July 28, 2016

The One without Thunder

If there is one thing that I have always wanted to capture as a photographer, it is a lightning storm at the beach.  Somehow I am never lucky enough to have a lightning storm greet the ocean before me eyes.  However, Falls Lake can also be pretty.  The other night, Raleigh had the rarity of being able to watch an amazing lightning storm from afar without any of the thunder or rain.  I was in awe.  As I was driving home and noticed the lightning storm in the distance, I knew exactly what I had to do: get home ASAP while also scouting locations, grab my camera, and get back to the best viewing spot, all while praying to God that the lightning would continue.  Well it did, and I was super excited.  I really get excited any time that I get to use the "bulb" setting on my camera.  I toyed with a few different settings on my camera and posted up outside of some unfortunate people's home and started shooting and watching the amazing lighting masterpiece that had taken over a small portion of the Raleigh night sky.  About ten minutes later, a cop pulled up to ask what I was doing parked in front of the house and slightly in the middle of the street.  I explained, and he told me I was "the eighteenth person" he had spoken to who was taking photos of the lightning storm.  He was kind and told me that he hoped I got some great ones, and then he let me be.  Well thank you kind sir, because I did get some cool pictures.

July 21, 2016

The One with All the Tutus

As I mentioned in my previous post, I had a newborn photoshoot before my Justin Bieber experience.  Mallory is one of those babies that is just beautiful, which is actually kind of funny because she looks almost exactly like her older brother Colton did when I got to take his newborn pictures.  I guess Jamie and Garrett just make beautiful babies (someone's gotta do it).  This lovely couple had inquired about a photoshoot about a month prior to Mallory's due date.  However, the sweet babe took her time which coincidentally put her two week birthday almost on the exact day of the Justin Bieber concert.  Turns out God and Mallory's timing was better than ours, and I would already be in Greensboro for the perfect day to do a photoshoot.  Unfortunately, Mallory was a bit cranky because she couldn't get a ticket to the Bieber concert.  We were all a little bit worried that we would not be able to get many good pictures, and so we threw around ideas of maybe doing another shoot as we all worked together to keep Mallory as happy as possible.  I'll let you be the judge, but I would say that we got some pretty good gems even if Mallory wasn't really into it.
One thing that I really loved about this shoot was that you can tell Mallory is already so loved not only by her immediate family but also by family friends and extended family as well.  Pretty much every item in these pictures is from someone who loves the Shavers and wanted to dote on new baby Mallory, the basket of tutus even came from Garrett's sisters' from when they danced growing up.

Her first ever selfie^

Think Think Think

ermehgersh a pink boa!
Blue Steel

July 14, 2016

The One When My Mama Don't Like You

Justin Bieber.
You probably already have some judgments that have popped into your mind just from reading this one dude's name, and I can't blame you.  
Had it not been for his recent "finding Jesus" actions, last week never would have happened, but God works in mysterious ways, am I right? 
I must admit, I have always been a low key Belieber.  I have all of his music in my iTunes and Spotify, and I always have.  This is mostly due to the fact that Usher "discovered" him, and I have liked Usher for way too long to not be intrigued by someone who Usher thinks is talented.  
However, I still would not have beliebed ;) that I would end up at a Bieber concert. Ever. 
But when my sister asked me to go with her (so that her dream could come true), I agreed to hunt the Ellen pre-sale with her.  Unfortunately we were not able to get two tickets together, so we opted for single seats and automatically both got great lower level seats.  We hoped that we would be able to upgrade on the day of the event in order to get seats together.
About eight months later, the day finally came for Lydia's dream to come true.  The day ended up working out perfectly for me to be able to schedule a Greensboro newborn shoot (more on that in a future post).  I had a photoshoot in Raleigh that morning, then we left for Greensboro in the afternoon, Lydia assisted with my newborn shoot, and we had a couple of hours to kill before the concert.  I asked my wonderful clients if they had any dinner suggestions, and they immediately suggested Hops "the best burgers in America" they said.  We were immediately on board to judge the burgers ourselves.  We were sat in a section that was filled with females who were obviously there for the same reason we were: Justin.  We could tell from the makeup caked faces, a chaperoning adult at each table, and you know the conversations that contained comments like, "ohemgee like Justin is so hot and like he is the only guy who can bleach his hair and still be just like so hot." (I was like omg like excuse me like have you ever like heard of Eminem or NSYNC? #90sKidForever)
After finding out that not only are the burgers delicious, but the fries (french and sweet potato) and beverages are amazing as well, we were stuffed to say the least.  We then decided to head towards the Coliseum, thinking we would probably be fairly early, but that just meant extra time for a merch search, right? Wrong.  Every mom or dad who was dropping off his or her daughter and her friends had decided to arrive with plenty of extra time as well.  The processes of traffic, parking, getting into the arena, and merch searching involved a lot of weaving through crowds and way too much physical contact with people who I do not know, oh and a lot of avoiding screaming and crying females.  yikes.  Well all I needed was a long island iced tea to cure THAT headache, and then the show began!
If I could explain it for you in detail, I would.  But I cannot.  It was awesome.  You should go if you get the chance.  I suppose I can forgive the 90s styled lip syncing since it was due to backflips on trampolines and because there was that one acoustic on a couch.  Luckily, we were able to smash into the area of one of the seats in order to be together for the majority of the concert which was great.  
So now that I have sufficiently bored you with the details of an abnormally great Wednesday, here are some pretty quick snaps of my beautiful sister to suffice the little bit of Bieber fever inside of all of us.