Small Town Study : Louisburg

May 24, 2018

Back in April, I decided to take an afternoon to walk around a small town close to where I live, see what I could see and photograph whatever and whoever seemed interesting. The thing that struck me was that it's a town in-between. It's not quite ...

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Brain Food: Winter/Spring 2018

May 02, 2018

Welcome to Brain Food! In this segment I will show up once every month or two to share content I found educational, inspirational, or just flat-out interesting to my curious brain. I won’t be showing you how to cook brains (although I could see ho...

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Sea to Table

Mar 26, 2018

Originally published in Carolina Shore. Words in italics are my personal asides that would not have been a good fit for the original article. A warning to my tender-hearted friends: there are some images/mentions of fish cleaning - if you find...

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Mikayla: Portrait Session

Mar 22, 2018

As a photographer, I have almost no photos of my own face. You know the old saying about the cobbler's kids always walking around barefoot? It's the same situation. Fortunately, I am not alone in this photo-less boat of mine, and I was able to con...

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A Day at Quietude

Mar 12, 2018

Quietude is a historic property in Hanover County, Virginia. The main house was built in the early 19th century, and has been home base to o...

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Family Roots in a Research Library

Mar 09, 2018

Are you looking to find a better sense of who you are? Not just who you are, but where you came from? One good place to start would be one of Carteret County’s greatest underutilized resources: the Jack Goodwin Research library. If you walk throug...

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Engaged : Sam + Chase

Jan 29, 2018

This bride-to-be and I go way back - our moms were friends before we were even born and when it came time for them to have kids, I was born one month before Sam. Our friendship is one of those beautifully comfortable ones that can be picked up aga...

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The Friendliest Market

Jan 09, 2018

Originally published in Carolina Shore. All the words in italics are my asides to you, all three of my blog readers. :)On the corner of Bridges and Friendly in Morehead City, a market is growing and blooming into a loc...

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Sandbar Oyster Company

Jan 05, 2018

Originally published by NC Coast in Carolina Shore. The words in italics are my additions, or things that did not quite make the cut for original publication - think of these as my little behind-the-scenes notes to you! What is the...

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Year In Review : 2 0 1 7

Dec 27, 2017

Quite a lot has gone down this year - rather than being a true genre photographer, I can honestly say I've tried just about everything in the space of 2017. Instead of attempting to put it all into a linear timeline, I thought I would sort photogr...

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Styled Shoot: Butterfly House

Dec 27, 2017

The inspiration for this shoot was really just trying to do the marvelous location - the Durham Museum of Life and Science's Butterfly Pavilion - justice. For those of you who haven't experienced the wonders of a butterfly house, just picture a ma...

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Yana's Ye Olde Drugstore Restaurant

Dec 27, 2017

[Originally published in Island Review, July 2017] Yana’s Ye Olde Restaurant is a time capsule located in the heart of Swansboro. When you walk in (passing the life-size Elvis that guards the front door), your senses are immediately surroun...

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Experimental Portrait Session : Ally + Britt

Nov 28, 2017

In my van, driving down a tiny island two-lane road, I got a phone call from Ally. She had found an empty house that was being renovated by someone she knew (this is a trait of Ally's that I love, she somehow magically knows just about everyone in...

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An Ode to Ghost Stories

Oct 31, 2017

Originally published by NC Coast in Carolina Shore. The words in italics are my additions, or things that did not quite make the cut for original publication. Think of it as bonus content! It was not a dark and stormy night - it wa...

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King Lear

Oct 13, 2017

Last year, I had the pleasure of photographing Honest Pint Theater Company's production of ...

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CJ + Michelle : Married

Oct 12, 2017

"There was a time when I would have believed themIf they told me that you could not come true, just love's illusionBut then you found meAnd everything changed and I believe in something againMy whole heart will be yours...

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Podcaster Portrait Session

Aug 22, 2017

We've got a familiar face back on the blog! My beloved-aunt-favorite-cheerleader Amy and her friend Cheri run a podcast together, and needed new photo...

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Hudson + Rachael: Married

Jun 26, 2017

Every couple has their own vibe - it's part of the reason I love meeting with a bride and groom before the ceremony, to see them in their natural habitat, and to figure out the way they interact. Watching Rachael and Hudson, it was clear that they...

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A Day with the Chownings

May 30, 2017

Colonial Williamsburg is certainly not a novelty in this little corner of the internet. Nor is collaborating with total strangers (that's not just...

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Beach Study

Apr 11, 2017

I arrived at my beach with only the idea of wanting to collect enough photos of the surroundings to make a blog post. It wasn't at all thought out, I just needed content. But the ocean always has this effect on me, particularly after I've been awa...

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Artisan Session: Across the Board

Apr 04, 2017

What happens when a barn just across your street is demolished? If you're Kaylee, you get a truckload of material and a blossoming new business. Kaylee tr...

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Downtown Engagement Session: CJ + Michelle

Mar 27, 2017

Downtown Raleigh is quickly becoming one of my favorite places to walk around and photograph - the buildings, movement, and simultaneous feeling of roots and newness make me unbelievably happy. For CJ and Michelle's engagement shoot, we just walke...

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Portrait Session: Next Steps

Mar 17, 2017

My Aunt Amy and new friend Melanie work as speaking coaches, running Next Step Speaker Services like the girl bosses that they are. When they approached me looking f...

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Artist Session: Kelsey of Kettle Pot Paints

Feb 13, 2017

During this session I got to watch Kelsey (watercolorist and Etsy creative) make her product from start to finish. It was amazing to document the process from a blank piece of card stock to a colorful memento of a tidy little house. Although I hav...

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Portraits: Downtown Library Shoot

Jan 19, 2017

"There is more treasure in books than in all the loot on Treasure Island." - Walt Disney These two sisters are some of the most delightfully bookish people I know. It only made sense to do their joint senior shoot (Lenyer is gradu...

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Portrait Session: Karen

Jan 09, 2017

After studying a bit of art history and a lot of photographers recently, I had a handful of ideas to try out. I knew I wanted an incredibly simple setup, and I also knew I needed someone who would be willing to let me experiment, mess up, and try ...

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Small Town Profile: Ayden

Dec 22, 2016

Ayden: a town brimming with stories, nestled into the flat fields and pine trees of Eastern North Carolina. Like many communities, Ayden got its start as a railroad town; the tracks still run through its heart. The tale goes that when it came time...

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Bridal Session: Tori

Dec 15, 2016

Tori is one of the most beautiful people I know. It's that inside-and-out kind of beauty you read about growing up; her kindness, humor, and care for others radiates from her face (particularly those gorgeous brown eyes:). This shoot took place at...

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Lumpy's Ice Cream : Business Profile

Nov 25, 2016

Started in 2001, Lumpy's has gradually become a local staple. It's owner (Buck Buchanan) has built a business from his home kitchen, to a shed in his backyard, to a full-fledged store in the heart of Wake Forest. Using only superior ingredients, k...

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Old Town Profile: Williamsburg Sunrise

Nov 03, 2016

I have a new tradition when I go on trips: ever since Dublin I have resolved to get up before the sun at least one morning. Why, one might rightly ask, would a ...

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Bill and Mary: Couple's Portrait Session

Oct 18, 2016

I've known Mary and Bill since I was about nine years old. In fact, it feels odd to use their first names, because to my entire church they are known as GranMary and Gan. They have served as our community grandparents; she has taught more girls to...

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Seaside Portrait Session : Emily

Sep 26, 2016

This shoot was more of a quick, shoot-as-we-tour affair. One of my childhood friends, Emily, had flown in from the great state of Missouri, and for a couple of days into her visit we took off to the beach (cue confetti release!). While there, we m...

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Making of Hamlet Part Three: Preview Night

Sep 07, 2016

Part One // Part Two This was the hot summer night when every...

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Making of Hamlet: Part Two

Aug 24, 2016

This rehearsal happened all throughout a Saturday in July, about two weeks before the first preview.   Honest Pint ran through the whole play, with only a couple of stops for quick notes and (of course) food. Some of my personal favorite moments w...

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Hunter+Priscilla: Married

Aug 19, 2016

Oh boy, you guys. This wedding. This wedding was a day soaked in love. The love of Hunter and Priscilla. Love between mother and son.  Love of a community for this newly forming family. Love of a mother-in-law for her future daughter-in-law. Love ...

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Joshua+Andrea: Married

Aug 08, 2016

After doing their engagement shoot, I knew this wedding would be a fun, unique day. One of the really special things the new Horn family decided to do was ...

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Making of Hamlet: Part One

Aug 08, 2016

Who is crazy/kind/awesome enough to let a total stranger come in and photograph the process of taking a play from page to rehearsal to stage?  The Honest Pint Theatre Company...

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Portrait Session: Erica

Aug 08, 2016

When Erica asked to do a portrait session, I was excited.   When she agreed to do the shoot at the NC Museum of Art, I was over the moon! After a couple of months plus one scheduling snafu (museums are closed on Mondays, kids!), we were finally ab...

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Joshua+Andrea: Engaged

Aug 08, 2016

This shoot was a good deal of rambling, cracking up, and me suggesting an elopement when we ended up shooting in front of a courthouse (moral of the story: hire me as a photographer, not chaperone;). I’ve known both Joshua and Andrea as individual...

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UK Trip, Part Two

Aug 07, 2016

This part of the trip sees us through Ireland, Wales, and then back to England to spend some time in Oxford. I must admit, after driving through England and Scotland, I had the thought, 'How can things get greener? Surely the whole Emerald Isl...

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UK Trip, Part One

Aug 06, 2016

All of my semi-adult life, I have had the dream of someday going to England (I say semi-adult because the dream really came into being when I was about fourteen, and we all know there is nothing adult about that age). Several schemes were worked u...

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Nick + Rebekah : Married

Aug 06, 2016

This wedding holds a special place as a first! Although I’d previously shot a handful of weddings as a shadow for a couple of different photographers, this was my first solo shoot. Was I excited? Yes, to the point of busting out a horrifying attem...

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Tyler + Anna: Engaged

Aug 06, 2016

I have a confession to make: the bride from this shoot and I go way back.  All the way back to our childhood.  All the way back to sharing a room from the time we were tiny, and learning to share and take care of each other. Watching my little sis...

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