There was a time when I didn’t think I’d have the opportunity to have an engagement session with the lovely and wonderful Liz and Chris, and I am so glad that changed! Liz and Chris live in Boston but thankfully contacted me to set up an engagement session while she was off for spring break. I had never met them before – we set up the wedding and all the contractual details over phone and e-mail conversations, and I was so excited to meet them. And they were even more awesome in person!
I ventured away from Raleigh and headed down to Cameron, NC to take these photographs on the horse farm belonging to Liz’s parents. All of the pictures below were taken on their property… and amazing property it is. They have fields, horses, ponds, waterfalls, and old school graveyards. For real. It’s pretty much like if someone chucked a state park in your backyard and told you it was yours. It was one of the best locations I’ve had the opportunity to shoot in and we had a crazy fun time despite a few run-ins with ticks and the 85 degree heat in mid-March. ;) Liz and Chris are so sweet and genuinely nice individuals and I’m so excited to work with them on their surely rad wedding. :)
This is T-Bone. He was gracious enough to stand-in for a few portraits in between asking for treats and trying to eat Chris’s tie.
This was my first opportunity to shoot in ACTUAL GREEN GRASS ALL YEAR!!! You have no idea how excited I was. Hello happy springtime!
The below pictures were taken in a really old school graveyard on their property. They started off smiling when I said, “Um, these are probably going to be serious-face pictures guys,” to which they replied, “Oh! Right! That makes sense.” Hehehe. The black and white one is probably my favorite. Very October spooky.
They have 5 horses on their farm right now who live in two lovely horse fields and T-Bone, who hangs around near their doggies towards the house because he can’t eat too much grass. T-Bone was very kind towards our picture taking, but these ladies weren’t particularly interested in a session. They’re GORGEOUS though! It was so cool to watch them run around.
And yes… those are little tiny horses on Liz’s dress! :)
Thanks so much for the adventures, Liz and Chris! I’ll see you in the summer!
Royal is a 2 year old Brittany Spaniel who came into my life via his parents’ relationship with the parents of Hermine the Cat. And I could not be more thankful. He was such a grounded and polite subject and his name describes him perfectly. He would sit, stay, lay down, and even fake sneeze. That’s right. They taught him how to fake sneeze. They’d say “Achoo!” and he’d make a sneezing sound on command. Then, when he realized sneezing equaled treats, he’d sit there and sneeze and look at us like, “Hello! Here I am! I am sneezing! Where is my treat, please?” In his spare time, Royal enjoys chasing his toy pheasant, sitting on blankets (he dislikes hardwood floors), and playing with his soccer ball.
I was so so excited when I received the invitation to photograph the Downtown Raleigh Alliance Annual Meeting and Award Ceremony. :) This year’s theme was Breaking Ground with the Creative Class and focused on bringing entrepreneurs and creative visionaries into downtown. Not that they’re not there already – downtown Raleigh is one of the most artsy, beautiful cities I’ve been in with very few chain anything, relying more on indie restaurants, shops, and boutiques that bring back their regulars again and again. Nonetheless, the Downtown Raleigh Alliance, which sponsors downtown activities such as Winterfest, the downtown Farmer’s Market, First Friday, and other fantastic events centered their annual meeting around Raleigh’s business owners and drawing more people to live and work downtown.
It was held at the Raleigh Convention Center which is a really modern and stunning venue. The decor was awesome (sequined purple tablecloths? yes, please!) and I had the opportunity to photograph Carol Colleta, President of CEOs for Cities. She was the guest speaker that evening, being interviewed round-table discussion style by Steve Daniels of ABC Channel 11 News.
What was extra special cool about this evening for me was seeing the Downtown Raleigh Alliance’s Annual Report, a printed booklet summary of all the awesome things the DRA and Raleigh has accomplished in the past year. This year I was happy to find out see that the front cover, as well as a ton of pictures inside the Annual Report, were taken by yours truly. :) It never gets old to see your work in print, and I was very proud and thankful for the DRA for all the opportunities they gave me in 2010.