I love everything about this shoot. It didn’t even feel like work, just a fun afternoon wandering around downtown Raleigh with a couple so comfortable in front of the camera and so in love. Lindsey and Doug are getting married next year at the Barn at Valhalla so when we were brainstorming about their engagement shoot they decided that since their wedding was going to have a more rustic feel they’d like to go for something a little more urban. This was super exciting for me because while I’ve shot tons of weddings in downtown Raleigh this was my first entirely downtown-Raleigh engagement shoot. If you’re a UNC alum or have lived in the Chapel Hill area for awhile I think you’ll understand what I mean when I say that even though Raleigh is relatively close it feels like a whole other foreign world. In fact, I’m a little ashamed to admit that I don’t think I actually went to Raleigh for the first time until my senior year at UNC. Needless to say a beautiful evening in downtown Raleigh is a playground for a photographer and I couldn’t have asked for a better couple to shoot. Lindsey and Doug have an intense connection that pours through these images and makes me even more excited about their wedding next year. Thanks for having complete trust in me when I talk excitedly about tree shadows and ask you to run out and stand or sit in the middle of a busy road a million times. =)
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Meet Kristi and John! When I think about this shoot, which started with a tequila shot and ended with a swing set, I have a hard time imagining a more fitting session for these two. There is no denying that an engagement session can be a little awkward at first – most people haven’t had a camera in their face like that since high school portraits. There’s also no denying a little liquid courage goes a long way in easing nerves. When I heard the story of how they met I had a feeling a bar was a perfect place to start. John is a bartender and Kristi worked at a store close by so she came in with co-workers fairly frequently after work. John noticed her (how could you not?!) and one night while he was there, off the clock, having a beer, they came in again. He knew there was something special about her so he bought two tequila shots and mustered the courage to introduce himself and the rest is history! I never get tired of hearing these stories – if Kristi didn’t happen to work where she did and John didn’t happen to work where he does their paths might have never crossed. Love finds a way.
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Meet their sweet dog Indi! The way to her heart (and her attention) is carrots!
I adored this couple the minute I got out of the car and Jessica came over and gave me a big hug. I had a feeling this engagement shoot would be special, and special it was! Jessica and I had talked a lot beforehand about locations and things we might be able to incorporate into the shoot – incorporating fall colors was really important to them (they’re getting married next fall!) and they’re both new to North Carolina so I picked some spots in the area that I knew would be beautiful. When I asked them what they like to do together Jessica told me they love to dance which made me a very, very happy photographer. =) I think it’s easy to see in these images how comfortable they are with each other and it made this shoot effortless (well, mostly. Keep reading!) I’m so, so excited about their wedding next November!
So we started at a local vineyard – I’d spotted it the day before and the colors were just perfection. After shooting there for a bit we walked back to the cars to head to the next spot less than a mile down the road but Jason’s car had other plans. Apparently on their way back from an early Thanksgiving with Jason’s family in Virginia they were t-boned by a deer (there was deer hair still in the door handle!) and the car sort of stopped doing important things, like, you know, starting and getting electricity to important gauges. We jumped it at the vineyard and it sort of coasted to the next location before it died for good. I was totally expecting they’d want to figure things out with the car and reschedule on a less stressful day but they were totally down to keep going so they changed clothes in their dearly departed car and we piled in mine and headed out to Jordan Lake just in time to catch some gorgeous evening light. I always expect the unexpected at weddings but this shoot reminded me to expect it no matter where I go.
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