Welcome to our Journal Here you will find highlights of recent weddings and boudoir shoots as well as glimpses into life on the farm, whatever's on my mind, and of course, my dogs! Feel free to poke around and leave comments; I'd love to hear your thoughts!

Amanda’s Bridal Portrait, Raleigh, NC

Recently I had the opportunity to shoot a bridal portrait with Amanda.  She and I had worked together before when I shot her and her husband Cameron’s wedding.  It wasn’t quite a “trash the dress” session, but we were definitely able to be more casual with the dress than we would have been pre-wedding!  I’ve had an idea for quite a while to shoot a bridal portrait in the garden on the chaise lounge that I use for boudoir, and I finally got to do it with Amanda!

 I love the elegant and romantic feel of this image:

The garden looked beautiful (not to mention Amanda!), and the weather was perfect:

Next to our house is a large field.  Every spring it’s covered in this cool grass that is topped with  red grain heads.  It makes the whole field look red.  I thought it would be a gorgeous setting to shoot Amanda in.  All week long I was worried that they would mow it before the shoot, but they didn’t!  I’m so glad because it was even better than I had hoped:

One of the benefits to shooting a bridal portrait after the fact was that we were able to include Cameron in some of the shots:

Amanda did her happy dance for us, and it must have worked because she had us all laughing!

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