Tonya & Madi | Family Photos | Raleigh, NC

As I’ve been saying, my name as a Raleigh Family Photographer is really getting out there these days. Being a family photographer is actually quite rewarding and offers a wonderful counter point to wedding photography.  Even though I have a photography studio, I do all of my portrait work on location and, in this instance, we decided on downtown Raleigh for the session.

Now, before I get too far, I have to tell you the coolest thing about this session.  While most people will call me to schedule their session, this was not the case with Tonya & Madi.  Their close friend called me looking for a Raleigh Family Photographer as a surprise for her friends birthday.  Karen, their friend, had schedule a girl’s day with them visiting a day spa to get pampered and primped.  She then made an excuse to come to downtown Raleigh where I was waiting.  When they walked up, they had NO idea who I was or why I was talking to them.  Classic!  Needless to say, they were thrilled and they both fell right into hamming it up for me.

We walked around the downtown Raleigh area looking for different and cool places to photograph.  We definitely went with more of a fashion and glamour feeling for their family portraits because, honestly, that is exactly who they are.  We shot for a really long time, into full on darkness.  We even ran into a video crew making a music video and both Tonya & Madi had a small cameo in the filming.  Not sure if they made the final cut but, either way, how cool.  We wrapped up well past the hour of when “normal” photography takes place.  Personally, I think the results were out of this world!

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