Gold glitter/sequin/sparkle dresses are my favorite because they photograph so, so well. They turn into little shimmery magical fabrics of fabulousness in front of the camera and if everyone could just take a page out of this blog post and wear nothing but gold glitter dresses from now on, that would be great. It doesn’t even really have to be gold. Just any glitter or sequins. Basically, turn into a 1920s flapper and we’ll be good to go. Speaking of 1920s, does Tim here remind anyone else vaguely of Michael Pitt? We totally should have done a Boardwalk Empire themed engagement session with these guys, but I have a feeling it wouldn’t end up being particularly romantic since I’m pretty sure that show had at least one death per episode. Instead, Stephanie wore a beautiful sequin sparkle dress and Tim vaguely reminded me of Michael Pitt and we were graciously granted permission from the 21C Museum Hotel in Durham to shoot in their old bank vault in an un-Boardwalk Empire way (although the vault could have very well been from the early 1900s… and we did make Stephanie use a very old wall telephone… and they laid on a floor covered in fake money…….. you know what? Maybe this was more Boardwalk Empire than I thought). They posed dramatically, they cuddled for a while, they ate pizza while showing us the Stranger Thangs RIP Barb video. All in a day’s work. A special second thanks to Pie Pushers in downtown Durham for also graciously granting us permission to shoot in their shop.
Courtney and Michelle are both really great. They like breakfast tacos and Durham. Courtney likes The Walking Dead and Michelle likes music but doesn’t like any shows on AMC despite the three of us spending 1.5 hours trying to convince her otherwise. They met all the way over in Texas and have moved to NC where the biggest complaint so far is that we, as a state, aren’t very good at breakfast tacos. We walked with them around Durham and got bit by many, many mosquitos and may or may not have lost 5 pounds in sweat, but it was worth it. Courtney and Michelle are planning a mountain wedding next year, and although we can’t be a part of it, we hope that they mail us a cinnamon bun from their cake (jk it would probably be kinda gross by the time it got to us).
These guys! They like The Walking Dead and and Science Fiction and cookies from Cocoa Cinnamon and Durham and skipping. Their wedding will be in Scotland next year and we’re going to shrink ourselves really tiny and get into their suitcases and go with them unannounced and then BOOM!!! …show up in Scotland and regain our normal size and photograph their wedding in kilts and our best accents because they’re pretty great. Heather started the Not in Sight Gallery that brings together and showcases artists with disabilities. Logan is a fantastically talented local illustrator and designer. Together they’re pretty goofy and make a lot of silly faces and do a lot of karate moves. When we approached them for the first time, we found them outside our designated meeting space doing the Miss Mary Mack clapping game and then started talking to us about Pogs. They describe our target demographic.
*P.S. Thank you to Letters Bookshop for giving us permission to shoot in your wonderful store!