One year ago today, Matt and I officially adopted Quorra! We had been fostering her for a few weeks and realized quickly that she was a perfect addition to our family.
Not only is she a great companion, but Quorra also makes a for a great subject for portraiture! Quorra is a willing and cooperative subject, sitting politely with a smile for photographs.
When I would like to try out a new trick or lens, Quorra remains my most available subject. She sits patiently while I play with subframing or backlighting.
I love to feature delicate flowers in her photos -fresh blooms humanize her sweet face.
Additionally, I think the use of fresh blossoms in these double-exposure portraits highlights her sweet and gentle personality.
I’ve found that Quorra’s features lend themselves well to photographs of dramatic tone!
This past year with Quorra has been a wonderful one, and I look forward to having her here (and photographing her) for many years to come!
Portraits taken with my Canon 5D III and my Canon 40D.
On a gloriously clear June morning, Emily + I set out on a Matthews, NC greenway for a styled portrait session.
styled session: conceptual photography shoot with curated wardrobe, makeup, hair, + props
The concept for this styled portrait session is “sun goddess.”
I took the opportunity to play with my new lens (Canon 50mm 1.4) while we had some quality backlighting to work with!
A maxi dress is a great choice for a portrait photography session -it easily adds movement + drama!
A wide-brimmed sunhat both adds texture + a natural frame around Emily’s face.
All photography made with my Canon 5d iii DSLR, Canon 85 mm lens + Canon 50 mm 1.4 lens.
What do you think -did we nail the concept?
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The cherry on top of a wonderful May week was this pet portrait session!
Gracie is a vibrant, 4-year-old Weimaraner. She casts winsome grins towards everyone she meets!
I paused many times between snaps to reward her with the attention she begged for.
I loved capturing her in action as she tore across the yard in pursuit of her favorite tennis ball.
That tennis ball demands her attention!
I loved playing with and photographing sweet Gracie! I find pet portrait sessions like these to be very personally rewarding.
All photography captured with my Canon 5d III and Tamron 24-70mm lens.
Would you like to schedule a pet portrait session for your favorite critter? Go to the “contact” page (upper right) and let me know!
For the month of June, I am offering mini portrait sessions exclusively for couples!
Celebrate your love + document this season of your lives together.
30-minute outdoor session
15 finished images
Lovebirds mini photography session pricing valid 6/1/2018 – 6/29/2018.
To book your portrait session, go to “contact” and send me a message
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On a crisp spring evening, my brother agreed to a mini portrait photography session during a recent visit home from college.
Will, a freshman at Liberty University, is studying to become a computer engineer.
All photography captured with my Canon 5d iii camera paired with my Canon 85mm lens.
On a balmy May evening, I met Beth + Don at a local park in Matthews, NC for their lovebirds photography session.
The happy couple barely needed encouragement from me; they grinned + joked merrily as I photographed them
As they smiled and posed, the two discussed their upcoming anniversary plans. In two weeks, Beth + Don will have been married for 37 years!
Beth + Don lead full lives, sharing their hearts with nine children and six grandchildren.
Capturing sweet moments between best friends like these is one of the best things about being a photographer!
Portraits created with my Canon 5d III and my Tamron 24-70mm lens.
Have you ever found yourself at a loss when selecting your outfit for a photography session? Below are some seasonally-inspired looks to help inform your wardrobe decisions for spring portraits!
Solid-colored pieces with textured details like this dress lend themselves well to portraiture. The pleated neckline, gathered waist, and lace hem add visual interest without distracting from composition or subject.
I styled the dress with simple elements -a gold Kendra Scott necklace, a braided belt, and a pair of gold ballet flats.
Choosing an outfit with slimming elements can help boost confidence for a photography session. The color-blocking panels on the floral trousers are particularly flattering!
The neckline cutout subtly elevates this shirt from basic to sophisticated.
Large, tri-tone floral prints on a dark base like this are interesting without drawing too much attention away from the subject of the portrait.
I paired the dress with pink loafers that matched the floral print. Comfortable + sturdy shoes like these are a great choice for outdoor portrait photography sessions!
Photography captured with my Canon 40D, Tamron 24-70mm lens, and wireless shutter release.
Today I am twenty-six years old.
For many years, I have felt as if I were constantly reaching for change, never satisfied with my environment. Something about my station could always be improved with an adjustment, whether it be different education, career, or relationship. I recall feeling defeated often as many shifts were merely horizontal, failing to provide lasting fulfillment.
During my 25th year, I finally accepted that regardless of the job I worked, I would always rather be creating art with my camera. I’ve worked as a retail sales floor rep, a barista, and a dental assistant; however, none of these roles are as personally rewarding as being a photographer! I realized that to live whole-heartedly, I needed to withdraw from my sensible healthcare job and pursue photography -a prospect simultaneously thrilling and intimidating.
I truly feel that I am finally living my ideal life. I am blessed with a wonderful spouse who is the most supportive partner I can imagine. I have the opportunity invest a large portion of my energy in photography, for which I am grateful! For the first time in my life, the desire for change is notably absent from my mind.
My aim is that in my 26th year I continue to develop my photography skills, improving in both technique and experience. Vincent Van Gogh said, “As practice makes perfect, I cannot but make progress; each drawing one makes, each study one paints, is a step forward.” Therefore I will pursue progress, one step at a time!
On a mild April evening, I met a local family at one of my favorite public parks in Matthews. McAlpine Creek Park includes a picturesque lake, sprawling fields, and modest forests; these features make this park a fantastic family photography session location!
Dandelion puffs dotted the meadows, delighting the girls!
All photography created with my Canon 5d III and Canon 85mm lens.