This past weekend I spent time in Timberlake, NC capturing the wedding of Donna & Patrick.Â Their wedding took place at a nice,Â serene, rural location.Â It was so peaceful on the church grounds that both my son and I said that this was the perfect place to take a nap
It has been a pleasure working with Donna & Patrick ever since we had our first meeting at Crab Tree Valley Mall.Â A special thanks goes out to Celeste for introducing me to them.
May the grace of God and the love that you have for each otherÂ sustain and keep you as you move forward in life as husband and wife.
The shot below is one that I just could not resist.Â Â When the guys walked into the basement of the church to get dressed I couldn’t help but grin because of the room that they walked into.Â When I showed the picture to themÂ (in camera) they responded by saying in a playful tone “Now you know that is just wrong.”
There were several funny moments but one in particular forced us to stop shooting for a few minutes.Â Â While doing some of the husband & wife shots Donna’s son said in a monotone talking smack fun voice to PatrickÂ “Stop kissing my mama.”
Oh my God . . .Â I thought I was going to die from laughing too hard.Â As soon as he said that everyone just bursted out laughing and it took us a few moments to get our composure back.Â Â After observing Patrick andÂ Jomarcus one can see that they have a very close relationship.
It is always fun to shoot with Emily.Â She’s very creative and is not afraid to explore new photographic ideas.Â Â She called me and said “Ivan, I’d like to come up with a mermaid shoot.”Â Â Hmmmm, I thought…. a mermaid shoot.. this should be interesting?Â She said yes and I already have all the accessories.Â Â Â My response was cool….. let’s set a date and I’ll come to your place and make it happen.
During that conversation I also told her that I had an idea about her wearing red fabric that is blowing in the wind.Â We decided that we’d try out both concepts.
The thing about photography is that it can be used for just about any type of expression.Â Â A lot of time the fun is not only in taking the picture but trying to set the scene, the lighting and everything else that is required for you to capture the shot.
Emily actually cut out and painted the mermaid fin from a cardboard box.Â She’s very artistic… you should see some of her painted portraits at her place.
Below is a rare behind the scenes shot.Â We managed to turn her living room into a photography studio. The hardest part was trying to control all the light precisely in such a small area.Â Just about everything had light blockers (Gobos) to make it go only to a certain location.
The red fabric was an idea that I’ve wanted to do for a while.Â I just needed the right person that could pull it off.
While we are on this shoot and Emily was doing her modeling “thang” she all of a sudden got attacked by the red fabric in the wind and you can see her below just trying to hold on for dear life.Â There are always funny moments that occur during each shoot and this was one of them.
Time has flown by so fast.Â Just last year I was running around “World Overcomers church” in Durham, NC capturing the wedding of Charleston & Takeila.Â Â Now God has blessed them with a new child that will be here soon.
This weekend I’ll have the honor of capturing Donna & Patrick’s wedding.Â We took some time out of our schedules to fit in an engagement picture session.Â Unfortunately our outing was cut short by a torrential down pour but we still managed to get a few shots.
Not too long ago I shot the engagement session of Tiffanie & Jerrod.Â They were just married in Jamaica.Â Before Tiffanie left she had me to take her out on a bridal portrait session.Â Below are a few of the images.
A lot of times the workers in hair salons don’t get a lot of time to be in the spot light.Â They are usually busy making others look their best. Not long ago the owner ofÂ Studio Plus Hair Salon in Durham, NC gave her workers a treat.Â Â She scheduled a day where they could dress up, do their make up and have their own photo shoots.Â Â Â These are only a handful of images because there were many.Â It was a fun shoot and I’m looking forward to round #2 with the other workers.
This past weekend I had the privilege of capturingÂ the wedding day of Anthony & Gladys.Â They used a very modern venue called “The Cotton Room”Â in downtown Durham.Â Â Our day started early but went by in a blur.Â Both Gladys and Anthony are hilarious and fun to be around.Â They were surrounded with friends and family to make what became a magical day to remember.
Anthony & Gladys may God bless your union until the end of time.Â I enjoyed being a part ofÂ your special day and I wish the best to both of you as you move away to your new home.
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