Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Vice Family :: Family Photos :: North Wilkesboro NC

If you follow me on Facebook or Twitter you would see that at the beginning of June I had my first double wedding weekend which consisted of travelling to North Carolina on Friday where the night before the wedding I photographed the groom with his family. They hadn't had any family photos in about 10 years and felt it was about time. 

As I drove up the first thing I noticed was how pretty their 
gardening/landscaping was. Their home was so cute and quaint. 
The first thing I was requested to do was take a picture that would emulate one that was taken at their previous session. It was almost depressing to see how much little ones can change in a matter of 10 years. I wish I had a copy of the original to be able to show you the difference.
I am not sure what kind of tree this is behind them but I love it! I have always loved weeping willows but they  suck up too much water (I am told) and these look just as appealing.

Don't they look lovely?
 Ahhhh! Laughing. My favorite. ;)
As they were walking and "talking" they couldn't help but focus their attention on their son as he would be getting married the next day.

As we walked around the house, I discovered that the sun was positioned most perfectly on the horizon. I love how these turned out.
Then who can resist a beautiful big old tree?
They have recently celebrated 25 years of marriage. Personally, when I first saw her I thought she was the sister of the groom, not his mom. Some people just don't age as rapidly as others.
This one had a 70's feel to it and I just had to go for it in my processing. I like how it turned out.

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Tuesday, July 19, 2011


I have been on another one of what I call my "Jane Austen kicks" when I have been voraciously devouring her works of fiction and watching the somewhat sad attempts at portraying her wit on screen.

I once read that most of the films completely miss the point that she was truly trying to make. I tend to agree with that but at the same time I still enjoy the films on their own merit. I am one of those people who will tell you that the book was definitely better but the movie's not half bad either. I definitely never go to a movie thinking it's going to be just like the book. It's like thinking a painting will be just like a song. Different art mediums. I do not envy one bit those who have the task of adapting books into movies.

Most will tell you that Pride & Prejudice is their favorite book of hers and it is definitely one of the top for me but Persuasion has been steadily gaining more ground for affection in my heart.

I love love stories where the hero and heroine have real cause for being in love. If you ask me what is my favorite fairy tale, I will at once tell you that it is Beauty and the Beast because she knew him and loved him despite his beastly appearance. Or one of my favorite classic novels is Jane Eyre because she fell in love with Mr. Rochester's intellect from their conversations together. I scoff at Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty and other such heroines who fall in love with the "handsome prince" on his handsomness and being a prince alone.

Well thank you internet for listening to what was on my mind this evening as I labored along editing photographs of beautiful people. . .

What?!?! You want to see some of those photographs rather than read my ramblings? Well fine. Stay tuned and you shall. ;D

For now I will leave you with an older picture I ran across in my "Random 2011" folder. Cutest little boogers.

Monday, July 11, 2011


This summer has been flying by so fast. I almost feel transported back to the days when I was in school and it seemed like no time at all passed between being let out of school and having to go back to that day to day drudgery.

My little guy has been in such demand, I feel I barely get to see him and when I do, I'm working. :P So there's the negative view on matters. Here's the positive. My baby boy is so well loved and liked that people find it a joy to be with him. And my photography business has actually been busy enough recently to keep me very much on my toes.

In other news in the land of bittersweet. Spencer and I are no longer homeowners. We closed on our old home this past Friday and have finally closed the chapter on that "not so wise" decision in our lives. The weight lifted off of our shoulders is lovely. Now to set this house back to rights after our last failed yardsale. :P Hey, $16 is better than nothing right?

Thank you all for sticking with me through the tumultuous times. Do take care, all of you.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Sarah and Martin :: in love :: Covington GA Engagement Pictures

Whenever a photographer gets contacted by another photographer to take their pictures. . .the pressure's on! Will you live up to their expectations? How will the shoot go?

Well when I met with Sarah and talked to her, I realized she was meeting with me because she liked what she had already seen and that's all I needed to do.

Martin couldn't get out of his head that this was going to be a stiff Olan Mills type of production at first. Once he figured out I actually wanted him to kiss Sarah, he was good to go. ;)

 We started out in one of my favorite places where there is sure to be beautiful even light to get things started.
 Oh look! It's a he shot/she shot! I will admit, I like his better.

 Kiss her? SURE!

I am in love with colorful doors. Sadly, my own front door is quite bland. In other news, I LOVE how playful they were together. As much as I love the quiet shots like the one above, my heart really belongs to the fun ones with plenty of smiles.

 Oh Sarah, you are beautiful even if you don't agree. I think you are outnumbered. 
I know that Martin agrees with me.
 While I was changing my camera settings. they pulled this one on me thinking I wouldn't get it. Thankfully, they forgot about Spencer. .bwahaahahahahaha!

 Okay, I am getting tired of being jealous of the cool creative shots that Spencer gets. :/ Nothing but love here though. He likes to say it's because he has a good teacher. . .but he's biased.
 Too cute!
You know, they say certain things get passe and overdone but the way I see it, everything you do is unique to THAT couple because THAT couple is in it and no one else. I love that she was eager and willing to sit down on the train tracks in her beautiful dress. . .and I love this shot.
 :D He did this all on his own.
 Would you kiss her again please? NO problem.
 See the three below for exhibits A. B. and C. of why I just ADORE laughing fun shots:

Exhibit A.
 Exhibit B.
 Exhibit C.
So this is a funny story. Anyone who schedules a shoot with me may notice that I usually set the time to be later in the evening. This is for several reasons. It's cooler in the summer and easier for Spencer to join me but the number one reason is the LIGHT. I am always hoping that the sun cooperates with me and shows me how beautiful it can be as it retires for the evening.

Unfortunately this doesn't always happen. In fact, this time it didn't seem like it was going to so we got in the car and headed off for some much deserved sustenance for our bellies. . . 

So we're driving down the main drag in Covington towards the restaurant when I all of a sudden start freaking out because the sun was, in a word, spectacular! GRRRR! I began searching for a place to pull over because I just HAD to get them with that sun behind them. Thankfully, Sarah and Martin completely understood. That's one of the advantages of photographing a photographer.

The result is how you see below. . .{{SIGH}} I love when the sun shows me how purty she can be.

Thank you so much Sarah and Martin for being rockstars! I think I would have been happy if I just got this shot! I am looking forward to your wedding in LESS THAN TWO WEEKS!!!! AHHHHHHH!!!
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