When I first spoke to Jennifer, she said she and John had never gotten a great photo of the two of them. We were prepared to change that! For their engagement session, we found the perfect calm and private beach spot with a great variety of photo spots–a great wooden walking bridge surrounded by mangroves, lots of beach grass, and coral rocks on an inlet overlooking the ocean. We were pleased to get many pictures they loved and captured the classic, timeless vibe they wanted.
As a high school student I religiously read the US News & World Report college guide and rankings, determined to go to a school toward the top of their list. I didn’t get to go to Stanford or Yale for my freshman year, but almost 20 years later I did get a call from US News about shooting a story for their college guide. They needed photos to illustrate stories from across the country and needed a photographer who could capture the balance of candid-looking, yet print-worthy portraits of two students from West Palm Beach.
Erin and I met Arianna and Jack at the Oxbridge Academy. Arianna will be playing soccer at Vassar College this fall and Jack will be a musical theater major at Penn State. These are the portraits we made one afternoon this past spring. The magazine is out now and can be found just about everywhere that sells magazines.
I’m not sure there is anything more romantic than a sunrise proposal! It is an honor and a privilege to be a part of our clients’ love stories and I was so excited to work with Jamie and his now-fiance Morgan on capturing their engagement. Part of our job is to guide our clients to the experiences they hope to have and this becomes especially important when timing, lighting and weather all matter. Jamie and I were able to pinpoint a spot on the beach where he would propose, which way he would face to be sure to capture Morgan’s reaction, and what point in the sunrise he would propose to get the best lighting. Even though these are some of the most nerve-racking shoots I do, the payoff of the planning and the surprise and joy in the images we capture is totally worth it!
One of my favorite photoshoots is capturing an essence of a person while helping them look their best. That’s the spirit behind our A-List portraits. It’s a mix of technical lighting expertise and direction with the feel of the person. The feel of the shoot conforms to your personality instead of you fitting the mold of the traditional portrait or headshot. Linda is a free spirit who loves spending time in nature with her dog, Biscuit. She is athletic and loves to skateboard, surf and kayak. I wanted to capture her whimsical beauty in a similar style to Roxy or Billabong showing that women can be strong, fun and sexy all at the same time!
Sarah and Jason had a beautiful wedding day in the heart of the Triangle. It was great to be back in North Carolina celebrating such a happy occasion. Sarah was her usual, bubbly self (with a few nerves that quickly subsided when she married her love) and Jason was full to the brim with joy and love for his bride. Whenever tears would threaten to strike, Sarah looked up to the heavens and would say “Look up at Grandpa–that’s how you stop the crying!” Laughter, joy and happy tears were shed all day, including a few of my own. This was our first time meeting Jason in person, but we were thrilled to discover Nick and Jason played in the same soccer club in Ventura and many other California connections.
As for their portraits, Sarah and Jason gave us lots of time to wander the streets of Durham and it really paid off when we discovered it was the semi-annual Food Truck Rally and we had to change our plans for photos at the last minute! Having margin in your wedding day schedule always pays off in one way or another, and in this case it gave us enough time to regroup family members and the wedding party to a new location. After a thoughtful ceremony combining their faith traditions, everyone danced the night away (especially the bride!) to the DJ stylings of Nina from All Events DJ under the gorgeous wood planks and exposed brick of the Rickhouse. It was truly a fabulous day!
Wedding Planner: Paisley and Pearl Events | Photographer: Donner Photos | Video: Gold and Sage Weddings | Venue: The Rickhouse | Officiants: Megan Turner & Daniel Norber | Florals and Chuppah: Tre Bella | Harpist: Amy Kortus | DJ: All Events DJ | Lighting: Get Lit | Catering: Donovan’s Dish | Cakes: Guglhupf | Hair: DB Sutton & Company | MUA: Erin Kelly Makeup
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I have been photographing the Brown family for over two years now. I can hardly believe these boys are the same babies I started taking photos of! Their mom tells me regularly that the reason they continue to work with me (even after moving to Florida!) is because of the quality of the portraits and also the experience her family has during our sessions. Her boys are spunky, funny, and they LOVE to run around–all things I love to capture and I don’t mind. I believe kids’ joy and personalities are the most interesting part about them! So after a few posed photos, we run around, we roll in the grass, and we get a little sweat and dirt on our faces. The Browns love the memories they are capturing, and I am grateful to capture their growing family throughout the years.
On a recent visit to see my best friend in Portland, I knew I wanted to take some portraits of her. I always try to get a few photos for myself when I’m in a new place, and since Alex is basically a model (ahem: tall, brunette, gorgeous inside and out!), I had to take advantage of all the beauty the PNW has to offer and photograph her on our travels. Alex is a professional organizer who contracts regularly with Organizers Northwest helping people organize their homes and businesses in a timely and systematic fashion. I decided she needed some portraits in her recently updated home office to showcase her soft, cozy, minimalistic style. Her pup Theo (affectionately known as my dogphew) is always by her side, so naturally he had to be in the photos, too!
I also wanted to capture Alex in nature because that’s really what makes her tick. We decided to drive up Oregon’s incredible Tillamook Coast and stopped off in several places like Hug Point Beach, Manzanita, and Canon Beach for walks and photos. Leaving Portland, I felt filled up by spending so much time in nature and connecting with one of my oldest friends. It reminded me of the reason I love photography–these aren’t just photos we make; they are memories that I will cherish for a lifetime.
Marcela and Parker celebrated their wedding day at Meadowlark Botanical Gardens in Vienna on a hot summer day. Their first look was full of love and excitement and Parker could hardly believe how gorgeous his bride looked. I was so glad they decided to see each other before the ceremony because we were able to get a few photos with them and their wedding party before the afternoon showers rolled in. Having a good photo and rain plan is extremely important when expecting lots of guests. It allows us to maximize the amount of time we have and ensure sure you’ll get great photos with your loved ones regardless of weather conditions. Part of our wedding day service is helping you manage your wedding day timeline well with these potential conditions in mind. After meaningful toasts and a delicious dinner, Marcela’s Brazilian family and friends led the way with their best dance moves and everyone danced the night away.
Occasionally we have clients like Sofia and Marcellus who are planning an intimate wedding day with only immediate family, but still want amazing portraits that they can be proud of. We offer a premium elopement option for condensed wedding day coverage for a couple and their closest friends and family aimed at capturing ceremony, portraits and a few reception photos without the full service planning and time required of a larger wedding. This is also a great option for clients who might not have a large wedding budget, but still want to invest in quality photography. 2941 Restaurant was a great venue with lush greenery and a beautiful fountain that gave us a great opportunity to take beautiful, timeless portraits with maximum coverage. Many thanks to Josh Peterson for assisting and photographing with me.