KATIE & CHRISTIAN / BLACK BALSAM KNOB, NC

This shoot was everything to me. This is what I love to do, these are the type of people I love to capture, this location is where I feel the most free, it took everything in me for my heart to not fully burst. Something you might not know about me is that I have tried really hard to invest in my business through education. The joys of being a creative is that you can always evolve, get better, learn more, improve on your craft, and hone in on what you love. There is no part of me that believes I can do it all on my own. If I did, then this would be a very lonely creative journey.

This year I decided to invest in myself, and took some time to go to Asheville to meet with the amazing Megan of MorningWild Photography where she would mentor me for day. We talked about everything. Seriously my brain was so overloaded that it took about a week to process everything. And on top of that, we planned a session, tailored to me, so I could capture my ideal client. I got to observe Megan at work, but also got to jump in and capture these two lovebirds. Katie and Christian were the best people I could have ever asked to be our subjects for the evening. They were a real engaged couple, both artists (Katie is a photographer, and Christian focused on video production) who were planning on eloping in these very mountain in October. It was so much fun to ask question, learn more about them, and see what made them fall madly in love. Their chemistry was effortless, and also when Katie told me she packed overalls as her second outfit I knew this was the perfect couple for me, my business, and my nerdy heart.

Thanks again to Megan for taking such time to deep dive into my business. I hope to continue to build on all the things she taught me, and looking forward to the many more mountain filled adventures to come.

DANA & KEVIN / CRAGGY GARDENS, NC

This my friends is a super special session. Dana has been my best friend since 6th grade. We met, and our awkwardness just complimented each others, and we have been friends — no probably more like sisters — ever since. I have lived a lot of life with the wonderful human, and she means a whole lot to me, so when Kevin came in the picture I was cautious. So when I hung out with Kevin for the first time, I knew things were different. He jumped into our lives and fit right in and not to be too blunt again, but it took no time at all for us to fall in love with him as well. My best friend had found a guy who treated her well, complimented her personality, and was helping her grow to be the best Dana she could be, do you know how happy that made me?!?!? That is literally all you want for your best friends, and Dana & Kevin were the best match.

So fast forward some time, and when Kevin told Andrew and I he wanted to propose to Dana, we were so pumped. We helped Kevin put his plan into action, stood with a card and champagne on their porch when they got back home from the big event. I couldn’t stop yelling, “YOU’RE GETTING MARRIED!”. I think the most humbling thing is getting to be so involved in this whole process. Having Dana ask me to take their engagement pictures meant everything to me. We traveled up to the mountains over a weekend, and played in the crazy fog that fell over Craggy Gardens. I have never seen my best friend so happy, and to capture a touch of that happiness is all I want as a photographer and most importantly a friend.

Now, I am patiently waiting their wedding day, and know I am going to ugly cry and make them super uncomfortable. It will be great. A day to truly cherish for years to come. Enjoy the post, because this one has a lot of my heart in it.

HANNAH & DAN / DURHAM, NC

10 years together looks good on these two. Currently living in Brooklyn, Hannah & Dan plan on celebrating becoming husband and wife in there hometown, where their relationship started. With some biscuits and sweet tea in their bellies, we woke up early and had the whole West Pointe at the Eno to ourselves, which is a rare sight to see in the summer. We talked, and they caught me up on the past 10 years of being high school sweethearts. When you are in a relationship with someone for that long, you hear some great stories. But I mostly enjoyed seeing how they laughed, talked, and even chose to hold each other close after all this time together. Can’t wait to capture the start to your new adventure in a couple months, Hannah & Dan, it going to be a celebration for the books!

CHAD & KIMBERLY / RALEIGH, NC

When you have a couple who easily lets down their walls, and shows you the essence of their relationship, you are in photography heaven. It’s my job to help people to find that comfort in front of the camera, but these two cuddled our session away, and my heart melted. He was her protector, she was his encourager, and it was evident Kimberly and Chad fit together effortlessly. This wedding will be one where tears will be shed for sure, by them or me, has yet to be determined but I know the countdown until their September wedding has started and the happy day will be here before you know it.

COLBY & AMY / RALEIGH, NC

Engagement sessions like this are my favorite. Casually walking around, watching Wally the Scottie dog just follow behind and get in all sorts of trouble. Sessions like this are never meant to be stiff or stressful, they are actually supposed to be fun. And when a couple tells me “That was really easy” at the end of a session, then I have done my job successfully. Colby, Amy and I had fun chasing the sun and finding ways to make Amy laugh. The light that day was probably the prettiest I have ever seen, and it was just so easy for them to be themselves with each other. I cannot wait till their wedding in September where we get to do this all over again and they officially become husband & wife!

LAUREN & WES / RALEIGH, NC

It is always such an honor to receive requests to capture memories from people you met at the age of 3. Lauren and I have known each other since preschool. I feel when you grow up and live in Raleigh you have those people in your life where you follow the same path for a while and they become part of your story. We went to the same church growing up, the same preschool, the same elementary school, and to the same middle school. Also countless birthday parties, and endless sleepovers caused us to be great childhood friends. 

When I got an email from Lauren, I couldn’t believe after all these years of life after middle school, I was a person that she wanted to capture her special day. So I met her lovely Wes and we walked through downtown Raleigh in the frigid air. It was so much fun catching up, and seeing them together was so natural and good. Thankful for a windy afternoon, good light, the need for cuddles. So thrilled for these two and the new journey that lies ahead, and the opportunity to rekindle an old friendship ( I actually found they are practically our neighbors, because things go full circle, and it's a small world after all ).