Leah and Joe are like some sort of fairytale love story. She’s from the states, here in North Carolina and he’s from England and met at a concert while he was in the states. The rest is history. The magnetic connection they share is something that is just amazing to witness and fortunately for us, we had the opportunity to capture it during our time with them up at a foggy Black Balsam Knob. Maybe the frigid temps up there gave more reason to cuddle up, but I believe they would of been glued to one another had it been 90 degrees. There really isn’t much better than hitting up some amazing places in the Blue Ridge Mountains with a couple who is mad for one another. And then on top of that, getting lucky enough to have that beautiful fog!? I mean, that’s like a dream right there.
A couple weeks ago I (Brett) went up to NYC for a couple shoots. Jess and I love traveling up there to shoot and play, but if I am being honest, it’s kind of weird not going with her, so I try to make myself super busy. That’s exactly what I did. It was sort of insane. Doing just one New York City couples session can be overwhelming in itself, so I should of known doing three would of been a real test. Thankfully, I passed. I think.
It’s rare that we ever actually shoot in the city. We usually shoot over in Brooklyn, but recently we’ve been really enjoying staying over in the LES at The Ludlow Hotel. We just love that area in general. So, for Hannah + Winston’s shoot, we shot in the city and just sorta wandered and explored around. These two cool kids made it even more fun. From shooting in the most unsuspected places in Chinatown to having an entire street/alley to ourselves in Tribeca and then to finding the most amazing and most pink Italian place in Nolita called Pietro Nolita and finally ending it all back at my hotel after grabbing a bite to egg at one of my favorite spots, Egg Shop, it was a great time.
It’s not everyday that couples are willing to make a hike like this one, but Caitlen + Matthew were all for it. To make their Hawksbill Mountain engagement session happen, we met up with them in Wilkesboro and carpooled out to the beautiful Linville Gorge out past Boone, NC. It’s a beautiful landscape that Jessica and I used love visiting while we were in college. The hike isn’t all that hard, but when you add in the weight of photo gear, change of clothes for the couple and of course, you also don’t want anyone to work up too much of a sweat, it’s definitely one of those a lot might pass on. To us, it’s always totally worth it. Making memories and having time to really connect with our couples is a big part of our process, which is why we often try to make our engagement sessions based on something exciting, adventurous and beautiful. So thankful that Caitlen + Matthew made this trek and as you can see, it was all totally worth it.
Can’t hardly wait for Caitlen + Matthew’s wedding at Overlook Barn next month!
Samantha and Lee have been living in Asheville for a little while now, so it was only natural to have their elopement take place nearby. We went up to one of their favorite spots, not far from Asheville, in the Pisgah National Forest. Black Balsam Knob also happens to be one of our favorite places in that area as well. Luckily for us though, Samantha + Lee are avid runners and spend a lot of time running trails all throughout the mountains, so they took us to a spot we hadn’t been to out there and it was incredible. When we left Asheville, it was still rather sunny and bright, but as we drove up the Blue Ridge Parkway, the temperature began to drop and beautiful fog began to roll in. Although the fog didn’t allow for us to see the beautiful views from the ridge we hiked to, it still made for this amazing, romantic and moody vibe, which we all just loved.
It was truly a highlight of our year. Just Samantha + Lee and us. It was incredible. It was so intimate and so silent and so still. No distractions making a perfect environment for them to share and express their love. As we hiked back out, we could hear the red fox’s howling off in the distance. It was almost as if they were cheering and congratulating them on their marriage.
Ashley + Charles are simply awesome people. When you are around them, life feels more free and uplifting and who doesn’t want to feel that way?! So when we set out to plan their Asheville mountain engagement session, we knew we wanted it to feel just that way. We met for beers down in Brevard and drove up to Black Balsam Knob, one of our favorite places ever. As you can see, we had the most amazing light and just best day to shoot. As we were finishing up, this beautiful fog rolled in as the sun was setting and created the most beautiful atmosphere. It was the absolute perfect way to wrap up a session!
Grayson Highlands is one of our favorite places to visit and to shoot at. That terrain and those views *heart eyes*. Also, did we mention there are wild ponies out there!? Yes, amazing long haired wild ponies! Unfortunately though, when we traveled up to Virginia for Chloe + Nick’s shoot, we had just missed them. Apparently, every year they sell off a bunch of the ponies to make room for the ones that are about to be born. We were slightly bummed, but it’s still just an amazing place. Add some nearly perfect light and an adorable, wildly in love couple and you won’t even think about the lack of ponies 🙂
You might recall the session we shared from this past fall of Rebekah + Stephen we did during that 9 month transition period of not being and a parent and about to be a parent. Haha. Well, Rebekah + Stephen recently welcomed their beautiful daughter Penelope into their lives and into the world. And let us tell you first hand, she is ADORABLE. Once again, it was such an honor to be able to photograph this sweet family. We ventured out to their home to do their Durham family home session and it was perfect. So relaxed and fun. And of course, it’s always so much fun chatting about babies and baby things, so we did a good bit of that too. But holding little Penelope was my favorite part. It took me back to when Forrest was that tiny and needed us for everything. It’s a wonderfully odd feeling to be honest, but more than anything, it’s a feeling that really makes you realize your purpose and sorta starts to bring everything in life full circle. It’s magical.
This past fall we had the pleasure of photographing something a little different than what you might typically see on from us. We photographed our friends Rebekah and Stephen prior to the birth of their beautiful daughter, Penelope. Rebekah is a brilliant photographer in her own right, so it was an honor to photograph this for them. We woke up SUPER early and headed out to a special little place right outside of town to do their Raleigh maternity session, spending sometime connecting and photographing them in this season of their life. It was pretty much perfect. We are sharing this session well after sweet little beautiful Penelope was born, but looking back at this session, we couldn’t imagine a more perfect child for them. She is just amazing and insanely precious. Keep an eye for for our in home session with Rebekah, Stephen and Penelope 🙂
One thing we’ve always loved about the end of year is the part of it when we sit down and look back everything we did, everything we experienced and the places we have gone. Being creatives who are the only driving force behind a business, is not only important but also super riveting. All of the amazing people we’ve met and the places we’ve visited were amazing, but in the end, nothing compares to the stories we captured. We captured so many this year. 31 wedding to be exact and 22 engagement sessions, 10 family sessions and 2 anniversary sessions. This year, we got to travel to Maine, Maryland, Virginia, South Carolina and Georgia as well as so many trips back and forth across the state of North Carolina. And while everything can sometimes feel as though it’s changed for us since having baby, we’ve certainly learned how to value our time, work and art more and more. We intentionally scheduled a slower spring this past year, so we could spend as much time with our son while he still just a teeny tiny baby and it was 100% worth it. The learning process of going from being a full-time photographer running your own business to being full-time parents and still being-full time photographers running your own business will certainly shape anyone as a person, creative and business owner. We can’t wait continue that process this year and expand ourselves emotionally, mentally and certainly creatively.
This year, we were extremely blessed to have the opportunity to work some amazing brands. When we say extremely blessed, we seriously mean that. Working with brands and small businesses is something we absolutely love, in addition to weddings, elopements and portrait/family sessions. From Bobble to Slingshot Coffee Co. to our friends at Good South, Remodelista, Bare Bones, The Haymaker and from the app megahouse WillowTree to and more, it’s been especially amazing because each of these brands and businesses have been so in sync with the way we work and produce our images. Here’s to hopefully doing more work with more amazing brands and businesses this year too!