Congratulations to your family Danielle and Ethan! Thank you for letting me photograph this sweet sweet boy.
"love in an elevator"
This engagement session was so fantastic, so unexpectedly awesome and just so all around perfect I immediately went home and wrote down some "notes" from the day. Vanessa, José and I spent a little over 2 hours hopping from one location to another, dreaming up new shots, poses, entertaining new ideas with such ravenous energy and excitement we just knew we were onto something special.
We started off with a rough start. See the room below? It's gorgeous right? Look at those smooth lines and modern architecture feel, a signature of uptown Charlotte.. and check out the light... Photographers only dream of that light when shooting indoors!!
Well... it was locked. I shot this through the glass... like a child looking through the window into a candy shop... a tear gently rolling down my sullen cheeks.
This room apparently is only open M-F during business hours. Okay, so now we know! We tried to find another spot in the building to shoot in but had no luck. While traversing through a menagerie of elevators Vanessa made a remark "you have to go down before you go up." We all looked at each other puzzlingly and José says: "that's an incredibly philosophical statement." And when we finally realized we'd have to move on to another location; I felt positive. So I said: You have to go down before you go up. And that became our mantra for the shoot.
This is the first series we started with. And for a warm up; I have to say... wow!
I learned so much from this shoot.
One; there's no telling where the shoot will take you.
"You can plan a pretty picnic but you can't predict the weather."
Two; a couple's energy is absolutely KEY for a successful shoot. Vanessa and José were so ready for anything, and it really felt like we were all taking turns inspiring each other with new ideas.
Three; work with where you are. Part of my job is to be a magician, to create a fantasy world with my camera. At one point Vanessa said "we didn't want to shoot uptown because we didn't want it to look like everyone else's pictures... but tonight, I feel like it looks like we were in New York!"
Or maybe Mount Olympus?
Oh goodness, I am so happy with this shoot! I hope you've enjoyed reading this post as much as I've enjoyed posting!
What can I say? I am so thrilled to document this couple's journey.
We met on a Tuesday afternoon, particularly sunny and warm for March, but the breeze coming through the pines surrounding the lake kept us comfortable. Coen's parents live on this lake, so he felt the location of their house and neighborhood would be something special. It's a happy place for him, and why not share that place with the people you love?
We started there, walking around their lake house using the trees and the sunlit water as backdrops and as we were leaving I noticed a fun looking tire peeking out from under a dust cover in the driveway. I asked if we could do a series with the car (which happened to be a powder blue 1966 mustang) and I was so happy we did! Thanks Mom and Dad for letting us use this awesome car! Afterwards we headed to Amélie's in NoDa for a bit of gluten free action and caffeine. Yeah!
Coen and Jackie--I am honored to be your friend and I am especially touched that you have chosen me to be your photographer.
Luna turns one! So glad to be part of this little girl's birthday. xo
Happy birthday sweet girl! So happy to be part of your special day!
Decorations and food made by Chef Mary Jayne Burris (Luna's Mom) from Amélie's French Bakery.
Not all newborn shoots go smoothly. At this age, babies are adjusting to so much. Light, temperature, sound... being able to move their arms and legs freely.. nursing.. breathing.. you know... it's a lot for a little guy! Thankfully Mr. Caleb was the perfect babe during this shoot. Only one hour and several different looks, we were really able to get some sweet images!
A fall engagement session for a June wedding was a perfect choice for Nicole and John.
I would love to share details about these two, but I'll save that for their wedding post! :) All I know is that these two are some of the most down to earth, fun-loving, spirited people I know---and that's HUGE.
Congratulations you two! Special thanks to the Frenchman's Daughter for her amazing makeup skills. :)
MJ and Opie are one of the sweetest couples I have met. Their love for the country inspired us to shoot at MJ's farm, where we were greeted with ample light, fields of tall grass and wide open spaces. YES!! While waiting on MJ, her stepdaughter and cousin volunteered for a few shots, and they turned out to be amazing as well! Totally in love with this shoot. Thank you MJ for letting me share your family's images!