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Aaron.

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An artist I greatly respect, Jeremy Cowart, regularly works with a singer you might know – Imogen Heap.  If you haven’t heard Imogen’s work, you should go make that happen first.  She’s brilliant.

A lot of the commentary I’ve heard from those that help on Jeremy’s shoots with Imogen are beautiful.  One assistant went so far as to say that observing these two at work was a privilege.  The process seems so easy, he said.
And this is exactly how it felt to work with Aaron.

When he asked me to take some images for him, we had known each other all of three days.  It seemed casual and I decided that if he was really interested, he would bring it up again.  And he did!  Normally, my full shoots are about an hour and a half long.  Usually, it takes the client about thirty minutes to get comfortable  – this is so normal!  It’s part of the reason I act as ridiculous as possible.  We have to loosen you up and laughter is the best way to do that, I’ve found.  (The other part of the reason is that I am simply ridiculous.  Let’s not kid anyone. 🙂 )

He took only about ten minutes and that typical time slot easily stretched into three hours.  The session was easy, as if I was hanging out with a longtime friend. He was willing to do just about anything I asked. Don’t worry, he laughed at my ridiculousness, too.  (Doesn’t everybody??)

The result of such an immediately easy collaboration are images I am quite proud of.  I will, forever and always, encourage folks to work with artists they fit with.  Stand in front of the lens of someone who allows you to be comfortable in your own skin.  Appreciate and accept them for who they are, trust what they will produce for you, and enjoy the company.  When you spend time with someone who makes you comfortable, and they relax around you, the imagery reaches a whole new level.

HUGE thanks to Provision Co. of Charleston for letting us use their space! xoxo

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Our last giveaway!

For now. 🙂

At the beginning of this year, we decided to give things away for my birthday.  Hi, I’m Amaris – the lead photographer here – and I couldn’t think of a better way to spend a birthday than giving gifts to all sorts of other folks!  And I was right.  It was one of the best things EVER.

On our fifth day of giveaways, we decided to go all out.  Five winners would each receive a one-hour session here in RDU on February 22nd – yes, next Saturday!  The sessions would include a dozen edited images for each recipient as well as our complete adoration and gratitude.  All we asked was for each of you to tell us who you loved.  And you all did *not* disappoint!  Two of our winners aren’t even old enough to drive a car, but the love for them shared by their mothers completely won us over.
Meet one of them.  Her name is Chloe.

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Chloe is the beaming blonde holding her baby sister!

Her Momma writes:
Love. Such a simple word but a word that conveys so much emotion. The word almost doesn’t do the feeling justice. I love my daughter, Chloe, with all of my heart. She inspires me, entertains me, and encourages me. Since the time she entered my life, over 11 years ago, my life took on a new purpose and I’m so proud of the lovely young lady she has become.

Chloe hasn’t been without her own set of challenges, however. The only life Chloe has memory of is a life lived at literally two separate houses, with two separate families, and essentially two separate lives. She has had to endure the loss of a beloved grandmother and come to terms with two devastating and life-changing divorces between two different sets of important people in her life within the last two years. She has been on the receiving end of bullying and mistreatment by other children so severe that we were recently forced to switch her to a completely different school (where she is adjusting wonderfully, I might add). Somehow despite all of these things, Chloe remains full of life, love, and hope. She is really the most well adjusted kid I’ve ever known and as much as I’d like to take the credit I really can’t — it’s all her!

I would love to make her feel special and beautiful because she gives so much love and joy to others and is so deserving!

We are SO excited to spend time with Chloe making beautiful photos and encouraging her during a rough season.  Portraits really give worth.

The other four winners should have received an email from us with our congratulations and we will be highlighting each of them the week after our sessions!
As we celebrate love at a beautiful wedding this weekend, I hope that you do the same.  The concept of today may be a bit flawed, or a lot flawed, but the root idea is amazing to me.  Be kind and show love – even if someone doesn’t deserve it.  Maybe especially so then.
Words give worth, too.

xoxo times a gajillion,
Amaris

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