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.
We did a shoot with Janice Smith of Big Dog Little Bed Productions way back in 2015 (see it here!) when I was just starting to become the creepily obsessed stalker of her dog named Toby. She wasn’t super concerned about my drooling over his fluffy adorable fluffness at the time but I think over time she’s come to realized just how serious I am about him. I call her from hotel rooms at 11pm to say things like, “Hey Janice! We just made it to Blacksburg! Are you still awake? Can I come see Toby? What’s your room number? Oh… you just got in bed? Okay…I guess I’ll see him tomorrow.” And then I call at 8am to say things like, “Hey Janice! We are awake! Are you awake? Can I come see Toby? You’re downstairs? Okay, we will be right down!” And I’m not totally sure what she thinks about my constant comments on her Instagram regarding him or my texting her to ask about him occasionally but you know what? I don’t really care. Toby is my dog soulmate. My love for him is broken down into several parts:
50% Unreal orange fluff
30% Playing like a total spaz with arms straight out in what I’ve come to call “invisible casts” and romping around like he’s done five lines of cocaine
20% Unrequited love (he does tolerate me and occasionally seek me out for head pats, but part of me enjoys the fact that every single photo I take with him involves him literally rolling his eyes or actively trying to escape)
Anyway, Janice told me that Toby doesn’t like it when girls come on too strong to him, so I’m trying to refrain from making this entire post about him. Janice is a dear friend of ours, an extremely talented female bossy lady videographer, a Durhamite, a lover of pups big and small (the small, also adorable, far more loving and friendly doggo in these pictures is Murphy), a trusted colleague, and a wearer of vests and fanny packs. We have a little too much fun photobombing her at weddings (there are probably many minutes of footage she’s accumulated and cut out) and we love her dearly. It was with great pleasure that we photographed her new promo photos for her wedding and commercial videography company Big Dog Little Bed. She is hilarious and charming and adorable and beautiful and intelligent and can rock 1977 dad glasses like there’s no tomorrow. This shoot makes me smile because Janice makes me smile. Also Toby.
Becca and Andy e-mailed us with the task of photographing them in their renovated 70s house around their 10 year wedding anniversary. We love doing sessions at home, and we love anniversary sessions even more, and we love 70s contemporary architecture even more than that. So when we arrived at Becca and Andy’s 70s contemporary architecture paradise of a house, we were delighted. And then we saw that they have the same giant cat face pillow that we have. And the same doormat! And the same ceiling fan! And the same living room poofs! And while we don’t have any other actual objects in common, we do envision ourselves stealing the rest of their objects. Or, at the very least, telling us where they got them.
Their house is tremendously remodeled, all by them and with some help of some other handy people. It is absolutely beautiful, and has tons of light and a metal ceiling next to a wooden ceiling and a garage door in their living room and little built-in vase shelves and a wall full of little dots. They continue to work on the house (even though it doesn’t need it because it’s beautiful), but we were happy to document them in their current space at this current time. They are delightful people who know a lot about traveling and music and houses and we hope to absorb some of their knowledge and continue to use it for the power of good. I only trust people who have pillows in the shape of a giant cat face.