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I’ll interrupt our normally scheduled blog posts for a quick announcement.  The fabulous folks over at Fundy Software recently asked us about our business.  They probably wished they hadn’t as we gave them back 5 pages of information, tips, lessons learned and a little sarcasm.  We’ve used the Fundy Album Designer for quite some time to design beautiful wedding albums for our clients so to be asked for our insights on business was a real honor.   Fundy is the leading manufacturer and software designer for wedding & portrait albums and they are always pushing the envelope to make things easier for us, the photographer.  As such, we thought sharing some of our experiences with them just made lots of sense.

If you’re looking for software that saves you time, has a very fast learning curve and is constantly being revised based on YOUR feedback, I would really recommend checking out Fundy Software.  If’ you’ve been following our blog for a while and were interested in hearing about our experiences in growing our studios from a “part-time” endeavor to a full time business, you should absolutely check out their article on how to grow your photography business.




  • wani - great article – thanks so much for sharing. Was particularly encouraged by the reminder that growing a business to where you want it to be takes time (and a lot of elbow grease) and can’t expect marketing to pay off right way…keep up the fab work :-)ReplyCancel

    • Brian Mullins - Thanks Wani! I really appreciate the kind words and, yes, there is simply no substitute for hard work but it really will pay off.ReplyCancel

Kelsey & Cameron are one of my favorite type of client…   friends of previous clients!  I shot Cameron’s brothers wedding (Dorothy & David) a while back and when they called me about shooting their wedding, I was beyond excited.  What made this even nicer was it being at a beautiful church I had never worked in before (1st presbyterian church in downtown Durham) and then having their reception in the amazing old well room at the Carolina Inn.

When I first met Kelsey and Cameron they both were so excited with having a Carolina Inn Wedding that I think we talked more about the venue then the rest of their day.  Of course, it’s an amazing wedding venue & hotel with an incredible staff so we definitely had a lot to talk about!

Kelsey got ready at her parents home which is one of my favorite places to photograph a bride getting ready.  I’ve shot in many different locations but it always seems to be more special when the photos show something personal, like her parents home when we go back and look at them.  The house was, of course, decked out for the wedding and I got to do some cool photos in Kelsey’s old room.

After the wedding ceremony, we all headed over to the Carolina Inn wedding reception in their amazing Old Well room.  One of my favorite decorations was an old, functional, manual typewriter that people could write notes on and put it into an old suitcase.

We had such an amazing time working with them and seeing all of their family and friends.  I hope you enjoy a few photos from their wedding!


Allyson & Stephen, like many of our wedding clients, decided to have their wedding and reception at locations that are meaningful to them.   As they spend much of their time in Raleigh, having their wedding in downtown Raleigh was at the top of their list.  The downtown Raleigh area has no shortage of beautiful wedding venues and they decided to have their ceremony at the 1st Presbyterian church and their reception at the gorgeous Cardinal Club.

The 1st Presbyterian church has recently undergone some major reservations so it was great to get back back and see the fruits of their labor.   The sanctuary is gorgeous (and expanded) from the last time I’ve photographed a wedding there and the stone texture really added a visual appeal to the wedding.  I absolutely love weddings where the bridal party are all close and, as you can see, the bridesmaids had no trouble getting close and cutting up before the ceremony.  After the wedding, we headed out to the grounds of the Capital building, in the heart of downtown Raleigh, to take some portraits of the bride & groom.

At the wedding reception, the Cardinal Club was a perfect venue with its breathtaking views of downtown Raleigh, 1st class service and just the right atmosphere for their family and friends to celebrate their wedding!  Allyson & Stephen left that evening thru a line of sparklers into a waiting pedicab which took them on an evening tour of the downtown area.

I’d like to thank Allyson, Stephen & both of their families for entrusting me to capture such an important day in their lives!  It’s always a true honor to document weddings and it’s been a true pleasure getting to know you all!

I hope you enjoy a few photos from their wedding in downtown Raleigh!

Devon and Aaron’s April wedding proved to an amazing day from start to finish. Hair and makeup began early in the day at Marcellos Salon in Sanford before Devon and her bridesmaids arrived at Jonesboro Heights Baptist Church for the ceremony. When we walked into the church to set up for the ceremony we were shocked by how many feathers we saw.  Apparently Devon loves, LOVES feathers. So much so, that her bouquet, wedding dress, reception center pieces and cake all had beautiful white feathers on them! The church was also decorated with feathers, flowers and sparkly silver details that made the ceremony venue a personal extension of Devon’s taste.

Their wedding reception was held at the Carolina Trace Country Club in Sanford, NC. One unique benefit of hosting your wedding at the club is that the venue offers the option of hosting outdoor ceremonies on the golf course should you prefer your ceremony and reception to be in the same location. The reception hall has enormous windows that allow lots of natural light to fill the room and plenty of space for family and friends. Wanting to begin their reception and be with family and friends as soon as possible, Devon and Aaron chose to have their bride and groom portraits taken during the reception. This let us take photographs on the golf course later in the day using the stunning evening light. The rest of the night was filled with lots of dancing, a photo booth, a sparkler exit and their getaway in a classic car.

The day was filled with lots of happiness, laughter and, of course, feathers. Please take a moment to check out some images from Devon and Aaron’s special day!


Mary and Frank had their afternoon wedding ceremony at historical St. Mary’s Chapel located in Raleigh, NC.  If you’ve never had the pleasure of visiting the chapel, it’s a stunning historical venue with very old stained glass windows, amazing wood architecture and steeped in rich history no matter where you look.  I wouldn’t imagine a more perfect intimate venue for their wedding  The ceremony was gorgeous and full of laughing, smiling and even a few tears…   in other words, perfect.

The celebration continued at the reception which was held at Cafe Luna, just down the road from the ceremony in downtown Raleigh. The cafe made for the perfect reception venue, as it is intimate, full of charm yet enough room to really throw a party.  Franke from Island Sound got the crowd jumping and even joined in for  a dance with one our lovely brides daughters.  The happy couple was sent off under a shower of sparklers to start their new life together.

As always, I hope you enjoy a few photos from their big day!