“ A fun summer engagement shoot in Downtown Raleigh!”
Arika Jordan Photography and I headed up to Asheville a week ago ( well really her mom drove an RV and they let me tag along, THANKS, GUYS <3) and we somehow managed to snag these photos of Dustin and Lauren, even though we had to change our entire location and it was 20 degrees..
Here is how.
Some of you that know me personally or that have kept up with me over the years, may think... wow this girl looks familiar who is she?? Well... Lauren was the FIRST "best friend" I ever had wayyyyyyyy back in the elementary days. Can you believe that??! From sleepovers, and movies, to taking photos of her and her boyfriend 20 years later!!
Want to know something else about this session?? It was shot with harsh sun, probably an hour or so before perfect sunset and the session only lasted about 15 minutes. We had original plans to go to Craggy Gardens in Asheville and take these beautiful mountain sunset photos. and then guess what...THE PARKWAY IS CLOSED. The story of my life right?! So we go to our next location - Downtown. Now I personally LOVE downtown setting for couples, because there are lots of creative spaces, murals, ally ways that give off great shadows and then MY ALL TIME FAVORITE -- PARKING DECKS.
So we meet up at a local bar, let them enjoy a few drinks before taking them out into the 20-degree weather and then we went one street over for all of these photos. Being able to produce quality content in a short amount of time is stressful, yet exhilarating because you're really having to think outside the box, and I personally love it!
Laurena and Dustin were SUCH TROPPERS through all of this, and I couldn't be more grateful for their easy-going attitudes and ability to change plans at the drop of a hat.
These photos were some of my favs, but again parking, decks are my fav so whose next for one of these shoots??!
Some of you may of noticed that I took a bit of a break from social media for a few days these past few week.. Ive been dropping hints of “SOMETHING BIG” happening for B and I.
WE BOUGHT A HOUSE!!!
Thats right, A HOUSE!!
Over the holidays we signed the final papers on our new townhome and we moved in on the 29th. We’ve been spoiled by having friends and family from all over NC come and celebrate + unpack with us.
A lot of bloggers and photographers tell you they need something big, and then they show you only the good parts of it. The pretty counters, the bedroom all made up, the clean floors. Well, thats awesome and all, but you guys, THATS NOT REAL LIFE and if you know me, you know I DON’T CARE. Im going to real with you, I’m going to tell you the good the bad and the ugly.
I mean, don’t get me wrong, they’re is totally going to be a blog post post once the house is done, full of photos of us popping champagne and pulling a Tom Cruz sliding through the house in our socks, but for now we have this. The real moments of B and I unpacking, images of the chaos of what will be our lives of the next few weeks as we unpack an entire life from Washington and start a new one here.
Seeing things from the Washington house get unpacked is a little sad, I’m not going lie. I came across an entire box of Brandons navy uniforms and almost started crying, why? I seriously have no idea. Maybe because, I’m a little sad that chapter of our lives is over and he will never wear that uniform again, Maybe I'm happy crying that we don't ever have to worry about him missing anything anymore because he could of been deployed. Or maybe I was just stressed and not wanting to deal with unpacking another huge box. Seeing the pictures that held importance to us in our lives there arrive here and me knowing I am going to take every photo out of the Fram its in to replace them with whats important now, is a crazy feeling.
So here is a glimpse into our lives, a look back at our last few days in 2017 and heres to an awesome year in 2018, in OUR NEW HOUSE, in a new town, making new friends and here is to the excitement of a new chapter!