Jockey’s Ridge Engagement

March 17, 2018

I have no idea where to start with this blog post other than it’s one of my new favorite sessions for sure. As soon as I received Alex and Cal’s inquiry for engagement photos I was beyond excited. I always wanted to shoot at Jockey’s Ridge, North Carolina. Between the sand dunes and the ocean, I was stoked. Not only did they grow up roughly 45 minutes from Culpeper but we also shared some mutual friends which was hilarious, what a small world. Cal & Alex are incredible people who are super fun to talk to and I feel like we became instant best friends between talking about food, traveling, photography and everything in between. Cal is a surfer located in the OBX and he also surfs in the snow sometimes… check out his Instagram account below! Cal & Alex brought their pup Remy along and every time he got in the way of a shot we’d say “Remy, go find a stick” and he would run and find the perfect stick and bring it back 2 minutes later. Needless to say, he found about 100 sticks in the hour-long session.

If you know me then you know I’m the clumsiest person you will ever meet. If I’m not tripping over a dead tree while walking backwards or accidentally throwing my phone down 4 stories of rocks you can best believe that something went wrong at the sand dunes. We were walking down a slope and guess who’s camera came flying out of their hand lens first into the sand? Not only did it just hit the sand but my poor camera went rolling until the SD card slot opened up and sand got all around the lens, back buttons and card slot. Thank god my SD card didn’t corrupt. Tip: if this ever happens to you, do NOT take your lens off and try and clean it. Sand will most likely get into the sensor and it will be a mess. Take an old toothbrush and brush all of the sand off around your lens and camera body, back buttons etc. It works like a charm.

Lastly, I posted a few before and afters of the sand footprints disappearing on my Instagram story and got more questions that I thought I would! If you shoot in the sand and want to get rid of a ton of footprints I recommend using the spot healing brush and clone stamp tool in photoshop. It is fast, efficient and gets the job done a lot quicker than Lightroom!

All in all, I’m in love with this session, this couple and this location.

Callaway: https://www.instagram.com/callawayramsey/

Alex: https://www.instagram.com/afairchiiilld/

Alex’s Earrings: https://www.instagram.com/shopgoldielockes/

Callaway’s Cigarette Shirt: http://harrietsgeneral.com/

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