Team Emmerika have been our clients for such a long time now (since 2013!) and it’s been so wonderful seeing them grow. We knew them when they were living in an apartment with one cat whom Emmanuel was very allergic to but loved nonetheless. He was a homeless cat they rescued and took care of and his name is Lobo. Now, you should know that Erika and Emmanuel are very doting people. If they like you, you will know, and be a great recipient of their love (and snacks). So even though Emmanuel was allergic to Lobo, they took him in and cleaned him up and loved him fiercely. Then they bought a house! Then, with an adjustment of allergy medications probably?, they adopted two additional cats. THEN they adopted a puppy! THEN they adopted another puppy! And now Lobo lives with 2 other cats, 2 dogs, and one baby (not a cat!) named Felix. And I’m glad, because no one has more love to give away than Erika and Emmanuel… and every single dependent creature who lives with them has the BEST life. Plus, I am extra glad they had a baby because LOOK AT HOW CUTE FELIX IS. IT’S ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE. LOOK AT HIS TINY CORDUROY PANTS. AND HIS LIL FACE. AND THE SIDE EYE HE OCCASIONALLY GIVES HIS PARENTS. I want to squeeze him and steal him and never let him grow up and out of those tiny corduroy pants. The cutest, handsomest gentleman who likes to give me high-fives and talk about cats. He is loved by many and will do great things. His name is Felix but he is not a cat.

P.S. Thank you to Quail Ridge Books, a favorite stomping ground of Erika and Emmanuel, for letting us take some pictures inside your store!
P.P.S. Thank you to Helen, who is always such a big help on shoots and a wonderful grandma to Felix!

Team Emmerika. // At Home.

Erika and Emmanuel are like our celebrity clients. Most people who read our blog know who they are and frequently ask us about them like they’re unicorns, or pass along creepy compliments to them through us. Example: “That one couple is really cute. You know… the Emmerika couple. The guy has the dreadlocks? Yeah, they seem super cool.”… then they just leave it at that and I’m not sure what to say (besides the obvious which is yes, they are quite cool). Well now we’ll see where your loyalty truly lies because Emmanuel has since cut off his dreadlocks! BUT he gained a cool faux hawk… and a puppy. So I’m pretty sure the numbers are still well in their favor. Plus their house has a tree house in the backyard. Family facts:

Emmanuel: loves video games and pizza and not sleeping
Erika: loves baked goods and movies and kittens
Lobo[gray cat, not terribly pictured because…]: loves everybody leaving him the hell alone
Mango[calico cat]: love being derpy and chittering at birds and the bird-like toy
Habanero[tuxedo cat]: loves EVERYONE OMG PET ME RIGHT NOW
Bino[puppy]: loves chew toys made of gross parts of bulls that we won’t put in the blog or else our blog will start coming up for search results we do not want

Look at how cute they are.

So our friend Amber of Raimbow Tree made some new awesome  headbands, hats, gloves, and other adorable crafty things for spring! Of course, this called for a spring version of our previous post with Alaskan Kate and Raimbow Tree.  Amber brought a giant tub full of gear, dressed Kate up, and we trekked out into a field to have our product/model photo shoot! I was super excited to hang out with my ladies, root through all of Amber’s awesome new products, and photograph Kate… who needs basically no instruction whatsoever (except to NOT look at Amber or Geoff because one of them would crack up and we’d have to start all over). We had a great time and, despite Kate’s serious and soultry model face, we laughed our way through all of this.

Raleigh portrait photographer

Raleigh portrait photographers

Raleigh product photographer

Raleigh model photographer

Raleigh model photographer

portrait photographer

Kate, who’s a teacher, looks like she’s about to go kick Rainbow Brite’s butt in these pictures. I think it’s the headband coupled with the socks.

portrait photographer

Lifestyle Photographer Raleigh

lifestyle photographer raleigh nc

portrait photographer raleigh nc

model photography raleigh nc

model photography raleigh

THIS HEADBAND RULES. And thank you, awesome wind, for helping with these shots.

Raimbow Tree

Model photographer North Carolina

HAHAHA We all titled the following shots as Emerging because of the following:

Amber: Hey… why don’t we get one like, you know, of you emerging from the woods?

Kate: …Like what?

Amber: Like, get back into the woods… and just come out!

Carolyn: Grab onto those branches! Look up and to the right!

Amber: And just… come out!! We need more movement!!

Kate: WHAT?!

Hahahaha. I love the way these turned out despite me and Amber shouting contradicting directions at Kate while she emerged from the woods, hahaha. Cracks me up.

Model Photographer Raleigh NC

Raleigh photographer

Raimbow Tree

The shots below are titled The Post-Apocolyptic Shoe which we thought was very Anthropologie… and they’ll probably steal this idea as soon as they see it. This came about via the following:

Kate: There’s a gnarled, chewed-up shoe back there.

Amber: Let’s use it!

Carolyn: Really?

::Amber pokes the shoe a few times with the end of a stick and very carefully picks it up by the tip of the stick and hands it to Kate::

Amber: Here it is! Don’t let the gloves touch it.

Carolyn: Okay! Well. Um. Put the shoe over your shoulder. Look at me. Okay good, now look down at the shoe. Perfect.


Raimbow Tree

Lifestyle portrait photographer

product photographer raleigh nc


Raleigh portrait photographer

Raleigh portrait photographer

Head on over to Amber’s Raimbow Tree Etsy store to see more of her awesome stuff!