When I was teaching with Teach For America, I was living in Roanoke Rapids, NC. I recently had the opportunity to go back to that neck of the woods and shoot Kelsey and Ryan’s beautiful “wedding in the woods” on Ryan’s family’s property in Pendleton, NC. It was so nice to be back in rural NC, traveling down all of the backroads past the open farmland, country houses, and, most importantly, no traffic! Kelsey and Ryan had so many wonderful details that transformed the wooded property into the perfect venue for a wedding. Thanks for including me in your special day, and congratulations Kelsey and Ryan!
On July 19th, I had the absolute pleasure of photographing the wedding of my good friends Colby and Bryan. I met Colby while working with Teach For America in Eastern North Carolina, when she became my Manager, Teacher Leadership Development. I am really lucky to have had an MTLD who became a friend, and especially grateful that she and Bryan chose me to document such an important time in their lives: their engagement, wedding, and hopefully babies and other milestones in the future!
I traveled to Michigan a few days before their Friday wedding and got to spend some quality time with Colby’s family and some of the bridesmaids and groomsmen (which made the wedding even more fun having gotten to know everyone!). I was hoping to escape Boston’s heat wave, but it was just as hot all week in Michigan, and we were watching the forecasts closely hoping the chance of thunderstorms for Friday would go down. The outdoor ceremony was postponed during a brief shower, but in a wedding miracle, we got all the photos done outside! The Meadow Brook grounds are so beautiful, it would have been a shame to be limited to indoor shots. The bride and groom looked stunning, and their families and the bridal party made for a really fun celebration. Thank you all for being so welcoming! I’m so glad to have been a part of such a special day!
Love when brides have unique shoes!
Annnnd here’s a bonus shot of the groomsmen giving me their best “blue steel”
Bryan’s expression as he sees Colby for the first time is so sweet!
First stolen moment as husband and wife
The bridal party certainly had some fun entering the tent!
Thank you again to Colby and Bryan and their families! I had so much fun in Michigan with all of you!
Vendors that helped make this such a beautiful day:
Venue: Meadow Brook Hall, Rochester, MI
Dress: Elizabeth’s Bridal Manor
Hair: Glitz Salon
Makeup: Bella Blush
Flowers: Bill Hamilton Designs
Ceremony Music: Ryan James (cousin of the groom)
A little over a week ago I had an amazing time shooting the wedding of my good friends Colby and Bryan in Rochester, MI. All I’ve wanted to do since the wedding is get working on their photos, but I’m also in the process of moving into a new apartment in Wilmington, NC. Then my new place was having electrical issues in the room where my desk is, and I couldn’t turn on my computer without tripping the surge (or whatever the correct term is – it’s just wasn’t working!). So while I was waiting for the maintenance guy to come back and fix it, I had my desktop computer on the floor of my new living room, which was not very comfortable. But, I just couldn’t wait to look through the photos and share at least one! More will come soon now that they have thankfully figured out the problem, replaced some outlets, and I can finally work at my desk. So anyway, here is the sneak you came to see!
This is in the Matilda Room at Meadow Brook Hall. Is Colby not the most flawless bride??
When I wrote in their engagement post that Colby and Bryan could be models, I wasn’t kidding! More photos from this gorgeous wedding will be coming soon!
A couple weeks ago I shot Beth and Scott’s engagement session in Historic Halifax, NC. Halifax is another area that you can tell must have been awesome back when it was flourishing, but is now all but abandoned, except for a couple businesses.
Beth is a fellow Teach For America Corps Member, and was actually one of the first people I met in TFA, since we were roommates at Induction. So it was nice to be able to kind of come full circle and do her engagement shoot at the end of our 2-year commitment. Here are a few of my favorite shots!
Kyle is a friend of mine who is also a TFA teacher in ENC. When I found out he got engaged around Christmas, my first thought was “I HOPE he asks me to do his engagement pictures!” And sure enough, he called me a few weeks later, and I was thrilled! Not only because Kyle is both handsome and hilarious and I was sure he and his new fiance would be fun to photograph, but also because he said they wanted to shoot on the Outer Banks! I had only been to Kill Devil Hills for a teacher conference last year, and it rained the whole weekend so we didn’t get to see much. So, having lived in NC for a year and a half and never having explored the beauty of the Outer Banks, I was so excited to take some photos there!
A couple weekends ago we did just that. North Carolina has been unseasonably cold this year, and it was even colder by the ocean. While I was bundled up in a sweatshirt and Northface with my hood up, Kyle and Mackenzie braved the cold in their outfits like absolute pros! It was all worth it though, because they couldn’t have picked a more beautiful location. I felt like I was taking promo shots for a new Nicholas Sparks movie. This is the kind of North Carolina I moved here for!!
Anyway, here are some of my favorite shots! (And after a full day of shooting, it was very hard to choose!)
Did I forget to mention how awesome Mackenzie is? I was so happy I got to meet her!
They were just workin’ it in front of this lighthouse!
I just love how adoringly Kyle looks at Mackenzie in this shot below!
Nicholas Sparks, if you need inspiration for your next book, I’ll just leave this righttttt here.
Thank you, iPhone 4s for your panorama feature.
Thanks for a great day, Mackenzie and Kyle! I had so much fun with both of you!
It’s days like yesterday that completely reaffirm my passion for photography, and my knowledge that I definitely don’t want to be a teacher much longer. While I should have been lesson planning and/or grading, I couldn’t help look through yesterday’s shoot and share just a couple of shots with you. Thank you Kyle and Mackenzie for such a great day on the Outer Banks yesterday! So many more of my favorites to come later!
The week before Christmas I had the pleasure to shoot Colby and Bryan’s engagement session at Medoc Mountain State Park in Hollister, NC. (I LOVE that it’s warm enough to shoot outside in late December!) It was my first time to the park, which is about half an hour away from where we live in Roanoke Rapids, and I will definitely be going back to hike more of the trails and enjoy the scenery! Colby is my Manager, Teacher Leadership Development in Teach for America, and Bryan is a Roanoke Rapids police officer. But they didn’t meet here in NC. They started dating three years ago in Michigan, meeting through Colby’s little sister and Bryan’s little brother, who were dating at the time. Bryan proposed just a couple weeks ago back in Michigan, and they’ll be married there this summer. They were such a fun couple to photograph! Bryan kept Colby (and me) laughing through the whole session, and that, combined with their obvious love for each other, created such natural photographs. The fact that they could both quit their day jobs and become models didn’t hurt either 😉
I had SUCH a hard time narrowing down my favorites from this shoot, but here are a few!
Thanks to the iPhone panorama feature!
I’ve been neglecting this blog recently. A friend of a friend I met yesterday who is a second year high school music teacher summed up the second year of teaching perfectly. Your first year you can get by measuring success just by whether you are surviving or not. Second year, since you know what you’re doing, you really have to hold yourself and your students more accountable for your goals and start accomplishing them. So, even though my second year has been so much easier in many ways, I find myself working a lot harder and pushing myself and my students much further than I did last year.
Unfortunately that has meant neglecting posting here. But that stops now, because I have two engagement sessions to share with you all. The session I’m posting now was shot in October (see what I mean about how shamefully I’ve been neglecting this blog!), and the other I shot just the other day and will be shared soon.
Anyway, Jo is a 2012 Corps Member in the ENC TFA corps with me, and she and Lance moved to Roanoke Rapids so Jo could teach middle school in Weldon. They are also the proud parents of the cutest Corgi puppy, Fox, who you’ll see in a couple of the photos. Lance and Johanna are getting married right here in Weldon, which I think is so so cool, at an old mill. So it was very fitting that we did their engagement portraits in and around downtown historic Weldon. Take a look at some of my favorite shots.
On my drive to and from work each day, I see fields and old broken down buildings and train tracks and think “I would love to shoot photos there…or there…or THERE!” So when Evan asked if I would shoot his engagement portraits, I knew I wanted to take him and his fiance, Kalie, to downtown historic Weldon. I met Evan this past summer at Teach For America Induction. He teaches 5th grade at another elementary school in my county. In one of the first conversations I had with him, I remember him telling me and a group of other girls about wanting to propose to Kalie over Christmas, and all the girls just swooning over how he talked about his future fiance. And propose over Christmas he did! Which leads us to this e-session.