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“Hey y’all, it’s Bailey”. That’s what Bailey’s voice mail says, and that’s a little caption of her┬álaid┬áback, southern girl persona. Bailey booked me to do a photobooth at her wedding a little over a year ago. Along the way, and through planning her photobooth, she asked if I’d be able to photograph her bridal portraits. Of course I obliged, and we set a date. The plan was to do a couple of in-studio shots then head out to WRAL gardens for some beautiful late afternoon lighting. Well, mother nature read the contract as lightning, not lighting apparently. Bailey, being the laid back, head-on-straight, easy going person she is handled it like a champ and we made these beautiful portraits in studio regardless of the rain and storms. I was thrilled to see her big 16×20 print on display at her reception too.

I know the trend is to be outdoors, back lit with lots of lens flare, but I can’t deny that there is a real elegance and sense of class in traditional studio portraits. With the way film has been coming back in vogue, I wouldn’t be surprised to see a lot more of these kinds of portraits hitting the web and more importantly, the walls, in the coming years.

-JG