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Pam | Mentoring Session

Mentoring photographers on social media marketing in NC.

Social media is big, scary and confusing. The platforms constantly change their rules and it’s so hard to keep up with it all! It’s like they dangle a dollar from a hook just high enough where you think you can reach it, but you really can’t, and then when you figure out you can jump, they pull it away quickly and let it down all the way across town where you wouldn’t think to look. It’s all one big game.

I certainly haven’t figured it all out, and almost daily feel like I’m beating my head against a brick wall giving myself a headache instead of knocking it down. Am I right, or am I right? It can feel so isolating sometimes. But just when I feel all alone in the big social media world, someone comes swooping in with a ladder to help me reach that dollar.

When I set out to offer mentoring sessions, I wanted to be that ladder for someone. I wanted to lend a hand up, to pay forward the kindness and knowledge that’s been shared with me. That’s why I offer “ask me anything” business mentoring sessions. Pam took me up on such a session a few weeks ago. I have all my business mentoring sessions fill out a questionnaire so we can really focus in on their areas that could use a little strengthening. Pam’s was all about social media! Every line of her form was like reading my own diary. I get the confusion. I’ve been there…I’m still there! But what I have figured out, I was more than happy to share with her.

We spent 3 hours talking about how she can move forward with her marketing. Everything from blogging, to Instagram (and hashtags), all the way to Facebook marketing campaigns. She has some great projects going on that aren’t quite complete yet, but together we game planned on how she can utilize her marketing potential for those now before they’re done. I know she left with a notebook full of ideas, and probably a spinning head, but I’m so thankful she came. Thank you Pam for trusting me to help navigate you through the maze that is social media marketing for photographers. Check out Pam’s beautiful work on her website!

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Winter 2015 Features

We are back from San Fran (one week in the city, and we’re officially on nickname basis)! It was exhilarating and exhausting all at the same time. We went 100 miles an hour the entire trip, but made some amazing memories that’ll last a lifetime. And our little one, is such a good traveler!! She fell apart on the last day due to sheer exhaustion, but up until then she was a gem! More on our travels in another blog post, for now we have some exciting recent features to share!

It’s always weird when I write these posts, it’s why I clump them all into one instead of blogging about each individually. The last thing I want to come across like is “look at me! Look what I did!”. Bragging might be in my personality if you’re my husband, and I’m rubbing a recent triumph in your face (don’t tell me you and your spouse aren’t competitive?)…but it’s not like me to run around telling everyone all about what I did. So these posts are weird.

I say that, but truly, I don’t think this is about what I did. Sure, I (we) took the photos for these features, but that’s it. We didn’t have the creative vision that pulled these days together. We didn’t make the cakes, flowers, dresses, beautiful scenery, etc. We just captured it all with our camera. The real credit goes to our brides and grooms, and the vendors they chose for their days. They are what made these blogs feature their weddings. They deserve a round of applause and a big high five!

So congrats to all these couples! Thank you for letting us be the ones to capture your beautiful days. It was truly our honor! We’re happy someone else recognized how good of a job you did, and is giving you some publicity for it! : )

Click on any of the images below to view the full features.

Maggie & Steve’s wedding in Washington, DC was featured in The Knot: DC, Maryland & Virginia, wedding blog!
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And Laura & Justin’s was also featured online on The Knot: The Carolinas! Raleigh, NC wedding photographer finds their work featured on a national wedding blog.

I just loved Naomi & Vince’s fall wedding as seen here on Heart Love Always! Raleigh, NC wedding photographer finds their work featured on a national wedding blog. This fun collaboration of weddings was featured on Wedding Dresses Dot Com! Raleigh, NC wedding photographer finds their work featured on a national wedding blog.

I loved Ashley & Tim’s winter wedding! It was a perfect fit for The Black Tie Bride!

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TODAY, Stefanie & Patrick’s wedding (on my birthday last year!) is being featured on Heart Love Always!!!

Raleigh, NC wedding photographer finds their work featured on a national wedding blog.

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San Francisco Here We Come!!!

San Francisco, these Raleigh, NC wedding photographers are coming for you!

It’s vacation time for the Dunlaps!!! Ada’s first real trip! We’re so excited to travel with her, and I’d be lying if I didn’t say slightly nervous about how she’ll handle the time change. That girl loves her routine.

We’re head to San Francisco and Big Sur, CA. Two places we’ve dreamed of visiting for years. Kyle has the whole trip laid out for us minute by minute. He’s saved restaurants on his phone, has given us a daily itinerary, and has practically memorized the map of the city. It’s gonna be good folks.

I debated about pre-scheduling blog posts to keep this thing active while we’re away, but then decided no, I’m on vacation! What am trying to prove by pretending to work when everyone knows I’m away. So this is the last post for a week. I’ll be back one week from today with some exciting press we’ve had the honor of receiving recently. Until then, you can enjoy this pretty little girl and all her smiles.

Have a great week people! We’ll see you then!

(feel free to follow along the fun on our IG accounts @aj_dunlap, @thedunlapfamily, or even our family travel hashtag #beentheredunlap)

*Ada Pearl’s photo taken by Hartman Outdoor Photography

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Angela & Greg | Angus Barn Wedding

Raleigh, NC Angus Barn wedding reception.

The first day of spring was so good to us. We walked into Angela & Greg’s new home and were greeted smiles around every corner. Everyone was relaxed as they prepped for the big day, singing to 80s love songs, and enjoying time together. It was nothing short of perfect.

Thinking back over their day, all I can remember are the huge smiles they had on their faces during their First Look moment. And how those smiles never faded. Not once during their day. You’ll see in their photos, they were so full of joy! If the look on his face when he turns around to see her, doesn’t make your heart skip a beat there’s something wrong with you! : )

Their happiness has stuck with us since their wedding. Even going over these images makes my heart happy. Congratulations you two on the start of a beautiful marriage. If you thought life was fun before, you just wait. Marriage is the best adventure ever!

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Vendors:
Church: Our Lady of Lourdes
Reception Venue: The Pavilions at the Angus Barn 
Gown: Maggi’s Bridal
Hair & Makeup: Makeup by Ashley Mooney
Flowers: Tre Bella Florist
Cake: Ashley Cakes
Band: Spare Change 
Videographer: Rob Johnson
Transportation: Carolina Livery, Raleigh Trolley

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Ally & Tyler | Engagement

Cherry blossoms bloom in these Raleigh, NC spring engagement portraits.

Cherry blossom season is short and sweet here in Raleigh, NC. In fact, it’s so short that it’s eluded me for the last few years! I’ve tried and tried and tried to photograph someone, anyone, in front of those gorgeous trees, but have missed the season every single time. But not this year. This year, I was able to capture their beauty. You combine those blossoms with these two, and the outcome is photography magic.

Ally & Tyler are getting married in just a few short weeks at the end of this month! Normally, I don’t wait until right before the wedding to take engagement pictures, but I’m so glad we did for them! My time wandering around my favorite park, photographing them, had me so excited for their wedding. Let’s hope we get another beautiful tree then too : )

Thanks you two for such a lovely afternoon of pictures and good company! These are some of my favorite photos I’ve ever taken! Can’t wait for the big day!

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Sabrina Fields - April 3, 2015 - 9:21 pm

These are beautiful, AJ! And I love her dress!!

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