Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Pottery Barn Office

We just finished redecorating our office area! Since we spend so much time here we wanted a pretty work environment. We got rid of the staples office desk and filled the room with Pottery Barn. Of course, the desk set in boxes until my husband finished hunting! How horrible is it for photographers to have empty picture frames?! That is the next project!

Monday, October 29, 2007

Holly & David's Wedding

I photographed Holly and David's Wedding with Heather. It was absolutely the best time of year for pictures in Gold Hill! The leaves were changing and we didn't even have to go to the mountains to see them. Holly is just adorable! I am so jealous of the brides lately that have naturally curly hair. Holly has the biggest most beautiful eyes. When you sit in front of a computer all day like I do you have a tendency to notice stuff like that. Especially, when you enlarge them by 100%! I am not posting a picture of the cake this time, but it was pretty cool. It had fall leaves and birds in nest, and as many of you know do like birds! (I actually have a Yellow Naped Amazon.) Here are a few of my favorites...

Marian & Bobby's Wedding

Heather and I headed in different directions on Saturday. Heather went to Statesville. I departed to the beautiful Dennis Vineyards in Albemarle, NC. What a beautiful day for a wedding! Especially considering it had rained for three days straight. Everyone was so nice! They treated me like family. Her father even cut me a piece of cake and brought it to me! She told me Bobby was "pretty" and he was! But so is Marian! She has the prettiest hair and eyes! They make an amazing couple. I really loved her flowers, they had feathers in them! (I photographed a bride in Las Vegas with feathers in her hair. I loved it. It is fun to have something unique.) The DJ's from Virtual Sounds played some great music and everyone had a wonderful time! I teased the DJ's about stalking me since they were also at the wedding I did the previous Saturday!

Friday, October 19, 2007

Brandy & Dustin's Wedding

Heather and I photographed Brandy's wedding on October 13th at Lake Tillery. The location was beautiful! Everyone was so nice! It was so sweet to see the father of the bride become emotional at the thought of his daughter getting married. But Brandy picked out a real winner with Dusty. It is easy to tell how much he really cares about her.

On a different note... I had been reading about so many photographers loosing images due to cards becoming corrupt. I thought I was safe because my cards were only a couple of months old and one of the best name brands for CF cards. Now I know it can happen to anyone. When we started downloading our cards one of my cards said it coulod not be read by any of the programs on my computer! I worked with it for most of the day. I ran Rescue Pro Deluxe on the San Disk card and another program I got online. Nothing worked until we pulled the old Dell PC out of the attic and ran a PC only program! (We have changed over to Apple computers, which are supposed to be the best for handling raw file.) It ran from 10 am until after we had gone to bed recovering and saving the files. That computer is so slow compared to the Mac Pro! Anyway we recovered all of the files! Here are a few of my favorites! Several of these are the recovered files!

I really like this picture! I like the look of the sun, this is how it looks straight out of the camera without any photoshop work, and there are also star shapes on the water which you can see in larger size photos.

They requested that we shoot this picture, which was like one on display at the venue. They said other photographers were unable to replicate this shot...well it was pitch black, but I think we got it!

I actually like this one better because it shows the venue and I like the light being star shaped!

Wow! I can't believe how well you can see the bird seed, but it does look kind of painful!

Monday, October 15, 2007

Marian's Bridal Session

It was so much fun doing Marian's bridal portraits. She wanted to do something different. Her fiancee loves Harley's so she decided to do her bridal portrait with his Harley jacket. She also decided to do the black fingernail polish! As we started shooting we came across an old house. I was afraid it was about to fall apart, but we decided to try it anyway. Now, I really don't believe in ghost, but I noticed a reflection as I was processing the pictures that had me zooming in and trying to see what was causing it most of this morning! It looked like a woman in the window on the right. It even looked like it had moved to the left in another picture. How strange! Since I don't think I could go back there without being spooked I have decided it had to be a reflection of a tree or something. Hmmm.. What do you think?

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Kimberly and Jason's Wedding

It was terribly HOT last Saturday, when Heather and I photographed Kimberly and Jason's wedding. It was held at Villa Franca in China Grove. It was a beautiful venue. Kimberly looked absolutely amazing! You can tell how much they love each other. I especially love the way Jason looks at Kimberly you can tell he really adores her!

The children were so cute!

Tuesday, October 2, 2007


I took some pictures of my granddaughter this past weekend. I don't understand why she hates to have her picture taken! She has always been my most difficult subject. Her mother is a photographer, (Kate Ashbrook) and her aunt is a photographer (Heather Houston) yet it is almost impossible to get her to let us take pictures! It certainly cost us, too. Her Aunt Heather bought her a Little Pet Shop, a movie and some candy to get her to go out to take these!

This is her "I don't want to take pictures!" look.

And when she asked me if I could do this, my mouth just dropped.

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