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A Creative Approach to NC Wedding Photography with Neil Boyd

Southern Bride & Groom works with some of the best wedding photographers in the Raleigh-Durham area and all across North Carolina. We’re thrilled to feature a North Carolina wedding photographer spotlight series so that you can get to know each of them a little better! Today, we’re sharing Neil Boyd’s creative approach to NC wedding photography.

Neil Boyd was born in Liverpool England and has been working in the U.S. for 12 years, forming his full-time photography studio and business in Raleigh upon moving here in 2002.

Neil’s education in the field began in London where he studied photography for three years at Kensington and Chelsea College. He became a member of The British Institute of photography in 2000 and is progressing to become a Fellow of the Institute. Neil now lives in Raleigh with his wife and two kids.

Learn more about what inspires Neil and what makes him stand out as a wedding photographer in our interview below.Pink and white wedding bouquetWhy do you love photography?

I love creating images that make other people happy – that can be anything from a candid moment caught at a wedding to a father seeing how beautiful his daughter looks in her bridal portrait. I also enjoy the freedom of creativity that I have as a photographer and the technical aspect and problem-solving that goes into many projects.

From where do you draw your artistic inspiration?

I draw much of my inspiration from other photographers – some I studied in college and others who are at the top of their trade today. I think my list would be quite extensive, but for different reasons, I would include Cartier-Bresson, O. Winston Link, Richard Avedon, August Bradley, Joey Lawrence, Yervant, Jerry Ghionas, my good friend, David Williams and many more!
Raleigh wedding photographyHow would you describe your style?

I would describe my style as a hybrid of photojournalistic and commercial. Photojournalism is the ability to tell a story with images, which is what we do when we present our clients with the story of their wedding day, usually in the form of a wedding album. My background is in advertising; it was through working at ad agencies that I really developed an interest in becoming a full-time photographer. I like to also bring that edginess to my work.
Raleigh wedding photographer Neil BoydWhat do you think sets you apart from other photographers?

Everyone is unique, and I think I have adapted my own personal style; this has evolved from my photography education and experience over the years.
Wedding at The Hudson ManorWhat is your favorite moment to shoot at a wedding?

I never go into a wedding with a set plan – it’s all about what I see at any given time. I love shooting bridal, couple, and wedding party images, and trying to push the boundaries and be creative. At the same time, I love capturing those special candid moments which might be a mother crying as her daughter walks down the aisle or a groom seeing his beautiful wife-to-be for the first time on their wedding day.Sparkler exit at weddingPhotos above by Neil Boyd Photography

Classic Pronovias Bridal Gowns from The Wedding Dress Shoppe

SB&G’s 2015 editorial fashion shoot was photographed by Dara Blakeley Photography at the beautifully restored Merrimon-Wynne House in downtown Raleigh. Stunning looks from our bridal boutiques paired perfectly with the building’s historic charm. Today, we’re showcasing classic lace and beaded Pronovias bridal gowns from The Wedding Dress Shoppe in Wilmington, NC.

The Wedding Dress Shoppe is a full-service bridal salon featuring quality, unique, and distinct gowns for the trendy, stylish and fashionable bride. The shop was inspired to fill a niche in the Wilmington area by offering unique lines exclusive to this market. The result is an extraordinary and distinct collection of gowns from acclaimed designers, exclusive to the Wilmington area. It provides a one-stop shop for all things bridal, including wedding gowns, veils, decorative headpieces, undergarments, jewelry, shoes, bridesmaid dresses, mother of the bride dresses, flower girl dresses, invitations and wedding planning packages. The shop also hosts regular trunk shows!Pronovias beaded wedding gown from Wedding Dress ShoppeLots of sparkle makes this fit and flare Pronovias bridal gown from The Wedding Dress Shoppe a standout, worn with a matching diamond encrusted bracelet and earrings from Anfesa’s Jewelers. A charming feminine hair accessory was provided by Hushed Commotion and hair and makeup completed by Bella Trio Day Spa.

Pronovias beaded white wedding gownThis elaborately beaded Pronovias gown from The Wedding Dress Shoppe has the classic illusion neckline with a natural figure skimming style. With simple, yet elegant bracelets and earrings from Wade Designs Jewelry and a gold headpiece from Hushed Commotion, the classic look is complete with hair and makeup design by Bella Trio Day Spa and a white and green bouquet by Fresh Affairs.

Pronovias Bitan lace white wedding gownLace illusion sleeves and bodice make a V cut over this Pronovias Bitan sweetheart lace-embroidered column gown from The Wedding Dress Shoppe. Pearl and diamond jewelry from Wade Designs Jewelry pairs perfectly with the soft romantic look created by Makeup for Your Day.Pronovias Bitan lace sleeve wedding dressWEDDING GOWNS Pronovias from The Wedding Dress Shoppe | VENUE The Merrimon-Wynne House | PHOTOGRAPHY Dara Blakeley Photography| FLOWERS Fresh Affairs | JEWELRY Anfesa’s Jewelers and Wade Designs Jewelry | HAIR & MAKEUP Makeup for Your Day and Bella Trio Day Spa | HAIR ACCESSORY Hushed Commotion

Timeless Wedding Photography by Raleigh Native Renee Sprink

Southern Bride & Groom works with some of the best wedding photographers in the Raleigh-Durham area and all across North Carolina. We’re thrilled to feature a North Carolina wedding photographer spotlight series so that you can get to know each of them a little better! Today, we’re sharing timeless wedding photography by Raleigh native Renee Sprink Photography.

Renee Sprink was born and raised in Raleigh and exudes sweet and stylish Southern charm! Renee possesses a natural passion for photography as well as a knack for making her clients feel completely at ease. She is more than just a photographer; she becomes her clients’ friend.

Renee loves to travel, but she also likes spending time at home with her husband of six years and their two rescue dogs; she loves monogramming anything she can get her hands on, and you’ll always find her sporting a fabulous pair of shoes! She enjoys entertaining family and friends, watching college football, working out, and giving back to the community through volunteer programs.

With a keen eye for beauty, style, and fashion, Renee captures classic yet modern images that are cherished by couples, friends, and families for years to come!

Renee’s had a camera in her hand as long as she can remember. Her passion for this form of expression really took hold when she was photographer and editor of her high school yearbook. As a student at NC State, she photographed most of her sorority (ZTA) events and some for the N.C. State Yearbook (Agromeck). Photography became part of her professional career when she worked in public relations and studied photography at NY Institute of Photography.

Renee strongly believes in continuing education, which is why she’s a proud member of Professional Photographers of America and Professional Photographers of NC and is currently working on her Certified Professional Photographer designation.

Learn more about Renee’s photographic style and her favorite moments to shoot in her Q&A below.Wedding at Duke Chapel in DurhamWhy do you love photography?

Photography is my passion! It’s about preserving life, love and history. Photographs make time stand still and are proof that our loves and lives existed in the first place. Besides that, I love making my brides feel confident and beautiful!

I have the best job in the world; a successful business; a career I’m passionate about, and clients who I just adore! Most people have a job, but the lucky ones have a calling; there is no doubt that this is what I was meant to do.Winter wedding photographyWhere do you draw your artistic inspiration?

Everywhere – inspiration is all around us in our daily lives. If I had to name a person, it would be Mario Testino and/or Annie Liebowitz.

How would you describe your style?

Clean, classic wedding photography with a bit of a modern twist – timeless, yet still current. My approach is to blend contemporary portraiture with candid photojournalism, which allows me to capture natural interactions, real emotion and authentic moments in an artistic way. My goal is to create beautiful and lasting images that tell the story of my couples’ love, their lives, and their day, and to provide them with photos they will love as much in twenty years as they do today. I photograph for the couple but also for their grandchildren and great-grandchildren who will one day look at these photos.Pink bridal bouquet and flowersPink bridesmaid dressesWhat sets you apart from other photographers?

I’m totally vested in each of my clients, their families, and their day. It’s important that I get to know them on a personal level so that they are relaxed and totally real around me; that is how I get raw emotions and authentic images on their wedding day. I always say, “you’ll come to me a stranger, but you’ll leave a friend.” Because of this, I’m also a dress bustler, emergency rip sewer, bow-tie tier, great listener, hug giver, nerve calmer, tear drier, and laugh maker!Blue bridal shoes and military weddingWhat is your favorite moment to shoot at a wedding?

I have several, but my top two are the time I spend photographing the bride and groom alone, especially if they have a first look. That’s the time when they can put everyone and everything else aside and truly just focus on themselves and live in the moment. That’s really important to me. I also really enjoy shooting the early part of the reception because the stress of the day disappears and is replaced by elation, joy, happiness and celebration! That’s when the couple can cut loose and really enjoy the company of the people who love them most.

Photos above by Renee Sprink Photography

Stunning Red, Black and White Ballroom Reception at Prestonwood Country Club

It’s Wedding Feature Wednesday at Southern Bride & Groom! Today we’re excited to share Raven and Cozell’s stunning red, black and white ballroom reception at Prestonwood Country Club in Cary, NC, captured by skillful photographer Dajuan Jones of In His Image Photography.

Raven and Cozell grew up together; they attended the same church and knew each other’s friends and family. Little did they know, years later, they would end up getting hitched! It wasn’t until they were in college, after a chance encounter in downtown Raleigh, that they began to communicate more often and eventually started dating.

Cozell “put a ring on it” before taking Raven to see her favorite performer, Beyoncé, in concert. He had surprised Raven with tickets to the Charlotte show on her birthday, then, on the morning of the concert, he surprised her even more with a beautiful engagement ring!

Raven and Cozell chose their favorite colors—red, black and white—as their wedding colors, perfect for an early autumn wedding at the grand and elegant Prestonwood Country Club. Fresh Affairs created show-stopping bouquets and large centerpieces using bright red roses. The bride and groom personalized the event with a hashtag that combined both of their nicknames.

Raven’s advice to brides-to-be is try to relax. “The smallest details may not go perfect, but it’s about the new union with your spouse, and for that, the day will be nothing short of amazing!” she says. With the help of Adams & Events, this Raleigh couple enjoyed being able to sit back and enjoy all the little moments of their special day.

Raven’s favorite moment was when they first opened the doors of the church as her father walked her down the aisle and she set eyes on her soon-to-be husband surrounded by their family and closest friends. The love and togetherness of this couple and their guests is evident in the photos below, captured by In His Image Photography.Monogrammed wedding programsMakeup and hair for Raleigh brideGold wedding bands and ringsNorth Carolina bridesmaids pray before weddingIn His Image Raleigh wedding photographyWedding selfiesChurch wedding in Raleigh, NCRaleigh Church of Christ wedding ceremonyMonogrammed projection at ballroom receptionCustomized bride and groom wedding cake topperRed, white and black wedding colorsFall wedding at Prestonwood Country ClubWhite wedding cake with red rosesReception at Prestonwood Country Club in CaryRaleigh wedding photographerFirst dance at the Prestonwood Country Club

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Planner
“Tracy Adams of Adams & Events was superb! She knew all the right people and venues. We couldn’t have asked for a more professional, yet personable planner,” Raven remarks.

Venue
“Prestonwood made my dream reception come true!” says Raven. “From the cocktail hour to the grand staircase, this was a celebration we’ll never forget!”North Carolina wedding venuePhotographer
“In His Image Photography was recommended by our wedding planner. Dajuan definitely has the magic touch – he made all our pictures ones to remember and we were so impressed by his keen eye for detail,” Raven shares.

Raleigh North Carolina Bride and GroomFlorist
“Fresh Affairs created the most beautiful flowers we have ever seen!” says Raven. “The flowers definitely made the reception feel complete! Truly the perfect blend of beauty and class.”

Prestonwood Country Club in Cary NCCEREMONY LOCATION Raleigh Church of Christ | RECEPTION & CATERING Prestonwood Country Club | PLANNER Adams & Events | PHOTOGRAPHER In His Image Photography | MINISTER Pastor John J. Wilkins, Jr. | BRIDAL GOWN Monique Lhuillier from Alexia’s Bridal | BRIDAL SHOES Jimmy Choo | BRIDAL JEWELRY Nordstrom | BRIDESMAID JEWELRY Kate Spade | BRIDESMAID DRESSES Savvi Formalwear | MOB DRESS Neiman Marcus | GROOMSMEN GIFTS Robert Jamison Collection bow ties | HAIR Shawana Thorne, Master Stylist | MAKEUP Jamie Surgeon | FLORIST Fresh Affairs | VIDEOGRAPHER Island Sound | INVITATIONS Cute Buttons | CEREMONY MUSIC Phillip Langston, Sam Harmonix | RECEPTION MUSIC 360 Elite

Shabby Chic Vintage Wedding at The Sutherland

It’s Wedding Feature Wednesday at Southern Bride & Groom! Today, we’re excited to share Cori and Adam’s shabby chic vintage wedding at The Sutherland in Wake Forest, NC!

Cori and Adam crossed paths through mutual groups of friends 10 years ago. What started out as a fun friendship – they were each other’s “back up” dates to events and weddings – eventually formed into a deeper relationship when feelings blossomed over one Memorial Day weekend at the lake where they first met.

It was around Christmas when Adam distracted Cori with several “decoy” gifts before revealing an engagement ring as the real surprise! Deriving inspiration from Cori’s antique 1800s diamond ring and her love of lace, shabby chic elements mixed with vintage flair for a beautiful early fall wedding at The Sutherland.

Dara Blakeley Photography captured many of the fun vintage props in the bride and groom’s portraits and pictures. Classic cars were a personal touch – provided by the bride’s father and grandfather.

For a fun surprise, Cori arranged for an ice cream cart (her husband’s favorite food). And in acknowledgement of their early years, honey bear jars were placed on all the tables for guests, as Adam carried around a honey bear in his backpack during college because the Chick-fil-A on campus didn’t have honey for their chicken nuggets.

The happy couple now lives in Raleigh in a home built by Adam who is a general contractor.
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Venue
“We chose The Sutherland because it had so much character and was the perfect setting for my vintage wedding,” Cori shares. “We also loved the fact that it was all in one place, so that guests did not have to travel to a second destination.”
The Sutherland in Wake Forest NCPhotography
“Dara Blakeley Photography was an early decision. Dara helped to calm nerves and snapped into action when things felt emotional or chaotic to kind of talk the tears down so that none of us would ‘ugly cry,'” jokes Cori. “She just made us all laugh and smile and helped those who were tough to photograph. Everyone felt so comfortable because of her.”
Fun bridesmaids pictures by Dara Blakeley
Rentals
“We mixed and matched various rental companies as I fell in love with the plates and hardware from Classic Party Rentals. It all came together exactly how we wanted it – shabby chic minus the country/mason jar theme,” says Cori.
Elegant rustic wedding reception at The Sutherland
WEDDING VENUE The Sutherland | Photographer Dara Blakeley | REHERSAL DINNER Second Empire | BRIDAL GOWN Victoria Nicole from Traditions by Anna Bridal Boutique | SHOES Stuart Weitzman | JEWELRY Ora Jewelers and Wedding Bands from Reliable Loans | FORMALWEAR Men’s Wearhouse | HAIR Theresa Lyons | MAKEUP Ashley Mooney | FLORIST Greg Kennedy | CAKE Cinda’s Creative Cakes | INVITATIONS Reaves Engraving | MUSIC Violinist Scott Laird | RECEPTION MUSIC The Whaler Family | PARTY RENTALS Classic Party Rentals and CE Rentals | FAVORS Cupcakes by Iced and honey bear jars

Elegant Fall Garden Wedding

It’s Wedding Feature Wednesday at Southern Bride & Groom! Today we’re excited to share Rachel and Daniel’s elegant fall garden wedding at Duke Gardens in Durham.

Rachel and Daniel began dating sophomore year as Duke undergrads and they loved spending time in the beautiful Duke gardens, walking through them to get to class junior and senior years from central campus. When Daniel got down on one knee, this is where he chose to do it. It was the perfect place for a proposal…and for a wedding! A little over a year after becoming engaged, Rachel and Daniel came full circle with a gorgeous wedding in the Gardens in September 2014. It was followed by an indoor reception in the Doris Duke Center, which is located on the property. Local wedding planner, Sally Oakley provided day-of coordination so that Rachel and Daniel could sit back, relax, and enjoy every moment.

The wedding colors – eggplant, green, with a touch of orange – complimented the natural setting very well. It was a beautiful fall day and photographer Anna Kirby captured the jovial mood of the couple and their guests against many of the wonderful backdrops and hidden gems among the Gardens.beaded wedding gownBridal wedding shoesFall wedding bride and bouquetGlamorous wedding ringSweet first look between the bride and groomRaleigh bride and groom embrace captured by Anna Kirby PhotographyWedding ceremony at the Duke GardensOutdoor wedding ceremony in Duke GardenOutdoor wedding ceremony at the Duke GardensOutdoor fall wedding at Duke GardensCandid moments between bride and groom by Anna KirbyDurham bride in lace and bead gownGorgeous black & white wedding photographyWedding reception at Doris Duke Center in DurhamFamily moments during wedding reception
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Wedding Planner
“We hired our wedding planner, Sally Oakley, once I realized that I really couldn’t do everything myself on our wedding day,” Rachel admits. “Sally was amazing – I wish we had hired her sooner. She was technically a ‘day of’ planner, but she helped us so much throughout the entire process, creating our timeline and making sure all of the vendors were in place.”Durham bride and groom cut the cakePhotography
“Our wedding photographer, Anna Kirby, did an incredible job – our pictures are beautiful! She was also very easy to work with prior to the wedding and she always responded promptly to questions,” shares Rachel.North carolina outdoor wedding venueVENUE Duke Gardens – Doris Duke Center | PLANNER Sally Oakley | PHOTOGRAPHER Anna Kirby |CATERER Durham Catering | RENTALS American Party Rentals | TENT Classic Party Rentals | FLORIST Ninth Street Flowers | HAIR & MAKEUP Ashley Mooney | GOWN Alfred Angelo | RING Tacori | DJ Steve with Joe Bunn | OFFICIANT Barbara Lodge | CEREMONY MUSIC Arioso Strings | TRANSPORTATION Eco Style

NC Wedding Photographer Captures Timeless Emotions

Southern Bride & Groom works with some of the best wedding photographers in the Raleigh-Durham area and all across North Carolina. We’re thrilled to feature a North Carolina wedding photographer spotlight series so that you can get to know each of them a little better! Today, we’re introducing you to Robin Lin Photography.

Robin was born and raised in Western New York, but has called Chapel Hill home for almost a decade.

After working in the legal field upon graduating from Purdue University with a B.A. in political science and psycholgy, Robin transitioned to photography. She took photography classes in both Chapel Hill and Durham as well as design classes online through Parsons School of Design in New York City.

Robin spends her free time perusing Pinterest, either finding new house projects or adding to her bucket list of places to travel.

Emotional wedding reactions captured by North Carolina photographerWhy do you love photography?

I love photography because it documents life from the beautiful to the painful; from the smallest, simplest moment to the grandest of events. Good photography is timeless—it’s something you want to look at over and over and enjoy for generations.

Where do you draw your artistic inspiration?

I love looking at iconic photos from past generations. I love when Websites showcase this as well as year in review or anything that is especially emotional in nature. I love looking at the detail—not necessarily what’s going on in the middle, but what’s surrounding the story. I love a great black & white photo and often can spend hours just perusing images looking at the contrast, details and the lines in someone’s face.Father Daughter Dance captured by Robin Lin PhotographyWhat is your favorite thing or moment to shoot at a wedding?

It’s hard to come up with just one, but I’d say it’s the first look. Either the first look between a bride and groom or the first look between a bride and her dad. I often have a lump in my throat, especially when a dad sees his daughter on her wedding day. There are many times I’m shooting through tears and I always feel so honored to be there for such an intimate moment in the day.

How would you describe your style?

I truly strive for a clean, classic look that is both a mix of traditional and photojournalistic. There are elements to a wedding that I shoot rather traditionally to respect the intimacy of the occasion, but I love nothing more than getting up close during the reception for great candid moments on the dance floor.North Carolina photographer captures candid dancing during the receptionWhat do you think sets you apart from other photographers?

My clients often tell me at the end of the night (or later) that they never realized I was there and yet I managed to get all the little details and moments they forgot all about. I didn’t get in the way, I didn’t impede or intrude on their day, and I think that’s a huge compliment. I like to think I work exceptionally hard for my clients and I’m willing to help them in ways that don’t even relate closely to photography. I really strive to work well with all the vendors as I know that creating a beautiful wedding really is a team effort.

Winter Wedding Inspiration by Ninth Street Flowers

Southern Bride & Groom is excited to share some of our favorite photos, including many not seen in print, from our floral designers featured in the 2015 magazine. In the first of our floral inspiration series, we’re showing winter wedding inspiration by Ninth Street Flowers of Durham, NC.

Ninth Street Flowers provides brides with glorious blooms sourced from local growers whenever possible, and flowers imported from farms around the world when necessary. As a premier flower shop serving Durham, Duke University, Chapel Hill, Hillsborough, RTP and parts of Cary and Raleigh, Ninth Street Flowers surrounds customers with an abundance of creativity and beauty. World class floral designers embrace the emotions behind every order and diligently strive to express these sentiments with flowers, as they did for Southern Bride & Groom’s “Winter Shimmer” floral shoot at the Washington Duke Inn and Golf Club in Durham, NC.

The Forest Room at the Washington Duke Inn and Golf Club served as the backdrop for this shimmering floral & décor shoot. The Washington Duke Inn provides many beautiful venue spaces outdoors and in, which are perfect for a glamourous winter wedding with plenty of sparkle.

Winter weddings inspire shimmering tones of ice cool colors from the jewelry a bride wears to the place settings and centerpieces at the table. For this shoot, Ninth Street Flowers created a beautiful winter white dream in silver, shimmer and pale ice blue. For even more glamour, add details like glittered pine cones, silver sprayed foliage, votives wrapped lambs ear, or a couple’s monogram in soft blue lightning to add a special personalized touch to your wedding space.

Winter wedding at Washington Duke Inn and Golf Club

Durham North Carolina Winter Wedding FlowersPlace settting for winter weddingWInter wedding tablescapes Ninth Street FlowersWhite bouquetBride with white flower bouquetFLORAL DESIGN Ninth Street Flowers | TABLETOP LINEN & CHAIRS Classic Party Rentals | NAME CARDS & MENUS Cute Buttons | LIGHTING Island Sound DJ & Production | GOWN Justin Alexander from The Wedding Dress Shoppe | JEWELRY Bailey’s Fine Jewelry | HAIR & MAKEUP Bella Trio Day Spa | VENUE The Forest Room at The Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club | PHOTOGRAPHY by Walters & Walters

North Carolina Wedding Photographer: Neil Boyd Photography

Southern Bride & Groom works with some of the best wedding photographers in the Raleigh-Durham area and all across North Carolina. We’re thrilled to kick off a new photographer spotlight series so that you can get to know each of them a little better! Today, we’re introducing you to Neil of Neil Boyd Photography.

Tell us a little about yourself.
I was born in Liverpool, England, and have been working in the USA for 12 years now. Neil Boyd Photography was formed in 2002 and has been a full-time photography studio for 12 years. Our studio is on Creedmoor Road in Raleigh. I’m married with two children, ages 7 and 10.

Neil Boyd Headshot

Tell us about your education and photography education.
I studied photography for three years at Kensington & Chelsea College in London, and became a Member of the British Institute of Photography in 2000. In 2002, I was awarded a Licentiate, and in 2008, I became an Associate. I am now progressing to become a Fellow.

Why do you love photography?
I love creating images that make other people happy. That can be anything from a candid moment caught at a wedding to a father seeing how beautiful his daughter looks in her bridal portrait, or a chef seeing how great his food looks in an international publication to an advertising photo which helps a company sell its products. I also enjoy the freedom of creativity that I have as a photographer, and the technical aspect and problem solving that goes into many projects.

Where do you draw your artistic inspiration?
From other photographers! Some that I studied in college, and others who are at the top of their trade today. I think my list would be quite extensive, but for different reasons it would include Cartier-Bresson, O. Winston Link, Richard Avedon, Agust Bradley, Joey Lawrence, Yervant, Jerry Ghionas, my good friend David Williams, and many, many more.

How would you describe your style?
A hybrid of photojournalistic and commercial. Photojournalism is the ability to tell a story with images, which is what we do when we present our clients with the story of their wedding day, usually in the form of a wedding album. My background is in advertising, and it was working in ad agencies that really got me interested in becoming a full-time photographer, so I like to bring that edginess to my work as well.

What do you think sets you apart from other photographers?
See all of the above! Everyone is unique, and I think I have created my own personal style, which has evolved from my photography education and experience over the years.

What is your favorite thing or moment to shoot at a wedding?
I never go into a wedding with a set plan — it’s all about what I see at any given time. I love shooting bridal, couple, and wedding party images and trying to push the boundaries and be creative. At the same time, I love capturing those special candid moments, which might be a mother crying as her daughter walks down the aisle, or a groom seeing his beautiful wife-to-be for the first time on their wedding day.

Neil Boyd Photography

One of our favorite shots from Neil Boyd Photography!

 

North Carolina Wedding Photographer: Anna Kirby Photography

Southern Bride & Groom works with some of the best wedding photographers in the Raleigh-Durham area and all across North Carolina. We’re thrilled to kick off a new photographer spotlight series so that you can get to know each of them a little better! Today, we’re introducing you to Anna of Anna Kirby Photography.

Anna Kirby Photography

Tell us a little about yourself.
Hi, I’m Anna! I spend my time between Durham and Highlands, North Carolina, as well as my hometown of Tampa, Florida. When I’m not working, my husband and I are usually headed out on a hike or an adventure with our little boy and puppy in tow.

Tell us about your education and photography education.
I graduated from the University of Virginia with a degree in Architecture and a minor in Fine Arts. During my time at UVA, I studied photography in the countryside of Tuscany, Italy. After graduation, I returned to school at the Washington School of Photography in Washington, DC, where I was trained in all types of professional photography. But before all of that, it was my dad who first introduced me to photography when I was a little girl.

Why do you love photography?
The most meaningful thing about wedding photography for me is being able to provide my clients with a lifelong, tangible representation of their wedding day that they otherwise would only have in their memory.

Where do you draw your artistic inspiration?
For me, it is all about lighting, so I look to those who have mastered light across all artistic mediums. Be it the movies, paintings, landscape photographers, or even an afternoon walk – I am always looking for inspiration.

How would you describe your style?
My style is journalistic – photographing my clients and their guests unobtrusively while capturing the real emotion of the moment. Certainly not every photograph I take during a wedding day is candid; I absolutely love to capture the epic portraits of the bride and groom loosely posed in settings that are meaningful to them.

What do you think sets you apart from other photographers?
As your wedding photographer, I am one of the vendors that will be with you most of your wedding day. That being said, I will help your wedding day stay on schedule and be of assistance with anything that should arise. Another thing that sets me apart from other photographers is that I was formally trained and educated in photography.

What is your favorite thing or moment to shoot at a wedding?
There is no specific thing in a wedding day that is my favorite, but there is always a moment at every wedding where the bride and groom slow down for a few seconds and become totally engaged in each other – that is the moment I love.

Anna Kirby Bride and Groom

One of our favorite shots by Anna! For more of her beautiful photographs, check out her latest featured Real Engagement Session!