This lovely client found her way to me by inquiring about real estate photography for one of her clients. I referred her to someone else, and shortly after received another e-mail from her… this time asking me to take her portraits. :) When she told me about her company and products, I was so excited. Stephanie Wetzel is the brains and beauty behind Trading Pounds, a business centered around her recent weight loss (she’s lost over an amazing 170 pounds so far since January 2010!). She’s already written and published one cookbook and is in the process of writing her second. Trading Pounds includes a blog, free e-books, and other personal coaching tools. Stephanie wanted some new photos to show her kick-butt new look and I was more than happy to help. She’s a ridiculously fun girl who has two cats, is a self-described nerd, and whose favorite recipe is pot pie with rosemary. :)

Along with her entourage (manager Elise and best friend Travis), we went into the naturey parts of a local park per her request to photograph Stephanie looking gorgeous. This was my first shoot of 2012… held on one of the coldest days in Raleigh I’ve encountered in a long time… and we all had very limited motion in our extremities by the end of the shoot. :D Thank you for your bravery, Stephanie… and for your awesomeness and help, entourage! 


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