Posts Tagged 'North Carolina Engagement Photographer'

January 26, 2016
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Recently, I traveled to the Asheville area for an amazing engagement session with Jen & Frayne. Our day began at the spectacular Looking Glass Falls in the Pisgah National Forest, and ended with the amazing sunset views at Black Balsam Knob near the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Our time together was truly serene. The couple stated early in the day they didn’t take each other “too seriously” and “just enjoy laughing and spending time together.”  Those attributes were clearly apparent in their shoot. They were both completely at ease without a care in the world.
Generally, there’s some hesitation getting starting at most photo shoots, as it’s sometimes an awkward feeling knowing you are being photographed — but, to Jen & Frayne, I was just there  like part of the scenery — fortunate enough to witness the love they share and their carefree devotion to one another . The best way I could describe their love : purely effortless.

Hiking up the over 6,000 feet elevation of Black Balsam Knob, we really weren’t sure what the evening would hold.  The clouds in the distance were clearly storm clouds,  yet the sun was peering through the darkness as well. It was without question the most variety I’ve ever received from the sky in a session and the sunset….oh, the sunset. Well, just see for yourself.

Mix a little foolishness with your serious plans. It is lovely to be silly at the right moment. ~ Horace
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September 10, 2013
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I met Kim and Joe just two weeks ago, and as good fortune would have it, their engagement session was held at The Ivy Place in Lancaster, SC, a beautiful and historic venue that reminds me so much of home.
From rolling hills and abundant wildflowers to ponds and weathered barns, this farm has seen many couples share their nuptials since it was built in 1850.
In addition to enjoying the love this couple shared with one another, I was amazed at the Tiger Swallowtail butterflies that seemed to follow this couple throughout the photo shoot. It was nearly surreal to see so many butterflies! I couldn’t help but think of a song that took me back to my high school days . . .

All the precious time
Like the wind, the years go by.
Precious butterfly.
Spread your wings and fly.
Butterfly Kisses

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June 03, 2013
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I must admit that I am one of those ‘fitness challenged’ individuals. Although I try to eat healthy foods, stay active, and do a good bit of walking, I lack the time, structure and determination to participate in fitness events. My adulthood is far cry from my youth — the days when softball practice and games literally consumed my life.

While I admire those who regularly attend the gym, are active in Zumba classes, or train year ’round for marathons, I’m more inclined to stick with the ‘admiring’ instead of the ‘doing.’

When I met Adrienne and Jason, I became acquainted with my first real glimpse into the world of dedicated athletes. Both entrepreneurs, this couple is more inclined to be seen doing the unusual rather than the status quo.

Since they both enjoy marathons, hiking and running, it was only natural they should meet through friends on the running circuit. During their first date, it was apparent they had much more in common than their love of the outdoors. While many couples have their second date at a romantic, dimly lit restaurant, Adrienne and Jason spent theirs with him pacing her on a 5K race. I think most of us would have never made it though the second date, let alone subsequent ones!

Even Jason’s proposal was unique. The couple stopped along the way to a formal dinner for a ‘little walk’ at Freedom Park in Charlotte, where they stopped at a quaint park bench, and Jason dropped to one knee and proposed. Before you get the mental picture of a flowering walkway, blue skies and a gentle breeze, I should tell you it was 30 degrees that day!

The beauty of nature is something they both enjoy viewing, albeit not like the folks who stop at the scenic overlooks along the highway. One example was a short ride they took through the Blue Ridge Parkway — they spotted the sign for a trail head and decided to stop along the way for a quick 3 mile hike.

Always ready for an adventure, Adrienne and Jason are planning their honeymoon in Costa Rica. Among their plans are swimming, zip lining, and, of course, lots of hiking through the jungles.

I will run to your heart
Nothing can keep us apart
Nothing can stop me now

Running for Love

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May 29, 2013
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Like millions of Americans, I’m a Twilight fan. There, I’ve said it. I love Edward and Bella — especially Edward. I’ve watched each movie countless times, all with the same silly grin on my face. I’ve daydreamed about those romantic encounters and the movie soundtracks are ingrained in my head.

I’ve always been a romantic at heart. Give me a good sentimental movie and I’m there. Tissues in hand. No wonder why Engagement and Bridal Sessions are such an enjoyment for me — it’s like being able to capture fairy tale love stories in real life.

When I met April and Brian, the ‘Twilight Wheels’ started turning in my head. I just couldn’t help myself……

April was working at a restaurant on the lake when a stranger (Brian) walked in with his friends. He watched her from afar and made a few discrete inquiries. For nearly a year, Brian continued to come to the restaurant hoping to catch the eye of beautiful girl with the brown hair. And then one day, it happened. Their eyes met. The spark was ignited.

After April finished her shift, Brian was waiting with his boat, and took her for a moonlight sail along the lake. After talking for hours beneath the stars, they shared their first kiss.
Just like Edward and Bella, they found that opposites do, in fact, attract. While Brian has the patience of a saint, is organized and unwavering, April tends to be disorganized and impatient. While April tears about the house looking for a misplaced item, Brian calmly looks about, locates the item, and hands it over with a smile on his face. And the outcome? True love, of course!

During the first photo session at Boone Hall Plantation, I could visibly see the couple’s love and devotion to each other. The way Brian looked at April was the stuff movies are made of. Each moment, each look, each smile they shared was like a best seller. I found myself snapping pictures while wearing that same silly grin I reserved for the romantic movies. I was hooked.

As we finished our session at Isle of Palms, a barrier island on the South Carolina coast, it was nearing high tide and the day was coming to a close. I had that same feeling you get near the end of a great movie and everyone lives happily ever after.
And then I heard the soundtrack start playing in my head ……..

“And all along I believed I would find you
Time has brought Your heart to me
I have loved you for a thousand years
I’ll love you for a thousand more.”

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November 19, 2012
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As a photographer, we often get the privilege of visiting out-of-the-way places that would otherwise go unnoticed by us. It’s like an adventure with each new location, and one never knows quite what to expect.
When I met Brandy & Aaron, my first impression was how their happiness was so contagious. They clearly love each other, and were totally comfortable having fun together.
During a walk across the old Overhead Bridge in Waxhaw, NC, the couple became engaged, so it was only natural for them to return to this special place for their engagement photos.
The bridge itself holds much history, having been built in the late 1800s by the railroad.  Since 1940, the bridge has been a pedestrian walkway, and is included on the Historical Walking Tour of Waxhaw.
Combining the old with the new is important to Brandy & Aaron, and she came to the photo shoot holding her grandmother’s hand-sewn quilt.  The quilt, which has been in the family for a number of years, holds the significance of their new life together — connecting with the past, while preparing for a future together.

As the couple marry on April 6th at Saratoga Springs, NC, the meaning behind Grandmother’s quilt will come full circle, as it connects the hearts and souls of the past, present and future. Special thanks to Brandy & Aaron, for being so enjoyable to work with, and to James from JPKarner Photography for assisting me on the shoot.

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