There are so many special things happening in this post. One of the greatest honors of this job is when we get to photograph our family and close friends. Megan is my sweet cousin and she is engaged to Aaron, who we totally approve of. Megan and I are closest in age in the cousin line up and because of that we have so many fun memories together at all ages. These two get married next month and Megan brought me to tears when she told me that while she wanted me in the wedding party, she really wanted me to be the one to tell their story with my camera. Shew! What a compliment! We met up on the land that has been in our family for quite some time and did a quick engagement shoot before dinner together. A shoot does not have to be complicated to capture how much two people adore each other.
Hello, Are you planning your wedding?
We know the beginning of the year is when recently engaged couples kick their wedding planning into high gear. If you are here to look at our wedding photography, you can easily see just those posts by going to “Story Types” over there on the right side of the blog and selecting “Weddings”. From there you can see tons of weddings that we have photographed. Then go to “Tell Your Story” to send us an email- can’t wait to hear more about your wedding day!
I wrote on Facebook the day after this shoot that it was times like these that I no longer hear the noise and distraction of the wedding industry world, or who says they are doing what on social media, and I am brought back to the pure roots of why I do this job. To truly be present with people and document all that happens as they experience a milestone in their lives. To acknowledge that their story is important and worth telling. I spent the day with baby T’s family as his Mommy labored and labored to bring him into the world. After laboring a very long time it just looked like the best thing to do in the given situation was to have a c-section. This was not their plan at all, but these two (new) parents rallied together, showed support of one another and made the tough decision. I was not allowed in the c-section so for the sake of story telling, these two have shared with me a couple of cell phone pictures of the delivery (you will see them in the middle in a row of three).
This is sacred work, to witness the hard work of labor to bring a new life into the world. I’m in awe of what I get to see in these moments and the bond it creates between me and the sweet family laboring and delivering new life to the world. Baby T, we are so glad you are here!
Despite this serious first image, Cathy and Will had the best time during their engagement shoot around the American Tobacco Campus in Durham. I was complimenting Will’s involvement and good spirit, since most men don’t love having their picture taken, telling him that he’s going to get major brownie points… Then he shared with me that he was going to get actual brownies after the shoot so brownie points become literal brownies in this situation. LOVE THAT. We are so thrilled we get to photograph Cathy and Will’s wedding in 2016 – it’s going to be such an awesome day!