Where should I start, ‘can’t get enough with this family. As I was working with them I felt as though I wanted to stay there all day and just spend time with them, the kids were a blast. I think I won’t mind babysitting for the Whitmores! The kids played their violin for me as I photographed them and half the time I had no idea what they were doing but it made their photos even more interesting and fun, and as we were wrapping it up at the house, I wanted to photograph the kids one more time as a group and I must say, I was NOT expecting them to be such pros for getting their photographs taken, they got it down for sure! Then, sure enough, I have found out that they always get their family portraits done every year, that explains a lot, they are very well trained by the other photographers which made my job a lot easier and just have fun with these kiddos! Caleb and Charlotte are a very down to earth couple, they’re also great in front of the camera, they needed a few headshots done for their company since they both travel to speak for Web Analytics. They recently moved from Seattle to Raleigh and with that in mind, Raleigh has gained another great family, I believe that Raleigh has given them a nice Fall Welcome as we rarely see the trees this colorful! So Welcome Whitmore family, we’ll see you soon!

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Breanna and I met up at Sola coffee shop in Raleigh to talk about the details of her wedding, I think it’s one of the best places to meet up clients (just sayin’!). I believe we ended up talking for hours, I enjoyed hearing Breanna’s stories on how they met, the day they got engaged and the plans for her wedding, we were bouncing off ideas with one another, considering she’s also an artist with clever ideas on how to save money without sacrificing the quality of a great wedding, so with that said, we definitely stayed and chatted for hours until the coffee shop closed. And talked a little more outside the parking lot, we just hit it off! This is one of the things I enjoy as a photographer, getting connected with the bride and just watch them glow with a big smile talking about every women’s dream of planning a wedding. Then I met Brian, he’s like Breanna’s twin but a funny one, he also has his own ideas which made their engagement photos even better! On their wedding day, they both got it down, they were both relaxed and just having a great time with each other and that made my job much easier, I was just shooting away and captured them on how they truly spend time as a couple, they created magic in the air – Ehl-Oh-Vee-Eeh, L.O.V.E.! And of course, as the photographer, I just did my ‘thang’ …and so here they are, just a few of their many wedding memories I was able to capture!

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Brian and Breanna just knew of each other since they went to the same college but they never really interacted with one another. After a few years, they crossed paths again at a friend’s wedding on the west coast and this time Brian finally took the courage and was able to get her phone number from a friend, he called her up and introduced himself and from that moment on, he got her attention, they kept in touch by phone and talked… for hours! They even played games just by talking over the phone, I thought that was pretty clever, creative and a sweet thing to do. When it’s about that time to have their first date, Brian found another creative thing for their first date considering he was living in Indiana at the time, he did some research on what they could do down here in Raleigh and I think he did a pretty good job. Online, he found a “Scavenger Hunt” Adventure, I have lived here for some years now but I never knew they did that. As we were planning for their engagement session, they have mentioned about the fun things they did on their first date so I thought photographing them around downtown would be a good start. As we were walking around the area, we went inside the Capital Building… uhm, again I have lived here for some years now and I finally saw the Capitol from the inside, luckily they have friendly government employees so we got a few great shots. Then as we started to scout around the area again, they explained to me about their “hand sign” sweet gestures to each other… these two lovebirds are just full of ‘sweet creative brain juices’! So as you go through their photos, you will see what we were able to collaborate with their creative ideas and my ‘photographic twist’, we came up with some pretty cool photos. As the day went on, we all just had a great time. Never knew Brian is a funny guy! So here are a few from their engagement session. Enjoy!

 

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I have been meeting a lot of couples that have met through online dating sites, I think whoever came up with that idea is brilliant!… And made a lot of money, ha! That’s how Erica and Will found each other, Will came down to Raleigh to meet up with Erica in person for the first time, they went to a few places in downtown Raleigh and they hit it off, they became two peas in a pod! A few years later, Will had Erica’s cousin to pretend that she needed Erica to babysit for her kids on a Saturday. As they were driving to her cousin’s house, which was actually Erica’s old house, Will pulled into the driveway, and together they walked back to a barn behind it. When they got to the barn, he opened the door and inside were a bunch of flowers, Will started to say a few words of his prepared speech, Erica continued to look around then she saw a sign that said “Will you marry me?”, as soon as Erica realized what he was doing, she started crying then Will suddenly got down on his one knee, then said a few more words, then he finally asked the big question… Such a creative and unique way of proposing! I love hearing stories on how people get creative with their proposals! We did their engagement session at downtown Raleigh, then we have discovered a local restaurant called ‘Brewery Bhavana’, I must say it was such a unique and hip place! They even sell flowers, books and I’ve heard from a friend that they have the best dim sum, took a few more photos around the area then we took a chance and went to a crazy place called the “State Fair”! Took us forever to get in but made it and did a few shots, it was the busiest day to go to such a place, it was crazy but I didn’t let that stop us… We weren’t able to go around all that much, we inhaled all the smoke, smelled all the grilled and deep fried food and made our stomachs growl but finally got a few shots in and posting a few of them on this blog. In spite of the struggles of getting around it was so much fun! I cannot wait to capture your big day next year, Erica and Will!

 

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Francesca and I chatted for a little bit having a cup of tea and some sweet goodies (or biscuits as the british say) at one of the 5 star hotels at Kensington Park right across Kensington Palace where Princess Diana used to live, how often can you say that, right?! Francesca is a Nutritionist, she has discovered that watching what you eat really makes a huge difference in your life, it made her feel more energetic and even helped her to lose weight, which inspired her to be a Nutritionist and now she is inspiring hundreds of women to eat healthy! We had a great time discussing about food and health, we really hit it off considering she’s a nutritionist and I just started eating vegan. We, of course, went to a Whole Foods store in downtown London to do her ‘Branding’ Session, I felt like a kid at Disneyland, it was 3 stories high filled with organic goodies! Well, I have learned that Europe has high standards when it comes to food, they do not put any chemicals in most of their food from produce to meat products. Yep, i’m packing my bags! As we went through the store, she would explain a few things and told me which ones are her favorite to buy and of course, we won’t have it here in the U.S. (Buggah’!).  We both enjoyed our time together, getting kicked out and turned down to do some photos in some areas of the store which were the first for her, “…It’s London, that’s wha’ they do” I had to ask if we could, didn’t hurt to ask, right? But we managed to do a few shots, I followed her around the store as she was really shopping for groceries, people were looking but it was fun! We were able to take more photos across the street at Kensington Gardens and called it a day! We went back to the hotel and had our “Afternoon Tea”! It was a ‘splendid’ and ‘brilliant’ idea to end the day. Francesca has asked me, “When ah’ you coming back to London?” …Uhm, I will definitely come back within a few years! “It was a lovely experience foh’ me to do a session in London and would love to do it again!” Thank you so much, Francesca, for giving me the privilege to photograph you…

 

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