE
the hits just keep on coming…
the hits just keep on coming…
Just received word that the studio was awarded The Knot's Best of Weddings Pick for 2013 for Wedding Photographers in Raleigh NC. This is the second year in a row and I feel very honoured indeed. Unlike some other websites, The Knot is quite selective with who it chooses for this award. I'd like to thank all my clients over the course of the year for being such great fun to work with and also for their support in providing me with feedback to help spread the word. Cheers! READ MORE
raleigh wedding photographer ~ bridal session for katie
raleigh wedding photographer ~ bridal session for katie
Yesterday, I had the pleasure of documenting Katie and Jeremy's beautiful wedding in Wake Forest, NC. I'll be posting some wedding photography from their big day in a few weeks. In the meantime, though, here are a few of my favourite shots from Katie's bridal session a few weeks back. It was a pretty cloudy day, but we had a lot of fun taking pictures around Katie's parents' home and on the grounds of the seminary in Wake Forest. When the sun did come out for 5 minutes, we definitely made the most of it! Thanks to Katie and her family for such a fun day. I look forward to posting pictures from Katie's wedding soon! READ MORE
new york wedding photography ~ peter and jess
new york wedding photography ~ peter and jess
Wedding Ceremony and Reception: Crabtree's Kittle House, Chappaqua, NY Hair and Make-Up: Static, White Plains, NY Assistant Photographer: AnyaFoto, New Milford, NJ Being asked to shoot a wedding for anybody is always an honour; being asked to shoot the wedding of another wedding photographer is a nerve-wracking honour! And so it was with a mixture of excitement and trepidation that I accepted my friend Peter Forman's request to photograph his wedding for him and his fiancée, Jess. We'd only really met briefly last year at Cliff Mautner's Lighting and Skillset Bootcamp in Philly, and so I was very surprised and flattered when Pete ... READ MORE
duke chapel wedding photography ~ jacquie and erik
duke chapel wedding photography ~ jacquie and erik
Wedding Ceremony: Duke Chapel, Durham, NC Wedding Reception: The Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham, NC Cake: Lynn's Traditions, Raleigh, NC DJ and Videographer: Damien Maas, Durham NC Assistant Photographer: Rebecca Ferguson, Durham, NC The first time I ever visited Durham back in 2007, I was lucky enough to visit Duke Chapel and was totally spellbound by its beautiful gothic architecture. And so it was, when we moved to the area in late 2010, that I made it my goal to shoot a wedding there as soon as possible. Almost exactly one year to the day later, I was contacted by Jacquie and was extremely pleased when we met up and she told ... READ MORE
raleigh wedding photographer ~ image of the week: no. 21
raleigh wedding photographer ~ image of the week: no. 21
Was pleased to win first place in the Q3 Image Competition of the Wedding Photographic Society in the Photojournalism category, which is my favourite. This photo was taken during a recent wedding as the priest began communion. I always strive to make my compositions as interesting as possible and so lined up the bride and groom to be silhouetted against the priest's white vestments. There was a large Paschal candle near the font at the back of the church that I used to throw out of focus, frame the picture and bring some visual interest, I brought in the candles towards the altar and the altar boy lost in thought, waited till the priest ra ... READ MORE
barn at valhalla, chapel hill wedding photography ~ allegra and chris
barn at valhalla, chapel hill wedding photography ~ allegra and chris
A crazy week in a crazy month, so a quick post and run today of this lovely Chapel Hill wedding at The Barn at Valhalla in Chapel Hill, NC. A big thank-you to the amazing Raleigh Wedding Planner, Sally Oakley, for pulling the day together. It was great to work with you. Sally! Chris and Allegra are a fab couple with an exquisite taste in music - The Smiths and Pulp in the reception?? Yes, please!! Best of luck for a long and happy future together, guys! Here are a few of my faves from their big day... READ MORE
st. francis and brier creek raleigh wedding photography ~ lisa and mark
st. francis and brier creek raleigh wedding photography ~ lisa and mark
Wedding Ceremony: St. Francis of Assisi, Raleigh, NC Wedding Reception: Brier Creek Country Club, Raleigh, NC Hair and Make-Up: Vanessa Pendyck, Raleigh, NC Cake: Cinda's Creative Cakes, Holly Springs, NC Florists: Fresh Affairs, Raleigh NC DJ: Steve Stowe, Joe Bunn DJ Company, Raleigh, NC Assistant Photographer: Rebecca Ferguson, Durham, NC It's probably the Brit in me, but I'm not really the type of guy that gets on their blog and gushes about how amazing their clients are as I think it can get a bit samey and appear insincere after a while. I truly like all my clients and walk away from my time with them considering ea ... READ MORE
raleigh corporate head shot photographer ~ all around raleigh dj
raleigh corporate head shot photographer ~ all around raleigh dj
I was recently given the pleasure of being asked to do some corporate shots for Eric and the team at All Around Raleigh DJ. I'd worked with Eric earlier in the season at a wedding at Magnolia Manor, which he did a really fantastic job with, so I was really pleased to head over and do some portraits for him and his team for use on the website. We mixed up some shots inside and out for a couple of different vibes all using natural light from the setting sun. Anyone looking for a Raleigh Wedding DJ should head over to the All Around Raleigh DJ site and drop Eric a line. They really are a great crew to work with: fun, professional and classy. ... READ MORE
carolina inn wedding photography ~ danielle and thomas
carolina inn wedding photography ~ danielle and thomas
Wedding Ceremony: Forest Theatre, Chapel Hill, NC Pastor: Brad O'Brien, Durham, NC Wedding Reception: The Carolina Inn, Chapel Hill, NC Hair and Make-Up: The Aveda Institute, Chapel Hill, NC Cake: Lynn's Traditions, Raleigh, NC DJ: Darin Henly, Charlotte, NC Assistant Photographer: Rebecca Ferguson, Durham, NC I met Danielle and Thomas back in March and was immediately struck with the fact they were such an easy-going, fun couple. So, as you can imagine, I was very pleased when they asked me to document their wedding day at the Forest Theatre and The Carolina Inn in Chapel Hill - two of the most picturesque venues in the ... READ MORE
king’s daughters inn wedding photography ~ tamika and john
king’s daughters inn wedding photography ~ tamika and john
Wedding Ceremony and Reception: The King's Daughters Inn, Durham, NC Florists: Tre Bella Flowers, Durham, NC Make-Up: Mary Giagnacova, Durham, NC Catering: Rocky Top Catering, Raleigh, NC Cake: Sweet Memories Bakery, Apex, NC DJ: David "DJ XL" Actkinson, Durham, NC Wedding Planner: William Alston, Philadelphia, PA Just a quick blog post for Tamika and John, who were married in a beautiful, intimate ceremony at the fantastic King's Daughters Inn in Durham, North Carolina. I had a brilliant time with them, their family and friends and wish them all the best for a long and happy future together. These are a few of my fav ... READ MORE
chapel hill engagement session ~ akiko and jordan
chapel hill engagement session ~ akiko and jordan
A couple of days back, I met up with Akiko and Jordan bright and early at Jack Sprat's coffee shop in downtown Chapel Hill. We met up early to avoid the heat and get the best light, and after a double espresso and a chat, I was ready to rock n' roll. Akiko and Jordan were a really fun couple to work with and their chemistry really showed when they got together in front of the camera. Both UNC alumni, the locations around the grounds of the campus had special meaning to them, but it is a really fabulous place to shoot given the beautiful architecture and lush greenery everywhere. As always with my engagement shoots, we took things slow ... READ MORE
immaculate conception and durham convention center wedding photography ~ sarah and jonathan
immaculate conception and durham convention center wedding photography ~ sarah and jonathan
Wedding Ceremony: Immaculate Conception Church, Durham, NC Wedding Reception: Durham Convention Center, Durham, NC This was a special one for me as I met the happy couple last year when Sarah was a bridesmaid for her friend Candis at their wedding at the King's Daughters Inn. We got on really well and, when I was introduced to her fiancé Jonathan later in the evening, they asked me then and there about shooting their wedding. I think Jonathan's line was "You don't seem to do all the cheesy stuff!". Jonathan, I can verify that this is a fromage-free zone. I really love weddings that have an international flavour and this was the thi ... READ MORE
raleigh wedding photographer ~ image of the week: no. 20
raleigh wedding photographer ~ image of the week: no. 20
It's been such a busy wedding season so far, I've barely had time to catch breath, let alone blog. I've been meaning to update this series for a while, but a lot hard been going on with work and our move to a new house, etc. Luckily, we're all settled in now and so I've had some time to go back and look through some of my images to choose a few favorites in order to get things back on track. This week's photo comes from a wedding I shot at Lake Lure in the mountains of North Carolina back in April. As with the majority of my work, this was totally unposed or unplanned. The bride and her bridesmaid were simply waiting for their cue to begin ... READ MORE
st. francis and angus barn raleigh wedding photography ~ thelsa and philip
st. francis and angus barn raleigh wedding photography ~ thelsa and philip
Wedding Ceremony: St. Francis of Assisi Church, Raleigh, NC Wedding Reception: The Pavilions at The Angus Barn, Raleigh, NC Florists: Tre Bella Flowers, Durham, NC Cake: Sweet Memories Bakery, Apex, NC DJ: Mark Toney at Joe Bunn DJ Company, Raleigh, NC This was a really fun wedding to shoot. Thelsa and Phil are a great couple who were really fun to work with. We'd already hit it off really well in the engagement session so I was genuinely looking forward to sharing with them on their big day. The ceremony itself was a Roman Catholic mass which also included a number of hindustani traditions such as the groom covering the bride ... READ MORE
magnolia manor raleigh wedding photography ~ dayna and daniel
magnolia manor raleigh wedding photography ~ dayna and daniel
Wedding and Reception: Magnolia Manor Plantation Bed & Breakfast, Warrenton, NC Disc Jockey and Master of Ceremonies: All Around Raleigh DJ, Raleigh, NC Balloon Décor: Twisted Entertainers, Asheboro, NC Earlier this month, I was lucky enough to photograph Dayna and Daniel's wedding at Magnolia Manor in Warrenton, North Carolina. Set in the North Carolina Piedmont countryside, and with a history stretching back to 1859, it is a truly fantastic location oozing with character and ambience. From the moment I saw the house nestled in its 13 acres of green pasture and pecan groves, I knew I was in for a treat. Sheila and Larry, the ... READ MORE
lake lure north carolina wedding photography ~ shannon and paul
lake lure north carolina wedding photography ~ shannon and paul
Wedding and reception: The 1927 Lake Lure Inn & Spa, Lake Lure, NC Florist: Brown's Floral Design & Interiors, Asheville, NC Cake: Tiffany's Baking Company, Asheville, NC My first wedding of 2012 and what a way to start off the new season. This wedding had it all: a gorgeous venue in a fantastic, picturesque location and an amazing couple in Shannon and Paul. First of all, the Lake Lure Inn was such a great place to work. It was my first real trip up into the North Carolina mountains, so I was amazed at the beauty of the scenery and the Inn itself has such an fantastic amount of character with its 1920's décor. Shannon and ... READ MORE
unc chapel hill engagement session ~ thelsa and phil
unc chapel hill engagement session ~ thelsa and phil
Last Saturday, I met up with Thelsa and Phil at Top of the Hill in downtown Chapel Hill for their engagement session. We had a couple of drinks and a chat, before heading off to the UNC campus for pictures around the gorgeous campus grounds there. We went for a relaxed stroll and took some shots by the Old Well and around Coker Aboretum. Both Thelsa and Phil have ties to the school, so it was the ideal location for their shoot. It was a really lovely day so we had a brilliant time making the most of the beautiful light in the late afternoon. Thelsa and Phil are a fantastic couple with a great sense of humour and I'm really looking forward ... READ MORE
downtown raleigh engagement session ~ lisa and mark
downtown raleigh engagement session ~ lisa and mark
A week or so ago, I spent a couple of hours on a Saturday evening hanging out with Lisa and Mark in downtown Raleigh for their engagement session. We had a couple of drinks in The Oxford (I need to keep it real and English) to catch up and loosen up a little before heading out for a walk around Fayetteville Street. It really is a great area with a lot of unique nooks and crannies to take pictures in, as well as the lovely State Capitol building, which provided the backdrop to some of our images. After a pretty crappy day of rain and thunder, we were treated to a lovely spring evening of sunshine. That, combined with Lisa and Mark's chemis ... READ MORE
raleigh wedding photographer – image of the week: no. 19
raleigh wedding photographer – image of the week: no. 19
One great thing about the lull before wedding season kicks off in earnest here in the next few weeks is the opportunity it provides me to go back and review my images from the past year. In this case, I was looking for an image to enter into the quarterly photo competition with the Wedding Photographic Society. The theme in question was Transportation, and I was immediately reminded of this image I took last October at the Greystone Inn in Durham. In it, we can see the bride arriving at the reception in a 1928 Essex Super Six Coach (provided by the good people at Classy Transportation). It was a pretty difficult shot to pull off technical ... READ MORE
raleigh wedding photographer – image of the week: no. 18
raleigh wedding photographer – image of the week: no. 18
This week's photograph is taken from a wedding I did last year at the Washington Duke Inn and Golf Club in Durham, NC. It was taken in the bride's hotel room while she was having the final touches of her make-up applied. As I have mentioned in earlier posts, I very much enjoy this part of the day as it is invariably a moment of great anticipation for the bride and her cortège. There's normally pretty heady mixture of happiness and laughter in the air, but there are a lot of other feelings running their course too: expectation, trepidation and, often, a few butterflies. With such a wealth of emotions on show, it's a great time to take some pre ... READ MORE
raleigh wedding photographer – image of the week: no. 17
raleigh wedding photographer – image of the week: no. 17
The first dance between a man and wife is a very touching moment indeed to document. It is a time of intense intimacy played out in a public setting, which always evokes a lot of emotion between the newlyweds. It is at times like these that the style of the photographer comes to the forefront and dictates a lot about how the bride and groom (and their guests) will remember their wedding day. Some photographers choose to get very close to the bride and groom with on-camera flash going off every few seconds even going so far as to stop the dance to have the bride and groom stop to look down the lens with a cheesy grin - I have seen this happen ... READ MORE
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