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Charlie has a love and a passion for photography that began over twenty years ago with his first Pentax 35mm SLR film camera. Whether he's photographing a wedding or creating unique portraits that capture and reflect the personality of his subjects, he simply loves photographing people and it shows.

Captain Bill’s – Good times, Good memories!

Captain Bills Backyard Grill in Wilmington celebrated 25 years in March in routine fashion hosting a beach volleyball tournament. We were privileged to join them for great food, fun and volleyball as we photographed the day for friends and owners John and Erin Musser. The day did not disappoint!

We lived in Wilmington for 6 1/2 years after college and became regulars at Captain Bills. Playing ball with friends, enjoying great food and making memories were always on the menu. Speaking of the menu, we had a chance to photograph one of their top menu items for the website when we were down for the celebration. We love photographing food dishes because we get to sample the food, and in this case their custom crafted beers! 🙂

Recently, John and Erin embarked on a new adventure with their daughter and son-in-law. Bill’s Front Porch, just in front of Captain Bills, is a new brewery and restaurant with more great food and atmosphere. Just check out this front porch! It is such a beautiful place and I am sure it will become another favorite place on our frequent visits to Wilmington!

Bills Front Porch

Bills Front Porch

Captain Bill's Volleyball Tournament

Captain Bill’s Volleyball Tournament

Wilmington Food Photography

Bills Front Porch Dish

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Children’s Bereavement Camp Donation

I’ve had the privilege to work with an incredible organization over the past 5 or so years. Comfort Zone Camp is a nation wide bereavement camp that helps children, who’ve lost siblings or parents, grieve, heal and grow. You can’t help but be moved by some of the
stories shared and transformations that I’ve witnessed while photographing at the camps and fund raisers. It certainly makes you stop appreciate your own family and children.

New York Life is one of the major sponsors of the local camps, that are free to attendees, and they recently presented a $25,000 check to CZC during a mini family camp event here in Raleigh. Loved helping out with our small contribution and photographing the check presentation for them!

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Speaker / Trainer Photo Shoot

We had a client come in recently who needed some specific looks for her national corporate training website. She needed images for her website showing her presenting and a regular head shot. We shot everything on a white background so the subject could be extracted easily by the graphics design person working on the clients web site. We’re only showing the white background images here, except for the head shot, because we don’t have the final composite images. At the clients request, we did include one of our digital composite backgrounds for the head shot because she liked our background options so much. The head shot was fairly simple, but the presentation images were a little challenging because you always want the subject to look natural and engaged, like they’re really presenting to an audience. So how do you achieve that in a studio setting? Well, we picked a topic with input from the client and had her talk to my assistant about it. It also helps when your client is a really polished presenter and already knows what to do with hands and facial expressions. 🙂 The hardest part is finding the right angle at which the subject looks the best and looks naturally engaged, so the images doesn’t look staged. We did have to try both sides of the camera and some different angles, but that’s the key to success, you use your skills and talent to set up the shot that you think will look the best and then you review, adjust and fine tune until it looks great! Fun shoot, the client really loved the images and I learned all about the Netflix documentary “Happy”. 🙂

Check out our head shot page here for more info on professional head shots.

 

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Commercial Shoot for Physician

Some equipment, behind the scenes, and one final image from a recent commercial shoot at Wake Med Hospital here in Raleigh. We were photographing for the physicians practice but had to do the shoot at the Catheterization Lab at Wake Med where he does the procedures. Understandably Wake Med is a little funny about photos being taken at the hospital so we had to be escorted by staff and then jump in the lab in between procedures for a quick shoot. And let me just say, if you don’t know your lighting and equipment well, these kind of fast paced shoots will frazzle you in a hurry! 🙂 Having small portable lighting with built in wireless controls is key for getting in and fine tuning the lighting quickly so that we could concentrate on our subject vs. fumbling with equipment. In the end we created some great images for this physician showing him in the high tech medical setting that he works in. These images will be great marketing material and looked fantastic in the physician’s magazine article which we were shooting for.

If you or anyone you know has a need for on location commercial photography or head shots, contact us here to get the discussion started and see how we can help showcase you or your business with professional images. To see more of our work, check out our commercial photography page here.

Commercial Photography Raleigh

Commercial photography Raleigh

Commercial photography Raleigh

Commercial photography Raleigh

Commercial photography Raleigh

 

 

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Raleigh Real Estate Agent Head Shot

Love creating nice looking professional images for real estate agents! Real estate agents in Raleigh have lots of competition in this market and a great professional head shot image, for their business cards and online presence, is one important way to set yourself apart from the pack. We’ve been creating lots of head shot for real estate agents in the Raleigh area, so if you or anyone you know needs a professional head shot, feel free to check out our head shot page here for lots of info and examples of our work.

Raleigh Real Estate Head Shot

Raleigh Real Estate Head shot

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Head Shots for Dr. William Porter’s New Book

I recently was asked to create a couple of portraits for Dr. William Porter’s new book “Miracles in the Life of Ordinary People”. Dr. Porter is a Raleigh based retired professor and charming gentleman that I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know over the past year or so. He writes inspirational books about how God intervenes in peoples lives everyday. It’s a breath of fresh air when contrasted with all the negative news & information we’re bombarded with daily. I would highly encourage checking out his website here to find out more about him and his books.

To see more of our business head shot work, check out our head shot page here.

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Military Portrait for Lt. Colonel

I had the privilege of creating a military portrait for a Lt. Colonel in the US Army recently. This portrait will be posted at all of the command centers that he’s in charge of, so we wanted to get this right and make him look good.

We discussed the appropriate expression, stance, etc, as I normally do with clients, before setting up for the shot. The image was photographed on a standard studio background and then we extracted the subject and dropped in a digital background with the right colors and flag. A little extra work, but worthwhile to make sure his portrait looks good and represents him well at the command centers where the chain of command is displayed on the wall. Love the way the final image turned out and enjoyed having the opportunity to create a nice military portrait for one of our service members.

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Business Head Shot for a Real Estate Agent

I had the pleasure of working with and creating a professional head shot for a new real estate agent recently. Leigh Ann is transitioning into her new career as a residential real estate agent in the Raleigh area and had just recently passed the real estate exam. She was super excited about her new career and wanted to make a great impression with potential clients with a professional image on her business card and the website. We worked with her to choose the right background and outfit that would work well with the company business card color scheme and other places it would be used. I love working with real estate agents and being a small part of helping get their new careers off on the right foot!

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Upcoming Photography Class at NCSU’s McKimmon Center

Mark your calendars! March 6th & 7th I’ll be teaching a two day hands on workshop at NC State University’s McKimmon Center. This is a basic DSLR workshop designed to teach you everything you need to know to take control of your DSLR camera and create better photos! Here’s the link with more details and registration info. Look forward to seeing you there!

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Recent Business Head Shots for Speaker

Head shot(s) of the day! Loved helping Liz find just the right look for her business head shots to promote her speaking and training engagements. She especially liked the black and white versions so that’s what we’ll showcase here!

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Raleigh head shots

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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