Bald Head Island is a somewhat magical place that sits between the river and the ocean off the coast of Southport, NC.  John and Caroline had all the makings of a perfect wedding day, and I had the great opportunity to photograph it all.

Like all proper beach communities, most of the houses on the island have been given clever names that usually only the owners know the inside scoop about.  This is the one where the guys were getting ready.

I still can’t figure out why I’m drawn to this image.  A year ago I would have thrown it out, but there’s something about it that interests me.  Besides, we  showed their faces in 92% of the rest of the photos.

I like color, I like sashes.

The cake had clean lines and a simple elegant design.  I haven’t seen that in a while and it was nice.

Sunset was amazing.  The actual sunset was happening off to camera right, but this was a much more interesting scene.

Bald Head Island is a Sea Turtle nesting sanctuary so there are lots of restrictions on what you can and can’t have to throw for your getaway.  No sparklers, seeds, streamers or petals are allowed, but glow sticks are in!

With the help of a guest, we had fun playing in the dark with glow sticks and the couple’s monogram.

Holiday Cards!!

October 29, 2007

It’s that time of year!  These designs are the best ever and there are over a dozen to choose to reflect your style.   Our goal is to make sure your friends are jealous that you have the best cards they have ever seen, so give us a shout if you would like more info.

Melissa & Rod

October 25, 2007

There’s so much to tell you about this wedding! Meridith and I had a great time with Missy and Rod’s family. This wedding was also a reunion, with Missy’s cousin Adrianne and her husband Dan whose wedding we photographed over two years ago. (time flies) No details were overlooked, and even though this wedding was fabulous with its theatrical lighting and amazing floral arrangements, it was also very personal with over one dozen different cakes made with love by close family members.

I took full advantage of this cotton field and rocked some special lighting to get the effect I was looking for.

Then the sun came out for a minute, and we were back in the field for some infra red fun.

This spot is special to Missy and Rod as it is where they would walk when visiting family in North Carolina.

The tent rocked! Actually, the lighting in the tent rocked!

Our lighting rocked too!

We were impressed that so many people knew all the moves to Thriller.

The cool get away car.

It’s amazing that it only takes 13 years of marriage for Meridith to know exactly when to catch my light. She did it twice in a row in this situation creating a way better shot with back lighting.

I was thinking. do blogs bring us closer together or keep us apart?  Our initial reason for creating this blog was for us to have the opportunity to create a weekly showcase for our work and travels.  To give our past clients something to show their friends, and our future clients plenty to look forward to and get excited about.  It seems like that part is working fine, but there are other side effects we did not expect.

For example, many of our other photographer friends have blogs as well.  We check out their blogs to see what they are up to, where they have been shooting and so on.  I just realized that I have one friend who I haven’t caught up with in person or on the phone in a long time.  The problem is that I don’t feel the urge to call and catch up because I already know what they are up to because I read their blog.  It’s not that I don’t want to see them in person, it’s just that I never ask myself:  “I wonder what they’re up to, I should give them a call”.

Don’t get me wrong, I like blogs.  I like to see what’s happening in my industry, or in the case of past clients who have blogs it’s good to keep up with them that way, but there is one little irritation I have.  Not long ago I was talking with a person who was new to wedding photography.  They were just starting out and had a lot of energy.  They were very enthusiastic in expressing that they loved the work that Meridith and I did and they always studied our blog for inspiration before they went out to shoot a wedding of their own.  I know that they meant it as a great compliment, but I took that to mean “you inspire me, so I steal your ideas”.

There is an unspoken competition going amongst photographers and it’s taking place on their respective blogs.  That part I really like.  Competition is good and healthy.  If it were not for that brand of blog oneupmanship we wouldn’t have some of the great concepts that seem normal now such as day after sessions, trash the dress sessions, and destination engagements portraits.  In other words, the world might be a wee bit more boring.

I’m interested to hear other people’s take on this.  I invite both clients and our photographer friends to comment on their experiences.

What a beautiful and strange day at Wrightsville Beach.  Beautiful because the clouds were puffy, the light was hazy.  Strange because there were these swarms of black flies everywhere.  I’m not talking just a few, it was like a Sci-Fi movie at one point.  I grew up at this beach and had never seen anything like it before.

We moved location to a different stretch of beach which only helped a little.  Shannon and Allen were troopers through the whole thing.  They had driven a few hours for their beach session so it wasn’t like we were just going to try again tomorrow.  They also brought their little dogs who had a great time experiencing the beach.  By the time it was over we were all soaked (except the dogs) but had a great time.

Emily & Scott

October 19, 2007

This was like a big reunion! We got to see so many people we knew from past clients Mollie & Drew, to the famous “Mrs. K” Kristine Kokoski who planned the whole event to the very last detail. I now think that every church wedding should have a full choir. It was really powerful to have all of those voices at once and made for a completely different wedding experience. Emily and Scott were fun as always and drove to the reception in the coolest old truck that Scott’s Dad had restored to mint condition. On with the show!

This is the front of that great truck. Notice the ‘W’ on top. I keep forgetting the brand of truck, but I want that to be the next Walters & Walters logo!

The cake was by Ketchie Creek Bakery which is owned by Mollie’s mom. Some of the best cakes anywhere!

Left to right: Me, Meridith, Mollie, Drew. They got married in April of 2005. I can’t believe it’s been that long!

Look there’s me! Meridith was stalking the party from the balcony and I was down in the action.

Circa 1990

October 19, 2007

So this morning while getting ready I hear a loud thud in another room of the house and when Meridith investigated she found our son had discovered a large photo album and pulled it off of the shelf in our office.  I had not looked at those photos in years and it was really cool looking back.

I found this one of Meridith and I taken at the same beach where I now shoot so many engagement sessions.  This was not our engagement session, (we were only 16 here and not engaged or anything) but it certainly had a good energy.   I think it’s always good to look back and remember when.  That’s what we do every day for our clients, and it’s nice to “re-discover” these things you forgot you had.  Especially when the number of years that have passed make things a bit less vivid in your memory.

The Fair!

October 17, 2007

 So for the first time in weeks I took a half day off to take Will to the State Fair. We have done this for the past three years and it is always both fun and exausting.  Will went on so many rides we lost count.  We didn’t end up eating any fried Twinkies, or fried pickles or any of the other fair favorites (still kinda scared of it) but we did have a great time and Will has been asleep ever since we left the parking lot.

A good tip for those with kids interested in going to the fair; on the way, I stopped by a drug store and picked up a box of individually wrapped antibacterial wipes and put about eight in my back pocket.  Boy are those handy!  After hot dogs, ice cream and candy apples we began to ride the roller coasters (it’s like loading a gun, but it worked out ok) and the other rides that seemed like the good standards.  We were happy that Will is now officially tall enough to fool the ride operators into thinking he’s 42″ tall which got him on most of the rides.  We were bummed to find out that he needs to be 54″ tall to ride the big ferris wheel.  That’s like a couple of years away I guess, but if we keep feeding him the good chicken with all the artificial growth hormones in it he should be there in no time.

This was cool.  Ourania & Michael were married in a Greek Orthodox ceremony, so we got to see a lot of traditions we haven’t seen before, and best of all, got a better than front row spot to photograph the ceremony.  I can truly say that we’ve never been this close to a ceremony before, but the priest encouraged us to do so and we took him up on it.  First of all, (well, I guess second of all) Ourania and Michael and their families were a blast!  On with the photos!

Just before walking down the aisle.

One of the traditions is to shower money onto people as they dance.  It was way cool, and by the end of the night the floor was literally covered in dead Presidents.

We got Flowers!

October 11, 2007

Cool ones too! As if it wasn’t good enough to spend a few hours catching up with good friends, we get a lush bouquet to top it off. Our friends Bill and Anne Holland were in town for a wedding at Duke Chapel and stayed with us during their visit.

About an hour after they leave the doorbell rings and there is a box at the door. I’m not sure what the box holds because it’s not the right shape to be an album or a print order which is about all we get this time of year. Meridith ordered some makeup recently, but not even Tammy Fay wears enough makeup to fill a box that big. So I open the box and wow, flowers! Very unexpected, but very much enjoyed. Thanks you two!!