Sarah & Bryan on film ~ Chapel Hill, North Carolina

I’m not sure how it happened exactly, or even when, but I do know that I’m immeasurably grateful that it did in fact happen. What you ask? Well, I’ll tell you…me securing the friendship of a charming and creative photographer in North Carolina, Sarah Der.

Sarah is one of my favorite photographers and when I say that, it means she fits right into the extremely teeny tiny category of “who I would use as my own wedding photographer” if I could do it all over again. She has a sensitive eye for beauty, an amazing gift for capturing honest and heartfelt moments, makes images that are timeless, and has a fantastic personality. No matter how gifted a photographer is, that’s only part of the equation, having a great personality is invaluable in someone who’s going to be at your side ALL wedding day long!

Can you tell how much I adore her?

Her husband Bryan is a gentle soul who plays the guitar when he’s not being brilliant getting his masters degree at UNC. Sarah is a cook book addict who can often be found poring over them planning out delicious meals. They have a regal cat, Toulouse who condescended to let me pet him. We started their lifestyle session in their home. I have a thing lately for shooting people in their own personal spaces. I feel like it automatically creates a comfortable mood, and there’s something so special about making portraits of people in an environment that is uniquely theirs. It’s no wonder that the ‘at home’ part of our session was my favorite. After that we took a stroll around their Chapel Hill neighborhood. Here’s some of what we came away with…

Facebook comments:

August 18, 2013 - 12:22 pm

Caroline Lima - My dear friend! I looooooooooove these images! You capture your subjects souls!!!
And you are absolutely right with everything you wrote about Sarah!

August 19, 2013 - 9:01 pm

Becci Ames - These are sooooo beautiful and touching. I love them. Sarah, you and Bryan are sooo cute.

September 29, 2013 - 9:15 pm

Whitney Bilodeau - What an incredible couple! It’s like you’re peeking in to their world without them even knowing your there! Incredible!

September 30, 2013 - 2:03 am

Lyn Ismael-Bennett - These portraits are so lovely! I’m sure they’re happy with these!

September 30, 2013 - 3:14 am

John - I love the variety you are getting from just the couch setting. Amazing work!

September 30, 2013 - 7:23 am

Dominique / York Place Studios - I love the one of the cat jumping into the girl’s arms! Such lovely and sweet portraits.

September 30, 2013 - 11:21 am

caroline - sarah is THE BEST. Shipra I LOVE these images of them! So so so adorable these two! and sarah has one of the most adorable smiles of anyone i know.

September 30, 2013 - 12:54 pm

Veronica Varos - Such truly beautiful images of a beautiful couple!

September 30, 2013 - 2:02 pm

Jakob - Awesome.

September 30, 2013 - 9:50 pm

Christian - Gorgeous photos, and I absolutely love how personal they are…awesome work!

September 30, 2013 - 10:42 pm

rich - these are so beautiful. the session felt so intimate and i loved each photo!

October 1, 2013 - 11:20 am

Rachael - Really beautiful photos, so natural and charming.

October 1, 2013 - 1:37 pm

Amanda Basteen - so beautiful! Love the chemistry and love in this session. Sarah looks gorg!

October 3, 2013 - 1:17 pm

Anton Chia - What a sweet session! They are so beautiful!

October 4, 2013 - 2:49 pm

Ariana Watts - This is so sweet! I love those images in their home, so intimate and personal. Gorgeous!

November 1, 2013 - 3:44 pm

Jon Yoder - I love these! Such a cool set. I love the simplistic nature to these.

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