avery is graduating!

Meet Avery. He is a very smart and quick-witted kid. He is quite awesome, as he recently found all the parts to a McDonald's Inspector Gadget toy. He also built his guitar for his senior project, plays varsity baseball, and the ukulele. Avery is quite the unique individual who has a bright future in front of him, hopefully as an engineer!

Thanks for a fun time, Avery! Congratulations!

best of the herald-sun (pt. 2)

The ringleader of the circus cart and his monkey, "Maxwell," ride the circus cart before the Squirm Burpee Circus event during Tour de Fat at Diamond View Park in downtown Durham on Saturday, June 25, 2011. Tour de Fat, a bicycle tour sponsored by Fat Tire Ale, kicked off their tour in Durham and will travel to 13 cities ending in Austin, Texas. (The Herald-Sun | Lauren A. Vied)

Part two of my Herald-Sun series includes some of my favorite shoots from this summer. Tour de Fat, a bike festival with beer sponsored by Fat Tire Ale, kicked off in Durham, N.C. and made for some hilarious shots. In this post, I also got to meet a world traveler who collects chess sets, inventor of the Thundershirt, and a local Meals on Wheels volunteer.

Leopold Simmons, plays with the water pump, while his father, Todd Simmons powers the water pump while asking water conservation trivia questions during Tour de Fat at Diamond View Park in downtown Durham on Saturday, June 25, 2011.  (The Herald-Sun | Lauren A. Vied)

Kristin Saintomas, of Team Brick, a local biking club, takes a spin in a recliner bicycle at Tour de Fat at Diamond View Park in downtown Durham on Saturday, June 25, 2011. Saintomas and her friends said they attended Tour de Fat to have a "clucking fantastic" good time. Attendants are encouraged to dress up during the festival for the bike parade.  (The Herald-Sun | Lauren A. Vied)

Henry Jobe, a retired Merck employee, shows off a chess piece he collected when he traveled the world including India, South America, Turkey and England before settling in Durham, N.C. Wednesday, June 22, 2011.(The Herald-Sun | Lauren A. Vied)

Phil Blizzard is the inventor of the Thundershirt, a compression shirt to help reduce anxiety in dogs. (The Herald-Sun | Lauren A. Vied)

Don Lebkes, a Meals on Wheels volunteer, takes meals to individuals across Durham on Wednesday, July 6, 2011.  As a retired delivery man, Lebkes said Meals on Wheels was a similar job but he gets to help out the community. (The Herald-Sun | Lauren A. Vied)

Stay posted for part 3!


megan & richard: engaged!

So a couple months ago, I got an e-mail from a dear family friend and old babysitter asking me to do her engagement photos. I was so excited, I didn't even have to think twice. I knew I would LOVE to shoot their portraits! Megan and Richard met during graduate school at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, V.A. After being friends for awhile, decided they should date, which of course led to Richard proposing to Megan, because honestly, who couldn't love Megan?

Jerry and I headed up on Memorial Day weekend to have a fun and crazy late afternoon and evening shoot in Norfolk. We shot at Megan and Richard's old apartment (the coolest apartment ever) in downtown Norfolk and then strolled through the historical neighborhood and waterfront for some extra shots! Megan and Richard are a fun-loving couple and absolutely perfect for one another and these pictures definitely show it!

I love this shallow depth of field, but I love even more you can see Megan's smile through it.

I love the way Richard is looking at Megan in this photograph. So candid and so loving!

I absolutely love this moment and Megan's laugh! The whole shoot was full of smiles, laughter and goofy dancing.

Momma knows best! These windows were fabulous to shoot with!

I had too many favorites to pick from! Hope you enjoyed them all!