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Vanessa+Stephen’s E-Session-Greensboro Portrait Photographer-Lake Higgins

Vanessa and Stephen are a super duper, fun-loving couple with a passion for life so big it’s hard to be around them and not want to smile–A LOT!

 So when it came time to plan their session, they wanted their images to incorporate a few of the activities they enjoy together. Their E-session included walking the dogs, picnicking, hula-hooping, playing guitars and rowing. After such a fun session like this,  Frayed Edge can’t wait to see what’s in store when we shoot Vanessa’s bridals in the fall and their wedding in November.

 I asked Vanessa to share how she and Stephen met. Their story below is just as much fun as they are!

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“We met on Match.com  in December 2008, where Stephen tried to impress me with his profile pictures of guitar hero and I tried to impress him with my Xena photos.  In the end, it was his adorable picture of his dog, Lady,  that won me over.  I knew we would get along since we both loved animals.  I think he liked me because I liked “geeky” science fiction stuff.  When you can stay up into the wee hours of the morning watching a Battlestar Galactica marathon together, you know you are meant to be :o)

Our first date was in downtown Greensboro, January 2nd, 2009. 

It was freezing but it was beautiful since the ginormous Christmas tree was still up in Center City Park.  We ate tapas at a restaurant that I don’t think is there anymore; Steve impressed me when he agreed to order dessert and share it.  Dessert- quite high on the approval scale for me (Life’s short…….eat dessert 1st).

Then we walked a short distance to an improv show called THE IDIOT BOX, which is kind of like the old show “Who’s Line is it Anyway”.  Singles take note:  laughter- ALWAYS great for a 1st date!  Then we had beers and talked at McCoul’s for several hours.  We closed the place down, and ended the night with some late night pizza just down the road. Stephen was a gentleman and gave me his new wool coat to wear when he realized my sweater wasn’t enough to keep me warm.

Fast forward 3 and 1/2 years, an ACL surgery, nursing school, and several career jumps later- we are engaged!  Stephen asked me to marry him on a gorgeous summer day at the top of Cape Hatteras Lighthouse.  It was a private emotional moment that I will never forget :o)”

Adorable, aren’t they? I just love them!!! Enjoy the highlights from their E-session below: 

 
 

DeAnna Senior Portrait Session-Triad Portrait Photographer-Randolph County, NC

DeAnna’s Senior Session took place on her grandfather’s beautiful farm in Randolph County. DeAnna comes from a very close knit family, so she wanted a few of her photos to highlight her special relationship with her parents. She also wanted a couple of fun shots with her boyfriend, since he’s been such a big part of her senior year as well.

Her dog, Crystal, was such a photo diva, she seemed to enjoy the shoot as much as the rest of us.

The weather couldn’t have been more cooperative and it turned out to be an amazing shoot!

Frayed Edge would like to congratulate DeAnna on her upcoming graduation and wishes her the best on her future endeavors!

Jill

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Alison+Cary’s Cold, Snowy E-Session-Portrait Photographer-Greensboro, North Carolina

The temps were barely above freezing and a light snow fell intermittently during their E-session, but Alison and Cary never complained once.  In fact, at one time in the middle of the session, I heard Alison say, “I’m having so much fun!” I think the images below are a good indication of the fun they were having and also show how relaxed and comfortable they are as a couple.

After spending some time shooting in a Greensboro Park we headed over to Natty Greene’s for the couple to warm up with a cup of coffee and a couple of drinks. It was a super fun session and Frayed Edge is looking forward to shooting Alison’s bridal portraits and their wedding in the fall!! So you’ll be seeing more of these two in the future!!

Jill

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Get Framed by Frayed Edge-North Carolina Photographer-High Point North Carolina

We’re trying something new this year and we call it, “FRAMED.” The idea is to work with clients to use photography and graphics to produce a piece of art that compliments a space the client wants to enhance. The cool thing about it is that the client will appear somewhere in the piece, kind of like Alfred Hitchcock appearing in cameo in one of his movies. The client’s presence in the piece can be as conspicuous or as inconspicuous as the client wants.  The important thing is that the final piece incorporates the colors, style, story, texture and size the client wants for the space.

For example, we can create a piece that looks like an oil painting with a mood of elegant old world mystery…

Or we can go crazy and hide the client in a riot of color…

We can create a fantasy scene…

Make complimentary panels in watercolor style…

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Go cool and intimate…

or pastel warm and bright…

We can go almost monochromatic…

Or create story while we focus on a complimentary color…

But all of this is just scratching the surface. We can pretty much use the media at our disposal to put the client into a work of art that enhances a space, tells a story and says something about the client. The goal is that a viewer will at first only notice a new, conversation-stimulating piece of art in our client’s living room. But closer examination will reveal that the client is actually in the picture…the client has been “FRAMED.”

Contact us from our website if you’re interested in making a cameo above your own mantle piece.

M-Family-Mother and Sons Portrait Session-Greensboro, NC Portrait Photographer

This photo session with Dana and her sons was a WINDY one in downtown Greensboro. We still had a bit of color on the trees but it was definitely blustery and extremely cold. Despite the weather, we had a great time and a lot of laughs! Jason and Ted were real sports through it all. Thanks, guys!!

Here are a few of my  personal favorites from our session:

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Cole’s Senior Session-Senior Portrait Photographer-Greensboro, North Carolina

Meet Cole!

This 6’2″ senior is an outstanding tight end and linebacker for his high school football team.  He has a lot to smile about since he ended his 2012 season with impressive stats.

We have no doubt that his college football experience will bring him much success as well!

Frayed Edge wishes him the best as he pursues his goals in the upcoming year!

Jill

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H-Family Portrait Session-Greenville, NC Photographer-Love Without Limits

When we arrived at Karen and Rob’s house to begin our portrait session, we were greeted at the door by Alex, a cute five year old and the oldest of three young brothers Karen and Rob had been fostering for a little over a year.

Alex smiled, invited us in and acted like he’d known us for years. We followed him into the living room where Karen and Rob were busy dressing and rounding up the other two boys. Noe, the youngest of the three, was crying, and Karen was busy consoling him from one room to the next while trying to hold a conversation with us.

Junior, the middle brother, ran through the living room just long enough to politely smile and give us a “once over” and then quickly left to help Karen with Noe. From a room in the back of the house, Karen called out over Noe’s crying to fill us in on the fact that each of the boys had been sick with a cold during the week and Noe was still a bit under the weather.

As we waited for them to get their crew together, I noticed the coffee table covered with several small pairs of pants and shirts where Karen had been folding and organizing them earlier. The mantel and shelves along the wall displayed snapshots of the boys at different times during the past year.

I was in complete awe. Karen and Rob by nature love children.  They work with them daily, but seeing them interact with these three boys as a mother and father genuinely moved me. I was moved by how real their affections were toward each of the boys and how receptive and appreciative each child was toward the two of them.

It sounds so cliche to write this, but while they were busy completing the mundane tasks of gathering coats and wiping noses, I could actually feel love radiating in that house. It was a bit overwhelming. These children who were strangers to them and without parents over a year ago were now a part of a warm and loving family.

By the time we were on location shooting, Alex and Junior had really warmed up to us. They were both trying to hold either my hand or Mike’s hand while we were walking, but Noe continued to keep his distance. For much of the shoot, we let them all run and play and tried to capture them just being kids.  By the end of the session, Noe was laughing and playing along with his brothers and flashed a smile our way from time to time.

It would be impossible to be around these three and not fall in love with each of them. I was pretty sad when the session was finished and we had to leave.

I wanted to share some of Karen’s thoughts about the boys, so I asked her to share a little about each of them on our blog. Here’s what she had to say:

“…They are our dreams come true. I don’t know how much you want to tell but honestly I believe God was preparing me for these boys before I even met Rob. I know in my heart that they were supposed to be mine and that this is what God planned for my life. Not just fostering, but these three boys. From the very first day they walked through our door they were ours. I don’t know what I would have done if things didn’t work out the way they did (although I believe God would have had that worked out as well).

“Alex, is our precocious “Rambling Pizza Man” as Rob’s father calls him. He doesn’t know a stranger and is completely loving and forgiving of everyone. He has a fantastic memory (a blessing and a curse). Alex is always on the go…he’s like the Energizer Bunny until he winds down and then he crashes. He is the BEST big brother in the world! He has a heart of gold and has a smile that lights up the world. Alex is the definition of resilient and won our hearts within seconds of meeting him.”

“Junior, is the perfect mix of hard and soft. He is tough and stubborn, but his feelings are easily hurt. He is charming and wins everyone’s heart. Junior is determined – which we hope pays off in the long run! He is a hard worker and always willing to help out. Junior goes hard but will sit and look at a book or television with the same amount of intensity. He will challenge you. He is loving and sweet. Junior is a night owl and often out lasts both of us!”

“Noe, is the baby I never had but always wanted. Even though he was walking and feeding himself when he first came to live with us, he has fulfilled every need for love and affection that I have ever had. Noe is a snuggler and just when I think he is Mommy’s boy he begins asking for Daddy all of the time. He is a simple boy. He loves a ball or a balloon. Nothing else required. If there is a ball within his reach then it is in his hand. We hope this also pays off one day in the future! Noe has come the farthest in the year he’s been with us. He’s grown from a baby to a little, active boy. I wish I could slow down time and capture every moment with him on video to watch forever! (But he moves too fast for me to get that done). I want to say he has captured our hearts the most but I think I wanted to write that as I wrote about each of them.”

“I just want to capture every moment with them so I don’t forget a single one.”

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As of December 11, 2012 these three boys are officially Rob and Karen’s children or as Karen put it: “ours forever.”

Here’s some interesting information I found on foster care in the U.S.:

*Currently, there are approximately 425,000 children in foster care in the United States. It’s estimated that 115,000 are eligible for adoption.

*Median age of child in foster care: 8.1 years.

*The average child in foster care goes through three different placements and stays in the system for about 30 months.

If you’re interested in becoming a foster parent and eventually adopting here is a place for information in North Carolina:

http://www.ncdhhs.gov/dss/adopt/

You can also read more about this family’s adventures on Karen’s Blog (The Wrecking Crew) where she talks about her experiences as a new mother of three.

Jill

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