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Jenny & Cole Wedding Day | Raleigh Photographers

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It’s no secret I love weddings.  I love the special magical moments that just happen. I love the nervousness before the ceremony and the relief as soon as the bride and groom walk down that aisle together at the end of the ceremony.  Then the laughter and fun on the dance floor when all the days activities are done but that last exit.  And yes, I even love the chaos.  Because that’s what weddings are… controlled chaos.  But that’s what makes them so exciting.  And Jenny and Cole’s wedding was no less than that…  With Jenny’s gorgeous blue eyes that just screamed at my lens and Cole’s adoration for his beautiful bride it was a beautiful day.  I loved all the special touches from the dried flowers in Jenny’s bouquet from her grandparents funeral to Mom making the flowers being a former florist herself.  Each detail was expertly selected to represent them.  And I love shooting at Caffe Luna because the natural light is so beautiful with easy access to downtown and phenomenal food and service. 

Congrats Jenny and Cole!  You look amazing.  I hope you enjoy your sneak peek. 

-XOXO

Diane

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Choosing the Right Location for Family Portraits | Historic Oakview Park

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Part 3 in Choosing the right location for your family portraits.  Historic Oakview.  Another one of my favorites. It can be a little crowded with photographers depending on the time of year but it’s still a great location.  I love it because it has a lot of variety and can be shot at almost anytime of year.  The winter can be a little tough in that only the barns and porch on the main & side house are an option for backgrounds but the rest of the year it is beautiful.  

Here is the link from my first blog post | Factors to Consider when Choosing your Portrait Location
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Choosing the Right Location for Family Portraits | Fletcher Park

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This is part two of choosing the right location for your family portrait. If you haven’t read my previous blog post regarding the method in which  to choose the best location here is a link to read up on the factors involved in choosing the right location for your family photos. How to Choose the Best Location for Family Photos 

With that said here is location #2 Fred Fletcher Park.  This is probably one of my favorite locations.  Mostly because it works for almost any situation.  It has low flowers and bushes for little people and tall trees, winding paths and fences for families with teens or adults and best of all I can find areas of greenery to shoot even in winter.  

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Family Portraits at 12 Oaks | Raleigh Photographers

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Whenever I am consulting with a client on family portraits the discussion of location is always a big part.  There are many factors I consider when choosing a location.  The first being the time of year.  Whether my clients want the fall leaves, a specific color to match their decor or have just missed the fall family portrait rush and the leaves are gone and we need a special location I pick the best location based on the time of year we are shooting.  The next factor is the age of the kids.  I have a lot of little people in my family portraits so I don’t want them dwarfed by trees or bushes.  I try to choose a location based on the size of the  foliage so it accents the pictures and highlights my clients rather than the background.  One other small thing to note is when shooting in public parks it’s always best to shoot during the week so the parks are less crowded so you don’t have to spend time waiting for people to move out of the background or shoot around bystanders.  And lastly convenience.  It’s always a series of compromises.  Although I prefer to choose locations based on the two above if I have really little people who are going to get grumpy, tired or hungry if the drive time is too long we may forgo the above to make it more convenient.  Happy little people are the most important to a family portrait.  But before I move on to the next location blog post I would be remiss if I didn’t include one other important key factor that is critical in achieving the best results and that is LIGHTING.  Lighting is probably the single most influencing component in your pictures being their best.  People tend to think sunny and bright in the middle of the day is the best time but actually depending on the time of year a couple of hours before sunset or after sunrise is the best time to take pictures outdoors.  If you shoot in the middle of the day not only does the sun cast shadows under the eyes that are unflattering but all that harsh light shows every flaw in the skin.  Now does that mean we can’t make it work during the day? No. But it does require areas of full shade which limit the areas we can shoot.  So just another little thing to think about… The good news is during the summer months you don’t have to worry as much about taking off work for family pictures as usually the best times for shooting are between 6 and 7pm.

So here we have some family pictures that were shot in the neighborhood at 12 Oaks near 12 Oaks Country Club.   The nice thing about this location is the abundance of flowers, the golf course, a touch of rustic with the wood shed and metal walls.  This location is great for smaller families with little people.  
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Congrats Kristen! | Raleigh Senior Photography

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Stephanie & Chris’s Wedding at the Glassbox and Stockroom | Raleigh Photographer

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This was such a special wedding for me.  I have known this bride for almost 10 years now. I am so happy she finally found that one guy that was just perfect for her.  Through the dating, engagement and wedding planning as well as enagement  portraits at the beach and the park it was clear that this guy was her one and only.  I love the venue she chose in the Stockroom and the Glass Box.  Such a beautiful place to have a wedding and as a photographer I am in love with the lighting.  The whole wedding was just gorgeous!

Steph & Chris you guys looked amazing.  And I think I cried a little too when Chris saw you walking down the aisle.  I know you will be fabulously happy and I am super jealous of your Hawii honeymoon. But I’m glad you missed Pete!  Eeeeek!  

Thanks to Emily Warrick Events for the Planning, Plume Events for the Flowers and of course the amazing folks over at the Stockroom and Glassbox for all their help!

-XOXO Diane

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Welcome Baby Wyatt | Newborn Photographer

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I must say I think babies and weddings are my favorite of all my shoots.  With my own children getting older and less willing to cuddle I get my baby fix in the studio these days and little baby Wyatt was a great cuddler.  Maybe a little too much as he wanted cuddles a little more than my posey pillow. LOL  But he eventually fell asleep and we got some great shots.   Baby Wyatt is so adorable! And big brother puppy dog is almost as adorable.  I know Mom and Dad are so excited.  Welcome Wyatt!

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Shelby’s Senior Session | Raleigh Senior Photography

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Shelby’s got a bright future coming up!  Already graduating from Peace College with an internship and scholarship to NC State for her graduate program is aligned for success!  We had so much fun with you and Mom!  You guys are awesome!  Here’s your little sneak peek. : ) 

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Twins Spring Senior Photo Session | Downtown Raleigh

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These two couldn’t be anymore different.  One with an eye on fashion and journalism the other with an eye on engineering. But what these two do have in common is an infectious laugh, great smile and awesome sense of personal style.  I had so much fun shooting these twins for their senior session.  We ran around all over downtown to get a little taste of everything for this photo shoot. 

Enjoy!  We did!

-XOXO Diane

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Stephanie’s Bridal Portrait at the Stockroom & Glassbox

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Oh my goodness! I have been DYING to post these pictures.  It’s finally the day of the wedding and I know she will be gorgeous.  The Stockroom and the Glass box are both so beautiful!  The lighting is just amazing for totally different reasons in both so I was super excited we had access to  both. 

I wish I had more time to write but time to get ready for the wedding.  Don’t worry these will be post dated for AFTER the ceremony!  🙂  Wedding Pics and details on this beautiful bride to come!

-XOXO

Diane

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