I am on a blogging ROLL lately! Damn! Today we are going back to April to visit a shoot with the lovely Britni McIntosh! You may have noticed, I am still digging through my older shoots that need to be blogged, and I am doing so in no particular order. I hope you like this trip down memory lane that I’ve been doing. I swear I will catch up one of these days….
Britni is the sweetest little thing. I have known her for ages. We grew up in the same crowd of friends and now we are all old and still friends. Woohoo! Britni was actually one of my very first guinea pigs EVER when I got my first camera (Nikon D60) a few years ago. While Britni kicked ass on that shoot, looking at my old work kind of burns my eyes out. I’m making these really small so no one can actually see them.
HAHAHA. If it gives you any indication of how old this is, I found this photo on an old hard drive from 2009 in an folder entitled “Myspace”…….
….. I’ve lost my train of thought.
Now it’s 2013. And I got to shoot her again for the first time since my early days. It was pretty stoked!! I’ve wanted to shoot her for so long but she lives in Indiana and I live in Washington, DC. Somehow, the stars aligned and we were both vacationing in North Carolina at the same time in April and we were able to schedule a quick shoot together!
We decided to do two looks together. One sweet and happy and one dark and gothy. Since this photoshoot is from April, I’ve lost all of my Behind the Scenes photos, so I am shamelessly borrowing them from Britni’s instagram. Thanks honey bunny!
Two look sneak peek!
Knowing that we had limited time and two looks, I decided to shoot the black and white look first. I wanted to save the pink look for shooting the sunset because I knew the colors of the sunset would pop more against the pink than they would against the black. We started in an abandoned fraternity or sorority (??) house. I used to live near this abandoned building with the greek letters Delta Kappa and an owl painted inside it. In my extremely minimal google searching, I still don’t know (or really care) what it is/was. All it is now is a pretty cool photo spot.
On to the goods! First setup:
& a lighting test outtake of me falling.
Yes, those striped legs belong to yours truly.
For this next set, I wanted to try some seriously low key lighting. I love the way the deep shadows play into the feel of this image.
And the outtakes. Here is Britni making some adorably menacing faces in our lighting test.
Then we popped outside for a few more shots by this creepy lamp post in the backyard of this house.
All done here! Time to lighten the mood a little bit and change outfits! Planning shoots while in different states can be difficult. We were each picking pieces of our wardrobe for the shoot. After texting pictures back and forth we settled on something that looked like this.
Now that is some good e-planning!
Britni got changed and we headed out to our next location: a huge field of beautiful yellow flowers.
Once we were there, we had some time to kill while waiting for the sun to go down.
Well, may as well take some pictures!
La la la laaaaaaa… Just waiting for the sun…
While the lighting is pretty, it’s not the lighting I was looking for.
BAM! Perfect! Time to knock em dead!
OH yeah! I forgot to mention! These photos were featured in Deadly Dessert Magazine’s May issue that had a flower theme. Check out our spread! Woohoo!
Finally, we wrapped up a fun day of shooting together. If you’re interested in either of the wigs that Britni is wearing in the photos above, please check out Gothic Lolita Wigs. The black and white split is a discontinued wig, but you can see GLW‘s new longer splits HERE. The pink wig she is wearing is Gothic Lolita Wigs’ Rhapsody Collection in Rose, which can be found HERE. Her lashes are Born to Flirt from Dolluxe.
Thanks Britni! I am so happy we could make this day work and I can’t wait for our paths to cross again!!! I’ll dress you up like Hermione and take your photo. 😉
Charlotte, North Carolina
Davidson, North Carolina
Oh no… I’ve neglected this blog again. I’m so bad!! Lately I’ve been playing on TUMBLR a lot and I kind of forgot about this sweetheart blog that goes back further than any blog I’ve ever had. So, I apologize for the lack of updates. Honestly, I can’t say I’ve been shooting a lot anyway. I was working on a traveling television show for two months so that’s where a lot of my time went. Yeah.. I’m going to blame that for the lack of updates…. yeah…
Oh no. My first entry back and I’ve already started to ramble! I am so out of practice! I guess that’s what happens when you update in the middle of the night. Let me grab your attention back with some photos of my gorgeous sister Genna. Quick back story about what this photo set means to me, and then, as promised, photos of Genna’s freakishly pretty face.
I grew up in beautiful North Carolina. When that autumn air hits in North Carolina, there is nothing quite like it. The leaves change all kinds of colors and… to me… it’s home. This year, I was traveling in the desert during the time when the leaves turn these magical colors. After filming when I came back to DC, I was so sad because I felt like I missed the season all together. All the trees were dead and cold. Then, as Genna and I were walking home from the grocery store one day, we spotted color. And lots of it. One tree had waited until that week to turn bright yellow and drop all of it’s glowing leaves into a pile on the street. Because of that tree, I got my autumn.
Thank you, tree.
& Genna, I guess. 😉
Hi guys!! Last weekend I had the privilege of shooting Mike and Johanna’s wedding on May 5, 2012. It was SUCH a beautiful day. They got married aboard the “N 2 Deep” yacht (Championship Yacht Charters) on Lake Norman, NC. We were picked up from Travis Pointe in Mooresville, NC which is an AMAZING venue in itself. That property is just incredible, and a great option if you are looking to get married in the LKN area. While I am based out of Washington, DC, I have a special attachment to LKN and love it more than any place in the world.
Let’s start with the dress and the details of the day. The colors of the wedding were Carolina blue and white. This combo is so gorgeous and one of my favorites!
Check out this amazing dress! I love how casual yet completely elegant and beautiful it was. Just wait til you see it on Johanna… wow!
I am obsessed with these GUESS shoes!
How adorable are these flower girl baskets?
These flowers are SO beautiful. The florist really knocked it out of the park. I also love the touch of the bedazzles in the bouquet and boutonniere and the carolina blue bow to tie the flowers to the theme.
Drum roll, please! Ceremony time! Here are a few highlights from the ceremony.
Everyone loves flower girls and ring bearers! These are some of the cutest I’ve seen!
Cue Johanna! Mike sees his bride for the first time. Aww! Always my favorite part!
What a radiant smile!
Adorable flower girl picking up petals during the ceremony.. hehehe…
You may kiss the bride!
I now present Johanna and Mike Bohn!
Meet the wedding party!
Now it is time for our bride and groom to relax and enjoy some drinks together and for the reception to begin!
Meet DJ Bob! We have worked other weddings together so it was great to be reunited with another vendor! Always cool to see familiar faces.
Okay… I am going to give you fair warning to brace yourself for this next set. It is potentially the cutest thing ever to hit this earth. Flower girls eating strawberries and cupcakes. See if you can handle it…
Hahaha.. Oh man. I love those two.
Check out this killer sunset from the front of the boat!
A beautiful first dance!
As I am writing this, I am laughing recalling this. This was definitely a fun bunch! And here are a few more dancing party people to top off the night.
And the clouds broke just enough for the Supermoon to light up the sky. An amazing end to an amazing night. Thanks so much to Mike and Johanna for letting me be a part of their special day. I really had a blast hanging with y’all! Best of luck to you both!
Lake Norman, NC
Hey y’all! I know I’ve been really neglecting this blog but guess what! Now I am on Thanksgiving vacation so time to update this sucker. As a lot of you know, I’ve been spending a ton of time in North Carolina filming my silly little part in Season 9 of One Tree Hill. My off days of filming meant on days of photoshoots! Yaaahh!
One of those days, I had the pleasure of shooting the staff photos for The Rockin Roller Salon & Boutique in Wilmington, North Carolina. These hair artists are by far the most badass group of people with the coolest vibe I’ve ever been around. If you are looking for some tough punks with tattoos and hair dye, check out the Rockin Roller off of Kerr Ave.
I told you they were awesome!
Wilmington, North Carolina
Hey hey hey!
Last week, Sam and her mom and sister drove out to Wilmington from Charlotte to meet me for some beachy Roxy-esque senior portraits. I figured there was NO WAY our schedules would match because I only had one free day in Wilmington.. Fortunately, the odds were in our favor, and everything lined up perfectly. I love the Roxy surf style, and I of course love spending time at Wrightsville Beach, so I was stoked to have this all work out, and to get to meet Sam and her awesome family.
Everyone keeps asking me how I got to shoot Emma Watson! Isn’t she so cute?
I love these! The wind was SOOOO out of control! I seriously had to plant myself in the sand so I didn’t blow over! I am little!!! Luckily, my camera weighs me down. ;D
Love this color palette!
Gotta rock the deer shirt for mom!
Quick family shot!
Aww! What an awesome day! I am so happy it all worked out!!! All the best to you, Sam, and good luck in college!!! It’s the best time of your life.. live it up! Unless you decide to be a photographer, because then the good times never stop. 😉
Senior Portrait Photography
Hey guys!! It’s been a while since I’ve put up a wedding post, so here ya go! While I was in Wilmington last week, my old buddy and photography sensei Chris Van Atta asked me if I’d like to be second shooter on a wedding he had coming up. OF COURSE, I said I’d love to! It was so so so great to be reunited with my buddy after almost a year of not shooting together. Isn’t that insane?! UGH. So that led me to meet Heather and Adam, a wonderfully spunky couple that goes by “Heat” and “Addy” — Love it!
So sweet! While Heather was getting ready at the Hilton Riverside, Adam was holding down the fort at the beautiful St. Thomas Preservation Hall. It was a cool time of day for lighting in the hall!
Here are some shots of the green/blue peacock theme!
Presenting the couple! Yay!
Awww what an awesome ceremony. So during the switch from wedding chapel to reception party room, we hit the streets of downtown Wilmington, NC for some fun family photos.
Vintage style kissin’ in the street. That’s where it’s at!
On our way back to the reception, we made a pit stop outside of Yosake, where Heather and Adam shared their first date. Awww. 🙂
The reception was a lot of fun too! I spent most of the night assisting Chris with lighting but here are a few quick shots of Heather and Adam’s first dance!
Well guys, that’s it! I hope you enjoyed Heather and Adam’s Wilmington wedding!
Until next time! xo
I met LaKeya a few months ago when I was working as the Production Designer on the independent feature film Turning Home. She was also working on the film. We talked about me being a photographer and viola! A few months later, here are LaKeya’s bright and shiny new headshots!
She wanted to incorporate her wrist and leg braces into her photos to give a sense of who she is. This is what we came up with!
Hey! I hate to do this to you- two studio shoots in a row! I know! But fortunately, they are very different!!
Do you guys remember Sierra? The swan from my animal series? Well, today I shot her senior portraits! So happy to work with her again.. she is such an incredibly talented model. It blows me away! I would say that she is easily one of the top 3 most photogenic people I think I have ever shot…. which makes my job super easy and fun!!!
We were going to shoot location but the NC tornadoes seemed to prevent that. No problem!
Again, Subreen came out to Davidson to work her makeup magic on Sierra. We started with a more “natural” look… but not too natural!
She is just so photogenic! I love the blues of her shirt and eyes on the gray background. They compliment each other so well! Next up was a super cute denim dress. We knocked out a few studio shots with the dress and then after peeking out the window, I saw my chance to take her outside. With her dress and her cowboy boots, I knew just where to go…
This one is my favorite!! It totally looks like it could be an album cover or something. Carrie Underwood much?
Next up: Rockstar outfit! Sequin shirt that looks so great on her.. tough to pull something like that off! Glam!
The next outfit was my favorite outfit! Sierra kicked into fashion model mode and nailed these photos.
Sierra is going to USC next year where she is gonna rule the school. She wanted some photos with her incredibly long lasting USC balloons and USC hoodie. I love these.. I could just feel how excited Sierra was at the thought of going off to school. I am happy for her and I know she is going to kick ass down in South Carolina!
OH! Bonus picture:
Senior Portrait Photography
Hey yall! I know I’ve been neglecting the blog (again).. I’ve just been busy! Sorry!!!
Okay, so here is the story about this photoshoot. I found this amazing hat at a consignment store in Florida like a year and a half ago for $15. There’s no way I couldn’t buy it, right? So I got it and have been hanging on to it all this time and have never shot it because I could never think of anyone who could rock it exactly how I wanted. Then I thought of Sheb. Friends from forever ago… She’s beautiful and classic and perfect.
So Subreen met Shelby & me at my house for a midnight photoshoot on Thursday night. Here ya go!
Enjoy the safety chair, grumpy faces, and eyelash boogers!
Final Product awaits!
Model: Shelby Cedrone
Hair/MUA: Subreen Davis
Photo: Alexa Poletti Photography
I do plan to return to these when I am all caught up with my clients, heh… I love these though.. I can’t wait to revisit them! Here is a bonus picture of my two hunny bunnys:
Hey everyone!! Today was my DAY OFF from the movie! Decided that I needed to take a serious breather and go zen out shooting some yoga poses for my best friend, Nicole. Loving how they turned out!!!
She is so talented and strong! I am so proud of her!
Once it started getting a little bit darker, I decided I wanted to play with some flash. Time to light her up!! Again.. love the results! The colors turned out fantastic!
Now back to reality… work work work! Movie will be done at the end of this month and I’m fully booked until mid-May so you’ll have a lot of new stuff coming your way soon… xo!
How could I NOT visit the lake and these pups on a beautiful, beautiful day like today?
Sending picture updates of her dog, Pancake (alias: Brenda, Tippy), to my twin sister Genna who has moved out to California. Little Pan even flashed a smile thinking of mama…
Scraggly little thing!! Do you guys remember when she was just a tiny pup?
Hehe…. Well, she has definitely transformed into a stinky little lake dog…
Heheh… aww… these guys melt my heart. Here is Anne, the looker of the family:
Can’t wait for spring! Bring on more of this awesome weather!!
Hey guys! Busy weekend for Genna and I.. shooting Brianna Little on Saturday and Arsenio Clemens on Sunday! Lucky for you, this entry is starring the fabulous Brianna!!! She booked a senior portrait shoot with me and to my wonderful surprise, she is also an INCREDIBLY talented DANCER! And yall know how I love dancers… !!! Yessss!
While we were at it, we decided to do some killer dance shots for Brianna’s portfolio. Genna grabbed a few behind the scenes shots for our Lake Norman location.. Check Brianna out! She practically floats! So graceful..!
And heres to me working my magic:
So after nailing that location, we headed to our next spot in Davidson to knock out a few more dance shots.. Beautiful!
Alright, that’s it for Brianna Little. I told you she was fantastic. Check back for Arsenio’s Gaga-inspired Glam shoot!
Lake Norman, NC
Hey guyyyyys! So… with all this work on the series, I felt like I should take a trip before my upcoming weddings sentence me to eternity in my studio, editing, editing, editing… So, my sweet sweet beau and I went off for a romantic getaway at my family’s mountain house in the tiny town of Todd, NC. Apparently, the leaves had just changed the night before we left to head up there… we heard that they had all been green the day before. How very lucky of us to have a sight like this off of our porch:
This house is very special to my family. My grandfather, who passed away at a very young age before I was born, is buried in the graveyard next to the house. He built this house.. all by himself, by hand. It is really, really amazing. I wish so much that I had gotten the chance to meet him. From what I have heard about him, I think that we would have been really great friends. A spectacular man.
“Though he traveled the world, he loved this place.”
On the other side of the house, is a beautiful pond. The reflection of the changing leaves on the calm water was such a sight. It was like something out of a travel magazine. I really couldn’t believe how great our timing was to get up here just as the leaves were becoming these brilliant colors.
Brendan and I had fun feeding the fishes in the pond.. They seem to really love crackers. Hehe! While feeding the fish, I wanted to get them to bite my finger.. so as I was leaning over the edge of the dock, I kept sticking my head in all of these elaborate spiderwebs. I didn’t want to break them, so I gave up my hopes of being nipped by one of the hungry fish. It seemed like fun at the time… now it just sounds kind of crazy. Next time?
Today, we went kayaking down the New River. It was so funnn! I felt like Pocahontas.. the colors of the wind, just around the river bend… It was incredible! I’m telling you! The leaves were stunning!!!!
Home now from vacation.. about to start back working again very soon. My photos will be up and available to see at a local gallery opening on Friday night. Look for new wedding photos on Saturday night, and new animal series photos on Sunday night!
Cross your fingers I survive! Until then, xx.
Hey everyone. Do you like my blogs new makeover? Pretty stylish, huh? Some benefits to this new layout: NO annoying sidebar over on the righthand side anymore & I can display my photos in BIGGER SIZES. I am not going to go through the trouble of correcting my older entries.. I am just going to start now. For those entries, as with this one, you can still click photos for higher resolution images. And now for….
Labor Day wedding! This is Cyndy and Marcus, the most laid back couple I think I’ve ever worked with. Their wedding was held at their family’s inn, the Pines Country Inn, an amazing old building in Pisgah Forest, NC. This group is so sweet and hospitable.. Make ya feel like family! Whoever their florist was killed it- the flowers were awesome!!! Have a look for yourself…
A weeping mother… so sweet!
Pisgah Forest, NC
Hey everyone! Time for another post! These are the beautiful LaCarter children, who also happen to be my cousins. Good genes run in my family, ya know? They are sooo cute, ahh, I can’t get over it. Just want to give them little hugs forever. The shoot was for Laylee’s baby book- she is the youngest and also the only girl. She’s almost two and the sweeeeeetest little thing. I may be a little biased though…
I swear, their parents really have their hands full with this bunch!!!
Rocky Mount, NC
Heyyy guys! I am finally getting back in the swing of things here after my move to Charlotte, NC. I am posting way out of order here by posting Andres and Jessica’s engagement photos from today, but I really love these and wanted to get them up asap! Photos you can look forward to in the future are vacation pics from Niagara Falls (SO FUN!), LaCarter family photos, and beautiful house for sale! BUT for now… Introducing.. Andres and Jessica!!!
What’s up! Dropping in to tell all of you bands to record your next album with Cordova Sound in China Grove, NC. I shot their studio for AP magazine and the guys there are all really awesome.
Studio: Cordova Sound
Music Photography, China Grove, NC