This past Friday we attended our first 4th Friday event as a business. We held a contest using our shopping cart (yes, we looked like we were homeless) to hold a bunch of accessories for the community to be creative. They were informed that the most voted for image on Facebook would receive a free 11 x 14 print of the image.
Our winning image was #16 of Jordan Finlayson sporting his bowtie, coconut bra and glasses. Congrats Jordan! Will you be nice and go with the flow and have your image put up at the gym or keep it and let it collect dust.
Being a little bit of a rebel is always a perk unless there is some real life-threatening danger in your rebellious moment. This was the case in Douglas’ senior portrait shoot early morning last week.
Douglas and his amazing mom Sarah had his entire session planned out before we even met for our Prep & Plan session. It made my job a breeze! I didn’t know that our first location was going to be a barn on a restricted, active training ground just inside Pope Air Field. Just as we finished the shoot Douglas mentioned in passing “So we really aren’t supposed to be here. See that other barn over there, they use that to train clearing houses.” My heart skipped a beat. I live near base and hear guns on a daily basis. Knowing that it was a weekday and they just happened to be void of training at the next door barn made me want to charge him hazard pay.
At the end of day I guess all is well as long as no one gets a stray bullet from military training grounds.
I had the pleasure of working with Patrick not once, not twice, but during 3 different sessions.
Our first session was during a class session through my church’s small group “Learning Photography” where we teach budding photographers how to photograph with the goal of giving back to those who can’t afford portraits. Patrick was kind to take some time during our “B&W depth” class to be a model.
Our second session was his location portrait session that yielded some amazing variety, color, expression and emotion in his senior portraits. This session alone would have been on the best male senior portraits to this date I have photographed. But this wasn’t the end of my time with Patrick.
Patrick contacted me for a third shoot after looking at my Pinterest account (www.pinterest.com/RDJphotography) and wanting to play off of an idea of playing chess against himself. It turned out fabulous.
Tori chose the best of both worlds and then took the gorgeous outdoors and “stepped it up” a notch. Our studio session was filled with outfit choices, jumps, a healing bum ankle and some amazing shots of the star dancer. The studio session in and of itself would have been amazing but Tori isn’t an ordinary teenager. She knew what she had in the closet, literally, and directed our weekend shoot in Wilmington, NC and Fort Fisher for shots that just blew us all away. She truly stepped up what I consider senior portraits and I was thrilled to be the one behind the camera.
As we were winding up our shoot in the trees and on the boardwalk we stumbled upon another photographer shooting a model of some sort. They all looked at Tori in her stellar white prom dress and nearly simultaneously stated “Congratulations on the getting married!”
Jordan has personality to spare and friends that are willing to travel to Fort Fisher to assist in making her senior portraits absolutely amazing. I could not have been more impressed in my rockstar ambassador in choice of friends, location and patience during her on-location shoot. A true joy to work with!!
When a man and a woman get married they marry their best friend, start a lifelong relationship with their soul mate and join two families into one. Ashley and Christian stood at the altar on August 4th exchanging amazing vows of love, commitment and understanding their relationship would not have happened, and will not continue to flourish without their God and savior, Jesus Christ.
We had a great time capturing the smiles, the laughs, the kisses, early morning coffee, and all in between in the country town of Benson, NC. We think we passed 3 tractors on the road driving from church to Enoch Winery where the both families cut up the dance floor and glorious fashion.
Thank you Hoempler & Barbour families for allowing us to capture you son and daughter’s amazing and memorable day.
Additionally, we had the pleasure of meeting with Ashley a week before her wedding to take absolutely stunning bridal portraits that we will likely submit to every bridal magazine to have them sign Ashley as a wedding dress model. Truly stunning!!
Janie came into the studio a little nervous about making her senior portraits. Easing her into the portrait process took a few tricks out of the bag but by the end of the shoot she was posing and giving expressions like a new contestant on America’s Next Top Model.
Early morning shoots are a staple in the NC photography world and Bianca Fernandez made the staple become a delicacy. Bianca made my over-caffeinated creative juices a break with her numerous poses, plethora of expressions and legs and arms that could wrap around the globe–a photographer’s dream for posing.