Best of 2018

2018 was such an incredible year, maybe one of the best we’ve had. While we didn’t travel as much as we did in 2016 or 2017 or photograph as much professionally, this year brought us more balance, peace, self assurance, and Everest! If every year following brings us as much joy and love, we’re okay with that.

We’re not going to lie, these round-up posts take some work, but we so love doing them because it’s a great way to relive all of our favorite memories of the year. We hope you enjoy looking through some of our 2018 highlights! Here’s to a wonderful 2019!


Our favorite photo of 2018

double exposure film
You know that double exposures are our favorite, and we loved seeing this one land in our inbox when the film scans came back!

Ian’s favorite photos of Radhika

mother holding newborn
This photo captures not only the magic of the moment Everest met his mama but also all the love and hard work that went into creating that moment. Watching Radhika fully embrace motherhood, from the moment Everest was just a twinkle in our eyes through his now first six months, has been an incredible reminder of everything I love about her.
mother holding baby in ring sling
You can hear how much Radhika loves Everest in her voice when she greets him and you can see it in the way she looks at him. She has the most pure, radiant love for this little soul and has already taught me so much about what it means to love and nurture our son.

Radhika’s favorite photos of Ian

father holding newborn
It turns out that there are many, many other reasons you should hire a birth photographer, but here’s the reason I really wanted one: this photo right here. I loved watching Ian in those first minutes after Everest was born (you know, after I let them take him away from his mama’s arms). These boys are the best.
The morning after Everest was born, I woke up to this. Ian was up with me during every night feeding and slept in a (very uncomfortable) chair right next to me. I woke up to him sitting with Everest in the morning light of the window and knew I wanted to remember this moment and this feeling forever. Even though this is just an iPhone shot, I will treasure it forever.

Best travels

Michael and Carina photography
While we didn’t travel too much this year, we did go on our babymoon to Virginia and scheduled our maternity session during our trip!
radian photography at the beach
We also went to the beach. Radhika’s favorite place was in the water while pregnant. While we were there, our sweet friend Jessica captured some maternity shots for us!
skyline at night on film
Radhika also went to Film School in Utah where she took this skyline photo at night on film!

Best of Families

Happiest 2-year-old

baby girl holding balloons
Kinslee turned two this year and we got to capture her at her birthday party! This girl just radiates joy!

Best high five

ET phone home
Aniela actually “phones home” like ET instead of high fiving…and now we know the first trick we’re teaching Everest. 🙂

Sweetest superhero

boy with superhero cape
This little one arrived to his session ready to save the world with his cape and we loved photographing him with his family!

Best floral find

baby girl picking flowers
Watching Ahana grow up, since before she was even born, has been such a joy! We loved photographing her at her one year session among all of the flowers at Duke Gardens!

Best pup

bulldog and newborn
Iris has had to forgive our love for Jorge. When he saw how he looked at his baby sister, Bea, during her newborn shoot, we nearly melted!

Most elegant tea party

birthday tea party
Nora’s tea party is one that we wanted to attend! Look how darling this set up is by her mom, Elisa, of Lake and Lavender!

Sweetest sisters

girl looking at baby sister inc rib
We were enchanted by the way Natalie loves on her new baby sister, Marion, at our session with the Englert family!

Best flower power walk

mom walking with daughters
We captured one of the very first times that this mother-daughter trio hung out — what a privilege!

Best snowy day kiss

son kissing mom's pregnant stomach
Finn loved Rory before he even met him — we were so happy to capture these two on a snowy day early this year.

Best babee shower

bee themed baby shower
We’ll go ahead and say it — our favorite baby shower to photograph this year was our own!

Best best friend

couple looking at newborn on couch
This was such a special session for us because Everest got to meet his best friend, Abbott!

Best bedtime cuddle

family sitting together on bed
We photographed the Hunter family with newborn Charlie early in the year and they had so much fun cuddling in the bed together!

Best family playtime!

family playtime
Goldie turned one and we got to celebrate with the Fischer family!

Best brothers

family playing outside
We were lucky enough to photograph Sullivan and Bennett and their family twice this year and loved seeing these two darling boys play together!

Best of Couples & Weddings

Best champagne pop

couple opening bottle of champagne
Carrie and Catherine’s faces say it all! We loved this moment with them at the Forest Theater on UNC’s campus!

Best engagement session

couple at the durham hotel rooftop
We loved photographing this tropical engagement session right here in the heart of our city: downtown at The Durham Hotel!

Biggest Leap

couple jumping from a pier
Dock jumping isn’t the largest leap these two took this year — in 2019, they become parents!

Cutest picnic

couple having a picnic on front lawn
Frances and Bart set up a little picnic on the front lawn of the house they will live after their wedding! So, so cute!

Best floral wall

couple in front of floral wall
Plume Events designed this amazing floral wall for Katie and Alex’s engagement shoot! Show.stopper.

Favorite rivals

UNC Duke couple
We’re on Kelsey’s side on this one, but we love both of these cuties!

Best canoe-duo

couple kissing in front of canoes
This location was such a logical one for Jennifer and Kemp’s session because they love kayaking and exploring together!

Best dress shot

dress hanging at the oaks at salem
Loved seeing this shot of Tina’s dress at the Oaks at Salem come back to us in film scans!

Best bouquet

floral bouquet with champagne
Plume Events at it again with this gorgeous floral bouquet at a shoot we did at Pine & Poplar for Southern Bride & Groom! What a beauty!

Best sunset

couple running on beach
Jennifer and Caleb drove to the beach to meet us for this shoot and we loved it! The sun really showed off for them!

Favorite goat friend

goat eating tree in front of couple
We’re ALWAYS here for Frankie! Loved this shoot at Elodie Farms and can’t wait to photograph weddings with the goats there in the future!

Best rainy ceremony

These two and their guests didn’t let a little rain get in their way. We loved that everyone just grabbed an umbrella and kept it moving!

Thank you to everyone who made this year so spectacular! We can’t wait for even more fun in 2019!




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