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This blog is mostly about photography. Couples looking for someone to document their wedding with emotional images full of love and laughter have come to the right place.
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After spending many years working as a newspaper photojournalist covering everything from hurricanes to athletes, presidents and celebrities, I decided to shift gears, go to work for myself, and focus on documenting some incredible weddings. We also do some corporate and editorial photography.
My wife Betsy is my best friend and business partner. I hope you will get to know me, my family and share some of our adventures as I talk about sports, life and, of course, photography.
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Ballet Photography: Charlotte Ballet's Nutcracker



These have been some heady times for Charlotte Ballet, fresh from the Kennedy Center Honors last weekend where dancers and staff were on hand for a tribute to artistic director Patricia McBride and fellow honorees Sting, Tom Hanks, Lily Tomlin and Al Green.

This is a well-deserved honor and a once-in-a-lifetime experience for those involved, including the dancers who got to perform for McBride, President Barack Obama and the many dignitaries and entertainers in attendance.

But it was time to get back to work with the annual performances of The Nutcracker, with numerous shows throughout the holidays.

To see more images from the performance, click here.

Congratulations to this talented group and happy holidays to all!

 

Anna Gerberich and Pete Leo Walker in Charlotte Ballet's Nutcracker

Anna Gerberich and Pete Leo Walker in Charlotte Ballet's Nutcracker

Anna Gerberich practices in Belk Theater

Anna Gerberich practices in Belk Theater

Waiting

Waiting

In the wings

In the wings

Clara and Drosselmeyer

Clara and Drosselmeyer

Addul Manzano lifts Alessandra Ball James

Addul Manzano lifts Alessandra Ball James

Melissa Anduiza and David Morse

Melissa Anduiza and David Morse

Sarah Hayes Harkins

Sarah Hayes Harkins

Anna Gerberich and Pete Leo Walker

Anna Gerberich and Pete Leo Walker





Charlotte Wedding: Meredith and Jonathan



Meredith and Jonathan were married at Myers Park Presbyterian Church and then celebrated at a wonderful reception at the Charlotte Country Club.

Dina Berg Blazek Events and the staff at Charlotte Country Club did a great job as always. And thank you for an excellent assist from talented photographers Laura Mueller and Todd Sumlin.

To see more images from this beautiful event, click here.

Meredith and Jonathan's first dance

Meredith and Jonathan's first dance

Meredith and her father Blair get ready to enter Myers Park Presbyterian Church

Meredith and her father Blair get ready to enter Myers Park Presbyterian Church

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Happy moment leaving the ceremony

Happy moment leaving the ceremony

At Charlotte Country Club

At Charlotte Country Club

Having some fun at the reception

Having some fun at the reception





Charlotte Wedding: Katie and Mark



Following a wonderful wedding at Christ Episcopal Church, Katie and Mark celebrated with an amazing party at Charlotte Country Club.

Thank you to my talented colleagues Laura Mueller and Todd Sumlin for their help documenting this beautiful day. And it's always a pleasure working with Kelli Taddonio and the excellent staff at Charlotte Country Club. Elizabeth House Flowers created some incredible displays at both venues.

To see more images from the day, click here.

Congratulations Katie and Mark!

Katie and Mark exit Christ Episcopal Church in Charlotte

Katie and Mark exit Christ Episcopal Church in Charlotte

Katie and Mark

Katie and Mark

First dance at Charlotte Country Club

First dance at Charlotte Country Club

Sendoff after a great night at Charlotte Country Club

Sendoff after a great night at Charlotte Country Club





Ballet Photography: Charlotte Ballet's The Four Temperaments and Dangerous Liaisons



Charlotte Ballet got its season off to a sizzling start with a mix of traditional and modern.

George Balanchine's classical The Four Temperaments showcased the dancer's precision and form. And Balanchine muse and soon-to-be Kennedy Center honoree Patricia McBride is an incredible resource for the company.

Things turned to the modern and musical with Sasha Janes' Dangerous Liaisons, which mixes dance, fencing and set design with an original score from popular cellist Ben Sollee, who performs the music live suspended above the stage.

To see more images from the performance, click here.

Sarah Hayes Harkins performs

Sarah Hayes Harkins performs

Alessandra James and Josh Hall

Alessandra James and Josh Hall

Anna Gerberich and friends

Anna Gerberich and friends

Dangerous Liaisons

Dangerous Liaisons

Anna Gerberich and Pete Leo Walker

Anna Gerberich and Pete Leo Walker

Epic duel between Pete Leo Walker and Josh Hall

Epic duel between Pete Leo Walker and Josh Hall





Charlotte Wedding: Stuart and David



I had the great pleasure of getting to know Stuart, David and their families during an action-packed wedding weekend.

Our photo documentation started with the rehearsal at Myers Park Presbyterian Church on Friday evening, followed by an elegant dinner at the The Duke Mansion and a fun after-party outside Cafe Monte.

It was great to have some extra help as photojournalist Todd Sumlin, a former colleague of mine from The Charlotte Observer, and our company photographer Laura Mueller, both worked to capture some wonderful images.

The entire event was spectacular, from the wedding at Myers Park Presbyterian Church to the reception at Charlotte Country Club. Elizabeth House Flowers filled seemingly every nook with gorgeous arrangements and the cake from Kathy Allen Fine Cakes was a work of art. Walton Event Design helped keep the weekend on track.

To see more images please click here.

Congratulations to all involved!

Stuart and David at Myers Park Presbyterian Church

Just married - Stuart and David at Myers Park Presbyterian Church

The happy couple

The happy couple

Amazing reception at Charlotte Country Club

Amazing reception at Charlotte Country Club





Charlotte Wedding: Mary Lindsey and Brad



Following a wonderful wedding at Myers Park Presbyterian Church, Mary Lindsey and Brad celebrated with family and friends at Myers Park Country Club.

Thanks to company photographer Laura Mueller for her help.

To see more images from this wedding, click here.

Congratulations to Mary Lindsey, Brad and their families!

 

Mary Lindsey and Brad exit Myers Park Presbyterian Church

Mary Lindsey and Brad exit Myers Park Presbyterian Church

The bride and groom

The bride and groom

Taking the stage at Myers Park Country Club

Taking the stage at Myers Park Country Club





Charlotte Wedding: Maggie and Todd



The first time I worked with Maggie and Todd it was February and we were coming off of a snowstorm. But the weather quickly improved and we had a great time at their engagement session in Charlotte.

No threat of snow for their wedding Saturday but we did dodge a little rain on a typically steamy June day in the Carolinas.

Following a beautiful wedding at Myers Park Baptist Church the celebration moved to nearby Myers Park Country Club.

Thanks as always to our talented company photographer Laura Mueller who helped make sure all of the angles were covered.

It was such a pleasure working with Maggie and Todd's  families.

To see a gallery of early favorites, click here.

Congratulations!

Maggie and Todd

Maggie and Todd

Heading to the church

Heading to the church

The beautiful bride

The beautiful bride

Ceremony at Myers Park Baptist Church

Ceremony at Myers Park Baptist Church

Finishing a wonderful night at Myers Park Country Club

Finishing a wonderful night at Myers Park Country Club





North Carolina Coastal Wedding: Hayden and Will



The prescription was perfect.

Wonderful couple, beautiful setting and a pristine day as Hayden and Will, both doctors, married and celebrated in Wilmington.

The home of Hayden's parents was an idyllic backdrop on a spectacular May evening.

Grace Beason and the staff of Grace Leisure Events coordinated everything and The Catering Company handled the catering and decor.

Thank you to Wilmington photographer Jason Frizzelle for helping me cover the day.

To see a gallery of early favorites, click here.

Congratulations Hayden and Will!

Hayden and Will

Hayden and Will

Spectacular setting along Hewlett's Creek in Wilmington

Spectacular setting along Hewlett's Creek in Wilmington





North Carolina Mountain Wedding: Eleanor and John



Eleanor and John both work in Davidson at Davidson College but they chose a mountain backdrop for their April wedding.

Following a beautiful service at the historic Trinity Episcopal Church in Asheville, the celebration moved to Biltmore Forest Country Club.

It was a wonderful family event which included many special touches, including the service by Eleanor's aunt Sealy and the bride's elegant veil, which has been worn by numerous family members through the years.

Thanks as always to our talented company photographer Laura Mueller for all of her wonderful images.

To see a selection of images from the day, click here.

Congratulations to all!

Eleanor and John at Biltmore Forest Country Club

Eleanor and John at Biltmore Forest Country Club





Ballet Photography: Charlotte Ballet's Othello



North Carolina Dance Theatre has transitioned to Charlotte Ballet and this talented troupe kicked off its shiny new self with Dwight Rhoden's Othello, an impressive melding of high-gloss stage production, music and, of course, incredible dancing.

And in this time of transition, I decided to change things up a bit and you will be able to find the gallery here.

Congratulations again to the new Charlotte Ballet!

Naseeb Culpepper in Charlotte Ballet's production of Dwight Rhoden's Othello

Naseeb Culpepper in Charlotte Ballet's production of Dwight Rhoden's Othello





















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