Wedding Photography: 2009 Moments

Every wedding is a story.

Our documentary approach to wedding photography helps bring that story back to life. We wanted to share just a few of the many, many wonderful moments we photographed in 2009.

We wish all of our friends and clients all the best in the coming year as we look forward to the moments to come.

Happy New Year!

Bride fixes her dress during portrait sessin at Duke Mansion

Bride fixes her dress during portrait session at Duke Mansion

Bridesmaids check the bride

Bridesmaids check the bride

A quick glance while getting ready

A quick glance while getting ready

First look

First look

Happy bride

Happy bride

Father's first look

Father's first look

Patience during photo session

Patience during photo session

Entertaining bridesmaid

Entertaining bridesmaid

Watching as the bride walks down the aisle

Watching as the bride walks down the aisle

Sealed with a kiss

Sealed with a kiss

Grandmother's hug

Grandmother's hug

Joyful couple

Joyful couple

Fun after the ceremony

Fun after the ceremony

Pausing before entering the reception

Pausing before entering the reception

Off to the reception

Off to the reception

A happy walk

A happy walk

First dance

First dance

Lost in the moment

Lost in the moment

At the reception

At the reception

Father/daughter dance

Father/daughter dance

Enthusiastic dancers

Enthusiastic dancers

Party time

Party time

Good grab

Good grab

Bridesmaid surprise

Bridesmaid surprise

Big sendoff

Big sendoff





Personal Photography: New York City Scenes

We had a big change of pace this year as our family headed to New York City to celebrate Christmas.

I hope everyone had a joyful holiday. We had a great time spending time together and doing some exploring around the city.

I wanted to share a few images I snapped along the way.

Here's to a great 2010!

Rainy street scene the day after Christmas

Rainy street scene the day after Christmas

Panning with a slow shutter speed

Panning with a slow shutter speed

Shot through a store window while waiting for my family at H&M

Shot through a store window while waiting for my family at H&M

Subway scene

Subway scene

Waiting on the train

Waiting on the train





Merry Christmas!

An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the Angel said to them, "Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.

Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.

When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, "Let's go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about." So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger.

Luke 2:9-16

We wish all of our friends and clients a very Merry Christmas.

May your holiday season filled with hope, peace and joy.

The Records - Chris, Betsy, Alison and Sean

Merry Christmas from the Records - Chris, Betsy, Alison and Sean

Merry Christmas from the Records - Chris, Betsy, Alison and Sean





Charlotte Wedding: Barbara and Pete

Neither snow, nor ice nor anything else for that matter could stop Barbara and Pete's festive wedding in Charlotte Saturday.

Some nasty winter weather pelted much of the area around Charlotte on Friday and it did keep several guests from making it to the wedding. But those who were able to make the trip were treated to a wonderful, intimate family celebration.

After exchanging vows at Providence Baptist Church, the couple took a short limo ride to the reception at The Morehead Inn. The combination of the inn's holiday decor and florals from Flowers From the Cellar was enough to put anyone in the Christmas spirit.

Haines Barksdale of For Goodness Cakes created another masterpiece and Flowers From the Cellar, First Impressions Linens and the staff at The Morehead Inn all did an excellent job. And it was a pleasure working with the talented Alyse of Alyse Woodward Events. Everything came together beautifully and she handled the weather issues and was also able to stall Barbara for Pete's surprise carriage ride after the reception.

Congratulations Barbara and Pete and Happy Holidays to all!

Barbara and Pete exit Providence Baptist Church

Barbara and Pete exit Providence Baptist Church

Amazing colors and a wonderful holiday feel at Providence Baptist Church

Amazing colors and a wonderful holiday feel at Providence Baptist Church

Little Emma is excited about seeing the festive church

Little Emma is excited about seeing the church

Beautiful bouquet from Flowers From the Cellar

Beautiful bouquet from Flowers From the Cellar

The Rev. Beth McConnell, a friend who performed the ceremony, prays with Barbara before the wedding

The Rev. Beth McConnell, a friend who performed the ceremony, prays with Barbara before the wedding

Emma and Barbara while getting ready

Emma and Barbara have fun while getting ready

Barbara gets some help with the dress

Barbara gets help with the dress

Getting ready

Getting ready

Barbara and Jenna wait to make their entrances

Barbara and Jenna wait to make their entrances

A tribute to Pete's mother

A tribute to Pete's mother

Barbara's mother enters the church

Barbara's mother enters the church

Flower girls Asheland and Jenna

Flower girls Asheland and Jenna

Pete watches Barbara enter the church as Rev. McConnell looks on

Pete watches Barbara enter the church as Rev. McConnell looks on

The ceremony

The ceremony

The kiss

The kiss

Sharing a quiet moment after the ceremony

Sharing a quiet moment after the ceremony

Barbara and Pete arrive at The Morehead Inn

Arriving at The Morehead Inn

A stolen moment at the reception

A stolen moment at the reception

Guitarist Charles Vaughn adds to the atmospher at The Morehead Inn

Guitarist Charles Vaughn adds to the atmospher at The Morehead Inn

Edible art from Haines Barksdale at For Goodness Cakes

Edible art from Haines Barksdale at For Goodness Cakes

More from Flowers From the Cellar

More from Flowers From the Cellar

Inviting table at The Morehead Inn

Inviting table at The Morehead Inn

Guest gifts

Guest gifts

Family photos and another beautiful setting at The Morehead Inn

Family photos and another beautiful setting at The Morehead Inn

Making their entrance at the reception

Making their entrance at the reception

Pete's son Hunter did a great job with his speech

Pete's son Hunter did a great job with his speech

Barbara chats with guests during the reception

Barbara chats with guests during the reception

Barbara spots Pete's surprise, a carriage for a ride following the reception

Barbara spots Pete's surprise, a carriage for a ride following the reception

Riding off in style

Riding off in style





Weddings Featured in The Knot and Charlotte Wedding

Congratulations to Alison and David and Katie and Rob, two of our couples who are currently being featured in wedding magazines.

Alison and David's beautiful April wedding at her parents' home on Lake Norman can be found in The Knot's North Carolina edition.

Katie and Rob were married at Myers Park Presbyterian Church and held their reception at Myers Park Country Club. They wedding is among those featured in the brand new Charlotte Wedding magazine. Betsy and I were among those celebrating the magazine's launch during a recent luncheon at The Morehead Inn.

Thanks to editor Blake Miller for including us and for putting together an excellent first edition which will be a great resource for Charlotte brides. Be sure to pick up a copy to help with your wedding planning.

Weddings featured in The Knot's North Carolina edition and the premiere issue of Charlotte Weddings

Weddings featured in The Knot's North Carolina edition and the premiere issue of Charlotte Weddings

Alison and David's amazing Lake Norman wedding is in the current issue of The Knot

Alison and David's amazing Lake Norman wedding is in the current issue of The Knot

Katie and Rob's Myers Park wedding is featured in the inaugural Charlotte Weddings magazine

Katie and Rob's Myers Park wedding is featured in the inaugural Charlotte Wedding magazine





Dance Photography: The Nutcracker 2009

The North Carolina Dance Theatre's 2009 production of The Nutcracker opened last night and I wanted to share some images from the dress rehearsal Thursday.

The show includes the usual mix of wonderful music from The Charlotte Symphony, colorful costumes and a great collaboration of local youngsters and professional dancers from NCDT and NCDT 2. There are a variety of shows including matinees so be sure to check the NCDT website for details.

Happy Holidays!

The Nutcracker leaps to action in North Carolina Dance Theatre's production of The Nutcracker

The Nutcracker leaps to action in North Carolina Dance Theatre's production of The Nutcracker

Alessandra Ball waits to take the stage

Alessandra Ball waits to take the stage

Clara dances with delight with her Christmas present

Clara dances with delight with her Christmas present

NCDT's Sarah Hayes Watson with Herr Drosselmeyer, portrayed by Mark Diamond

NCDT's Sarah Hayes Watson with Herr Drosselmeyer, portrayed by Mark Diamond

Sarah Hayes Watson dances to the delight of the children

Sarah Hayes Watson dances to the delight of the children

Love the lines and the colors in this image

Love the lines and the colors in this image

Addul Manzano and Kara Wilkes

Addul Manzano and Kara Wilkes

Snowflakes glide across the stage

Snowflakes glide across the stage

More snowflakes

More snowflakes

Little angels float through the fog

Little angels float through the fog

More angels

More angels

The production includes many local children and dancers from North Carolina Dance Theatre 2

The production includes many local children and dancers from North Carolina Dance Theatre 2

Rebecca Carmazzi is the Sugar Plum Fairy

Rebecca Carmazzi is the Sugar Plum Fairy

Wonderful costumes

Wonderful costumes

Mary Ellen Beaudreau and Dustin Layton

Mary Ellen Beaudreau and Dustin Layton

Jamie Dee dances

Jamie Dee dances

More Jamie Dee

More Jamie Dee

A colorful dance from Sarh Hayes Watson

A colorful dance from Sarh Hayes Watson

Mother Ginger and friends

Mother Ginger and friends

Kar Wilkes gets a lift from Justin VanWeest

Kara Wilkes gets a lift from Justin VanWeest

Rebecca Carmazzi prepares as she gets ready to take the stage

Rebecca Carmazzi prepares as she gets ready to take the stage

Dancer/choreographer Sasha Janes watches as he prepares to dance

Dancer/choreographer Sasha Janes watches as he prepares to dance

Rebecca Carmazzi and Sasha Janes

Rebecca Carmazzi and Sasha Janes





Dance Photography: The Nutcracker Through the Years

With the holidays approaching fast I hope everyone is getting into the spirit of the season.

I thought I'd try to get in the mood with a bit of a trip down memory lane with some festive images from the North Carolina Dance Theatre's (NCDT) performances of The Nutcracker over the years. This year's staging kicks off next week so I jumped the gun and gathered a few old chestnuts from our photo vault.

My first exposure to NCDT's amazing dancers was in the early 90s while working for The Charlotte Observer. Dance photography has remained a passion for more than 15 years and it's been a pleasure documenting the performances of this incredibly talented troupe.

Another interesting aspect of assembling these images was seeing the progression of photo technology during the span these photographs were taken. After starting with film, I moved through a variety of digital cameras and the improvements in technology is noticeable. I included some technical information for photographers. It's evident that upgrades in camera technology now allow images that just weren't possible before.

The biggest change has been the improvement in the high ISO ranges of the newer cameras. While I once had to shoot very slow shutter speeds just to try to get an image, I now have the option of using the slow shutter speed for aesthetics or I can change to a higher shutter speed to freeze motion. The reduction in noise in extremely high ISOs and the overall color saturation of the images is also vastly better.

But enough technical talk. It's the holidays. Crank up some Christmas music, grab some eggnog and enjoy!

I'll be photographing the 2009 version next week so check back for some fresh images. Hey, you can't have too many Nutcracker photos - right? That would be like having too many Christmas presents.

2007 performance, Nikon D2X, 1/30th of a second at ISO 800

Snowflakes in 2007. Nikon D2X 1/30th f2.8 ISO 800

Jason Jacobs portrays the Mouse King in 2001. Nikon D1 at 1/15th of a second

Jason Jacobs portrays the Mouse King in 2001. Nikon D1 1/15th f2.8 ISO 800

Traci Gilchrest slithers in 2001. Nikon D1 at 1/100th of a second

Traci Gilchrest slithers in 2001. Nikon D1 1/100th f2.8 ISO 800

Dancers wait backstage in 2007. Nikon D2X, 1/30th at f2.8 800 ISO

Dancers wait backstage in 2007. Nikon D2X 1/30th f2.8 800 ISO

Barry Leon leaps as Drosselmeyer in the mid 90s. Film image taken with Nikon F5

Barry Leon leaps as Herr Drosselmeyer in 1996. Film image taken with Nikon F5 (Fuji 800)

Mia Cunningham's Clara gets a lift in 1996. Nikon F5 film image

Mia Cunningham's Clara gets a lift in 1996. Nikon F5 film image (Fuji 800)

Shell Bauman and Heather Malloy in 2001. Nikon D1 1/30th at f2.8

Heather Malloy as Clara in 2001. Nikon D1 1/30th f2.8 ISO 800

Snowflake Miranda Haywood soars in 2001. Nikon D1, 1/20th f2.8 ISO 800

Snowflake Miranda Haywood soars in 2001. Nikon D1 1/20th f2.8 ISO 800

Ellen Hummel as Clara in 2007. Nikon D2X 1/30th f2.8 ISO 800

Ellen Hummel as Clara in 2007. Nikon D2X 1/30th f2.8 ISO 800

Jasmine Perry is Clara in 2008. Nikon D3 1/800th f2.8 ISO 2500

Jasmine Perry is Clara in 2008. Nikon D3 1/800th f2.8 ISO 2500

Sasha Janes as Drosselmeyer lifts Ellen Hummel's Clara in2007. Nikon D2X 1/200th f2.8 ISO 800

Sasha Janes as Drosselmeyer lifts Ellen Hummel's Clara in2007. Nikon D2X 1/200th f2.8 ISO 800

Mark Diamond's Drosselmeyer with Jasmine Perry in 2008. Nikon D3 1/800th f5.0 ISO 2500

Mark Diamond's Drosselmeyer with Jasmine Perry in 2008. Nikon D3 1/800th f5.0 ISO 2500

Heather Malloy and friends in 2001. Nikon D1 1/10th f2.8

Heather Malloy and friends in 2001. Nikon D1 1/10th f2.8 ISO 800

The Nutcracker leads the charge in 2008. Nikon D3 1/250th f4.5 ISO 4000

The Nutcracker leads the charge in 2008. Nikon D3 1/250th f4.5 ISO 4000

The Mouse King in 2008. Nikon D3 f 1/125th f4.0 ISO 4000

The Mouse King in 2008. Nikon D3 f 1/125th f4.0 ISO 4000

Seia Rassenti prances in 2006. Nikon D2Hs 1/200th f2.8 ISO 800

Seia Rassenti prances in 2006. Nikon D2Hs 1/200th f2.8 ISO 800

A young dancer runs out from beneath Mother Ginger's dress in 2006. Nikon D2Hs 1/200th f3.0 ISO 800

A young dancer runs out from beneath Mother Ginger's dress in 2006. Nikon D2Hs 1/200th f3.0 ISO 800

Shell Bauman and Kati Hanlon Mayo in 2001. Nikon D1 1/200th f2.8 ISO 800

Kati Hanlon Mayo in 2001. Nikon D1 1/200th f2.8 ISO 800

Snowflakes in 2007. Nikon D2X 1/20th f2.8 ISO 800

Snowflakes in 2007. Nikon D2X 1/20th f2.8 ISO 800

Snowflaks circa '08. Nikon D3 1/400th f2.8 ISO 3200

Snowflaks circa '08. Nikon D3 1/400th f2.8 ISO 3200

Angel from the mid 90s. Nikon F5 film image (Fuji 800@ 1600)

Angel from 1996. Nikon F5 film image (Fuji 800)

Angel from 2008. Nikon D3 1/100th f2.8 ISO 4000

Angel from 2008. Nikon D3 1/100th f2.8 ISO 4000

NCDT2 dancer Sarah Hay waits to perform in 2006. Nkon D2Hs 1/160th f2.8 640 ISO

NCDT2 dancer Sarah Hay waits to perform in 2006. Nkon D2Hs 1/160th f2.8 640 ISO

Dancer Sarah James in 2008. Nikon D3 1/1000th f2.8 ISO 2000

Dancer Sarah James in 2008. Nikon D3 1/1000th f2.8 ISO 2000

Dancer readies in the wings in 1996. Nikon F5 Fuji 800

Dancer readies in the wings in 1996. Nikon F5 film image (Fuji 800)

Nutcracker loses his head in 2007. Nikon D2X 1/125th f2.8 ISO 800

Nutcracker loses his head in 2007. Nikon D2X 1/125th f2.8 ISO 800

Mia Cunningham's Clara spins in the early 90s. Nikon F5 film image (Fuji 800)

Mia Cunningham's Clara spins in the early 90s. Nikon F5 film image (Fuji 800)





Charlotte Wedding Photography: Carolyn and Mark

Carolyn and Mark married Friday at First Presbyterian Church in Charlotte followed by an intimate reception at Del Frisco's Restaurant.

It was a nice change of pace photographing this small gathering of family and friends. I always enjoy working at First Presbyterian and the wine cellar at Del Frisco's was a cozy, elegant setting for the celebration.

Congratulations Carolyn and Mark! It was such a pleasure working with you and your families.

Carolyn and Mark outside First Presbyterian Church in Charlotte

Carolyn and Mark outside First Presbyterian Church in Charlotte

First Presbyterian Church offers a glimpse of history among Charlotte's modern skyline

First Presbyterian Church offers a glimpse of history among Charlotte's modern skyline

Carolyn greets her sister, Liz, as their mother looks on

Carolyn greets her sister, Liz, as their mother looks on

Liz tells her sister she looks beautiful as they wait in the bride's room at First Presbyterian

Liz tells her sister she looks beautiful as they wait in the bride's room at First Presbyterian

Getting ready

Getting ready

Carolyn with sisters Liz and Katherine

Carolyn with sisters Liz and Katherine

Mark prepares to make his entrance into the church

Mark prepares to make his entrance into the church

Late-afternoon sun warms the scene as Carolyn and her father walk to the front of the church

Late-afternoon sun warms the scene as Carolyn and her father walk to the front of the church

The ceremony

The ceremony

Carolyn and Mark celebrate following the ceremony

Carolyn and Mark celebrate following the ceremony

Carolyn glances at her new husband

Carolyn glances at her new husband

Photo op

Photo op

Portraits outside the church

Portraits outside the church

Having some fun taking pictures

Having some fun taking pictures

Carolyn's son Franco with his new cousin Anna

Carolyn's son Franco with his new cousin Anna

An artful cake arrangement at Del Frisco's

An artful cake arrangement at Del Frisco's

Carolyn and Mark share a quiet moment before their guests arrived

Carolyn and Mark share a quiet moment before their guests arrived

Cousins Franco, Norman and Dougie

Cousins Franco, Norman and Dougie

The wine cellar at Del Frisco's was a wonderful setting for the intimate dinner

The wine cellar at Del Frisco's was a wonderful setting for the intimate dinner

Sharing the cake

Sharing the cake





Dance Photography: NCDT's Innovative Works

North Carolina Dance Theatre's Innovative Works is a showcase of several contemporary ballets with diverse pieces on artist Henri Matisse and social media among others and pulsating music from the likes of Steve Ray Vaughan and The Chemical Brothers.

The works are visually stunning and it was a pleasure to photograph these incredible dancers in these unique productions.

Mark Diamond's "Matisse" was innovative and beautiful as the choreographer intermingles the artist with subjects from some of his most famous creations. NCDT dancer Sasha Janes choreographed "Glass Houses," which he said is a loose interpretation of today's new media such as Facebook and MySpace, and how they impact individuals. He also utilized a sculpture from a former McColl Center for the Visual Art artist in residence, Shaun Cassidy, in the piece.

The shows start tonight at 7:30 followed by shows Friday and Saturday. They will also run at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 12-14.

Mary Ellen Beaudreau is a muse in Mark Diamond's "Matisse"

Mary Ellen Beaudreau is a muse in Mark Diamond's "Matisse"

Justin VanWeest leaps across the Booth Playhouse stage in Dwight Rhoden's "Moody Booty Blues"

Justin VanWeest leaps across the Booth Playhouse stage in Dwight Rhoden's "Moody Booty Blues"

Rebecca Carmazzi and Addul Manzano in "Moody Booty Blues"

Rebecca Carmazzi and Addul Manzano in "Moody Booty Blues"

Rebecca Carmazzi glides across the stage

Rebecca Carmazzi glides across the stage

Rebecca Carmazzi and Addul Manzano

Rebecca Carmazzi and Addul Manzano

Justin VanWeest

Justin VanWeest

Jamie Dee waits to take the stage in "Tearing for a Cure" by Uri Sands

Jamie Dee waits to take the stage in "Tearing for a Cure" by Uri Sands

Sahsa Janes lifts Traci Gilchrest in "Tearing for a Cure"

Sahsa Janes lifts Traci Gilchrest in "Tearing for a Cure"

Kara Wilkes leaps

Kara Wilkes leaps

More Kara Wilkes

More Kara Wilkes

David Ingram and Kara Wilkes

David Ingram and Kara Wilkes

Kara Wilkes walks away from David Ingram in "Tearing for a Cure"

Kara Wilkes walks away from David Ingram in "Tearing for a Cure"

Anna Gerberich opens up "There Again, Not Slowly"

Anna Gerberich opens up "There Again, Not Slowly"

Alessandra Ball dances with Rebecca Carmazzi

Alessandra Ball dances with Rebecca Carmazzi

Sasha Janes lifts Rebecca Carmazzi

Sasha Janes lifts Rebecca Carmazzi

David Ingram leaps in Diamond's "There Again, Not Slowly"

David Ingram leaps in Diamond's "There Again, Not Slowly"

More David Ingram

More David Ingram

Anna Gerberich and David Ingram in the spotlight

Anna Gerberich and David Ingram in the spotlight

Dustin Layton plays the artist Henri Matisse and Traci Gilchrest is the inspiration for one of his paintings in Mark Diamond's "Matisse"

Dustin Layton plays the artist Henri Matisse and Traci Gilchrest is the inspiration for one of his paintings in "Matisse"

Dustin Layton leaps as Traci Gilchrest is framed onstage

Dustin Layton leaps as Traci Gilchrest is framed onstage

Mary Ellen Beaudreau in "Matisse"

Mary Ellen Beaudreau in "Matisse"

More from Mary Ellen Beaudreau

More from Mary Ellen Beaudreau

Kara Wilkes brings Matisse's "Blue Nude" to life

Kara Wilkes brings Matisse's "Blue Nude" to life

More from "Matisse"

More from "Matisse"

Rebecca Carmazzi gets warmed up backstage as she prepares for "Glass Houses" by Sasha Janes

Rebecca Carmazzi gets warmed up backstage as she prepares for "Glass Houses" by Sasha Janes

Justin VanWeest lifts Alessandra Ball in "Glass Houses"

Justin VanWeest lifts Alessandra Ball in "Glass Houses"

More from "Glass Houses," which incorporates a sculpture by Shaun Cassidy

More from "Glass Houses," which incorporates a sculpture by Shaun Cassidy

David Ingram and Rebecca Carmazzi in "Glass Houses"

David Ingram and Rebecca Carmazzi in "Glass Houses"

Taking a bow after "Moody Booty Blues"

Taking a bow after "Moody Booty Blues"





Music Photography: Larry McCray in the House of Blues

My family is blessed to attend Lake Forest Church, which has a creative staff that works to make messages innovative and relevant.

Music plays a vital role in our worship and the annual series Hope in a House of Blues brings in amazing artists to perform with our band.

Through a bit of luck and a connection with Lake Forest guitarist JB Eanes, the church brought in bluesman Larry McCray for an inspiring performance.

McCray has toured with such notables as The Allman Brothers, Buddy Guy and BB King, and his performance did not disappoint.

Bluesman Larry McCray at Lake Forest Church

Bluesman Larry McCray at Lake Forest Church

Larry McCray plays with the band at Lake Forest Church

Larry McCray plays with the band at Lake Forest Church

McCray plays a powerful rendition of "Soulshine"

McCray plays a powerful rendition of "Soul Shine"

McCray has opened for blues greats Robert Cray and the Allman Brothers among others

McCray has opened for blues greats Robert Cray and the Allman Brothers among others

Lake Forest band member JB Eanes works his guitar

Lake Forest band member JB Eanes works his guitar

McCray has a powerful voice to accompany his amazing guitar work

Blues is McCray's business, and, as the song says, business is good

The stage set added great atmospher for the House of Blues series

The stage set added great atmosphere for the House of Blues series

Lake Forest Worship Director Kyle Dillard leads a song

Lake Forest Worship Director Kyle Dillard leads a song

Vocal Director Reeve Coobs sings a solo

Vocal Director Reeve Coobs sings a solo

Dillard leads a song of worship

Dillard leads a song of worship

Lake Forest Pastor Mike Moses talks about "Doubt in the Ruins" as part of the House of Blues series

Lake Forest Pastor Mike Moses talks about "Doubt in the Ruins" as part of the House of Blues series