Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Engagement Story: Hallie and Drew

Let me just tell you, Hallie and I go way back. We met in high school, went to youth group together, then lived together our first semester at Campbell (she later left me to go to Appalachian). Hallie was there when I first met David. She endured my taking many rolls of film of everything we did in high school and college. When Drew and Hallie first started dating I did a little shoot with them behind their apartment complex on the side of the mountain with my film SLR.

I was beyond thrilled and honored when she asked me to be a bridesmaid in her wedding next May! While I certainly can not shoot her wedding while I am wearing an adorable kelly green j.crew dress, I knew I could at least do her engagement shoot! So Hallie, Drew and I drove around downtown Raleigh and tried out some new spots I had been eyeing...



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Love them together...

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Hallie was workin' it... must be the sassy shoes.

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I hit the jackpot when I found this next spot... this was my favorite!

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The first image is straight out of camera, the second has had a little photoshop love...

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You said you liked it when I showed you before and after... here is another example.
This first image in straight out of camera, the second after some photoshop love.

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While this green wall was not a new spot, I knew I had to use it since Hallie's color is green.

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Had to-- they are getting married on the 15th.
P.S. Please check out Hallie's adorable shoes. Ok thanks.

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I cannot get enough of yummy backlighting and sunflare...

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Steamy yet magical...

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This is the portion of the show where we give Drew mad credit for picking out a fabulous ring...

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Workin' it out. Drew, thank you for showing us how a blue polo can be rocked :)

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Hmax and Drew: I cannot wait to be a part of your wedding day! I had an awesome time doing this shoot with you two... hope I did not disappoint. I love you both!!

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Engagement Story: Candace and Brandon

I am just crazy about this engagement shoot!! Candace and Brandon were so cute and fun to work with. The way we met was a little, um, unconventional. I went to a funeral of a family member of one of my best friends. This best friend, who also happens to be Brandon's best man, introduced us in the parking lot of the funeral home--he made me give them one of my cards. What a friend-- still networking for me even at a funeral (love you J!).

From the beginning, Brandon let me know he was having pains over having to do an engagement shoot. I am sure he is not the first man out there to feel this way. Candace warned him that an engagement shoot every Friday till their May 2010 wedding was part of the package... thankfully for him that is so not true :)

It was a beautiful day to explore the Arboretum--there is so much there to work with. Plus every season the staff changes out the plants for that season so it is always looking different. We started out in the rows of flower beds...

Luckily Candace and I are very persuasive -- Brandon's photo-pain does not seem to be showing in any of the images I captured...

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I want to put this next set on my wall in the form of huge canvases... I LOVE these!!

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Candace get outta here with your gorgeous self!!!

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Ok so Brandon had to let out a little angst...

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LOVE this...

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Candace and Brandon- I can't wait to shoot your wedding next May... I already know we are going to have an awesome time together, right Brandon?? :)