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South Carolina News Photographers: Judging Day

I had a great time Sunday helping judge the South Carolina News Photographers Association Pictures of the Year (SCNPA) contest at The State newspaper in Columbia, SC.

Fellow judges Stacy Pearsall, Michael Holahan and I reviewed some fantastic photojournalism. Congratulations to Photographer of the Year Gerry Melendez of The State and to all of the winners.

Having entered hundreds of photography contests over the years, I knew how important they can be to the photographers and we worked hard to come to a consensus on what we thought was the most outstanding work. The single category competition is open judging so photographers and students can listen to the critiques and use them to improve their work.

It was great catching up with some old friends and meeting some new ones.

Stacy and her husband, Andy Dunaway, have done some amazing work as military photographers. Stacy, who is one of only two women to win the National Press Photographer Association's Military Photographer of the Year competition, is now the owner/director of the Charleston Center for Photography. The center is a great resource for professionals and photo hobbyists and is offering some terrific workshops.

Michael is a talented photographer working on the staff of The Augusta Chronicle. His resume includes many awards including an honorable mention as photographer of the year in smaller markets in the NPPA's Best of Photojournalism contest.

Congratulations also to my friend Travis Bell for winning first place in the Sports Action category. Like me, Travis started in newspapers before leaving to do wedding photojournalism. He still does a great deal of sports photography for the University of South Carolina and Clemson University. Myrtle Beach photographer Randall Hill, who did an amazing job helping me at a wedding on the Grand Strand, took home numerous awards for his fine work.

Thanks to the folks from SCNPA for inviting me. Look here to see all the winners.

Some of the winners in the SCNPA contest

Some of the winners in the SCNPA contest

I look over some of the entries with fellow judge Michal Holahan. Photo by Stacy Pearsall

I look over some of the entries with fellow judge Michael Holahan. Photo by Stacy Pearsall

SCNPA vice president Rich Glickstein, left, looks on as judges Stacy Pearsall, Michael Holahan and me select the Best of Show. Photo by Andy Dunaway.

SCNPA vice president Rich Glickstein, left, looks on as judges Stacy Pearsall, Michael Holahan and me select the Best of Show. Photo by Andy Dunaway.





Charlotte Wedding Photography: January Update

January is a slow month for weddings but it is a very busy time for wedding planning and the inquiries for 2010, and even 2011, are coming in fast and furious.

It's also a good time of year to update websites and blogs so I just finished adding a new section to our website.

While we're known for our documentary wedding photography, we also do many portraits and I wanted to show some of the brides we've had the pleasure of working with. All of our pre-wedding day portraits are done on location, putting an emphasis on relaxed, natural images.

I've included a few samples below, but also take a look here and be sure to click on Record Brides to see more portraits.

Relaxed bridal portrait

Relaxed bridal portrait

Natural portrait of a beautiful bride

Natural portrait of a beautiful bride

Another relaxed portrait

Chapel Hill bride

Location portrait in a park

Location portrait

Beautiful bride

Charlotte bride

Using soft, diffused window light before the ceremony

Using soft, diffused window light before the ceremony

Location bridal in an uptown park

Location bridal in an uptown park





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





Something Special: Fall And Holiday Portraits

For a limited time, we’re offering special pricing for our fall and holiday portrait sessions.

These lifestyle portrait sessions are $200, and include  up to four people  ($25 additional for each person or pet).
Also a $50 print or product credit if order is placed in two weeks;  Private online gallery for one month; prints and products purchased a la carte.

Sessions will be scheduled on a first come, first served basis, and book very quickly.
Email or call us to reserve your  time.  We look forward to working with you!

The holidays will be here sooner than you think

The holidays will be here sooner than you think

Our lifestyle portrait sessions are a great way to connect with family and friends

Our lifestyle portrait sessions are a great way to connect with family and friends





A Day To Remember: 9/11 In Charlotte

I think we all remember where we were and what we were doing on 9/11 eight years ago.

I stopped by the Palmer Building in Charlotte today to grab a couple of quick photos of the tribute placed there every year. The Charlotte Fire Department and volunteers place 2,997 flags to represent the twin towers and honor all who died there. It's hard not to be moved as you think back to the event.

Today we should all remember.

Children walk among some of the 2,997 American flags used to represent the twin towers

Children walk among some of the 2,997 American flags used to represent the twin towers

We remember the fallen

We remember





Charlotte Through Our Eyes Photography Project

I've been working with a talented and inspiring group of Charlotte area photographers and graphic artists on "Charlotte Through Our Eyes," which gives youngsters whose families are facing difficult financial struggles a chance to learn and express themselves through photography.

The brainchild of David Johnson, founder of the non-profit Silent Images, the program is bringing together the creative energy of several local visual artists. Johnson quit his teaching job in Charlotte to travel the globe documenting persecuted and oppressed people. He uses his work to raise awareness and money for indigenous people, sending any profit from his work back to the people he has documented.

Helping coordinate the project is Elizabeth Marx, another photographer with a passion for helping the oppressed through her work with her Almond Leaf Studios. Richard Sharpe, an architect who decided to shift his focus to his love of photography, was documenting some of yesterday's session.

The youngsters and their mentors spend part of each session in different areas of Charlotte with the kids taking digital images that will later be used in an exhibit at the Levine Museum in Charlotte.

I showed some of my images and talked to the youngsters about photojournalism and documentary photography. Thanks to Richard Sharpe for the photo.

I showed some of my images and talked to the youngsters about photojournalism and documentary photography. Thanks to Richard Sharpe for the photo.





Wedding Photography in The Knot: Sonia and Vivek

Sonia and Vivek's beautiful Charlotte wedding is featured in the new Fall/Winter 09 issue of The Knot North Carolina.

You may recognize them as one of the attractive couples scrolling across the top of our blog.

Our coverage of the lavish event held at The Westin in Charlotte began with the Sangeet ceremony the night before the wedding. The two days were steeped in traditon, included wonderful, colorful clothes and some of the most visual events I've had the opportunity to photograph. You can see mores images from the wedding on our website under featured weddings.

I added just a few photographs, which were first featured on our old blog, below. Congratulations again to Sonia and Vivek and thank you for letting us be a part of this spectacular event.

Sonia and Vivek's Charlotte wedding featured in The Knot

Sonia and Vivek's Charlotte wedding featured in The Knot

Sonia as she prepared for her Sangeet ceremony the night before the wedding

Sonia as she prepared for her Sangeet ceremony the night before the wedding

Vivek heading to the ceremony

Vivek heading to the ceremony

The wedding ceremony at The Westin in Charlotte

The wedding ceremony at The Westin in Charlotte

Listening to speeches at the reception

Listening to speeches at the reception

A quick kiss outside the reception

A quick kiss outside the reception





Celebrating Spring: Wedding Season Is Here

Tomorrow is the first official day of spring, which conjures images of all things new.
I've been a bit behind on blogging lately and, seeing that my last post showcased snow in Charlotte, I figured it was time to post an update.
Spring is also when wedding season gets going and we're excited about the events we have coming up.
We're busy with client meetings and we have several engagement sessions and weddings on the horizon.
In keeping with the "new" theme, you may notice my new photo atop the blog which shows yours truly without the beard I'd been sporting for some time.
I'm also excited to be shooting a new event this year. Well, it's not really new, but it has a new name: The Quail Hollow Championship. The event has become of one the top tournaments on the PGA Tour, and I've had the pleasure of documenting it from the onset - first for The Charlotte Observer and more recently for the tournament sponsors.
I hope you are as excited as we are about this great time of year.
Spring is time butterflies, flowers and brides

Spring is time for butterflies, flowers and brides

You may have noticed a new look for me, minus the wiskers (photo by Alison Record)

You may have noticed a new look for me, minus the whiskers (photo by Alison Record)

Charlotte's PGA tournament has a new name this year, The Quail Hollow Championship, and I'll be photographing the event again this year

The 18th green at last year's Wachovia Championship

Out with an injury last year, hopefully former winner Tiger Woods will make another appearance at Quail Hollow this year

Out with an injury last year, hopefully former winner Tiger Woods will make another appearance at Quail Hollow this year





Weddings Unveiled Feature: Jackie and Stuart

So great to see Jackie and Stuart's beautiful wedding featured on Completely Unveiled by Weddings Unveiled, the awesome blog of Weddings Unveiled magazine.
I'm a big fan of Weddings Unveiled, a stylish publication known for its beautiful use of photography. No big surprise since one of its co-founders is the incredibly talented photographer Brooke Thomas. Wedding planner Terri Lambert, another pro who I've had the pleasure of working with, teamed with Thomas to start the magazine a few years ago and it's grown into a a big success. And it's based right here in the Charlotte area.
Jackie and Stuart are both really fun people and it was such a pleasure working with them and their families. And the entire event, especially the reception at The Ballantyne Resort, was spectacular.
Sha Sha Harnick of Distinctive Events in Charleston played a large role in creating the ambiance with help from Todd Crawford of Crawford & Company, planner Jen Wouters of Soiree Charlotte, Kelly Randazzo at Ballantyne and Jill Delmastro - Cake Lady Jill.
Congrats again Jackie and Stu!
Weddings Unveiled blog

Weddings Unveiled blog

Images from Jackie and Stuart's Charlotte wedding

Images from Jackie and Stuart's Charlotte wedding

Some details from the day

Some details from the day





A New Option For 2009

Happy belated New Year to all!

This time of year is always good for reflection as well as looking ahead thinking of renewal and change.

I know many people are hungry for change with all of the bad economic news and the anxiety it has created. I’ve been around long enough to know that tough times come and go and you just have to keep pushing ahead until things improve.

We were blessed with some amazing weddings and wonderful clients in 2008 and we’re excited about the great events we already have scheduled for 2009.

We’ve met many incredible people over the course of the past seven years of photographing weddings. We've gotten to know many of our clients better and watched their families grow. This has been such an honor and privilege and we strive to have a great working relationship with all of our clients.

I’ve been thinking about change recently and I wanted to come up with a way to open our services up to more couples who have an appreciation for our documentary approach to weddings.

For me, the bottom line has always been about the photography. Our best clients are always the ones who share our passion for images that capture people as they really are.

We know budget is on the mind of almost everyone this year.
With that in mind, we've added a new package to our existing choices. “The Documentary” package is a streamlined option that offers the same high level of service and quality to our customers while allowing for more flexibility in pricing.

The booking season is upon us so please contact us soon for more information about all of our coverage options.

I hope you are looking forward to 2009. I know we are!