When is the right time for family beach portraits?

Anytime! If the beach is really part of who you are as a family. So here’s the back story: We were in a consultation with Pamela & David showing them different outdoor portrait examples when we came across a family beach portrait image in our portfolio. Pamela immediately got chills when she saw the family beach portrait because their family has had so many fun times at the beach as their kids were growing up. Well, that was the end of the discussion about where we would photograph. It was going to be a beach portrait, no questions asked. With their oldest of 3 kids is now in college, and the other two still in high school, they had decided it was time for a nice family portrait before the kids got much older. But it was the middle of the winter! Well, after some discussion the decision was made that we would do the beach portraits in January. Something I’ve never done, but we all decided it was worth the risk and we would give it a shot. So we did the shoot Jan 9th and were fortunate that we hit a day that was around 50 degrees & sunny. The wind was a little chilly, but not enough to keep us from creating some beautiful family portraits of them and the kids that they will be able to enjoy for years to come. The wall portrait is the panoramic immediately below of the family walking on the beach and it will go over the fireplace in the living room. Shot from ground level for a lower perspective, I think it will look great on the mantle. Love the sunset portraits we captured in that perfect short window where the sun is reflecting off the wet sand. Not lots of time to work with for those shots, but so gorgeous when done right. Great family and so much fun to work with!

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Colors & Conversations

I had a fun conversation with my youngest daughter yesterday in the car on the way home from picking her up from a class. We talked about how gorgeous the fall colors are, which trees were our favorites and why, and which colors are the best. She didn’t know it, but I drove a little slower and took the long way home, not only to see more trees, but to just enjoy the moment with her. I love those little slices of time and life where I get a glimpse into her head and heart and get to hear what she likes and why. One day, not to long from now she will be on to bigger and better things and I won’t have those opportunities, or at least not as many, so slow down and take the long way home every once and a while!


Basic Digital SLR Photography Workshop

Super excited about our upcoming half day photography workshop on Saturday Nov. 8th. We’re going to cover all the bases on how to get your camera off auto mode and shoot in manual mode with confidence. We’ll learn about composition, exposure, ISO, shutter speeds, aperture, white balance and all the basic info you’ll need to take your photography to the next level and create better photos. This class will be great whether you’re wanting to capture better photos of your children or take better landscape photos, so no matter what your subject matter preference is, this workshop will enhance your photography skills & abilities.

We prefer that you have a DSLR (Digital Single Lens Reflex) camera, this just means a camera with interchangeable lenses (not a point and shoot), however if you have a hybrid camera (camera with fixed lens, but still has at least a manual mode option) that may work. Call and let us check your model and we can let you know if your camera is appropriate (919) 850-0492.

There are a limited number of seats available so that we can answer everyone’s questions and have plenty of hands on interaction using your cameras. Call or email us to get signed up before we fill up.


Corporate Head Shot

A recent studio shoot for a good friend and CEO at Apogee Social Media Group. http://www.apogeesocialmediagroup.com/

William does lots of Linked In specific training for companies and individuals and knows the importance of having a good professional image online to represent your personal or corporate brand. We were going for something a little more contemporary / modern to update his professional image, so we went with a high-key background (lighter tone), but kept with the traditional male head shot pose. This combination works well together and he was more than pleased with the look. You can never go wrong with classic posing and lighting, even when mixed with more modern or contemporary looking backgrounds or settings. Corporate head Shot


Mallory’s Senior Portraits

Have to be honest – senior portraits are one of my favorite sessions to shoot and Mallory’s session did not disappoint. Mallory and her mom were really fun to work with. Had a great time getting to know Mallory a little in the process too. She loves animals and works at a local animal hospital. Sweet girl with a really fun personality. We photographed Mallory’s sister a few years ago and it was really cool be able to capture some great images for both girls. Mom & Mallory picked out a great image for the wall portrait to go beside her sister’s on Mom’s wall. What a great way to be able to enjoy her two beautiful daughters every day.

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Classic head shots with a modern, contemporary look

An image we created recently for a high level executive that was looking for a slightly more modern, contemporary look. It was a fun shoot using a green screen and a little Photoshop work for the background, and I think it’s safe to say, we nailed it! Client was more than happy with the results. Love helping create a finished product that meets our clients vision.

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Trip to PA

Had a great time with the family this past week in Pennsylvania. Spent the week working at the GAIN warehouse near Lancaster PA. Great organization that does some incredible missions and aid work all over the globe for people in need. First time visiting PA and the landscape was gorgeous around Hershey and Lancaster (stayed in Hershey, and yes, we ate too much chocolate). Rolling hills and farmland make up most of that area and of course the Amish country is there as well. Wish we had more time to tour, but we did get to see the Gettysburg battlefield and Harper’s Ferry WV on the way back. Harper’s Ferry was a spontaneous stopover, but such a cool place and so full of history, that we stayed half the afternoon. Those little surprise gems are what make road trips so much fun. Thought I would share a few images. Enjoy!

Gorgeous countryside in Amish country near Lancaster PA

Gorgeous countryside in Amish country near Lancaster PA

Gettysburg - Canon looking over where Pickett's charge took place

Gettysburg – Cannon overlooking site where Pickett’s charge took place

Gettysburg monuments

Gettysburg monuments


Harper's Ferry point - Where Shenandoah and Potomac Rivers meet

Harper’s Ferry point panoramic – Where Shenandoah and Potomac Rivers meet

Little miss Aubrey at 6 months

What a fun 6 month session with little miss Aubrey (and big sis). She was fantastic and gave us all the expressions we were looking for, partly because mom and I planned the session strategically to get optimum results, but mostly because she’s just a cute, fun little baby!

Really like the pose with Aubrey and big sis, and grandma’s pink rocking chair. Love incorporating sentimental props into baby portraits, while still keeping the scene clean, simple, and focused on the subject, like great classic style portraiture should.

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Fat Daddy’s – Parting Shots

Tomorrow, Sunday March 30, 2014 marks the end of almost 30 years for Fat Daddy’s restaurant on Glenwood Ave in Raleigh. The property was sold recently and since the news got out, the lines have been out the door with an hour plus wait for over a week. A sad day, but why would so many people stand in the rain for over an hour just to eat at Fat Daddy’s one last time? I think you have to be a Raleigh native or long time resident to really appreciate the why behind that question. Personally, and I think for most of the people that have waited in line this past week, there are just so many good memories associated with it. Whether you remember enjoying a great burger upstairs with the family, or hanging out down stairs on Friday and Saturday nights playing pool with good friends and listening to your favorite song on the juke box, there were just a lot of good memories created at Fat Daddy’s over the years.

Bill, the long time manager at FD’s (I think he told me he started when they opened), was lead singer in Trinity Road, a band that a good friend of mine played in, so we spent many nights listening to them play downstairs. Ironically just in the past 6 months, my two girls have made Fat Daddy’s their favorite place to eat, so we’ve been back a few times recently and gotten to reconnect with Bill, which has been great. So, Bill was gracious enough to let me take a couple of shots of him at the counter today when I took my family there for our last FD’s meal. When I think of Bill, I always picture him with a smile by the counter where everyone picks up their food, so naturally I had to capture that image and share! Gonna miss those burgers and good times!



Loyal customers standing in the rain for one last Fat Daddy’s experience.