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Megan & Taylor’s Durham Brewery Engagement photos What do you do when you start your engagement photos at a brewery outside but rain is threatening? You move to *another* brewery that has better cover. And thus, a Durham brewery engagement tour was born. We’d always planned to start Megan & Taylor’s engagement session at Ponysaurus, […]

An engaged couple laughs over beers at Durham Brewery Ponysaurus

Engagements

Durham Brewery Engagement Photos

July 19, 2020

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Get your colorful wedding inspiration from this styled shoot at the Lucky Strike Suite in Durham, NC First a disclaimer: this is a styled shoot. And for those of you who don’t know what that means, it means it’s not a real wedding. I think that’s important to disclaim, because a lot of times real […]

A Black couple stands in wedding gown and custom red suit at Belt Line Station in Durham, NC

Weddings

Colorful Wedding Inspiration – Styled Shoot at The Lucky Strike Suite

July 15, 2020

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Sarah & Abe’s Nerdy Engagement Photos at the Eno River Q: What kind of engagement photos should nerds aim for? A: Nerdy engagement photos! So that’s what we did for that couple you see above playing Nintendo Switch! Granted, Sarah & Abe are also nature lovers, so you’ll see plenty of that too because West […]

Engaged couple plays Nintendo Switch during their nerdy engagement photos

Engagements

Nerdy Engagement Photos at the Eno River

July 12, 2020

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Liz & Rikki’s nerdy Raleigh same-sex elopement Y’all. The bar has officially been set as high as I’ve ever seen it for custom nerdy wedding ceremonies. At this awesome, colorful, nerdy same-sex elopement, Liz & Rikki vowed to protect one another from orcs and weeping angels. And to be one another’s Companion through space and […]

Two brides strike a fun pose at their same-sex elopement in Raleigh, NC

Weddings

Nerdy Raleigh Same-Sex Elopement

June 27, 2020

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Meredith & Jason’s Raleigh backyard wedding As I predicted back in early April, Covid19 has really changed the way weddings work. It will be interesting to see how long-lasting the ripple effect is, but for now, I’m focused on my couples who have made the pivot to intimate, micro-weddings, like Meredith & Jason. They celebrated […]

Bride and groom stand in front of their house in North Raleigh

Weddings

Raleigh Backyard Wedding – Meredith & Jason

June 23, 2020

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Kate & Mike’s Durham Anniversary Portraits They’re celebrating 10 years y’all!!! Hey!! The world still exists out there. But it is a little weird. I had a socially distanced portrait session in downtown Durham this weekend with my friends Kate & Mike of MKM Photography to commemorate their 10 year wedding anniversary. They looked awesome […]

Couple poses for portrait with the downtown Durham skyline and a deep blue sky behind them

Portraits

Downtown Durham Anniversary Portraits

May 19, 2020

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We are nothing if not nerdy wedding photographers, right? We made some self-portraits for Star Wars Day! Check out our light sabers 🙂

Nerdy wedding photographers pose with their light sabers

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Nerdy Wedding Photographers say May the Fourth Be With You

May 4, 2020

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Kivus & Camera answers the frequently asked question: How should I back up my wedding photos? Instructions for cloud backups and hardware backups.

Bride and groom share their first dance under a chandelier

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FAQ: How should I back up my wedding photos?

April 27, 2020

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Downtown Raleigh Quarantine Photo Project I’m pretty devastated that I won’t get to photograph any weddings in April or May, because I was so looking forward to celebrating with our amazing couples. Alas, Covid19 and quarantine had other ideas. But I haven’t just been moping about. Quite the opposite. I’ve been using quarantine time to […]

groom shaves before big fake quarantine wedding

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My Big Fake Quarantine Wedding

April 22, 2020

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Coronavirus (Covid19) and wedding photography Weddings for the near future – at this point up through May for us here in Raleigh, North Carolina – have been postponed and cancelled across the world because of Covid19. I know that it’s devastating to couples making that decision but it’s definitely the right thing to do. And […]

Bride hugs her grandfather before her wedding ceremony | by Raleigh wedding photographers

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Coronavirus (Covid19) and wedding photography

April 4, 2020