Jul 30, 2008

The Number One Reason

... why you should NEVER play with a bicycle chain.

Jul 29, 2008

Caitlin + James

This past Saturday, I had the privilege of photographing the wedding of Caitlin Jolly + James Wicker. They were married in the Village of Pinehurst and it was the first wedding to take place at Rassie Wicker Park, which was named after James' Great-Grandfather. It's an absolutely georgeous spot for a wedding (which you'll see later in this post).

I first met Caitlin + James down at The Villager just a few days prior to the wedding. Immediately, I knew this would be a fun wedding to photograph! They both were so incredibly sweet + it was clear that they just adore each other.

Here, James is just about to see Caitlin for the first time that day...
I love this series of shots...

Loved her hair. And, can you believe it? Caitlin did her hair herself...

What a beautiful wedding. Congratulations Caitlin + James!

Jul 27, 2008

6:33

After church today, I headed out to Panera + met up with a group of 20-somethings from my church (Grace). I'm no longer in my 20's, but it was fun to hang out with them anyway. Their group is called 6:33, named after the Matthew 6:33 Bible verse.

The moment I saw these glasses, I knew I HAD to photograph 'em! Awesome glasses, Derek!



Jul 22, 2008

Matt + Melissa

I absolutely LOVE my niece + nephew! They are so incredibly dear to me.

When I first started my photography business, they asked me if I'd photograph their wedding. At that time, I had only been photographing children + families + was TOTALLY freaked out about the idea of photographing something as important as a wedding, especially a wedding for my husband's family! But, after much begging on Matt's mom's part, I finally agreed. Usually, after a wedding, I feel a special bond with the couple... I'm there from the getting ready, to the tears of nervousness + excitement, to the laughter + the final good-byes of the evening.... I'm there when she has a quiet moment alone in the room thinking of what is to come.... and when they see each other for the first time, prior to the ceremony, I'm there, photographing it... and their photos are perminantly implanted on my brain + not just that, but also all of the conversations + laughter that came with all of those moments. So even when the day is long gone, the memories for me are so vivid + alive. I think, because Matt + Melissa were my first wedding to photograph, + because they are my husband's family, + now mine, I feel such an extra sweet bond with them.

Their wedding was beautiful + they love their photos + I learned a LOT!!! But now, looking back at their photos, I think, "Oh, boy, I sure have learned a LOT since then!" (And I STILL have so much more to learn!)

When Matt + Melissa came to NC for a visit this past weekend + wanted to have a golfing photo shoot, I was thrilled! Matt is a FANTASTIC golfer + so golfing is such a huge part of their lives. We, at the last minute, decided to head out to the driving range that evening, rather than waiting until morning. The clouds had rolled in + it looked like there would be a storm later on, which made a PERFECT backdrop of storm clouds + evening sun. And I was loving it! Here are a few of their photos...







After teaching Melissa a few things...

Matt decided to hit a few balls...


For those of you who say I should be in more photos... here you go! I'm actually in this one... (look on the club)...




And then it was Melissa's turn...



But when she started to come down toward Matt's face with, what looked like a full-out swing, Matt's hand swooped up + caught that club so fast! It was hilarious!

I love this shot. It's like Golf meets Vogue...



Thanks for such a fun visit! Hopefully we'll see you at Christmas!
T

Jul 19, 2008

Coming Home

Two days ago, I had the privilege of photographing the Redeployment Ceremony for 3-73 Calvary Squadron, 1BCT, 82nd Airborne Division. These soldiers, approximately 500 in all, were deployed for over a year, from June '07 until July '08, and they were finally coming home! And what an honor it was to be able to witness their home coming! It was so incredibly humbling and moving @ the same time... Humbling to be in the presence of these heroic soldiers who are willing to lay down their life for my freedom and moving that they, and their loved ones, would sacrifice so much to do this.

Here are just a few photos from the afternoon. These, and more of the photos, will be put onto CDs and given to each of the soldiers.

Here is the plane that carried the soldiers home...



People cheered, they called out the names of their loved ones, they waved flags and held up signs. It was awesome!




As the troops marched closer, the cheering turned into screams!





But this REALLY cute dog just slept...


And finally, the civilians were free to run toward their loved ones...
















Soldiers, we thank you!