Ben // Durham, NC Headshots

I had the opportunity to do updated headshots for Ben, and we had a great time! Ben recently moved to Durham from Austin, TX and was quick to tell me about their bats. :D He’s a psychotherapist who’s setting up shop in the Bull City and we’re lucky to have him! In his spare time he enjoys cooking and both playing and listening to music. His adorable young daughter joined us for the session and was happy to apply fake makeup to her dad until she felt he was picture-worthy. Thanks for doing your mini headshots with me, Ben!

It’s always a wonderful experience working for another photographer, especially one so talented as Victoria. She does amazing family photography work and I was so happy to get the chance to photograph her in front of the lens with her family. But the BEST part of this session was working with people from another country, which I absolutely love doing! I learn so much. Victoria and her husband Alexander are Russian, and they moved to the US just a few years ago. They just recently bought a house and wanted to document the new house, their family, as well as Victoria’s mother Natalia who was visiting from Russia. They have three boys: Svyat, Seva, and Serafim, as well as a dog named Alfonse and two cats named Tim and Philip (the very bestest cats). Svyat and Seva are fluent in both Russian (which they speak at home) and English (which they speak in school). But Serafim, the youngest, speaks only Russian.

I thought maybe Serafim might be a little afraid of me, not only because 50% of four year olds I photograph are outgoing and the other 50% are a bit wary, but he has the added challenge of me speaking a different language than him. But oh my goodness – NO. He constantly joked with me! He is HILARIOUS – a practical joker and just an overall extremely funny boy. And it was amazing how much we could communicate with just our facial expressions and kung fu moves/noises. I absolutely love him, he is great and kept me laughing the whole time. Svyat and Seva (who speak English as well as any American kid) were GREAT helpers who followed my directions so well and helped me translate to Serafim when needed. They are all truly amazing kids and I’m so impressed by this family’s love and sense of humor.

I love shooting for Discover Durham because they’re all about bringing people into the city, celebrating fun events, and supporting local business. They are phenomenal advocates for all things Durham! Annnd if you get married in the Bull City, did you know that Discover Durham offers extremely cool courtesy services (read: totally free!) to you? They’ll make custom wedding signs and maps, help you get quotes on your behalf for venues and lodging, secure guest blocks in hotels, make itinerary sheets for your guests, and more! They do all of this because they love Durham, and weddings are a great chance to introduce more people to our city (learn more about Discover Durham’s courtesy wedding services here). My assignment for them this go around was to photograph the Southern Noir Weddings Bridal Experience in order to showcase the great wedding shows that Durham brings into town, and I was happy to do it! This particular expo is the the show of my vendor friend Elana Walker, who is a great wedding planner in the area, and I was happy to reunite with her and work for Discover Durham (and to photograph my first runway fashion show which was SO much fun!).