Wedding Photography Chapel hill

Last Sunday we participated in The Carolina Inn Bridal showcase. This was our tenth year of being in the show and we are certainly one of the longest running companies to participate. The show was a great success with almost 200 brides coming to see what was on offer from the industries leading wedding professionals. In our booth we had a 5ft canvas from a wedding reception we shot last year at Keenan stadium.  The photo raised a lot of interest especially from the many UNC Alumni that were in attendance at the show. They wanted to know the story behind the shot, so here it is… The wedding was on June 21st 2014.  The bride was Katy Liu and the groom was Alan Smeltz. They were married at Christ United Methodist Church in Southern Village, Chapel Hill.  The reception was in the “Blue Zone” in Keenan Stadium. As it got close to sunset we decided to take the couple out to the patio for some photos. The sky was absolutely gorgeous and we used an LED light to light the couple against the background. What also helps this photo is the dramatic back lighting of the stadium’s floodlights. What you can’t see in this image is the hundred or so people working out on the football field, as it was the first day of training for the UNC football team. Also, what you obviously can’t hear is the background of booming rap music that accompanied their workout. This ended up being a really fun shoot and a great final image for their wedding album. Here it is……..


Wedding photography Raleigh NC

Caroline and i shot a really fun wedding last Friday. Christine & Scott are huge fans of Downtown Abbey and Dr. Who so they decided that they would have all the bridal party and guests dress up in period attire. The wedding and reception were held at All Saints Chapel in Raleigh. A venue I am really familiar with and have shot there many times and really appropriate for the theme of the wedding. Don’t want to give too much away at this stage, but there were lots of surprises on the night, including a landing of Dr. Who’s Tardis (Time machine for those who aren’t a fan) there was even a Dalek on show. Christine, Scott an their family and friends had lot’s of fun and danced until late into the night. I thought I’d share this photo with you, which is my take on a traditional Royal family portrait, with Christine doing her best impression of the Queen.



Wedding Photography – Raleigh

Well, just North of Raleigh, Louisburg actually.  That was the location of our wedding last weekend at the beautiful Hudson Manor. It was the wedding of Christina Whitley and Ryan Bray. The wedding was organized by Joy Edwards of “A Joyful Occasion” who planned everything with a military precision. It was such a beautiful day and Christina and Ryan set out to have a lot of fun. We started the wedding with some fun portraits of Christina who looked gorgeous in her Allure Designs wedding dress from Victorian Rose bridal store. We then brought in her supporting cast of bridesmaids, all eight of them and continued the shoot. Next we went on to photograph Ryan and his groomsmen and they were quite a lively bunch. After a beautiful ceremony we then continued with the photography of Christina and Ryan’s family, followed by the bridal party and then we finished with just Christina and Ryan alone. After the cocktail hour guests were invited into the ballroom and the floral decoration was outstanding. Mel Day from Dogwood Tree Floral Designs provided all the flowers for the day. I’ve worked with Mel on many occasions and as always his work on this wedding was outstanding. After a lovely meal, provided by Melisa and her staff it was time to really start celebrating. First we had the speeches and toasts followed by the cake cutting, The cake was a muti-layer chocolate and carrot cake designed and baked by Jennifer at Ambrosia Cake Creations Christina and Ryan had hired Six Stylez Band to provide the entertainment and they immediately had the place rocking with a blend of oldies and current chart hits. We stopped briefly for a bouquet toss and this was followed by a unique garter exploration and a lot of fun was had by all. As I start to edit this wedding, I’ve pulled out a few of my favorites from the day and I’ve also thrown in a copy of one the bridal portraits that I’d taken prior to the wedding.


Food Photograper Chapel Hill

Who said hospital food is boring and tasteless? Last week I was asked to shoot some food for the new menu’s that will be offered to patients and visitors at Chapel hill’s UNC Children’s Hospital. We had a great time working with Chef Shawn Dolan and his team.

The hospital has many different restaurants (i think Chef said 17) offering anything from Burger’s, Breakfast, Southern Food, Asian food, Sushi and much more.

Who would have thought that a hospital restaurant would have been serving up such delicious treats as General Tso’s Chicken and Fish en Papillote!

We are going back there again this week to continue the photography, this time shooting the menu which has been specifically designed for children.

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