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Daniel & Hallie | Married Love

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It’s not often I get to photograph an already married couple…but I’d like to make a habit of it! There’s something about a love that’s established and committed. It doesn’t waver, and it’s comfortable in its’ own skin. All of that combined makes for beautiful pictures and a very happy photographer. You can see the happiness oozing out of these two. My job was easy with them. All I had to do was find pretty light, and they naturally did the rest. The laughs, smiles, romantic moments…that’s all them.

I hope this is the start of a new chapter in my business. Calling all married couples! I WANT TO PHOTOGRAPH YOU : )

Hallie & Daniel, thank you for everything! I loved my time with you. Hope you enjoy every single image, and they make you fall in love all over again!

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This quilt is a family heirloom! What a special thing to have in their possession!

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Amy Cook - October 15, 2014 - 9:59 am

I would love for you to photograph my husband and I (we also have a 6 year old and 5month old). I met you at the Brier/Barnes wedding and found out I am from Appomattox which is near your wife’s hometown. I live in Fayetteville, NC. Can you email me price info for the family pics/husband and wife pictures you posted?

Doug Porter Sr. - October 15, 2014 - 2:22 pm

Awesome pictures. Great job AJ.

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Naomi & Vince | The Sutherland Wake Forest

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Our first wedding back after the baby was amazing. Of course, I dearly missed my little girl, but we couldn’t have had a better couple to kick things off with than these two! They are so easy going and lively that they made going back to work fun for me! Every time we get around Naomi & Vince we can’t help but smile. Their love is infectious. The way he looks at her, the excitement as they did their first look privately before the wedding, and the joy as the stood holding hands at the marriage alter. It all showed how deeply they love each other.

They held their ceremony and reception at one of our favorite venues, The Sutherland in Wake Forest. It was the perfect backdrop to their wedding, timeless just like them. The sun was out for most of the day, and the clouds only started rolling in as the ceremony was ending. As their day transitioned into night, they danced the night away with their family and friends, and we even had an appearance from The Temptations!!! Maybe it was a lib dub version of “My Girl”, but still it was amazing!!!

Naomi & Vince, we have loved spending this last year with you and getting to know you both!! We were so thrilled to share in your wedding. We hope you love your photos!

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Their first moments together were adorable!

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One of my faves below!

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Their reception was stunning!!! Love those string lights and chandelier!

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And who doesn’t love a cake with twinkle lights behind it?!!!

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Congrats again!!! We wish you a lifetime of happiness together!

Vendors:
Venue: The Sutherland
Catering: Rocky Top Catering
Bridal Gown: Maggi Bridal
DJ: Unlimited DJ Services
Hair & Makeup: Soapbox Salon Raleigh
Cake: Megan Marsh Southern Belles Catering
Florist: James May, Harris Teeter
China & Glass Rentals: CE Rentals
Linen Rentals: Classic Party Rentals 
Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas

Cindy Shontz Carberry Orendorf - October 15, 2014 - 3:13 am

These pictures are very beautiful of two very special people!!

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Pictures & Frames

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I believe in getting pictures off the computer and into frames and albums. I love that technology these days allows us to share photos so easily, but I also think if we’re not careful we won’t have anything to pass down to the next generation. It’s why I encourage all our wedding couples to get an album, and most of them do! They see the value in having an heirloom piece to pass down to their kids and grandkids, just like we do. It’s hard though. It’s time consuming, takes some thought and creativity, and can be expensive. And having a new baby makes it even more difficult. But I was determined not to let her newborn pictures just sit on the computer for months, even years, before we got to them. I wanted to enjoy them before they became outdated! And we made it happen!

I found this gorgeous wall display on Pinterest that I wanted to copy, and then set out trying to out how to make it happen. I ended up finding what I wanted at my favorite place, IKEA! The only downfall was the $99 shipped charge : ( I seriously debated paying it for a while, because with the amount of frames I was getting, even with the shipping charge it was going to be less expensive than anywhere else. But it turned out that Kyle had to go right by one for work last week, so I sent him with a mile long & very specific list, and he came back home with everything I wanted! Once again, the best husband award goes to him! Then we spent our Sunday, framing and hanging the pictures on the wall. We’re absolutely in love with how it turned out!!!!

It gives us something pretty to look at every time we come downstairs, and I feel like it gives us room to grow with the pictures. We can swap them out with updated ones as she gets bigger…which isn’t going to happen…ever : ) She’s grown so much since even these photos were taken. I can’t believe it! Let’s not talk about that any more or I might start crying, haha. At least we have pretty pictures to capture all her stages!

Shelves & Frames: IKEA

Newborn Portraits: Perry Vaile Photography

Maternity Portraits: Julia Wade Photography

Steph Pollock - October 9, 2014 - 2:06 pm

the best part of this is that you avoided that stupid IKEA shipping fee. Way to go, Kyle! :) And of course, the final product is stunning!

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Having a Photographer for a Mom

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On Friday, I shared the gorgeous portraits taken by Perry Vaile Photography. She did an amazing job, and we will be forever thankful for those, but you know I couldn’t not take any myself, right?! What kind of photographer would I be if I didn’t take formal pictures of my own daughter?! I almost forgot though! Having a baby is busy work, and it’s really easy to let those first few weeks breeze by you during your sleep deprived, I have no clue what I’m doing stage. Thankfully a lightbulb went off on day 5, and I remembered to take some of her, and some of each other with her!

These may not go on the walls, and might just sit on a computer their whole existence, but that’s ok. They’re special because I took them of my daughter. And that memory of photographing her at 5 days new will be something I’ll always treasure. Hopefully one day she’ll grow up to treasure these images that mommy and daddy took for her : ) And she might as well get used to this, because her mom and dad are photographers. This is the first of many portrait sessions for this little darling!

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Can’t get over the hair still!

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I told you on Friday, those finger sucking ones get me!!! This one below is even framed on my mantle : )

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Rachel Milano - October 7, 2014 - 3:37 pm

So precious. The smiling one in the green swaddle is my favorite!

Barbara Lodge - October 7, 2014 - 5:31 pm

beautiful!!

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Ada Pearl’s Newborn Portraits

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I am so glad we were able to document this time in her life! Ada Pearl was only 6 days new when we took these. It’s a time we’ll never get back. Kyle loves to look at me and say she’ll only be xx days old once, because he knows it makes me cry. But he’s so right. Every day is another day older, and time will fly by if we don’t stop it with a picture. That’s why we set this up months before my due date. I wanted to make sure we didn’t let this time slip by. Was it a lot to get dressed (find something that fit!), do my hair and makeup 6 days after delivery? Yes, but it was so worth it. I’ll never regret having these images.

We hired our dear friend Perry of Perry Vaile Photography to photograph our little bug in her newest state. We love her. She has such a beautiful and artful style to her work, and it was so fun being photographed by her. In a twist on all things photography related to me, she shoots film! All of these beautiful photos of Adeline you see here were photographed on film. I know nothing of her world, other than it’s an impressive and difficult art form, and she consistently stuns me with her gorgeous imagery. Perry, we are so grateful to you for photographing this stage of our life. We will cherish these photos forever!

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I love her in her little swaddle : )

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Such a sweet little face.
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We didn’t want to focus on the dogs, because this was Ada’s turn, but a photo of all of us is one we have a hard time taking ourselves. So we asked Perry to take at least one full family photo. These are some of my favorites that she captured!
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Kyle asks me all the time why I love this photo below, and I always tell him I don’t know. Maybe it’s because that was us at 6 days into this adventure. Or maybe it’s because she doesn’t really do that anymore? Whatever it is, this one steals my heart and has already been printed : )

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Such sweet little fingers.

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Melissa Lynn Nottingham - October 3, 2014 - 1:40 pm

These are so precious A.J.!

Meriah Teague Mozingo - October 3, 2014 - 2:37 pm

So beautiful! you will cherish these forever and ever!

Kristen Kern Porter - October 3, 2014 - 3:53 pm

Love these!!! She did such a fantastic job!!

Brenda Frizsell Dunlap - October 3, 2014 - 7:02 pm

So sweet! I think she loves the camera.

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