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Happy New Year everyone!  Alex here:) Our precious little Mermaid photo shoot with newborn Caroline looks so amazing that I just had to put these images up on our blog!  I love this format for presenting your families images.  The Metallic Box Prints are sleek and modern and really make the images pop.  They have this shine to them that is very subtle but really catches the eye when you pass by the images.  The sides (black or white) give the image a platform and makes the whole piece stand out from the wall so they really shine:) Hope you love these examples of our Metallic Box Prints as much as I do!  Hugs and see you all soon:)

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We recently started working with the amazing Dr. Anderson at the Carrboro Animal Clinic on her newly decorated grooming and boarding center.  Christopher Burgin of Burgin Designs created a colorful world of creature comforts for both pet owners.  Dr. Anderson commissioned us to create these canvas prints for the fabulous new space but we couldn’t resist hanging them on our walls for just a second first:)pinthisimage

 

If you’d like to know more about The Animal Clinic please visit their Facebook page Here.  If you would like to know more about Chris Burgin Designs please visit his page Here.


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So, yesterday as we’re driving around, Alex and I decide to photograph her adorable boyfriend, Ben.  He needed some shots as he’s a classical guitarist looking to build his private lesson business.  He wanted something beautiful and professional, but at the same time fun and whimsical (he teaches kids after all!) But I couldn’t tear myself away from the front door because I was waiting for my 5dmarkiii to arrive!!!!!  So….Alex took my markii, my 50mm, threw a little foundation on Ben’s face and headed for a local field.  Today, I edited them and I just love them!  Enjoy!  And if you need a guitar teacher, call Ben Lassiter.  XOXO, Corey

 

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2012 was a big year for Glee and Bliss.  It held lots of changes for us – Danielle was shooting with us until the early fall when she moved to the mountains.  Alex moved back  to North Carolina in May and started shooting (and organizing our lives!) in June.   But more than anything, I think that 2012 was the year that I figured out what Glee and Bliss really is – what makes us different as photographers and makes our images sing.  It was my mentor, Barb Uil of Jinky Art, who challenged me (as she always does) to think about who I am as an artist, what my brand really is, and what it is we do (and don’t do).  And this is the first year I felt like I’ve had answers.  So here it is, the photographic answer to Barb’s very good question: what is that we do?  Here’s what we did in 2012.

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This is the second time I’ve photographed this spunky threesome and it’s always a joy.  We went up to their hunting land north of the Triangle, where they romped in high grasses, played, wrestled and acted like wild Indians – which is EXACTLY the kind of session I like.  I really don’t know what to do with kids that sit and stare at the camera.  I love telling jokes (even if they are bad ones), playing, falling down, and generally being goofy.  And I love engaging my little subjects in play.  These three like to make ring-around-the-rosy a full contact sport and I love the moment of play this image captures.

 

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When we are at our best, Alex and I are story tellers.  This lovely shoot was a collaboration with mom.  After two girls, she was thrilled to be having her first boy and we took the opportunity to create a newborn vignette for daddy’s little ball player.  We used his real baseball cap and letter jacket, one of his signed balls, a vintage quilt and a crate to create a newborn portrait that’s more than just a sleepy shot, it tells a story of dad and his connection to the sport.  Makes me so happy.

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Speaking of happy, glee is really what this image is all about.  Our former associate photographer, Danielle, let us borrow her baby Winston for one of our very first concept shoots.  He loved taking baths and splashing in the water, so we took a simple white basin outside and filled it with bubbles and a rubber duck. The result was magic.  We sat back and photographed him doing something that he really loved.  Glee at it’s best.

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I’ve struggled to describe what an “art concept shoot” really is.  But I think I’ve decided that it’s really just a place and a moment to play.  It turns out, as soon as we build a little candy shop or school in a field, take a kitchen or bedroom into a forest, or whip up potions and a cauldron – kids know just what to do.  They play.  This shoot was one of my favorites.  In the best of the morning light, little Vivi played the perfect school girl.  She munched on apples, wrote on tiny chalkboards, pulled her wagon.  It was so sweet.

 

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Our classic shoots were an area that found definition this year.  Our lifestyle shoots really allow families and kids to play and be themselves.  I just LOVE this family.  They are so beautiful it defies reason and makes my job as a photographer easy.  But just a few small props (Alex’s vintage suitcases) and context to interact (the abandoned railroad tracks), gave us a place to be and interact.  I love this shot because Penny is protesting that no one is looking and laughing at her.  And I love, love little Evie’s laugh – it’s a full snicker!

 

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Since I first began photographing again, I’ve been interested in motion.  In fact, when my baby Cage was still in his cradle swing, I used to play with stopping motion, blurring motion, etc.  In this shoot, with a field exploding with wild flowers, my little subject didn’t need much encouragement to run and I loved it.  My favorite, his tongue hanging out.  :-)

 

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Alex took this shot of me tromping through a field on a chilly morning.  We were setting up Vivi’s school shoot above, and we were playing with some different light and framing options before we placed the props.  But of course, we couldn’t just do our job, we had to be silly, dance around and giggle a bit.  When I look at this image, all I can think about is how much fun Alex and I have on our shoots.  I feel so blessed to have this job.  It’s the best.

 

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2012 was the year that I finally decided to take the plunge back into weddings.  For those of you that know me well, you know that I used to be a wedding planner.  I had an opportunity, to work with some really amazing photographers as a function of that time.  Dara Blakely, Tamara Lackey, James Walters, Deborah Triplett, Charo Donohue were among the many people I got to work with and whose work I really admire.  I was nervous to join the ranks of such strong artistic company.  But after my first few weddings, I’m hooked.  So, wedding world, I’m back.  And so we have run our very first ad – a fun, spunky page in Weddings Magazine, the gorgeous local publication that I used to edit.  :-) This is one of my favorite 2012 shots because this bride, who was so close to her sisters, is taking a moment to relax while her sisters and mom fasten her in and fix her train.  Dressing is such a sweet intimate moment, and one of my favorites on this day.

 

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More credit where credit is due.  Barb Uil taught me to shoot into the sun and this is the year I learned not to blind myself doing it.  :-).  She taught me to love flair, to use it and paint with it.  I love, love, love this image of my brother in Steiheiken. One of the most beautiful places on earth, with my strong, soulful brother.  The result makes my heart sing.

 

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This year was the year that I fell in love with the landscape portrait.  Credit my 50mm 1.2 lens, but I love, love, love a beautiful child in a beautiful setting.  This shot of my own two romping in a field in Washington State is one that I plan to frame for my new house.

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We love color.  Fields.  Skies.  Balloons.  Water.  We love rich, vivid, bold color.  In this sweet shot, I love her little internal chuckle, her sweet skin, and all the beautiful color.  I’ve shot a fair amount of black and white in 2012, but its the color that keeps me coming back for more.

 

 

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Sometimes, it all comes together.  The moment.  The sunlight. The vista.  And it makes me so, so happy when it does.  This shot is one of my all time favorites -momma was adorably pregnant and this sweet girl loved kissing her belly.  So sweet.

 

So what does 2013 hold?  A brand new Canon 5dMarkiii!!!!  My first trip to Imaging USA.  Hopefully* a trip to see Barb in Aussie land.  And maybe some creative collaboration with some former Jinkers in Texas and Florida (Are you ready Jennifer Dell, Lacy Hampton and Cassidy Thompson?).  I’m so excited.

Love to you all for an amazing 2013! Corey

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  • jennifer - Corey, I love your top 12 from 2012!!! Beautiful work and the photo of you is so perfect and YOU! Also love the image of your brother – gorgeous sun flare! Can’t wait to see you at Imaging!!! xoxoReplyCancel

  • Shanna Lehr - Incredible!! Love the themes! Blessings to you this year.ReplyCancel

  • Paul Redish - Great work love.ReplyCancel

  • Tammy Jones - We loved the wedding pictures you did for my daughter, Mandy. You did a great job at capturing special moments like the one you caught here. As I looked at the pictures, I can remember how I felt, almost bringing tears to my eyes. Thank you and Alex for making her day special.ReplyCancel

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  • charo - Oh my goodness, Corey! I love this post, and I love these images! You were AMAZING to work with back in your planning days, and I can only imagine how much fun you are now with your clients :). I wish you nothing but great luck, awesome clients, and clear vision down your path!! If you’re ever down in Wilmington, let’s get coffee! And vice versa 😀

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This first year with Corey has been the most delightful sort of roller coaster!  I learned all sorts of new skills – hanging all manner of things in trees, scouting locations all over NC, fetching hot water from a fast food restaurant (baby in the bath was cold), trying to buy a baby pig, getting my exercise climbing up hills, towers and canoeing across Jordan Lake.  It has been an amazing year and I can’t wait to see what 2013 brings!

Here’s a short little thank you/why I love it about each image I picked:

The Paws4Ever event this August was wonderful.  I am an avid dog lover and adore supporting a good cause. This floppy tongued spaniel made every hour in the hot sun worth it!   My dear friend Kristin sported my old wedding dress and jumped into a field to help us capture fun beautiful images for our new wedding marketing campaign.  We had a blast sipping on mini cans of champagne and laughing for hours!  Our Splish Splash session with baby Winston made me want to cry with joy!  I adore this little boy and this session was a turning point for me personally as a photographer.  The trip to Hardees to get gallons of warm water for him to play in was more than worth it (although I’m sure they still talk about that crazy blonde girl who wanted all that hot water and nothin else!)  Getting this beautiful portrait of my Mother for her business was one of the highlights of the year for me.  She is the most amazing supportive Mother a girl could ask for and capturing her strength and beauty in this image was truly priceless.

Remember when I said that I have learned a ton this year?  Well building a candy store for little Lily was definitely one of the more creative fun moments.  She was absolutely adorable eating up all the candy we had set up for her and she was more than willing to share.  I had to eat a burger after the shoot just to help with the sugar coma that hit me after we were done playing!  Wrangling butterflies is another talent I acquired this year, or so I discovered when we captured this angelic shot of Molly playing in the leaves at Forest Theatre.  Who knew that Newborn sessions would become one of my favorite things to do?  But sure enough I was hooked after photographing our little Princess and the Pea this fall.  Bringing a storybook to life was in itself a fairy tail. Travel is still my favorite past time and my trip to the mountains this fall with my Mother was definitely a highlight of my year.  I captured this blazing sky image while ripping down I-40 towards the blue ridge parkway.  Thank goodness Mom was driving 😉

Vintage suitcases – I can’t explain it, but I have a real passion for collecting them.  Getting to use two of my suitcases in this delightful Christmas card shoot with the Newell’s was a thrill.  And my little model couldn’t have been better!  She rocked this shot balancing on those rail road tracks:) Ok and really a pug in a diamond necklace?  What’s not to like?!  Abigail was our best little puppy model (don’t tell my pooch Sebastian) of the year by far!  She let us put her in a tiny mini cooper, on a vanity stool, curled up in a sea of blue ruffles – you name it and she was ready to pose!  Love that gal!

And here I have to give a special thanks to all of my friends who stepped up to volunteer props for all of our fun concept shoots!  Randy met us out in a field in Chapel Hill with his Vespa for this bridal promo shoot and played the clarinet for us the whole time we photographed our “brides.”  Definitely a highlight of the summer!  And of course a special thanks to our other bride Jennifer!  She even brought bubbly to the shoot for us all to share!  Our friends are amazing!

And last but certainly not least our lovely Smithwick children:) They put their faith in me big time and let me paddle them across Jordan lake to grab this majestic shot of them in a canoe.  I got my exercise that day for sure!

Honestly I feel like one of the luckiest people in the world.  I get to play with children and be creative all day…and that’s how I pay the bills.  Life is good.  I’m excited to see how good it will get in 2013!

Hugs to everyone and thank you all for making it such an amazing year!

Xoxo,

Alex

Photographer/Jane of All Trades

 
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