Sep 302010

So, 4 days ago we were still hoping for some rain to hit our area to give us some relief from the drought like conditions that have been affecting the SE North Carolina coastal areas and beyond. Well, now its been raining continuously for 3 days, is currently raining sideways on Wrightsville Beach and the Wilmington area has had over 12 inches of rain and more is forecast throughout the day. Oh and by the way, Jim Cantore of  Weather Channel fame has set up camp in Wilmington and as a local tweeted yesterday “if he’s coming, the poo is about to hit the fan”.

So its going to be a rather tedious day in the Port City area. Many schools are closed or delayed so Moms are going to have to butch up and deal with children being cooped up in the house. The wind conditions are going to add concern to the trees remaining stable in a saturated ground and our city streets and the many low lying terrains of this area are going to experience some flooding. The good news is that its still not as bad as an actual direct hurricane hit and for many who have lived here awhile, its just a minor inconvenience. The flooding is a major concern and I hope that those affected will be ok and their homes safe. To those we can send our kind thoughts.

The forecast for the week end looks good. I have a wedding to shoot in Myrtle Beach and I’m sure there are many brides fretting about conditions, so at least in this area, things should move along as planned. Probably not so for those in the Virginia areas and North as this front moves that way. Timing is everything. We wanted rain. We got it. Once again, Mother Nature looks at us and winks.


I was recently commissioned to shoot a dining room for one of Wilmington’s popular designers, Randy Aldridge. The setting was an incredibly beautiful home overlooking the Cape Fear River. The room was elegantly decorated and each detail that Randy included lent itself to capturing the vision that he saw for his clients dining room. I have no doubt his clients were more than pleased with his results. It was nice to work with a designer who has such a passion for his craft. You can see and learn more about Randy by visiting his web site, Randy Aldridge Designs.


I recently had the greatest time photographing John and Patricia Brister. Patricia contacted me about their vacation in Wrightsville Beach. They had been recently married within the past year, but due to John’s military commitments, they never had the chance to do an engagement type portrait session. John was scheduled to deploy to Germany and life was going to get busy. They moved one week after we did the shoot and as this is written are probably unpacking and settling in their new location. We had a great time and ran all over the Island to different locations. At the end we ended up back at Shell Island Resort and I convinced them to get in the water. They were real troopers about the idea. By then it was quiet at that end of WB and we had a little piece of sand to ourselves. These are just a few of the afternoons captures. I want to give a special shout out to  Shell Island Resort, as John told me they provide a generous discount to our folks serving in the military. Very cool. I wish Patricia and John all the best on their new journey.