our state | january cover

It was a pleasure assisting Stacey with the photoshoot for Our State Magazine’s January cover. It was such a cool experience to meet some of the people that make that magazine happen each month. It always amazes me how much work goes into making a photograph happen. This shot probably took us about 2 hours or so, playing with decisions such as different scarf placements, hand placements, which camera to use, chasing the sunlight as it moved positions. But when it is all said and done, it is always refreshing to see the final product and be proud of the outcome. It was a wonderful day and a memory I will always keep from my internship with Stacey.

RCC Student Intern

Our State Magazine Cover



our state | behind the lens

What a honor to be included in the Our State’s feature on Randolph Community College photography graduates in the January issue.  It certainly has been a wild ride since I graduated in 2003.  I can hardly believe it has been thirteen years!  I have had so many wonderful experiences, worked with so many talented people and have shot everything from 5 star hotels to farms, famous authors and ordinary folks, TV stars and fascinating characters.  I truly love my job and am thankful to Our State’s wonderful crew for giving me so many opportunities to see North Carolina through the eyes of it’s people, food and landscape.

We have so many RCC interns over the last decade and this semester we had the pleasure of having Caroline Boone.  She photographed me for the opener to this story.  To be truthful, it always feels sort of funny to be on the other side of the camera but Carol made it fun.

our state behind the lens
our state behind the lens

dwell magazine | foley ridge cabin

It was such a pleasure to shoot this story for Dwell magazine recently and to say we were thrilled to get the assignment is an understatement. You know, I have always loved Dwell with it’s serene and modern spaces. The incredibly creative husband and wife team. Keith and Marie Zawistowski, of onSite Architecture, were the designers of this unique and modern addition to an existing cabin for a young couple.  I think you’ll really enjoy seeing this pretty space.

dwell magazine foley ridge cabin
dwell magazine foley ridge cabin
dwell magazine foley ridge cabin
dwell magazine foley ridge cabin
dwell magazine foley ridge cabin
dwell magazine foley ridge cabin
dwell magazine foley ridge cabin
dwell magazine foley ridge cabin

garden & gun | asheville on tap

I am very lucky to live pretty close to Asheville, North Carolina – the rising beer capital of America . . .   We loved getting this assignment from Garden & Gun magazine.  I mean who doesn’t love touring breweries & restaurants and staying in nice hotels?  I was really impressed with the young brewmasters and their enthusiasm for their craft.  And even though I am gluten-intolerant, I admit I had a few sips of some beers they worked so hard on!

We’ve included photos from the Wicked Weed, the Wedge, and Highland Breweries but these are only a few of the 40 + craft breweries located in Asheville!

We stayed at the Grand Bohemian, a beautiful hotel with the rustic feeling of a European hunting lodge mixed with old world elegance.  The have an excellent restaurant, a gallery & spa and have been named one of the best hotels by Travel + Leisure and Conde Nast Traveler!

our state | april cover

“The earth laughs in flowers.”  Ralph Waldo Emerson

It was so lovely to have the April cover of Our State Magazine!  One can never have enough peonies in my opinion.  They are lacy and feminine and have a delicious perfume.  I want oodles and oodles of them in my yard (doesn’t everyone??).

I moved last July to a house that unfortunately didn’t have much landscaping done.  With hopes of what my yard could be, I planted 2 peony bushes in last summer and 2 this spring.  They probably won’t bloom this year so I will have to vicariously enjoy all the lovely flowers in my neighbourhood until next year.

Two peonies were transplanted from my old yard – I really didn’t think they’d make it since they were moved in the oppressive heat of July in NC.  I think I almost cried when I saw them coming up this year!  The other two peonies are from the farmer’s market – divided from some old southern peonies.  I don’t even know what color they are but that will be the wonderful surprise of next spring!

style at home | cozy ottawa holiday

Style at Home editor Erin McLaughlin & I drove to Ottawa on a cold snowy day last December on our way to a shoot in Canada’s capitol.  As we drew closer the snow got worse and worse & the next morning we woke up to sleet and ice.  We were determined to make it to the shoot so we drove verrrrrrrry slowly through the streets of Ottawa.   And what a lovely surprise it was to have Chip Hamann & Alain Doom welcome us into their cozy and stylish house.  We also met the gracious Irene Langlois of Irene Langlois Interiors who helped make this home charming and ready for entertaining.

Alain & Chip prepared the food, lit the candles while Irene hung the last of the holiday decor.  And despite the ice & snow, good friends arrived, champagne was opened and the lovely party went on into the evening.  .  .

style at home | cottage chic

We were thrilled to have another cover of Style at Home!  What’s better than shooting a breezy cottage in beautiful Prince Edward Island?  For all those Anne of Green Gables fans out there – PEI is as pretty as it looks in the movies. . .

It was great to meet Susan Snow of Moving Designs and of course to work with Margot Austin of Style at Home.  Here is a peek at the article inside – see more on in my recent work.

our state | behind the scenes at the biltmore

One of the things I love best about working for Our State Magazine is that I get to see and photograph some of the most beautiful places in North Carolina!  I have always wanted to visit the Biltmore Estate in Asheville but somehow in all my years of being a transplanted Canadian, I haven’t made the time to go to the Biltmore.  When Art Director Deanne O’Connor called to ask me if I’d like to shoot a story there – I was so excited.  Not only is the Biltmore fantastic but the marketing department was so wonderful to help me with getting the best shots.  And the cherry on top was getting this month’s cover of Our State Magazine!

Stay tuned for more of my favorite shots from the Biltmore coming this week!

garden & gun | the party barn

It was such a pleasure to be assigned to photograph Bittersweet Farms for Garden & Gun magazine.  This idyllic property, owned by the Bechers, is near the Blue Ridge Parkway in Western North Carolina.  The barn was constructed out of the most beautiful wood from reclaimed barns brought down from Pennsylvania.  There are belted Galloway cows, meadows for dogs to romp and in a small vale sits an amazing twig sculpture called “Hocus Pocus” by Patrick Doherty.  See a few of my favorites below followed by the article.