Angus Barn Pavillion | Raleigh Wedding | Lauri & Aaron

Lauri & Aaron have been a couple I have worked closely with in the months leading up to their wedding so it was a bit bittersweet for the day to finally arrive.  While, of course, I am thrilled to be present at their wedding ceremony (honored in fact), it also means that it’s the end of a process we’ve been talking about for some time.

Lauri & Aaron’s wedding took place at St. Francis of Assisi in Raleigh.  St. Francis is a gorgeous facility with a spaceous sanctuary, a really nice getting ready room and a great pastor.   Lauri was absolutely beaming as she walked down the aisle as she as escorted down the aisle by her two groomsmen.  Their beautiful ceremony lasted about an hour and afterwards we went to the Angus Barn Pavilion for their wedding reception.

If you are not familiar with the Angus Barn Pavilions, it’s a great indoor/outdoor location on the Angus Barn Campus.  The room is filled with wooden beams, a big ass fan (don’t judge me, that’s the name), fireplace and, of course, great food.  It was the perfect place for Lauri & Aaron to celebrate their wedding with close friends and family.  The reception was, well, crazy!  Every single person was up and dancing for the entire time until it was time to leave.

I hope you enjoy a few choice photos from Lauri & Aaron’s wedding!

Raleigh Photography Classes – new website!

I’m thrilled to announce i’ve finally moved all of my photography class and education related material to its very own website.  One of the dilemmas i’ve always faced is how to write about what we do without boring my wedding or commercial clients with stuff they are not interested in.  With the move, it allows me to discuss, in depth, photography and lighting techniques, update my class schedules and, in essence, turn that into an educational portal.  I’ll be discussing my Raleigh Photography Classes on this new site as well as lots of other goodies.

I’m very open to suggestions on what you would like to see as far as educational content, image sharing & deconstruction so definitely leave a comment on the new page.  I also have some amazing sponsors who I could not do this without – Alien Skin Software & RedCart – the Photographers photo cart.  I’ve worked with both of these companies for years and simply cannot say enough positive things about their products and, perhaps most importantly, their willingness to listen to working professional photographers on what THEY want.

Here’s a sneak peek of the website but it’s much easier to just visit the new page:

Raleigh photography classes

Raleigh Charity Photography | Primp Salon

A few times a year I have the time to donate to a few very worthwhile charities.  This year i’ll be at Primp Salon in Raleigh for the Valentimes Making-Over Cancer Makeovers event.  This is a truly great event where the wonderful ladies at Primp Salon, in conjunction with the Survivor Glam Squad, bring in cancer survivors and give them a complete makeover.

I’ll be on location to document the process and do some cool head shots for the ladies once the makeover is complete.


Primp salon cancer makeover

Grand Marquise Ballroom Wedding | Liz & Charles

I’m thrilled to have the time to blog more about my weddings!  This week’s installment brings another fabulous Raleigh wedding at the Grand Marquise Ballroom, a beautiful wedding & reception venue  located in east Raleigh.  Having a wedding and reception at the same location makes the photography a bit easier as we don’t have to travel at all, giving us lots of time to capture some amazing photos!

The Grand Marquis has two rooms upstairs for the bride & groom to get ready in before the ceremony.  I can’t tell you how nice it is to have “‘Pretty rooms” at the same location as the ceremony to work in.  In fact, as it was raining after the ceremony, it’s where we shot quite a few of their formal portraits.

Liz & Charles entered their reception just as they entered their wedding ceremony, except this time they came down the stairs hand in hand to a room full of applause.  Their first dance was really gorgeous, with the uplighting set to their wedding colors, a gobo with their initials on the dance floor and surrounded by family and friends.

As they reception wore down to the end, I got perhaps what is one of my all time favorite sparkler exit photos (It actually got featured by David Tutera’s Wedding planner Facebook Page).

I hope you enjoy a few select photos from Liz & Charles wedding!!