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Mandy + Josh

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Lots of planning and effort made this Christmas themed wedding and reception one of the most wonderful events I have photographed.

 

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Savannah’s Sr Pics

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After a few months of communication with Savannahs mother, we finally were able to schedule a session.   During the session I learned that I was photographing the busiest teenage in the world.  I now realize now why it was difficult to schedule her photo session.  We were fortunate to have decent weather during Savannah’s photo session.   Winter weather returned during the few days following.   We agreed to meet at Weymouth Center in Southern Pines, NC.  Upon arrival I noticed that some tree removal was in process.  With the heavy equipment on the grounds, plenty of photography locations remained for us to use.  Best of luck to Savannah during her college career.

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Kaitlin and Ryan’s Engagement Session

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I’m looking forward to Kaitlin and Ryan’s May 2013 wedding day. If there engagement session is any indication of the fun that they will have on their wedding day, I would hate not to be a witness.  I photographed Kaitlin’s sister’s wedding a few years ago and remember the family very well.  Fun was had by all, including the photographer.  I enjoy seeing people have a good time and I have no doubt that Kaitlin and Ryan’s wedding day will be very similar.

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Congratulations to Cheanna and Brandon

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I remember the spring evening when I received the first call from Cheanna concerning her wedding photography needs.  I could tell in her tone that she was excited about getting married in November.   The fact the her wedding venue recommended me, my website appeared first in her online search and I was planning to be visiting near her Wedding location during the wedding date was all of the confirmation that Cheanna needed to select me as her photographer.  I enjoyed the meeting with Cheanna during the following eight months and my excitement grew as the big day grew near.  As expected the wedding ceremony was great.  I have to compliment the musician and vocalist who performed during the ceremony.   They were both very good.  After a great session of formals we traveled to Pinehurst to the Fair Barn to proceed with the reception.  The decorations and food were very good as was expected.  I was impressed with the many toasts and wonderful words that family and friends had to say about the newlyweds.  The planning was very successful and I wish Cheanna and Brandon a very happy future together.

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Congratulations to Amanda and Robert

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After meeting with Amanda and Robert a few times, exchanging emails and several phone calls, I was looking forward to being part of their big day.  Amanda and Robert chose a wonderful location or their wedding ceremony.   The Hayloft in McLeansville, N.C. is a working farm that also hosts weddings and receptions.  Although Hurricane Sandy had passed by the area a day prior, the conditions were near perfect for photography.  Besides a few gusts of wind and a bit cooler than wanted temps, the day appeared to proceed as planned.  Everyone was on time, the guests were very pleasant and there was a wedding coordinator handling the schedule. I enjoyed watching the family and friends hangout and enjoy the celebration.  My favorite part of the day may have been the toasts.   I enjoy the stories that people tell about the bride and groom during the receptions.  i wish the best for Amanda and Robert.

Autumn’s Last Storm – Hinson Lake

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Another photography goal has been met. Our State Magazine selected one of my photos for their Tar Heel Image page of the November 2012 issue.

Hinson Lake is a beautiful place and I shoot portrait and landscape photos frequently at this location.  I was lucky to catch this scene on a cloudy day.  It’s one of my favorite landscape photos and have a print of this pic hanging in my office. This photo was submitted for the annual photo contest but didn’t win. However, I was excited when Our State contacted me in September wanting to use the photo in the November issue.

Our State is my favorite magazine and I’ve wanted to see one of my photos printed in this publication for a long time.  My next goal will be to earn an assignment from Our State.

 

This scene and various others are available for print purchasing from my Website.

 

Autumn’s Last Storm – Hinson Lake, Rockingham, N.C.

The Rotary Lodge and Hinson Lake is open to the public. Rental fees and regulations are posted below on downloadable PDF files.  Also, all reservations for the Rotary Lodge can be made through the Parks and Recreations Departmentlocated at Browder Park in Rockingham (910) 895-6810.

Hinson Lake is a lovely city park located within the city limits of Rockingham NC. The city has prepared almost 3 miles of walking trails looping around the lake just underneath a shady canopy of trees with numerous wooden bridges including one that is 300ft long with a nice gazebo in the middle  Picnic tables and benches are located around the lake.

Hinson Lake hours of operation (Effective June 11th, 2010)
M-F 4pm- 8pm
Saturday 12pm-8pm
Sunday 1pm-8pm

 

(Hours of Operation contingent upon the weather and demand.)

Call Parks and Recreation for facility and equipment rental pricing at 895-6810.

Rules and Regulations for Rotary Lodge and Hinson Lake

Click here to download a map of Hinson Lak

152 Hinson Lake Road
Rockingham, NC 28379

 

11/2/2012- I received the following letter in the mail and it made my day!

Rock n roll Bride

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NASCAR Returns to The Rock!

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I was excited about helping the local newspaper photograph one of the biggest events to take place at the legendary Rockingham Speedway.  The last NASCAR event at “The Rock” was a Cup Series race on Feb. 22, 2004.   Current track owner, Andy Hillenburg, purchased the track at auction four years ago and has done an amazing job of restoring the track and promoting the return of NASCAR. This was the first Camping World Truck Series race to be hosted at Rockingham Speedway and I doubt that it will be the last.  The April 15th event drew the second largest crowd of the season and fans were provided a great race.  Congratulations to Kasey Kahne for winning the race, but the real winner is Hillenburg.

The Brinks family at OBX

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During a visit to the Outerbanks of North Carolina is was out during sunset capturing the clouds of a storm moving to the north.  The wind was swift, but helped keep the storm away and let the sun peep in and out of the clouds.  As I had my tripod positioned on a dock a gentleman approached me to ask question about photography.  After a brief introduction and conversation about my setup he asked if I would be willing to shoot some photos of his children.  Unfortunately it was too dark and I didn’t have my flash set up with me at the time.  However, we made plans to meet the next morning for some photos on the beach.   I was more than happy to spend some time shooting beach portraits of this family from Richmond VA.

The Fifth Generation

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Miss Chloe

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Sam and Summer Spring Session

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It’s always a pleasure to shoot photos of Sam and Summer.   It was fun bringing in some props to the Hamlet Depot and setting up several scenes.

The Twins celebrate one year.

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These two were more concerned about the eggs than smiling and sitting still.  They proved to be very normal one year olds and were fun to watch as they did their own thing while adults made noises and jumped around to get their attention.

Aubrey’s one year photo session.

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I enjoyed capturing photos of Aubrey last year and was happy to schedule a session to shoot one year/Easter photos for Aubrey’s family.  Aubrey offered many facial expressing for us in the studio and outside around the garden area.

 

Congratulations to Mike and Blair

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I have enjoyed working with Mike and Blair during the previous few months as they planned their wedding day.   Our first session was at Atalaya Castle new Murrells Inlet, SC for their engagement photos.  Next was Blairs bridal session at Leak Wall home and gardens in Rockingham, N.C.  The big day brought us together again at Wedgefield Plantation in Georgetown, SC.  The ceremony was held outside underneath moss covered trees with the reception taking place inside the plantation home.  best wishes to Mike and Blair.

 

 

 

Working with Hlee.

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Hlee contacted me several weeks ago requesting that I mentor her during her Senior school project.  After finding out about her topic and research I was happy to say “yes” and make arrangements to begin working with her.  Her project of comparing the tones and reactions between color and black and white photos sounded interesting to me.  After reading her initial report I could tell that Hlee had spend some time working on this project.  We planned several meeting to discuss various photos, shooting procedures and techniques.  Hlee also made herself available to assist me with several photo sessions to pick up some pointers in preparation for her project photos.   The session with her as the model allowed her to be in front of the camera while I explained, in detail, various methods for obtaining the desired photos.  We still have more work to do as Hlee finalizes her presentation and I look forward to seeing the final product.

 

 

Kierstan’s Senior Portraits

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Kierstan met me at Hamlet Depot one evening to pose for her Senior Portraits. The days leading to this day were very warm and comfortable. However, the night before saw a cold front move in and it brought wind with it. Regardless of the unpleasant conditions, Kierstan hung in there and followed direction without any complaints. We were fortunate to be able to enter the Depot to warm up and capture a few additional shots.

 

 

 

Brandie and Houston

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Brandie and Houston drove from Greensboro one evening for their photos session.  We met in Downtown Hamlet to shoot some couples photos for them.  While we shooting some random shots on a set of railroad tracks a freight train slowly approached us and stopped.  this could not have happened at a better time as if we had ordered it for the photo session.   I enjoyed working with the couple and look forward to working with them in the future.

 

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