Most of the time, a classic Greensboro engagement session like these are part of wedding collections that people book. But every year, there’s a few couples who have a special connection with North Carolina, or for other reasons come from other places to have engagement sessions with me. And today I wanted to feature some of my favorites from these sessions.

For a long time I’ve been working more towards attracting couples from different places, that maybe aren’t from North Carolina, or having weddings here, but like to travel and have images in different places. Some of the couples met here, and now live somewhere else. Some live in different states and came just to have to a session with me, some just like Greensboro. Greensboro, NC is classic southern city. Not big, but has a lot of sass and artistry and doesn’t ignore some of the more gritty parts of it’s life as a southern city. Greensboro in particular has the International Civil Rights Center and Museum, which memorializes the non violent sit in at the Woolworths on S. Elm Street. I walk past it constantly. I’m taking my kids there next month to introduce them to it. It’s one of the things I love best about Greensboro over other cities in NC. It took a lot to make that Center and Museum happen. It shouldn’t have, but the group persisted, and I love that that it prevailed. That in itself is very southern, and one of the things I’m learning to love about the south.

Anyways, I digress.

When I photograph engagement sessions, I really like talking to my couples. Our conversations in that session alone really confirm to me that each couple is on many levels, my ideal client. We talk a lot about that in the photography industry. But in reality, I think that any couple can be an ideal client if you get to know them. I love listening to their stories, some are so inspiring and full of endurance. Others are testaments to love blooming in the unlikeliest of places. And others are stories of love that started in childhood, grow into friendship, and formed itself into a deep and abiding undercurrent for others lives. It’s different for everyone. And with each couple I photograph, I’m able to connect with them through sharing parts of our lives no matter how small. It’s a reminder that we’re all the same and share the same desires and hopes in many ways. It’s a reminder that there’s very little time for hatred, envy, spite, or retribution. I think there’s no better time to internalize that than now, and these couples I have the honor of photographing are all beautiful examples of how when love doesn’t seem like enough, the endurance it takes to really love another person is enough.

Endure in love. Enjoy the images.

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One of my most commonly asked questions is “Do I get the copyright to my images?” So today, I wanted to address the topic of Copyright vs. Personal Print License.

copyright vs. personal print licenseBasically, the whole discussion of Copyright vs. Personal Print License started because someone didn’t use the right word. A photographer probably said in their collection description, “Copyrights of all edited images” or something like that.  All the couples getting married wanted this amazing copyright thingy. Basically what the photographer or photographers who started offering this were using the wrong term. What they should have said was personal print license. This is really what you’re asking for when you ask for copyrights. Use the phrase personal print license instead.

To make a long story short, when a photographer creates images of your wedding, they own those images. They reserve the right to use them however they wish. You as a couple usually sign a waiver that’s part of the contract that says that you agree the photographer can do what she likes with the images. When they include digital images on USB, like I do, they are granting you the right to use those images for personal use: printing, gifting, online with credit to the photographer, and any other use they outline in that agreement. The terms and conditions should be listed in your contract.  This is what is commonly known as a personal print license. You receive copies of the images, they are yours to use however you see fit as long as you do so in a personal nature. This is what I call a personal print license in my studio. 99% of all clients what a personal print license, they just don’t know what to call it. So they call it a copyright instead. But here’s why you shouldn’t.

Where a copyright comes into play is when large companies commission a photographer to create images for them. Most of the time, they want to own the images to do with as they see fit. In this case, the photographer charges accordingly per image. She can’t use the images in a portfolio, she can’t put them online or make any more money with that image, ever. So she, naturally, would charge at least $10,000 or however much she deems fit to feel comfortable signing away her rights to the images completely and irrevocably. It’s a huge deal, and often and emotional one, involving lawyers, and negotiations. If you’ve asked in the past for a photographer to give you copyrights and they balk, it’s for this reason.

So 4 practical take aways from Copyright vs. Personal Print license:

  1. Ask if you receive a personal print license with your USB and what the terms of that PPL are. This protects everyone and set forth expectations regarding use, care, maintenance of files, etc. Words matter! Use the right phrase. And this is true for everyone, especially photographers!
  2. Look through your contract for the terms of the personal print license and model release. A good photographer will have these included. If they aren’t included in the contract ask for one. Because #1.
  3. Value your online privacy and presence? Rather than tell a photographer you don’t want your images posted online, which will only frustrate everyone, ask what their non disclosure agreement looks like. Good photographers will have this ready to view, along all the fees associated with it. And yes, most photographers charge a sum equal to the wedding package to make up for the inability to market using images from your wedding. Photography is a visual industry and not being able to use all the images we produce inevitably results in a loss of business.
  4. Still concerned? Think about this: Have you ever streamed anything like a video or tv show? You agreed to a personal use license with your streaming provider when you signed up with them. Bought music from Itunes or Amazon? You purchases a copy of the song under a personal use license. Same thing with your wedding images.

Finally, a simple change of phrase will help you be a more knowledgeable happy consumer. Look at the terms and conditions in your contract. They’re pretty generous in my studio. I usually ask that if you submit your images to be published in a magazine to let me know. I’ll probably never say no. I also ask that you don’t put your images through filters on any app, internet or phone based. Otherwise, we’re good. I want you to show off your images. You invested in a beautiful visual history of your wedding day and I want you show it to people!

Happy Photographer Hunting!

P.S. All of my packages comes with USB of beautifully edited images and personal print licenses. Say Hello to hear more about them.

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Things I loved about these Broyhill House wedding photos:

  1. The gardens: the Broyhill House has beautiful classic gardens that create a spectacular backdrop for any western north carolina wedding. The garden blooms and has color all year round, and there are countless spots for intimate pictures and ceremonies.
  2. There’s countless images of family here. And so for a setting where family begins, it’s the perfect place for the contemplation of what family means.
  3. The house sits atop a beautiful hill. You dive up a winding driveway and it opens up on top of the hill where your eyes are drawn right to the house. The design nerd in me sort screams, “The lines! The lines!”

This wall of family photos is in a room upstairs  that faces west. Not only is the beautiful light all the time, but these images of the Broyhill family line the wall in a whimsical mural. They tell the story of life and love and hard work and success. I loved this homage to family, and the witness these images play to the new family launching itself today.

This picture up here is my favorite image of this wedding. When I see images like these come across my screen, where a bride’s grandmother comes in the door and for a moment, she’s the star of the show. This is a beautiful moment: her eyes closed in joy and happiness and other unnamed emotions, and the brides dad in the background emotion written on his face. When grandparents make an appearance on a wedding day, in a way, this is their moment, too. She’s watching her granddaughter get married, and maybe she’s reflecting on her own wedding day, as well as her child’s wedding day, and now a 3rd generation is getting married. It’s her legacy. She’s here to see it. All the work and tears and sleepless nights culminate in this day. This moment. A wedding is comprised of small meaningful moments that add up to a beautiful heartfelt day. That’s what I’m looking for on a wedding day.  These Broyhill House wedding photos prove it.

I’m sure this gnarled old tree has presided over many a Broyhill House wedding.

Venue: Broyhill House

Attire: Davids Bridal, Men’s Warehouse

Photography: One Crazy Love

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These Summerfield Farms Wedding photos are just perfect for a cloudy dreary day like today. Although I love this weather, and winter in general, I’m looking forward to the sunny spring days that lie ahead. I miss the light filtering through new spring leaves in trees and flowers. But they’ll be here soon enough and this beautiful late summer wedding is a great reminder that spring is on it’s way.

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Summerfield farms is a beautiful working farm just a little bit north of Greensboro, NC. It has amazing ceremony locations, beautiful gravel roads, huge old trees. Some of the images I took there for Bri and Dusty’s wedding are my favorite images of the season. The cottage where brides and their bridesmaids get ready is airy and modern. The groom’s retreat is also modern, with white walls, and leather furniture. The fields are carefully manicured. The catering is all done in house with fresh foods, many produced on the farms garden. It’s truly an all in one wedding venue, and I definitely look forward to photographing more weddings there in the future.

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Bri and Dusty had what I like to call a modern rustic wedding. The bride and grooms cottages gave the weddings a beautiful modern feel, and the Pole Barn where they had their wedding reception was an elegant, rustic, semi open air structure. Their flowers were season specific with gerbera daisies and sunflowers. The theme was carried through with their DJ’s selection of modern country classics. I used the cypress lined gravel lane to bring out the modern elegance of their summerfield farms weddings photos, and the large trees and fields to highlight the rustic aspects of the venue.  The rustic elegance of Summerfield Farms is what I like best about the venue. There’s nothing quite like it in Greensboro.

 

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You might also like: Briannes Bridal Session ,  This Boho Chic Mountain Wedding, and this Rustic Elegant Wedding at Brick and Mortar

Venue: Summerfield Farms

Brides attire: Dawns Bridal

Grooms attire: Mens Warehouse

Bridesmaids gifts and weddings bands: Kay Jewelers

Caterer: Fresh. LOcal. Good. Food Group. 

Photography: One Crazy Love

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“I bet you really rake in the bucks as a wedding photographer don’t you?”

Actually, I don’t. If I showed you my tax return every year, you’d laugh at me. I ‘m a wedding photographer because I love weddings, and love the life changing aspects of marriage. . And more than the wedding itself, I love the couple that plans it.

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One of the things I rarely talk about on the blog is how often a wedding I photograph makes me think of my own wedding, My own vows, the life we’ve lived together since then. Many of my couples wake up the morning of their wedding and realize that it’s been a long road to their wedding day. Some people have overcome amazing challenges to get married. Some spend literally their whole lives growing up together and are overcome by the emotion of the culmination of a lifetime of waiting for this day.

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The week of a client’s wedding, I try to imagine how they’re feeling. Because if I didn’t have my wedding pictures, all I would have left would be memories of how I felt on that day. The rest was honestly a blur. Emotions have a way of creating their own memories for you. But I try to remember how I was feeling and wonder if that’s how my couples feel: excitement, hope, nerves, anxiety, slight panic. It can all change so fast in the week leading up to a wedding day. I’ve seen so many tears shed as a bride finishes her dressing and turns around with tears in her eyes and hugs her mom. I see the faces of grooms as they walk into the ceremony. Some are happy and excited, some are very nervous. The thing I love the most is when I see couples relax in their ceremony. There’s a very small moment, usually when the officiant asks them to join hands that nerves are visibly calmed. The couple joins hands, and I seem them squeeze each others hands, sometimes bounce a bit and take a small breath, and then all the nerves sort of wash away and they say their vows with joy and confidence. I love that moment. I see it again and again as I go through pictures of wedding ceremonies. I remember that moment at our wedding. Alex and I were so young. Sometimes we talk about how young we were, 24, and 26, and talk about if it would have been better to wait a couple of years. But the answer is always the same: it was the best time. In the remainder of our twenties together we experienced the valley of infertility and adulting our way towards better opportunity which lead us out of California, to North Carolina. We experienced things in our 20’s that most people don’t really experience until their 30’s. It was a good time to get married. It impacted how I approach being a wedding photographer.

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I’m meandering now. I know what it took to get to my wedding day. There are things people have to experience on their way to their wedding day that change them, and make them into the people their partners love. In many ways, a wedding is ideally a huge thank you to all the people who helped you become the person you are and the couple you are on your wedding day.  The moments I love best of every wedding are the moments that celebrate this. Memories of friends growing up, the experiences a couple has had together. The happiness and other emotions on display. These are the moments that make a wedding. They’re beautiful, and I know that your day will a beautiful celebration as well.

Happy Planning!

Charity

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