Michelle is yet another strong businesswoman in the Triangle area who I’ve had the privilege of getting to know during her branding photos, and I’m a more educated person for it! Michelle has had quite the interesting life already, having lived in New York City, Singapore, and Hong Kong. She’s traveled quite extensively with her husband and her son, and now they chose Durham as their new home so their son can be closer to his grandparents. And we are so lucky to have her here!

Michelle’s a content marketer for a tech company that focuses on eCommerce logistics, and she writes a lot of blog posts and publications online (which you can read on her website!). She’s also a devoted mother to Xavier and a big fan of moose. Yep, moose. She once went on a moose safari in Maine but saw no moose (I found this to be very sad because I just picture everyone on this moose safari to be SO EXCITED to find a moose and alas, not a single moose). In addition to being crazy good at her job and in her profession, she’s also gorgeous AND it was just her birthday. So join me in wishing this talented lady a happy belated birthday, and I’m so glad I could do these branding photos for her!

I am always SO EXCITED to do author headshots because it’s quite an honor to take the photo of someone’s mug that will be appear attached with one of their biggest life achievements and it makes me happy. Also I like seeing my work in a book because I like books. I particularly like nonfiction books about horrible disasters, which is why it’s SO WONDERFUL that Rachel found me. Rachel is being published by Penguin Random House (!) and her book is called In The Waves. Without going into spoilers (buy her book!), she essentially went on a mission to figure out why The Hunley, a Civil War-era submarine, mysteriously sank back in the day and killed everyone on board. Here’s an article The Smithsonian did on Rachel and her research (complete with video of Rachel’s CSS Tiny replica). Rachel also loves nonfiction disasters, and she’s the first and only person to have ever gifted me a book on cholera. I think we were meant to meet. I will update this page upon Rachel’s book release to give a link to how you can buy and read it!

Maura and MoPups NC

Maura surrounds herself with dozens of doggos on a daily basis and clearly has the cutest of all jobs. She’s basically Snow White, but with literally every type of dog. Big dogs, little dogs, happy dogs, anxious dogs, fat dogs, skinny dogs, fluffy dogs… they all love her. And she loves them. She loves them so much that she just bought a house with a yard large enough to accomodate said doggos for playtime because she’s the mastermind behind MoPups NC, a dog sitting and walking business! So because she also has a cute job, I, too, got to have a super cute job for a day because in between some sitting and walking time with said adorable doggos, I took some headshots of Maura for her various business ventures. In between nearly every pose, she was approached by Sadie, her sweet golden retriever, with either a frisbee or a ball or a smaller ball that was contained within a larger plastic ball. It was adorable and fluffy and Sadie made for the cutest of all photography assistants. Sadie also got some play time in with her friend Max and even more doggo friends back at Maura’s house! It was like the running of the bulls, but with SO MUCH FLUFF INSTEAD. Maura clearly has a great reputation with her clients and the doggo world (she is, in my opinion, a great dog whisperer indeed) and it was a joy to take her photographs AND the photographs of so many fluffs in the process.