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Thu, 27 Sep 2018 23:17:52 +0000Emily Warren | Old Salem Bridal Portraits
When chatting with the bride, Emily, about the location for her bridal portrait session, she mentioned how much she loved Old Salem historic district in Winston Salem, North Carolina. I inquired about her love for this place and she stated it was where she and Taylor had their engagement photos done. She really loved the look of the old houses and buildings, the original brick walkways, and what the history represented. So naturally, this is where we chose to shoot her bridal portraits. And boy am I glad she did! The images of Emily in her beautifully fitted wedding dress from David’s Bridal are stunning!
We spent our time together at a few of my favorite photo spots at Old Salem incorporating what Emily loved about this location. We began in an open field to get a greener background and a little more of nature before moving to the brick buildings. Emily brought along her grandmother’s blush pink Victorian chair to use during her session. It was the perfect addition to the overall look. She said this chair had been in their family for some time and her grandmother had planned to reupholster it. Hopefully, she changes her mind since the light rose pink is a trending color right now.
Old Salem is declared a National Historic Landmark where it depicts the Moravian settlement in North Carolina during the 18th and 19th centuries. Many of the buildings are original and have only been restored over the years by homeowners. There’s such rich history in this small part of Winston Salem and we have the Moravians from 1766 to thank for that.
Our photo session took us to a few different, but fun places throughout Old Salem combining brick walkways and steps, white columns, and picket fences. Emily laughed and danced throughout her photo session, completely comfortable in front of the camera. She had her sister and mother there for assistance; they made Emily giggle with silly faces and reminding her of funny moments they had shared together in their childhood. Emily’s bubbly personality shone through in the images!
Now that the wedding is behind us, it is so nice to share these gorgeous final images of Emily!
Location: Old Salem Museum and Gardens
Dress: David’s Bridal
Hair & Makeup: Hair by Kristin Nicks
Wed, 05 Sep 2018 18:48:56 +0000Erin Flynn | Pilot Mountain Maternity Photo Session
Pilot Mountain has always represented a peaceful place for me. High atop the mountain at an elevation of 2400 feet, its quiet and calm surroundings make for a beautiful photo session setting. It was only right to suggest this location for Erin’s maternity photo session! Erin and Patrick Flynn, once residents of Winston Salem, North Carolina agreed to photograph here without having visited Pilot Mountain in a few years. They drove from their home in Charlotte on a Friday afternoon, did their photo session, and drove back home afterward. I call that dedication and trust in me, as a photographer. Whew!
We have been planning this date for some months now so that it fell right when Erin was 34 weeks pregnant. As we drove toward Pilot Mountain, I could see the clouds were starting to accumulate, hiding the bright sun behind them. I felt a bit discouraged since I had hoped to capture a beautiful sunset and the golden glow on this Momma-to-be. However, after checking the weather forecast on multiple outlets, there was only a 20% chance of rain in the area, so I felt confident it would move around us.
Patrick and Erin are having a little girl! She is due to arrive towards the end of September. They’ve chosen a name, but have decided to announce it publicly once she is born. Their lives have been busy with getting ready for their little girl’s arrival. They’ve enjoyed celebrating with friends and family at a plethora of baby showers. Their favorite gift so far is a crib that they have put into the woodland animal themed nursery. These parents can hardly wait for all the sweet baby cuddles they’ll enjoy when she’s here soon enough!
Erin is a fellow photographer friend of mine whom just began her own photography business, Erin Flynn Photography in Charlotte, North Carolina. Check her out if you’re in the area! We’ve become fast friends as we connect over our joint passion for photography — chatting weekly about business, sharing beautiful images, and learning this whole photography thing together!
We began Erin’s session in the beautiful field of yellow wildflowers. She dawned a gorgeous ivory lace maternity dress, which she looked so elegant in. It was the perfect setting for the beginning of their session. Erin and Patrick brought their sweet dog Sammy, a Shih Tzu, along with them. Sammy stole the show! He sat beside them perfectly posed during the entire session. I truly believe he thought it was his own personal doggie photo session — just for him! Sammy has been their only fur child since he was a puppy, 6 years ago. He even has his own Instagram, follow Sammy on his adventures especially as he becomes a new big brother, at @Sammy_the_shih_tzu!
Next, we moved to the most gorgeous spot on the mountaintop! We could see for miles and miles, the faint horizon in the distance. Those original storm clouds were building up along the horizon. The air temperatures had dropped and the wind had picked up a bit. I’ve been atop this location many times and have never seen it like this. A storm was certainly brewing despite the original weather forecasts. The wind whipped and twirled around us, not really blowing in one single direction. Erin faced it all with a huge smile and made the most of the less than desirable circumstances. At least it was not raining! We joked that hopefully, this was not a premonition that baby girl would come into the world like a whirlwind. The moodiness of the sky and air gave the photo session a mystical, mysterious feel. There was a certain electric rawness in the air. We captured some amazing images with the dark clouds and sun peaking out in the distance!
Both Patrick and Erin killed it! We had a blast weathering the elements during their photo session and luckily it did not begin to rain until the very end of the photo session. We grabbed the necessary shots, packed things up, and let Mother Nature do her thing. Afterwards, on the way home, Erin messaged me, “It was well worth the long drive to capture this time in our lives at such a beautiful location!”
Location: Pilot Mountain, North Carolina
Maternity Dress: ohm_maternity
Tue, 21 Aug 2018 04:14:00 +0000Logan Bowling | College Senior Session
Logan Bowling, a native of Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina came to Salem College her Freshman year in 2015, excited about starting her undergraduate career. An academic scholarship and the promise of playing softball brought her to Winston Salem, North Carolina, home of the oldest women’s educational institution still in operation in the United States. It was founded in 1772 by the Moravian Church. The liberal arts school has a long history of educating young women and maintains the motto of “Knowledge and Virtue.”
Logan, her sweet mother, and grandmother met me on the Salem College campus for her senior photo session, dawning a beautiful royal blue dress (one of Salem’s school colors) which complimented her summer tan and long blonde hair. She was all smiles and ready to jump in front of the camera! We began the session on the college’s campus center, which is usually bustling with students during the school year. We were lucky to have scheduled our session the week before move-in began, so the campus was relatively quiet, peaceful, and open to our creative exploration! Logan danced and laughed throughout the session, proudly wearing her cap and gown, and honor society cords for a couple of photos.
Logan changed into a more comfortable and casual outfit so we took advantage of Salem College’s many beautiful brick pathways and stairs, finally landing on the main building’s steps. Logan’s smile radiated as she proudly showed off her beloved campus, where she’s made many memories with new friends and learned so much in her career field over the last couple of years.
To finish out our photo session together, we ended up on the athletic field with Logan in her lacrosse uniform. I know you’re wondering, “Lacrosse? I thought she played softball.” Logan took up the sport of lacrosse in 2016 and has maintained a position on Salem College’s team ever since. Instead of a softball uniform with pants, she now wears a jersey with her lucky number ‘7’ and a lacrosse skirt. She has sported the number ‘7’ since her sports career began at a very young age!
As a Senior, Logan has one more year to go until she is an official SC alumni. The Exercise Science major has her eyes set on the May 2019 Graduation, but is excited to enjoy her last year and all that it will bring. When asked what she plans to do after graduation, she simply replied that she will be enjoying a few days under an umbrella on the beach! After a break from reality and a little relaxation, she will be going to obtain her Doctorate in Physical Therapy. She has submitted her grad school applications and will be anxious to receive the acceptance letters in the beginning of 2019. I wish her the best of luck in her Senior year of undergraduate school and am excited to see where this wonderful next chapter in life takes her!
Mon, 30 Jul 2018 18:54:34 +0000Candice & Nick | Engagement Photo Session
I met Candice and Nick at Candice’s parent’s horse farm in their small hometown of Red Oak, North Carolina. It was a warm, humid, summer evening very typical for North Carolina. The sun was setting slowly and the Eastern no-see-ums were buzzing around. I was greeted by the lovely couple and their two energetic, tail-wagging, yellow labradors — Annie and Bailey.
Candice, a paramedic, and Nick, a firefighter, met at work and have known one another for 10 years. They maintained a work friendship until one day in March 2016, they started talking a little bit more. Soon Nick asked her to dinner. Candice was smitten as soon as she saw him step out of his truck and walk onto her porch. She saw him in a whole new light and things were never the same!
In December of 2017, Candice and Nick were preparing for a weekend trip to the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina when Nick called Candice into the living room. He was down on one knee with both of their dogs beside him – ring in hand! Nick asked her to be his wife and make their little family complete. So simple and perfect! Candice mentioned she was glad he did it before their trip because he would’ve been occupied with nerves the entire time. They were able to enjoy their trip as a newly engaged couple!
Their love for each other was evident during their engagement photo session. They picked on each other, shared inside jokes, laughed incessantly, and couldn’t help but hold hands for most of the time. Even when they weren’t meaning to, it seemed as if their movements were a choreographed dance; they were so in-sync.
Candice and Nick gave me complete creative control for their engagement photos, with one exception. She requested a couple of photos with the other two men in her life, ET and Splash; her two 31-year-old horses, who have been around since her childhood.
ET and Splash have been Candice’s heart horses for what seems forever, watching her grow and navigate through life to this wonderful next chapter of marrying her soulmate. They were quite important to include in the photos since they did love her first!
We ended the session at sunset with their two pups! Annie and Bailey were so excited to be a part of the engagement photos; they could barely sit still. Just imagine two yellow labs running around, so happy, so full of excitement! We all got a good giggle out of watching the chaos ensue. Candice chasing Annie, Annie following Bailey’s lead, and Nick trying to get Bailey to stand still for just 5 short seconds.
Eventually, they calmed down and rested beside their beloved owners for us to capture “the shot.” Bailey belonged to Nick and Annie to Candice long before their relationship began. Now they are fast friends, inseparable, and so happy to have found each other, much like their parents!
The wedding date is set for October 2018 at the same family horse farm in Red Oak. Candice and Nick are looking forward to marriage and they can’t wait to share this special time with their loved ones!
Thu, 26 Jul 2018 13:54:31 +0000The Bumgarner’s | Family Photo SessionEnter a caption
Mother Nature almost kept us from photographing this fun family session, but the Bumgarner’s were excited for their photos to be taken. Ryan admitted to me that they had not taken photos together since 2016, when their daughter Addison was only two years old. They wanted to take a chance and moved forward with our scheduled date despite the 50% chance of rain.
I’m so thankful they did because we had nothing less than perfect weather! The sun hid behind the clouds keeping it moderately cool for a summer day in North Carolina. We chose the Archdale Park at Creekside for this family lifestyle session which made it a great location complete with open fields, bridges, walkways, wildflowers, and swings.
I met Addison for the first time, a very curious 3-year-old, turning 4 soon. A bit shy at first, but soon she showed me her bright red painted toenails and gold jelly sandals. (Which I was a bit jealous of!) Her charisma and vibrant personality shone throughout the family session. Addison enjoyed repeating her favorite colors to us, pointing out all the dogs being walked in the park, and picking the purple wildflowers in the field. She entertained us all with her sassiness and curiosity to see what was around the next corner.
Ryan and Kirstin kept up with her every move and each flower she found!
They were such a sweet family to photograph! Towards the end of our time together, Addison may have negotiated her way to the swing-set, which is one of her favorite activities to do during the warmer seasons.
We snapped a few more frames of the family together swinging and then called it a “wrap” for the Bumgarner’s photo session.