I had the opportunity to photograph the events of Friday evening at the 2011 NHL All-Star Wide Open in Raleigh, NC for the Downtown Raleigh Alliance! It was packed and chock-full of goodness and eccentricities. Best of all, it was full of a lot of Pittsburgh fans. ;) Kids and adults alike sporting Pens jerseys. Even the buildings downtown had big posters of Crosby. I’m not a big hockey fan, but I do love the hometown so it was nice to see. :) And Raleigh, my second hometown, is such a genuinely beautiful city. I always adore photographing down there at night.

Downtown Raleigh

Ms. Deborah Morgan and I meet again! I had the opportunity to photography and meet the WRAL anchor through the DRA last year. She’s such a nice lady!

NHL All-Star Weekend Marriot downtown Raleigh

NHL All-Star Weekend 2010

Below: Representin’ the ‘Burgh in the south commercially…

NHL All-Star Weekend

And representin’ the ‘Burgh in the south with fashion. You go, kid!

Pittsburgh fans in Raleigh

City Plaza Raleigh

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downtown Raleigh

Shot down Fayetteville St. of the Capitol Building in Raleigh. Raleigh does a lot of awesome things here throughout the year where they shut down Fayetteville and surrounding streets to cars in order to have festivals, markets, and other activities.

Fayetteville St. Raleigh NC

Wachovia building

Convention Center

96 Rock

So this is where things get creepy. Before now there was a cupcake eating contest, people were ice skating and watching WRAL’s broadcast, just generally hanging out and exploring the city. I’m not quite sure when and how this happened, all I know is that the Carolina Roller girls came out with some sort of drumline behind them… followed by GIANT PUPPETS. And I mean giant. They were huge. People were holding said giant puppets, others were in them and on stilts. Still others just had on giant puppet heads and were walking around.

NHL All-star Weekend

Woah. This is all getting very Pan’s Labyrinth here.

NHL All-Star Weekend

NHL All-Star Wide Open Raleigh

Giant scary monster puppet on stilts… bringing down her wrath on this innocent videographer.

Raleigh event photographer

Raleigh event photographer

…And before you knew it, it was back to your regular programming. Ice hockey, everyone!

Downtown Raleigh ice skating rink

High School Cheerleaders

Raleigh event photographer

Raleigh event photography

Local cheerleaders from the high schools held a pep rally and I was super fond of this Jaguar. Giant animal mascots crack me up – especially when they’re stuck in a perpetual roar.

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All-Star Wide Open Raleigh


Ice Skating Rink downtown Raleigh

downtown Raleigh, NC

oak leaf sculpture

Capitol Building Raleigh

Goodnight, Raleigh!

ahhhh, the day was finally here. :) tamyra and darius married at the Upper Room Church of God in Christ in raleigh on june 26, 2010.

back when i met tamyra and darius in the fall, i started looking forward to their wedding. they were so fun, outgoing, and creative at the consult that i knew their wedding would be a blast, and it certainly didn’t disappoint! i started looking forward to it even more when i did their engagement session and had an amazing amount of fun. note: i love engagement sessions for this fact: i really feel like i already know you by your wedding day and you don’t feel awkward anymore having me follow you around with a camera. :)

so they’re a genuinely super nice couple who are hilarious and loving at the same time…perfect to photograph. i knew their wedding day would be simultaneously full of love and shenanigans at the same time…which it was. :)

we’ll start with some getting ready shots!

geoff’s view:

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raleigh wedding photographer


my view:

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raleigh wedding photographer

seriously…women would kill for these eyebrows:

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raleigh wedding photographer

raleigh wedding photographer

tamyra is READY! love that look of determination.

raleigh wedding photographer

raleigh wedding photographer

think she liked the bouquet? :)

raleigh wedding photographer

seriously…not a more chill, laid back, but also hilarious group of guys can be found. not only were all of the groomsmen super nice, pleasant, and easy to work with, they also struck unusual poses for me throughout the day and kept me on my toes.

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CSP on the big screen! :) their church had two screens projecting the slideshow from their engagement session with yours truly while the guests walked in until the ceremony started. super cute!! i know i was impressed. :) pictured here below with the super colorful and beautiful bouquet!

orange, black and pink bouquet

the colors for their wedding were pink, orange, green, and black and it ROCKED! and i was asked to wear green which is great, because i’m usually dressed in all black…and bold colors shake things up a bit. :)

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check out that alter!! so cool. what a neat way to personalize your ceremony.

upper room church of god in christ wedding

not only did they use gelled yellow and pink stage lights for their alter, they lit their reception with them. on top of THAT, their reception was in the gym of the school next door which was just really neat, period. and i’ve got to hand it to demitrius of creative touch designs who did their flowers, decorations, and so much more for putting together a totally kick-butt wedding. i seriously felt like i walked into some sort of hollywood party for their reception.

raleigh wedding photographer

raleigh wedding photographer

really, though, i loved these guys!


first dance

raleigh wedding photographer

neat groom’s ring!

first dance

wedding toasts

i’ve been getting a lot of amazing garter toss sequences lately, but this one is amazing. darius launches it and wait for it…wait for it…

garter toss

garter toss

and caught! by the little dude totally not even seen in the original garter tossing picture. the little man came out of nowhere and totally snatched it. LOVE the look on his face below…where you can tell he knows he did something totally cool, but isn’t quite sure what it was.

ring bearer

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caught a few of tamyra and darius waiting for the limo at the end of the day. :)

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favorite!! she’s gorgeous. :)

raleigh wedding bride

raleigh wedding photographer

congratulations, you two! we loved it loved it loved it!

i had the great honor of photographing hermine the cat last week, and what a cutie. :) although slightly skiddish around new humans and big cameras, she did a wonderful job adapting as best she could and we got some really cute shots. hermine is a german kitty whose parents brought her over from germany two years ago when they moved to the states. she flew in the cargo and had a kitty layover in washington, dc where her owners picked her up. she is very loved and rightly so!

hermine likes: treats, twist ties, her cat tree.

hermine dislikes: vet trips, big cameras.

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hermine became a little terrified after a few shots, so we went outside and took some photographs of the proud parents for a while until little hermine came outside to join us. :)

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i love the two below, but mainly the classic cat pose to the right. such a good kitty silhouette!

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i love photographing pets! wish i got more of these sessions. they’re incredibly relaxing compared to weddings! ;)