30 for 30: Days 1-5

OK so I started thinking about how to close out the 30 for 30 project and unfortunately a print show was out of the budget I had to create this. so I’m posting the stories on the blog. I was going to try to do this every day but I figured a few days at a time would be good. I’ve made people wait long enough to see these photographs and be able to finally talk about the fun filled month and the challenges and what I learned.Read More


Recently we got 3 days of snow here in Charlotte. Which is an extreme rarity. We usually only get one or two inches typically it’s barely enough for a snowball fight and a snowman. For three days straight snow fell, and before we knew it we had enough to go sledding on hills and really enjoying the fun snow can bring. At first Ariana did not like the snow at all, but after day 2 she was jumping around in it just like all the other kids. It was all the kids could stand so when they went inside to warm up the grown ups had a little fun of their own.  we started off with just using boogie boards on a hill. but my neighbor had a snowboard and It had been years since I first tried to snowboard a long time ago. It wasn’t pretty then, but it sure was a whole lot more fun now. I found out I still know how to bite it pretty well. But all in all we had one of the best winters we’ve had together. Thankfully, we ARE in “the south” so it only lasted for 3 days.


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Heres one of me not biting it as bad.


Actually, I’m still pretty terrible at it. Until next time Old Man Winter!



Elevation Church: Raised to Life Baptisms

I spend a lot of my free weekends serving at Elevation Church as a photographer. It’s one of the coolest things I get to do outside of being with my family. It’s pretty cool being able to see peoples lives changing before my eyes. I sometimes wonder if people even notice the changes I see over time. Even simple things like haircuts, but also sometimes I see them go from filled with tension to filled with joy and it makes me happy for them. However, in late August / Early September of 2013 I got to see it happen over 450 times in the course of a few hours. People let go of resentments, worries, anger and pick up a sense of hope, and happiness. As I photographed these people get baptized, I couldn’t help but replay my own memories of being baptized and then turning around and seeing my wife get baptized right after me. Similarly to how I pretty much renew my wedding vows every time I shoot a ceremony. So, I thank those people who stood up and decided to change their lives that day. Believe it or not, your actions made an impact on me too, and for many of them it’s the moment that changed how I saw them, I heard their name, I learned something about who they are and they instantly were transformed from another face in a crowd to an individual person who I shared an important, life changing moment with.

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Bridal Portraits: Whitney

I love Bridal Portraits! Today I get to show off the lovely bride Whitney and her gorgeous gown. She’s such a lovely bride. She’s so naturally beautiful she made rocking that gown look easy.  I love that the gown has an asymmetrically cut, textured, fit and flare skirt and a lace up corset back.  She’s getting married at the fabulous Orchard House in Concord, NC. This wedding is going to be beautiful, and everyone there will agree, she’s going to look marvelous in it


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