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!).

Sanket is a real estate developer in the Durham area who specializes in the development of hotels and senior living facilities, and I’m so glad I got to work with him on this mini headshot session! He’s been in the development business for many years but is now branching off on his own and needed some new headshots for the venture. I had such a good time with him and his wife discussing the finer points of Seinfeld and our mutual love for U2. Sanket also taught me a bit about the development industry which I find fascinating. I had a great time working with him and revamping his headshots!

Dr. Paula Kline and Dr. Jackie Camp are longtime friends, psychologists, and business partners that run an adult psychology private practice together in Raleigh, NC. Their clients are extremely important to them and they want them to feel as comfortable as possible, so we wanted to do a branding session that would present a friendly, authentic feel and showcase their family relationships. Paula and Jackie are extremely close, almost like sisters, and their families work and play together all the time. And since we wanted this session to be more play than work, we did the combined family-branding shoot at Pullen Park, which was such a great idea! We did some headshots and some family portraits and watched some ducks and sketched some superheroes and blew some bubbles on a lovely 60 degree winter day (then we stopped by their office after hours to take some office shots). Jackie and Seth’s daughter Hazel did some hilarious giggling and tiger roaring, and Paula and Aaron’s daughter Sydney did some amazing art sketches and talked to me about her pin jacket collection (which I loved!). These families love each other so much and it’s evident by their interactions, and I’m so happy I got to take their branding photos to show that to their clients.