• CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA BASED WEDDING AND PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHER SERVING ALL OF THE SOUTH EAST AND BEYOND. CANDID LIFESTYLE PORTRAITURE WITH AN ARTISTIC FLAIR.

50th Anniversary Session | Joanne + Lou

It was such an honor to photograph my parents for their 50th wedding anniversary. With each image I created for this blog post… my eyes welled with tears and I realized I had butterflies in my stomach as I pieced it all together. In just a few images, the incredible journey of their lifetime together unfolded. They were just 13 and 15 when they met in 1961. Think of all of the conversations, decisions, laughter, tears, hand-holding, cuddling, excitement, fear, packing, gardening, growing… LOVING… that happened together over that time. It’s just incredible to think about and such a blessing to witness. It was important to me that their 50th photos encapsulated the “feeling” of their lives more than anything else.

As a family, we started out in an old two story home in NJ, built in 1832. For my siblings, Carson, Kim and myself, the burnt red color of the house is ingrained in our memories and evokes a feeling of peace and happiness. So many of our photographs/memories as children, with my young parents, have that color as a our backdrop. It was important to bring that color to life again in their images as we celebrate a lifetime of their love in photos, and it felt so great to find the perfect place to do so. Walks in the woods has also been one of those things that will forever stand out to those who know my parents… so taking the afternoon to wander around with them in this way last week was so beautiful. We brought all of the important “props” with us to capture and reminisce over… but what stands out the most is the love they share, the kindness in their eyes and the happiness when they are together. I wonder daily how we all got so lucky…

Take a look at some of my favorite highlights from our shoot… and some flashbacks to the past, and please wish my parents a Happy 50th! xo

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Dara - Wiping tears .. Absolutely beautiful.. a true LOVE story never ends. Timeless…

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