We were at the studio when I received a message from Mrs. C asking if I had Harry Potter glasses by chance and I instantly knew this session was going to be a new level of fun. Being the massive “Potterhead” that I am, I immediately reached out to my husband who was kind enough to bring me some things from my house including a vial of Felix Felicis, a Time Turner, a Triwizard Cup, and a few other things. Mrs C brought her wand, a super cute wand, and trusted me to let my artistic flare shine. As this was a session I’ve had on my photography bucket list, I was over the moon!
We started in hair & makeup, provided by Mercedes Quinn, who is also a huge Potter fan. When it came to the session, we started in the bedroom set and ended with the sitting room set. We played around with lighting and had a lot of fun during the session.
Tryon Palace is definitely one of my favorite non studio locations. Aside from being an amazing historical landmark that you can tour (once Covid restrictions are lifted so grateful they’ve reopened the gardens and grounds!), they have amazingly beautiful gardens and grounds! Every time we have a session there, I take 10 minutes to walk around and see what’s different, the same, how light is hitting today, etc and you can see that the gardening staff has been very hard at work and it’s STUNNING.
Also stunning is our amazing Ms P. You may recognize her from this session or perhaps this one, and it was great working with her again for this session. We met at the Palace with several of our client closet pieces, featuring our glitter dress & tan dress from Leah Maria Couture, sparkly black bodysuit, and the red robe. We primarily photographed Ms P in the pleached allee, Latham garden, and in front of the Palace itself. We used both natural light, and OCF assisted by the ever awesome Litalee, to really capture Ms P.
Covid-19 has definitely changed how things work around here. This was my first session shooting in a mask since the closures due to Covid started. This is actually the second time I was able to capture Jessica reuniting with Cherokee, the first time being just about two and a half years ago, also on Camp Lejeune. I waited with Jessica and her super sweet puppy, Cooper, while we waited for her husband to be released. I’ve said many times that homecomings are unpredictable but add in a pandemic and it gets even crazier! In this case, homecoming dates were pushed back, then back again to accomodate a mandatory 2 week quarantine for all the Marines and Sailors. I know it made the wait longer, but that just makes that first hug all the sweeter. You’ll notice a lack of crowds; we waited in a parking lot, more than properly socially distanced from everyone else, and she was able to greet her husband as he was released to her. Cooper was VERY excited meet his Daddy! Welcome home, Lcpl Grice!