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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.
We like pictures that tell stories. Photography that doesn't intrude on your day. Images that stand the test of time.
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 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





Ballet Photography: Jiri Kylian's Forgotten Land



It was an exciting night as the former North Carolina Dance Theatre (NCDT) became Charlotte Ballet and the group got to perform a work by acclaimed choreographer Jiri Kylian for the first time.

The main performance was Othello by Dwight Rhoden, but both were so visual that I decided to break them into two posts. (Those images will follow soon.)

The new name comes with new branding and the website is set to launch on Monday.

Congratulations Charlotte Ballet!

Melissa Anduiza and Pete Leo Walker in Forgotten Land

Melissa Anduiza and Pete Leo Walker in Forgotten Land

North Carolina Dance Theatre (now Charlotte Ballet) performs Jiri Kylian's Forgotten Landlotte b

North Carolina Dance Theatre (now Charlotte Ballet) performs Jiri Kylian's Forgotten Land

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Melissa Anduiza and Pete Leo Walker

Melissa Anduiza and Pete Leo Walker

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Pete Leo Walker and Melissa Anduiza

Pete Leo Walker and Melissa Anduiza

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Sarah Hayes Watson and Addul Manzano

Sarah Hayes Watson and Addul Manzano

Watson and Manzano

Watson and Manzano

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Sarah Hayes Watson and Addul Manzano

Sarah Hayes Watson and Addul Manzano

Melissa Anduiza and Pete Leo Walker

Melissa Anduiza and Pete Leo Walker

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Gregory DeArmond

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Anna Gerberich and Jordan Leeper

Anna Gerberich and Jordan Leeper

Gerberich and Leeper

Gerberich and Leeper

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Chelsea Dumas

Chelsea Dumas

Chelsea Dumas and Josh Hall

Chelsea Dumas and Josh Hall

Chelsea Dumas

Chelsea Dumas

Sarah Hayes Watson

Sarah Hayes Watson

Jamie Dee Clifton and David Morse

Jamie Dee Clifton and David Morse

Jamie Dee Clifton

Jamie Dee Clifton

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Anna Gerberich, Melissa Anduiza and Jamie Dee Clifton

Anna Gerberich, Melissa Anduiza and Jamie Dee Clifton

Clifton, Anduiza and Gerberich

Clifton, Anduiza and Gerberich

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Jamie Dee Clifton, Melissa Anduiza and Anna Gerberich

Jamie Dee Clifton, Melissa Anduiza and Anna Gerberich





Charlotte Engagement Photography: Katie and Mark



Davidson College is a special place for Katie and Mark.

The historic Well on campus is the place where Mark, a Davidson graduate, proposed to Katie in late January.

So it seemed the perfect spot for their engagement photos. We braved some strong spring breezes and had a great time wandering around the beautiful campus.

I'm looking forward to working with them again at their October wedding in Charlotte.

Katie and Mark on the Davidson College campus

Katie and Mark on the Davidson College campus

Katie and Mark

Katie and Mark

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Campus stroll

Campus stroll

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Happy couple

Happy couple





Ballet Photography: NCDT's Cinderella



Cinderella, North Carolina Dance Theatre's current offering, allows this dynamic company to show off its collective talents in a major production.

On top of the always amazing dancing, add in wonderful production values with beautiful costumes by A. Christina Giannini, set design by Alain Vaes and original lighting by Nate McGaha. And they all come together with the help of the talented production team led by Edna Mae Berkey. And of course the choreography and leadership of Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux.

This is a visually gorgeous production that incorporates humor along with elegance and grace.

The show runs through March 16th at the Knight Theater.

Pete Leo Walker is the Prince and Anna Gerberich is Cinderella

Pete Leo Walker is the Prince and Anna Gerberich is Cinderella

Cinderella takes care of her chores

Cinderella takes care of her chores

Stepsisters Amanda Smith and Jamie Dee and mother Mark Diamond make Addul Manzon's dress fitting efforts a real challenge

Stepsisters Amanda Smith and Jamie Dee and mother Mark Diamond make Addul Manzano's dress fitting efforts a real challenge

Cinderella is in the background during more antics from Amanda Smith, Mark Diamond and Jame Dee

Cinderella is in the background during more antics from Amanda Smith, Mark Diamond and Jamie Dee

It appears to be a tight fit as Addul Manzano measures Jame Dee

It appears to be a tight fit as Addul Manzano measures Jamie Dee

Anna Gerberich spins as Cinderella

Anna Gerberich spins as Cinderella

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Anna Gerberich

Gerberich takes flight

Gerberich takes flight

Two cooks apparently spoiled the soup for stepsister Amanda Smith

Cooks Hannes Van Wassenhove and Lucas Wilson-Bilbro apparently spoiled the soup for stepsister Amanda Smith

Cinderella finds a practice dance partner

Cinderella finds a practice dance partner

Melissa Anduiza is the Fairy Godmother

Melissa Anduiza is the Fairy Godmother

Megan Dillon is the Spring Fairy

Megan Dillon is the Spring Fairy

Summer Fairy Chelsea Dumas

Summer Fairy Chelsea Dumas

Jordan Leeper as Pan

Jordan Leeper as Pan

Winter Fairy Christina LaForgia

Winter Fairy Christina LaForgia

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Grand exit

Grand exit

Dancing Puppets

Dancing Puppets

Josh Hall and Naseeb Culpepper have some persistent admirers

Josh Hall and Naseeb Culpepper have some persistent admirers

The prince arrives

The prince arrives

Dancing with the stepsisters

Dancing with the stepsisters

Cinderella arrives

Cinderella arrives

Anna Gerberich

Anna Gerberich

The prince finds his dance partner

Cinderella has to make a quick exit

Gregory DeArmond entertains

Gregory DeArmond entertains

More rough treatment for Cinderella

More rough treatment for Cinderella

Melissa Anduiza

Melissa Anduiza

Cinderella and her prince

Cinderella and her prince

Anna Gerberich and Pete Leo Walker

Anna Gerberich and Pete Leo Walker

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Happy ending

Happy ending

Beautiful costumes

Beautiful costumes

Curtain call

Curtain call





















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