Just before I start this blog post, I’d like to state for the record that if you’re looking for the person to thank for the bats on the website, IT’S SARAH. She’s my bat designer extraordinaire even though and clearly excels at drawing really, really cute ones.
Sarah and Paul are our wedding clients from a few years back whom we love and cherish and have maintained a friendship with while bonding over our mutual love of guacamole, mid century modern furnishings, mountaineering disasters, and complaining about Game of Thrones. They had been living in Durham and we were quite thankful to have them here. Then they lived in London for a bit for Paul’s work, and we visited them on our way back from Italy! Then they came back to Durham for a bit, but when the opportunity came for them to move to NYC for another bit for Paul’s work, we encouraged them to go even though we were sad because living in NYC is, we feel, an important cultural experience to have… and since Sarah and Paul are so good at jet-setting and cultivating travel and new experiences, we know they’d get along great, and so they have!
And now we visit them in NYC! And take their pictures! They were so gracious to let us stay with them in Brooklyn and introduced us to literally the best gluten-free pizza I’ve ever had. We were happy to roam around the area quiteeee early in the morning (sorry guyssss) to take pictures of them, and they were patient while Geoff and I gazed lovingly into the cat cafe (Sarah’s afraid of cats but it’s okay, we’re still friends). We’re so happy for them to have this experience of living in NYC and even though we miss them, they’re only a text message about people dying on Everest away.
a few weeks ago my dear friend and bridesmaid extraordinaire alaskan kate asked me if i’d like to do a modeling shoot with her wearing some awesome custom gloves, hats, headbands and scarves from the ever amazing amber of raimbow tree and i said, OF COURSE. amber and kate went to high school in alaska and have reunited here in raleigh, nc where kate is teaching and amber makes her awesome crafty goodness and sells it around the triangle and beyond.
you may remember when i photographed some of her stuff at her booth from the designer’s downtown market in march! she works some serious magic with felted wool, fleece, and other beautiful and colorful materials that she custom makes for adults and children alike. if you’re looking for an awesome gift for somebody this holiday season to keep them warm and cute at the same time, check out her etsy store!
so amber wanted a few new pictures on her website and marketing and kate and i, being the nice friends that we are, happily obliged. :) so we headed off to west point on the eno in durham to begin our photo shoot. and nobody makes a more attractive model than our dear kate!!
kate got me one of the below headbands with the little flower for my bridal shower and i love it! it doesn’t slip off when i move my head (which always happens with headbands) and adds an extra touch of cuteness to whatever you wear it with.
since kate’s from alaska she is not afraid to climb trees, so i put her in one.
she makes really great long, soft scarves. great for cold days that require multiple wrapping!
i was in love with this scarf! and west point on the eno’s very eco-friendly look of their park! and alaskan kate’s gorgeousness!! we need to get you into modeling, my friend.
if you like kate’s awesome accessories, please check out amber’s shop to purchase some great gifts! she makes a lot of other stuff than what’s pictured here and i’m sure she’ll make you whatever you want if you ask. :)
last month i held an end of summer contest to thank my blog and newsletter readers for referrals. the winner would receive a free session and 50 4×6 proofs. derica justice was the lucky winner! she wanted to use her session for new portraits of her and her hubby ian, who haven’t had pictures since their wedding a few years ago. i was super excited to work with derica as she is our fantastic invitation/program/thank you card designer for our wedding!! (pictures of our invitations and interview with derica coming soon). we loved derica’s work and i thought it was cool that we got this chance to both sort of work with each other’s business. cool!
they wanted some fun and funky pictures downtown with their dog maggie, who was super adorable and well-behaved even though she is terrified to walk over grates, which i found adorable. :)
they wanted their picture by the NC state logo which was sandwiched between duke and unc…and while duke got the cold shoulder, ian decided to take care of unc by positioning this hand over their logo. ;)
i had a super time out with this adorable couple and the pup! congratulations on the win, guys! and be looking out for derica’s upcoming invitation vendor interview soon!