Photographed the ladies luncheon for the Downtown Raleigh Alliance at Marbles last week! It was a pleasure, as always, to be among the immense talent of women in downtown Raleigh. This year’s theme was Women in Downtown Raleigh: Inspirations in Music and the Arts, and here are a few select photos of the day.

Moderator: Angela Hampton, Anchor for ABC11, WTVD Raleigh


– Sue McKeon – VP/Marketing and Audience Development, NC Symphony

– Lisa Grele Barrie – President and CEO, NC Theatre

– Sarah Powers – Executive Director, Visual Art Exchange


– Leigh Stringfellow, Harpist

– Sandra Dubose-Gibson, 2011 Mrs. Black North Carolina, Dubose Entertainment

i’ve happily shot for the downtown raleigh alliance a lot this year and was very excited to document the first day of their shop downtown campaign for them (second one is on the 11th! make sure to check it out). the DRA, partnering with local businesses, brought shoppers downtown to explore the world of free parking, major discounts at the shops and boutiques downtown, christmas carolers, and free tastings from a bunch of the tasty local restaurants. i was excited to get to go inside a bunch of my favorite stores and photograph them, while geoff was happy to come along and pick up the free food. ;) here are some faves of the day (including one i got of mayor meeker shopping in stitch – BONUS POINTS!):

father and sons father and sons holly aiken stitch holly aiken stitch marbles childrens museum raleigh event photographer raleigh event photographer raleigh carolers artspace raleigh christmas decorations shop downtown raleigh father and sons raleigh stores downtown raleigh art downtown raleigh boutique downtown raleigh art

raleigh shopper

sir walter raleigh says "merry christmas"