So it may have taken me most of the year to blog again, but i’m definitely going to update with an amazing wedding! April & Mike, after looking over several venues, decided on having a North Carolina Museum of Art wedding in April of this year. The NCMA is truly a beautiful wedding venue that not only has a perfect palette for a wedding, but the grounds offer such a unique venue for wedding photography.
I’ve gotten to know April & Mike quite well over the past 16 months. From enjoying beers when our engagement session met with a torrential downpour to a few chance meetings (and a couple of invitations) for dinner, I truly consider them friends and it’s been a true pleasure going thru their wedding process with them. So to say I had been looking forward to their wedding day would be an understatement. They had both their wedding and reception at the beautiful NC Art Museum. They had opted to have a “first look” before their ceremony and this gave us quite a lot of time to not only photograph their family formals, but their wedding portraits as well. For so many of my weddings I am severely limited on time to create beautiful portraits that having an hour with just the couple was a real treat and resulted in some amazing wedding photographs for the two of them.
After the wedding ceremony was over, they were able to enjoy their cocktail hour with family and friends before dinner, toasts and, of course, dancing. They hired Six Stylez who absolutely killed it at the reception and had the dance floor just packed all night long.
I want to give a very big congratulations to both April & Mike! It was truly an honor to be a part of your wedding!
One of my favorite locations to photograph, you can probably guess if you read my blog, is Duke Chapel. Couples travel from all over the world to come back to Durham, NC for a Duke Chapel Wedding. The architecture and sheer beauty of this chapel brings in tourists from all over the state so what better place to have a wedding?
Kassity & Tai met at Duke University so their Duke Chapel Wedding was the perfect location to share their wedding vows. After their ceremony, we took the very short drive to the Washington Duke Inn to celebrate their wedding with their family and friends. I’ve shot quite a few Washington Duke Inn Wedding Receptions but this was the first I’ve photographed in the Fairview Restaurant. The Fairview has a large private dining room and a perfect area for a DJ and dance floor.
A special thanks to the amazing vendors and venues who helped make their wedding day so special:
On the last day of 2015, I am taking a small liberty of blogging about myself and my company instead of my incredible clients. 2015 has been an absolutely incredible year for both my work and my business with so many incredible opportunities for both professional and personal growth. On top of my amazing wedding and commercial photography clients, my work has been seen across the world thru my articles in Resource Magazine, featured photos on Huffington Post and promoted by incredible companies such as Millers Lab, Fundy Software and Magmod. Before I get into specifics, I want to thank every one of my supporters and clients for believing in me, my talent and my business. You are truly the reason I do this and I could not imagine doing anything else with my life.
I wanted to highlight a few of my proudest moments of 2015:
I wrote an article on Resource magazine about the dangers of Wedding Sparklers or, more accurately, using the wrong sparklers at weddings. This article has received over 146,000 views to date and I was interviewed by PetaPixel, Buzzed, Southern Bride & Groom as well as many others regarding the dangers. While I never wanted to be known as the “Sparkler guy”, this was (and still is) such an important topic that while the injury and recovery sucked, the ensuing conversation was the best possible outcome to prevent others from suffering similar injuries. You can continue to see my articles at Resource Magazine as I am now a staff writer for them after this article, literally, broke their web server when it launched.
In August of this year I was asked to speak at the Carolina Photo Expo held in Raleigh, NC by the PPNC. This was a huge honor as they sought me out and gave me complete control on my topic. For 2 hours I talked to over 100 people about outsourcing and how it not only saved my sanity but helped me become more profitable and run a better business. My incredible wedding album company, Azura Albums, drove up from Atlanta to not only exhibit at the trade show but support me as well. Thank you so much for your trust and support Lek & Shelley!
One of the changes I made this year was to find a single professional lab which could handle all of my photo print and canvas requirements while still giving me the flexibility to produce custom products. This is no easy feat as it’s asking for the speed and expertise of a large company, with personal treatment. After speaking with Millers lab at WPPI last year, I knew I had found the lab that could do both. I am happy to announce after getting to know the staff there, I have joined their speakers team which puts me in the company of some of the most talented photographers in the world.
In January of this year I got to hang out with the amazing team at Fundy Software in Portland, OR for a few days and not only got to know their staff but see the direction of the company (which has me VERY excited). I’ve been a fan of Fundy software for quite some time and used it for year but their latest Album Designer truly revolutionized the design process and allows me to focus on the layout and flow instead of technical details. Fundy has been a huge supporter of mine and blogged did both a Featured Photographer piece on me as well as publish a piece on how to grow your photography business and use my food photography in a video about using Fundy software.
In 2015 I also refined how I shoot with the use of a few different modifiers. Magmod is a ridiculously simple concept (that I joke with Spencer I’m mad for not thinking of it myself) that allows you to use speed light modifiers without all the crazy mounting techniques. It uses a simple “sock” that allows you to change out your modifiers in seconds. These modifiers are not only all vital to my work, they are designed for longevity using durable rubber instead of hard plastics which easily break in dynamic & harsh environments (like weddings). I’m such a huge fan of their modifiers that my work is featured as a Magmod Pro on their website.
One of my goals this year was to enter more photography competitions with my wedding work. Although I fell a bit short of my goal, I did manage to submit to a few and ended up winning a very prestigious award from the Wedding Photographer Society. This is an international organization which holds a monthly contest which has submissions from some of the best photographers around the world. Winning this award was a huge honor as every winning image was absolutely superb! Thank you so much for running such a class organization!
And finally, we can get to some of my favorite images from the year! As I said, I’ve had such an incredible year shooting so many different subjects that it’s hard to narrow it down into a “favorites” post, but I gave it my best effort.
I wish you all the very best of 2016 and I a looking forward to an absolutely incredible year!
One of my favorite wedding venues in Chapel Hill is the Carolina inn. The facility specializes in elegant weddings and with multiple rooms for receptions and outside accommodations for ceremonies & cocktail hours, it’s really a wedding photographers ideal location to get amazing photos. Located just off the UNC campus, many times we can walk to the Old Well, the Quad, Morehead Planetarium or other scenic areas for wedding party and bridal photos on the day of the wedding.
Kara & Graham had their Carolina Inn Wedding in the spring (yes, I am that far behind on blogging) and chose to have their ceremony in the Bryan Courtyard and their wedding reception in the gorgeous Old Well room. Both of them got ready for their wedding in the Carolina Inn surrounded by their family and bridal party which makes for great photos.
Graham, as you should be able to guess from their pictures, is from Scotland and elected to go with a traditional Scottish wedding attire for the guys where Kara is wearing more American wedding attire. After they said their wedding vows in the Bryan Courtyard, we moved around the Carolina Inn grounds for wedding portraits of just the two of them before we returned to the old well room for their reception.
Their reception was full of dancing, laughter and lots of traditional Scottish dances where everyone (possible even us photographers) where dancing and bopping around the room.
I’d like to give my most heartfelt congratulations to both Kara & Graham. I loved getting to know both you and your families & friends throughout your wedding and I wish you both all the best in your upcoming life together!
Over the years i’ve taught close to 30 photography bootcamps to countless amateur and professional photographers. I’ve set these classes up so you can start with the Photography Bootcamp, which teaches basic camera skills like composition, shooting manually, understanding your camera meter, etc. The next class is the Shooting Bootcamp which takes us into the field where we learn to & find use natural light, work thru complex metering and lighting scenarios and introduce off-camera flash into your work. The “3rd” class is one i’ve only offered once previously – in Myrtle Beach.
I’m proud to announce that due to multiple requests to hold one locally, I’ve set one up in Holly Springs, NC on December 13th. This is a very intense, 8 hour class which is very hands on with lots of one-on-one instruction to insure you get each concept before moving on to the next. How to make on-camera flash appear off-camera, controlling your flash, naturally blending your flash with ambient light, lighting angles, multiple lights on location and much more.
We’ll break down photos and discuss how they were lit as well as discussing strategies for each attendee on how they can get the results they are looking for using flash, modifiers & natural light.
You can read more about the class and signup here: http://www.brianmullinsclasses.com/lighting-bootcamp/
Award winning wedding & commercial photographers based in Raleigh, NC.
Raleigh Wedding Photography: Having enjoyed wide notoriety as one of the top wedding & commercial photographers in Raleigh, NC, Brian Mullins has a unique & artistic sense of style, lighting, posing and drama which is easily seen in his wedding & commercial work. Using his background in magazine & editorial photography, Brian knows how to get the best from his clients while putting them completely at ease and, often, even unaware of his presence. Please click to see more of his Raleigh Wedding Photography, Destination Wedding Photography or his commercial, modeling, food and senior photography work on his photography blog. Brian has been a professional Raleigh wedding photographer since 2006. His studio is based in Apex, NC and regularly photographs weddings in Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill and travels across the state for his wedding clients. Brian's wedding photography was voted as the #52 wedding photographer in the world by the World Elite Photographers, the Best Local Photographer for 2014 by Indy Week and "Best of NACE" for 2012. He also holds photography classes designed for wedding & portrait photographers as well as the advanced amateur photographer.
Brian Mullins leads a team of two other Raleigh wedding photographers who both work with him on the day of the wedding as well as shoot weddings on their own. The overall style of each photographers work varies but we focus on making sure each client has an amazing experience on their wedding day while we capture unqiue, artisitc and timeless photographs that will stand the test of time.