Shannon & Allen- Highgrove

August 25, 2008

This is going to sound a little strange, but there are wedding days that we really hate to see come and go. All of the months of excitement, the anticipation, the planning and working with the couple, their wedding planner and all of the other key people who will make the day happen. Then the day arrives and by the end of the night you’re thinking “can we do this again next week?”.

That’s what happened with Shannon and Allen. From their engagement session to Shannon’s bridal and through the wedding day it was non stop fun. We worked with a dream team including Cara at A Southern Soiree, Lyn at Fresh Affairs and Randy with Bunn DJ Company. This was our first time at Highgrove Estate which is a great location with friendly and helpful staff. We were kinda bummed to see everyone go their separate ways at the end of the evening, but now we have all of these great photos!

Shannon had a display of photos from their *E* Session for their guests to enjoy. That was cool to walk into the room and see all of those images again.

Here’s a shout out to Kristen and Melissa at the Green Kangaroo.

The kids were fun and not afraid of the camera at all.

It’s always nice to work with people and in places where you know that everything is going to be flawless for the couple on their wedding day. For Caroline and Matt’s wedding I had the pleasure of working with the folks at Fresh Affairs who always do a phenomenal job. The reception was at the Carolina Inn which has never been less than great any time we have worked there.

I’m posting just a few selected images here right now because a little bird told me that some other images will be featured in Chapel Hill Magazine very soon, so I wouldn’t want to spoil that fun. I will post that article as soon as it prints.

If you’ve never heard that song, then the title to this post makes no sense, but it was the only thing running through my head as I went to court today.

That’s right, court. I’ve been bad.

It all started when I left the office a month ago. It was about 1:30 in the morning and I guess Raleigh’s finest needed some company or entertainment. I was driving Meridith’s car and apparently she neglected to renew the registration. So I got a ticket.

Today I went to court to show them my new and improved registration card and face the judgment of the Wake County Justice System. My appointment was at 2:00, but because I’m never late, I stroll in at 1:15 thinking I’d be in for some great people watching. I was out by 1:25 with my case dismissed.

I was a free man! WooHoo! To think I was going to get “free James” T-shirts printed up. Maybe next time, I do tend to speed a lot.

Fun Kids Rooms

August 13, 2008

In my past life I did a fair amount of commercial and environmental photography. The folks over at Premier Baby and Child Magazine found out about that and asked me to photograph their rooms for this issue. It was really fun seeing all of the wild stuff that some kids go home to. These are all real rooms for real kids, not sets.

It is always challenging working on location. Some rooms are larger than others and because of that can offer better angles, but no matter what, you have to make them look their very best.

Here’s a shout out to Casey and Heath whose wedding we photographed last year. Their daughter’s nursery is pictured below.

Here’s another shout out to Megan & Danny whose wedding we photographed at least five years ago. I had no idea when I walked into their home that I knew them until I saw their wedding photos on the wall. It was a cool experience because even though I had not put all of the pieces together yet, somehow I knew that I had created those images. Their kid’s playroom is featured below.

Emily & Chris- Elon, NC

August 11, 2008

Emily and Chris’ wedding was a very special occasion indeed and it was also a bit of a reunion. Four years and two weeks earlier we photographed Emily’s Sister Natalie’s wedding at this same location. The weddings were very different from each other, but the families were just as warm and fun as we remembered.

It was a perfect day in the countryside. We love some puffy clouds!

The flowers were embellished with Peacock feathers from Emily’s Uncle’s farm.

Apparently we photographers seem to have a pretty cool looking job. It seems like everyone wants to do what we do. In fact, another husband/ wife photo couple we know has had two of their wedding client couples quit their bank jobs and go out to get a camera and start their own photography business. I’m not typically one to make a judgment call on what people do with their lives, but that’s nuts!

In the past two weeks I have received several emails from people who used a photographer that seemed like a great deal only to realize after the wedding that their pictures were crap. These were not local people or photographers and I wasn’t given any names so don’t think I’m trying to stir up anything. I just wanted to point out that it is so easy in 2008 to go get an inexpensive camera, a template web site and load up the 25 best photos from your cousin’s wedding. You can in fact look pretty legitimate without actually having to know what you are doing. This is one reason that we intentionally created our web site with over 2,000 images so that it would be obvious that we have done this a few hundred times.

Here is a cut and paste of an email I got over the weekend. I am blocking out the personal details to protect the innocent:

Hi! My name is **************. I got married in May. I loved absolutely everything about my wedding, except the photography. I unfortunately learned how important it was to shop around for an incredible photographer. I was wondering if y’all would be willing to do a newleywed shoot. My husband and I are both in law school at the university of ***************** in ***************. I looked at your pictures of Lindsay and Adam ******* pictures and was so impressed. Please let me know if you would be willing to do something for us. I was thinking maybe a shoot around Christmas . . . early enough for it to be our Christmas picture! Let me know what you think. Thank you in advance, ********

I feel really bad for her. I received a very similar email from someone who was married in Jamaica in June. Now, I haven’t seen the images from these weddings, so I don’t know how bad they are, but the bottom line is that the client did not get what they expected to get, they are bummed and that is not good.  I’m looking forward to working with them and creating some imagery that they can be very proud to show other people.

You Gotta Love the South

August 5, 2008

I did something very unusual this weekend. I relaxed. even though I did two photo sessions and some other meetings while at the beach I managed to squeeze in a family picnic, a birthday lunch for my cousin, and some good old fashioned down time.

I know I have about two months worth of weddings and other sessions to blog, and some of our clients are checking the blog wondering if we love them (we do).

One of this week’s *E* sessions took me to Ft. Fisher which is a Civil War fort right on the beach. Along the way you get to see a lot of interesting things aimed at the tourists who visit. This one just seemed funny to me so on the way back from the session I stopped and recorded this greeting to share with all the world.

I wonder what Granny will do if she finds out she’s famous on “that world wide web- internet thing”