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Bridal Portraits @ Duke Gardens | Durham, North Carolina Photographer

There was a great deal of preparation associated with this photo shoot.  The goal was to help build the MUA's wedding portfolio.  On the day of the shoot, I had nine people depending on me to produce wonderful images --- before every shoot I experience a small dose of nerves --- I know what images I want to create but how will they actually turn-out always concerns me; simply put, I hope I don't suck :-).  The nervous excitement dissipates after I take the first image and I allow my creative process to take hold and do what it does; produce high-quality, artistic captures resulting in excellent, professional portraits.

When we arrived at Duke Gardens, I wasted no time; I almost immediately started shooting with Kelly Tada.  I captured some amazing images in the parking lot.  It was a small challenge working with three different "brides" back to back and I enjoyed every moment.

I want to thank the team whose hard work produced so many amazing images:

mua: Stephanie Sekhmina
hair sylist: Andrayah Poncè
crystal jewler: Emily French
wardrobe stylist: Tina B KonTroversi
designer: Sonique Stephen
model: Lindsey Carrier
model: Kelly Tada
model: La'Meshia Le
video assistant: Nika Austin
video assistant: Agnes Lichanska
assistant: John Austin

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Wayne And Shereese Engagement Session | Durham, North Carolina

When another photographer hired me to cover his engagement, two things immediately happen: 1. Excitement that another photographer admired my work and commissioned me to capture his important moment 2. after the initial excitement, the nerves set in :-).

On the day of the shoot, my focus was with the couple and working with them to capture their interaction with each other while highlighting the expressions of love and exchanges of affection between them.  I never met Shereese or Wayne before, so it was my goal to build a rapport on the day of the shoot where they will be comfortable with me, because without that connection I wouldn't be able to memorialize their special moment.  Wayne is a very down to earth guy and surprisingly we shared a great deal in common.  We both have a Caribbean background, we both grew up in The Bronx, we both have a passion for creating art through photography and we both practically moved to North Carolina around the same time, but we never knew each other until now.  

Thank you Wayne and Shereese for allowing me to capture your engagement session. 

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