2015 Behind the Scenes

2015 has been an amazing year for my little business! I was able to shoot 14 weddings and second shoot 6 weddings. I had 5 different wonderful second shooters work for me: Sammi, Lauryn, Heather, Sharmila, and Kristen (thanks girls!!!). I've really enjoyed going back through pictures from this year and digging out some of the behind the the scenes pictures! It's amazing to reflect on all the people the Lord has allowed me to meet this year and all of the places I've been. Having a photography business can be difficult sometimes because it means that you miss a lot of nights and weekends and time with family and friends, but it also allows you to experience so many amazing things! This year photography has brought me to the Library of Congress and the Capitol, inside an exclusive and private garden with a fire breathing dragon, to the charming streets of Charleston, and to many other wonderful places! Here's a few behind the scenes pictures from 2015:

 Shooting weddings with Sammi is always a blast! Just about every wedding we're together I have her stand in various spots to test the light before I take pictures of the bride and groom or wedding party there.

Shooting weddings with Sammi is always a blast! Just about every wedding we're together I have her stand in various spots to test the light before I take pictures of the bride and groom or wedding party there.

 I have a lot of pictures of Sammi fluffing veils for me! She's the best!

I have a lot of pictures of Sammi fluffing veils for me! She's the best!

Shooting Lauren and Sudeep's wedding in Charleston was definitely one of the highlights of my year! For one thing, Lauren is a dear friend and her and Sudeep are a really great couple. Their wedding also took place in CHARLESTON, need I say more?! And Alex got to come with me and learn some photography skills as my third shooter! We had a blast!

 

I got to photograph my first styled shoot in August and it was SUCH a wonderful experience and it really pushed me to be creative! Randi with Carry Your Heart Events (pictured above) did an amazing job of coordinating the shoot. I'm getting really eager to do another shoot soon!

We had a hilarious time trying to get pictures of Joe and Melissa. The horses kept trying to eat her bouquet!

This was one of my favorite engagement sessions! Alex and I took pictures of Dan and Alexa in Georgetown (one of my favorite parts of DC) and we had a blast!

Can you spot the photographer?? :)

You can't really tell here but there's a giant stone fire-breathing dragon behind these girls! :)

I've crouched down on many busy streets this year (the picture above is right downtown Raleigh) to get the perfect ring shot. I'm sure people think I'm crazy! But hey, whatever it takes!!

The above pictures were taken in the midst of the hurricane earlier this fall in South Carolina. If only we could have gotten a shot of Sammi holding an umbrella over me while I stood on a stool with the wind and rain almost knocking me over (ok that may be a slight exaggeration) to get bridal party pictures! 

Shooting in the middle of Union station was amazing and HECTIC! What you don't see are the TONS of people walking by us that we're trying to work around. Oh wait, this guy in the picture below might give you a better idea of what it was like...ugh... :)

 

I'll end with three of my favorite places I got to shoot this year: DC (IN the library of congress!), on top of table rock, and Charleston!

It truly has been an amazing year and I'm so thankful for everyone who has believed in my business and supported me! THANK YOU! I can't wait to see what 2016 holds!!

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