Linda comes to me by way of Kristen Lee and is just awesome (with the added awesomeness of having a South African accent). Linda and Kristen knew each other from their days in New York City, but are still friends here in the south while running dog-based businesses. Kristen recommended me to Linda because, in addition to Linda’s dog business, she’s also a Chief Risk Officer and Audit Executive (!) who was looking for more than the standard headshot. She wanted a bit of personality incorporated into her portraits, as well as the ability to put her hobbies and background on display, all while maintaining a professional aura that could still be used to represent her at board meetings and for public speaking events. And Linda has a ton of interesting hobbies! She’s been riding motorcycles since she was a teenager, and also knits, does cross-fit, and has a husband, kids, dogs, cats, and a parrot. She spends a lot of days at board meetings and is a pro at negotiation and conflict management. She’s an incredible woman and I absolutely loved getting to know her and learn more about South Africa, parrots, and motorcycles! Hair Creds: Synquis at @kawaiistyles_u. Makeup Creds: Shatara at @justfaceitmua

Sam Lipman // Yoga Photography

My lovely client Sam, who some of you may remember from her and Mark’s wedding earlier this summer, is a fantastic alignment-based yoga instructor who asked me to take some new photos of her doing yoga-y things and I was so excited! This was my first time venturing into the world of yoga photography and it’s quite different from what I normally do. There’s a lot that goes into making sure that Sam’s body is properly aligned as well as taking into account the pose vs. the background, and it was quite fun! Mostly it was fun because Sam is a ton of fun, and if I didn’t routinely get injured doing anything remotely physical, she’s who I would take yoga from. She currently teaches at Carolina Yoga Company, Duke Fitness, and Thousand Petals Yoga. You can find her schedule on her website here: http://yogawithsamlipman.com/ So if you’re looking for a super sweet, kind, happy person to take yoga with – I’d highly recommend Sam, who is all of those things and more. *Huge thanks to Elana for assisting and to the NCMA for giving us permission to use Sam’s photos.

I did a few quick headshots for the NC team members of Skylight Digital, Sean and Colin! They’re both Full Stack Engineers (which means that they do a lot of computer software things that are difficult to understand) for a company that works with government services to solve problems. I was happy to meet and work with them both!