Anna + Matt | Downtown Durham Wedding

One of the most rewarding experiences—arguably the most rewarding—is when a person’s view of themselves is changed by the way we are able to capture them. Inevitably, a couple will sit down across the table with us in the very beginning and say, “We are not photogenic. Awkward, in fact. Have fun.” Every single time, I take it as a challenge. Because everyone is awkward. Everyone! No matter who you are, when a camera is thrown in your face, you’re awkward. Even the people who eat up the attention seem awkward to me. Hell, we are super awkward in front of the camera, and it’s what we do day in and day out. But we love the challenge, no matter how insecure the couple may be, we absolutely love changing the way that people view themselves. The moment they see the photos, the moment the shoot is over and you can see on their face a sigh of relief, not that the photoshoot is over, but that they in fact, felt beautiful, that is one of the moments we live for.

Anna and Matt were a textbook case of this, and yet, after their engagement session, I texted Anna a picture of our new marketing materials with their faces plastered all over it. They weren’t awkward in the slightest, instead they looked totally natural. Their wedding day was even better. Their emotions were in full force, and after our Esession, I think they ended up forgetting we were there which left us with all the freedom in the world to ebb and flow in and out of the powerful scenes that comprised their beautiful downtown wedding. Anna & Matt, it was a delight and a joy to be a part of your journey. Thank you for all who helped on this one! Jeff Mayfield for second shooting, BHLDN for another killer dress, the Rickhouse for being an incredible venue, and Rebekah Balthis for blogging this.

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