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!).

Living and working in Durham has been so great for us. We bought our home here in 2012 and we’ve seen the city grow a lot since then: new restaurants and entertainment, new buildings and apartments, and new places for me to find gluten-free pizza (thank you, Durham!). So I was pretty excited when I was asked to shoot some photos of the Central Park District for Discover Durham. My client Jacques, who you all know and love!, works there and asked me to do these pictures (yay!), and together we walked 13,000 steps of Durham and talked to a lot of strangers to get these shots. Discover Durham is every Durhamite’s best friend. They’re essentially the folks who help Durham thrive via marketing, advocation, attracting visitors and spreading the word about events. If you don’t follow them on Instagram, you 100% should. Their stories are great at listing all the local Durham things you can do every weekend, usually accompanied by a hefty dose of humor. They’re one of my favorite accounts. Follow them here! PLUS they always have great photos, so I’m thrilled that they asked me to do this shoot. So many thanks to Jacques and Ashley of Discover Durham for hanging out with me at this session, and thank you to all the Durham businesses and individuals who gave their permission to be a part of this project.