If you were lucky to be close to Wrightsville Beach last night you got to watch one of the more incredible light shows nature could have bestowed on us. As the storm was rolling in I was on my porch trying to decide if I wanted to risk going out on the beach in a lightning storm. Not the most practical place to be during a storm, but it was just building, so I grabbed camera, tripod and brother -in- law as acting assistant and ran out to the beach. It was a magnificent display. Sandy and I were out there about twenty minutes as the storm gradually moved in our direction. I managed to get off a few shots and the ones below were the best of the lot. Soon we noticed that the lightning was all around us, and concerned with our self preservation and standing next to a metal tripod, we turned yellow and headed back to the house. It was a good move as the lightning and the storm in general became very intense.

So, no one was injured in the capturing of the photos, and it was worth the effort in the end. It was truly one of the best light shows I can remember on the beach. Enjoy.


As a NC Real Estate and Interiors photographer I sometimes get the opportunity to spend time in some magnificent homes. I had the opportunity to do just that when I photographed “Tuscany”,the home of artist J. Chris Wilson and his wife Kathy for the August issue of Salt Magazine. The home is a fine  6000 sf Antebellum structure built in 1854, designed by James F. Post and restored by Chris and Kathy.

Now, I’m not going to go into the details of the home. You can read the wonderful article by Salt Magazines talented Senior Editor, Ashley Wahl, by picking up a copy at newsstands throughout Wilmington. If you can’t get to one of the locations, then you can read it online by clicking here.  I just want to share moments of the time I spent in “Tuscany”. This shoot was really special, because not only did I get to meet Chris and Kathy and record the Antebellum splendor that is their home, but Kathy, an amazing talent in the kitchen, treated this photographer to a wonderful lunch. It really was a memorable “Day in Tuscany”. Enjoy the images.