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Kelly & Spencer | Boone Engagement


They couldn’t decide. They loved the city and the mountains. So they did both. This is the first time we’ve ever photographed two engagement sessions for the same couple, but I hope it’s the start of a new trend! The first session was fun. We walked around uptown Charlotte, got to know them, and they learned how we operate behind the camera. The second session we were all relaxed! I was comfortable photographing them, and they were comfortable being photographed. It was like we were old friends just hanging out!

I met them up in Boone on my first solo road trip without the baby. Even though I lived in the mountains most of my life, this was my first time exploring Boone. It was just as adorable as I expected it to be! I met them at the very spot where he proposed, the old Mast General Store. We all bought way too much candy, and sugared ourselves up so we were all nice and hyper for pictures : ) Then they took me on a parkway tour stopping at several new places to me! I love exploring the mountains! I may not miss living there, but I definitely love visiting. Especially on a gorgeous day like this one! We ended the evening at one of the prettiest scenic overlooks that I’ve ever seen. Up until that day, I’d always wondered why they call it the Blue Ridge Mountains. Not any more. They truly lived up to their name that evening!

Thank you two for showing me around Boone and making it such a fun experience! Can’t wait to see you again in a few months for more pictures…and a wedding! : )

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Then they took me to this stunning hiking area! Look at those rolling hills and sunshine!
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About 10 minutes before sunset, I looked at them and asked if there was anywhere close where we could look out over the mountains. This is where they took me! I’d say it’s pretty perfect! 0126 0130 0132 0135

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Amanda Fenwick - October 22, 2014 - 1:52 pm

You are an amazing photographer!

Kelly Jones - October 22, 2014 - 2:34 pm

So gorgeous!! Thank you!!! You guys are the best!!!

Kara Smart - October 22, 2014 - 2:53 pm

Awesome pics! Congrats to you guys

Katie Dancy Akins - October 22, 2014 - 4:56 pm

Beautiful !!!

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Winter Discounts


We’ve never done this before, but there’s a first for everything, right? We are offering $100 off any Married Love or Lifestyle Family sessions scheduled for the months of December, January and February!!! These are two new areas of our business that we want to expand, and what better way to do that than by offering a discount! You’re probably wondering what are these sessions? Let me explain!

Married Love Sessions are just what they sound like. They’re designed to capture that established love. We shouldn’t stop documenting love just because the wedding is over! Every married couple will tell you, your love only gets better and stronger with time, and that’s what we want to photograph. The bond that lasts a lifetime. No wedding dress, no kids, just the two of you, in love. We can come to you and photograph you snuggling on the couch, or we can brainstorm about your favorite date spot and capture you eating spaghetti Lady & The Tramp style…or maybe you are like us and love to hike. Let’s find your favorite trail and make an adventure out of it! Married Love is too important to ignore! Let’s celebrate the already married couple, and photograph your story too!

Family Lifestyle Sessions are a slightly different take on what we’ve done in the past. Now that we have a baby, we treasure the small moments so much. The way she smiles when we lay her on her changing pad, how she plays with her toys, the look in her eyes as we give her a bottle. It’s all special, and as we’ve taken this all in recently, we realized we’ve missed a key area of photography: documenting the family life, as it is, on a daily basis. These sessions aren’t designed to go to a park and have everyone smile at the camera. We want to capture the raw emotions that make up your family. It might be playing legos, or giving your kids a bath. Whatever you do fun together! That’s what we want to photograph!

The great things about these sessions is they’re timeless. If we’re inside your home, it doesn’t matter what season it is outside. And if you’re married, going outside for photos in the winter gives you a great excuse to snuggle closer…maybe we’ll even get some snow! How romantic is that? : )

If this is something you’re interested in please email me at aj @ (spaces included to avoid spam emails). Tell me about yourselves, what type of session you’re interested in, which month you’d prefer, and any ideas you have for your pictures!!! I’ll respond with extreme excitement (more exclamation points and smiley faces than you can count!!!!!), detailed pricing information, and our available dates. Spaces are limited, so contact us soon. Can’t wait to hear from you!!!!

Don’t forget we still have mini sessions available for November 1st! Click here to see available times and reserve your spot. Unlike Married Love & Family Lifestyle, these are designed to smile at the camera and capture a beautiful traditional family portrait : )

Rebecca Rice - October 20, 2014 - 2:54 pm

Hey hey hey!! Can you message me a price for both- I would love some of just Matt and I for your bedroom

Rebecca Rice - October 20, 2014 - 2:55 pm

my phone messed up it would let me fix it my bedroom not your bedroom LOL

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Daniel & Hallie | Married Love


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


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!

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


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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