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North Carolina: Pisgah Covered Bridge

For quite some time I’ve been on the search for old covered bridges. This one in Asheboro, North Carolina proved to be a very good find. Finding this place took very little time, all I did was search the map for photos tagged with GPS coordinates. I used Flickr and searched for covered bridges in North Carolina. Immediately I found a few places that looked noble enough to investigate. I finally decided on the Piscah Covered Bridge because it was relatively close by. The bridge was located fairly deeply into the entangled back roads of NC. Families waved as I passed by, kids of all ages building snowmen and riding 4-wheelers. Christmas’ winter snow fall came just at the right time, letting up only a few hours before heading out to the bridge. The beauty of the snow and the stillness of the water highlights the peace I felt here. There is truly nothing like a calm moment surrounded by nature’s beauty.

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Dave Matthews Concert – North Charleston Coliseum, SC

Dave Matthews Band Concert from November 17th at the North Charleston Coliseum (just my small film camera shots because I’m pretty sure I couldn’t have brought the big Canon in). It was an unbelievable concert by the way. Huge light show, loud music, and thousands of fans screaming at the top of their lungs. Now that’s a rock concert!

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Random Stuff: Clemson vs NC, along with Charleston Photos

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I’ve been shooting a lot of film lately, mainly to explore the way photography used to be before the digital age took over. With film you don’t fire off random pictures because you can, no, with film, every shot you take costs money and unless you want to spend money on random junk that does not matter then you are forced to think about what you’re shooting. Making certain the first time that you’ve got the exposure perfect and the frame composed well. Another interesting thing about film is that there aren’t many controls on the camera. They don’t give you a million menus to sort through in order to find how to change the (insert camera feature here). With film cameras you have a viewfinder, a shutter button, a shutter speed and aperture dial, a lens and film. Not much to interfere with the process of taking photos. I believe this focuses you on what you’re doing instead of on the camera. Anyways, that was my sales pitch for film cameras. Here are the photos I took with mine.

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Jessica & Haynes

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Beach weddings are my favorite! Especially ones where the weather works out in your favor. For Jessica and Haynes, it was the perfect day to celebrate their marriage. They didn’t want a huge wedding with two hundred plus people, they wanted a small intimate wedding with only their close friends and family. Nick and I arrived in Sunset Beach, NC late morning just as the mid-day sun was beginning to rise high in the sky. We met briefly with the bride and groom and since we still had a few hours before the wedding, it seemed like the perfect time for a quick swim in the ocean. The water was warm and the waves were incredible. I was thankful we didn’t get stung by any jellyfishes! Soon after we begin shooting.

Jessica and Haynes decided to see each other before the wedding and since they did, we were able to take our time walking around downtown and getting more than enough pictures of the two of them. It really helped to reduce the stress of the wedding day pressure. The wedding began just as the sun was falling beyond the horizon line, the warm tones from the evening sunlight matched perfectly with the mood of the ceremony. After the the vows and of course the kissing, Jessica and Haynes finished out the evening with a relaxing outdoor reception at the beach house. They spent the remaining time sharing stories with old friends from college and talking about the plans for their new life together.

This has been one of my favorites weddings to photograph. Genuinely nice people, amazing location, great food, and perfect weather, does it get better than this? It truly was a wedding to remember!

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Start of Something New…Charleston, SC

Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge located in Charleston, South Carolina

Hello Charleston! It is a great honor to finally be back home and most of all, that I’m bringing my photography skills down south to serve you. I hope you’re excited for the what the future holds for both of us. I have been on this live changing journey, one that was so far away that I feel as if I left the planet. Alaska has taught me a lot during the 7 years I lived there. Over the next few blog posts I will be sharing the incredible road trip I took to get back to South Carolina. Almost 8,000 miles of highway and about a half-a-million plays on the iPod, I guess you could say I took the “scenic route.” However, it was absolutely worth it! Well I hope to see everyone really soon. It feels great to be back!!!

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