Another day of snow, another day of photos! I was so so excited about getting out to photograph Charlotte’s maternity photos. We’d been just playing it by ear until we both had a free day, but we absolutely couldn’t pass up the opportunity to shoot in the snow! They’re keeping the gender a secret, but I’m pretty firmly in the “boy” camp (although I’d be soooo excited if it were a girl). Can’t wait to meet that little nugget!!
Archives for January 2014
The Outer Banks is experiencing what we jokingly call “snowmagedden” or “snOBX”. We started yesterday with sleet and ice around 3pm and it continued until around midnight when it turned into snow. This morning we all woke up to an OBX Winter Wonderland! Most areas are holding somewhere around 6-8 inches. If you’re not familiar with an Outer Banks winter, this is NOT normal!!! We maybe get some snow flurries every few years, but the last time we saw this kind of accumulation was somewhere around 1989.
Of course this kind of snow also comes with a few downsides….like the entire OBX is shut down! Sort of. We definitely don’t have the resources to handle this kind of weather so most people are staying off the road and business are closed. The plus side? SNOW SHOOTS!!!
As soon as I knew for sure we were getting snow, I started plotting some snow shoots in my head. I mean, who doesn’t love snow?? Alex & Rob came out along with Holly & Chris for some snow engagement photos. We had a blast at the Island Farm in Manteo prancing through the snow.
First up – Holly & Chris:
I’m pretty sure Chris will be paying for this move for the rest of his life……
I just love these two, and their family! I’ve known Erin’s family for years, and photographed her sister’s wedding/engagement. I was SO excited when I got the text from Lindsey telling me that Erin was engaged. With their planning well underway they decided on one of my FAVORITE Outer Banks venues – 108 Budleigh in Downtown Manteo! Because they’re a local couple, they opted for a non-beach wedding, and it was a nice change of pace. Still, wanting to show homage to their hometown they did opt to have their “first look”on the beach as well as their Engagement Session overlooking the sound.
One great thing about their wedding was their timeline. They opted to do a “first look”, and then have ALL their portraits done prior to the ceremony. Ladies, I can’t express how relaxed EVERYONE was on their wedding day. We were not about to let a little rain stop us, so we covered Erin in a Poncho and off to Coquina Beach we went. A few sprinkles were nothing, and they had one of the sweetest “first looks” ever. After a quick change for Brent, we used the back terrace of Budleigh to shield us from the rain and get in all their family photos before utilizing everything Downtown Manteo has to offer with their bridal party.
After their ceremony overlooking the Marshes Lighthouse, and a few night time portraits, we headed back into Budleigh to start the reception. Erin’s wedding was a labor of love, and I’m sure she owe’s her maid of honor forever…..seriously….this girl GREW (yes grew!!!!) Erin’s grass centerpieces for weeks. Going outside each day to spritz them with water and make sure they were all on track. Their entire theme for the day was to “BE” (get it? Brent & Erin?) – BE loved, BE blessed, BE together, BE yourself. Very cute! I loved everything about their wedding, and just how relaxed and excited they were for their big day.
Finishing out the night with a sparkler exit was the perfect way for them to start their new life. No sooner than they had their wedding, they’ve now gotten their orders and are headed off to their new life in Hawaii!
Ceremony : Marshes Lighthouse/Manteo Town Park
Reception : 108 Budleigh
Catering : Chili Peppers Restaurant
Cupcakes : Carolina Cupcakery
DJ : Soundwaves
Bar Service Rental : Beer Nanny
It’s that time again, Outer Banks Wedding Expo time! As I sift through a season full of weddings, I’m reflecting on all the memories that I got to share with my awesome brides & grooms. We have so much fun with our couples, and I feel so blessed to work with some really amazing couples. While being a wedding photographer is one of the most amazing jobs, it is certainly not glamorous! Right next to folders full of beautiful wedding images hides our dirty little secret – the “behind the scenes” folder. There are definitely some images I’d threaten bodily harm before I’d ever let out….but there are some that are going to see the light of day right now. So next time you think being a wedding photographer sounds like fun….it is….but it definitely isn’t glamorous!
Welcome to our latest edition of “Behind The Scenes”.
The best kinds of these shots are the lighting test shots…you know, when you look half way decent because you’re prepared!
Sometimes, you just gotta show ’em who the boss is 🙂
Need someone to carry your dress? Sign me up!
I’ve also been known to help with wardrobe crisis:
Wedding vendors…we’re a rag-tag “ride or die” group (just kidding, we mostly eat cake). This would be the talented Chris Hannant w/ Swell Productions and myself cruising Duck Woods Country Club in hot pursuit of our bride and groom!
Clearly I’m a team player! Getting the perfect shot is serious business…are we going to let a little wind get in our way? I think not!
If there’s one thing I’ve learned about myself, it’s that I scrunch my nose, make funny faces, and generally stand like I have one leg shorter than the other when I’m shooting. I promise…both my legs are exactly the same length! And apparently I have a couple of favorite shirts?
Because NOTHING is more attractive than a fanny pack!!!! Note : If you were born after 1985 – you probably have no clue what I’m talking about!
And for further proof, my mouth hangs open just as must at portrait sessions as it does at weddings. I can thank my dear sweet clients for sending me this, along with others that were too embarrassing for even me to share.
Have I mentioned that kids flock to me?
Pretty pleeeeeese will you come back to the family photos?
And sometimes, we’re just waiting for the show to start….
When you shoot more weddings in one year, than most people attend in a lifetime, you have to fight the urge to “drop it like it’s hot” whenever your favorite song comes on.
Oh hey DJ George!
And if you ever have 5 minutes, you can ask me about the time I taught an entire wedding reception how to Wobble. I’m not sure what is more concerning…..that a group of young 20 somethings didn’t know how to Wobble or the fact that their DJ told them to ask me?
It most definitely wouldn’t be fair if I didn’t let others join in on the fun!
Intern Sara….she’s not JUST a great camera bag holder!
I’m not quite sure why Michelle is so excited…I’d just made her move that wedding dress for the 50th time to get the perfect shot?
And then there was the time when Alex & I photographed a wedding on the hottest day EVER – and then got stuck in a huge, GIANT, biggest of the year, rainstorm between the ceremony and reception! We weren’t that excited when one of the guests insisted on taking this photo but now we can look back and remember the wedding got soaked.
And last but certainly not least…..the moment you’ve just finished editing your last wedding of the season!
So there you have it! Our brides and grooms can attest to the fact that we don’t look THIS ridiculous the whole wedding, but we do think our fun and lively personalities set us apart. Our clients are laid back, full of life, and excited to be marrying to person of their dreams. We love when they embrace our silliness, and sometimes even join in on the fun. We can’t thank you all enough for an awesome year and we are so looking forward for what’s to come in 2014!
Rachael had probably one of my most fun (and interesting!) senior sessions this past season. Rachael and her family met me at Coquina Beach, and we could see the clouds looking in the distance but decided to proceed with our session as planned. We got halfway through the session, and most of our beach shots in, before it started to rain and we all made a mad dash for the bath-house. We tried to wait it out, but it was not just going to stop any time soon. We were already wet, so I came up with a “Plab B” and we headed across the street to the Bodie Island Lighthouse. After a few shots on the deck, we decided to just embrace the rain. Rachael ran right out into it, and the end result was some of my favorite senior images ever!
It’s one of my favorite families! This year I met up with Rebecca and the family at the Bodie Island Lighthouse for their annual Christmas Card session! It was an usually warm December day, thank goodness….because cold weather makes for unhappy kids. These two are getting so big, it so hard to believe, and feels like just yesterday they were both babies!
You may remember Meredith & Carl from their wedding post. Meredith & Carl opted for one of my most favorite things – “Day After” sessions! This wasn’t just any Day After session, because I photographed not one wedding couple – but two! During the planning process, Meredith expressed her interest in a Day After session, but with a twist. Enter Lindsay & Chris! You may recognize Lindsay as one of Meredith bridesmaids! Lindsay & Chris really wanted to make up for their lack of bride/groom photos from their own wedding, and I was more than happy for them to join us!
In an effort to get the sunset pictures they really wanted, we finished up our session at one of my most favorite sound-side locations. It also happens to be a favorite with the Kite Boarding crowd – and they were in full force that day! No sooner did I finish the sentence, “I sure hope one of them doesn’t lose control and hit us!”….a loud BAM hit the water. We couldn’t help but laugh as one of them informed us there was a newbie in the midst. It’s all fun and games until someone gets hit by a Kite Boarder! At the very least – it made for an awesome addition to an already beautiful night.