Brad and Bec - 3/4/17

I've been lucky enough to shoot a lot of my friends' weddings, this one being no exception.  Brad and I have been friends since elementary school.  Living a short bike ride away from each other, his mom and dad probably got tired of seeing me running around their house.  We skated homemade obstacles in the driveway (and the neighbors'), swam in the pool, and rode bikes around the neighborhood til the streetlights came on.  So when he hit me up to shoot his wedding, of course I said yes right away.  While I don't know his wife Rebecca as well as I know him, I can see the light in his eyes with her.  She brings out the best in him and they're a great team.  She's sweet and has a great sense of humor and even from the brief time we spent together shooting photos, I know she's a a goodnatured person just like Brad.

For Brad and Bec's wedding, I was asked to do bridal portraits, rehearsal dinner photos, and a full-day wedding with a second shooter.  As usual for my Wilmington-area weddings I chose Nic True to be my second shooter and his photos will be noted below.  Let's take a look of their journey to the big day in photos...

We lucked out and got some warm weather in late January to shoot some bridal portraits at the home of a family friend, right on Hewlett's Creek.  When I saw it was low tide, I figured it might be best  to get some shots in front of a nearby shed and then "fake" some water by using the reflectivity of the mud as the sun started going down.  I used a mixture of natural light and a strobe on an umbrella, but the natural light photos turned out to be everyone's favorites.

A few days before the rehearsal dinner, I remembered they asked me to shoot the rehearsal dinner.  I had just gotten a new job as a bartender and I was lucky enough to be able to trade shifts with someone.  Crisis averted.  The main goal of the dinner was to shoot some candid photos of guests as well as get a few group photos of family.  The sun was going down over Wrightsville Beach immediately after taking family photos and I had to jump on the opportunity to get the couple on the beach for a few photos.  So we did.  Then we popped back inside to eat, cut some cake, and listen to a few speeches.  A few tears and a lot of laughs later, everyone hugged goodbye and headed off in excitement for the following day.

March 4th, the big day.  Nic and I headed over to Pine Valley Baptist Church in the early afternoon to find the sun shining and the air with a slight nip.  It was perfect.  We split in different directions for photos with the separate sides of the wedding party and the day was on!  After a lovely ceremony in a beautiful church, we split for the Coastline Convention Center for an epic reception.

I'm A Bad Blogger

Maybe I am a bad blogger or bad at "marketing myself", as they say.  I can't say that anyone has missed me though, so maybe it doesn't matter that I post a few photos several months later.  Here is a fun night skating the Crater then going to Shr3dCrust and MonkeyKnifeFight at the Whiskey.

Zachbox frontside grind.

Story time with Talba.  Shr3dCrust rules.

Punk rock love.


Talba approved.

Punk rock dancing.

Zachbox protecting Taeneck from the ruckus.

Taeneck protecting himself from the ruckus.

Take a knee.

2013 - Year in Review Part 3 : September - December

The final installment of my own Year in Review starts off with a skateboard road trip to Raleigh.  We managed to be the rain to a spot or two...then it poured and we took refuge under ground.

Wells Shaw - Nosebonk

Wells Shaw

Shortly after returning home, my long time friend Alex and I set up a photo shoot I had been wanting to do for a while.  I need to do more of this.

I took another road trip.  This time to Boone where we got some last minute river swimming in before the cold.

The boys back home were enjoying the September weather by performing skateboard moves on various objects meant for other uses.  I documented this one session for the ages in particular.  Lots of people, even random dudes, were out after dark.

Will Smith - 180

Tom Hyson - Nosegrind

Adam Meyer - Melon Grab

Will Smith and I worked hard to get a "Bro Spotlight" together for Skateboner Issue #2.  Here he exhibits his abilities with a never-been-done hip ollie on Carolina Beach.

Will Smith - Ollie

The very next day, he stepped up to a tallboy with a frontside boardslide.

Will Smith - Front Board

October showed up and I shot my second wedding.  Congrats again to Steven and Misty Mangiacapre!

My friend Reiss got engaged and I eagerly offered to shoot his wedding as well.  I spent a weekend in Asheville with him and his fiance (and my new friend) Jane and shot their bridal portraits and drank good beer.

I managed to fit some skateboarding and skate photography into the trip as well.  Ben Bradford always does things over and over again for me and this boosty ollie was no exception.  You are the man, Ben.

Ben Bradford - Ollie

Back home, the backyard sessions were going off!

Zach Radabaugh - Smith Tailgrab

Brandon Crockett - Backside Smith

November came and the Another Skate Shop boys and I went out to California.  I took lots of photos and wrote an article about it on The Subalterns.  Ryan Rullman made a video about it and it's real good.  You can watch it here : http://youtu.be/uhcneT0cOmM

Will Smith - Front Board

Wells Shaw - Backside 180

Wells Shaw - Nollie Flip

Devan Rice - Lipslide

Devan Rice - Smith Grind

Gary Bolos - Backside Overcrook

Almost immediately upon returning, I drove up to Asheville to shoot the Powell wedding.

December didn't involve much photography.  My 18-55 lens broke shortly after my River Road photo adventure with Nic True.  So here it is, the anticlimactic end to 2013.  Big things coming in 2014 and whenever I get a new lens.

I also shot lots of film, so here it is in no particular order.

Wilmington, NC

Yanceyville, NC

Devan Rice - Carlsbad, CA

Devan Rice - San Diego, CA

Wilmington, NC

Wilmington, NC

Wilmington, NC

Wilmington, NC

2013 - Year in Review Part 2 : April - August

So here we are with part two.  I started shooting some more film as the weather warmed up.

Tim Jarman

Zach Riggs

There was lots of skateboarding.  We revamped an old DIY barrier spot and skated it a whole lot.

Will Smith - Pivot Fakie

Tim Jarman - Backside Smith

Everybody was killin' it.  Wells Shaw warmed up for a back tail on the barrier with a little kickflip into a small bank.

May hit and so did more beautiful weather.  A bunch of dudes and I went to Asheville to see gnarly skateboarding happen at the Thrashville Mountain Masters Skate Comp.

Dylan Wiggins - Frontside Air

Will Smith - Kickflip

We came home and continued to skate a lot.  Wells learns new moves in the deep end of the CB skate park bowl.  Backside crailslide.

Stagnation breeds creativity and there is nothing more stagnant than the skate spots in Wilmington.  So my friends got tricks on treacherous terrain in the Ogden area.

Trent Reed - Ollie

Wells Shaw - Backside 180

Skateboner Magazine became an actual thing in May.  This was the cover shot.

Adam Meyer - Stalefish

Beach season officially began.  Gary Bolos expressed a deep devotion to getting rid of his farmers tan.

Frontside Boardslide

My sister graduated high school.

Wells Shaw became an amateur skateboarder for Creation Skateboards.  His left ankle was messed up so he could only skate switch, which was a real bummer.

Switch Kickflip

Switch Heelflip

Switch Frontside Flip

Coley Martin celebrated a birthday with a backside crailslide on the aforementioned barrier spot.

This shot of Wells tweaking out a small nollie heel on extremely safe terrain made it to the Creation Skateboards catalog poster.

I shot my first wedding.

I shot a lot more film than anything else for the entire rest of the summer.  Work was pretty busy, so photography got put on the back burner.  Here's a bunch of film stuff in reverse chronological order.

Part Three of Three coming Monday the 30th!

2013 - Year In Review Part 1 : January - March

So as "year in review" posts get scattered throughout the internet, I decided to hop on the bandwagon and do one myself.  Here goes.

The year started with a January drive out to Topsail Island.  We didn't see anybody anywhere for the most part.

Winter in the deep south allows perfect skate weather in January.  Trent, Alec, and I skated some treacherous terrain by the waterfront in tee shirts in the middle of winter.

Trent Reed - 360 Flip

Alec Chambers - Boneless

A few days later, Wells Shaw did a beer-belly high crooked grind over some bum.

Wells Shaw - Crook

It got cold enough and foggy enough to take this photo of my brother.

February hit it off with a contest at Backdoor Skatepark.  I made a video about it.

I also took photos of the after party.

February came and went.  With the beginning of March, friends and family of Ross Rogers got together and raged out to remember a great person.

I made a trip to Boone and it snowed.  I stayed extra days and took lots of pictures.

February is cold but I still managed to shoot pretty girls in dresses outdoors.

Wells Shaw and I put together an interview for The Manifold Magazine and he killed it.

Switch Kickflip - Raleigh, NC

Lien Tail - The Skate Barn - Hampstead, NC

Hardflip - Wilmington, NC

Backside Lipslide - Wilmington, NC

We skated this thing a whole lot.

Will Smith - Ollie

We did a lot of skating in March.  Trent Reed did an artsy nose manual downtown.

We rediscovered a lot of spots that hadn't been touched in a while and got some photos for fun.  Will's smith grind even got published in Thrasher's Photograffiti section.

Tim Jarman - Wallride

Will Smith - Backside Smith

Well, those were the highlights from January to March.  April - August coming tomorrow.

3CCD2 "Your Welcome" Video Premiere

A bunch of dudes (and a few females) gathered on Thursday the 17th at The Opera Room in downtown Wilmington to watch some local and imported skateboarding in "Your Welcome" - a video by Ryan Rullman.  It was awesome.

Gabe <3 his crazy friends.

Ask anyone and you'll probably hear, "I heard Spencer Cartmell's part is amazing."  It was.

Caught the little dudes drinking at the bar.  Just kidding.

The man of the hour and his mother.

Stoney baloney or just good pals?

Everybody was stoked.

The "full part" crew and then some!

Long time homies.

Lazers, man. 

I Still Take Photos

It seems I have been removed from my own blog for a few weeks now, but I've been shooting a lot.  These photos are from a night of amazing shows in Downtown Wilmington.  First up is Virgin Lung at the Soapbox.  Then we hopped over to Hell's Kitchen for the Danger Ross memorial show.  I'm not sure why I thought one photo would be better in color but that's how it is.  Deal with it.