Emily Warren | Old Salem Bridal Portraits

Photos by Brittany Butterworth Photography

When chatting with the bride, Emily, about the location for her bridal portrait session, she mentioned how much she loved Old Salem historic district in Winston Salem, North Carolina.  I inquired about her love for this place and she stated it was where she and Taylor had their engagement photos done. She really loved the look of the old houses and buildings, the original brick walkways, and what the history represented.  So naturally, this is where we chose to shoot her bridal portraits. And boy am I glad she did! The images of Emily in her beautifully fitted wedding dress from David’s Bridal are stunning!

We spent our time together at a few of my favorite photo spots at Old Salem incorporating what Emily loved about this location.  We began in an open field to get a greener background and a little more of nature before moving to the brick buildings.  Emily brought along her grandmother’s blush pink Victorian chair to use during her session.  It was the perfect addition to the overall look.  She said this chair had been in their family for some time and her grandmother had planned to reupholster it.  Hopefully, she changes her mind since the light rose pink is a trending color right now.

Old Salem is declared a National Historic Landmark where it depicts the Moravian settlement in North Carolina during the 18th and 19th centuries.  Many of the buildings are original and have only been restored over the years by homeowners.  There’s such rich history in this small part of Winston Salem and we have the Moravians from 1766 to thank for that.

Our photo session took us to a few different, but fun places throughout Old Salem combining brick walkways and steps, white columns, and picket fences.  Emily laughed and danced throughout her photo session, completely comfortable in front of the camera.  She had her sister and mother there for assistance; they made Emily giggle with silly faces and reminding her of funny moments they had shared together in their childhood.  Emily’s bubbly personality shone through in the images!

Now that the wedding is behind us, it is so nice to share these gorgeous final images of Emily!

Location: Old Salem Museum and Gardens

Dress:  David’s Bridal

Hair & Makeup: Hair by Kristin Nicks

 

Logan Bowling | College Senior Session

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Photos by Brittany Butterworth Photography

Logan Bowling, a native of Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina came to Salem College her Freshman year in 2015, excited about starting her undergraduate career. An academic scholarship and the promise of playing softball brought her to Winston Salem, North Carolina, home of the oldest women’s educational institution still in operation in the United States.   It was founded in 1772 by the Moravian Church. The liberal arts school has a long history of educating young women and maintains the motto of “Knowledge and Virtue.”

Logan, her sweet mother, and grandmother met me on the Salem College campus for her senior photo session, dawning a beautiful royal blue dress (one of Salem’s school colors) which complimented her summer tan and long blonde hair.  She was all smiles and ready to jump in front of the camera! We began the session on the college’s campus center, which is usually bustling with students during the school year.  We were lucky to have scheduled our session the week before move-in began, so the campus was relatively quiet, peaceful, and open to our creative exploration! Logan danced and laughed throughout the session, proudly wearing her cap and gown, and honor society cords for a couple of photos.

Logan changed into a more comfortable and casual outfit so we took advantage of Salem College’s many beautiful brick pathways and stairs, finally landing on the main building’s steps.  Logan’s smile radiated as she proudly showed off her beloved campus, where she’s made many memories with new friends and learned so much in her career field over the last couple of years.

To finish out our photo session together, we ended up on the athletic field with Logan in her lacrosse uniform. I know you’re wondering, “Lacrosse? I thought she played softball.” Logan took up the sport of lacrosse in 2016 and has maintained a position on Salem College’s team ever since.  Instead of a softball uniform with pants, she now wears a jersey with her lucky number ‘7’ and a lacrosse skirt.  She has sported the number ‘7’ since her sports career began at a very young age!

As a Senior, Logan has one more year to go until she is an official SC alumni.  The Exercise Science major has her eyes set on the May 2019 Graduation, but is excited to enjoy her last year and all that it will bring. When asked what she plans to do after graduation, she simply replied that she will be enjoying a few days under an umbrella on the beach!  After a break from reality and a little relaxation, she will be going to obtain her Doctorate in Physical Therapy.  She has submitted her grad school applications and will be anxious to receive the acceptance letters in the beginning of 2019.  I wish her the best of luck in her Senior year of undergraduate school and am excited to see where this wonderful next chapter in life takes her!

 

 

Just a dusting of snow…

Children sledding in the snow

The weather forecasters knew it was a difficult snowstorm to accurately predict, they said it themselves.  A giant snow storm swept from Maine all the way down to Texas, moving briskly from West to East dumping snow, ice, and sleet in every place it touched – while maintaining below freezing temperatures. The conditions in North Carolina were ripe for a good snowfall.  

Snow covered bench and trees

But what had been originally forecasted for only a dusting of snow during the morning hours of Wednesday, turned into 7 inches of fresh powder across 16 hours.  Our area officially closed down for 2 days.  As many people know, it takes only less than an inch of snow in this Southern state to shut everything down.

My fiancé and I decided to venture out in our 4-wheel drive Volvo during the height of the snowfall, to enjoy the snowy sights of Downtown Winston-Salem and to take a couple of snow photos.  

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We ventured to Innovation Quarter, Long Branch Trail bridge, Liberty Street, the Artivity Park, and to the West End and Ardmore neighborhoods and Miller Park.  

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The photos we captured were magical!  The many layers of falling snowflakes provided depth to each image, transforming them into wintery pieces of art.  

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Downtown was mostly deserted except for a few cars, city buses, and people walking down the street.

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Snow days are my favorite.  The quiet falling snow creates so much peace.  It is a gentle reminder to slow down and relax during our bustling lives.  A time to enjoy a hot cup of chocolate and watch the snowflakes accumulate outside.  I always appreciate these delicate snow storms that bring calm for just a little while.

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Soon enough the sun does come out again, shining brightly on the reflective snow and the morning rays settle their golden cast on everything it can reach.  The warmth begins to melt the layers of powder and just like that, the peaceful snow day is soon just a memory.

Locations:

ARTivity on the Green Park

The Tap West End

Long Branch Trail

Miller Park

Bailey Power Plant

Katie & Euphoria … A Dream Horse

Katie & Euphoria
Euphoria PA (Masquerade PA X Donatella)

Katie donning a beautiful, silhouette dress matching her long black hair, slowly led her crystal white mare toward the location of the photo shoot.  Having photographed Katie before, I knew we were in for a creative, artsy equine photo session!  Let the fun begin; “time to capture their unique personalities together” was my initial thought.  This pair took to the camera almost instantly!  Their newly formed bond shone through immediately.  Euphoria looked to her new owner for a little extra confidence, while Katie kept her new horse calm and focused.

Katie and Euphoria have only been in a partnership for three short months, since Katie stumbled upon this beauty on an impromptu trip to Sandspur Ranch in Scottsdale, Arizona while on a business trip to Dallas, Texas.  She decided to extend her trip into a short vacation, where she was first introduced to Euphoria. It was love at first sight, according to Katie.  She rode a couple of other horses, but knew Euphoria was the one for her!  Katie couldn’t look away from her big, expressive eyes, which seemed to draw her gaze and interest even more.

Katie and Euphoria

Euphoria PA (Masquerade PA X Donatella) is a 7 year old Purebred Arabian mare who arrived at Cedarbrook Arabians the beginning of the Summer.  They have enjoyed taking lessons, hacking around, and just learning more about one another.  Euphoria’s personality just keeps getting bigger and brighter the more she opens up to Katie.  Her ears prick forward when you enter her stall, especially when she knows there might be peppermints involved — her favorite treat.

Equine Photo Session with Katie and Euphoria

When asked what Katie’s favorite characteristic is about Euphoria, she had a difficult time choosing just one.  After much thought, she did settle on one important quality; Katie loves how sweet she is.  Euphoria knows no stranger and seems to have an affection for each person she meets.  The mare has not encountered a person she hasn’t liked.

Katie mentioned one time she had a really terrible day, so she decided to go to the barn late that evening and spend some time with her favorite horse.  She sat down in the corner of her stall when Euphoria came right over to her, gently resting her head on Katie’s, and falling asleep. At that point, Katie felt peace and so connected to her.  A really special moment she will never forget.

The duo just competed in Euphoria’s first ever horse show and their first together at the Rocky Mount Charity Open Show in Rocky Mount, North Carolina.  They had stellar rides and won a few ribbons; a cherry on top of their awesome performance.  This show was the first of many!  In April 2018, they plan to compete in Raleigh, North Carolina at the JB Hunt Horse Complex at their first A-Rated Arabian horse show. After qualifying there, the pair is hoping to make their way to the Region 12 Arabian Horse Championships in Perry, Georgia.  The ultimate goal is to compete and win at Nationals.

After spending a lot of time together with this duo, I know the future is bright for them as they continue to strengthen their bond. Their loyalty, trust, and friendship are already strong.  Good luck to Katie & Euphoria as they pursue their dreams!

Equine Photo Session with Katie and Euphoria

Missy & Brian | Family & Maternity Session

The Walsh Family

Photo Sessions in Wilmington, North CarolinaIt was a beautiful day for a two-in-one maternity and family session with Missy and Brian Walsh, and their 3-year-old daughter, Kate. Not only were we able to capture pictures of the family of three, we also had a little quiet time to photograph the expecting parents alone.

The Walsh Family Photo Session in Wilmington, North Carolina
Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina

What started out as a windy session on Wrightsville Beach with a shy little girl, turned into something special when we moved to a much quieter place at the New Hanover Arboretum. In her “Princess Dress”, as Kate referred to it, she began to open up and steal the show with her adorable personality. With a little provoking of “say cheese”, Kate would strike a pose and smile big for the camera showing us all how it is done. It was easy to see how much she adores her parents in the way that she hugged their necks, held their fingers and looked up at them with admiration throughout their photo session.

Missy and Brian met and started dating over 12 years ago. This upcoming November will mark their 9th wedding anniversary! Missy is an accomplished horse trainer in Wilmington, North Carolina.  We actually met showing horses together on the Arabian horse show circuit – a passion near and dear to my heart.  She manages a barn and a riding lesson program at the beautiful Cedarbrook Arabians.

A New Addition

The Walsh’s are anxiously awaiting the arrival of their baby boy Michael, due soon on November 9th. They are most excited about a new addition to their family dynamic and watching their love grow with this bundle of joy. Missy said they’re most looking forward to seeing who the little guy resembles, either her or Brian. Will he have crazy hair like Kate did when she was born? They cannot wait to meet him soon enough and find out the answers to the mysteries they have been wondering about for the last 8 months!

Kate is already planning her big sister duties. She’s promised to hold him a lot, give him his bottles, teach him everything she knows, and love him with all her heart!

Of course, the family is not complete without their fur dog child Jack Russell, Lucy (not pictured). Missy said she’s their protector, loyal companion, travel buddy, horse show mascot, and best friend to Kate. I have a feeling Lucy will also be a “big sister” and protector of baby Michael when he arrives.

The best part about this session was capturing the love and personalities of Missy, Brian, and Kate. It was obvious how much they adore one another through their expressions in each photograph. Michael will be a warm addition to their growing family. He is already loved by so many!

Photo Sessions in Wilmington, North Carolina

Sarah’s Maternity Session

Sarah & Blake | Maternity Session

 

Sarah and Blake’s maternity session was a particularly special shoot. Sarah and I have been childhood friends since we were the age of three and have managed to maintain a healthy, supportive friendship for the last 25 years — especially through all of life’s events, changes, and  many moves. It was an honor to photograph Sarah’s maternity session and capture their excitement.

Sarah and Blake reside in Franklin, Virginia, where Blake operates his own turf farm, and Sarah is busy working as an occupational therapist for the Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU. They have been happily married for 3 years, but have been together for a total of 6! Both Sarah and Blake are enjoying focusing on the arrival of their newborn and embracing the changes that they are going through together.

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It’s A Boy!

Baby Walker Thomas Phillips is due October 8th and the parents-to-be are quite excited. While he will be their first baby, the couple considers Walker’s fur sibling, Brutus, to be just as special and loved. Brutus still isn’t quite sure what to think about all of the new differences in his life, between moving into a new home and the set up of a nursery — which they have decorated in a neutral theme, except for a pop of bright colors dotted throughout.

Sarah says she is most excited about getting to see what her newborn will look like and who he will resemble the most. One of the things she has ultimately enjoyed about her pregnancy is feeling him move and says it is such a surreal feeling, one that she is certain she will miss once he’s here!

The soon-to-be parents have been given advice from their loved ones about their successes and blunders in parenthood, and have been showered with an abundance of love and support from their friends and family. All of these, in turn, have helped them prepare for this next chapter in their lives of parenthood. I am ecstatic to celebrate in life’s newest changes for them and cannot wait to welcome Baby Walker into the world.